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Hui Whakapūmau

He tamaiti akona ki te kainga, tu ki te marae, tau ana.

Koia nei te whakatinana o ngā mahi o te whare wananga. Nā taku whanau anō ahau i kawe ki te whare wananga i runga i te mōhio ka upoko pakaru ki ngā mahi. A, nō te marama o Haratua i tutuki, i ea taua wahanga ki te whai i te tohu paetahi mō te ture. Tau ana ahau me ngā tauira mō to matou whakapotaetanga.

Ka ao ake a Tama nui te Ra ki roto o Hinetakurua hei reo karanga mō ngā mahi kei mua i te aroaro. A, na ngā manu korihi o te Herenga Waka te reo pōhiri kia matou kia whakaeke ki te marae mō te Hui Whakapūmau. Whai muri mai i te pōhiri, ka tīmata ngā mihimihi, tuku taonga o Ngai Tauira me te karakia whakapūmau.

Hei kīnaki i ngā mihi me ngā taonga, i tu a Mereana Hond, tētahi o ngā tauira o mua ki te tuku korero mō ana mahi whakaata mō te hongere o Al Jazeera. Ko tāna, ahakoa te aha, me whai whakaaro koe kia koe anō, a me whakangungu, whakatika ia koe anō hoki. Ki reira koe takahi i te ara o poutama, i te ara o te mātauranga. A, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

Nō te pō tonu i tu te whakapotaetanga mō ngā tauira Maori e kiia nei ko Toi Huarewa. He kaupapa nui whakaharahara kia tu te kanohi Maori ki runga i te atamira me tona whakawhiwhi ki te tohu paetahi. Nōku anō te maringanui kia tu ki mua i te aroaro ki te whakaputa i waku whakaaro me te whakahoki i ngā korero ki te hunga na rātou i whakarite i te hui o Toihuarewa. Ko tāku, he tuku mihi kia rātou i whāngai, i awhi, i whakarongo kia matou ia matou e takahi ana i tēnei ara, ngā piki me ngā heke, ko taua hunga anō tera i tu hei poutokomanawa, hei tuara mō matou. Koia nei te matu o taku kauhau ki te hunga. He tu whakamihi ki runga i te whakaiti me te mōhio ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

Nō reira, ka waiho aua korero ki reira. Heoi anō, me tuku mihi kia rātou katoa na rātou tēnei kaupapa i tutuki, i ora, i ea. Ki te Marae, Te Herenga Waka, ka mihi. Kia Ngai Tauira, tena anō koutou me ngā mahi nunui mō taua ra. Anō hoki ngā mihi ki te Whare Wananga o te upoko o Te Ika, koutou katoa i whakatu i tēnei hui, e kore te kupu e whakatinana i ngā mihi!

Tena koutou, tena koutou, mauriora kia tātou katoa.

NĀ David Jones

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