Te mārino ki te moana,
Te aio ki a Papatuanuku
rāua ko Ranginui
te rangimārie ki te Aorangi
All international participants flying into New Zealand are asked to organise their flights to arrive into Auckland International Airport New Zealand. Once in Auckland International Airport you may choose to organise a couple of rest days in Auckland city and see the sights.
You will need to arrange your connecting flights between Auckland and Whangarei via Air New Zealand which is our national Airline.
See following sites for possible car rental options direct from Auckland airport
Tuparehuia and Ngaiotonga marae are situated in the Northern coastal area of Whangaruru and it is 1 hours drive from Whangarei Town
The 21st of June event aligns with the presence of Matariki in our skies. Here in the Northland as in the Western sides of our country "Puanga" is the signal star for the new year. Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades constellation. One of the primary kaupapa (principle objective) of this hui is to weave the already established activities surrounding Matariki and the Māori new year customs with World Peace and Prayer Day Honouring Sacred sites and acknowledging Grand Mother Earth traditions.
Though for other tribes Puanga is the signal never the less such cosmic events and seasons marked the yearly activity of our ancestors lives motivating them to practice their customs and traditions in resonance with their natural environment both terrestrial and celestial physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, economically, ecologically and spiritually.
A Māori representative was kindly invited to Japan to attend WPPD2004. Following this 2004 event in Japan four Māori representatives were supported by Wolakota to attend the WPPD2005 Wopila ceremony held in Paha Sapa Black Hills region of South Dakota. It was at this ceremony that the nations to play hosts for the next 3 years following 2005 found themselves invited into the sacred prayer circle to offer prayer at each of the four entrances representing the four sacred directions; The Inuit and Mayan communities have hosted WPPD over 2006 and 2007 respectively...over this time we here in Aotearoa have been preparing for this event.
There is no doubt that this event has been organised by ancestral agreement and we now are merely following an pre-prepared agenda handed down generation by generation to this generation for all generations to come.
There is little coincidence in the advent of WPPD2008 coming to Aotearoa, of Chief Arvol Looking Horse and his family and tribal ancestors 'returning' to this spiritual land, Aotearoa, for the first time, of all nations and all faiths attending in peaceful unison the collective ritual and ceremony of expressing positive heart energy to affect a positive resonance of peace in the world so desparately needed, of healing Papatuanuku Grandmother Earth so urgently needed, of heart to heart communication so deeply needed between human, animal, plant, stone, air, fire, water, earth and spirit.
Here in Tuparehuia the tribal community of Ngāti Wai invite you to participate in this important ceremony from the 18th of June to the 21st 2008...We are the ones needed to heal Papatuanuku for the generations yet to come.
Programme Information for Four Day WPPD2008 EventAt this stage the final Programme covering the Four day WPPD2008 event to be held at Tuparehuia marae is to be finalised in the first week of April after the meeting of organisers on April 5th in Whangarei.
Each day will be set aside for activities acknowledging the natural elements of Papatuanuku Grandmother Earth providing opportunity for paticipants to participate in traditional activities associated with those elements from Māori traditions and other indigneous cultures. Story telling will play a main feature throughout the four days, including presentations from key speakers and opportunities for sharing in collective ceremony, ritual and prayer.
This years event will weave together the traditional sacred fire ceremony of offering tobacco. This traditional ceremony is a gift by Chief Arvol Looking Horse and his people and shall be woven in with traditional Māori custom lead and facilitated by traditional repositories of those rituals sourced from the local tribal community of Ngāti Wai and invited elders of other communities.
Throughout the four days the organisers hope to confirm the nearby Department of Conservation camping grounds for those who would like to camp across the road from the village site of WPPD2008.
It is anticipated that nearby marae village community facilities will accomodate international dignatories while it is expected that local visitors will travel in from Whangarei town each day.
