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Hokianga gathers for upcoming Tiriti commemorations

The Hokianga community will join together at Māngungu Mission on February 12 to commemorate the third and largest signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi [Treaty of Waitangi].

Viewing the Treaty at Māngungu Mission, photo by Grant Sheehan.

The signing took place on February 12, 1840 at the mission in Horeke, which is now cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and is open to the public.

About 70 rangatira signed the Treaty at the 1840 hui, which generated robust korero among the chiefs present. As many as 3000 Maori were present at the historic occasion.

A replica of Kākahu Raranga (pictured) will be presented to the home people at the February 12 Tiriti commemorations in the Hokianga. Photo by Grant Sheehan.

“As part of the day’s commemorative events, two taonga will be presented to the home people at Mangungu. One is a recreation of Kākahu Raranga – a woven garment from the Hokianga said to have been given to missionary William White who served at Māngungu, and which is currently being held at the British Museum,” says Heritage New Zealand’s Director Tautiaki Wahi Taonga, Mita Harris.

“The other taonga is a baptismal font which is associated with the Mission.”

The replica of Kākahu Raranga was woven by Margaret Jackson who, working from photographs, sought the professional opinions of other weavers around the country about the original garment’s design and method of fabrication.

“According to responses received from a range of weavers, Kākahu Raranga appears to combine Maori and European influences – though the pattern, techniques and materials used to create the original are traditional and may not have been influenced by European styles,” says Mita.

“The presentation of the replica – whose unique design reflects a time of great change for Maori society – will be an important part of the 2018 Tiriti commemorations at Mangungu.”

Another taonga – the original table on which Te Tiriti was signed – will also feature on February 12.

A flotilla of waka,  photo by Grant Sheehan.

“A flotilla of waka will begin our day with a powhiri taking place at about 8.20am. This will be followed by karakia and mihi, and presentations of the Taonga followed by kai and more korero,” says Mita.

“This is a very important day in the calendar of the Hokianga, and everyone is welcome to come and mark this important anniversary with us.”

Māngungu Mission – one of Northland’s Landmarks Whenua Tohunga – will be open free of charge to visitors on February 6 and 12.

Hokianga Te Tiriti Celebrations 2018

Mātua tama wairua tapu me ngā anahera pono me te māngai tautoko mai āe

8.15am    Waka departs Horeke

8.25am    Pōwhiri

8.45am    Karakia and mihi

9.30am    Waka salute

10.00am  Taonga presentations

10.30am  Waka Hoe Pōwhiri

11–12 noon   Kai

1.00pm onwards   Site tour, more korero (self-guided) and wrap-up.


Updated on 9th February 2018