John Miller photographs preserve the essence of Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe

Tūhoe will converge in Ruatoki this Easter weekend to celebrate their unique identity at Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe.

For over 40 years the iwi has held the bi-annual celebration and thousands flock to the event from around the country and across the ditch.

The iwi kainga work tirelessly to prepare the venue and host the masses that descend on the valley for the celebrations which include kapa haka, sports and debates.

In the 70’s Ngāpuhi photographer John Miller took a series of memorable pictures at the Ahurei which immortalised moments that to this day still resonate with the iwi.

His works were published in the School Publication, ‘Te Wharekura 31’ which provided a photographic depiction of the preparation and events that take place at Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe.

Miller worked closely with Hirini Melbourne on the project, Miller took the photos and Hirni wrote the story behind the images.

Taroi Black sits down with John Miller and looks back at his experience at the Ahurei, the people he met and spent time with which included Tawhao Tioke, John Rangihau and Tā John Turei and he outlines what it meant to him.

The full interview with John Miller will air on Te Kāea this Saturday.

in an effort to showcase the beauty of the event and the people, Taroi Black compiled a small gallery contrasting the images taken by John Miller in the 70's with more recent images of Tūhoe descendants preparing and participating in Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe.

Tune in to Te Kāea tonight at 5:30 as we go live from the Tūhoe Ahurei..