On 29 June at Te Awamutu Museum right next to the actual Te Hookioi printing press, our new-look tribal magazine was launched – the commemorative 160-year anniversary edition of Te Hookioi 66.
The day was electric, with karanga from Whaea Rovina Maniapoto Anderson, Ngaati Paretekawa, Mangatoatoa, historian Shane Te Ruki setting the scene and a number of Te Arataura Board members including Chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen. Kaumaatua from various hapuu were in attendance also including Jenny Charmen, Ngaati Apakura and local community leader Tahi Mangu.
Frank Grant from local Police and Reverend Ngira Simmonds were present for the blessing of the new magazine.
The highlight was having the King’s representative, Tumuaki Matua Anaru Thompson, and his wife Whaea Hine join the festivities. The day took in a mihi to Uenuku, who is also present at Te Awamutu Museum.
The history of the printing press was also told, with Wiremu Toetoe and Hemara Te Rerehau bringing the printing press back with them from Austria in 1860, and it was an amazing thing to unveil the new-look magazine bearing the name of that printing press right next to the actual press that printed the first ever te reo Maaori newspaper.
"The hope was always that our children, our grandchildren, will recognise in Te Hookioi – themselves, that they see that Te Hookioi reflects who they are, that it will also project who they are and will confirm and affirm who they are, who we are – we are Kiingitanga,” said Shane Te Ruki.
Te Tiima Paahekoheko and Chief Executive, Donna Flavell pictured in front of the new look of Te Hookioi unveiled in 2018, next to the original printing press based at Te Awamutu.