Thousands Expected At New Pukawa Marae
More than 10,000 Maori will gather on the shore of Lake Taupo today for what has been billed as the most significant hui of recent times.
The hui will today meet at Waihi Marae to discuss whether Maoridom needs a new national structure and how tribes can support the new Maori King.
New Zealand Maori Council deputy chair Jim Nicholls says one of the things that will be looked at is the way issues around health, education and housing are approached.
He says currently these issues are largely dealt with by trust boards and runanga around the country, but if a commonality of thinking can be reached then Kingitangi has a role to play in overseeing that.
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