Ngā mihi Nui Ki Te haukainga o Parihaka.
On Saturday 10 June the Heartland Tour van went to Parihaka for the Puanga Kai Rau Festival.
Educator and Iwi spokesman Te Ahu Rei of Ngaruahinerangi (listen here) signed a postcard before heading down to the Maara.
On this video Te Ahu talks about the Crown’s apology and the the opportunity the people have in moving forward: education is vital for his people, he says. Te Ahu explains his journey in education and the need to be well resourced in our kura and kohanga reo.
The day before was the Puanga Haeata Ceremony, where over 1000 people gathered to hear the Crown apologise to the tupuna of Parihaka for events in 1881. A moving ceremony followed by the opening of the Puanga Festival.
Puanga Kai Rau is about getting ready for the new year and the new harvest. Te Ahi Kaa o Puanga, the fire was lit on Friday night and stayed lit during the whole festival.
The day started with breakfast and all day activities, including kidszone, weaving, gardening, guest speakers and a concert – Jean Hikaka in the green teeshirt setting up for the kidszone. We had many tamariki and parents coming in with plenty of support for our campaign. Ngā mihi Nui Ki Te haukainga o Parihaka.
The ending of the festival was with karakia and putting the fire out.
Whānau walking to the Maara for the closing ceremony.