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Rahui Papa discusses the 1839 signing of He Whakaputanga by Te Wherowhero of Tainui.
Tuesday 29 October 2019
National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Thorndon
Gather 12pm at the seated area in front of the He Tohu gallery. Talk begins 12.10pm.
The final party to He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirani (The Declaration of Independence of New Zealand) was Te Wherowhero of Tainui, who signed on the 22nd of July 1839.
Rahui Papa will discuss the circumstances surrounding the signing by Te Wherowhero, the Tainui view of the Declaration, and subsequent events in Tainui and New Zealand history.
About the speaker: Rahui Papa (Tainui) grew up on and around his marae and papakāinga of Pōhara, in the Waikato. He has worked in broadcasting, teaching, and has served as a director and trustee on many boards. He is perhaps best known as an expert orator and a recognised authority on Waikato reo, tikanga, and tribal history.