Aorangi Marae - 29 March 2015
The first of our research wānanga was held at Aorangi Marae talking about the research programme that is being rolled out over the next 2-3 years throughout the claims district.
About 40 iwi members attended the hui which was largely organised by Mereti and Tiratahi Taipana and the rest of the Ngāti Kauwhata whānau. Te Hono Council members Whatarangi, Taihākurei, Hare Arapera and Dennis Emery were present. Dennis got the presentations started with an overview of the Ngāti Kauwhata, Te Reureu, Ngāti Raukawa coalition’s claims activity before Whatarangi introduced a presentation on the research programme that is going to produce 19 reports focused on the history of the three iwi and their hapū.
The presentation outlined the various projects, timeframes, personnel and some of the processes that are being developed to ensure whānau and hapū are communicated with and engaged throughout the next three years. Attendees also heard about the kaimahi that will need to be recruited as researchers, writers, coordinators, hapū liaison, mapping contractors and research assistants. An outline of the various projects was tabled providing the detail many of the attendees were seeking.
Whatarangi spoke about the development of advisory groups that will help him and Taihākurei in the process of reviewing the reports as they start to come through. He commented on the 678 page draft report received from Terry Hearn this month entitled “One past, many histories: Porirua ki Manawatu District-Overview Nineteenth Century Tribal Land and Politics”, FIRST DRAFT. The report can be downloaded from our website. This is the first of 19 reports that are going to be produced and iwi members can expect to be asked to comment on 4-6 drafts of each. Whatarangi is developing a list of people who would be willing to read one or more report and feed into the review process. Those interested in joining the group or receiving copies of the reports, or parts of a report, as they come through should contact us.
Taihākurei spoke about the Hearn report in some detail and some of the analysis that have been made by the historian. The hui heard about the importance of having a Ngāti Raukawa view and not just accepting the views of other iwi particularly when it comes to really important matters such as Te Rauparaha’s motivations and relationships during both his migration and settlement of the takiwā. Dennis tabled a paper prepared by Taihākurei last year on this topic.
The hui had a good discussion and a number of people asked to join Whatarangi’s reviewers groups. Papers and presentations from the hui are available here.
This first hui was a great start to the series that are being held throughout the Ngāti Kauwhata, Te Reureu and Ngāti Raukawa takiwā in coming weeks. Next month we’re headed to Te Hiiri Marae and Raukawa Marae (dates to be determined). We’ll be confirming those arrangements in the next couple of weeks – keep an eye on our website or register for updates by email.