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The Uri Whakatupuranga Research team are collectors first and foremost. We have acted with integrity without being limited resources and have gathered and scanned several thousand historical images from throughout the country and mountains of text now typed up on hard drives. We are now adapting this cultural history into interactive stimulating and visionary multimedia learning packages. There is no cultural or artistic community facility such as a public library, art gallery or museum in this little rural village of Ratana Pa.
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Thus, we were invited to the opening, and so were part of the occasion of the Friday on the annual hui. Speeches on the marae by the Prime Minister and others, with accompanying waiata (songs) were a forerunner of the opening of the Archives Centre building by Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, John Tamihere. It was unfortunate that communication gaps had occurred (no fault of Puawai), and the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, had not been formally invited to perform the opening, as expected. Nor did she make any references to archives in her speech on the marae.
Also invited to the function was Taina H. Tangaere McGregor, Oral Historian, Maori, at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Taina remarked on the great effort that Puawai and team had achieved with so little resources. She was amazed how the team had set up the archives, the collections they had acquired, and she approved of their gaining expert advice. She was mindful that Puawai had said there was much more to do, such as getting shelving for the paper archives. Nevertheless, the work they had done, the advice they had had, and the help they had had with translations of documents, all boded well for the future. Another person present was Lainey Cowan who works for the government’s Community Employment Group.
The Ratana Archives Centre is concentrating on visual and oral archives at present, but is also seeking paper documents. There are hopes that before long it will be able to house official Ratana Church and Movement paper archives, and remove them from their present inadequate accommodation. See News Items for newspaper stories about the Haggers, Ratana Archives and the new Archives Centre. Thanks are due to Taina McGregor, and Puawai and Arahi Hagger for assistance in compiling this report.
Opening the Ratana Archive Centre: by Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, John Tamihere, Mayor Wanganui Chas Poynter, Mayor Marton Bob Buchanan.
Dispite all the odds and frustrations the dedication from the members of Uri Whakatupuranga, they have overcome their enermy who have tried to stop them doing this work. We ensure that all true believers of this Maramatanga (Divine Enlightenment) will be able to access this information freely from this website.
Whetumarama 2nd July 1927
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Members of Uri Whakatupuranga: Kereama Pene, Hareruia Aperahama, Puawai Hagger Arahi Hagger and Tracy Hansen.
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