Topic: Tainui

Tainui waka remind youngsters of their roots

By Ripeka Timutimu
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

“Don't paddle out of unison, our canoe will never reach the shore.” This is the thoughts from descendants of the waka of Tainui that gathered at Tūrangawaewae Marae for Regatta 2014.

According to Paraone Gloyne, “There is no funding given for the land wars throughout Tainui, Waikato, Maniapoto and in fact throughout the country, even though so much is given to remember days like Anzac.”

Gathering the thoughts of the masses together is one of the benefits of having tribal gatherings, so that the pathway of their waka is clear.

Hoturoa Kerr is one of the many that has driven the waka agenda in the years gone by, and just like his ancestors Hoturoa, he has big dreams for the younger generations.

“I hope that youngsters from Tainui can learn about their ancestral canoe and the places where their ancestors lived. From there they would have a greater appreciation for their people and history.”

Kerr says that despite the thousands that have turned up today, they mustn't forget where they come from once they return home.

“To instill in the younger generation that they are from Tainui waka.”

If today is anything to go by, there's no doubt, the descendants of Tainui waka will continue to flourish in the years to come.