Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Powhiri for Destiny NZ - Ngati Pukeko Marae

Thursday 20 May 2004

Powhiri for Destiny NZ - Ngati Pukeko Marae, Whakatane.

The leader of Destiny NZ political party, Richard Lewis, has been invited onto his home marae in Whakatane on Saturday 29th May for a special powhiri to acknowledge the party and his role as leader.

Mr. Lewis was invited back to Whakatane following a successful public meeting at the Whakatane War Memorial Hall in April. The meeting was attended by more than 200 locals.

Of Ngati Awa and European descent, the powhiri will be a significant occasion for the party leader.

"This is a very special occasion for my family and I, and we will be taking a delegation of Destiny NZ supporters and representatives to celebrate this event. My brother (Nigel Lewis) also plays a crucial role in the Destiny NZ team and we are both looking forward to spending time with the whanau in Whakatane," says Lewis.

Destiny NZ's delegate for Waiariki, Mr. Hawea Vercoe, also has strong family connections to the Ngati Pukeko hapu and will be attending the powhiri. Destiny NZ is expecting to take many of its key Maori delegates who will contest the Maori seats at the next election. Launched in July of last year, the party intends to contest many of the 69 electorates at the next election.

"One of our major strengths as a political entity is that our Maori and non-Maori delegates are strongly unified in our Christian founding values. Furthermore, we all understand and respect the position of Te Tiriti O Waitangi as a significant founding document in our nation. Primarily, our passion is for families and our mission is to see New Zealand families succeed in every aspect of life," says Mr Lewis.

Starting at 10.00am on Saturday 29th May 2004, the powhiri will be held on Ngati Pukeko Marae, Rewatu Road in Whakatane.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news