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Gathering Brief Release - “Celebrating the Heartbeat of Indigenous Wharetangata”

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    FYI ... Subject: Gathering Brief Release Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 23:14:46 -0500 From: Nahanni Fontaine To: Don
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      Subject: Gathering Brief Release
      Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 23:14:46 -0500
      From: "Nahanni Fontaine" <nfontaine@...>
      To: "Don" <dbain@...>


      Aneen Don,



      Would you mind disseminating this to your contact list for me?



      Meegwetch,

      Nahanni


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      NAU MAI � HAERE MAI


      13th � 18th November 2003 Rotorua � Aotearoa � New Zealand
      NGA WAHINE TUAKIRI O TE AO MAORI


      We the Indigenous women of Aotearoa acknowledge the trust our Indigenous
      sisters and their ancestors have in us to prepare for and host the 2003
      gathering.

      As the organiser of the 6th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Gathering
      we accept and assert our right to act as a catalyst for positive change by:

      � recalling our ancient and heroic past

      � standing firm in our besieged present

      � moving forward in unity with vision and deliberate planning

      � creating strategic alliances and new partnerships amongst
      Indigenous nations


      CONFERENCE THEME


      �Celebrating The Heartbeat of Indigenous Wharetangata�


      The welcoming call of Nga Wahine Maori o Aotearoa is carried on the
      winds of Tawhirimatea and tides of Tangaroa to reach the indigenous
      women of the world.


      We call you to come


      o share with us the decades and centuries of suppressed tears and
      fears, the loss of our ancestors and their ways


      o let us together rejuvenate our aching spirits, broken hearts,
      fractured intellects and splintered emotions


      o let us ignite and excite each other with models that work in our
      nations


      o to create �The Charter for the House of Indigenous Nations�


      o revive and synchronize the heartbeat of every nation with that of
      its originator, Papatuanuku


      o to bathe in the sacred health giving waters of the gods - Te Waiariki


      o This is our koha to the world


      THE TALKING CIRCLES


      Standing in the light of Ranginui and Papa-tu-a-nuku and the safety of
      the talking circles, each woman will have the space to give voice to the
      rhythm of her tribal nations traditions, knowledge, skills, and
      strategies to:

      - confirm our collective aspirations for the next thousand years

      - establish cohesive strategies that will take us beyond neo colonisation

      - endorse an Indigenous Women�s Charter for presentation to the
      United Nations, and

      - establish the Indigenous Women�s Foundation For The Third Millennium


      There will be eight talking circles to honour and celebrate the eight
      beating hearts of the Te Arawa tribal nation (Nga Pumanawa E Waru O Te
      Arawa). These eight talking circles will shape the future and lay the
      �Foundation� for the Third Millennium. The eight talking circles are:


      1. Land, People and the Third Millennium


      2. Land, Whakapapa and the Third Millennium


      3. Land, Reo, and the Third Millennium


      4. Land, Wairua and the Third Millennium


      5. Land, Natural Rhythms and the Third Millennium


      6. Land, Te Wharetangata, and the Third Millennium


      7. Land, Traditions, and the Third Millennium


      8. Land, Navigation, and the Third Millennium


      Each indigenous woman, in her own right as a leader, is invited to take
      her place in the talking circle to give voice to her ancestral memories
      that honour her nation�s aspirations for the next thousand years. We
      trust that you will hear the guidance of your ancestors to present your
      ancestral memories and how those memories translate into strategies for
      the future.




      THE CHARTER FOR THE HOUSE OF INDIGENOUS NATIONS


      We have seen that the Gathering is a perfect way of highlighting the
      United Nations initiated International decade of Indigenous Peoples by
      bringing together the 'Charter For The House of Indigenous Nations' - a
      1,000 year Strategic Plan.


      Together, we the indigenous women of the world will develop the Charter.
      It is envisaged that this 1,000 year Strategic Plan will include our
      collective aspirations and strategies for shaping a future that will
      advance the well-being of our Earth Mother - Papatuanuku (the original
      House of the People), our indigenous nations, and the wider global
      community.


      THE INDIGENOUS WOMEN�S FOUNDATION FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM


      It is also envisaged that the Indigenous Women's Foundation For The
      Third Millennium will be established, with representation from
      participating nations, to ensure the promotion of the 'Charter For the
      House of Indigenous Nations'.


