SUMMER OF RESOLVE: BRIAN RUDMAN REFLECTS ON JOE HAWKE’S FIESTY SPIRIT & NGATI WHATUA IWI’S TAKAPUNA FORT RESERVE VICTORY
Brian Rudman gets hori on it remembering what has somewhat been an arduous, legal holocaust for Iwi:
To read in full direct, jet here. Or:
It was what is known in our trade as the “silly season,” straight after Christmas 1976, when news is scarce, and I was on the phone to Ngati Whatua firebrand Joe Hawke hoping for a story. He didn’t disappoint. Joe was promising to begin the new year with a tent city occupation of Bastion Point.
The 507-day occupation that followed, coming after the 1975 land march from Te Hapua to Wellington the year before – Joe Hawke leading it across the harbour bridge into Auckland – awakened Pakeha Aucklanders like myself to the deep hurt nursed by local Maori.
Yesterday in Parliament, the long struggle for justice, reignited by Joe Hawke and his fellow squatters in the 1970s, finally came to an end with an apology from the Crown, and ritual compensation by way of cash and land. I’ve quibbled over the choice of land being used in the compensation package – for example the 3.2ha block of Fort Takapuna “reserve” that had been promised to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. But no one reading the history could deny that Ngati Whatua were royally shafted by the servants of Queen Victoria sent out to protect their interests.
The Ngati Whatua “had gained rights,” according to the circumspect language of the “agreed historical account”, in what is now the Super City boundaries by 1740, by right of conquest and occupation.
Yesterday’s agreement doesn’t erase old wrongs, or fully compensate for them. But it does acknowledge them, which is more than I thought possible in the silly season of 1976.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
IWI TV – THE BEEHIVE – WAITAHA, NGATI WHATUA KI KAIPARA, NGATI MANUHIRI & NGATI WHATUA KI ORAKEI – TOW NEWS
Because everyone who has a meal ticket in New Zealand or a lifestyle, whether they acknowledge it or not, in some way shared their ticket to be Kiwi, with Maori. Therefore, a story like this one remembers how we all came to be in New Zealand in living lives beyond injustice, racism and illegal greed.
Four iwi move closer to settling their claims: Today Waitaha and Ngati Whatua ki Kaipara took their first step with the first reading of their settlement bills, while Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati Whatua ki Orakei move on to the second stage of their settlement process.
Featured are Tariana Turia, Christopher Finlayson, Tau Henare, Haahi Walker and more.
New Zealand’s Mother of Ngai Tuhoe and Maori broadcasting, Tini Molyneux has the important story. Sir Hugh Kawharu , Margaret and Merata‘s late dad, is also remembered in the story.
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I wonder if the same people get tired of saying sorry on the topic. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.9.12~
Press Release – Tribal Affairs – The Crown & Ngati Whatua Iwi:
“The Crown today signed a deed to collectively settle the historical claims of iwi and hapū over shared interests in the Auckland area, including maunga (volcanic cones) and motu (islands), Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson announced.
The deed was signed at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In attendance were Mr Finlayson and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples representing the Crown, representatives of the iwi and hapū groups that have been negotiating as the Tāmaki Collective, a number of local Members of Parliament, and also Auckland City Mayor Len Brown.
“Today we have reached a critical step towards settling all historical Treaty grievances in the Auckland region,” Mr Finlayson said. “This deed of settlement resolves some of the most complex overlapping claims and shared interests in the country, and the relationships built here lay the foundations for a better future for iwi and hapū, the Crown, and the city of Auckland.”
The Collective Deed vests the ownership of 14 maunga (volcanic cones) in the Tāmaki Collective. The maunga will be co-governed by a body made up of representatives of Auckland Council, the Tāmaki Collective and a Crown representative.
“For generations the maunga have been intrinsically important to the iwi and hapū of Tāmaki Collective and the people of Auckland,” Mr Finlayson said. “This integrated management approach will bring benefit to everyone and ensure that our iconic symbols will remain long after we have gone.”
In brainy Maoris News: Prof. Margaret Mutu of the Ngāti Kahu iwi (Maori tribe) said some stuff recently. Watch.
