Trainee Dinner Date: Friday 26 March 2021 Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Venue: Gusto Restaurant and Cafe Tickets: Cost $85 per person and includes an arrival drink with canapes, followed by a two course dinner. Tickets can be purchased as part of your registration. Transport: 6.30pm depart Devon Hotel to Gusto Restaurant via Millennium Hotel and at 10.15pm returns to Devon Hotel via Millennium Hotel. Guests from other hotels are welcome to make their own way to the Devon Hotel for the 6.30pm departure
Dinner Speaker: A Taranaki te reo Māori advocate and community leader, Dr Ruakere Hond. Ruakere Hond is a kaumatua (elder) of Parihaka. He talks about the processes of welcoming the monthly celebration of prophets of peace Te Whiti and Tohu, and tikanga (protocol) all of which expresses some of the values of the community.
The Parihaka story
It is the 5th of November 1881. “The Europeans are expecting a bloody battle. In the build-up to the invasion, some of the men have been sitting around the campfires boasting about who is going to shoot the first Maori.
On the other side, the 2000 people of Parihaka have been expecting the troops. In preparation, the women have baked 500 loaves of bread to share with their visitors.”
The events at Parihaka that fateful year, are a significant part of the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The response of Maori under the guidance and leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi has been inspirational to peace movements led by people such as Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. The episode is also defining for local iwi (tribes), and is significant to many New Zealanders.
Tickets: Cost $120 per person and includes arrival drinks, followed by a three course dinner. Tickets can be purchased as part of your registration. Transport: 6.00pm depart from Devon Hotel to Okurukuru via Millennium Hotel and at 11.00pm bus one returns to Devon Hotel via Millennium Hotel and then 11.30pm bus two returns to Devon Hotel via Millennium Hotel. Guests from other hotels are welcome to make their own way to the Devon Hotel for the 6.00pm departure