Kowhai Pā Wānanga and Site Visit.

Kowhai Pā Wānanga and Site Visit.

Registrations open now! Nau mai, haere mai.

Kia ora e te whānau!

Here are the details for the Kōwhai Pā wānanga and site visit coming up this Saturday.

Date: Saturday, March 07 2020.
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Combined iwi reserve, Baldick’s Bend, Wairau Pa Rd.

 

As many of you all know, Kōwhai Pā is a site that is significant to Rangitāne, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Rārua as a wahi tapu.

The history surrounding this site isn’t just isolated to the infamous Patu Aruhe battle of the 1800 century, where Ngāti Toa Chief, Te Rauparaha, first came south with muskets and led a successful raid on Rangitāne, resulting in the death of their Chief, Te Ruaoneone.

But the significance of this site goes way further than this one tragic event in our history. We know that our tūpuna have occupied this very site since the time of their arrival, sometime around 1280 ad.

Preserving the integrity and mana of this site is paramount. It is up to us to ensure this happens, as we are the living kaitiaki of our culture and heritage. Relying on the Crown to fulfil their Treaty promise to us has proved a mistake and we must take action into our own hands.

The damage that has been inflicted on to this wahi tapu through the development of vineyard is not acceptable. It has been done without the necessary authorisation from Heritage New Zealand. It has been carried out with no respect of our tikanga, both lore and law.

CLICK HERE – to watch this news story about Kowhai Pa.

Registrations open now! Nau mai, haere mai.

Come and make a stand with us at Kōwhai Pā and show your support for this Kaupapa!

#savekowhaipa

The object of this hui is to educate whanau about the history and the facts surrounding this site. This is not an occupation like Ihumātao. The land we are setting up camp on is already owned by whānau and was set under the 1856 deed. It is an ideal spot for us to point out the damage and desecration that has taken place to our wahi tapu on the land parcel next to our location.

There will be a number of speakers on the day who will be providing us with knowledge and kōrero about the history of this site. These speakers will be a representation of several different whānau, hapu and iwi groups that are associated with this area, both as historical authorities and ahi kaa.

A presentation about how there have been multiple attempts to develop this site without the correct permits and authority dating back to 2002, 2016 and now again in 2019 is also scheduled. This will then be followed by a short site tour.

The day will finish off with an open floor discussion about our plans to submit to Contemporary Grievance to the Waitangi Tribunal against the Crown, for their failure to protect our wahi tapu, as promised to us in our Treaty Settlement in 2014. This will be an open floor discussion so that everyone present has an opportunity to provide us with their input and thoughts.

Here are some of the speakers listed for the day.

Richard Bradley (Rangitane) – Richard will provide a general historical overview of Kowhai Pā and surrounding area.

John Grey (Ngati Toa) – John will speak on behalf of Ngati Toa and as a long term resident who has grown up at the pa.

Wayne Abbott (Rangitane) – Wayne currently lives on the iwi reserve and was involved as a research assistant for the Otago Universtity team (SPARS) when they surveyed and this site in 2015. Wayne will be leading the site tour to several registered sites which will be viewable on neutral land, such as middens and pits.

Pania Newton – Pania is the young activist who’s leading the fight against the Fletcher development at Ihumātao. Pania will skype in on the day to talk to us about their progress at Ihumātao and the importance of fighting to preserve our significant sites. Read more here – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12254056

Kai will be provided.

Register your interest now.

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Directions below…

Personal Invite

Nga Pakiaka 2019 Art Exhibition

Tēnā koe e te Rangatira

The Trustees of Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o Te Whenua cordially invite you to the our 2019 annual art exhibition opening.  The theme of this years exhibition is ‘Revisiting Old Voyages’. It commemorates the exploits of our ancestor Kupe and celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Wairau Bar repatriation.

There will be work on display from Te Tauihu Māori artist’s such as Lewis Smith, Clarry Neame, Paora Mackie and Keelan Walker and will be curated by Dr. Peter Meihana.

The event will be held this Friday evening at the Millennium Public Art Gallery, Cnr of Seymour Street and, Alfred St, Blenheim 7201 beginning at 6pm.

Spaces are limited so please RSVP via the registration form below as soon as possible, or by no later than 14 Nov 2019.

