Message from Whaea Ella Henry:
Kia ora koutou, this is a message for my Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa whānau.
I just got the census form 2023c which we can do online this year.
I am writing so you can let the you all know, when it comes to Iwi options, we can edit it.
The census has Ngāpuhi ki Whangaroa-Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, as an Iwi option, I chose it, then clicked the pencil on the right and changed it to the correct spelling of our Iwi, Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa.
This ingoa was part of our Treaty settlement, and the kaumātua and kuia who reminded us of our correct name said it differentiated us from Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu.
I think it would be good for more of our people to know that, and change to our correct Iwi name on the census.
Also the census is a good thing for showing government our real living situations, the census helps good government make great policies for our people, ngā mihi xxx