Homai Te Rā!
Since I last wrote in this newsletter about how the petition to commemorate the New Zealand Land Wars of the 19th century began, the journey of the Ōtorohanga College students involved, and the petition’s tens of thousands of supporters, has been phenomenal!
Back in September, there was no set date for our day at Parliament, we did not know that we had five hundred people from all over Aotearoa volunteering to support us at the petition presentation at Parliament, let alone the funding. But as signature numbers exceeded our goal of ten thousand and the media became more interested in four students’ historical pledge from a tiny rural town they had perhaps never heard of, nationally and internationally our people decided to support memory conservation.
Many, many times the media asked us to describe what happened on 8 December 2015 when we presented the petition to ministers Nanaia Mahuta, Chris Finlayson, Maggie Barry, and Te Ururoa Flavell. Every time our answer has been one word, “overwhelming”. From the history invoking haka, to witnessing mass cross-party support; it could not have been a greater success.
The process of this historical commemoration is almost out of our hands. The if and when will ultimately be decided by the Iwi leaders and the Ministers of Parliament, and through the support of the peoples of Aotearoa. It is up to us now to encourage as many submissions as possible to the Maori Affairs Select Committee stating why the people of New Zealand find it necessary to commemorate our Land Wars. Waimarama Anderson and I will speak to the select committee on 9 March 2016.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us, and even thanks to the people who disagree that we need to remember those who fell and sacrificed their lives on both sides of the Land Wars, as you helped us achieve one of our goals cemented in the beginning of our part in this worthy kaupapa - open discussion.
Me Maumahara Tātou
Left to right: Whatumoana Paki, Rhiannon Magee, Marama Davidson, Nanaia Mahuta, Waimarama Anderson, Leah Bell, Te Ururoa Flavell, Maggie Barry, Tai Jones.
Homai Te Rā!
Nō muri mai i tāku tuku pānui ki tēnei pūrongo mō te petihana kia whakamaumaharatia ngā pakanga whenua o Aotearoa i te rautau 19, kua wani kē te haere a ngā tauira o te Kāreti o Ōtorohanga me ā mātau kaitautoko manomano nei!
I te Mahuru, kāore i tau te rā mō te haere ki te Pāremata, kāore mātau i mōhio tērā te rima rau tāngata nō ngā pito katoa o Aotearoa e hiahia ana ki te āwhina i tā mātau tuku petihana ki te Pāremata, hāunga anō te pūtea mō ngā mahi nei. Heoi anō, ka piki haere te tokomaha o te hunga i haina ai i tā mātau petihana ki runga i te tekau mano tāngata i whai ai mātau, ka kaha te aro mai o te hunga pāpāho, nō Aotearoa, nō te ao hoki, ki ngā tauira tokowhā nō tētahi tāone pakupaku i te tuawhenua kāore pea i rangona tōna ingoa i mua, ka huri mai te iwi ki te tautoko i tēnei kaupapa maumaharatanga.
E hia nei ngā wā i pātai mai ai te hunga pāpāho kia whakamārama mātau i ngā mahi o te 8 o Hakihea, arā, ko te rā i tuku ai mātau i te petihana ki ngā Minita nei, ki a Nanaia Mahuta, ki a Chris Finlayson, ki a Maggie Barry, ki a Te Ururoa Flavell hoki. Kotahi tā mātau whakautu, “haramai tētahi āhua”. Ko te haka tīpuna tērā, ko te kite atu i te tautoko o ngā rōpū tōrangapū maha, kāore i kō atu, kāore i kō mai.
Kua tata nei te riro atu o ngā mahi nei i ō mātau ringaringa. Ka riro mā ngā kaiarahi ā-iwi me ngā Minita o te Pāremata e whakariterite te pēheatanga o ngā mahi nei, me te tautoko mai o ngā iwi o Aotearoa. Ko te wāhi ki a mātau, ko te akiaki kia tukuna he tāpaetanga ki te Komiti Whiriwhiri Take Māori hei whakaatu i ngā whakaaro o te iwi mō te whakamahara i ngā Pakanga Whenua o tēnei whenua. Ka tuku kōrero māua ko Waimārama Anderson ki te Komiti Whiriwhiri ā te 9 o Poutū-te-rangi 2016.
Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa kua tautoko mai i a mātau, ka mihi hoki ki te hunga e whakahē ana i te whakaaro me mahara ki a rātau mā i whawhai, i hinga, i ngā taha e rua o ngā Pakanga Whenua, nō te mea hoki kua āwhina koutou i tētahi wāhanga o tā mātau kaupapa, arā kia kōrero whānuitia tēnei āhuatanga.
Me Maumahara Tātou
He kōrero nā Leah Bell, he tauira ki te Kura Tuarua o Ōtorohanga