"From now and forever, never again let there be war as this day has
covenant, known as Nunuku’s Law, was accompanied by Nunuku’s Curse:
‘May your bowels rot the day you disobey’.
This covenant of peace has been in
force on Rekohu for hundreds of years.
Moriori demonstrated their
commitment to this creed when faced with unprovoked aggression in 1835.
As a result, cannibalism, slavery and certain death awaited them.
the descendants of those same people that suffered under the invading
forces, that are alive today and are behind the re-emergence of the Moriori
Promoting the articles of
peace that their ancestors lived by
is central to the re-awakening of this ancient culture.
Based at Te Kopinga Marae, Rekohu Peace tours
offers a range of experiences that will enable you to understand the culture
of Moriori and see examples of their peaceful existence and history that
no other race on earth has encompassed so well.
The early history of Moriori was full of upheaval
with inter-tribal warfare and aggression playing a major part in
After Moriori migrated to Rekohu, the harsh
environment and limited population required community cooperation for
their very survival. A second migration to the islands threatened to
upset the delicate balance there, so Nunuku, one of the chiefs, made his
proclamation, now known as Nunuku's law.
Since that time, some 7-800 years ago, and in
spite of Moriori warriors still retaining weapons and training, no more
killing occurred. The People developed into their own family/tribal
units, spread out over the islands and still maintained boundaries and
rights to specific resources, without bloodshed.
In 1835, two Maori tribes from the Te Ati Awa Iwi of Taranaki, dispossessed of their own lands, came to Rekohu. After resting
and regaining their strength, they took possession of the land and
everything and everyone on it, apart from the few Europeans who stood by
and anxiously watched...........
The feathers of peace symbolise Moriori's
commitment to peace.
The white feather
from the 'Hopo' or Albatross is worn at the back of the head
Kopinga Marae Peace Tours can offer the
following activities and experiences, in a range of price options and
- Accommodation at Kopinga Marae
(either using the cooking facilities yourself, or
having evening meals at Chatham Lodge or Hotel
- Accommodation at Chatham Lodge.
- Cultural immersion at Kopinga (A
range of documentaries, books and films about Rekohu and Moriori)
- Opportunities to discuss the history of Moriori
- Visits to significant historical sites:
(Hapupu, Rangiaika, Te Awapatiki, Kiangaroa, Lagoon,
Waitangi Beach, Whangaroa)
- History lessons at the Marae:
(From a Moriori perspective)
- Scenic tours of the Chatham Islands
- Day Trip to Pitt Island:
(subject to weather and availability)
- Scenic Flights around all of the outlaying
islands: (subject to weather and availability)
Call Kopinga Marae today and enquire about our
range of Peace Tours
Contact Kopinga Marae on 03 3050 450
Fax: 03 3050454
or Email: email@example.com
Don't forget to check out our other accommodation
recently purchased by Hokotehi Moriori Trust, is a 10 room, well appointed,
quiet, lodge-style accommodation property, tucked away among hundreds of
hectares of farmland, adjoining a 300 hectare scenic reserve.
is the perfect location for a discreet week or weekend away, with
obliging hosts, fantastic dining and a wide selection of New Zealand
wines, beers and liqueurs.
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