He toa takatini toku toaE hara I te toa takitahi(My bravery is of many, it is not the bravery of one)An acknowledgment of being one person amongst many and a tribute to havingreceived knowledge and skills from the people around one; this saying expresses thestrength of tribal kinship ties.There have been enquiries regarding the borrowing of equipment from the Marae. Toclarify the situation, here is an extract from the trustees meeting held on Saturday 12
September 1987:7 (a) Lending of Marae gear;It was a unanimous decision that the present 439 Trustees make it Marae policynot to lend or hire out any gear belonging to the Marae for personal use in homes.This does not apply to other Marae. Reminder to everyone using the Marae, includingtangihanga. Each whanau is responsible for removing their rubbish bags and their kaimoana shells from the Marae. Also the concrete at the back is to be hosed downafter use.
From the Diary of Ihaka Mita Te Tai
Italics are comments from M Hook.
12 November, Sunday
Fine day. After an early breakfast rode over to Hauai to await the arrival of TawakaWiki’s body who died at Kawakawa yesterday. Body arrived about noon with thosein charge.
(Can anyone tell me who he was, and to whose family he belonged??)
Fair to dull and fine afternoon. Scarcely a sleep, yarning all night, last mihi to dead body before being buried at 11 am at Opourua. When body was being conveyed tograveyard, a heavy shower occurred, Apotoro Wairua Wirepa Hetaraka officiated.
Beautiful day. After breakfast went out netting with Sue and Bessie, caught plenty for our use. Bill Hakaraia
turned up about dinnertime and cleaned our chimney out. The stove hot as anything now after being cleaned!
Fair day though looking a bit dull, but cleared up in the afternoon.Rowed out to Kaingahoa by the 5 pm tide. Slept at Kei’s,
(Kei Ahitapu and Turei’s sister)
went to plant kumaras, Iti, Mita, Marara, Waihuka and myself.
Dull looking morning. Puti and Barney (
were down early at Kei’sto get on to planting kumaras by the incoming tide, About an hour after planting itstarted to shower intermittently all day. In the afternoon when it cleared upsufficiently, Barney, Taute and I went out fishing – caught a few.
Foggy showery morning. Still at Kei’s this morning. After an early breakfast and assoon as it cleared up, we swagged up and rowed back to Te Kauri. Taute came to helpIti to pull. Bessie and Kuia
walking over, joined by Maggie
at Whiorau. A shower came down just as we landed, making thingsuncomfortable to handle. However, we are at home once more. Taute attended to my parcels at the Point for me. Kuia to Russell.