Isaiah Apiata

Ngāpuhi

Ko Isaiah Apiata te kaikōrero nei nō te whare tapu o Ngāpuhi. He mea tupu mai i ngā rekereke o ōna matua tupuna. E kōrero ana a Isaiah mō te pānga o te mate rewharewha ki tōna iwi. Te hunga i mau i te mate rewharewha rā ki roto i a rātou, e mea ana te kōrero ka tohua ki tētahi whenua ka karangahia ko Te Keene. Ko Te Keene he wāhi kia haere te hunga rā ki te mate. E ngau kino ana ngā maharatanga mō aua wā tonu.

Isaiah Apiata is a tōhunga who shares his kōrero tuku iho from Ngāpuhi. Isaiah talks about how the flu affected his people. Those who contracted the flu are said to have been assigned to a country called Te Keene. Te Keene was a place where people went to die. Memories of those moments are haunting.

Isaiah describes the extensive pandemics that affected his tupuna of the north. He believes that there needs to be a certain level of kōrero between the generations to decide on a plan forward that benefits everyone.

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