Our most valuable possessions we hold as an iwi are the teachings given by our ancestors, taonga tuku iho, handed down from one generation to the next.
He rere pakipuumeka e whakaatu ana i ngaa koorero tuku iho a ruuruhi maa a koroheke maa e paa ana ki ngaa tuutohu whenua, ki ngaa taonga tuku iho me ngaa tuupuna rongonui o too taatou waka o Tainui.
We are fortunate to still have whanau among us that hold knowledge about our origins and our destinations. These stories have made us who we are today and will help us find our way forward into the future.
The ‘Taku Taioretanga’ series is a video project that takes its name from the prophetic words of Te Puea in the waiata, Ngaa Raa o Hune. Her words are a reminder and a call to action to remember and be who we are especially in contemporary times. Taku Taioretanga will focus on sights and ancestors of significance through interviews with a range of exponents from across the iwi. The team hope that the series is a chance to delve into the ‘way we were’, our histories of old, so that they can continue to be passed down from one generation to the next.
For more information on Taku Taioretanga, please contact Mahana Toka in the Heritage & Identity Team on [email protected]