Te Karere News reported: “Ngāti Kahu has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to invoke rarely-used powers and order the Crown to buy back private land under claim and return it to the tribe. But Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson says the Crown will oppose the move.”
I think these debates are important when New Zealand reaches the point where tsunami impacts of immigration due to climate change’s effects on the lush land of Aotearoa NZ, become more evident.
Unless The Crown were to consider Maori leaders’ views like Prof. Mutu’s on such matters, then NZ would run the risk of burying Maori even further under new layers of pressure, that The Crown may not be giving due consideration to, or planning as robustly against as it should be.
EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION – GRANT HAWKE ON WHY DEVONPORT SHOULD CELEBRATE ITS FOUNDING FATHERS GENEROSITY MORE
Grant Hawke writes an open letter as to why Devonport should celebrate its Maori heritage more as a village with the return of a piece of land being given back to the descendants of Devonport’s founding fathers and mothers’ people. It caused a bit of a ruckus. So, Grant writes:
It is with deep sadness that I write this piece as I reflect on the difficulties some in the community of Devonport have with my people of Ngati Whatua Orakei joining them. We had hoped that once our Treaty settlement was concluded we could join the community in celebrating this milestone of tolerance and understanding between peoples.
Grant Hawke, Joe Hawke and Maatua (Elders) – Ngati Whatua Deed of Settlement Day signing, Orakei Beach – Tamaki Makaurau – Auckland City
Q. Why are Maori so awesome?
A. Take a listen to Joe Hawke, Bastion Point Quotes 1977 to find out why. Click above.
Joe said in 1977:
“We are landless in our own land. Takaparawhau means a tremendous amount to our people. The struggle for the retention of this land is the most important struggle our people have faced for many years. To lose this last bit of land would be a death blow to the mana, to the honor and to the dignity of the Ngati Whatua people.
Well, we are prepared to go all the way, because legally we have the legal right to do it.”
In the face of greed, racist hatred and a force of opposition Joe and the Ngati Whaatua Iwi (tribe) fought an epic battle. We’re still fighting this battle today.
I guess you can call Ngati Whatua cultural educators of New Zealand, on matters of equal partnership concerning Maori, The Crown, our fellow Kiwis (who are also, in the main – awesome too) and our welcomed guests of New Zealand.
Each generation needs to be taught these lessons of history again – because within them is the spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand culture itself.
(That’s just one reason why Maori are and continue to be awesome).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.4.12~
It was 1898 in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland City, Aotearoa New Zealand. Maori had signed The Treaty of Waitangi with Queen Victoria‘s reprensentatives for The Crown 48 years prior.
Kate Sheppard had achieved the right for Kiwi girls to be recognized as equal partners of the Crown and vote, the very first to happen in a nation for women in the world, just five years before this grainy photo was taken. As a founding mother of New Zealand, Kate Sheppard was sheer legend.
On the 2nd of December 1898, Ngati Whatua gifted this prized taiaha, a martial arts weapon, as a warm sign of respect and welcome to Governor Ranfurly on his arrival to Auckland City.
Maori in Auckland have always been such very decent people to the City of Auckland. The taiaha gifted is ornately carved as depicted within its exquisite groove scarred wooden riffs. As a founding father of New Zealand who toured a lot, The Governor went on to get a rugby football shield named after him. It’s a much loved rugby football shield today.
I just love this photo. It reminds me of the Kiwis who went before us and helped mould New Zealand. The moment reminds me of the longstanding generosity of my people as well, for their gracious patience as tu tangata and above all, for their huge belief in good faith.
[Auckland Weekly News credit - Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.2.12~
It’s February 6th in New Zealand today, or, Waitangi Day where all people in New Zealand stop to reflect on the significiance of Maori people as equal treaty partners with The Crown (government) of New Zealand in building a strong future together.
