Monday, December 17, 2012

Horouta launch in Gisborne

The launch of the reprinted Horouta, Rongowhakaata Halbert's classic history of the East Coast descendants of the Horouta canoe, made for a memorable night on 13 December at the Mangatu Blocks conference hall. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tessa Duder at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta

Author Tessa Duder talks about The Story of Sir Peter Blake in coverage of the annual regatta held to honour the great sailor.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A special celebration

Peter, Isabell and Sascha (Isabell's partner) were delighted to travel to the northern Hokianga to tautoko Pā Henare Tate for a day of celebrations on 1 December - marking his Golden Jubilee (50 years) as a priest, the Silver Jubilee of the house Tamatea at Motuti marae, and the official launch of Pā's book He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama.

The day started at Panguru with Pā officiating at the unveiling of a headstone for Himi Hauata, attended by family members from as far away as Canada and Australia.

Pa Tate welcoming family members to the first event of the day, the unveiling of the headstone              for Himi Hauata
Guests then travelled to Motuti for the first of two pōwhiri - welcoming visitors to the marae and, later, Pā with his fellow priests. 

The hau kainga at Motuti await the arrival of the manuhiri

The lunch marquee, where some 360 guests enjoyed the best of Northland fare
 After the pōwhiri and mass, a fine lunch was served in the wharekai and a specially erected marquee. Then it was time to launch He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama officially. 

Pā had already ritually initiated the book (see blog of 26 November) but this was the official presentation to the people of Motuti. Pā blessed the book and outlined his aims in seeking to ground Christian theology in the Māori world view. Peter spoke of his pride in publishing such a significant work, and acknowledged the contributions and support received from many parties. 

 Tate blesses the book

Publisher Peter Dowling supporting the book's release
 A big queue formed to buy signed copies of He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama, testament to the aroha and esteem felt for Pā. The sun was out, the fine students of Hato Petera college took to the marae atea to entertain, and a memorable day drew to a close.

Students from Hato Petera college entertain the many guests

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