Wairau Bar on the telly

Our media open day went fantastically well yesterday – we invited crews from TVNZ, TV3, Prime and Maori Television to come onto the site, and everyone was delighted that the media were so interested in what we are doing. Of course the giant killer eagle really attracted a lot of attention, but all the news items mentioned the real reason for why we are here – preparing for the repatriation of the Rangitane tupuna. Thanks to everyone who came out to visit us – we really enjoyed having you here and you all did a great job.

On a lighter note, most of the team got their 2 seconds of fame and made it into the news items – including me by accident. I generally prefer to remain of the other side of the camera, but if you look carefully at the very beginning of the TVNZ story,  there’s some dude sitting next to Alexi O’Brien in the boat wearing a funny hat – yours truly. My Mum was very excited!!!. There was a flurry of phone-calls  from lots of other proud Mums and family to everyone else as well, which we all got a giggle out of.

Geoff Moffett from Radio New Zealand was also here – he will be on the radio on Monday morning doing a story on us during the Summer Report segment.

Have a great weekend everyone,


You can find the TV3 news story here

One News here

a segment on Te Karere in Maori here

and the Prime news story here (we’re about 7:49 into the bulletin)




3 Responses to “Wairau Bar on the telly”

  1. January 19, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Kia ora Quinn,
    You met me on site at the blessing. I am the Kaihautu- National Maori Heritage Manager of NZ Historic Places Trust. I belong to Rangitaane, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Mamoe, Waitaha etc of the South Island and have had the priviledge to research many aspects of Maori history for Wairau. One story recorded by my karanga tupuna Tuiti McDonald M.P. was of the Ngarara Huarau a taniwha that was captured and killed. South Island stories record that taniwha were able to shape shift into large birds like the Hokioi or Pouakai(Haast Eagle). Also the whakapapa for the original inhabitants at the Wairau was given by Tuiti with the stories recorded while he was at Parliament. One of those early Polynesian explorers in the whakapapa is Rangiatea. Rangiatea is the Maori version of the name of Raiatea, an island in French Polynesia. Havaiki is the old name of the island. This was the central homeland of our ancestors who came from Hawaiki and carried these names all over the Pacific. Te Aputa ki Wairau is a name from Hawaiki where there is a passage from the lagoon to the ocean. The name Wairau was given to the area because the Vernon lagoon area reminded these early ancestors of home with their island lagoon. The saying Kei Puta te Wairau means where the passage opens up to the clear skies and the vast ocean ahead.
    Please let me know if you want the stories and any comments.
    Te Kenehi Teira.

  2. 2 wairau
    January 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Kia ora Te Kenehi,
    Thank you for writing in. I would love to hear your stories about this area and it’s people. Please send me anything you think myself and the readers of the blog would be interested in, and of course all comments are welcome.

  3. 3 Paora Mackie
    April 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Kia ora Quinn,
    We met at the bar initially but then again at Omaka during the repatriation. My name is Paora and I was part of the Ope Tu Taua (Taiaha Escort). We slept next to each other at Omaka and shared a few laughs. I just wanted to say you did a great job and to thank you for your support during the three day excursion to get our tupuna back. Kia kaha, kia maia kia manawanui e hoa.
    Ma te wa

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