Earlier this week I was honoured to be a guest speaker at an information event for Hawaiki Kura at Te Ūkaipo in Blenehim. The amazing kaupapa of Hawaiki Kura was created by dynamic duo Kiley and Donna Nepia, and focuses on cultural revitalisation, rangatahi development, and whānau hauora. During my kōrero, I acknowledged the inspirational mahi of Hawaiki Kura, and their role as a place of belonging and certainty, a platform for hope and a bench mark for aspirations to thrive. What I love about their approach is the diverse ways of inspiring change – Tane Ora to motivate men’s wellness; He Pito Mata – rangatahi leadership and succession; cultural competency for organisations are but a few.
While in the area, I also made sure to stop by one of our Wave initiatives Morries Munchies for a kōrero and the most delicious kai.
Earlier this week Gina-Lee met with whānau from Rāpaki who are part of the Kōanga Kai kaupapa wearing two hats – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and Hei Whakapiki Mauri. Pictured below is Gina-Lee with Waikura McGregor, Billy Willis, Michael Parata-Peiffer and Tiaki Hutana. The beautiful manaaki at the whare of Waikura and Billy provided a wonderful opportunity for connection, and although they were not there, acknowledgement must be made to Gary and Ruth Jones who have been instrumental in the Kōanga Kai space working across many entities. It was especially touching to meet Tiaki, who is visiting from Rotorua to gain some building experience and outdoor mahi from Michael, and who has already decided that his first māra kai will be for his taua.
This week we were delighted to see another of our Wave entities profiled in the national media. Based in Te Tau Ihu, Kwik Kai is a mobile catering and events business with a focus on traditional Māori kai. They are now expanding their services to provide kai and cultural connection to kaumātua and whānau. Click here for more.
Have a look at the the traffic light protection framework coming into effect as of Friday next week. Working alongside the My Vaccine Pass. this framework has been designed to further protect our communities and provide greater freedom to those fully vaccinated.