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Monday 1 December 2014 4:37pm

CTCR welcomed very special guests and colleagues to launch Te Aho Matatū, The Enduring Connection, at the Tangata Whenua gallery of the Otago Museum on Friday 28 November.

Over sixty invited guests and whānau joined together to share food and celebrate the adoption of Te Aho Matatū as CTCR's te reo name.

For the formal element of the gathering guests moved into the Tangata Whenua gallery.

Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe To this house standing here, greetings
Te papa i waho, tēnā koe To the sacred earth outside, greetings
Ki te whānau e huihui nei To the whānau gathered here
Tēnā koutou, Greetings
Tēnā koutou, Greetings
Tēnā tātou katoa Greetings one and all

Dr Anita Dunbier, welcomed everyone, and acknowledged the interlinking of all the vital personal contributions and commitment that underpin the Centre's work.

Dr Karyn Paringatai was then invited to speak about the development of the name. Karyn acknowledged the support of whānau at this gathering. She described wanting to capture that concept, in its broadest sense, in the name for the Centre.

She explained the process beginning from a whakapapa perspective. The words 'Te Aho Matatū' convey weaving strands together to form a strong, enduring bond across generations, and into the future.  She then joined whānau from Te Tumu to perform waiata for those gathered.

Guests moved back into the atrium for the cutting of the cake.

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Professor Parry Guilford, Director of CTCR Te Aho Matatū, and Tia Piho (with help from her dad Isaia) do the honours.

'Te Aho Matatū' will be progressively introduced to the Centre's signage, information and promotional material.

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The cake! Baked by Afife Harris.

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Three special guests. Erena (L) and Jalen (R) Piho with cousin Kepha Vahua.

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