Kaituhituhi / Author
Uncle Tokotokerangi Te Aho
Ngā Kaumatua Mātauranga
Ko Whakapunake te Maunga,
Ko Wairoa te Awa,
Ko Takitimu te Waka,
Ko Tamatea Ariki nui te Kaihautu,
Ko Ngamotu te Marae,
Ko Te Rauhina te Whare Tipuna,
Ko Okaka te Urupa,
Ko Nga Uri o Teotane te Hapu,
Ko Pukupuku me Tangiora Mihaere oku Tipuna.
Haramai te Toki,
Haumi e, Hui e, Taiki e.
Mauri Ora ki te Iwi o Ngati Kahungunu.
Tenei te kupu o Tokotokerangi Te Aho
Korero / Story
Did you know there are many marae around Wairoa, and many of these were part of our Tipuna’s and Whanau Mihaere’s Turangawaewae.
Prior to our hikoi to Kihitu and Te Rauhina, some of the Whanau followed me on a speedy tipi haere, to pay our respects to other marae which are also part of us?
Stop 1 was to Takitimu Marae, this whare Tipuna, is symbolic in many ways. The Takitimu waka, Ngati Kahungunu, and our link to the many other waka, and iwi, which are a part of our past and our origins.
Stop 2 – Ruataniwha Marae – This marae is the place of those who followed the Ratana faith, and our Whanau went to church here. We probably spent more time here than at Te Rauhina – maybe it was proximity? [i.e. no cars].
Stop 3 – Taihoa Marae – on the way to Kihitu, we spent a lot of time here, as we lived just around the corner. We passed the marae on the way to school.
Historically, there is a strong link in terms of Tipuna between Taihoa and Te Rauhina.
I have always tried to follow this hikoi, when I visit Wairoa, maybe sentiment, but it is also respect for our whare Tipuna.
Tikanga Maori is an imperative, of our relationship to our Marae, and there are times when the kaupapa is absolute.
However, in some situations, especially where Whanau are involved, we can initiate some things, but continue to be respectfull of the whare Tipuna.
The challenge for us, is knowing what to do, and how, given the many issues of Tikanga.
How do we share the things we know, with those who want to know, but may be uncertain where to start?
Pupuritia te Aroha e, ki te Whanau, ki te Mauri Ora.
Kia Tu Tangata tatou katoa.