May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

All hands on deck! Ngati Pikiao hosts NZ Navy

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Nga pakeke o Ngati Pikiao will host the HMNZS Rotoiti on Monday 1st November commencing at 11.00am with a powhiri at Tapuaeharuru Marae, Rotoiti.

The visit celebrates the association between the Ngati Pikiao and the Navy when a 10 inch high, 45lb ships bell was presented to the then Rotoiti Maori School in 1968. The bell was the first of several bells the Navy donated to New Zealand Schools.

Former students recall polishing the bell every Friday afternoon and visiting the frigate docked at Devonport with their elders. The bell holds special memories for every child who attended that school since then, and a picture book is being considered for the Kura and Kohanga to celebrate our contemporary history says local kaumatua Mr Kaiawhiti Tahana.

The visit is being supported by local Marae, Kura, Community and the Royal NZ Navy. A carved display cabinet for the bell made from 20,000 year old Northland Kauri will also be unveiled.

It is envisaged that the visit by our servicemen and women to the Kura will assist inspire our tamariki mokopuna to work hard at their studies so that it leads to productive and exciting future experiences that may include a career in the Navy says organiser Mrs Elaine Tahana.

Following the powhiri, the bell and display cabinet will be unveiled and returned to the Kura by the crew of the HMNZS Rotoiti.

For more information, contact:

Mrs Elaine Tahana
P: 07 3627 630

Joe Tahana
P: 021 606 276

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