He Tohu, an exhibition of New Zealands most important contitutional documents, opened on the weekend. The opening at the National library in Wellington was witnessed by hundreds of people.

The exhibition features three contitutional documents:
• 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni .- Declaration of Independence of the United Tribs of New Zealand.
• 1840 Tiriti o Waitangi.
• 1893 Te Petihana whakamana Poti Wahine – Womens Suffrage Petition.

The name was chosen because it refers directly to the powerful element of the exhibitions three documents, the uneque signatures or marks of those who supported them. The exhibition has three pricipal objectives and has been drivan by the need to ensure the preservation of the documents for future generations as well as to improve access to the documents.

Radio Tautoko journalist Lahni Sowter attended the opening which will feature on our Webpage for the next week.

Northland is rising to the occasion for British & Irish Lions Pōwhiri at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

More than 300 warriors, mainly Ngāpuhi, both male and female, will be welcoming the British & Irish Lions team at the Treaty Grounds on Sunday 4th June. The New Zealand welcome, part of the DHL New Zealand Series, starts at 10.30am and is open to the public.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Cultural Manager Mori Rapana says: “it’s going to be an amazing event. It’s fantastic pulling together a Pōwhiri of this scale, spanning so many different iwi. There have been practice sessions throughout Northland from Kaitaia to Whangarei, Auckland and even in Sydney. Members of Ngā Uri o Rāhiri a Sydney based group will be flying over to participate at this awesome National Welcome”.

During the welcome the British & Irish Lions will receive three challenges. The first one, in front of ceremonial war canoe Ngātokimatawhaorua, is a private challenge for the Lions squad and not open to the public.

After the first challenge the Lions will make their way to the top of the Treaty Grounds (open to the public) where a big contingent of warriors will be ready for the second challenge. The third and last challenge is in front of Te Whare Rūnanga, followed by ceremonial speeches inside.

The welcome will commence at 10.30, and the public is advised to arrive at the Treaty Grounds before that time. Parking is available at the sports field opposite the Treaty Grounds. The public proceedings will be finished at 12.30pm.

There are plenty of events organised for rugby supporters to keep them busy for the remainder of the day and the rest of Queens Birthday weekend. On Sunday afternoon there is live music at several venues in Russell and Paihia.

On Monday the annual Johnny Isaacs Memorial Māori Rugby Tournament is being held at the United Kawakawa Rugby Club. The Bay of Islands Vintage Train will be running all day from the Kawakawa Train station to the United Kawakawa Rugby Club. This is a free event with a unique opportunity to witness some spectacular Māori Rugby and Māori Culture.

For more information about the Welcome at the Treaty Grounds check www.waitangi.org.nz/events

In June and July 2017 the might of the home nations will unite for their tour of New Zealand. The British & Irish Lions will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, every New Zealand Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks. Be there to support your team and experience the electric atmosphere when thousands of passionate British & Irish Lions fans descend on our rugby stadiums. Be there. Be heard. OUT ROAR The DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 is one of the most anticipated events in New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011. Demand for tickets is expected to be very strong. Tickets to the non-Test match fixtures are on sale now at www.nzlionsseries17.com Don’t miss out.


Te Aute Collier

Te Aute Collier is an arranger, composer and an Instrument specialist who incorporates everything he has learnt from all his years experience as a soundtrack person and general musician. He used to practice and learn covers and study the Backings of songs.


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