E amo tiitoki ana te rangi i runga nei, te nohoanga mai o te runga rawa.
Huia ake ko te whakahoonore i a Kiingi Tuheitia, te tumu o te waka.
Tangihia mai ana te tangi o te hunga mahue ki te ao tuuroa nei.
Te poo ka tau, kohae ana mai te awatea ki a taatou katoa.
Tawhiao said let this be a fallow year, a year of prosperity, a great year, a year of peace and tranquility. May this year also herald a focus on Mana Tangata – to build, sustain and implement meaningful tangible outcomes shrouded in the principles of Kiingitanga, based on the platform of our tikanga, encompassed in contemporary best practice, geared toward the health and well-being of the 65,000 who say they are Waikato-Tainui.
Our settlements are based on the consequences of Raupatu, the confiscation of the land, the psychological devastation of the mind, the alienation of our waterways and coastal domains. Then in 1995 and then again in 2010 we accepted that wrongs had been done and we collectively agreed to a pathway of forging our own way to Rangatiratanga that we will determine for ourselves. We will continue to work with the New Zealand Government under the kaupapa “if it is good for Waikato-Tainui, it is good for the Nation!”
We must always remember the kotahitanga and economic prosperity that Waikato-Tainui enjoyed prior to the colonial invasion. We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice that our tuupuna made defending our lands, our waters, our culture and our identity. We must be ever mindful of the devastation that Raupatu created in the hearts, minds and souls of the faithful Kiingitanga adherents. All that we do and all that we achieve must benefit Waikato-Tainui from the ptio to the paepae.
May we forever enjoy the kotahitanga of being whanaunga, may we strive for success within the bounds of humility, and may we fulfill the tongi of King Koroki when he stated:
Mehemea he mahi pai moo te tangata, mahia!
If it is good for the people, do it!
Paimaarire ki a taatou katoa.
Te Arataura Chairman