Te Hono ki Raukawa hosted its first Matariki celebration last week inviting over 60 kaumatua to a luncheon at Te Wananga o Raukawa, Ōtaki.
Sir Taihakurei Durie, Professor Whatarangi Winiata and Professor Gary Hook outlined the work being carried out by Te Hono regarding the Ngāti Raukawa Treaty of Waitangi claims. Tā Taihakurei specifically spoke about the historical aspects of the claims.
Te Hono ki Raukawa Management Trust (Te Hono) is currently supporting a number of Ngāti Raukawa Treaty of Waitangi Claims. It is one of the major claimant groups representing three closely related iwi: Te Reureu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa.
It was established in 2008 at a hui-a-iwi and is working with other claimant groups including Tūmatanui and Tū Te Manawaroa. The group represents 25 iwi and hapū of Ngāti Raukawa in the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Kāpiti region. There are some 30,000 tribal members.