If you have any questions please contact the following details.

Keelan Walker
0210457714
keelan@loudnoise.co.nz

Hikoi through the Wairau Lagoons with Springlands School.

Hikoi through the Wairau Lagoons with Springlands School.

Sharing our kōrero with the community.

This week Ngā Pakiaka o Te Morehu o Te Whenua Trust  in Wairau/Blenheim has guided 150 local primary school students through the Wairau Lagoons to share with them some of the wonderful pūrākau and traditional kōrero of the area.

Their three day lagoon hikoi saw them reach that point and their kaitiaki are now proudly demonstrating these taonga with the wider community. They believe that by doing so, allows everyone to enjoy our connection to the land, promoting its appreciation and protection for future generations.

Organisers Sue Parish, Keelan Walker and Dr Pete Meihana are thrilled with the significant milestone and achievement they have reached after starting their initiative last year.  Their goal has been to grow the traditional knowledge of the Ahi Kaa whānau in the Wairau so that they could operate confidently as kaitiaki of their whenua and their local heritage.

They have been supported by Lewis Smith who assisted with guiding the lagoon hikoi. Lewis and his whānau have been regular attendees and contributors to the wānanga over the last 18 months. He has emerged as a passionate and competent kaitiaki and in the recent hikoi he was their leading guide on the lagoon hikoi.

Check out the images from the day in our gallery.

Related resources and articles.

Te Putahitanga Article

Our facebook page article covering the day’s event

Keelan Walker’s blog post about the day

 

 

Hikoi to Meretoto

Hikoi to Meretoto

Hikoi through Tōtaranui to Meretoto 

Join us on a hikoi through Tōtaranui to Meretoto to visit our mahinga kai and to learn some of the history of the area.

Tēnā koe e te Rangatira

The Trustees of Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o Te Whenua cordially invite you to our next event/wānanga.

We will be travelling through Tōtaranui to Meretoto aboard the Beachcomber on:

Sunday, 17 March 2019
Leaving: Picton Marina 9:00am (meet at 8:30)
Return: 3:00pm

Spaces are limited so please RSVP via the registration form below as soon as possible, or by no later than 13 of March 2019.

If you have any questions please contact the project coordinator via the following details.

Sue Parish
022 158 8705

or email keelan@npmotw.org.nz

Personal invite from the Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o te Whenua Trustees

Personal invite from the Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o te Whenua Trustees

The Foot Steps of Uenuku Book Launch

Tēnā koe e te Rangatira

The Trustees of Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o Te Whenua cordially invite you to the launch of their first publication featuring an iconic Māori traditional story of the Wairau region. The booklet has been produced for circulation to primary schools and whānau across the Marlborough region.

The event will take place at Ukaipo Cultural Centre, Grovetown, commencing at 6 pm on Wednesday the 24th of October 2018.

Spaces are limited so please RSVP via the registration form below as soon as possible, or by no later than 23rd of October 2018.

If you have any questions please contact the project coordinator via the following details.

Keelan Walker
0210457714
keelan@loudnoise.co.nz

Karaka Point

Karaka Point

PA KARAKA

By Richard Bradley

The name karaka is derived from the Karaka tree with its orange fruits that are quite common on the New Zealand coast. There are a number of headlands, rivers and expanses of beach where this tree is found and in most cases, there are signs of the Maori occupation. Sites in Marlborough with the name Karaka can be found in the Marlborough Sounds, Rarangi, Cape Campbell and a small creek on the north bank of the Waiau Toa (Clarence) river.

The headland Pa just north of Waikawa in the Marlborough Sounds is known as Te Rae o Karaka after the Ngati Mamoe and Ngai Tara chief named Te Karaka who established the pa prior to the arrival of Rangitane from the north island. He also lived at Cape Campbell, and the reef adjoining the headland there still carries his name to the present day.

The pa was occupied by a mix of Rangitane and Ngai Tara up until the 1820s when it was overrun by the musket raiders of Ngati Toa and their Taranaki allies. The occupants managed to survive the withering musket volleys of the invaders and escape to their inland pa at Te Urukakea up what is known today as Esson’s valley, and thence over the Tirohanga saddle to Waikutakuta.

The Pa has remained unoccupied since that time.