Ngati Toa events em­bed­ded in fes­ti­val

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Ngati Toa will have a no­table pres­ence at Satur­day’s Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

The pro­gramme for the Wai­tangi Day event has been fi­nalised and Ngati Toa, the lo­cal iwi, are run­ning sev­eral events.

Or­gan­iser Wiremu Grace said there had al­ways been in­volve­ment from Ngati Toa in the past, but per­haps not as overtly as this year.

‘‘We’re cer­tainly keen to build on the re­la­tion­ship we have with our com­mu­nity and tell sto­ries about our past, present and fu­ture.

‘‘Porirua is a city that’s grown up around us,’’ he said.

There will be a panel dis­cus­sion at Pataka on Satur­day on the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

Grace said it was not in­tended to be an aca­demic and weighty de­bate, but a healthy discourse among some of the city’s com­mu­nity lead­ers on what place the Treaty had in 2016 in Porirua.

‘‘There’s bound to be some strong opin­ions, but it’ll be good to have some lo­cal per­spec­tives.’’

Grace will be show­ing a film up­stairs at Te Rau­paraha Arena that he pro­duced on the kuia of Hon­goeka, and Toi Wahine, a Maori arts col­lec­tive, will be show­ing some of their work in Pataka.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Mar­garet Armour said Ngati Toa had al­ways had an in­volve­ment in the event since its in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tion in 1992, as part of the fes­ti­val’s kau­papa, but the tim­ing was right for the iwi to be on the pro­gramme it­self.

‘‘Things have just come to­gether for 2016 and it is just fan­tas­tic,’’ she said.

‘‘Much of it comes down to whether per­son­nel and re­sources are avail­able, and to see what has been or­gan­ised is won­der­ful.

‘‘The panel dis­cus­sion should be very well-at­tended and thought-pro­vok­ing.’’ On Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, there will be a bus tour vis­it­ing sig­nif­i­cant Ngati Toa sites in Kapiti and Porirua. To reg­is­ter, email wire­mu­grace@gmail. com.

Skyla Phillips, 14, left, and Ti­papa Bracken, 14, of Aotea Col­lege at a re­cent Porirua Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

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