We are delighted to welcome Donna Grace today as our new Administration Assistant. Donna has worked for the last 10 years as a Whānau Ora Navigator in a Mauri Ora role and adds a new perspective to the team. Donna’s previous role focused on reducing health inequalities and improving Māori health gains in the Central Otago region. Nau mai hāere mai Donna!
I would particularly like to thank Madelene Reimers who has been a key part of the team for the last three months. Madelene’s calm and “can do” approach has made her invaluable over a very busy past few months. Madelene will be staying on temporarily to help with projects and with the administration hand-over.
We have had some great news for the Maara Kai this week. Pā Kids will be getting involved and planting kamokamo in one of the larger gardens. We have also had requests from our tamariki for watermelon, corn and peas for the next planting day. The Maara Kai is looking fantastic but we need your help in keeping it going. Please feel free to pop out and pull a few weeds or bring your whānau along to the next planting day.
I attended a hui with Phil Bradford and his team at DOC in Renwick on Monday. This was primarily a meet and greet and to discuss how we could work more effectively together. This was an excellent initiative by DOC and will only strengthen our relationship.
Last week, I attended a presentation by Grant Rosewarne, the CEO of NZ King Salmon. He discussed the company’s aspirations for large, automated off-shore salmon farms which they hope will mitigate many of the environmental and scale issues they face today. These are being trialled in Norway and it will be interesting to see if these are do-able in New Zealand.
On Thursday this week, we will be holding our third Draft Strategy Consultation hui in Heretaunga. The hui will start at 6pm in the Takarangi Conference Room at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, 821 Orchard Road, Hastings. There will be refreshments provided so please make sure you RSVP the office firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 578 6180 for catering purposes.
Our Mātauranga Scholarship applications open on 1 November 2018. Application forms will be available on our website.
Te Ipukarea is coming up next month, Saturday 24 November, and we are calling out for players, volunteers and supporters. Sports this year are Netball, Touch Rugby and Ki-o-rahi. To register as a player or volunteer please contact our rūnanga on 03 578 6180 with your name, sport and age group, or email our coordinator
Janis de Thierry at email@example.com.
Finally, please remember our Kanohi ki te Kanohi hui, 6pm next Thursday, 25 October at Ūkaipō. I’ll be happy to answer any operational questions over a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Mā te wā