Te Whaea o te Motu

Feb. 3, 2020, 8:49 p.m.

Hundreds descended upon the small settlement of Panguru in the Hokianga today to celebrate, Te Whaea o Te Motu (The Mother of the Nation), Dame Whina Cooper.

The iconic image of Dame Whina at the beginning of her Land March in 1975, holding the hand of one of her mokopuna, was unveiled today in a ceremony to commemorate the iconic Māori leader's legacy.

Among the many who arrived to celebrate Dame Whina were past presidents of the Māori Women's Welfare League, of which Cooper was the first president, representatives of the New Zealand Government, iwi leaders and those that have continued Cooper's work for the protection and return of Māori land. 

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