Manurewa youth learn about King Movement

By Mānia Clarke
  • Auckland

Manurewa youth are keen to understand their legacy about the King Movement, which is the reason why a seminar is being held at their marae this weekend.

Tūnuiārangi McLean says, “This hui is for the benefit of our youth, they are our leaders, that's the view of our marae.”

It's the first time this event has been held there, to the delight of the youth.

Mahaani Maiava says, “We're fortunate to have this important event at Manurewa Marae, for our children, youth and elders of the Soaring kite of Tamahore.”

It's an opportunity for all descendants of Waikato-Tainui living in Auckland, adults and youth to learn how the King Movement began, the lineage of royalty, its coat of arms, amongst other things.

McLean says, “I'd like to acknowledge the local people who have come today from Ngāti Te Ata, Te Kawerau-ā-Maki, Te Akitai, Ngāti Tamaoho and Port Waikato.”

Maiava says, “It makes me happy to see our elders and youth working and learning together about the King Movement, that's what is important to me.”

Matukurua is the house of learning today, and the elders hope that the legacy of the Kīngitanga will remain and be upheld by its youth for the future.

Kuini Tereva says, “When we go to gatherings like Poukai and the Coronation, we'll know the protocols and know what to do.”