At this time we reflect on Maoridom’s founding fathers and mothers and we express gratitude for all that they gifted all people who walk on New Zealand land today or sail on New Zealand coastal waters today. We are because they were and their descendants are. We are because they embraced early guests to New Zealand who also became citizens. We are because they signed a Treaty agreement in partnership with Queen Victoria agreeing to co-shape a vision of equal partnership with Maori and all citizens of New Zealand. In part, this is what this day means.
The most popular founding father of Maori persuasion today as voted by you is Paora Tuhaere who gifted thousands of hectares of Tamaki Makaurau land to the city of Auckland, so that it could be establised as a thriving city. Today his vision is still being realized as Auckland is the largest City in New Zealand today.
You like Paora Tuhaere a lot today. Check out some amazing facts about this man whose legacy of generosity, love and peace is still the foundation of what we walk on in the city with the largest Kiwi economy in the South Pacific. What a man…. Lest we forget. Peace!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.2.12~
Paora Tuhaere , a Maori chief of Te Taou and founding father of New Zealand, believed in the wisdom of peace and unity of purpose for Maori people to benefit all New Zealanders. His great generosity of spirit is still enjoyed by New Zealand’s largest growing city today. For all people of Auckland City, when you look back on how early Auckland was established and developed- you’d have to say, Paora Tuhaere was “da man.” His people, “awesome people.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.1.12~
Young Maori leader, Ngarimu Blair is trending well today. Journalist Yvonne Tahana once wrote of Ngariumu’s heart beat for Auckland City as a leader in a strategic position, “Ngarimu Blair’s a serious sort: intelligent, urbane with a dry sort of humour, increasingly he’s taking on a heavy leadership role for Ngati Whatua o Orakei.”
Ngarimu sites his hardworking parents, Margaret and Greg as being his initial inspirers in life. He also has the privilege of working with fine leaders like Grant Hawke, Joseph and Bobby Hawke and whanau.
“I guess I’ve been the product of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations who really pushed us through university and rugby clubs and so on without leaving behind our Maoritanga. Perhaps, I look like a more acceptable face of Maori activism,” said Ngarium of having to navigate a path around exploitative policies and governance models – government can still try and entrap Maori within, to exclude Maori of resources and realising potention–potential that is legally promised in the founding document of New Zealand, The Treaty of Waitangi. This is changing and Ngarimu’s generation have been a vital part in turning historical grievances as mentioned, around in a much more positive direction. (more…)
Sharon Hawke is an amazing human rights documentary maker.
Today her tribe and haapu, Ngati Whatua o Orakei signed their Deed of Settlement with The Crown.
What a truly wonderful day! :)
Shab is the Wahine Toa wearing the SupaMaori geek glasses.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.11~
At the tribal signing of Ngati Whatua’s Deed of Settlement with The Crown today at Orakei in front of the sea, Margaret Kawharu was in attendance to hear Grant Hawke, honor her dad, the late Sir Hugh Kawharu, who worked hard to secure a Treaty Settlement for the tribe’s grievances.
“In particular, Sir Hugh taught us that we should remain humble as this is who Ngati Whatua people have always been.”
It was a really profound moment. Margaret is pictured here with Iwi whanau, Mr Piripi and my Mom.
I wonder if Margaret ever has days when she let’s herself act, “Not humble?” No. I don’t think she does. :)
Needless to say isn’t Margaret the “blackest” Maori girl you’ve ever seen in your life?! We just love her.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.11~
One of the rare privileges being back in New Zealand is seeing an Iwi like Ngati Whaatua, rising up on new wings. In this tribe’s case, it’s more a matter of “just soaring on and soaring higher.” Ngati Whaatua o Orakei are the Maori tribe, who gifted land to early settlers from England and Europe to help them settle many years ago.
As a tribe, they have always been the kaitiaki and guardians of Tamaki Makaura (Auckland City).
Photo caption – Grant Hawke, Joseph Hawke and Maatua are photographed at the historic signing of Ngati Whaatua o Orakei’s Deed of Settlement with The Crown.
What these lads and their people have battled through in their tribal history against oppression, is the stuff the Kiwi legends are made of. I was brought up with Aunties, grandparents and Uncles telling me stories about the tribe’s epic battle against land confiscation at Bastion Point and stories of this tribe getting their houses and homes razed to the ground by police. These were once dark days for this tribe.
