Te Rau Aroha marae, 21 April 2006
Tihei mauri ora!
Ko te mihi tuatahi ki te Atua kaha rawa, nāna nei ngā mea katoa i hanga, kororia ki tana ingoa tapu.
He mihi anō ki ngā rōpū i tautokohia te kaupapa o te hui nei mā ō rātou putea: arā, ko Creative Communities (Southland), ko Southland District Council, ko Te Rau Aroha Marae, ko Toi Rakiura, ko Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makarau (University of Auckland). Nā reira, tēnā koutou katoa.
He mea mīharo ki a mātou nei, ki te tae mai ki Murihiku, ki tēnei marae ātaahua. Kua haere atu te rongonui o Te Rau Aroha, ki tēnei motu, ki tērā atu motu, mai i te tau 2003 i whakatuwheratia e Te Pirimia Helen Clark, tae noa ki nāianei.
Waiata (text of Ka Huri) –
Ka huri taku reo
E koro, e kuia
Translation of the mihi:
Sneeze, it is the breath of life!
The first greeting goes to Almighty God, who made all things, glory to His holy name.
The second greeting is to Rangi the sky father above and Papatūānuku the earth mother lying beneath.
The Paparoas are my mountains, the Grey is my river, I came (to New Zealand) on the SS Rangitikei. My name is Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, therefore greetings to you all.
To this house standing here, Te Rau Aroha, I greet you. This is a splendid and magnificent house, and this is a wonderful thing for us to enter inside, into your midst. To the carved women, the female ancestors of Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Kurī and Ngāi Tahu, we greet you all.
To the eight persons up there (over the door), to the ones who signed the Treaty of Waitangi here, greetings. Look at these ones who grasp their pens, just like us, the writers of this group.
To the dead, your dead and ours, farewell, go thither, sleep there.
To the distinguished speakers who have greeted us: Dean, for your words of welcome, to the elder with you, to all the chiefly persons assembled, greetings, greetings. To the one who called us on today, to Jacqui the organiser, to the cooks also, greetings to you all.
We acknowledge also the organisations supporting the purpose of this gathering with their funding: Creative Communities (Southland), the Southland District Council, Te Rau Aroha Marae, Toi Rakiura (Stewart Island Arts) and the University of Auckland. We thank them all.
It is a wonderful thing for us to arrive at the Tail of the Fish, and to this beautiful marae. Since its opening in 2003 by the Prime Minister Helen Clark, until this very day, the fame of Te Rau Aroha has spread throughout the land.
The real purpose of our gathering here is to experience a sense of family and belonging, in order to sign a new kind of treaty in amongst you all, one of love. Therefore we acknowledge and greet you all once more.
My voice turns
Old men, old women
I whakamāoritia, i whakapākehātia e Jeffrey Paparoa Holman; nā Jeanette King te mahi whakatika.