August 24, 2015
Kahungunu links to Kingitanga celebrated
A Ngati Kahungunu speaker has welcomed an offer of support from King Tuheitia for the iwi’s post-settlement journey.
In his annual speech at Turangawaewae Marae on Friday, the king said those tribes who settled early have an obligation to help others.
He singled out the Wairoa to Wairarapa iwi, mentioning the meeting house Mahinarangi on the marae and saying Waikato Tainui is happy to share its 20 years of experience managing a settlement.
Jeremy Tatere McLeod says there are six large natural groupings within Ngati Kahungunu at various stages of settlement.
"To know that the king has offered the assistance of Waikato Tainui, based on the experiences of Waikato Tainui over the past 20 years, I think he said the good, the bad and the ugly, they've tried it all, and just him reminding Kahungunu that Mahinarangi is the living link between Ngati Kahungunu and the Waikato and the Kahui Ariki and the Kingitanga and I hope that Ngati Kahungunu heard that loud and clear, that he has reminded us the links between Kahungunu and Waikato Tainui are still as strong as ever," he says.
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