September 14, 2017
University explores expressions of mana Maori motuhake
Waikato University is today exploring some of the ways mana motuhake is expressed.
It's Kingitanga Day, when the university acknowledges the people on whose land it sits.
Activities include seminars, kapa haka, competitions, and discussion panels featuring members of 1970s activist group Nga Tamatoa and people involved in the recent Parihaka reconciliation.
Vice chancellor Maori Sarah Jane Tiakiwai says in their own ways those movements embody the Kingitanga motto of Ko te mana Maori motuhake
"People think of Nga Tamatoa being, as they were, the radical activists back in the 1970s but equally the whanau of Parihaka demonstrated a different type of radical activism and that was being passive resisters to what was happening at a very traumatic time in our history," she says.
For the first time Kingitanga Day is venturing off campus with bus tours to significant Kingitanga sites in the area which Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai says many staff and students may have heard about but not seen.
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