Hui ¯a iwi ki Tuahiwi

Northern Outlook - - HEALTH AND WELLBEING - MATTHEW SALMONS

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.

EMILY SPINK

Kaiapoi North School stu­dents at a pre­vi­ous North Can­ter­bury kapa haka festival

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