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Former Huiarau School student Whitiaua Ropitini says the occasion is a true milestone as the school is the embodiment of what iwi elders wanted for their children and their children’s children. “E ngangahu ake ana te aroha i te whatu manawa. I te mea he moemoeā tēnei o a mātau koroua, hei kura mō ā rātau tamariki mokopuna anō hoki.”
Pita Tipene of Ngāti Hine explains the rocky road the Ngāpuhi treaty settlement has had to travel to get to where it is today. “Kua roa kē te kāwanatanga e whakatīhahu ana i ngā kerēme o Ngāpuhi ki muri. Kua tae ki te wa kia tahuri mai te kāwanatanga ki te tautoko i ngā wawata o ngā hapū o ngā kaikerēme.”
The squad includes three Māori half backs in Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara and Tawera Kerr-Barlow.
Police add that Warren may be armed and should not be approached.
Te Kapa Ōpango Māori mo te hīkoi 2017 ki te raki, ki Kānata me Wīwī. 2017 Māori All Blacks squad to tour Canada and France.
This year was the second time the commemoration was held at Te Kupenga a Taramainuku Pā. The occasion was also used to mark the first day of the Ngāti Awa Te Toki Festival.
He Waka Eke Noa was formed in memory of two friends - one who lost his life to cancer, and another who died working in the forestry industry. Te Okiwa McLean has this special story.
Have a great weekend on the roads, but please obey the road rules: Don't drink and drive, and wear your seatbelts.
New Zealand Labour Party MP Kelvin Davis was able to confirm last night that the Māori seats are safe.