The rahui placed by Ngati Kahu Kaumatua following the suspected drowning of the diver at Cable Bay last week has now been extended to a month from today.
The tikanga (protocol and practice) is that if a body is found in the first week after a drowning, then a 2 week rahui is placed. If it is still not found after a week, then a month long rahui is placed.
Our local hapu members report that most people are respectful and understanding of the rahui, but others are neither. One man reportedly said, "It's a free world, people die," and went fishing. If that same man could exercise his grey matter a little, his total lack of respect for the tikanga of Ngati Kahu and for the tapu of the drowned man might have been overcome by the realisation that most fish are carrion eaters and make no differentiation between a dead fish and a drowned man.
Our tikanga springs out of both spirituality and practicality. The two go hand in hand. We ask that all efforts be made to help people know there is a rahui from Mangonui to Taipa.
We are grateful to the many services and people who have searched for this young man. All our love goes out to his whanau and we hope and pray he will be found and returned to you as soon as possible.
Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu