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.
Nga¯ ti Kurı¯ and Te Ru¯ nanga o Kaiko¯ura were set to hold the milestone hui at Takahanga Marae but had to relinquish hosting rights to Nga¯ i Tu¯ a¯ huriri 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 Marae and organising supplies to be sent north.
For wha¯nau who could not attend, Te Ru¯ nanga o Nga¯ i Tahu would live stream it on its website.
‘‘Nga¯ i Tahu Huia¯ -Iwi: November 24-26’’