Marae visit aims to help migants form bonds
The Hawke’s Bay Multicultural Association is organising a marae visit for Hawke’s Bay migrants to understand tangata whenua and form relationships. Multicultural Association kaumatua Des Ratima will be hosting the manuhiri (visitors) on Te Aranga Marae in Flaxmere on Saturday, June 12, 3pm-7pm. “The cultural intention of the multicultural gathering is to develop long-lasting, trusted relationships where the relationship of mana whenua and manuhiri are understood, to the benefit of all people. “Ma¯ori refer to this process as Te Kai O Te Rangatira — face to face engagement that eliminates misunderstanding, provides pathways for future engagement. “Relationships are time intensive and enduring created in the right environment and for the right reasons. “This is the first such Te Kai O Te Rangatira wananga and will be used to set the foundation of future wananga. I am confident that this process is not only necessary but vital as we are impacted by the acts of terrorism and racial and cultural discrimination.” The Multicultural Association said it is about “breaking down barriers, creating friendships and appreciating and learning from each other’s cultures”. The event is open to all migrants living in the Bay and those wanting to attend are asked to register as numbers are limited. This can be done online, with a link available on the Multicultural Association Facebook page.