So, when I look at this photo, I think – What a line up! What a day.
Speakers were Dr. Pita Sharples, Hon Wayne Mapp, Hon. Christopher Finlayson and Len Brown – Mayor of Auckland.
It was an honor to be invited to see this historic moment in Auckland’s development. Mauri Ora!
The Untold Story is a documentary that depicts this tribe’s fight against marginalization. NZonScreen writes: “In 1977 protesters occupied Bastion Point, after the announcement of a housing development on land once belonging to Ngāti Whātua. 506 days later police and army arrived en masse, to remove them. This documentary examines the rich and tragic history of Bastion Point/ Takaparawhau – including how questionable methods were used to gradually take the land from Māori, while basic amenities were withheld those remaining. The doco features extensive interviews with protest leader Joe Hawke, and footage from seminal documentary Bastion Point Day 507.” To watch a clip of the documentary, click on b&w still image.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.11.11~
BOBBY, JOSEPH, PATU HAWKE AND AWA HUDSON AND MOM – TUKUTUKU PANEL LIVES OF LOVE – ORAKEI MARAE – TAMAKI MAKAURAU – 11.10.11
We had gathered at Orakei to celebrate Alice Ringa-Poto Rakena Pihama‘s colorful life, as an artist who wove tukutuku panels, that sold out at this year’s Atamira: Maori in The City festival in West Auckland.
Hundreds gathered for Pihama’s funeral. It was a very special time. In celebrating Alice’s beautiful and gracious family and her life of love and serving her marae and people with fifty years living at Orakei and contributing to the arts and tribal cultural life, Papa Joseph Hawke stood to speak and remind the younger generations of how Ngati Whatua o Orakei has always been a bastion in overcoming greed, racism and State corruption. At times, this tribe has been greatly used to speak out against State brutality, when the State has forgotten that it should serve all New Zealand’s healthy interests, not just a mere fews, by being over-forceful and unjust, using the arm of State Services as if a small milieu’s own assets.
I shed a few tears when Joseph talked about how, one day a visiting princess was visiting New Zealand. She was to drive past Orakei. Police took flamethrowers and razed the houses of Ngati Whatua o Orakei people. They burned them to the ground, as they were embarrassed for this future queen to see Maori people and how we lived. We were an embarrassment, we’d spoil the view of our own tribal lands. So we had to be disposed of, displaced, hidden away, like naughty children – or afterthoughts of The State.
These were dark days for the tribe. Watching the “oldies” recall these awful times they had survived and endured, would make any younger Kiwi cry. Throughout the day, celebrations occurred with the music and sounds of tribal Kapa haka. A beautiful cultural occassion. My favorite, was the old folks, “Sunday School Medly of hit songs.” Namely, “Down by the River Side” etc. Too cute.
This is a true story, blog post. Thanks Joe Hawke.
[All photos of - A Day in The life of A Wharenui - Orakei Marae, taken on this hori's phone. Image of Robert Muldoon, a racist pig PM, from history's dark past, via Wikipedia. Triumph of the Will, Tukutuku panel blog post - going up as contemporary cyberspace tribute, to the tukutuku weaving prowess of Aunty Alice's lifeswork.
Peace! Let’s go New Zealand in remaining a strongly democratic society that remains proud of Maori peoples rich legacy of love in this fine nation in overcoming greedy dictator piggies – who resemble communist dictators with each passing day. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.10.11~
[Video footage - news reel coverage - Bastion Point archives]
I got to see Sharon Hawke yesterday.
The wahine toa, who wielded camera eyed
childhood memories of dictator led
police brutality and racist exclusion
from our peoples struggles at Orakei.
Ngati Whatua endured land and asset
confiscations and endured homelessness
after police razed their homes to the ground.
A mother of her Iwi of Ngati Whatua,
Sharon, looks well. Peaceful, wise, strong.
I have always admired her family’s ability
to discern the times.
