Address to Te Hono Ki Raukawa Kaumātua gathering at Ngātokowaru Marae, Hokio Beach 1 December 2016 - Professor Whatarangi Winiata
Twice a year Te Hono hosts a Kaumatua gathering to share our activities with you and to seek your guidance on what we're doing. Its been a demanding year for Te Hono and I want to take a minute to talk about some of the mahi our team has been engaged in.
Firstly, there's our Council of eight including two appointed by Te Reureu (Bruce Smith and Hare Arapere), two by Kauwhata (Taihakurei and Dennis Emery) and two by Raukawa (Mereana and myself). We've also co-opted Rachael (Selby) and Peter Richardson to our Board. The Board meets monthly to conduct its business and also meets with research teams, provides feedback on reports and engages with Crown Forestry Rental Trust personnel regularly. This year we have met a number of times with Tūmatanui and Tū Te Manawaroa to share research plans, receive reports from research teams and to discuss Ngāti Raukawa/Crown relations.
Our hapū liaison, including Tiratahi and his sister Mereti, Bridget Bell, Robert Ketu and Te Meera Hyde, Rochelle Paranihi and Tasha McMeekin, work hard to promote our many activities and events throughout the year. They pushed and prodded Raukawa whānau to sign up for the Puna Maumahara course at Te Wānanga o Raukawa; in fact, some of them completed the course themselves. We have 21 students graduating from this course next week at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Then they encouraged their hapū to participate in the Oral & Traditional History research programme and the majority of them are part of their hapū research teams. The liaison team meets every couple of months with the Te Hono project team.
Our core project team includes my mokopuna Hiria-Te Kauru Green who works almost full-time on Te Hono mahi. She is responsible for organising, promoting and recording promoting our many hui. Hiria provides support for the Ngā Pūkenga scholars group who review all research plans and reporting. There are a dozen or so group members that come together every two months.
Another important responsibility for Hiria is managing the feedback processes for the 16 research projects that we are currently engaged in. At the moment we have ten project progress reports that are being reviewed and commented on in addition to three draft reports of 80 to 330 pages.
Our mokopuna is part of the Hapū Histories team, helping with reporting, promotions and organising project events and hui. Next year, she will also be providing research support to Ani Mikaere and myself as we complete our claims report on Tino Rangatiratanga.
Hiria is not able to be here today as she is on maternity leave, Francie's second mokopuna tuarua is due in a week or so.
Earlier this year we invited Whare Akuhata, son of Rowdy and Cath, and an experienced journalist to join the team. You may have seen some of his articles on the claims appearing in your local newspapers. A sampling of those articles are in the newsletter here. In his role, Whare has to get along to all of Te Hono's hui as well as other events. He's responsible for our website and facebook communications also. In Hiria's absence he will take responsibility for supporting our hapū liaison and Council team. Whare is currently one of the Kapumanawawhiti hapū research team that is preparing their Oral & Traditional history for our Ngati Raukawa report.
Daphne Luke and Cassidy Pidduck are responsible for our financial management and for reporting our affairs to the Iwi, the Council and the funder, the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. At the moment, the pair are managing two substantial contracts that incorporate:
Now, let's talk about our research programme. In this booklet, the one with the rangatahi performing kapa haka on the front, on pages 11 to 17 you can read about the 16 reports that are currently being prepared by 15 research teams. There are technical reports that cover all iwi in the Porirua to Rangitikei region; historical issues reports that are Raukawa specific and cover Crown activity and then there are Te Hono's four Oral & Traditional History reports including the Hapu Histories project which is supporting up to 25 hapū research teams to write their own statements in support of their claims.
That's a lot of research going on. There are literally hundreds of our people engaged in this research, as part of the technical research teams contracted by CFRT, the 20 or so hapū teams working on their hapū chapters and the many who are being interviewed for these projects. It's exciting stuff.
Te Hono lobbied hard with the Waitangi Tribunal and with CFRT for our people to be given this opportunity. The usual process is for CFRT to engage Pakeha historians to research and interpret Māori experience. We objected to that process and have been able to pack 60% of the technical projects with Raukawa researchers, advisors, writers or managers. Our Oral & Traditional History project is populated 100% by Raukawa members.
You might ask why this is so important, why put ourselves through the hardship? It's for our mokopuna. Te Hono's Oral & Traditional History project will produce 1000-1200 pages that relate the experiences of our hapū and iwi from migration, dispersal and settlement in the 1800s to today. The report will contain whakapapa, maps and photos that our mokopuna will treasure. The report will provide evidentiary support for the 25 hapū and their affiliated claimants as they prepare and present their claims to the Waitangi Tribunal in the next couple of years.
Most importantly, it's for Raukawa, by Raukawa, of Raukawa