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Dual heritage approach

Opinion Piece

Kia ora Clive, please don’t be alarmed.

It’s important not to view funding decisions in isolation of the broader national or historical context. As you will appreciate better than most, the journey to dual heritage requires attention to gaps in our national knowledge — which I am sure funders realise.

I must also hasten to point out that, in running our monthly programme, we have found the stories of Horouta waka, of Paoa and Kiwa, have been extraordinarily popular amongst the community from all walks of life — Maori, Pakeha, young and old. The fact that every month these events are sold out speaks volumes about this community’s growing appetite to share and understand each other’s stories.

And while we are a few weeks off releasing the detailed October commemorations programme, it is now widely understood that we will host and have an opportunity to engage with a full flotilla of waka and tall ships in an exciting week-long programme — a dual heritage approach in action.

Look forward to seeing you for a cuppa sometime soon.

Glenis Philip-Barbara, Te Ha 2019 Sestercentennial Trust general manager