Strengthening the bonds between the Maoris and Israel

November 27, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Indigenous solidarity reached a crescendo in Northland in New Zealand as the Northland Ngapuhi hosted Israeli Ambassador Dr Itzhak Gerberg, for a powerful Powhiri and Hakari Banquet.

Outside the marae

Held at the Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe, Northland, the “Heart to Heart Powhiri” held in Māori tradition included a ceremony, songs and performances by local groups.

Northland, as its name insinuates, is the top part of New Zealand’s North Island.

Ambassador Gerber [rt] wearing the Korowa

Ngapuhi Kaumatua and partner of Aotearoa Reconciliation Cry Hikoi Journey, Mr Pat Ruka, led Ambassador Gerberg, wearing the traditional cloak Korowa, onto the marae meeting ground where the Kaikohe Christian School Kapahaka Group performed. Jacqueline and Wally Te Huia presented a Taonga, Taiaha of Reconciliation.
The purpose of the hui was to make “a clear stand” and embrace Israel further tightening the bonds between the Māori and Israel, “reconciling whenua to whenua – with Tangata whenua!”
The event was held on Sunday marking the culmination of Jacqueline Te Huia and Janine Marie Smith’s Aotearoa Reconciliation Cry Journey to Jerusalem and back. Yesterday, a delegation including Ambassador Gerberg toured Taiamai Waka and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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