French Pass Pou whenua blessing, unveiling and celebrations
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From Dusk on the 17th of November through to Dawn of the 18th of November 

There will be a fire lit. Which will be maintained throughout the night till the official dawn ceremony and blessing. This time has been dedicated to storytelling and waiata, and is one way of celebrating the occasion.
If you would like to participate in this part of the celebration; please bring warm clothes, a blanket, your stories, and a deck chair.

Please help to keep the home fire burning

Mauri Ora 

The dawn ceremony will begin as the dawn dictates (approximate time 5:30am) This will be lead by our kaumātua and followed by a light breakfast in the Community Hall. 

Ngāti Koata are provisioning transport from Whakatū to French Pass for up to 20 people to attend the 10 o'clock celebrations.
The vehicles will depart from the Trust office at 8am sharp and will be returning to Whakatū by 5pm. 

If you would like to travel with us to support this kaupapa please send your names to 



Te Putu was of the Ngāti Rākaupukupuku hapū of Ngāti Koata. He had the distinction of being both a half-brother and nephew to Te Whetu.
After the battle of Waiorua, Te Putu and his son Te Pātete, who were among the Ngāti Koata leaders who captured the Ngāti Kuia rangatira Tūtepourangi, went in search of Tawhi (a close relative of Te Pātete, possibly his brother) who had been captured by Ngāti Kuia. 
Tawhi was found safe from harm, and to cement peace between Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Kuia, Tūtepourangi made a gift/tuku to Ngāti Koata. 
Te Putu married a Ngāti Kuia chiefteness, Keiha, who was closely related to Tūtepourangi, as part of the inter-tribal peace making policies of the times to cement alliances and relationships. According to Jim Elkington, Te Putu was to marry Hinekawa, but she married someone else before this could happen.
When Te Putu went to receive his bride, he tricked her into believing that he was only a warrior sent to bring her to Te Putu.  They spent time together and on the journey back to Rangitoto Keiha had fallen in love with her escort. It was not until they were back on Rangitoto that Keiha realised her escort was the man she was to marry.  
This cementing of relationships continued with Te Pātete marrying Ōriwa Meihana, the daughter of Ngāti Kuia rangatira, Kereopa Ngarangi, and brother of Meihana Kereopa. 
Te Putu and Keihi had a son called Hapiata Te Putu, also known as Pani, who served on the Committee of Whangarae as chairman and was a kaumātua for the Whangarae area.

Te Putu is buried with his relations on Hautai. 
Moe mai rā e Toro e. 
Anthony Pātete
Has served on the Ngāti Koata Trust Board for two terms and is an experienced researcher. He supports and has supported Iwi Māori with their Treaty Settlement claims.  
John Dobson 
This is John's first term serving on the board and he has been instrumental in developing the Ngāti Koata draft Education Strategy Plan. He is a secondary School teacher and is also passionate about  whakapapa and whānau history. 
Te Putu was carved by Master Carver Mark Davis.
He is known for many carvings including the Waharoa at ANZAC Park, Victory community gardens, FOUNDERS heritage park and of course Whakatū Marae to name a few.
Mark has strong connections with the people of Ngāti Koata and knowledge of our places and our taonga. He is the husband of Kathy Davis and  a proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. 
PHOTO: Mark Davis holding Koata, which he carved over 30 years ago. 

We wish Aunty Emily a very happy birthday!  She will be down at French pass celebrating this special day. 

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