Mauri Ora – New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.10.11~
About a month ago, I noticed this story. Words by Anne Gibson on the potential of the Maori economy to grow New Zealand’s strength in the South Pacific and Asia-Pacific.
“Large-scale iwi investment in the New Zealand heartland could reinvigorate rural economy.
Tainui has overtaken South Island powerhouse Ngai Tahu as Aotearoa’s richest iwi.
A comparison of latest annual accounts shows the Hamilton-headquartered iwi, which on August 15 opened its new multiplex movie theatres at Hamilton’s The Base and is now filling its new Novotel at Auckland International Airport with cup guests, is the country’s richest tribe.
Tainui has more assets by dollar value and is making more money, so if a Maori Rich List existed, it would show Tainui laying claim to total assets of $658 million, $5 million ahead of earthquake-hit Christchurch headquartered Ngai Tahu’s $653.2 million.
Tainui’s net annual profit for 2011 was $23.1 million, ahead of Ngai Tahu’s $19.6 million for its latest reporting period of 2010.
With about 600,000 of New Zealand’s 4.4 million population being Maori, iwi powerhouses like these have vast potential.
For years, the South Island iwi has been the attractive face of tangata whenua success, leading the way towards riches tipuna could only dream of, as we opened pots of their oysters, flocked to their tourism businesses and marvelled at the sheer size of their vast rangatiratanga (tribal authority) over more than 80 per cent of the South Island.
Biggest was obviously best.
Now, Tainui with far less land and about 60,000 people, has taken top spot and distributed $10.5 million this financial year.
Ngai Tahu owns significant assets and is the most widely diversified iwi since 1998 when it received $170 million in a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.
But now the once-financially riven Tainui is on a fast-paced growth plan, with a 30-year plan for 500ha at Ruakura on Hamilton’s outskirts.
Yet chief executive Mike Pohio is a reluctant winner, pointing out that Ngai Tahu has not yet issued their accounts for 2011.
“But even if there is a number that’s a little bit bigger than another number, it doesn’t matter because it’s really, really early days and it would be better not to develop that sort of position but to talk about where we are in the journey. We have to be humble because we have a really long way to go,” Pohio says.
Pushed to acknowledge financial achievements, he attributes success to management and systems.
“It’s discipline and decision-making from governance through to management. There’s a discipline about how we make decisions so there’s a higher probability of success and a low probability of getting commercial equations wrong because we concentrate on managing risks.”
Tainui got a Treaty of Waitangi settlement in 1995 of $170 million.
While primary industries have unlocked Ngai Tahu’s fortunes, land is the key to Tainui’s success via the commercially successful Tainui Group Holdings and Waikato-Tainui Fisheries.
By 2020, Tainui plans to have assets worth $1 billion and already its asset base has grown from a mere $147 million in 2002.
Greg Campbell, Ngai Tahu’s chief executive, disliked the comparison between the iwi.
“It’s not a matter of who’s bigger. We generate a lot of cash through our operating surplus. Ngai Tahu has 63 per cent of assets in property but we have investments in tourism, seafood businesses and capital markets so we’re a slightly different business,” he says.
Auckland’s Ngati Whatua is the third-richest iwi, declaring in its last annual report gross assets of $403.5 million but standing to make many millions annually in new land rental deals from Quay Park on Auckland’s waterfront, returned to the iwi with a demand for a 15-year rent holiday which has now expired, potentially enriching that Queen Street-headquartered iwi run by Tiwana Tibble.
Iwi take varying approaches to presenting their accounts. Some hold the information close and distribute only to hapu while others post fully audited highly detailed accounts, easily accessible to all on websites.
Tainui’s annual report is most impressive at 69 pages, presented like an NZX listed company with full disclosure and transparency and Ngapui also issues a detailed 59-page annual report.
“The big thing with most iwi is they are asset rich and cash poor and most of them don’t publish accounts, they like to keep it all in the family and will only distribute information to the runanga,” says one consultant.
In 2007, Maori commercial assets were estimated to be worth $16.5 billion, of which $8 billion is in primary industries, according to information presented at May’s Maori Economic Summit.
