New Zealand is blessed with many sacred places that the faith and our whanau history has to share and encourage us in our hikoi through life. Aove is the place (totara point where Bishop Pompallier said the first mass in Aotearoa in 1838. The Marist Fathers and Brothers travelled all over the country as have many other religious orders.
Bishop Pompallier also visited Dunedin and Otakou including Moeraki where he spent 6 days. Anderson's Bay where the Taranaki prisoners were kept in the caves were ministered to by a Catholic Priest and Catholics were among those injustly imprisoned.
Te Runanga visit the Rongo monument in Andersons Bay where Parihaka prisoners (without trial) were kept in a caves in Otepoti, Dunedin. Taranaki Iwi research indicates up to 500 prisoners and whanau tautoko died in the caves due to illness, or on their return to Taranaki.
"haere mai, tauti mai, whakapiri mai. - Ka inoi tonu matou e te whanau" We are the church, lets share about ourlives, about being Maori and Katorika, our karakia, expressions of katorikatanga and our struggles. Kia tipua tahi ai, kia inoi tahi ai.