Kia ora koutou,
Last week the focus was on recruitment for our Taiao and Commercial Property managers roles, funding applications and preparing for events. There are some big events coming up as part of the Tangata Rau Reo Kotahi strategy plan, particularly the “Kura Reo” which will be held in the first week of the school holidays, 7-11 July. There will also be a two-part Wānanga Ahurea beginning 7-9 June at Ūkaipō and Tuamātene. Facilitated by Jeremy MacLeod & Awhina Twomey, Wānanga Ahurea topics include whaikōrero, karanga, pou, waiata, mihi whakatau and karakia. The second Wānanga Ahurea will be held from 23-25 August. More details on these events will be advertised this week on our website, Facebook page and by email.
This also provides a potential fundraising opportunity for whānau involved in catering. We have a number of noho wānanga coming up and events which we prefer to utilise whānau caterers for. You will need to have the capacity to cater for anywhere up 120 guests and events range from 1-day events to weekend wānanga. If you are interested and would like more detail please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call. The first event starts in June.
Anton Matthews and the team from Fush are currently touring Te Waipounamu with their Mobilising Te Reo Māori evenings. They will be at Ūkaipō next Tuesday 28 May. You will need to book on the Eventbrite website if you and your family would like to attend. It’s a free public event, great food, informative and a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing you there.
The blessing for the Tuamātene Wharenui is planned for 6.30am, Saturday, 8 June, which will be followed by breakfast. Please note we are having a working bee at 10am this Sunday, mainly to get the winter veges in and tidy up the Wharekai. The roofer is out there today (finally) and we are looking forward to the upgrades being completed by the end of the week.
Last week the Trustees attended the opening of the new Te Taiao Nature zone at Te Papa in Wellington. At the centre of the exhibition is Te Kohanga Nest which features a Moa egg and Moa bone necklace from Te Pokohiwi-ā-Kupe. A number of Iwi including Rangitāne o Wairau were invited to bless the tāonga on display. We would also like to thank Anthony de Thierry, Judith MacDonald and Jeffrey Hynes for representing Rangitāne at this important event. I am told the exhibition is amazing and worth a visit if you are in Wellington. We’ll have more on this in our next pānui.
We have released our second Waiata Resource “Kohinga Mōteatea”. These will be posted out to members (one per whānau household) over the next few weeks. Meanwhile you can check it out on our Resources page on our website.
The Horton St development is going well. With the walls going up this week progress will be much more apparent. We are on track for an opening in September.
Mā te wā