1 November 2023

Te Nehenehenui Chair, Peter Douglas has announced today that due to a shift in circumstances, the board have agreed to withdraw the inaugural huritau (anniversary) of Te Rangiwaituhi.

Te Rangiwaituhi is an important event where Te Nehenehenui and Crown can come together with our people to mark this occasion and celebrate the date with which the crown provided it formal apology to Maniapoto.  However, during this time of a caretaker government following the elections, and the period after where a new government is formed, the Crown is unable to commit to its attendance.

“We are grateful to our whānau who have given their time and been involved in the preparation for the anniversary to date.  We will, however come together again and recognise such a significant milestone for our iwi at a time such as the return of Maungārongo in 2027 said Mr Douglas”

“For now, the Board are committed to focussing on supporting whānau across a range of other opportunities and will continue to hold our Kawenata Awards, scheduled for December.”

“Like the Kawenata which was established to unite our people, the Awards is about coming together to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our people across all sectors of Te Nehenehenui. We look forward to hosting this special event once again in person. Further details on the Awards will be distributed in the coming week.”