The personalities and the events that led to Hinematioro giving the pou to Captain James Cook in 1769 was the inspiration that led to the creation of the mantra “Dual Heritage, Shared Futures”. These encounters between Te Aitanga‐a-Hauiti and the British visitors mark the first significant, positive exchange between Māori and Pākehā, and are the beginning of the dual heritage and shared history of present residents of Uawa.
Nau mai ki te whakaputanga tuarua o Te Kāhui, e whakamārama ana i nga mahi a te hunga whakapau kaha i Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence. I tēnei marama o Aperira, ka tutaki tātau ki nga kaimahi o E Tipu Kohanga Reo. Mā rātou ano e whakamarama kowai rātou, ā, he aha etahi o nga ahuatanga papai o tā rātou mahi.
This waharoa is named Hingangaroa me Iranui. It was unveiled on the 20th of March 2019. The whakairo above was a koha by Toi Māori Aotearoa to Te Aitanga a Hauiti. We are very proud to be the custodians of this taonga and to have this showcased in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.
This story tells the journey of this magnificent whakairo and the many hands that carved it along the way.
Welcome to our first publication in our blog series Te Kāhui which highlights the different services provided at Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence. First up: Uawanui Sustainability Project. Meet Alison Waru, Davina Walker and Bill Rangiwai who all work hard to secure the future of our natural environment and biodiversity in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.