Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey presents the Pae Roa Award to Mrs Tauariki.

Wetere acknowledged for Māori contribution

Former Māori Affairs Minister Dr Koro Wetere has been recognised for spearheading a new era of Māori development.

The Pae Roa 2040 award was presented to Dr Wetere by Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey. “He convened the Hui Taumata Māori Economic Development Summit in1984, and initiated the first decade of Māori development ushering in a new era for te iwi Māori," Mr Maharey said.

An artwork, entitled Mango Pae Whenua, created and gifted by Massey Māori Visual Arts lecturer and artist Ngatai Taepa was presented at a dinner last night and accepted on behalf of Dr Wetere by a close relative Miria Tauariki.

During the presentation, footage of the opening of the Hui Taumata in 1984 was shown as well as video messages from two prominent leaders of the 1980s, who were also unable to attend the hui. Former Māori Affairs Secretary Kara Puketapu said, “Koro was a man of the people, Koro brought our people together. He worked with me during the years of Tū Tangata and in creating the kōhanga Reo, working with women of hapū around the country.”

Sir Ngatata Love, chair of Hui Taumata 1984 steering committee said: “It was Koro who pushed for the Hui Taumata to be held, so that we could decide what needed to be done. Koro was a man of the people.”

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