Waitangi Te Tii is one of the most controversial and political places in NZ. It is centered in the heart of Ngapuhi, and once a year, it is the gathering place of the Maori nation from around Aotearoa. Whatever Waitangi is for you, for us, it is a chance to gather, to korero, to share and to be amongst our people. Whilst there were many divides and many challenges, our Pearls tent provided a safe refuge from the pressures, hope in a time of uncertainty, shelter from the sun and waiata for the soul. Our presence at Te Tii was summed up by one Kaumatua “thank you for bringing the Korowai of Peace”.
Below are the many moments we captured. We would like to extend our aroha to YWAM who partnered with us and humbly came to serve. Your presence and your love was felt in every way.
We also acknowledge Te Tii Marae ,the Kaumatua, the Taumata, and all those who embraced us and welcomed us into the whare to join with them in unity in their nightly services.
We acknowledge our many great Maori leaders who came to serve: Cindy Ruakere, Ps Helen Herbert & the New Beginnings Church and our wonderful Beryl Henwood and of course all the many many wonderful Pearls who came from near and far.
We also acknowledge the Hokianga Kapa Haka team who stood with us and shared their waiata, their poi and their haka. Ataahua (Beautiful).
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela
I met a wonderful woman of God at Te Tii, who was woken in the night and given a Word “for a time such as this – for Ngapuhi”… I share that word here – to inspire and bring hope, light and love into Te Tai Tokerau, the most Northern part of our country. Bless You!