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Second Maori Indian Hui announced

Second Maori Indian Hui announced

Following the success of the first Hui (gathering) of Maori Indians with the theme “Coming together, working together, growing together”, the second Hui was planned and announced.

More than 100 delegates are expected to participate in the second Hui at the Tangatarua Marae, Waiariki Institute of Technology campus, Rotorua from Friday, 14 March to Sunday, 16 March 2014. The official program will start at 5.00 pm on Friday with a powhiri (official Maori welcome) by Dr Ken Kennedy, Kaumatua of the Waiariki Institute of Technology.

The main purpose of the twoday gathering is to bring the Maori Indian community together, and to motivate them to contribute to the community. The Hui is organised by Hindu Council of New Zealand, in association with International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS Aotearoa) and Aotearoa Bharat Friendship Society (ABFS). The participants will have an opportunity to learn a
The second Hui will take place at the Tangatarua marae, which was carved by Lyonel Grant, a MaoriIndian himself. Tangatarua translates to "two peoples" and strongly symbolises the bicultural nature of the people who participate in the Hui of Maori Indians.

An organizing committee, comprising of academics, project managers, lawyers and business people of MaoriIndian origin, has been formed to organize the second gathering. People from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whakatane, Opotiki, Kawhia, and Wellington are expected to participate in the second Hui.

We have sent the invitations to a number of Iwi/hapu that includes Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe, Whakatohea, Ngati Pikiao, Tainui, Ngati Paoa, Ngapuhi, Te Arawa, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Rangiwewehi, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Te Roro o Te Rangi, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa, Nga Ruahine, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Matata, Ngatiwairere, Waahi, Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahungunu, Rakaipaaka, Tu Wharetoa ki Kawerau, and Ngati Pukenga, Te Atiawa (Taranaki/Wellington/Lower Hutt/Upper Hutt). Similarly, invitations have also gone to a number of Universities that include AUT University, The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato, and Massey University.

A number of cultural and social sessions and workshops are being organized during the Hui. The participants will thoroughly enjoy the workshops on vegetarian cooking, Rangoli (traditional Hindu decorative art), “MehndiMoko” (temporary henna tattoo) where both Maori and Hindu designs will be taught, and ladies will have an opportunity to learn Saree wearing.

This gathering will be held in a smokefree, alcoholfree and meatfree atmosphere. This gathering is one more step forward in HinduMaori whakawhanaungatanga (relations). Many participants have already shown interest in attending the second Hui.

The joint coordinators from Maori Indian community include Raewyn Bhana (Joint coordinator) 027 551 3225 and Natasha Narayan (Joint coordinator) 021 828 687.

Also, the second Hui will be run along Rotorua Holi Festival. A television production crew will cover a documentary on Rotorua Holi Festival and it will be telecast on a national television.

The Hindu Council of New Zealand believes in the spirit of community wellbeing on the Principle of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (World is one family).

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