Te Mana Motuhake Kingitanga 150 years
''Kua whakatuuria e ahau teenei kaupapa hei whaangai i te pouaru, te pani me te rawakore, he kuaha whaanui kua puare ki te puna tangata me te puna kai"
On 10th March 1988, the first poukai was held at Aotearoa Marae following a question posed by Te Arikinui Te Atairangikahu to koro Pukerau, "Awhea koutou ka whakatu poukai?" A hui was called at it was decided by the whānau to alternate poukai between Rāwhitiroa (Owairaka) and Aotearoa.
2010 Aotearoa will host it's 11th Poukai with Rāwhitiroa celebrating it's 80th Poukai in 2011.
Te Kīngitanga, the Māori King movement, started in the 1850's in response to increasing pressure on Māori to sell their land to the Crown. In 1885 Tāwhiao, son of the first Māori King Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, first instituted Poukai (annual visitations) to console his people who were widowed, bereaved and destitute in the wake of conflicts between the military and Māori landowners. He saw the gathering of Māori at their local marae as a way to bring people together to feast, grieve and entertain; with Poukai developing into an event which would later ensure direct consultation of the people with the King.
Since the first Poukai at Whatiwhatihoe in 1885, Poukai has spread to 30 marae around the North Island from Shannon to Te Teko and the wider Waikato region. It continues today through the presence of Kīngi Tuheitia. May 2nd 2009 ends the 150th year celebration.
POUKAI DATES 200901 Jan - Horahora18 Jan - Kokohinau31 Jan - Taniwha14 Feb - Hukanui28 Feb - Maurea07 Mar - Poutu09 Mar - Parawera10 Mar - Rāwhitiroa (Owairaka)11 Mar - Rakaunui12 Mar - Waipapa13 Mar - Maketu14 Mar - Okapu18 Mar - Turangawaewae28 Mar - Marokopa29 Mar - Te Tokanganuianoho 04 Apr - Huria10 Apr - Papaorotu19 Apr - Ngataierua25 Apr - Tainuiawhiro23 May - Taheke14 Jun - Pohara31 Aug - Whatapaka13 Sep - Tauranganui08 Oct - Waahi Pa12 Oct - Mangatangi07 Nov - Ngatira24 Nov - Te Awamarahi05 Dec - Waikare13 Dec - Reretewhioi For more info click here
Page last updated 20 Apr 2009