Some of our staff and trustees have had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Te Tai Tokerau - Northland for an inaugural Community Trusts three-day learning waananga, "Manawanuitia Te Tiriti o Waitangi”.
We were privileged to be hosted by The Waitangi National Trust for the opening Poowhiri of the waananga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds To Koongahu, and by the whaanau of Mootatau Marae for our ako session on Sunday.
It was such an honour to hear and learn from your leaders including Kaumaatua Kevin Prime, Tukaha Milne, Mike Smith and Matua Roger Kingi. Thank you to our friends at Foundation North for organising this opportunity for us and the other Community Trusts of Aotearoa.
Top row: Participants outside Te Koongahu, Museum of Waitangi
Second row: Trust Waikato Staff and Trustees outside Te Koongahu, Museum of Waitangi; Dawn ceremony at Te Whare Ruunanga
Third row: Participants mingling inside Te Koongahu, Museum of Waitangi; Te whare kai a te Mootatau Marae; Mootatau Marae
Bottom row: Ngaatokimatawhaorua (the largest ceremonial waka); participants sharing kai at Mootatau Marae