Kia ora koutou,
November rains have been a bit disastrous to the maara kai. Many veges succumbed to rot and the potatoes are not ready. So, we will be replanting some tomatoes, courgettes, beans, and more brassicas. The cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes in the glass house are doing well and the fruit trees and berries are flourishing.
Several months ago, we learned that our application to the Marae Connectivity Fund had been successful. As a result, Tuamātene has received Government funding that supports and enhances our access to the internet and the opportunity that presents. Last week saw the installation of additional WiFi access points across the property, new security cameras, and an AV trolley (with Zoom and video conferencing facilities). We’ve also received funding to cover the internet costs at Tuamātene for the next five years.
This week, we met with other Wairau iwi to discuss the next steps and a strategy for the upcoming Blenheim Sewage Treatment Plant resource consent. Needless to say, everyone was adamant that sewerage must be removed from the awa and estuary. There will be more details on this in the new year. In my view, the Ōpaoa Pouwhenua project has helped provide a structure for Rangitāne and other Iwi to collaborate and overcome big challenges.
Kaikōkiri met earlier this week to plan for next year. It was good to see some aspirational goals and we are anticipating a big year. Some events we are planning are fast approaching and include Kura Reo in January; Pukatea Whānau Day, 13 February; and we are trying to get fit for the hīkoi up Kapara Te Hau, 13 March.
Last week, we had our last Directors hui for the year. Despite a tough year, Corey, Koau, and the Directors have been working on some very ambitious plans which will have a direct benefit to what we can do next financial year.
We are looking forward to an exciting year next year, hopefully, one with fewer surprises and a return to business as normal. We will be closing the office for a couple of weeks from Thursday 24 December and reopening on Tueday 5 January. In the meantime, we hope you and your whānau have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday season.
Finally, on behalf of the office, ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hau!