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Stories of the older generation wanted for Whare Korero event

Stories of the older generation wanted for Whare Korero event

As part of the journey toward securing a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, Ngāti Hinerangi Trust plans to hold a Whare Korero event by August. It is at this event that whānau will be given the opportunity to stand up and share their memories growing up in the Ngāti Hinerangi rohe.

Stories told at Whare Korero held by other iwi have included stories about the land and culture and our connection to both. These stories about the land and culture and our connection to both. These stories have also highlighted their loss as a people through colonization and land wars.

While short stories about daily life in the area are wanted, even more so are the more in depth and historical accounts.

Ngāti Hinerangi is encouraged to share stories about the land such as bush tracks and farmland we once used and waterways we used to use for eeling, swimming and gathering watercress.

It is hoped that we would hear stories about schooling and housing in the early days and the impact the Pakeha culture had on our way of life.

Ngāti Hinerangi Iwi is in a state of revival and unlike other larger iwi, we do not have an official recorded historical account.

This event, funded as part of the Treaty Settlement process, will give us the chance to directly share our stories with future generations. Also, the information revealed during the Whare Korero will be filmed and used as part of Ngāti Hinerangi formal historical account.

Being an iwi that almost extinct because of our lack of recorded history, this event will be an integral part of bringing our history back to life.

Ngāti Hinerangi contractors will work on this event soon, making contact with whānau to compile a programme of speakers.

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