Gathering Brief Release - “Celebrating the Heartbeat of Indigenous Wharetangata”
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Subject: Gathering Brief Release
Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 23:14:46 -0500
From: "Nahanni Fontaine" <nfontaine@...>
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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
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
�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
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
- 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 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
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
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
Te Ao The World
Papatuanuku Mother Earth
Te Waiariki Waters of the Gods
Ranginui Sky Father
Whakapapa Ancestry � genealogy
Tikanga Custom - observance
Hapu Sub tribe
Marae Meeting and gathering place
Wharenui Ancestral house
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
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.
6TH WORLD INDIGENOUS
WOMEN & WELLNESS GATHERING
Rotorua, New Zealand, 13th -18th November 2003
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Please refer to the currency schedule on page 7.
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