Indigenous solidarity reached a crescendo in Northland over the weekend as the Northland Ngapuhi hosted Israeli Ambassador, HE Dr Itzhak Gerberg, for a powerful Powhiri and Hakari Banquet. Held at the Kohewhata Marae (a) in Kaikohe, Northland, the “Heart to Heart Powhiri” held in Māori tradition included a ceremony, songs and performances by local groups.
Ngapuhi Kaumatua (b) and partner of Aotearoa Reconciliation Cry Hikoi Journey, Mr Pat Ruka, led Ambassador Gerberg, who was wearing a Korowai (c) , onto the marae.
The Kaikohe Christian School Kapahaka Group performed. Jacqueline and Wally Te Huia presented a Taonga.
The purpose of the hui was to make “a clear stand” and embrace Israel further tightening the bonds between the Māori and Israel, “reconciling whenua to whenua – with Tangata whenua!”
The event was held on Sunday, November 25th, and also marked the culmination of Jacqueline Te Huia and Janine Marie Smith’s Aotearoa Reconciliation Cry Journey to Jerusalem and back.
Monday, November 26th, a delegation including Ambassador Gerberg will tour Taiamai Waka and then the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
(a)Kohewhata Marae – name of meeting place
(b)Ngapuhi Kaumatua – Tribal Elder
(c)Korowai – traditional cloak
(d)Taonga – Taiaha of reconciliation
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