Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
We would like to congratulate our Comms Manager Jodie Palatchie on graduating with a Diploma of Māori Art Raranga last weekend. Jodie studied under the tutelage of her aunty and kaiako Margaret Bond at Ōmaka Marae. It’s great to see personal development and that these skills are being retained despite raising a family and working full time. Well done, Jodie!
The trip to Meretoto as part of the Wānanga Ahurea was a highlight of the weekend. Judith MacDonald’s kōrero accompanied by beautiful weather and calm seas ensured that this was a magical day. Jeremy MacLeod and Awhina Twomey’s akoranga was engaging and informative covering topics of tikanga marae, karanga and tangihanga. Tēnā kōrua, Jeremy and Awhina, your energy, guidance and knowledge made the weekend a success. I took on board your advice to practise reo at home to build the confidence to speak. A special thanks to Hannah MacDonald, our gracious ringawera, and the helpers in the kitchen. The vast amounts of delicious kai sustained everyone over a very busy weekend.
We have been discussing future Wānanga and kawemate for the upcoming AGM.
- It was agreed that a kawemate ceremony would be held Friday 4 October (the evening before the AGM), and further details will be released regarding the placement of these photos.
- We would like to arrange a trip to Te Pokohiwi and the lagoons for the next Wānanga which will be next year.
- Going forward a Kura Reo will take place every year on the first week of the July school holidays.
- The Rangitāne/ Tapuwaetahi festival next Easter weekend will start with a Pōwhiri at Ōmaka Marae. Accommodation will be available at Ōmaka Marae, Ūkaipō, Tuamātene and Top Ten Holiday Park.
Events coming up include:
- Te Tanga Kawa o Horton Street – Blessing, 5.45am, Monday 2 September
- Anton Matthews from Fush te reo evening at Ūkaipō, from 5pm Monday 9 September. A great way to kick off Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019. Bring the whānau for an entertaining evening learning basic words and pronunciation while feasting on delicious kai.
The Trust Election is underway. There are three positions with 3 year terms and an extraordinary 1 year term position. The fourth successful candidate will be assigned the one year term role.
We are pleased to announce the candidates for the four positions this year are:
- Phillipa Carey
- Janis de Thierry
- Calvin Hart
- Erina MacDonald
- Tony MacDonald
- Gemma McKinney
- Peter Meihana
- Te Ata Tuhimata
- Keelan Walker
Voter packs go out 12 September. You will be able to vote by freepost, online or by ballot box at the AGM.
The AGM this year will start at 11.30am with a light lunch before the hui starts at 1pm. Ballot box voting will be open from 10am and closes at midday. In the evening, there will be movies and popcorn at Ūkaipō for tamariki (supervised), while dinner is served at Clubs of Marlborough for members (18+) that evening, and there will be a band to dance the night away. You will be able to purchase drinks at the Club and it’s going to be a great evening. Registrations for the evening dinner are essential as seating is limited.
Please note that travel assistance for tamariki under 18 will be subsidised again this year please contact the office on (03) 578 6180. All details for the AGM including the evening dinner will be advertised next week.
Ngā mihi nā