November 06, 2018
Rātana celebrates 100 years of vision
Thousands of people are expected at Rātana Pā near Whanganui today and tomorrow to mark the centenary of the spiritual and social movement.
Rātana Āpōtoro Mita Ririnui says the pōwhiri for ngā iwi o te motu starts at 9 this morning, and in the afternoon most Māori MPs are expected to attend.
They’re there because of the vision Whangaehu Māori farmer Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana has around 2pm on November 8, 1918.
"To heal the Māori people of their aliments and illnesses by unification under one god, putting aside the traditional demigods that many Māori had followed in previous decades. From that became the Rātana church and movement, the spiritual agenda and also the political and economic agenda which we will hear a lot of over the next couple of days," Mr Ririnui says.
In keeping with Rātana tradition there will be lots of music throughout the hui, with the likes of Ria Hall, Rob Ruha and House of Shem pitching in.
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