Link to Pacific Voyaging expertise

April 29, 2022
An internet link giving access to a treasure trove of traditional knowledge, expertise and historical information on Pacific Voyaging – which has never been assembled in one place before – was published online in time for New Zealand Archaeology Week (April 23-May 1 2022).
The link connects people to a series of audio, video and written presentations made by an extraordinary range of speakers covering different aspects of traditional Polynesian voyaging.

The presentations were recorded at a ground-breaking wānanga held at Waitangi in 2019 which – for the first time ever – brought together the disciplines of traditional, practical and academic knowledge of Māori voyaging. The wānanga was supported by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the Department of Conservation, the University of Auckland and the University of Otago.
The wānanga – convened by the Arakite Charitable Trust under the mana of Matutaera Tenana Clendon ONZM with support from Tuia: Encounters 250 – drew leading academics and artisans, tohunga and kōkōrangi (astronomers and navigators), tohunga tārai waka (boatwrights and carvers) as well as anthropologists, archaeologists, traditional and academic historians, museum
conservators, biologists, geneticists and even a geochemist.
The objective of the wānanga was to assemble a broad range of people with different areas of expertise, knowledge and perspectives on Pacific voyaging to enhance understanding of this important aspect of our heritage.
“The web-based resource that was produced from the wānanga contains specialist knowledge presented by a gathering of exceptional tohunga and experts in their different fields,” says Kaumātua and Arakite Trust member, Matuaera Clendon.
“The information recorded here will help advance our understanding of the story of voyaging in the Pacific. Although the subject matter is often quite specialist in nature, the presentations are very accessible and will be of great interest to a wide range of people.”
A selection of speakers and topics include:

  • The Late Professor Manuka Henare and Professor Dame Anne Salmond – a conversation
    about voyaging that set the scene for the wānanga
  • Jack Thatcher – historical, technological and cultural continuity of Pacific voyaging
  • Professor Richard Walter – Hawaiki – an Archaeological Perspective
  • Ral Makiha – Matariki, Living by the Seasons
  • Dr James Robinson – the Mangahāwea Bay excavation
  • Ockie Simmonds – the coming of the Māori
  • Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith – DNA and the Pacific origins of settlement of Aotearoa

People can explore the wānanga material free of charge by folliwing the link:

NK Hapu Nomination Process for Marae Trust

Tamariki in front of Te Rawhiti marae

Tena koutou katoa

Nga mihi ki a koutou i enei wa hurihuri. Nga manaakitanga o te runga rawa ki a koutou me to whanau.

At a recent Trustees hui we discussed the need for keeping our whanau safe during the Covid 19 pandemic but we also understand the need to continue to work on our goals for the Hapu and keep Hapu members informed.

As some of you are aware there is the Marae TGM on the 26th March 2022 at the Marae starting at 10.00am.

As many of you will be on zoom for the hui, we are asking whanau to consider who will be our 4 representatives on the Marae Trust.

There has been some discussion that our Ngati Kuta reps need to live in or close to Rawhiti to ensure availability and continuity in these Covid times.

Qualities of a Representative:

  • You are tika, pono and show aroha in all your dealings with Hapu and Marae matters.
  • You will need to be able to negotiate, to have good communication skills,
  • You need to be knowledgable in our tikanga/kawa
  • You need to be available for Trustees hui
  • You need to abide by the Marae Trust deed. 

We acknowledge our current Trustees, Russell Hook, Natasha Clarke-Nathan, Peter Johnson and Jacqueline Rewha-Clendon and thank them for their mahi, commitment, energy and time for our marae and our Hapu.

Nomination Process:

  1. We will post on our website a form so that whanau can nominate and second nominees.
  2. Please make sure you have spoken to your nominees and that they have agreed to be nominated.
  3. Whanau can nominate on the day in our hui but their maybe limited capacity (25 maximum at Marae) so to ensure everyone has a say and is informed please talk with your whanau.
  4. Put forward your nominations before the 26th March 2022.
  5. Only Ngati Kuta Hapu members who are registered or Shareholders will be eligible to nominate and second nominations.

We envisage that we will use the same process for the upcoming Ngati Kuta Hapu AGM and the Hauai Ahuwhenua Trust AGM.

23rd April 2022        Ngati Kuta ki Te Rawhiti Charitable Trust AGM

24th April 2022        Hauai Ahuwhenua Trust AGM

Naku noa

Glenys Papuni

(on behalf of Ngati Kuta Charitable Trust)

Ngati Kuta ki Te Rawhiti Charitable Trust

Panui - 14.03.2022