Hui Topu 2019
Whanau, Kura, & Pariha gathered for the reignited Hui Topu over Easter responding to the call of the Ngati Porou rohe & Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti Pariha.
Over 100 gathered over the course of the main day, Saturday 20 April, for whanau activities at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti with games, sports, obstacle challenges, & Easter egg hunts for kohungahunga & rangatahi. This number swelled as more whanau arrived in the evening as the focus shifted to waiata, himene, haka, & whakangahau.
For over 3 hours, 8 pariha, rohe, & whanau performed including Te Aute & Hukarere Kareti. Performances showed the amazing depth, beauty, & breadth of our collective songbook & gave a glimpse of the skill of the masterful composers in our whakapapa, in Te Tairawhiti & in the Hahi.
Between performances, several kaumatua shared their experiences of Hui Topu held in decades past. Rob Ruha introducing the Beach whanau spoke of a desire to raise their children & mokopuna experiencing Hui Topu.
“Enei i haramai ki nga Hui Topu i te wa e ora ana. Whakaarohia ratau na runga i te karanga kua timata ano tenei kaupapa kia whakahokia mai nga whakatipuranga ki roto i tenei kaupapa,” he said.
“I pakeke mai ratau i roto i te Hui Topu, ana, pirangi kia pakeke ano hoki nga tamariki mokopuna ki roto i te Hui Topu.”
Hearkening to the choir contests of old, choral items were judged with Hikurangi Pāriha taking top honours, winning the newly christened trophy, “Te Purapura Hua Rau”.
An Easter Sunday karakia capped off an awesome weekend with baptisms and confirmations, and an excellent hakari at Hinemaurea Marae.
Nga mihi nui ki te rohe o Ngati Porou, ki te Pariha o Kawakawa Mai Tawhiti na ratau te kaupapa i whakaara ano, i waha hoki. The next Hui Topu will be held 11 April, Saturday of Easter, 2020, in Uawa.
He Pihopa Hou: “Tenei Au Te Mahi Nei I Te Mahi Hou”
The Venerable Waitohiariki Quayle (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Whakatohea) has been nominated as the next Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika. She will be the first Maori woman, & the first NZ born woman, to be made a Bishop in Aotearoa.
Bishop-elect Wai currently serves as Archdeacon of Wairarapa alongside her role as a Maori community health services manager in Masterton, & has worked in Maori health for two decades.
Please keep Bishop-elect Wai in your prayers as she looks ahead with the Church to the momentous occasion of a Maori woman joining our house of Bishops & taking up leadership of the Church in Upoko o Te Ika.
The date & venue for Bishop-elect Wai’s ordination & installation as Bishop of Te Upoko o Te Ika will be announced in due course by the Archbishop
Read more on Bishop-elect Wai and the announcement of her nomination:
24-25 May: Postulants Retreat, Turanga
29 May: Wananga Pakiaka / Pastoral Visit, Wairoa
5 June: Wananga Pakiaka / Pastoral Visit, Turanga-Whangara
12 June: Wananga Pakiaka / Pastoral Visit, Matau a Maui
14 June - 3 July: Kawea Te Rongopai / Red Shirt Pilgrimage
12-13 July: Hui Amorangi, Hiruharama Marae, Ngati Porou
14-26 July: Kawea Te Rongopai / LMU Haerenga
28 July - 9 August: Kawea Te Rongopai / LMU Haerenga
14-17 August: Kura Takurua, Turanga
23-24 August: Wananga Heipu / Resourcing Ministry, Turanga
1 September: Confirmations, Hukarere & Te Aute
7 September: Amorangi Whaiti
12-15 September: TPOA Runanganui
20-21 September: Postulant Interviews, Turanga
1-6 October: Kawea Te Rongopai / Bishopdale Pilgrimage
11-12 October: Wananga Heipu / Sustaining Ministry, Turanga
13 October: Confirmations, Turanga-Whangara
23 November: Amorangi Whaiti
30 November: Tairawhiti Ordination Karakia
HE INOI MO TE PIHOPA HOU
E te Atua Kaha Rawa, Ora Tonu, kua karangatia tatau i roto i tau Tama ki te whiwhinga tahitanga o tau hunga whakapono. Meinga ratau, i roto i a ratau mahi, hei tohu o tou aroha, a, homai ki tau pononga a Waitohiariki, akuanei ka tu hei Pihopa, te taonga o tou atawhai; ko Ihu Karaiti hoki to matau Ariki, to matau Kaiwhakaora. Amine.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW BISHOP
Almighty and eternal God, you have called us through your Son to be one with your Church around the world: hear our prayer for your faithful people that in their callings and ministry they may be instruments of your love, and give to your servant Waitohiariki, who will soon be a Bishop, the gift of your grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.