Historic Signing of MoU

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding

 

Tena koutou katoa,

 

Please find below a copy of the speech given at the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Raukawa Trust Board on Tuesday 22nd September. Five vehicles of Wehi Wehi whanau travelled from Manakau be in attendance, Other whanau also arrived in Tokoroa to be part of this special day.

 

Please click of the following link to download the Memorandum of Understanding

Mai i Waitapu ki Rangataua, mai i Miria te Kakara ki Kukutauaki" ki Raukawa ki te tonga

Mai Maungatautari ki Wharepuhunga ki Te Pae o Raukawa, tae noa Kaokaoroa o Patetere. ki Raukawa ke ti raki

Tenei te mihi kia koutou nga uri o Raukawa!!!

 

It was is with great honour that Ngati Wehi Wehi sit with our whanau/hapu/iwi from nga uri o Raukawa here in Tokoroa today.

 

To our ancestor Tawhao and our tupuna Turongo and Whatihua that link us together.  Descendants from Wahtihua come today from the south with members of Ngati Hikitanga to witness this day

 

We acknowledge the leadership shown by the rangatira of Raukawa to allow us to be part of this process. We are hopeful that our whakapapa will bear real fruit and make our ties even stronger.

 

To the hemana of the Raukawa Trust Board  George Rangitutia and fellow trustees tena koe.

 

My tupuna George Pupuha Taha was a marae trustee of Ngati Wehi Wehi in 1916. He married my great grand mother Mako Hona and had four children.  My great grand mother died during the Spanish flu epidemic and George moved back to the Waikato to marry another beautiful maiden Noenoe Te Kooro.

 

Koro George had a much larger whanau in the Waikato and some of the descendants are here today at this hui. I have a photo that showed four of his daughters Whaea Rangi, Whaea Agnes, Whaea Doreen and Whaea Kura.  This is the whakapapa that links Raukawa together.

 

Lastly we acknowledge the whanau/hapu/iwi members of Ukaipo. On that marae stands a whare named Wehi Wehi who grew up in this area of Kaokaoroa o Patetere. Our Koro Jim Claire and kaumatua Ray George we acknowledge our history with our Tupuna Wehi Wehi and whanau ties.

 

We would like to reiterate to whanau here today, that we have come to share with you our whakapapa, resources, and interests. We hope that is reciprocated and that from this process we build a strong foundation moving forward.

 

Nga mihi nui

Richard Orzecki
Chairman
Te Kotahitanga o te Iwi o Ngati Wehi Wehi

 
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