Ngā Tohu Reo o Raukawa 2015

 

Ngā Tohu Reo o Raukawa 2015

On the 2nd October 2015 the community gathered to celebrate Ngā Tohu Reo o Raukawa, The Raukawa Māori Language Awards, which was held at the South Waikato Sports & Events Centre, Tokoroa.

 

The biennial event celebrates and acknowledges members of our Raukawa community who actively engage in the revitalisation of te reo Māori. The event recognises the fantastic efforts of a wide range of groups and individuals that have a direct impact on increasing te reo Māori use in the Raukawa rohe. The evening was a wonderful success and featured a thrilling performance by Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere.

 

Language expert and Rau Ahurea Group Manager, Charlie Tepana, commented

“The night was spectacular, acknowledging the efforts of our people and community who continue to strengthen and progress the development of the Māori language.  I wish to pay a special acknowledgement to all of the taonga recipients on the night who were honoured for their continued passion, commitment, innovation and dedication.”

 

The night saw 33 finalists and their activities were showcased before a full room of glitz and glamour. Special guests included Dr Wayne Ngata, the Board Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, and Professor Rāwinia Higgins who is a board member on both Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Māngai Pāhō. The successful night was sponsored by Mā te Reo and Mighty River Power. Nā ō kōrua huruhuru tēnei manu i rere.

 

For more information about the biennial event contact Rau Ahurea on 0800 728 5292.

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Tōtara Legacy Project Gets Underway 2015

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Tōtara Legacy Project Gets Underway 2015

On 27th August 2015, Hancock Forest Management, the Raukawa Charitable Trust and the wider community kicked off the first stage of planting for the Tōtara Legacy Project. This project will establish a sustainable tōtara timber resource exclusively for Raukawa cultural use, with the trees ready for harvest in 120 years or so.

 

With roughly 150 staff, tamariki and kaumātua in attendance, everyone was out in full force with their gumboots, gloves and shovels – ready to for the first planting on a beautiful clear day. This first planting will establish a cover of mānuka/kohuhu trees, into which tōtara will be planted in autumn 2018.  These trees will benefit our mokopuna in the future. It was fantastic to have so many of our tamariki involved in the day.

 

Grant Kettle, Pūtake Taiao Group Manager, says “The day ran smoothly, we were extremely productive, our guests and kaumātua were well fed and cared for, and a beautiful wairua flowed through the entire day. ….a lasting memory for us was that small valley ringing with the waiata of those tamariki, something we are convinced will help those trees quickly find their feet in that place.”  

 

For more information about the project contact Pūtake Taiao on 0800  728 5292.

 

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Ki-o-Rahi Tournament at Koroneihana 2015

 

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Ki-o-Rahi Tournament at Koroneihana 2015

From 19th – 23rd August, thousands from across the motu, and around the world, flock to Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia to take part in the annual Koroneihana, including the sporting competitions which are held over the duration of the event.

 

Our Health Promotion Service took over a rōpū of rangatahi to enter the Ki-o-Rahi tournament. This will be the 4th year that the Raukawa Charitable Trust has entered a team. The NZ Māori team will also be playing today which will feature some of the top talent in the country.

 

The tournament provides a fantastic opportunity for everyone to watch teams from all over the motu and is a great experience overall for our rangatahi from Tokoroa. Teams will travel from Auckland, East Coast, and Maniapoto as far as Wellington for this occasion.

 

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Staff Celebrate Cook Islands Language Week 2015

 

Staff Celebrate Cook Island Language Week 2015

Today marks the first day of the Cook Islands Māori Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani which takes place from 3 August to 9 August. The theme for this year is to tatou reo tupuna e korona ia no to tatou matakeinanga”our language is a crowning glory of our community.

 

This year’s theme is a statement that reflects the immense contribution of the Cook Islands language and culture to New Zealand’s society.  The theme resonates even more so in our Tokoroa community where the Pacific community (mainly from the Cook Islands) make up 20% of the population.

 

This year our staff plan to hold a number of interactive activities that seek to promote the beauty of the language and culture.  Today, staff gathered to learn how to make a traditional ‘ei katu’ (head piece) and also had the opportunity to learn a small īmene (waiata).

 

Staff also have the chance to participate in a community-wide march on Tuesday that celebrates 50 years of independence for the Cook Islands. Later this week staff activities will include learning how to dance (Drumbo), Cook Island quizzes, as well as a Cook Island inspired kai to end the week.

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Māori Language Week 2015

 

Māori Language Week 2015

This week celebrates the first day of Māori Language Week/Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori which takes place from July 27th – August 2nd.  The theme for this year is “Whāngaihia ngā mātua” – helping parents to pass te reo on to their Tamariki. This year’s theme is a challenge encouraging our parents to keep the language alive and strong by actively passing our beautiful reo on to the next generation.

 

Between 1920 and 1960 there was a significant decline in the number of Māori language speakers, today there are only just over 20,000 speakers who can hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo Māori. Our language is central to our culture and identity, and is a taonga tuku iho that deserves to be cherished and fostered for future generations.

 

Once again we celebrated the weeklong event by cladding the iconic Pine Man with a jumbo sized ‘Te Wiki o Te Reo’ shirt.  The Pine Man is one of the most recognised landmarks in our Tokoroa community and is situated on State High Way 1 near the Information Centre.

 

Our staff got the chance to get involved in daily competitions of mū tōrere over the week. Mū tōrere is a traditional Māori board game that originates from the east coast. It’s purported that in the mid-19th century Ngāti Hauā chief Wiremu Tamihana reputedly offered a game to Governor George Grey with the whole country going to the winner, but Grey declined.

 

Other activities included quiz games and charades. The week concluded with a bake off to create the best parāoa parai (fried bread) which included some with chocolate as well as mashed boil up to keep to the theme.

 

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Mid-Year Staff Day Out 2015

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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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