Ko Rawhiti te marae - Rawhiti is our marae
Te Whare Tapu O Ngapuhi
These are the sacred pillars of the house of Ngapuhi.
|My beautiful, visionary, tupuna, Ene Rewha Parkes|
At the time registration 6:15 in this video, Te Aroha Rewha tells the story of how our tupuna Ene Rewha Parkes honoured the remains of the family retainers that Wiremu Parkes and Rea Rewha brought home with them when they returned to Rawhiti from Thursday Island, to help care for their many children, indigenous people from Thursday Island, who faithfully served our family for many years. Ene took their remains and buried them inside the urupa in defiance of the wishes of some others, honouring these people from far away, and honouring her mother and father, and honouring the Good/God that lives inside each one of us.
It's a very special place, that urupa. A deep red coloured rose grows from the grave of my great great grandmother Rea Rewha, it grows along the ground, and like loving arms it embraces many of the other headstones in the urupa, the whole place is full of such aroha (love). The urupa looks down over Oke Bay, where whales and dolphin often play. There is a tangible aura of peace, and love, that pervades the place where my tupuna sleep.
Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana.
Kia tere karohirohi i mua i tou huarahi.
May calm be spread around you, may the sea glisten like greenstone, and the shimmer of summer dance across your path...
More information on the history of Ngati Kuta can be found at this link.
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