We are commemorating our ancestors, celebrating our heritage and strengthening our kinship. We encourage all descendants of Te Huetu from across New Zealand and the Globe to come home to Te Keeti Marae, Otorohanga where our ancestral fires continue to burn strong.
Come join us to mark this significant event in our common history. It has been almost 27 years since our last Reunion and many of our kaumaatua (elders) have sadly passed on, including the leader of our last Reunion Committee, Professor Bruce Biggs.
The dates for the Second Reunion are yet to be settled, currently we are considering 30th December 2011 to 1 January 2012, February 3-6th , or Labour weekend 19-22 October 2012. A decision will be made in February 2011. There are logistical reasons why we could not just pick a date and stick with it.
The first Reunion back in 1982 attracted 1,200 family members, we are expecting that number to at least double for the 2012 Reunion. So it will be a largest gathering of Ngaati Parewaeono to date.
The OBJECTIVES of the Te Huetu Hui Hononga 2012 are;
- to promote meaningful kinship and whanuangatanga
- to strengthen our hapuutanga (sub tribal identity)
- to remember and honor our departed
- to celebrate our shared heritage (Maaori and European)
- to honour and remember Bruce Biggs and his work
- to identify and nurture tribal leaders for the future
- to assist raise funds for the redevelopment of our
ancestral meeting house "Parewaeono"