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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MP pays visit to the South Waikato




MP pays visit to the South Waikato

Minister of Social Development and Local Government, the Hon. Paula Bennett, visited Tokoroa on the 26th February, and met with members of the South Waikato SST Advisory Group (Advisory Group) at the South Waikato District Council Office. The Minister met with local Mayor Neil Sinclair before enjoying an informal round the table discussion about the progress of the Trials with members of the Advisory Group.


The Social Sector Trials involve the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice and Social Development, and the New Zealand Police working together to change the way that social services are delivered. The Trials test what happens when a local organisation or individual directs cross-agency resources, as well as local organisations and government agencies to deliver collaborative social services.


The Advisory Group is made up of 16 plus agencies and interest groups, including Raukawa, that come together in a community wide agency approach to bring about positive social initiatives for youth. The SST Trails have also been extended to 2015.


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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 Environmental Management Plan Rangatahi Forum


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Raukawa EMP Rangatahi Forum


The end of January saw a Raukawa rangatahi rōpū descend on Maungatautari. A key aim of developing Te Rautaki Taiao a Raukawa (Raukawa Environmental Management Plan) has been to ensure rangatahi aspirations for the future of our environment are captured. But we didn’t want to talk about the legacy we want to leave for tamariki and mokopuna without actually hearing their whakaaro first! The Maungatautari wänanga was one way to discuss and hear this kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi. A pānui was sent to over one thousand 13-25 year olds on the tribal database late last year. Twenty rangatahi took up the challenge and arrived at Maungatautari bright and early, along with two parent helpers, Environment Group kaimahi and Kuia Ruthana Begbie.


The day involved a hīkoi into the ngāhere inside the 47km pest-proof fence. In this setting, the rōpū got to hear and talk about the environment and the significance of areas such as Maungatautari to Raukawa, and the rights and responsibilities that are part of that relationship. The second part of the day involved a guided tour of the wetland with its amazing free ranging takahē and ancient tuatara. The rōpū got to see and touch the skin shed by a tuatara, as well as some of the 26 metres of poo that takahē do every day!


Then it was down to the serious mahi. Rangatahi were asked to talk in smaller groups and then report back about what kaitiakitanga means to them and their aspirations for the future of the environment. The final exercise saw everyone describing one change they would make if they were Prime Minister for a day – some inspired and exciting ideas here! All in all, it was a great day out with all the rangatahi saying they’d like to do more trips like this. The project team would like to thank Ariana Paul for leading the rangatahi work and Whaea Ruthana for her support on the day.


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Ki-o-Rahi revival underway in the South Waikato


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Ki-o-Rahi revival underway in the South Waikato

On March 12th over 14 schools gathered at the Tokoroa Oval to battle it out at the Waikato Regional Schools Ki-o-Rahi Tournament. This annual fixture is in its fifth year and has grown substantially since its first tournament hosted in Waikato.  The tournament is organised by an association of Hauraki, Waikato, Maniapoto and Raukawa organisations who have come together to promote the traditional sport and advance its growth throughout the wider Waikato region. Members include the Raukawa Charitable Trust, Sport Waikato, Ngā Miro Health, Te Korowai o Hauraki and Te Wharekura Māori o Rakaumangamanga. Teams played 12 rounds, with the finals seeing recent newcomer Cambridge High School play against reigning national title holders Rakaumanga. After an action packed game, victory went to Rakaumanga by a small margin (16-12).  One of the Raukawa organisers of the event, KC Maaka, said that


“….it was a great day for our rangatahi and for the revival of our traditional sport.  The collaboration of our organising members really added to the success of the day and the grounds were superb for this type of tournament.  Cambridge High School did exceptionally well given that they are in their third year of being involved with Ki-o-Rahi, compared to the national title holders Rakaumanga who have 10 years plus of experience.”


The organising association is still relatively new; nonetheless, their shared commitment and passion for Ki-o-Rahi and the promotion of healthy living is what drives their collaboration to bring about this annual tournament for our rangatahi.  With half of the schools coming from the Raukawa rohe, the sport’s recent revival shows no limits. KC also commented that “…it’s a great sport that everyone can join, I am really looking forward to next year’s tournament and I would like to thank all participating schools, coaches, and also the South Waikato District Council for ensuring that the 2014 event was a major success.”


What is Ki-o-Rahi

Ki-o-Rahi is the modern term for ancient forms of ball play on fields with central tupu and boundary pou.  Ki-o-Rahi as a modern sport is drawn from traditional pre-European Māori ball games where two teams of eight players play on a circular field divided into zones, and score points by touching the ‘pou’ (boundary markers) and hitting a central ‘tupu’ or target.  It‘s a fast paced contact sport that requires sharp offensive and defensive tactics, and involves imaginative handling and swift inter passing of a “ki” (ball).  When watching for the first time, one could say that the traditional game shares skill sets similar to Australian Rules, rugby union, touch and netball.

