Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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"E te imi! Tenei ke karanga, te mihi a Rongowhakaata whanui - Nau mai!

"Haere mai ki roto I te poho o to matou tipuna whare. Mauria mai o koutou mate kia tangihia tahi me o matou.

"He tangi aroha tenei whare whakairo na Raharuhi Rukupo ki tona tuakana I mate, ki a Tamati Waka Mangere, rangatira o Ngati Kaipoho. Na te aroha a te iwi tenei whare e whakamahanatia tonutia ana.

"Ko te kaupapa e tu ake ai a Te Hau ki Turanga I konei, he whakapumau I te mana o nga iwi o Rongowhakaata whanui, he whakakotahi I a tatou ko Te Papa Tongarewa, he aroha hoki ki nga iwi o te ao."

("Greetings to all our visitors!

"We, the Rongowhakaata people of the Gisborne district, welcome you to our great house called Te Hau Ki Turanga.

Te Hau Ki Turanga celebrates our history and our links with other tribes and nations. We invite you to enter, to join us in sharing our past achievements and our hopes for the future!")

"Te Hau ki Turanga was built in 1842 at Manutuke, just south of Gisborne, by our most famous carver, Raharuhi Rukupo, in memory of his late brother Tamati Waka Mangere, a chief of the Ngati Kaipoho sub-tribe. Its name, which means "The Breezes of Turanga", alludes to the many influences that all the families and tribes of our district have in common.

"This house was acquired by the government in 1867 and was one of the first meeting houses carved entirely with steel adzes and chisels.

"Our love for our ancestors and their heritage keeps alive our interest and involvement in this house. Today Te Hau ki Turanga symbolizes the proud identity of the Rongowhakaata, our contribution to the nation, and our commitment to a bicultural partnership with Te Papa Tonganewa, the Museum of New Zealand.

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