By last year, the Maori economy was estimated to be $36.9 billion.
Some iwi communicators have a plan to deliberately target business media to overcome what they see as ignorance or racism and control the way their news is disseminated. The financial pages are where they see their future, not in the local or regional pages, they say.
Ngai Tahu Tourism, a subsidiary of Ngai Tahu Holdings, operates iconic tourism businesses Franz Josef Glacier Guides and Glacier Hot Pools, Queenstown’s Shotover Jet, Dart River Safaris, the Hollyford Guided Walk, Hukafalls Jet in Taupo, Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, Abel Tasman’s Aqua Taxi and Kaiteriteri Kayaks. In August the business bought into Rotorua-based farm show and tour business The Agrodome. It exports crayfish, oysters, shellfish, paua and other species and has residential and lifestyle subdivisions.
Tainui and Ngai Tahu, with assets worth a collective $1.2 billion, are the giants of the Maori economy but experts say Ngapuhi, with about 20 per cent of Aotearoa’s Maori population standing at around 100,000 people, has the most growth potential of any iwi as it prepares for further settlements following fisheries settlements.
Chris Wikaira, who handles Tainui’s communications, points to rural New Zealand particularly in the North Island becoming dominated by iwi businesses.
“You can conceivably see out in provincial New Zealand the biggest game in town, apart from maybe forestry or Fonterra, is likely to be an iwi asset holding company and it’s all money that’s invested in New Zealand,” he says.
One of Ngai Tahu’s most successful exports is live crayfish into Asia, a market Campbell says is only just beginning to unlock as China’s wealth increases and demand for protein rises.
Some iwi have already looked at buying assets overseas and are investing, one in Australia’s primary sector leading an expert to conclude this: once they have dominated parts of Aotearoa’s economy, offshore is the next frontier for iwi.
~Reposted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia Pacific. 30.9.11~
Ten Things About Paora Tuhaere - Founding father of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city:
Wisdom: He was a peacemaker, a warrior of Peace.
Pacific Visionary: He started up a Pacific Islands trading venture by buying a schooner, the Victoria
He unified fairly: In the face of injustice, he became a leading figure in the Kotahitanga movement, whose aim was to abolish Maori land laws, implement the Treaty of Waitangi, and exercise a degree of Maori self-government.
He partnered with The Crown: He furthered the “covenant” of Kohimarama.
He was a coastal dweller : This chief of Ngati Whatua lived at Orakei on the shores of the Waitemata harbour in Auckland.
He was an author: Tuhaere authored books about Kaipara and Tamaki by Ngati Whatua’s history.
He was a good negotiations navigator Intelligent, Paora Tuhaere demonstrated clearly his place in two worlds. The remarkable transition of Maori society is summed up in this one man’s adaptive ability to read the times and negotiate accordingly.
He thought bloodshed was needless and unwise: Their are many accounts of Paora Tuhaere mediating and heading off threats of war wisely through peaceful and wise persuasion.
He believed in shaping a city housing peoples Kiwi dreams: He had a vision for property residential development.
He was well liked: Tuhaere was known as a good friend to the Europeans, loyal to the Crown during the wars, an honest and straight-forward adviser to Governments and a conciliator between races in times of trouble.
In addition, like Robert Graham - a New Zealander who lived the same time as this great Chief, Paora Tuhaere was bilingual.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.11~
Together, everyone achieves more. No one is more excited about this principle, than Ngati Whatua – Auckland’s residing Maori tribe, when it comes to people suggesting how we should manage the Maunga Cones as Heritage sites. It’s quite exciting how helpful all the suggestions have been. If you read the paper, there’s non stop suggestions in print.
Maungawhau/Mount Eden is the highest of the volcanoes in Auckland city at 196 metres.
Here’s one: “From the top of [Maungawhau-Mt Eden] the fireworks seemed to float above the city lights. Throngs of people had crowded the summit to celebrate the opening of the Rugby World Cup. Few perhaps realised that they were standing on a potential World Heritage site.
