Hui ¯a iwi ki Tuahiwi

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - AUTOZONE - 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.

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’’

MATTHEW SAL­MONS

Tuahiwi Marae.

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