Friday, August 13, 2010

Te Hononga - the joining

In an article entitled “Nga Pumanawa e Waru” written by Himiona Tikitu of Ngati Awa in 1897, and published by Elsdon Best, eight talents or pumanawa required and expected of chiefs were noted. Number 7 was, "He mohio ki te hanga whare rimu, waka ranei, clever at building houses, fortified sites or canoes." That pumanawa was intrepreted/modified as 'Talents for today' by Professor H. Mead for a scoping paper and number 7 became "The leader is able to lead the community to undertake and successfully complete big projects such as building a marae, a wharekai, a wharenui, or a waka ama, or a waka hourua, establish a kohanga reo, or a kura kaupapa."

Whichever way you look at it, our kaiwhakahaere can take credit as the leader who brought this project to completion.

From The Press
"The new Christchurch civic building was given its new Maori name at a dawn blessing ceremony this morning. The building was named Te Hononga. The literal translation of Te Hononga is "the joining". The name was chosen to mark the deal between Ngai Tahu and the Christchurch City Council to build the new civic headquarters.
I'm not sure about PPP's but i am sure that we need more joining and working together, where the maori worldview is respected.

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