Reflections on Waka Oranga Hui-a-tau 2010

Burke Hunter wrote this reflection on Waka Oranga’s Hui-a tau in 2010. Hopefully many will come this year. It is a very rich experience.

Waka Oranga Hui a tau 2010
What an honour it was to be able to attend this fantastic hui. It was an event that touched me profoundly. When the invitation for this hui went out the wording included “Te Matahi o te Tau, New beginning, a renewed connectedness to earth.” At this hui there was renewal. There were the warm winds of manaakitanga that guided our waka onwards. We were beautifully held by Waka Oranga at Whaiora Marae. We had the elders to guide us, Haare, Hinewirangi, and Roy Bowden. Roy put forward a vision for our Association, that we can work towards , that we can row this waka one day to a joint presidency of NZAP with Tau Iwi and Maori side by side. Haare was deeply honoured at this hui for the careful guidance he is giving us. Haare and Hinewirangi safely held us in this beautiful marae. What struck me so powerfully, at this time is the role that was conferred on us. We are the kaihoe, the rowers that enable Waka Oranga, our Treaty partners, to chart their course. We have the opportunity to help them arrive at their destination. I have a new understanding of their inclusion of us in their journey. That is a privilege and responsibility. We have embarked and we’re rowing together.
Burke Hunter