He Pukenga Wai – Whanganui River Symposium 2024

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He Pukenga Wai – Whanganui River Symposium 2024
5-6 August 2024

He Pukenga Wai – Whanganui River Symposium this year celebrates the tenth anniversary of the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement. The signing took place at Rānana on 5 August 2014 by hapū and Iwi of Te Awa Tupua under a singular mantle – Te Mana o te Awa, Te Mana o te Iwi.
Ruruku Whakatupua, is the culmination of a century and half long effort to have the inextricable relationship we hold with our Awa in kawa, the extant law system of our hapū and Iwi, upheld inside the statute law of the introduced system.

Monday 5th August - “Te Mana o Te Awa, Te Mana o Te Iwi"

Day one is exclusively designed the hapū and Iwi of Te Awa Tupua, and those Iwi who have accompanied us on this journey.
Beginning with ruruku at Te Whakaniwha, Pūtiki slipway at 6am, followed by parakuihi and registrations at the Whanganui Memorial Hall.
The morning session will include inspirational keynote speakers who have championed constitutional change consistent with the system deconstruction and rebuilding heralded by Ruruku Whakatupua. The afternoon will focus on building our collective ability to undertake localised projects, adapted to our distinct environments exemplified by different initiatives across the Awa catchment.
Throughout the day, an audio visual of the voices of our kuia will be played to reflect the strength and conviction we continue to hold in our kawa, our law system. A celebratory dinner will bring the day to a conclusion.

Tuesday 6th August 2024 - “Ngā Manga Iti me Ngā Manga Nui”

Day two is open to the community at large. Our attention turns toward the collaborative endeavours within our community to nurture and advance the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua. Revolving workshops will share a range of experiences and examples of our community reforming practices and behaviours to align with Te Pa Auroa, the Te Awa Tupua framework to bring about system change.


Do you whakapapa to the Whanganui River? Would you and your whānau like to be registered on the Whanganui Iwi Database? What does that mean?

It means that you get sent pānui and updates on kaupapa related to the Whanganui River and Te Awa Tupua, the people and the river from the Mountains to the Sea. You can also apply for the different grants that are advertised on our website and facebook page.

If you are already on the database and need to up date your details please head to the database or send us an email at office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz