By: Anne Hobby, Tumuaki/General Manager
Kia ora kotou,
Aotearoa is celebrating the 125th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Aotearoa was the first country to extend this right to women in 1893 and we have a proud history of strong women leaders in our whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.
I belong to a group called Wāhine Hīkoi, a group of women who come together regularly to enjoy each others company, strengthen and support each other in Te Reo me ona tikanga. The rōpu has a commitment to staying physically active, connecting with Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) and using Te Reo to the best of our ability. We run, tramp, bike, sing and laugh our way around the motu. There are some awesome skills and talents in the group, the most recent being some members learning to play the ukulele. There are between 8-12 members in the group at any one time as wāhine do what they can within their mahi and whānau commitments. The kai is always outstanding. What makes this rōpu different is the aroha and manaaki shown to each other and those who happen to stray across our path. These are the values we want to pass on to our tamariki and moko.
No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.