Finding your sacred intent
Te Poho-o-Tamatea Pōkai Whenua te maunga.
Ko Whakaraupō te moana.
Ko Te Raki Whakaputa te tangata.
Maunga ki te mauna is a kaupapa driven and born out of love for our whenua - our maunga, our awa, our wai and the mutual sacredness of these places that we connect deeply to with our ohana.
Right across Aotearoa, indeed across the globe, we have been inspired by the efforts of an indigenous collective with a goal of bringing awareness to the plight of native Hawaiians and their fight to maintain and exercise their rights as kaitiaki of Mauna Kea.
Kanaka Maoli are demanding a halt to the construction of a 30 meter telescope on Mauna Kea - a place of significance, a place of sacredness.
This morning at the break of dawn, the NavNation walked up Te Poho-o-Tamatea to karakia and share ancestral vibrations with the indigenous whānau of Hawai’I as they work to protect their sacred mountain.
Taku Reo Rāhiri
The hīkoi at dawn this morning was a beautiful platform for the Navigators who have been through the four month wānanga, taku reo rāhiri, to share their presentations with the greater group. We have been blessed with the encouragement of Tui Kereru, sharing their knowledge around the restorative impact of the wairua in building resilience, strength and hope.
What an amazing day we had. There was Ripeka from Maata Waka ki te Tauihu, sharing stories around the ngahere and the healing potential of our plants. She talked about the uniqueness of the smallest seed. From each seed greatness can grow. Every plant has a purpose; each purpose is full of mana.
Maria from Aukaha used the artistry of paint to show that through a platform of Te Po, the brilliance of potential for every whānau can shine through. For Kahutane he too was inspired by divine timing – pushing through the earth to reflect, to respond and to draw from the air. For Amanda the inspiration of growing into her words came through the beauty of the moko kauae. For Kylie-Jane, her lifestory in videographic beauty, charted the journey from those who have implanted the vision to the babies who carry promise with them in every step. For Ngaire the kaitiaki of the ruru made her soul sing; for Mamaeroa, the agony of loss was also the gift given back to the universe.
Each new story showed us the power of whānau transformation. But importantly Taku Reo Rāhiri is also about taking ownership and responsibility for our own healing; knowing that we have to love ourselves before we can love others. It is about nurture and self-care as the tools for change.
Kenny whānau Whakaramemene
Last weekend over 150 members of the Kenny whānau gathered at Waikawa Marae to reconnect with one another in a Whānau Ora initiative focussed on rebuilding whakapapa and connecting whanau back to each other and their culture. They are holding a series of wānanga for their whānau to take part in where they will take part in the creation of their own whānau taonga, a korowai made from traditional materials. On the weekend they gathered harakeke and made muka, learning from local raranga practitioners and skilled whānau members they were able to reconnect with one another and connect with their culture. Whānau members had come from as far as Australia, some in their ’80s and 90s. They were so enthusiastic about learning, sharing and thirteen whānau members took up the mantle to hold kaitiaki roles for their whakapapa lines to ensure they maintain its integrity.
For many whānau members, it was the first time they’d ever set foot on a marae and by the end of the wānanga gave expression to the sense of belonging they felt. Local whānau and Māori businesses in the community were generous in their support of the kaupapa with Te Tau Ihu Tonga, Smith whānau providing taonga for kaumātua, Big Tree Honey whānau and the MacDonald whānau and other whānau businesses providing kai and extra accommodation. Ngāi Tahu and Te Atiawa were also invited to connect with whānau and as a result over 63 whānau came away with registered to their iwi. Organisers Leanne and Kerry Roberts and Diane Saint Claire were overwhelmed with how well it went and are working toward the next wānanga which will be in September where they will visit urupā and other sites of significance to their whānau.
Opening of the Canterbury Men’s Centre
Friday 19th July was also the opening of the Canterbury Men’s Centre. Te Mairiki Williams (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hauiti did the honours of opening the centre, taking the whānau gathered through the new building on the occasion of its twelfth birthday.
The growth in size of the centre allows them to increase their numbers from 100 to 170.
The Canterbury Men’s Centre takes care of Canterbury men in pursuing their aim of Happy Healthy Canterbury Men. They do this in the following ways:
– Counselling: solo and couples Counselling in Christchurch, Ashburton and Rangiora.
– taking care of men that have experienced sexual trauma at any time in their life (Survivors)
– taking care of dads Kidz Need Dadz Project
We also do research, support men’s sheds, produce The Blokes Book, produce The Fun for Older Men book, and do whatever they can to accomplish their mission
Literacy and Numeracy
One of the initiatives I really love is around supporting whānau to encourage and enable their tamariki around ‘reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust is continuing a partnership to strengthen the capacity of eight kura in Te Waipounamu to advance literacy and numeracy competency.
The schools that are engaged in this partnership are
Te Kura Whakapūmau i te Reo Tuturu ki Waitaha trading as Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Waitaha;
Te Pā O Rakaihautū;
Haeata Community Campus;
Te Whare Kura o Arowhenua – Invercargill;
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti;
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi;
Pa Wananga – Blenheim;
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi – Nelson.
The eight kura have identified the short, mid and any long-term outcomes that relate to outcomes. Their progress will be measured by:
• Percentage of students with an improved attitude to their learning as a direct result of the initiative;
• Percentage of whānau who report increased engagement with the education of their tamaiti as a direct result of the initiative
• Percentage of schools /kura who can report a heightened sense of engagement with whānau as a direct result of the initiative.