MATAATUA, TE MANUKA TŪTAHI WHAKATANE PRESENTS
Tūhonohono i ngā Taonga a Iwi – A symposium about ‘Preserving Iwi Cultural Heritage’. Register attendance for the symposium here:
Workshops on conservation of paper, flax and carving: To register your interest call Te Runanga o Ngati Awa 07 3070760
Film Screenings : To register your interest call Te Runanga o Ngati Awa 07 3070760
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
Symposium 9.30am – 5.40pm: Tūhonohono i ngā Taonga a Iwi – Preserving Iwi Cultural at Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi.
FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
Symposium 8.45am – 3.30pm: Tūhonohono i ngā Taonga a Iwi: Preserving Iwi Cultural at Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi.
Film Screening 5 pm: The Great Trees: Tangata Whenua Series, Pacific Films 1975 at Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi.
SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Workshop with Vicki-Anne Heikell: Paper conservation, whakapapa books, manuscripts, whakaahua I roto I nga wharenui at Te Runanga o Ngati Awa House, 4-10 Louvain Street, Whakatane.
Workshop with Rangi Te Kanawa: Kakahu, whariki, paru, harakeke and tukutuku at Te Runanga o Ngati Awa House, 4-10 Louvain Street, Whakatane.
Workshop with Dean Whiting and Jim Schuster: Conservation of carving at Army Hall, The Strand, Whakatane.
Film Screening: 5pm screening of Mataatua Canoe Offspring, A Muru Art Film 1986 at Mataatua, Te Manuka Tūtahi.
Screening Friday: The Great Trees: Tangata Whenua Series, Pacific Films 1975
Eruera Manuera. There is a saying about the old leaders ‘He Totara Whakaruruhau.’ They are the great trees giving shelter from the wind. Putauaki, the sacred mountain near Whakatane, is a symbol of prestige and the burial place of the chiefs of the Ngāti Awa tribes. Wiremu Tarei and whānau walk onto the marae, as does Eruera Manuera (paramount chief of Ngāti Awa) at Te Teko. Shots and interview with Puti O’Brian (Eruera’s daughter) who talks of her family life. Interviews with both Eruera Manuera and Wiremu Tarei covering many issues such as; tikanga relating to burials on Putauaki, the education system today (Te Teko school, which has 95 % Māori pupils is shown and discussed), the impact and affects of Kawerau Mills and more.
Screening Saturday: Mataatua Canoe Offspring, A Muru Art Film 1986
He pakipūmeka e kōrerotia ki te hoenga mai o te waka tūpuna ko Mataatua mai Hawaiiki ki Whakatāne ka tae atu ki Tākou. Ka tū he wānanga i waenga i ngā iwi e rua, ara ko Ngāti Awa mai Whakatāne me ngā iwi o Ngāpuhi mai Te Taitokerau. Ka tirohia rātou ki ngā whakapapa me ngā kōrero mō Puhi rāua ko tōna tuakana ko Toroa o te waka o Mataatua.
Ka tū tēnei hui i runga Whitiora Marae Te Tii, Taitokerau. Two iwi come together to settle an ages old conversation.
Mataatua, NZBC 1974
Dover Pihama Samuels of Ngāti Kurī, sub-tribe of Ngāpuhi, recalls that as a boy he used to listen to kaumatua talk about the legendary Mataatua canoe, brought his ancestors here over 600 years ago.The first landing place of the Mataatua was in Whakatāne, but disagreements between the canoe’s Captain Toroa and his younger brother Puhi marked the beginning of the journey north with Puhi in command. Some say Puhi stole the canoe but others say without the correct incantations Mataatua would not have moved. Puhi must have had the mana and the knowledge to sail the canoe. Believed to be about 70 feet long and weighing over 25 ton it was taken from the waters at Hokianga to begin a strange journey through the forests of the North, ending at Tākou Bay. It is in the Tākou River that kaumātua say the Mataatua lies.After diving in a certain area of the river, Dover emerged claiming there was something there. Eight feet under the surface the divers were confronted with a rock in the shape of an upturned canoe running 30 feet in a straight line before being buried in the river bed. Northern tradition has it that Mataatua was turned to stone after being laid to rest. Dover Samuels claims “ I can’t say yes, no, whether it is, whether it isn’t, but what I have done in myself and I feel in myself, is that I have at least reinforced the legends of our kaumātua.”
Koro Eruera Manuera