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August 5, 2013 | by  | in Opinion |
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Ngai Tauira President

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka

He tohunga aku tīpuna ki te whakatere i te ara moana. Mehemea he Māori koe, kāre e kore he pērā hoki ētahi o ōhau ake tīpuna. I tarea e rātou te whakatere i te moana tāpokopoko e kīia nei i ēnei rā ko Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, mai i Hawaiki ki Aotearoa. He nakawhiti tō rātou māia, me tō rātou pūmanawa kia rauora ai taua ekenga kaitā rawa atu. Koia pea tētahi o ngā tāhuhu kōrero nui whakaharahara e pā ana ki ngā haerenga moana huri noa i te ao whānui.

Nā, e mōhio ana ahau ko te hūmārie tētahi o ngā uaratanga nui a tāua te Māori. Koira tētahi whakataukī e mea ana, “Kāore te kūmara e kōrero ana mō tōna reka!”. Kāre pea e tino tika ana kia whakamihia ngā mahi o oku tīpuna. Engari ka whakamīharo ki ngā āhuatanga o ēnei haerenga i whakatutuki ai rātou, me whakahīhī ka tika.

Ko te whakahāngaitanga o taku kōrero e pēnei ana; ko tā tātou haerenga hei tauira Māori i te whare wānanga kāre i te tino rerekē ki ērā o ō tātau tīpuna. I ēnei rā me mau tonu ki te mauri hautū i te ara moana. Ahakoa kāre au i te mōhio ki ngā whakataumahatanga i whakapā atu ki ngā tīpuna, kāre e kore ko Mataku rāua ko Mokemoke o rātou hoariri.

I roto i ēnei marama ruarua nei kua rangona ngā kare-a-roto o te mataku me te mokemoke; he āhua rite tonu ki ērā i pīkautia nei e ō tātou tīpuna i tō rātou ake haerenga. Ko te āhua o te waka rā e tere mokemoke ana mai Hawaiki, whakawhiti atu ana ki waho o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, he āhuatanga rite ki te āhua o Ngāi Tauira i ēnei rā. I ētahi wā he rawa kore, i ētahi wā kua pokea e te mahi, ā, ka whakawhirinaki ki runga i ngā karakia ki Hawaki nui, ki Hawaiki Pāmamao hei tautoko!

Ko aku pātai ko ēnei:
He aha ngā whakaaro o ngā tīpuna i a rātou e titiro whakarunga ana ki ngā whetū?
I whai rātou i te ara tika?
I te rangirua hoki rātou? I whakataumaha te manawa i ētahi wā?
I te harikoa rātou i tō rātou haerenga?
I rata ai rātou ki te whakamātautau o ō rātou pūmanawa, mātauranga hoki?

Mōku tonu, kua akona e au, ā ka whakaaetia hoki pea e aku tīpuna, mā te tohungatanga o te hunga e tautoko i te hoe o te waka te kaupapa e tutuki pai ai. Kua āio te haere o te nuinga o ngā whakahaeretanga mō tēnei tau, ā, i whaihua hoki, nā te pukumahi, te wairua pai, me te māia o te tira kaiarataki o Ngāi Tauira. Nā te karawhiu kotahi o te hoe ka ū tō tātou waka ki tahaki. E kore e mimiti te puna whakamihi ki a koutou.

He mokopuna tātou ngā tauira Māori o ēnei tohunga whakatere waka, mā tātou e whakatinana i tā rātou tauira hei whakapakari i a tātou e whai nei i te mātauranga. Mehemea ka pērā tātou, kāre e kore ka hāngai te titiro ki Paerangi, ā, ka umere i te whakaharakoa pērā i tērā i waiatatia ai ki runga i tō Kupe waka, “He ao, he aotea, he aotearoa!”.

Ka noho ko ngā whakatutukitanga a ō tātou tīpuna hei akoranga whakaako. Mehemea ka whakapuke a rae, ka kite, ka whiwhi i ngā hua pai i ngā tini āheinga i te moana tāpokopoko e kīia nei ko Te Whare Wānanga o te Upoko o te Ika a Māui.

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