Īhāia Puketapu, 1887-1971 (Te Āti Awa)
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As representative of Pōneke tangata whenua, Īhāia Puketapu is the first kaikōrero to welcome the whānau home from abroad. The waiata tangi Rere ana e te iwi i te mura o te ahi to support his kōrero is given by members of Te Āti Awa and Taranaki tribes.
Puketapu was a Te Āti Awa leader in the wider Wellington District. At age 19 he was sent to train in ancient Taranaki teachings and philosophies under Te Whiti o Rongomai and other elders from Parihaka.
Image Credit: Members from Ngāti Awa/Taranaki iwi support the whaikōrero from Īhāia Puketapu. Framegrab from "Weekly Review 232: Maori Battalion Returns", NFU, 1946 (F726 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)