We wrapped up our series of whakapapa wānanga last month with our fourth and final workshop. We were encouraged that a great group of about 30 people joined us for another day of insights, learning and building connections with their whānau and ancestors.

The day started at 8:30am and was led by Anthony Olsen. Throughout the day he covered the history of our people, our lands, and the eruption, general whakapapa, Crown confiscation of land, our recent population research, our Treaty Settlement, the evolution of Matatā from what it was to what it is now, and the condition of our river and swamp.

In the afternoon we went for a short walk from the marae to see places of significance around Matatā. Anthony shared stories of the town, and spoke about the swamp, ocean, islands, surrounding mountains and wars.

It has been great to see people really engaging with the workshop and the stories at each whakapapa wānanga over the past eight months. They have been hugely successful and so important for our whānau whānui spiritually. They have enabled us to walk together on this journey to Settlement, on behalf of our tipuna and future generations of Ngāti Rangitihi.