The 48th Poukai at Waahi Pā commemorating the Coronation of King Koroki has provided youth with the opportunity to take part in the day’s formalities.
For the first time more of the Marae youth with the support of elders led important protocol of the day which included doing the karanga for the raising of the Poukai flag and King Tuheitia’s flag andleading the owhaowha in the Paimārire prayer this morning.
Marae Elder, Takaroa Raihe says, "We're really fortunate here at Waahi Pā. Our youth are passionate about upholding the Kīngitanga values of hospitality, which were modelled by our elders."
14-year-old Maapihi Rapana who led the Owhaowha says she felt afraid, but is relieved that it’s over.
The drizzling rain didn't deter the arrival of visitors from around the country who came to support the event and remember those who worked tirelessly to achieve the Raupatu Land Settlement 20-years-ago.
Labour MP, Nanaia Mahuta says, "We remember our parents and grandparents who've passed away. We made a collection of obituaries and memories, and told tales of their dedication to our marae, so they're never forgotten."
Locals hope their customs and protocols will continue.