Māori rights movement members

gather in Tauranga

Many of the original members of the Māori rights movement Ngā Tamatoa will reunite in Tauranga on Saturday, 50 years after their founding.

The group, which translates to Young Warriors, was formed by rangatahi in the early 1970s and to fight racism and confront injustices.

As well as raucous protests, they championed the Māori Language Petition of 1972 and the 1975 Māori land march.

Event coordinator Leilani Ohia says it will be a chance to acknowledge their contribution.

"It's a reminder of where we came from and where we are now. I look at my children and I see the benefits that have come from those fights, nē, and our children are reaping those benefits.

"We have the opportunity of Kohanga Reo, or Kura Kaupapa Māori. Also just look at parliament, we've got Māori voices in there. That was all a platform set by Ngā Tamatoa."

On Saturday, many of the original members will head to the city at the invitation of Tauranga Moana.

Link to article: SunLive - Māori rights movement members gather in Tauranga - The Bay's News First


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