April 2012

In this issue

Nga Kohinga pays tribute to the late Sir Henare Ngata - a life dedicated to the pursuit of equality for Maori in Aotearoa, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou replaces Te Runanga o Ngati Porou as sole governance body following the third and final reading of the Ngati porou Claims Settlement Bill and Radio Ngati Porou scoops 5 awards at the inaugural Iwi Radio Awards.

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A life dedicated to the pursuit of equality

Sir Henare was an authority on many things Māori including the all-important Treaty of Waitangi and the later foreshore and seabed issue. His greatest disappointment in recent times was that he was not given the opportunity to present his submission on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill to the select committee. When asked why he would even bother, given that the Bill would be passed anyway, he remarked, “So that I can satisfy myself that I raised my hand to object”.

Next Chapter in the Ngati Porou Story Begins

The day before the final reading a bus travelled down from the East Coast, doing the first pick up in Hicks Bay at 5.30am. The willingness of people to undertake that arduous journey at short notice to support the kaupapa, is a measure of the strong home based support received throughout the settlement process.