Hui ¯a iwi ki Tuahiwi
Nga¯i Tahu wha¯nau will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signing the Nga¯i Tahu Deed of Settlement at the Hui-a¯-Iwi (tribal meeting) at Tuahiwi Marae in November.
Running between November 24-26, the hui would see an influx of people into the usually quiet town of Tuahiwi, near Rangiora.
The biannual Hui-a¯-Iwi is held at a different Nga¯i Tahu marae each time and includes a festival of Nga¯i Tahutanga (Nga¯i Tahu culture), food, markets, live music as well as debate of the iwi’s future.
This year’s event would run in conjunction with the election of a new Kaiwhakahaere, leader, for the iwi.
Nga¯i Tahu’s treaty claim was many years in the making, beginning with the concerns of the iwi’s chiefs in the years immediately following the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi).
The Deed of Settlement was signed at Kaiko¯ura on the November 21, 1997.
Te Ru¯nanga o Kaiko¯ura were set to hold the milestone hui at Takahanga Marae but had to relinquish hosting rights due to the ongoing effects of the November Earthquakes.
Nga¯i Tu¯a¯huriri, the North Canterbury based hapu¯, had provided support to refugees from Kaiko¯ura after the earthquakes, hosting evacuees at Tuahiwi and organising supplies to be sent north.
Te Ru¯nanga o Nga¯i Tahu will also stream it on its website.
Kaiapoi North School students at a previous North Canterbury kapa haka festival