Waikarakia

In a momentous return to our roots, members of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara embarked on a profound journey to Waikarakia, a site of significant spiritual and historical importance to our hapū. This visit was not merely a trip; it was a journey to the place where Kahumatamomoe, during his travels with Tia, performed a sacred act of cleansing through karakia.

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Patetere

In the early hours of Saturday morning, members of Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara assembled, with a singular purpose: to return to Patetere South. This land, woven into the very fabric of our identity, awaited our footprints once more, echoing the legacy of our tupunas. Supported by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, this journey was more than a visit—it was a journey, a collective step towards embracing and retracing the steps of our tupuna.

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Hinengāwari Weavers

Hinengāwari Weavers was developed after the successful delivery of wānanga toi in 2019-2020 sponsored by Creative NZ. The wānanga were held face to face, in home and individual tutoring. Four mediums waiata, 3d art, taonga puoro & raranga were delivered to the descendants of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tūara. Hinengāwari, one of our kaitiaki from our lands would protect and guide us through this kaupapa. The completion of this kauapapa was celebrated at an exhibition held at Flux Gallery, Pukuatua Street Rotorua.

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Horoirangi

On 4 June 2022 the Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga brought our taonga (Horoirangi and 3 toki) to Kearoa Marae.

Horoirangi is an atua wahine, a revered kaitiaki of Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara. Her care ensured the fertility and protection of the lands around the ancient pa Te Whetengu, at Tihi-o-Tonga.

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Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara Kapa Haka Roopu

The Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara Kapa Haka Pakeke Roopu was reformed in 2016 from one of the Wananga Reo and they participated in the Te Arawa Kapa Haka Regionals and won two awards as part of the Non-Aggregate Groupings – Most Performers and Best New Group!

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