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Ritual, tradition and ceremony are particularly important in times of uncertainty. They become the formula for harmony – it is at the heart of our ability to see greatness in the small things. It is about making meaning.
And so it was that we came together to celebrate the Year of the Yang-Water Tiger, Chinese New Year.
Our Financial Controller, Jason Lee, literally took control of our event. We had a sumptuous banquet; each of us received a special red envelope with Chinese dollars inside; and we ate together in marking the turning of the new year. It was a beautiful opportunity for whakawhanaungatanga – even if half of our team had to join us virtually. We have been practising a split workforce: half in the tari, half at home, as a means of taking a preventative approach towards the onset of Omicron in our lives.
Our Whānau Ora Champion Gina-Lee Duncan has continued her tour of Kōanga Kai initiatives, stopping in to visit the teams at Hokonui and Waihao Marae.
Tau Kapea is leading the way for Te Whānau o Hokonui Marae, with the support of māra kai whānau and Te Whānau o Hokonui rangatira. The impact of Kōanga Kai is clear to see, through the following quotes from whānau surveys:
“By gaining knowledge in kai growing, from propagation to maintenance and finally harvest. As we continue we will also be covering kai storage, and of course how we use and cook our kai, pickle, relish and preserves. A number of whānau are very clever at māra kai so we draw from their knowledge to add to our kete too.”
“The kaupapa had lifted the mana and wairua of our whare by not only providing an essential tool to move forward with our whānau marae towards self-sustainability, but has also brought more whānau back to our marae wanting to get involved in a number of kaupapa happening here as well.”
Our Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu whānau