Na Sharlene Maniapoto raua ko Margy Crosby, Ngā Pūkenga Manaaki (Whānau Navigators)
On 19 July Te Piki Oranga Wairau team were invited by Te Runanga o Ngāti Kuia to demonstrate our Noho Pakari Tū Kaha programme to their kaumātua so they could participate and try to do something similar. Our meeting coincided with their three-monthly kaumātua hui.
Twenty-eight people from the Waikawa and Wairau hub travelled to Te Hora marae at Canvastown on a bus that Ngāti Kuia provided. On arrival, there was a powhiri with some of our kaumātua involved in the karanga. After morning tea we all joined together in the whare nui, Te Rupe o Ruapaka, and had a fun time exercising, singing waiata, using poi, rākau and laughing.
After introductions, we were treated to an amazing hakari, which included tītī, pork, lamb, chicken, raw fish, many vegetables -roasted, boiled and raw, followed by delicious desserts. While we ate we were entertained by Caroline Walker and Sharlene Maniapoto. They were so good, our rōpū felt compelled to get up and kanikani!
Ngāti Kuia board members then gave an update of events, future plans, iwi news and other information to their people. A large pakohe taonga was presented to Te Hora marae from a Nelson man who had made it. It was gratefully accepted.
It was a wonderful day and the feedback from both our Noho Pakari Tū Kaha group and the Ngāti Kuia whānau was very positive and fun was had by all.
The manaakitanga, kindness and warmth of the whānau of Te Hora was outstanding and very much appreciated. Ka mau te wehi!
He mihi aroha tēnei ki te hau kainga, ki a Ngāti Kuia – te iwi Pākohe. Ki te maunga a Tūtumāpou, ki te awa Te Hoeiere, ki o koutou taniwha a Kaikai-a-waro, tēnei te mihi atu.
He mihi maioha ki te Whare Tīpuna, ki a Te Rupe o Ruapaka, korua ko Te Tangata a Matua Houtere. Koinei te mihi mahana, te mihi manaaki, te mihi o te humarie. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou.
Ahakoa te makariri o te ra, kua hāere te roopu o te Noho Pakari Tū Kaha no Waikawa me Wairau hoki ki Te Hora Marae, nā rātou te karanga hei haere ki te Hui Kaumātua ki rēira. Tata ki te toru tekau o mātou i hāere. I hāere mātou ma runga pahi – na Te Kuia hei whakarite te pahi ma mātou nei.
Ā muri te powhiri me te kapu tii, ā, ka timata e mātou katoa te Noho Pakari Tū Kaha. Ko te mea tino hirahira ki au nei, ki te kite ngā rangatahi, ngā pākeke, me ngā kaumātua e korikori tinana ana, kia whakapakari ai i a rātou tinana i roto i te kotahitanga. Ki te kite te whanaungātanga kei roto i a Te Rupe a Ruapaka. Ki te rongo ki ngā tangata e kōrerotia e pa ana ki a rātou whakapapa, i a rātou tuhonohono tētahi ki tētahi. Me ngā katakata – Ki au nei, koina te ahua reka o te mahi nei – koina te hauora!
Tā mātou nei waimarie ki te noho tahi ki rēira, kai ai – rawe te kai – pēra i te kai o te Kirihimete – aue ka puta a pito! Heoi ano, hūnene ana te kai ki ōku paparinga!!
Ano hoki, tā mātou nei waimarie – i te wā kai, ka waiata a Cazzy T me ana taputapu puoro – tumeke ki te rongo ki ngā waiata o nehe ra – ngā waiata kanikani. Katahi ano, ka tu mātou ki te kanikani!!
I kōrerohia te Tumuaki me ngā rangatira o Ngāti Kuia e pa ana ki a rātou whainga mo te iwi me nga nekehanga mo ngā marama me ngā tau kei te heke mai. He rawe – koina te hauora!
I rēira mātou mo te kōrero me te tukuna mai o te koha Pounamu, mai tētahi tangata ki Te Hora Marae. Ano hoki – kōina tā mātou nei waimarie. Ko te tuhonohono nei – koina te hauora!
He ra ataahua, he ra pai – te makariri?? – Hei aha tēna!! Nā te mahana o te whare, te mahana o ngā tangata – kua whiti te ra kei roto i taku manawa. Nō rēira, Ngāti Kuia – tēna koutou. Te Whānau o Noho Pakari Tū Kaha, kōinei te mihi – tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.