30 Mar 2022
Tui noa, tui noa, ngā maunga whakahī.
Te riu o te whenua, ki a koutou rā, ka ngaro ki te ao.
Ngā manu whititua, i inuhia mai i roto ō ngā iwi.
Ngā poutokomanawa o ngā whare maire o o tātou matua tipuna,
Ngā whare kura, ngā marae kura, i pūāwai te ataahua ki Rangi, i inuhia atu koutou e te hunga mate ki te hunga mate e te tuawhakarere e!
Nga reira taiaha ha, taiaha ha!
Te tai e pari nei, ketekete atu, ketekete mai.
Te tai e pari ana ki hea?
E pari ana ki tāwhitinui, ki tāwhitiroa, ki tāwhiti pāmāmao.
E pari ana ki ngā awa o te akeake ki te pūranga hou o te kau heke kaumatua.
He atua, he tipua.
E te Rangatira Moana, kua rere atu rā koe ki te kāhui rangatira e tatari mai i runga i o maunga maha. Kia kakengia e koe tō waka whakarei ki Te Reinga. E kore a muri e hokia. Nā reira e te Rangatira moe mai rā i te urunga te taka, i te takapau matua, atamira, whakamutu mou.
Creative New Zealand acknowledges the passing of the great Dr Moana Jackson.
Our Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright reflects below.
For those who were lucky enough to be present, Dr Moana Jackson’s keynote address at Nui Te Kōrero in 2019 ‘Three Poets and a Treaty’ was one of those powerfully resonant experiences, that seems even more powerful as years go by.
He left us all with a wero that linked to the poem ‘It’s our watch now’ by Witi Ihimaera. The poem says it is time to make dreams come true and the challenge to the Creative sector was to elevate the role and place of Te Tiriti and consequential outcomes in terms of Tino Rangatiratanga.
The idea of standing with the land, and the art of ‘standing upright here’ so famously laid out by the poet Alan Curnow is richly evoked. We heard the message at Creative New Zealand and have made some progress, as will have several other entities and individuals, who responded to the wero.
The messages and the wero are just as relevant now as then. As well as filling that conference kete, his speech at Nui te Kōrero revealed Dr Moana Jackson for who he was: as a very warm, courageous, entertaining and learned man – both from a Mātauranga Māori and Te Ture o Te Karauna perspective. He was a champion for justice, Māori, Te Tiriti and in fact a visionary for all New Zealanders.
We acknowledge that this is a particularly sad loss for Ngāti Kahungunu, coming as it does so soon after the loss of Marina Sciascia.
E te tipua, e te tangata, takato, e moe, okioki e.