      Terms of reference for the �Foundation� will be sourced from the �Charter�.


      More information will be posted on the website.


      TUAKANA - TEINA - SISTER SHARE

      When registering you will be placed in our Tuakana-Teina programme, to
      give you a personal link to a teina in Aotearoa. We want you to meet
      us, talk to us, exchange pictures and stories before you get to
      Aotearoa. Your teina will be able to tell you of the protocols, our
      ceremonial rituals and many other things that you may wish to know.

      Tuakana Teina are the terms used when referring to the relationship
      amongst people, and in the instance of sisters it denotes the older
      (tuakana) and younger (teina) relationships between them.

      It is a matter of respect and acknowledgement of our kinship one with
      another and that of our whakapapa, our relationships to the land.

      As our manuhiri you are the tuakana.

      The Gathering is a six-day event and time will be precious when we come
      together. To ensure that we maximise the use of that time we have the
      Tuakana � Teina programme, this is �Sister Share��.

      We would like to make your time with us as special for you as it will be
      for us.

      We invite you to attend in your hapu or tribal groups of four or more.
      This will enable all participants to enjoy the formalities of the
      Gathering as well as take in the sights and the activities planned.



      GLOSSARY OF TERMS

      Nau mai - Haere mai Welcome and come

      Wahine Woman, women

      Aotearoa New Zealand

      Tawhirimatea God of the winds

      Tangaroa God of the seas

      Wharetangata House of the people

      Tuakiri Holistic

      Te Ao The World

      Koha Gift

      Papatuanuku Mother Earth

      Te Waiariki Waters of the Gods

      Ranginui Sky Father

      Reo Language

      Whakapapa Ancestry � genealogy

      Wairua Spirit

      Tikanga Custom - observance

      Hapu Sub tribe

      Marae Meeting and gathering place

      Wharenui Ancestral house





      IMPORTANT INFORMATION


      DATES: 13th - 18th November 2003
      VENUE: Rotorua, New Zealand
      COST: In the currencies nominated below

      � North and South America and Hawaii in $170-US

      � Canada in $170-US

      � Philippines in $170-US

      � Mediterranean, Asia and Africa in �170Euro

      � Japan in $170-US

      � Australia in $170-US

      � NZ, Polynesia and Micronesia in $170NZ

      � all other official activities of the Gathering, is based on our
      tikanga of koha.


      All other costs - travel, accommodation and meals will be borne by the
      participant. (All registrations will be confirmed upon receipt of
      payment. All payments will be receipted.
      KOHA: Koha is our traditional way of giving. Koha has no
      limitation, no expectation and is an expression of appreciation for an
      occasion or an act.
      FLAGS: Please bring your nations flag to fly.

      TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

      The official travel agent for the Gathering is

      The House of Travel Rotorua

      Pam Turner Jill Wilkinson

      pamt@... jillw@...

      Office +6473484152 Fax +6473479764

      Please direct any queries concerning travel and accommodation to them.


      There are two types of accommodation to choose from hotel/motel or our
      traditional Wharenui on our Marae. Details of costs for marae will be
      available through a link on our website.



      REGISTRATION

      6TH WORLD INDIGENOUS

      WOMEN & WELLNESS GATHERING

      Rotorua, New Zealand, 13th -18th November 2003


      REGISTRATION DETAILS


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      PERSONAL DETAILS


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      EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS (NEXT OF KIN)


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      MEDICAL INFORMATION


      Please advise us if you have any medical requirements.

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      TUAKANA - TEINA


      I agree to my personal details being used for the purpose of the
      Tuakana-Teina program.


      YES/NO


      PAYMENT


      Please refer to the currency schedule on page 7.



      Bank Cheques: Nga Wahine Tuakiri O Te Ao Maori Work and Education Trust

      Po Box 12044

      Rotorua

      Aotearoa - New Zealand

      Credit cards:

      Visa ____ Mastercard ____ Amex ____

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      For More Information Contact:

      Nga Wahine Tuakiri O Te Ao Maori
      Moira Neho, Conference Manager
      PO Box 12044
      Rotorua, AOTEAROA - New Zealand
      Ph. +6421704589
      moira@...



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