The Lament of love


E kore rātou e koroheketia, penei i a tātou kua mahue nei

E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore, Ahakoa pēhea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā

I te hekenga atu o te rā, tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

Our thoughts this week have been carrying the heaviness of loss.   We grieve and lament with those gathered at Puketeraki marae, at Rehua Marae, at Whangaehu marae near Whanganui.   We think furthermore of those lives lost in war and in peace; those who live in the agony of post-traumatic distress; haunted by memories of battles that now attack the mind.   We think about the ache that lives on for their descendants; and for the mokopuna, tamariki, and wider whānau left behind as loved ones transcend ki tua o te ārai.

E kī ana tētahi kōrero, kei ngā whetū e iri ana ngā wairua o te hunga kua mene atu kei tua o te ārai.  

One account says that the stars housed the souls of those who have gathered beyond the veil.   It is a beautiful reminder that while their physical form is no longer with us, we will have them living within us – immersed in our heart – and watching over us forever more.

Pou Rima: To be wealth creating and economically secure

Over the last three months, some 289 whānau members have been benefitting from initiatives focused on growing and securing our economic prosperity.  Entities classified as delivering under this pou are: Kaikaiawaro Charitable Trust, Wildkrafty and Whakaruruhau.

  • Kaikaiawaro Charitable Trust is undertaking a bee keeping venture where whānau grow their knowledge and ability to generate resources and income.

  • Wildkrafty is establishing a whānau business making and selling a variety of food and craft products.

  • Whakaruruhau help whānau upskill in money management through teaching both whānau and tamariki about budgeting and encouraging savings. Whakaruruhau also run an initiative aimed at helping whānau to develop their own business ideas and start generating income from their businesses. They also deliver ‘Whakataukī on the Inside’, in order to help a prisoner grow his art into a viable business post-release.

Whakaruruhau, Hinekura Lawson-Candelaria

Whakaruruhau, Hinekura Lawson-Candelaria


Other examples of wealth creation and enterprise were found at the Māori night market at our symposium.   The following photo collage represents some of the amazing arts and wares on display

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The variety of enterprises, the range of economic ventures entered into by whanau throughout Te Waipounamu, is demonstrated by the range of outcomes that we see being achieved by the whānau entities in their quarterly reporting.   We see everything from helping whānau establish businesses to supporting whānau with budgeting and money management.

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Cultural Advisor

Your broad role as Cultural Advisor will be to:

  • Drive the implementation of cultural revitalisation initiatives for iwi members

  • Manage the execution and delivery of identified projects within constraints

  • Be a spokesperson for Ngāti Tama and enhance the mana of the iwi

  • Provide cultural guidance for staff, trustees, directors and representatives

  • Guide the treatment of taonga and contribute to the maintenance of a taonga database

  • Contribute to funding applications and reporting as required

To be successful in this role you will need: 

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or experience in a related field is preferred

  • Proficiency in te reo māori and understanding of the tikanga and kawa of Ngāti Tama

  • Demonstrated leadership ability in the provision of whānau centred initiatives

  • A thorough understanding of iwi, māori and crown relationships including Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Possess excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship skills

If you are a highly motivated leader with sound project management skills and a demonstrated passion for Te Ao Māori then we want to hear from you

Send your cover letter and CV to

Further enquiries: Sacha on 027 386 9288

Finally as I write this blog, we are travelling up to Whanganui to pay our respects to Dame Tariana Turia on the loss of her beloved husband, George.     This week we end with a beautiful tribute to him shared by the Dame in a recent interview, accompanied by photographs of Whaea Tariana from our symposium just a fortnight ago.

Now let’s hear about this fulla, George. He’s not often in the limelight, but it’s clear that he’s been a great, though quiet, supporter for you.

Well, he’s my toka tumoana. My rock. He’s always been an amazing support for me. But he’s also been clear about what his place is and what mine is. He’s been a wonderful dad and grandfather. And even though he hasn’t been so well over the last couple of years, that hasn’t altered the contribution he continues to make to our tamariki and our mokopuna.

Would I be prying if I were to ask how you two met?

How we met? All right. Well, when I was young, I wasn’t allowed to go out much. But I went to this dance with a cousin who’s no longer with us. He took me to the dance. And there was another cousin of mine, Mana Te Patu who, like me, wasn’t used to going out that much. And, when a guy began disturbing the two of us girls, she said to me: “Look. There’s someone outside, just by the door. He’ll look after us. Let’s go out and pretend we’re with him.”

So we went outside and there was George Turia sitting on a big motorbike. And Mana said to me: “Just go and sit on the back, so that guy thinks you’re with him.” So I did, and he took off on the motorbike with me on the back.

So that was the beginning. And the end, I’d say.

Interview with Dale Husband, 12 August 2018

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