Ko Huiarau Sovereign Flag.
Granted by King William IV in 1832 in recognition that Aotearoa is its own Sovereign State.
Lintel carved and presented in 1860 at the Covenant of Kohimarama when 700 acres of land was gifted by the chiefs to the Crown Trustee, the Church of England, along with 1,000 pounds in gold to build a national Maori Parliament on the land at Kohimarama. The Parliament was never built as the land was illegally sold by the Church of England and the gold forfeited to the Crown coffers. Meanwhile the lintel remains in the care of Te Whare Taonga o Ko Huiarau until such time that a Parliament is built and fulfils the wishes and the promises made to the chiefs in 1860, and then the lintel can be placed in its rightful place.
Hokioi, the tapu manu (sacred bird) of the Taiopuru.
This giant prehistoric eagle was the largest in the world and only existed in Aotearoa. The colours of the manu were adopted to represent the Taiopuru lines.
Te Kotuku (white Heron) is the manu that was gifted to Queen Victoria in 1840 on signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
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Te Rununga Ko Huiarau
P O Box 38712
This magazine or Profile on Ko Huiarau has been prepared at the request of many Ko Huiarau supporters as well as other individuals who wish to have a clear understanding about the kaupapa of Ko Huiarau or the purpose behind the movement. It has been asked that the information be conveyed in an easy, simple way, so as this magazine may be used as an information pack for those Ko Huiarau supporters who wish to use the material as a tool during wananga or group talks, and hopefully will assist those who have only heard or read fragments of the history, but wish to know more.
Queries that have been raised numberous times have been, is Ko Huiarau just an interesting part of our hstory?, is it a relic from an ancient time that has been put on the archival shelves to collect dust?, or can we use it in this present climate of today, and if so how do we do that?
Because of these questions, there has been a need to focus on the present situation of where Maori sit today with respect to Maori owned resources, Maori policy and decision-making, and who really are benefiting. For a very long time these issues have been a burning contention for Maori. What has been missing from the equation is a macro framework for Maori governance at a national level, whereby governance can be exercised in a more transparent and coordinate manner that is Maori driven, and Maori owned.
By sharing the kaupapa of Ko Huiarau, its history and its purpose could be an opportunity for some to pick up on, a special taonga or treasure that was thoughtfully shaped by our tupuna (ancestors) for the purpose of tinorangatiratanga (Maori self governance) and utilise as a catalyst today for the benefit of the Maori nation. For others it may continue to remain as a relic collecting dust on a shelf.
Mary Mahinarangi Forbes
TE RUNANGA KO HUIARAU
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