Kia ora koutou,
What a great evening last Thursday with Professor Rangi Mātāmua’s kōrero on Matariki. It was both entertaining and informative, Ūkaipō was packed despite atrocious weather. As well as the story and significance of Matariki, I now understand the Māori Calendar, proper terminology for the months and why a leap month is required every three years. The explanation of how the lunar calendar affects the world around us including horticulture, fishing and the way you feel makes a compelling argument on why we should adopt the lunar calendar.
As you all know, postal costs are becoming expensive with changes to the NZ Postal service. We are considering a proposal to only post a hard copy pānui to Kaumātua and to those who specifically request a hard copy, as well as having a limited number available at our office. Moving to a digital e-pānui would potentially save thousands annually on postage. E-pānui would be accessible on our website and distributed via email. We are asking those who are interested in receiving an e-pānui to please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and update or confirm your email address.
There are a couple of key events coming up:
- Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your tamariki down to the Wairau Pā Marae at 11am this Easter Sunday. There will be two egg hunts, one for tamariki 6yrs and under and one for 7-12yr olds. Organised under the korowai of Rangitāne, Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Toa. For more information please contact Margaret Jacobsen on 020 4957 1467.
- ANZAC day – Rangitāne will be laying wreaths in Whakatu, Wairau and Picton this Thursday.
- Antons Fush and Chup nights – We are delighted that Anton Matthews and his whānau are bringing their Fush Te Reo evening back to the Wairau on Tuesday 28 May at 6pm. This free public event was very popular when we hosted it last September for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. We expect there will be similar levels of interest and seats will be snapped up. To book for the Blenheim event click on this link Mobilising Te Reo. For other Te Waipounamu venues and booking links check out Anton’s facebook page.
Janis de Thierry and Sarah Lee attended the Whānau Ora Annual Symposium 2019 last week in Ōtautahi. The symposium was sold out this year and featured key note speakers Dame Tariana Turia, Emeritus Professor Mason Durie, Hon. Peeni Henare, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta.
We are currently advertising for a Kaiwhakahaere Rawa Tauhokohoko (Commercial Property Manager). This is a part-time role and based in Blenheim. We are very keen to talk with whānau who have property experience/qualifications and are interested in furthering their property career in Commercial Property management and development.
Yesterday, Rangitāne representatives Judith MacDonald, Jodie Palatchie and myself, along with Mayor John Leggett and members of the Marlborough District Council and the Department of Conservation were hosted by Rob and Sally Peter at Te Karaka (Cape Campbell) and later by Herb and Pip Thomson at Waiharakeke (Chancet). They have been keen advocates for the preservation of the environment and archaeology and are very concerned by the damage increased vehicle traffic is causing to the coastline. It was a great experience and very educational. I was very interested to note that Waiharakeke is actually the traditional name for Flaxbourne River and a Rangitāne settlement at the mouth of the river. We will keep you updated with this kaupapa as it progresses.
Finally, please note the office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday and ANZAC Day next Thursday. Have a great Easter.
Kia pai tō rā whakatā roa
PHOTO 1: Mayor John Leggett, Judith MacDonald, Nick Chin and Ace MacDonald at Mussel Point lookout with Te Karaka (Cape Campbell) in the background.
PHOTO 2: Paora Mackie, Rangi Mātāmua and Jeremy MacLeod at the Matariki evening at Ūkaipō.