In the eye of the storm, dignity was restored through the combined efforts of iwi leadership working with manawhenua to establish peace through the laying of Te Kahu o Te Raukura. Taranaki whānui chair, Kara Puketapu-Dentice, explained it as such:
“Te Kahu o te Raukura can almost be akin to a rāhui – a form of cultural protection over our whenua that says this area here – we set expectations around behaviour in this place but we have seen the disregard and the takahi of the mana of the whenua, this is a form of cultural protection affirming our mana and our rangatiratanga and our practice in our ways on our whenua.
This is an opportunity to whakaea tērā wairua – so that we can make a stand and make our position incredibly clear of what we expect going forward. There is going to have to be a lot of healing for our whānau across the motu around this whole issue, but our expectation is that that healing will not happen on the grounds of Parliament, that healing will happen when they go home, back to their communities, alongside their people – that is where the healing will happen.”