Mai i te tau 1980 e whakanuia a Ngāti Awa i te haingatanga o Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Whakatāne i runga i te 16 o te marama o Pipiri 1840. I runga i taua ra i te hokina mai o James Williamson Ferdarb mai i Opotiki i tau ia ki Whakatāne ka noho ki Pūpū-āruhe ki te taha o Mokai rātou ko Tautari otirā ētahi atu o ngā rangatira o Ngati Awa me Ngati Pukeko i āpiti atu i to rātou tohu ki te wāhanga māori o Te Tiriti o Waitangi!

Na reira e te whānau he kaupapa matua tēnei he hokinga maumahara ki tēnei wa rongonui rawa atu.

We welcome you to this important commemorative occasion to be held from 6.45am at Pohaturoa, Whakatāne.
We also invite you to linger with us that day from 8.30am to 3pm to participate in your choice of three Total Immersion Creative Reo Workshops in the theme of ‘Pohaturoa me nga waahi tapu o Whakatane’ led by Te Kei Merito and mahi toi facilitators – Dr Agnes McFarland (tuhituhi), Erena Koopu (ta Pikitia), Moerangi Black (tito waiata).