Mataatua Reserve, Muriwai Drive, Whakatāne
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
11.30am to 2.30pm
One year on from the 2019 Whakaari eruption we remember the lives lost and acknowledge the efforts of many during the tragedy.
Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, with the support of the Whakatāne District Council and Māori Television are facilitating public commemorations at Mataatua Reserve and live broadcast of the event.
11.35 am Te Kura o Te Paroa Kapa Haka
12.20 pm Ngāti Awa Pakeke Kapa Haka
1.00 pm Māori Television Livestream of Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga official proceedings from Mataatua Wharenui.
- Karakia and welcome
- Ngā kōrero whakamaumahara – Speeches of remembrance
- Messages from whānau
- Wā Whakamaumahara – One minute silence
- Ngā Mihi Aroha – Reading of acknowledgement
- Karakia whatamutunga
2.30 pm Livestream concludes
Please consider how you travel to this event and allow adequate time. If you are able, park vehicles closer to the CBD or beyond the Reserve and walk to the venue. Bring a blanket or deck chair.
Please note that some nearby parking will be reserved for those attending the official event at Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae.
Planning for the public gathering has observed the guidance of the official Government COVID-19 response, so please:
• Stay home if you’re sick
• Scan the COVID-19 QR poster or manually record your attendance
• Wash your hands and maintain safe physical distancing where possible
• Use the hand sanitiser stations
• If you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know, we encourage you to wear a face covering
Ngāti Awa will host a remembrance
event on 9 December for invited guests
under COVID-19 Level 2 protocols.
We made the hard-call and we knew that action would limit the number of people who could physically be in the venue, but we chose to take that course to provide some certainty to our event organisers, and most importantly to protect our Kaumātua and the immune compromised.
First and foremost, the gathering – Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga – is for the individuals and families most affected by the tragedy.
We have also extended invitations to certain government and consular representatives, together with delegates of groups and organisations who were involved in the emergency response.
We recognise however, that many people in our community and indeed across Aotearoa and beyond our shores will want to pay their respects to the lost and injured and we’re deeply grateful to Māori Television for its support to broadcast and live-stream the official ceremony from within the walls of Mataatua whare.
The public gathering at Mataatua Reserve will carry the live broadcast on a large screen and we know many people will gather in workplaces, with whānau, or in private to share in the broadcast.
Ngāti Awa plan to host a larger and more inclusive event at a future date when international borders are open and affected overseas families will have the ability to attend.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
Hei tiaki tōu whānau, ko koe hoki.
Ka pā tata mai te tuaiwa o Tīhema, tērā pea ka pā mai te pōraruraru me te pouritanga ki a koe. Me kī, he noa aua mahamaha. Mā te wā, ka mauri tau anō.
Hei tiaki tōu whānau, ko koe hoki:
• Kaua e mātaki ai i ngā kōrero a ngā hunga pāpāho
• Me mākoha ki te iwi, ki a koe anō hoki
• Me hono atu ki tōu whānau
• E puta atu ki te taiao, purea e te hau
• Me noho mauri tau, e whakaaro ake i ngā kaupapa papai
• Mahia ngā mahi i whakaora ai i a koe anō
• Whakarongo mai ki āu tamariki kia haumaru rātou
Ka hikitia te pōraruraru, kāore e āhei e koe te whakatau i ōu mahamaha, ka pēnā ai ētehi atu rānei, kimihia te āwhina. Me tōmua te āwhina nō ngā mātanga.
Taking care of yourself and your whānau
As December 9 approaches, you may notice a range of emotions being stirred up, including sadness, anger, feeling tense or stressed. This is normal, so try not to avoid or over-analyse these feelings, as they will usually subside within a few days or weeks.
Common sense things you can do to help yourself, your whānau and friends:
• Limit exposure to news and social media
• Be kind to yourself and others
• Connect with people you care about
• Head outside- being out in nature is good for us all
• Reflect on what you feel grateful for
• Do what makes you feel good to help refuel your body and brain
• Listen to and connect with your children to help them feel safe, secure and happy.
Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga will also be broadcast live from 1.00pm on Māori Television on Freeview Ch5 and Sky Ch19. We will be also be hosting the Livestream on this site.
• Workplaces, places of worship, clubs and organisations are encouraged to join together in whānaungatanga to watch the live broadcast of the official ceremony from Mataatua Whare.
• Or gather at the public event at Mataatua Reserve, Muriwai Drive to view the livestream.
Councils pay respect
In observance of the Whakaari Anniversary, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Whakatāne District Council, Kawerau District Council, Ōpōtiki District Council and Tauranga City Council, will lower flags at their offices on Wednesday, 9 December. Some are also making provision for staff and elected members to gather together to experience the live broadcast.
Whakatāne District Council
Council business will halt between noon and 3pm on Wednesday 9 December but Customer Services staff will be available at a reduced level.
Te Kōputu – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre and Te Whare Taonga ō Taketake – will be closed from noon to 3pm. Whakatāne i-SITE will be closed all day.