Our volcanoes are unique in the world, but not primarily for their “special physical significance” as Monday’s editorial suggests. They were once a complex pre-European city: ancestral settlement sites that are sacred to Maori today. Auckland’s volcanic field has been proposed for World Heritage status for its “mixed cultural and natural heritage” value, New Zealand’s only entry in this Unesco category.
This month, councillor Sandra Coney remarked on the “shabby condition” of Auckland’s maunga, 11 of which will be returned to Maori ownership under the Tamaki Makaurau Treaty settlement.
The Treaty deal and push for World Heritage nomination highlight the need for a new approach to managing the maunga. (more…)
Well… On Friday my mom, really did get to sign our Auckland Tribe’s (Ngati Whatua o Kaipara’s) Treaty Agreement with The Crown choosing to accept the spirit of an official apology (something both her parents and her late brother Tauhia Hill and sister Mihiwira Taogaga both hoped to see happen in their own Maori-Kiwi lifetimes).
Seeing mom sign, reminded me of my kuia and koroua’s fight for justice for Maori people and their Iwi, their entire lives as well as their children’s lifelong legendary battles in this process. Their lives and fight for a sense of fairness and justice in New Zealand has and does inspire many.
Then the same day, mom also got to see the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Eden Park in the evening with Mana Wahine of mom’s Ngati Whatua Iwi playing a key role in the opening ceremony. She said, “it was absolutely amazing.”
Later, mom went to the viaduct and saw Dane Rumble perform. She finished off her night at Soul restaurant, on Auckland’s viaduct after a spot of rugby spectating.
What a hoot! Mom even got a car park right outside Eden Park and also one at the viaduct too.
Talk about being totally looked after in every facet of her special day, after the signing. :)
[Pictured here with Pearl Nahi - Wahine Rangatira within our Haapu]
[Margaret Kawharu & Richard Nahi on hosting duties with a line up of representatives for The Crown]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.9.11~
Good things are happening this week in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland, The Super City) as history is being made anew.
Via Chris Finlayson‘s web page: “The Crown signed a Deed of Settlement to settle Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims at Aotea/Shelley Beach today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson announced.
The Deed was signed at a ceremony at Aotea/Shelly Beach on the shores of the Kaipara Harbour. The Crown was represented by Mr Finlayson and Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.
“Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara lost virtually all of their land, which had devastating consequences for their social, cultural, spiritual and physical wellbeing,” Dr Sharples said. “Those consequences are still felt today.”
Components of the settlement include commercial and financial redress worth $22.1 million, including the transfer of Woodhill Forest. Cultural redress includes the return of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara’s ancestral mountain, Atuanui/Mount Auckland, and eight other significant sites.
The Crown and Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara initialled a draft Deed of Settlement on 24 June 2011, which was then ratified by the Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara claimant community with support of over 90%.
“Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara has a long tradition of commitment to and support for the Crown, dating back to the signing of the Treaty,” Mr Finlayson said. “This relationship flourished for a while but in time the Crown’s actions fell short of the promises made in the Treaty. This settlement will breathe new life into the relationship between us, to the benefit of all New Zealand.”
“Today’s signing also shows the progress being made towards resolving historical grievances in the greater Auckland region, which accounts for around a third of all remaining Treaty settlements. It is also a result of the greater momentum in settling claims towards the Government’s aspirational target of settling historical claims by 2014.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.11~
Summer V a Kiwi girl of Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, Ngapuhi, Tainui and Tongan, English, Irish and Scottish lineage, got to hang out with her Papa Joe of Orakei at Aotea/ Shelly Beach in the weekend.
A cute photo.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.9.11~
It was a real privilege to see Papa Joe (Joseph Hawke) at Ngati Whatua o Kaipara’s deed of settlement hui at Aotea/ Shelly Beach over the weekend.
His green tokatoka was very Lord of The Rings, kaumatua groovy.
Thanks Hawke Whanau and Ngati Whatua o Orakei for the support on our big day.
NZ History: Joe Hawke (pictured here on the left) led the occupation of Bastion Point. In this 1977 interview he explains why the issue was so important to Ngāti Whātua.
Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.
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