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Ngāti Awa prepare for National Commemoration

Friday 6 October 2017

Ngāti Awa prepare for National Commemoration of Te Kupenga Pā.

Preparations are underway as the people of Ngāti Awa prepare to host a national commemoration and the 152nd anniversary of Te Kupenga a Taramainuku Pā (Te Kupenga Pa).

Thousands of people and iwi from across Aotearoa will embark on Te Teko for the commemoration on Friday 20 October.

Te Kupenga was a pre-European settlement of the hapū of Ngāti Awa, recognised as a social, political and economic hub of the lower-Rangitāiki region until September 1865 when Crown forces and their loyalist allies invaded the rohe of Ngāti Awa and eventually laid siege to Te Kupenga in pursuit of Ngāti Awa tribes involved in the death of Hemi Fulloon, leading to the confiscation of a large part of the tribal rohe.

“This is a very significant event for the people of Ngāti Awa, Rangitaiki and Te Teko” Te Kupenga Heritage Committee spokesperson, Hakahaka Hona says.

The day will begin with a dawn ceremony at 5am followed by a mass powhiri for the Kingitanga, dignitaries, special guests and iwi from across Aotearoa.
“The commemoration marks a time where as a Iwi we are able to remember what happened, educate our rangatahi and future generations and restore the community's awareness of such a significant historic event that occurred within our community”. Mr Hona says.

In the lead up to the 2016 commemoration, Te Kura Wānanga o Te Kupenga a Taramainuku was formed to nurture traditional teachings, including mau rākau, waiata, haka, kōrero o neherā, karakia, amongst the tamariki, and pakeke of Ngāti Awa.

Te Kura Wananga alongside local schools and iwi will provide a 300-man strong haka powhiri contingent to welcome dignitaries, special guests and visiting iwi.

Te Kupenga Pa National Commemoration Day
Friday 20 October 2017
Te Kupenga Pā, Tahuna Road, Te Teko
5am: Karakia - Dawn Ceremony
10am: Powhiri ki te Kingitanga
12pm: Powhiri ki te Kawanatanga


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