Te Rawhiti Powhiri and Mangahawea Pou Ceremony
7th November 2019
Waitangi, Aotearoa New Zealand
23rd to the 25th of August 2019
The Maori had already lived in their country for half a millennium, and had discovered the islands some time before, when they first met, hosted, studied and worked with Europeans, who had just then arrived in the Bay of Islands. Two hundred years after that, at Waitangi, the Arakite Trust called the first formal conference integrating the disciplines of traditional, practical and academic knowledge of Maori voyaging. Under the mana of Matutaera Tenana Clendon, ONZM, with the financial support of Tuia – Encounters 250, and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and with the collaboration of the University of Otago, a whare wānanga – a temporary university – was assembled: professors and artisans, tohunga kōkōrangi (astronomers and navigators) tohunga tārai waka (boatwrights and carvers), and even the modern tohunga tikanga tangata (anthropologists), traditional and academic historians, museum conservators, biologists, geneticists and even a geochemist gathered to share and appreciate one another’s learning concerning the Maori mastery of their Pacific world: hekenga, rerenga, whitianga. Here are recorded the proceedings of that wananga.
Te Rawhiti Marae Powhiri for Voyaging Waka
Footage of Powhiri at Te Rawhiti Marae welcoming the 3 Voyaging waka during the Tuia 250 Celebrations 7.11.2019
Final Panel Discussion and Conclusion
Saturday 24.08.19 Final Panel Discussion and Conclusion of the Voyaging Wananga at Waitangi August 2019
Papers and Presentations
The Arakite Charitable Trust was designed as an adaptable educational platform to identify problem areas in the broad concept of modern Maori education, to assess historical shortcomings and distractions, and to explore solutions, then to establish projects to work on those solutions.