Prominent kaumātua discusses Tūhoe traditions

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Ngāi Tūhoe is a tribe that holds dear to them the Maori language and customs. One particular kuia in Ruatoki is renowned for the encouragement she gives to the people of Tūhoe to uphold these traditions.

Our special feature this week focuses on the life of Ngāti Mura and Hāmua descendent, Te Uruhina McGarvey and her views on Māori customs in contemporary times. She also shares with us her recollections on what it was like growing up in the small settlement of Ruatoki.

“You had to find your own fun growing up. Mostly we played pōtaka, or we'd chase horses and break them in. I used to do that a lot”

Te Kāea reporter, Rāpaera Tāwhai spoke with Te Uruhina McGarvey.