Learning the legends and legacies of those before us

Last weekend, our leaders-in-training stood in wonder, as the rays of the sun splintered the deep puffs of cloud sitting above Takapūneke, in the land of Onuku.   


Takapūneke was the home of the Ngāi Tahu Upoko Ariki; Te Maiharanui.   Ōnuku is also the first of the three locations (the others being Ōtakou and Ruapuke) in Te Waipounamu where Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed.   Two local chiefs, Iwikau and John Love (Hone) Tikao signed the Treaty at Ōnuku.  Ōnuku Marae was also the site where in 1998, the then Prime Minister Jenny Shipley presented the Crown Apology to Ngāi Tahu, the final stage in the settlement of Te Kerēme (the Ngai Tahu claim).

So it was absolutely fitting that our leaders in Te Kakano o Te Totara gathered here, to gain inspiration from the peaks of Ōteauheke, to learn the stories and legacies of Ngāi Tārewa and Ngāti Īrakehu; and to build their own pathways in building a nation.


Te Kakano o te Totara is a wonderful opportunity for rangatahi, to engage with the potential of leadership through their own whānau, hapu and iwi.  Last weekend was the second of four wananga to be held over the course of the year, as these leaders develop their sense of purpose about how they can best create the process of development that will help their achieve their ambitions.    https://www.tkott.org.nz/

Young Mums in Motion

This week, our Navigator Manukura, Serena Lyders, was enthused by the energy going down in Uruuruwhenua  in her time spent with Donna Grace, the navigator from Uruuruwhenua Health in Alexandra.


Serena attended their young mums group who are involved in weekly cooking sessions among other things. They do fundraising to support their activities and will be catering the next navigator regional hui hosted at Uruuruwhenua in October. What an amazing kaupapa this wonderful navigator has started. The group were all bubbly and happy and enjoyed sharing their new skills.

Rebuilding the Road


Meanwhile, up the line, literally, the New Zealand Transport Association is currently consulting on proposed changes to State Highway One.   A drop in meeting will be held in the Supper Room at Kaikoura Memorial Hall, next Wednesday 16 August 2pm-7pm.    Submissions close on 25th August.   If you have any views, you  should make an online submission, or email or call Michael Blyleven, Design Portfolio Manager, NZ Transport Agency 03 9642834.   


Appearance at Justice and Law Select Committee

This week, Raniera Dallas, Pari Hunt and I spoke to our submission on the Domestic Violence Victims Projection Bill.   The Bill seeks to address discrimination in terms of employment due to Victims Protection Bill misconceptions about victims’ experiences and the barriers they experience.   You can find a copy of the bill here.


Reading the Signs in Whakatu

Tena whakaarohia te tauira e haere nei!

E rua nga iwi, a, kei aua iwi tonu o ratou ake kawa me o ratou ake tikanga.

Ka whakaae mai raua kia whakawhaiti kia kotahi, he whakatutuki i te hanganga mai o tetehi whakaritenga noho tahi te take.

Raua ki a raua, ka whitikina nga taura here o te kupu whakaae kia whakamau ai kia tina.

He tohatoha i te whenua me ona hua maha te mea nui, a, kia kotahi atu te noho ki te whenua e whakaora nei i a tatou katoa.

Na reira, ka whakaae tahi rāua kia āhuru te noho - tetehi ki tetehi.

Today (Friday) at 2.15pm, Rotorua will go live in making its city a bilingual rohe.

This week, I was pleasantly surprised in a walk around Nelson to wonder if perhaps Nelson City Council was making a bid to get in first….I’d be keen to hear from Ngati Kuia and other mana whenua groupings in Whakatu if bilingualism is on their agenda.


Talking of signs, I did love this one which filled the wall outside Wafu Bistro.


The mural, Temptation, created by local artists Nikki Romney, Betty Salter and Karin Fruhauf, as a community arts project under the guidance of John Mulvay,

Temporary art is a fantastic way to represent the characters of our local places, and establish a streetscape which provides us with another view of the streets in which we walk.

We were gathered in Nelson for a meeting of our General Partner Limited Board, chaired by Trevor Taylor, and Te Taumata, our iwi partnership board chaired by Whaea Molly Luke.   We have had a few changes on Te Taumata so it was great to be together as a collective of change, to share and hear the vision of the iwi who make up this board.   In the photo below, you can see from left to right:

Back Row:

Taku Parai (Ngati Toa Rangatira); Janis de Thierry (Te Rūnanga o Rangitane o Wairau Charitable Trust); Jo McLean (Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu); Robert McKewen (Ngati Tama Manawhenua ki te Tau Ihu Trust) ; Harvey Ruru (Te Atiawa o Waka a Maui)

Front Row:

Toa Waaka (Ngati Koata Trust); Hinemoa Conner (Ngati Apa ki te Rā To Charitable Trust), Whaea Molly Luke (Ngati Rarua Trust); Gena Moses-Te Kani (Te Runanga o Ngati Kuia Charitable Trust).

Trilingual Signs

Just to add another dimension to the korero on bilingualism, this week we met with Recenia Kaka, National Kaiaarahi – Maori Development Coordinator for ccsDisability Action Group.  In our meeting we talked about marae accessibility toolkits (how to ensure our marae are inclusive of all needs amongst our whānau – well lit, hearing loops installed, concrete pathing rather than grass turfs, remembering that shingle paths not helpful for wheelchair access.  We also talked about the desperate demand for trilingual interpreters – who can interpret in sign language and te reo Maori.

Attending the meeting alongside of Pari Hunt and Maire Kipa from our navigator team, were Ruth Jones and Gary Williams from Kanohi ki te Kanohi.  Have a look at their website - Hei Whakapiki Mauri is a Whānau Ora initiative that brings together Māori with disabilities and their whānau to awhi each other to gain the confidence and knowledge to be Māori first. 

He Whakapiki Mauri provides practical, whānau-based support - working 'outside the lines' and respond to the needs of whānau. This can mean helping with anything from the little things that give people their mana, to planning for the future.


Yoga Warriors

Kua tuwhera te tatau mo te whānau ki ngā mahi Yoga.


Yoga Warriors runs an intergenerational yoga model of practice that opens the doors of yoga practice for the benefit of whānau wellbeing.


Yoga Warriors is a kaupapa Māori approach to enhancing physical activity for whānau through yoga involving balance, strength exercises, flexibility, co-ordination.  Yoga sessions will be run in te reo Māori and will emphasise relaxation, with a holistic approach using the Te Whare Tapa Whā model.  There will be three wānanga held for training  potential whānau trainers , ultimately strengthening the whānau base. There is a special emphasis on starting together and finishing together whilst building and sustaining relationships.


Last Saturday this fabulous initiative, Yoga Warriors, was launched.   We are so proud of the amazing Letesha Hallet, pictured here with her partner, Nort Beauchamp (of One More Round fame).  [aka the Assassin from Siam].


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