Kia ora koutou,
I would like to thank Risman MacDonald who has been working hard in the maara kai at Tuamātene, it is looking great. We will be composting and digging the gardens up for planting some time around Matariki. We will need your assistance with planning and preparing for the spring garden, so more on this soon. Any help and advice with planting, according to the Maramataka calendar, would be greatly appreciated.
There have been enquiries about the use of Tuamātene. Please note that the wharekai is available to Rangitāne members however the wharenui is not available yet while we sort out some building issues. Please call the office if you have any questions or would like to book the use of the wharekai.
The Māori Electoral Option is open now and this is an important choice, as it ensures Māori have a political voice and are not marginalised. The number of Māori on the Māori Roll helps determine the number of Māori Seats in parliament. This is an opportunity for Māori electors to choose whether they are on the Māori Roll or the General Roll. If you are happy with your current choice, kei te pai tēnā.
The Māori Electoral Option is open until 2 August 2018 and only comes around every 5 to 6 years, so your next opportunity to choose won’t be until 2024, following the next two general elections. For those of our whānau who aren’t enrolled, when you do so, you have that opportunity to choose your roll then.
Rangitāne Kaumātua, Māori Warden Aunty Gemma McKinney will be setting up a Māori Electoral Option stand with her team in the foyer of Rangitāne House on Friday, 15 June from lunch until 4.30pm. So please spread the message and make sure eligible rangatahi (from the age of 17) and others come down to Rangitāne House and get enrolled. To support the kaupapa we will be contributing a basket of goodies as a prize draw for those who visit the team.
Te Kohi Kai kete are planning the annual Matariki gathering at the Wairau Bar on Sunday, 8 July. We will be meeting at the Wairau Bar at 6am followed by breakfast at Ūkaipō. We will need to know numbers for kai, so please contact the office and let us know how many of your whānau will be coming.
This week we presented a submission against a proposed subdivision for 15 houses in Grovetown. We made this submission because there has been poor consultation by the developers, house density, the dangerous railway crossing on the intersection of Fell St and SH1 and finally an inadequate plan to deal with stormwater in a low-lying flood-prone area.
Finally, the Te Pumaomao Indigenous Nationhood Course is planned for 22 and 23 June, at Ūkaipō. Numbers are limited and places are filling up so please contact the office if you would like to attend. We are recommending this tikanga-based course to anyone interested in growing their leadership and decision making skills, in a course that is both relevant and thought-provoking.
Mā te wā