Ngati Porou Determine Their Future At Ngata Memorial Lectures

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Natis from around the country will converge upon Ruatoria in early October to take part in a four day celebration of Ngati Poroutanga. From October the 2nd to the 5th the 2010 Ta Apirana Ngata Memorial Lectures & Hui Taurima will be held.

The kaupapa for this years event focuses on Mana Motuhake Ngati Porou Nga Uri Whakatipu: Ngati Porou Self-determining for the Future. Te Runanga o Ngati Porou is facilitating the hui, with Ngata Memorial College providing the venue for this massive iwi reunion.

Paikea will be among the national anthems performed at the Hui Taurima, which launches day one of this years festivities. The Hui Taurima provides an annual showcase for non competitive Ngati Porou kapa haka groups to express their cultural identity and shared whanaungatanga.

Ahi Kaa: Through Our Eyes- a digital photography exhibition by Ngati Porou East Coast students also opens at Ngata Memorial College on the same day (which we covered here). The exhibition recently enjoyed a successful two week run at Toihoukura Gallery in Gisborne, with the images providing a medium for many Ngati Porou to re-connect back to the wakainga. At the last census 72,000 people identified their affiliation to the tribe, making Ngati Porou the second largest iwi in New Zealand. The Lecture series, which begins on day two, acknowledges this rich resource of human, intellectual and cultural capital, alongside Ngati Porous natural and economic assets. The line up of speakers and workshops encourages participants to contemplate the Ngati Porou asset base, and share their views about how it can be developed to reach its full economic and cultural potential. The evening lectures will be webcast on the runangas website www.ngatiporou.com for those unable to attend. As the tribe heads towards the final stages of their Treaty Settlement Negotiations with the Crown the four day hui marks an important opportunity for Ngati Porou to re-connect and also articulate their ideas and aspirations for the future.

For the full programme download the attachments or visit www.ngatiporou.com

Contact: Lillian Baldwin
Te Runanga o Ngati Porou
06 8649 004
lbaldwin@tronp.org.nz

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