Tuhourangi Hikoi ki Hauraki, ki Moehau - 9-12 January 2014

No te timatanga o te tau nei, ka hoki atu ngā uri o Tūhourangi ki Hauraki, ki  Moehau wānangahia ai ngā kōrero tuku iho. Mai i te Taite 9 ki te Rātapu 12 o Kohitātea neke atu i te 40 o te iwi te tira i takahia ngā tapuwae a ngā tupuna.  Ko te kaupapa ia o te hikoi tuatoru, kua whakaritea e Te Pātaka Kōrero o Tūhourangi.  Nohinohi mai, koeke mai, i whakarauikatia ki te kite i ngā whenua i tākohatia mai e Ngāti Maru i muri i te hūtanga o Tarawera.

He maha ngā tamariki i tae atu.  Ko ā ratou, te rama tuna i te pō, te kohi pipi i te awatea, te purei bullrush hoki ētehi o ngā wheako.  Hai tā ngā mātua mahi ko te wānanga  me te kōrerorero i te ata i te pō. Ko te whakapakari i te paetapu, ngā āhuatanga o te karanga, mēnā e āhei ana ngā reo e rua ki runga i tō tātou paepae ētehi o ngā take hai whakarakuraku i te rae.  He maha ngā tāonga maumaharatanga o te hikoi, ngā “hai raiti”, hāunga ano ngā hua o Tangaroa me te manaakitanga o Tūhourangi ki Hauraki.  I rawe te hunga i tae tawhiti mai – ara ko Aunty Fanny, Moana, me ngā tama, Xxavier me Xander, ko Tūhourangi ki Ahitereiria.  Te pao o te manutīoriori, o Olivia.

20 o te iwi i piki ki Moehau mā  te ara hikoi.  Whaea Ally Gibson te pakeke  ake i tae a tinana atu.  Tokowha ngā taiohi hoki, ōtirā, e toru ngā whakatipuranga i eke ki taha o Tamatekapua maumahara ai.  Etahi atu i tae mā te waka topatopa. Ko te ngākau hikaka, ko te manawa hihiri te hua! Koia rā te whakatinanatanga o te kupu kōrero Tuhourangi auahi ana e!

AND... in the OTHER language:

This year’s Tūhourangi Hikoi to Coromandel got off to an ominous start when the first vehicle of the convoy got lost before we left Rotorua.  That was compounded when the lead vehicles took the wrong turn at Tauranga.  Fortunately, everyone was finally accounted for by the time we reached the marae at Harataunga, Kennedy Bay.  Some 40 uri of Tūhourangi, from the very young to the not so very young, ventured to the Coromandel to hear about and see the lands gifted to our ancestors after the Tarawera eruption.  Also on the agenda was to climb Moehau, the resting place of Tamatekapua.  This was the 3rd hikoi which occurs every year in the second week of January.

Over the four days, the young kids gathered pipi, went eeling, played bullrush and generally had a fun time entertaining themselves without TV and computer assistance.  The adults, under the skilful guidance of Mauriora, Aunty Kahu and the Organising Committee, discussed and debated issues such as the need for specific wānanga to bolster our paetapu, the challenges of karanga and whaikōrero and finally whether we should allow english to be spoken on the paepae created stimuating debate.

Aside from the wonderful hospitality of our Tūhourangi ki Hauraki hosts, Wi Keepa and whanau and the bountiful kaimoana, there were some memorable moments.  Three generations of Tūhourangi returned from Australia to participate - Aunty Fanny, Moana, and moko Xavier and Xander.  Olivia’s pao, Ode to Hauraki, entertained everyone.  The major highlight was ascending Moehau.  Half of the ropu climbed the mountain, while the other half took the aerial route via helicopter.  It was a special moment for everyone to see close up, the resting place of our tupuna, Tamatekapua.  The individual sense of achievement and the shared celebration by all served to further the bonds of whānaungatanga amongst the participants.  A wonderful and positive experience was had by all - which serves to embody our key purpose: “Tūhourangi – vibrant and thriving people”.  

Na Hakopa Tapiata

Group shot before the hikoi up Moehau

Halfway up Moehau with the sea in the background

 

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