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Date:
c1960
Title:
Book
Object ID:
2017.002.040
Object Name:
Book
Extent of Description:
Book, soft cover, 35 pages, 21.5 x 14cm
Scope & Content:
[Book, rectangular white paper with black print. On the front cover is a photo which is a light red/brown colour of a carving on the top of the meeting house, at the bottom is a navy blue banner. On the back cover is a photo of a meeting house with two men standing outside. Inside the book there is black print with black and white illustrations and photos.]

[Front cover reads]

The Story of ...
"AROHANUI KI TE TANGATA:
THE MEETING—HOUSE OF
"GOODWILL TO ALL MEN"
WAIWHETU, LOWER HUTT CITY,
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND.

[On page 3]

[In handwritten blue ink at the top it has a signature and date]
Ihaia Porutu Puketapu 11—9—60

TWO WAYS OF LIFE BECOME ONE

A YOUNG man lay on his back in the fields of Taranaki one day in 1904 and gazed upon the pure white mantle of Mount Egmont. He closed his eyes.
The clouds rolled back, the heavens glowed with a strange light and His voice spoke to the young man:
"Ko ia e aroha ana ki a au naku tena".
(He that loves me is mine).
The dream continued. This 18—year—old youth, taken from Waiwhetu to Taranaki to learn the ancient customs and traditions of his tribe in the sacred chambers of the elders, saw many things. He saw the importance of keeping alive the cultural riches of the past. he saw a vision of a great meeting—house at the head of the fish of Maori mythology (the North Island), — a meeting—house not for one tribe alone but for all the people, Maori and pakeha, a meeting place of Goodwill to All Men.
This was the vision of Ihaia Porutu Puketapu, a leader of Te Ati—Awa—No—Runga—I—Te—Rangi tribe of Waiwhetu, a little Maori settlement in the Hutt Valley, near Wellington—the head of the fish.
He took up the challenge. Today — 56 years later — the dream has come true.

[Other headings throughout the book]

A SCENE OF PEACE AND GREAT GOODWILL

THE ENDING OF A DAY

A "GLORIOUS DAY" DAWNS AT WAIWHETU

THE MAORI HEART OF THE HOUSE

THE PEOPLE PULLING TOGETHER

[On page 30]

FESTIVAL OF EVENTS FOR OPENING CEREMONY

FRIDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER:—

4.00 p.m. Arrival of Guests.
6.00 p.m. Evening Meal.
8.30 p.m. Church Services at Billets.
9.00 p.m. Dance at the Community Hall, Moera.

Saturday, 10th September: —

5.00 a.m. The blessing of the House by Elders from Waikato.
(An ancient ritual surviving from pre—European times.)

6.00 a.m. Mass Church Service on the Marae.

7.00 a.m. Breakfast.

8.30 a.m. Welcome to Visiting Tribes.

9.30 a.m. Laying of Gifts on Marae.

10.30 a.m. Arrival of the Prime Minister an his Party.

11.30 a.m. Dedication Service conducted by the Bishop of Aotearoa.

12.00 Noon Official Opening by the Prime Minister.

1.30 p.m. Official Dinner.

3.00 p.m. Football Match at Te Whiti Park (Hawke's Bay Maoris v. Wellington Maoris).

5.30 p.m. Evening Meal.

7.00 p.m. Church Services at Billets.

8.30 p.m. Concert by Visiting Maori Concert Parties at Marae

9.00 p.m. Dance at the Community Hall, Moera.

SUNDAY, 11TH SEPTEMBER:—

6.30 a.m. Church Services at Billets.

8.00 a.m. Breakfast.

9.30 a.m. Sightseeing.

11.00 a.m. Thanksgiving Service on Marae.

1.00 p.m. Dinner.

The time has arrived when the people may wish to go home.

[On page 31 the above events are repeated in the Maori language]

[On page 34 near the bottom]

PUBLISHED BY THE HUTT VALLEY TRIBAL COMMITTEE
PRINTED BY A.K. WILSON LIMITED, LOWER HUTT.

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