by: Larry Bailey, Pūkenga Manāki mō ngā Koroua me ngā Kuia (Navigator - Elderly)
On 13 December 2018. we picked up the kaumātua who were needing transport and we went to Kaiteriteri for the day. There were around 50 whanau whanui and Tamariki from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia te Matangi passing that we invited to attend and shared kai. We had nibbles and a BBQ.
We were lucky enough that Waka Abel Tasman team allowed us to take kaumatua for a paddle. This was enjoyed by a small rōpū which was supposed to be for an hour long but had to cut short because of the pouring rain. We got invited to join them again in the New Year.
Despite the rain putting a stop to the whole thing, the kaumatua so enjoyed the trip around the bay and they all have smiley faces on them. Following this and during kai a round of waiata and jokes were also enjoyed.
In closing, there was a presentation of appreciation from some of the kaumatua that has been swimming this year. The groups that participated were from the Rōpū Kaukau, Te Oranga Pai, a contingent of the Raranga group. Our monthly movie that we provide will also
continue again next year. We were lucky to have Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia te Matangi join us with waiata and kai.
Thank you to the staff who helped to prepare, cook kai, entertain and clean up.
Thank you Te Piki Oranga for providing a very worthwhile program. We do our best to care for whānau who need us. Looking forward to a very interesting 2019.