Unfurling youth at city hub

Linda Munn, one of the creators of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

Setting up a bustling youth hub is at the heart of new activities at Our Place in Willow St.

“Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust is opening our temporary offices at Our Place to operate out of and set up a youth hub with collaborating Māori providers,” says Arpége Taratoa.

“Since October 22 is the anniversary of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag, we thought we would host an activities day and open our offices in conjunction with this.”

Linda Munn, who is one of the trustees for Te Tuhi Mareikura, is also one of the three creators of the flag, which won the National Māori Flag Competition in 1990.

The flag design represents the balance of natural forces with each other and the promise of renewal and hope for the future.

The other two creators, Haraina Marsden and Jan Smith, have since passed away.

“Our trust is there to support Māori arts within Tauranga Moana,” says Linda. “And we have a huge network that reaches to the Pacific Rim and beyond.

“Our Place is the hub for all our projects. Arpége is the go-getting behind the development of the youth programme. That’s going to be really exciting for young people, helping them in their career, or personally.”

Linda says the flag is a physical representation of the kaupapa behind how they work as a trust, working as a community, and uniting and helping people.

“Tino underlines a set of values of what we are all about.”

Designed in 1989, the flag was first unveiled on Waitangi Day in 1990 at the 150th commemorations of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

All brilliant ideas seems to start around sharing a meal together and the origins of the Tino flag was similar.

“There are a whole crew of people behind the flag,” says Linda.

“It wasn’t just the three of us. A lot of them have passed on now. Haraina did the first design on a serviette on a marae.”

Linda wants to centre on the positives, particularly as people navigate their lives through this period of time with Covid, and celebrate bringing people together.

“For those who don’t know about the flag, it’s an ideal time to reach out to them.”

Linda says the Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust has the use of Our Place until February 2022.

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The Flag

Posted on 24-10-2021 10:31 | By

That has become synonymous with division, racism and protest.