Here-turi-kookaa (August) Update
This month has been dominated by planning and preparations for the 8th anniversary celebrations of King Tuheitia. Referred to as Koroneihana, the week-long celebrations are one of the most significant events in the Maaori calendar, attracting politicians, community and business leaders and rangatira from around the motu.
Thousands of people will converge on Tuurangawaewae Marae to pay their respects to Kiingi Tuheitia and take part in the various events and celebrations that have been organised, including sporting competitions, kapa haka displays and various expos.
You can download a copy of the Koroneihana 2014 here.
Significantly, this year around 26 ambassadors and high commissioners will also attend the celebrations, lending a distinctly international flavour to the proceedings and giving further credence to the stated goals of King Tuheitia to broaden and deepen direct relationships with the global family of nations.
King Tuheitia will give his address to the motu on the morning of 21st August. We will post his speech to this site, immediately after delivery.
Earlier in the month Te Whirinaki a te Kiingi, Whatumoana, accompanied by Brad Totorewa attended a dinner in Auckland, hosted by the Universal Peace Federation. The event was an opportunity for Te Whirinaki a te Kiingi and Brad to meet other delegates travelling to Seoul to attend the World Summit.
At the conclusion of the dinner, a number of Ambassadors for Peace were announced and presented with certificates from the Federation. Among the people so honoured was Waikato-Tainui’s own Robert Tukiri from Rahui Pokeka (Huntly) a lifelong Maaori activist, community advocate, member of Te Kauhanganui and past member of Te Arataura.
Te Whirinaki a te Kiingi and Brad duly attended the World Peace Summit in Seoul between 9-13 August on behalf of Kiingi Tuheitia. By all accounts the speech of Te Whirinaki a te Kiingi was well received by the 800 delegates, including past and present world leaders. King Tuheitia has maintained a busy schedule in the lead up to Koroneihana, overseeing preparations and continuing to meet with various delegations, including one from Niue who paid him a courtesy call and presented him with a gift.
On 15 August – the Raa Wairua of Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu – the Office coordinated a blessing ceremony, conducted by Tuurangawaewae Marae kaumaatua and cultural adviser Tame Pokaia, for the new Kiingitanga Reserve signs that have been placed on the Kiingitanga Reserve opposite Tuurangawaewae House. Mayor Sanson, Waikato District Council staff and councillors and Ngaaruawaahia Community Board members were all present.
Known previously as the Octagon Park, the new name, along with new ‘waka-inspired’ information signs installed recently by the Community Board, is a welcome recognition of the importance of the Kiingitanga in our local and national histories.
But this month is really all about Koroneihana and celebrating our King, and the Kiingitanga. Everyone – Maaori and Paakeha – is welcome to attend Koroneihana. The King’s speech will be broadcast live by Radio Tainui and we will post Koroneihana pictures throughout the event.