Meri Te Tai Mangakahia
E kore wareware te ingoa ki a ratou e ngkau ana
A name is never forgotten by those it matters to
Kia horo te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere karohirohi i mua i tau huarahi
May calm be spread around you
May the sea glisten like greenstone
and the shimmer of summer dance across your path
Ko Taupiri toku maunga
Ko Waikato toku awa
Ko Emepaea Whetu toku waka
Ko Jean Baptiste Hueck te rangatira tipuna
Ko Rohimere Balu ahau
No Whakamarama ahau
Tena koutou e hoa ma kua hui mai nei i tenei ra
Tena korua nga kaiwhakaako ko Hatiwira Tutengaehe raua ko Michela Anderson Tena korua
Tena koutou te whanau te reo Maori
Tena koe te Wharekura o Whakamarama
Tena korua ko Natasha Greatorex raua ko Sharon Harty
Tena koutou ka mihi atu ki te hunga kua huri ki Tua o te Arai
No reira Tena koutou Tena koutou Tena koutou katoa
Ko Te Hokianga tona rohe
Ko Te Rarawa tona iwi
Ko Ngati Te Reinga ratou ko Ngati Manawa ko Te Kaitutae ona hapu
Ko Nga-Kahu-Whero te wahine ariki. He wahine toa. He mana wahine.
Ko Re Te Tai raua ko Hana Tera ona matua.
Ko Meri Te Tai Mangakahia tona ingoa.
I whanau mai ia i te tau kotahi mano waru rau ono tekau ma waru ki te rohe o Te Tai Tokerau.
I haere ia ki te kura o St Mary’s Convent Ponsonby, Tamaki-makau-rau
He tangata ataahua.
He tangata mohio hoki ia.
He wahine kaiwhakahau ia.
He wahine toa ia.
He mana wahine ia.
I moe a Hamiora Mangakahia te rangatira o Ngati Whanaunga ki Coromandel. Toko wha ona tamariki.
Ko Hamiora te Pirimia tuatahi o Te Paremata Maori ki Te Kotahitanga
Ko ia te wahine tuatahi ki te tuku korero ki te Paremata Maori
I whawhai ia mo te tika tangata mo te wahine hoki.
Ko tetahi o ona whakaaro me whai wa nga wahine ki te korero ki te Kuni o Ingarangi
I tuku poti nga wahine maori mo te wa tuatahi i te rua tekau o Tihema te tau kotahi mano waru rau iwa tekau ma toru
I mate ia i te tau kotahi mano iwa rau rua tekau
Kua tanumi ia ki te taha o tona papa ara ki te urupa Pureirei ki Waihou.
E kore e wareware te ingoa ki a ratou e ngakau nui ana.
A name is never forgotten by those it matters to.
Toia mai te waka nei
Kumea mai te waka nei
Ki te takotaranga i takokato ai
Tiriti te mana motuhake
Te tangi a te manu e
Kui! Kui! Kui!
Hui e taiki e
Haul this canoe
Drag the canoe up here
To its resting place
The Treaty gives us our autonomy
May the cry of the bird
The shining cuckoo
Quee quee quee
Signal a change for the better
Draw together become intertwined
Wiremu Te Ranga Poutapu
1.Wahine Maori: Meri Te Tai Mangakahia teara.govt.nz
3.Image contemporary artisan patu,1993 Suffrage Centennial ribbon and contemporary mass produced Manawa.
4.The coastline at Maketu the landfall of the Te Arawa canoe
5.Fern Whakamarama, Western Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa, NZ
6.Pouwhenua at Whakamarama acknowledging Te Waerenga – the burnings of the land wars.
7.Part of the Puketoki Reserve at Whakamarama, a remnant of the ancient forest of Whakamarama.
8. Image: Stories to Share R.J. McGuiness
9.Korero Image: Susanne Knouri Printmaker Auckland
10.Creative Bay of Plenty poster featuring the work of artist, arts educator and advocate, Linda Munn for the collaborative 2017 Tin-o- cocoa exhibition. On 22nd December 2018 in the NZHerald (nzherald.co.nz) reporting on a series of suffrage commemoration events it says: “Artist Linda Munn believes the suffrage movement wouldn’t have happened without the support of Maori women”….” She said, “ Meri Te Tai Mangakahia and the first Maori woman MP, Iriaka Ratana – those names should be noted right next to Kate Shepphard…”
11. Morning in Whakamarama
12. 1993 Suffrage Centennial Ribbon, Auckland New Zealand.
13. and 14 Whakamarama
15. Te Wananga o Aotearoa main Tauranga Campus, the Avenues, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
16. Toia Mai is the second verse of an inspirational Waikato waiata by Master Carver Wiremu (Piri) Te Ranga Poutapu. The waiata was commissioned by Te Puea Herangi in 1936, at the same time she commissioned the construction of seven carved waka taua (representing the seven principal voyaging canoes) for the 1940 centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The purpose of both was to lift the spirits of the impoverished and decimated, predominantly rural, Maori communities.
Tenei ra a Waikato tahi tu tonu te haere i te mataara o nga marae i takahia nga wa o muri ahakoa tupuhi nga hau nga hau o tea o Kui! Kui! Kui! whitiwhiti ora Hui e taiki e.
On this day Waikato people started out on a mission to alert all marae struggling in the back country areas that even though the winds have been stormy the dawn winds Quee! Quee! Quee! are signaling a change for the better. Draw together, become intertwined
Toia mai te waka nei Kumea mai te waka nei Ki te takotoranga i takoto ai Tiriti te mana motuhake Te tangi a te manu e Pipi-wha-rau-roa Kui! Kui! Kui! whitiwhit ora! Hui e taiki e
Haul this canoe drag the canoe up here to its resting place the Treaty gives us our autonomy May the cry of the bird the shining cuckoo Quee! Quee! Quee! signal a change for the better draw together become entwined.
Words and text from folksong.org.nz
If you read the online information about Meri Te Tai Mangakahia, her contempories and others you find that the social issues she was raising have never gone away for Maori in New Zealand. In fact those issues affect the lives of an increasing number of New Zealanders. Despite my participation in Suffrage acknowledgement activities it is only from reading the comments by Tauranga artist Linda Munn that I became aware of how many Maori woman had for so long been trying to involve themselves in the post-colonial political system.
I am a migrant to Aotearoa New Zealand. I came here when I was a year old. We came to a large family whose home was on that strip of land between the Waikato River and the Great South Road. Huntly is a very special place for me and that is why my pepeha references that region even though I now live in one of the most beautiful places in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Thank you to all my tutors and members of local iwi who gave me such an enriching educational experience. A special thank you to Hatiwira and Michala who helped me prepare my korero and to Hatiwira for translating the whakatauki.
The arts provide a platform for many contemporary wahine toa. Kalou Koefoed is a creative using her deeply personal experience for the benefit of others.
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