Mem­o­ries re­vived

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ngati Toa elders were wel­comed onto at Taka­puwahia Marae last week and took the op­por­tu­nity to share their mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Porirua, ‘‘ around the pa’’, and ob­serve how much the area has changed.

Af­ter a wel­come onto the marae, ac­com­pa­nied by a haka from kau­matua Thom Kenny and Taku Parai, the seven women gath­ered in­side the wharenui to share sto­ries.

It was the first time in more than two years the group had been to­gether and Mr Parai said it was im­por­tant they hon­our their elders reg­u­larly in this fash­ion.

Af­ter a lit­tle prompt­ing, there was plenty of laugh­ter and ‘‘oh, I re­mem­ber that’’ mo­ments as the tales gath­ered mo­men­tum.

Play­time in and around the marae, un­der the watch­ful eye of ‘‘aun­ties and un­cles’’, whare with dirt floors and straw, fires that were never put out, horses and carts, pipis and eels col­lected from the har­bour, ghost sto­ries that would frighten them and wa­iata that would fill the air dur­ing tangi were among the anec­dotes.

Karanga Metekingi said it was ‘‘amaz­ing’’ to see the wharenui so beau­ti­fully car­peted. She hoped that the younger gen­er­a­tion re­alised how lucky they were.

‘‘We had noth­ing, we worked hard and didn’t ex­pect any­thing. Young peo­ple have their hands out much more to­day.’’

The women are all above 80 and ap­pre­ci­ated this could be the last time they were all to­gether.

Af­ter a ‘‘tiki tour’’ around the pa, be­ing shown any changes to the build­ings and land, they had lunch at Porirua Club.

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