February 14, 2014
Indians have long history in Aotearoa
One of the organisers of next months Maori Indian hui in Rotorua says there is a real value in such get-togethers.
Natasha Narayan says the first hui last year allowed people with the mixed whakapapa to share their experiences and learn new things about their two cultures.
The also learned Indian contact with Maori is almost as old as European contact
"The first Indians recorded as coming to Aotearoa were on the sealing ships as lashkars, and there were a few records from ship’s logs of ship jumpers. That was followed by business migration by Gujarati tailors and business people and market gardeners, and more recently people via Fiji," Ms Narayan says.
The Maori Indian Hui is at Tangatarua Marae, at the Waiariki Institute of Technology from March 14 to 16.
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