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Mid-Year Staff Day Out 2015



Mid-Year Staff Day Out 2015

Once again we rallied the troops here at the Raukawa Charitable Trust and set off mid-winter for our Staff Day Out!  Our mid-year outing provides our staff the opportunity to relax, regroup and refocus ourselves as we enter the new financial year which also happens to be the start of the Maori Lunar New Year.  We not only focus on team building and whanaungatanga, but we also celebrate staff success and achievement.


We arrived early at Tōtara Springs in Matamata and quickly divided into five teams – this is where the competitiveness kicked in.  Each team fought their way through a series of challenges that tested leadership, team work and quick thinking.  Over lunch our management team presented their business group strategy plans to staff, this gave the opportunity to learn more about what each of our departments will be focussing on over the next 12 months.


Our 70 plus staff work across five different towns, so this event brings our kaimahi together again – one of our staff members commented on the day and said “… the staff day out was awesome!! I enjoyed getting to know colleagues outside of our mahi and from different teams.  We should keep staff day out, as it shows us we are appreciated by the organisation we work for and it’s also an opportunity for staff to unwind and build stronger relationships…”


Whanaungatanga would be the best word to describe the whole day which was demonstrated by all and made the day really enjoyable.  Our next outing will be in the warmer summer months closer to the end of the year.


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Mucking in for Matariki

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Mucking in for Matariki

This year the South Waikato District Council and Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) marked the Māori Lunar New Year with a collaborative project that sought to improve our natural environment and bring our community closer together.  The project involved the planting of indigenous rākau to enhance the mauri of our urban environment at Lake Moananui in Tokoroa.


With gumboots, wet wear and shovels in hand, staff and community volunteers braved the elements to plant 2000 native rākau along the southern edge of the lake.  Once the planting commenced, it gave kaimahi from both organisations and volunteers the opportunity to work side-by-side (in pairs) to get to know one another a little better. The sharing of kai was another important theme for the project, so the RCT rolled up their sleeves to prepare a hangi for those that came down to the event.


We would like to acknowledge the Waikato River Authority, Mighty River Power and the South Waikato District Council for their time, effort and sponsorship of this marvellous event.  We would also like to thank our community volunteers, Richard Gaby and the Parks and Reserves team, as well as our RCT staff.


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Raukawa Staff cross finish line to raise funds for charity


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Raukawa Staff cross the finish line to raise funds for Charity

18:47:53 are the magic numbers that describe the hard slog of hours, minutes and seconds that it took our team of 10 staff to cross the race line at the Taupō Great Race Relay. Our team “Raukawa Kool Running’s” walked and ran across 155kms of picturesque landscape to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and to represent our iwi organisation at this special charity event.


Participant staff member Jess Karipa said “After we participated in the Tri Māori event at Karāpiro last year, we thought we would organise a team to enter the Taupō race….it was a well organised event and we all walked away feeling extremely satisfied with our time!”

In our last pānui, our staff showed their true colours by dressing in Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October last year, however, this year they truly took it up a notch. The participants were supported by two “camp mothers” – Doreen Flavell and Donna Dean, who supported the team with meals, wake up calls, and a whole lot of encouragement.


Jess says that “…it was an awesome event where we got to represent our, iwi organisation and support a worthy cause, at the moment we are now planning to enter the Rotorua half marathon in May which supports the Child Cancer Foundation.”


Ernst Visser, our Systems and Database technician ran leg 5 and 6 of the race and started his run at 4am in pitch black skies. Ernst, an avid runner, says that “…as I ran around the lake with other contestants there was a part, where you enter the forest, the songs of birds filled the waking forest, it was great you could really feel the spirit of the whole event.” It was still only 6:15am by the time Ernst handed over the relay to the next competitor for their leg of the race.


If you or your workplace are thinking about getting healthy, team building, and supporting a charity along the way – then visit the following link to see how you can enter a wide range of great events –


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Raukawa End of Year Staff Day Out 2013


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Staff & Leadership Building!

Every year we gather our staff together from our main and branch offices to celebrate the achievements of the previous 12 months of hard work. The Staff Day Out is also our way to strengthen and renew our whānaungatanga as we head into a new year.


The sun and surf of Tauranga Moana was the venue chosen for the 2013 Staff Day Out. Our rōpū travelled bright and early from Tokoroa where our first stop-off was at the very top of the Kaimai Ranges for a brief history lesson about this site of significance. It was here that we also commenced the first of our five challenges –“the brain teaser, team name challenge and team costume challenge”. With the first three challenges completed, accompanied by a tremendous amount of laughter, we were back on the bus to the Mount for our next activity – “Hīkoi around Mauao”. Extra points were granted for those who walked the steep track to the summit, a few less for the middle track and less again for the base track. As we walked the base and summit, each team was decked out in fanciful team costumes that often attracted the bewildered attention of locals and holidaymakers. Just before tucking into lunch we had an impromptu waiata challenge “Animal Xmas Jingle” which was a real show stopper with Team Party Time succumbing to the victors – Team Contagious.


After lunch, our guest speaker Antoine Coffin spoke about the rich history of this beautiful area and of Ngāti Ranginui. We really appreciated his kōrero and could have easily listened to him all day long. However, it was now time to hit the water at Pilot Bay for a bit of exercise, team building, and fun. Stand-up paddle boards, waka ama, and a floating pontoon made for some hilarious spectating and good fun all around. Alas, as the sun stretched to the west it was time to head back to Tokoroa. The Staff Day Out provided a great opportunity for our kaimahi (over 60 staff in total) to connect and get to know each other better, while having a great time and learning along the way. As the final tally was counted, Team Life Savers took out the bragging rights until the next staff day out. Thank you to all who participated and made our day a huge success.


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