Hikoi ki Otakou connected Rangatahi with whakapapa, pepeha and tahuhu korero (history) as they walked in the footsteps of the 1869 Ngati Ruanui and Pakakohe Tupuna forcibly taken as prisoners while resisting Crown land confiscations.
From April 10 to 13, the group of 50 youth visited Dunedin to bring to life an understanding of the effects imprisonment had on whanau and whakapapa 140 years ago.
The trip gave youth the opportunity to travel to the place of our tupuna, who suffered imprisonment from 1869, seeing and talking about the conditions in which they were kept and the hard labour undertaken.
Everything that our Ngati Ruanui and Pakakohe Tupuna stood and suffered for is still relevant today in regards to kaitiakitanga, mana motuhake and rangatiratanga.
The hikoi group was a delegation of students from 2NUiCODE STEAM programme, Hawera High School, Patea Area School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui…