Ratana celebrations – 24-25 January

On the 24th January Kiingi Tuheitia, accompanied by a sizeable contingent from Waikato, travelled to Ratana Paa. to attend their annual celebrations. The weather was beautiful, the crowds were happy and the hospitality very welcoming. This year’s celebrations¬†saw the followers of Pai Maarire, Ringatu and Ratana¬†all attending together, for the first time. The politicians were also out in force, with Kiingi Tuheitia sharing a few words with Leader of the Opposition Hon. David Cunliffe.

On the paepae
On the paepae

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Kiingi Tuheitia  with rangatira o te motu
Kiingi Tuheitia with rangatira o te motu
Kiingi Tuheitia with Hon David Cunliffe
Kiingi Tuheitia with Hon David Cunliffe
Returning from the Temple
Returning from the Temple

Helen Kotua me hoa
Helen Kotua me hoa

 

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae arriving
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae arriving