Picture: Rendered image of the new building being constructed at the Horton Street site.
Kia ora koutou,
Its going to be a busy few weeks with several events taking place over the next month.
Wave 9 Ora Funding opened this week. If you have a whānau based initiative or ideas and would like to find out more about Whānau Ora funding, Te Ra Morris from Te Putahitanga will be holding several community hui in the Wairau. If this is something you are interested in head along to Ūkaipō next Tuesday, 29 January at 2pm.
On Friday, 1 February, we will be gathering for a dawn blessing and groundbreaking before the construction of a marine showroom and workshop at 14 Horton St. This will be leased to Marine and Watercraft Ltd when the building is completed later this year. This is a new chapter in actively investing in the future of our Iwi and we should recognise the foresight of the past Trustees who purchased this valuable property. For those who wish to attend this special event we will be meeting at 6.30am at the southern end of the Railway Station carpark.
Tina Porou will be holding a series of wānanga to discuss the management plan for Te Pokohiwi and the Wairau Bar. This is a very important piece of work for the conservation of one of the most important historical and cultural heritage sites in Aotearoa and your feedback is vital! The first wānanga will be held at 10am on Saturday, 2 February at Ūkaipo.
Te Pātaka o Wairau Māori Night Market is all set to go at 4pm on Tuesday, 5 February at Seymour Square. This is the third market organised under the korowai of Rangitāne, Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Toa. Maori television presenter Sonny Ngatai will be hosting the event, so bring your whānau and enjoy an evening of kai, stalls and entertainment.
I am really looking forward to the Rangitāne Whānau Day at Pukatea this Waitangi Day (Wednesday, 6 February). We have organised a fun-filled day for the whole whānau with beach activities, BBQ lunch, a shade tent for kaumātua, swimming and so on. Registrations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the office.
We now have a whiteboard at the maara kai attached to the lean-to on the wharenui. This is so that members can make notes of any requirements, suggested plantings and also so we can indicate whats available for harvesting. Please note that the smaller gardens at the back are planted by individual whānau and the produce is not available. As a reminder, please just take enough for your household from the large gardens only.
Our Trustees meet tomorrow, followed by RIL/RHL and ARCC hui next Friday. The strategy process late last year has given a clear direction of where we need to be which has really helped with business planning and budgeting.
Mā te wā