August 15, 2022
Koroneihana hui chance to talk co-governance
Turangawaewae Marae is throwing open its doors this week for the first in-person Koroneihana hui since 2019.
This evening a ceremony will be held to mark the anniversary of the death of Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu 16 years ago.
The hui proper starts on Thursday with the kawe mate for Tainui waka, when those who have died in the course of the year are remembered.
Those from the rest of the motu will bring their kawe mate on Friday, and on Saturday the Prime Minister and members of parliament will attend.
Kiingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa says while the Kiingitanga tries to stay apolitical, he expects spirited discussions on issues like the local elections, water infrastructure reform and the benefits of co-governance.
“When the Waikato Regional Council for example put two Māori wards in, the sky never fell. With the Waikato River (Authority’s) co-governance and co-management arrangements, the sky never fell. And actually, it showed a closer working relationship across the board and that’s what we are trying to achieve,” Mr Papa says.
To keep people safe from Covid there will be strict infection protocols, and people should turn up early to get a RAT test at the health clinic so they can be issued with a wristband allowing them to go on the marae.