August 20, 2019
Ngāpuhi waiata wānanga draws crowds
Four hundred people have registered so far for a wānanga to learn some of the waiata and history of Ngāpuhi.
Tasha Hohaia from Ngāpuhi ki Tāmaki says the session with Ara Ngāpuhi was organised in response to a feedback from members who are looking for ways to express their Ngāpuhi identity.
She says while a lot of the focus on recent years has been on politics and treaty claims, some rangatahi are saying they want Ngāpuhitanga, not grievance tanga.
"There's a load of people here in Tāmaki and a generation who aren't as worried about that path – you can't take politics out of anything, but they want to know their history and they want to know the tikanga behind waiata and they want to know kōrero specific to them, and that's the most important thing, that our people know who they are," Ms Hohaia says.
Details of the Ara Ngāpuhi wānanga at Alfriston College on August 24 are on the Ngāpuhi ki Tāmaki Facebook page.
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