As it is June in the Southern Hemisphere it will be winter and participants would be advised to bring clothing to suit the likely weather patterns. Here in Aotearoa and especially in the coastal regions where Tuparehuia is situated the weather has the capacity to be unpredictable - so bring equipment, clothing and other attire and resources that can help you adapt to the high probability that you will experience the best and worst of the four seasons in the period of a day each day...
Given our calling upon the natural elements to help guide us in this ceremony we will no doubt be in the presence of some awesome natural phenomena over the four days of WPPD2008...this is normal for most if not all indigenous affairs of the spirit...therefore we ask that all who participate and attend WPPD2008 be present with a good heart, humility, and abide by the etiquette of aroha o tetehi ki tetehi, compassion to one another, respect, tolerance and understanding as befitting the kaupapa / first principle of Peace throughout the event.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Miracle
Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994, the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nations, Arvol Looking Horse, was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony on June 21st. According to Lakota Star Knowledge, the birth of Miracle, a female white buffalo, signalled a time of earth changes and the coming of the mending of the Hoop of All Nations. The Summer Solstice is said to be a powerful time to pray for peace and harmony among all Living Beings. Grandmother Earth's gifts, the air, water, plant, animal and rock nations must be allowed to heal if we are to live in harmony with Her.
Miracles and prophecies have revealed themselves; The white animals are showing their sacred colour to give us the message of change and sacrifice. Throughout the world people have made spiritual commitment to bring peace, harmony and restoration back to our lives. Faith must continue to live in the hearts of the people – to gather at our sacred sites to heal our Grandmother Earth. Join us on June 21st – all nations, all faiths, one prayer – as we walk toward togetherness in respecting and understanding all of life. This is OUR responsibility.
My Grandmother once told me to understand that every person can have a good heart, a heart big enough to change the world. She said the Great Spirit wouldn't give us something we couldn't handle.
Know that you yourself are essential to this World. Believe that. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this world.
Did you think you were put here for something else?
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Messages of Peace
Seeds of Change
Kotahitanga - Unity
The Meaning of the Hongi -
A Traditional Upbringing - An Elder Speaks
Singing Peace into the Universe
Message from Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Kia ora koe e te Rangatira, nga tino mihi ki i a koe, ara koutou te whakahirahira i nga taonga i tuku iho e nga Atua Kotahi Ke. Ahakoa te pewhea ka hoki atu taua te tangata ki te Rangatiratanga.
What you are doing is so very important at this time. The whole of humanity is moving on to a much higher vibration. Our ancient tipuna of ancient Hawaiiki were all peacemakers, and they made it very clear that we are the Living Breath of the Central Sun, the Divine Spark, and that we begin and end with the Sun, ara ko “RA NGATI RA” tatau...this is the sacred meaning of the word “Rangatira”. Ngati means living breath, so that you are the living breath of both Ranginui, and [Papatuanuku]
When I call manuhiri on to the marae, I always emphasize the word Ra, ara, Haere mai Ra! I always welcome Manuhiri as Beams of Light from the Central Sun, the Divine Spark. Te Reo Rangatira from the Central Sun, the Divine Spark, has both hidden and sacred meaning. I can assure you that Joe and I and our whanau will definitely support your work on a wairua level if we cannot get there physically.
Kia ora mai tatau i roto i nga ahuatanga o te wa.
Kia noho mai ko te Aio, te Aroha, te koa me te pono ki roto ki te Aorangi,
Na te Whaea,
Na Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Manaia te Maunga
Manaia te Tangata
Manaia te Pou E!
Whano Whano haramai te toki
The Elders Speak 1
The Elders Speak 2
The Elders Speak 3
The Elders Speak 4
The Elders Speak 5
Light at the Edge of the World The Way Finders 1
Light at the Edge of the World The Way Finders 2
Light at the Edge of the World The Way Finders 3
Light at the Edge of the World The Way Finders 4
Light at the Edge of the World The Way Finders 5
North American Indian Cherokee Morning Song
Ainu First People of Japan
Rimi Natsukawa Sings Famous Okinawan Song
Rimi Natsukawa Asadoya Yunta