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First Meetings Korero focus on educators

Historic Places Tairawhiti’s fourth annual talkfest on Sunday is just one of the many conversations of the difficult, awkward and easier variety being offered in the district this month.

The First Meetings Korero, which has been held in early October for the past three years, will this year focus on how educators contribute to a better understanding of early encounters and relationships between Maori and Europeans.

The event will be co-chaired by historian Dame Anne Salmond and Gisborne District Council Maori engagement adviser Walton Walker.

Speakers are Wellington freelance theatre director Jade Eriksen, who grew up in Manutuke and Gisborne; Julie Noanoa, museum educator; Jeremy Muir, Gisborne Herald editor; Morehu Nikora, Girls’ High history teacher; Tairawhiti Museum director Eloise Wallace; DoC ranger Jamie Quirk; artist and historian Nick Tupara; and Year 13 school students Isla Clarke of Girls’ High and Boys’ High Adam Whibley, who will present their speech together.

First Meetings Korero starts at 2pm at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. Entry is $5 at the door.