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Huhana Lyndon, Te Putake o te Riri on Paakiwaha

The Te Tai Tokerau region are honoured to host the inaugural Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara, a national commemoration of wars and conflicts in New Zealand This tier one national commemoration will be held from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 March 2018, at Waitangi and Kororāreka/Russell in Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The kaupapa of the national day acknowledges the detrimental effects on a modern

society of retaining a divided national memory, where the groups who suffered most,

remember most, but the "mainstream story" continues to forget.

Divided memories create divided people. Justice is founded on shared understandings of the past. Te Pūtake o te Riri seeks to foster not uniformity, but critical awareness and mutual recognition.

It is also a herald, carrying a message to all New Zealanders of the need to be well informed of history, to accept and recognise it for what it was, and use that knowledge as a catalyst to transform personal, family and community perceptions, realities, prejudices and more importantly, to transform relationships. The national day invites the public to learn from history, fostering understandings and attitudes committed to building a genuine practice of bi-culturalism and intercultural understanding while applying new insights and wisdom to how we live our everyday lives. It is in the act of accepting our past that we create the conditions which can led to liberating ourselves from the pain of that past.

Our kaupapa is to invite the nation on a journey of healing and reconciliation. The wars and conflicts of New Zealand are a major part of our history. Understanding the root cause will enable us to sincerely commemorate and honour those involved. 

Let us remember their sacrifice. Ko tenei TE PŪTAKE O TE RIRI

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