In times of old, an iwi or hapū which had especially strong and fit ball players could sometimes be solicited for help by another tribe preparing for war. A messenger would present a “ki” or “poi” to the Rangatira, which would represent an invitation to join the iwi or hapū in battle.  The game itself spread to continental Europe during World War II when Māori soldiers, many from the 28th Māori Battalion, played the traditional game on foreign soil and beaches. Both Italian and French soldiers and citizens shared in the knowledge of the game and some French soldiers from the Seine-Maritime region took the game home with them. Many of their descendants continue to play the traditional game. Today, the game is enjoying a strong comeback, and can be found in many high schools around the country. It has also made significant traction in the United States and United Kingdom.


How to get involved

If you’re interested in learning more about Ki-o-Rahi, or would like to get your child or moko into the sport, then call us to talk more with KC Maaka our Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Co-ordinator.  For the past three years KC has been reviving the sport in our rohe with regular Ki-o-Rahi modules and tournaments. For those in year 9 & 10 who are new to the sport, be sure to join us for the Waikato Y9 & Y10 Ki-o-Rahi Tournament on Nov 12 at the Tokoroa Oval.  For more info on the event and how to get involved contact us on 0800 Raukawa.


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Elite language speakers celebrate graduation


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Elite language speakers celebrate graduation


I te 15 o Hui-tanguru, karawhiua anö ai te reo karanga kia rere i te marae, i te papa tüwaewae o Te Ara o Täwhaki, i te rohe tonu o Ngäti Kahungunu, i Taradale, ki te hunga whakaeke, kua tae mai ki Te Panekiretanga o te Reo.


He rangi tënei kua whakatakatakä, kua whakaritea hei urunga mai mä te rängai torekaihuruhuru, arä ngä tauira höu, hei whakanuitanga anö hoki mä ngä ikaä- whiro kätahi anö ka whakakapi i ngä mahi käroaroa, whëuaua o te tau, me ngä tohunga kua toru tau e taki ana i ä rätou mahi. I hou whakahei mai anö hoki te rau ngerongero o ngä huänga me ä rätou kete mihimihi, me ä rätou rourou uruhau hoki.


Kua 14 marama te rangapü tuaiwa nei e manawanui mai ana ki te kaupapa, e whakaheke tötä ana i ngä akomanga a ngä tautöhito o te kupu, o ä tätou tikanga, o te whakaaro Mäori, arä a Tïmoti Käretu, a Wharehuia Milroy rätou ko Pou Temara. Inä te nui o ngä kuru pounamu I äta whängaihia atu e te tokotoru nei ki te whakaminenga tauira ka tau iho ai ki te pae ako o te kaupapa. He wero, he whakapätaritari katoa te hanga, i öna wä ka tutuki, I öna wä ränei ka kite ia i töna küare, hei whakapakaritanga mäna, ä muri ake, ä töna wä. Heoi anö, koia tënei, ko te taumata puhitaioreore e whäia ana, i möhiotia ai e te tangata i mua tonu i täna i whakaae mai ai, i täna i tae mai ai.


Ko tö tätou tangata, ko Louis Armstrong tëtehi i whakamänawatia ki te ingoa hou, arä, te Ika-ä-whiro. Ko ngä painga ka hua mai ki a ia, ka hua tonu ki töna rahinga o Ngäti Ahuru, o Ngäti Mahana, huri noa ki ö tätou marae e haere taunaki ai ia. Ka hua përä mai hoki ki tö tātou whare, ki Te Poari Manaaki o Raukawa e tü nei, tae noa mai ki ä tätou kaupapa, ki te Kura Reo, ki Te Uru Raukawa, huri noa. E Tai, nau mai, hoki mai ki te ao märama, kua hikina te taumahatanga o te tau kua höri. Pïkauria mai ö pükenga hei painga tonu mö te iwi, mö ö tätou marae, mö te tari me tö whänau anö hoki! Ko Paraone Gloyne hoki tëtehi i whakanuia, i tohua mai ki te ingoa ihorei o te tohunga, nä te noho manawakairoke i Te Mata Pünenga. He tü wänanga tohunga tërä I whakaarotia mai e ngä koroua o te Panekiretanga, I whakahaeretia ai e Te Wharehuia räua ko Pou. E ai ki a Pou, kotahi noa iho te wänanga ka pëneitia te whakahaere e räua ko Te Wharehuia i tö räua oranga. He aha i tua atu i tërä hei tohu i te taumata tapu o te kaupapa.


Ä käti, inäianei kia mätai ake te titiro ki te rangapü tuangahuru o te tau, o te wä. Ko Taihäkoa Maui tërä, nö Te Pae o Raukawa, nö Mökai, nö Ongäroto kua tohua mai, kua whakaaetia mai kia haere hei torekaihuruhuru, hei kanohi kitea i waenga i ngä paetara o Täwhaki e tü mai raka. E tama, kia kaha rä ki a koe, kia rïrä te haere!


Heoi anö rä e te iwi, hei whakakapi ake mäku. E rapu haere ana mätou ko ngä ika-ä-whiro Raukawa nei i ngä uri o Raukawa tonu e hiahia ana kia uru atu ki Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Mäori hei ngä tau e heke nei. Ko tä mätou, he äwhina, he akiaki, he tautoko i te haere, he whakamahuki, whakamärama ränei i ngä nekenekehanga o te kaupapa.


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