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Whakamutunga ki tenei mahi te patu tangata
Kia mau ki te rongopai ki te kupu a te Atua
Ko te ora mo koutou ki tera Ao
I muri i au kei tangia oku uri ki te moko
The pathway from now on is to cease the practice of slaying man and hold fast to the word of God
This week’s whakatāuki is explained by Manos Nathan nō Te Roroa.
Te Ahi Kaa pays tribute to the 28th Māori Battalion and their latest fallen comrades, William Pitman (1921- 2012 ) and Major Hone John Hikitia Te Rangi Waititi (1921-2012 ) with recordings from the 28th Māori Battalion Reunion hosted by Tuwharetoa in Taupo, 2010. Waititi recounts to Maraea Rakuraku his schooling at Te Aute Māori Boys College and (MAC) the mormon Māori Agricultural College, farming at Raukokore and his enlistment in the 28th Māori Battalion.
In 1980 the Nathan whānau decided to purchase a Catholic church in Te Kopuru and re-site it in Waipoua some 60 kilometres away, where it was repurposed into a whare that comprises Matatina Marae. Brothers, Alex and Manos Nathan accompany Maraea Rakuraku to their marae.
Recordings from the 28th Māori Battalion Hui, Taupo 2010 featuring Haare Nuku (Piano), Nolan Raihania, Matt Te Pou, Harima Fraser and members of the 28th Māori Battalion.
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
It's fitting that in a fortnight that has seen the death of two 28th Maori Battalion Veterans, 91 year olds, William Bill Pitman (1921-2012) and the last remaining officer of the 28th Maori Battalion, Major Hone John Hikitia Te Rangi Waititi (1921- 2012), Te Ahi Kaa salutes the remaining 27 veterans of the 28th Maori Battalion with an encore recording of a 2010 korero with "the Major" - as he was affectionately known. Maraea Rakuraku travels deep into the Waipoua Forest with brothers Alex and Manos Nathan who describe the very personal connection the area holds for them, and the shifting of a Catholic church from Te Kopuru in 1980 to its current site where it has been re-purposed as the whare of their marae, Matatina. (52′25″)
Produced and presented by Justine Murray
(Ngai te Rangi/ Ngati Ranginui)
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