Friday, March 17th, 2017
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai
He waka kōtuia kāhore e tukutukua ngā mimira.
A canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow.
In unity there is strength.
Ka rere ngā mihi ki ngā mate maha puta noa i te motu, mai i Muriwhenua tae noa atu ki Murihiku. Rātou katoa kua karangahia e Tahu Kumea rāua ko Tahu Whakairo ki te pō nui, ki te pō roa, ki te pō tiwhatiwha. Tukuna rātou kia okioki i te moenga roa. Kua riro rātou i te hā kore, arā i te kiri mātao. E pōua mā, e tāua mā, haere atu ki te whare o Io Te Matua ki Matangireia, moe mai rā. Kāti rā, rātou ki a rātou, tātou ngā mahuetanga iho i a rātou, tēnā tātou katoa.
E ngā iwi, e ngā mana, e ngā karangatanga maha o te motu, ka huri ngā mihi ki a koutou. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
In 2005 the first Iwi Chairs Forum was convened at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura. Since that time the Forum has been meeting regularly to discuss and enable Māori aspirations in the spheres of cultural, social, economic, environmental and political development.
The Forum is a platform for sharing knowledge and information between the tangata whenua of Aotearoa, with hui four times a year hosted at different marae throughout the country. The primary focus is for participants to educate one another about what they are doing, how they are doing it and how they can best support one another.
The Forum regularly invites Crown representatives, Members of Parliament and stakeholder and community groups to present at hui on projects and issues that concern iwi.
All iwi chairpersons have an open invitation to participate in, and contribute to, this group. To receive Forum related pānui, please contact us with your details.