“Kahungunu, kua aua atu e tāria ana kia huri mai koutou ki te reo, ā, kua huri mai koutou, me mihi i tērā āhua”. Nā Tīmoti Kāretu ēnei kupu nei i whakatakoto i tana kauhau ki te marea i tae ake ki Te Pō Tuku Tohu Reo Māori a Ngāti Kahungunu i tū ki Heretaunga i te 17 o ngā rā o Aperira 2015. Neke atu i te 500 ngā tāngata i tae atu ki te whakanui i ngā kaiwhiwhi o ngā tohu e 17. Whakamīharo kē atu ana ki te tokomaha i pōī atu i runga i te aroha nui ki te reo Māori ka tahi, me ōna Kahungunutanga ka rua.

 

I te tīmatanga o te pō, i maumaharatia ētahi o ngā tino toa o te reo Māori kua hinga i roto i ngā tau e rua mai i te pō tuku tohu reo tuatahi a Ngāti Kahungunu i te tau 2013. Ko ngā mea i whakamihia, ko Graeme Hunkin, hoa rangatira o Liz Hunkin, ko Marcia Matiaha, pou nō ngā kōhanga reo o te Wairarapa, Te Rūrere Rangihau, pou nō Te Ataarangi me Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu i ōna wā, John Harmer, pou nō Te Whare Takiura o Te Aho a Māui, Materoa Haenga, pou nō Te Whare Takiura o Te Aho a Māui me ngā kura reo, tae noa ki te kuia pakeke nei o Ngāti Naho, kua aua atu e noho ana ki roto o Ngāti Kahungunu, a Wairukuruku (Tata) Maere. Ka tika kia āta whakamānawatia tēnei hunga nei, inā te nui o tā rātau whakapau i ō rātau kaha ki te reo Māori i te wā o te ora. Hai ōku rangatira, moe mai rā i te aunga o te moe.

 

I āta whakanuitia hoki ētahi atu tino toa o te reo, ā, i whakawhiwhia ngā tohu e toru ki ngā whānau o tēnei tokotoru nei: Tama Huata rātau ko Te Kēnana Wī Te Tau Huata, ko Apikara Rārere. Nō te Pēpuere o tēnei tau nei a Tama Huata i poroporoakitia ai, ā, i riro i a ia te tohu e kīia nei “Te Kete Aronui o Ngā Toi” hai whakamānawa i āna mahi hāpai toi Māori i roto i ngā tau toru tekau neke atu. I whakawhiwhia hoki ngā tohu e rua e kīia nei “Te Kuru Pounamu o Te Reo” ki ngā whānau o Apikara Rarere rāua ko Te Kēnana Wī Te Tau Huata. He pou a Apikara nō Te Reo Irirangi o Ngāti Kahungunu, ā, ko tōna reo kai te rangahautia hai tohu i ngā ‘Ngāti Kahungunutanga’ me ngā ‘Rongomaiwahinetanga’ o te reo Māori. Mō Wī Huata, kua tata te 25 ngā tau mai i tōna matenga, ka mutu kai te rangona tonutia āna whakatau-ā-kī, āna kupu, āna waiata, āna haka, āna mōteatea, āna tauparapara, āna karakia i runga i ngā marae maha o te iwi tae noa ki te ao whānui tonu. E mihi ana ki ngā whānau o te tokotoru nei i tae manomano mai ki te whakarangatira i ēnei whakawhiwhinga. 

 

Kai hea mai tēnei kaupapa nei hai whakatiketike i tēnei hunga e noho ake nei hai iho pūmanawa mā te hunga e kaingākau ana ki te reo Māori. Tēnā rā koutou e kōrero nei, e whakamahi nei, e whakakake nei, e whakatairanga nei i tō tātau reo rangatira, mā tātau katoa ia e ora ai. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. 

 

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Categories and winners

 

Te Whakaihuwaka o Te Reo Māori - Rōpata Hepi

Ngā Tohu Kaiwhakaako Reo Māori (Rūmaki Māori) - Georgina Kīngi

Ngā Tohu Kaiwhakaako Reo Māori (Auraki) - Marino Tiuka

Ngā Rōpū Whakaako i Te Reo Māori - Te Ūranga Waka (EIT)

Te Hapori Whānui - The Wairoa Star

Te Kaiwhakatairanga i Te Reo Māori - Pourerere Marae

Te Tira Hou o Te Reo Māori (Rangatahi) - Josh Rakatairi

Te Manu Pāpāho - Derek Fox

Te Kete Aronui o Ngā Toi (Arts) - Tama Huata

Te Ahorangi o Te Kupu (Teacher) - Hīria Tūmoana

Te Tahito o Te Reo Māori (Tāne) - Enoka Munro

Te Tahito o Te Reo Māori (Wahine) - Naina Buxton

Te Kaikōkiri o Te Reo Māori - Pōrangahau Marae

Te Kahukura o Te Reo Māori - Rangihaereroa Te Rupe

Te Āwhiorangi o Te Reo Māori - Dr. Joseph Te Rito

Te Kuru Pounamu o Te Reo (Wahine) - Apikara Rarere

Te Kuru Pounamu o Te Reo (Tāne) - Canon Wi Te Tau Huata

Canon Wi Te Tau Huata

23 Hepetema 1917 – 20 Tīhema 1991

 

Ko Whakapunake te maunga,

Ko Waiau te awa,

Ko Ngāti Mihi te hapū,

Ko Rāmoto Kireara te kāinga.

 

Ahakoa kua tata te 25 tau mai i tōna matenga, kai te rangona tonutia tōna reo, āna kupu, āna whakatau-ā-kī, āna waiata ki te rohe whānui o Ngāti Kahungunu tae noa ki te ao katoa. Nāna i tū ai te Hau Wānanga i ngā tau 1980, ā, e kitea tonutia ana ngā hua o āna mahi i ēnei rā tonu nei. Nāna ngā waiata rongonui e kawea nei e Ngāti Kahungunu, ā, nāna hoki i hōrapa ai Te Hononga Māreikura o Takitimu hai tuitui i ngā iwi o te motu ki te waka o Takitimu. He pou nō te hāhi, he pou nō te whakapono, ā, e kawea tonutia nei te Hau Karakia i waiho mai ai e Te Kēnana hai koha māna ki te ao. Nāna i tīmata ngā mahi whakaora paepae i tōna anō wā. He huhua ngā taonga kua mahue mai i tēnei o ō tātau rangatira, ā, kua rangatira te noho a Ngāti Kahungunu i a ia.

 

Hai te whītiki o te kī!

Hai te whakaaio whenua!

Moe mai rā i te pō matire rau, ki konā koe whakanuitia tonutia ai e mātau kua mahue nei ki muri.