On Sunday in New Zealand, indigenous solidarity reached a crescendo in as the Northland Ngapuhi hosted Israeli Ambassador, HE Dr Itzhak Gerberg, for a powerful Powhiri and Hakari Banquet. Held at the Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe, Northland, the “Heart to Heart Powhiri” held in Māori tradition included a ceremony, songs and performances by local groups.
The purpose was to make “a clear stand” and embrace Israel further tightening the bonds between the Māori and Israel, “reconciling whenua to whenua – with Tangata whenua!”
Meanwhile, the following happened a few months ago:
It is so heartening to see this – an indigenous people showing solidarity with another one across the world – especially when others attempt to erase history and deny the indigenous status of the Jewish people in the land of Israel.