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.
6.30pm depart Devon Hotel and Novatel Hotel to Gusto Restaurant
10.15pm depart Gusto Restaurant to Devon Hotel and Novotel Hotel.
Guests from other hotels are welcome to make their own way to the Devon Hotel for the 6.30pm departure
Saturday Night Awards Dinner
Date: Saturday 27 March 2021
Time: 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Venue: The Vineyard Bistro, Okurukuru
A Taranaki reo Māori advocate and community leader, Dr Ruakere Hond is a kaikōrero (speaker) of Te Paepae o te Raukura, one of the marae on Parihaka. He has been prominent in the developments leading up to the historic reconciliation process with the Crown, signed at Parihaka on the 9th of June 2017. Ruakere continues to provide support in ensuring the implementation of the commitments made by the Crown to work in support of the interests of Parihaka in contrast to more than 150 years acting against them.
Parihaka is a small settlement located inland from the western-most point of the Taranaki coast, midway between the sea and Mt Taranaki. There was a time when Parihaka was home to more than 3000 people from iwi of Taranaki and from around the country. Its leaders, Tohu and Te Whiti, navigated the maelstrom of the Taranaki wars from 1860 to the invasion of Parihaka in 1881, and beyond, using non-violent resistance to demand the return of lands unjustifiably confiscated and stolen from iwi. They sought innovative and empowering strategies to counter the Settler government’s demand for fertile Taranaki land. No history of Taranaki is complete without a full account of the shameful treatment of the peaceful resistance of Parihaka, indeed no health professional can say they comprehend the cultural and social challenges faced by this country’s Māori population without an understanding of Parihaka and similar peaceful movements in regions around Aotearoa.
Ruakere will speak on the impact of trauma on the community of Parihaka, he will give an account of their experience, their adherence to the teachings of Tohu and Te Whiti with the belief that at some time in the future the statement the two leaders made would be fulfilled, “Kei a koe te pāhua tuatahi, kei a au te pāhua whakamutunga” (You [the Crown] have instigated this plunder in violence, mine will be the final plunder in peace)
Tickets: Cost $120 per person and includes arrival drinks, followed by a three course dinner. Tickets can be purchased as part of your registration.
6.30pm depart from Devon Hotel via the Novotel Hotel to Okurukuru
11.00pm bus one returns from Okurukuru to Novotel Hotel and Devon Hotel
11.30pm bus two returns from Okurukuru to Novotel Hotel and Devon Hotel
Guests from other hotels are welcome to make their own way to the Devon Hotel for the 6.00pm departure