Waitangi, 28th October 2011
You can meet Maori sovereignty experts and rangatira from around the country, who can help you address concerns about the Food Bill, by visiting Te Tii Marae Grounds, Waitangi, on 27th-29th October. The Declaration of Independence (1835) anniversary meetings happen on those days.
A good idea would be to have someone from your local community or extended family attend the Marae discussions and make a presentation of your concerns – and ask for help in addressing them.
When you arrive, state your family name and the fact that you are there to represent the interests of your extended family (your hapu) and to address the rangatira on the issue of the country’s food supply.
This is a sociable event, with full catering services and accommodation provision (camping, marae sleeping) for hapu / families from all around the country. Take whatever koha you can.
The Te Tii Marae Grounds are on the beachfront on the Paihia (south) side of the bridge to the Waitangi Reserve. It is not the marae site in the reserve where the Crown raises its flag. The Grounds are located between Te Kemara Ave and Te Karuwha Parade, where the roads meet – just up the road from Paihia.
For the exact location, see http://www.wises.co.nz/l/Far+North/Waitangi/#c/-35.276228/174.081094/16/