US Māori want input over Ruatepupuke II rituals

By Aroha Treacher

E tautohe ana te rōpū māori Tihei Mauri Ora i Amerika i te mana whakahaere mō te whare whakairo, mō Ruatepupuke te tuarua e noho atu ana ki roto i te whare pupuri taonga o Chicago. I whakarewa petihana rātou kia taea ai e ngā Māori i Amerika, ngā tikanga Māori te hāpai ake i roto i te whare, mātua rā mō te rāhiri manuhiri nō Aotearoa ki tērā whenua.

I whakarewahia e Tihei Mauri Ora he petihana mō te tūpono ka whakawhanaunga rātou ki te whare taonga o Chicago mō ngā Māori katoa e noho ana .

E ai ki te Kaiwhakahaere Tihei Mauri Ora a Tracy Maihi, “We understand and appreciate that they are the caregiver of Ruatepupuke II but we think it should not be this difficult for us to be able to come and use the marae for her original purpose.”

I oroko mai ai te whakaaro a te roopu nei whai muri i te whakataunga o te whare taonga tērā pea ka whakahaerehia tētahi pohiri mō ngā tira Ōpango, me te mea nei, ka whakahaerehia e tētahi roopu tauiwi.

Hei tā Maihi, “We actually have no raruraru with our Phillipino cousins or our Native American cousins because I think if they were aware of the politics and how offensive this is to us and our culture then they would not participate.”

E ai ki tētahi Kaimahi o Chicago Field Museum a John Turelle, “At no time have we said to anyone that you can't do it, but whether or not in a sense there would be room to add how many people, but maybe she didn't connect with the right people working with us, I can't explain.”

I hokona te whare whakairo o Ruatepupuke ki te whare taonga o Chicago i ngā tau tekau mā iwa, koia te whare whakairo anake kei Amerika.

Hei tā Turelle, “They did not realise I think that the Field Museum had and was making many efforts to make the wharenui and the marae a living part of Chicago.”

Ka tukuna e rātou te petihana ki te whare taonga i mua tonu i ngā tukinga a ngā tira Ōpango ā te Noema.

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