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Monday, February 29, 2016

Four Kapa Haka teams chosen Whãrangi W hãrangi T Toru oru Pitcher looking for more Kiwi talent

Whãrangi W hãrangi Rima Rima ROCKING: MC Toni Huata joins her wha ¯nau at the Kahungunu Kapa Haka Regionals held in Hawke’s Bay on Waitangi Day.

By Aroha Treacher


OUR Nga¯ti Kahungunu kapa haka teams have qualified and will advance to Te Matatini the biggest kapa haka event in the world. Te Rerenga Ko¯tuku took out the first place position with a strong performance on the day and what appeared to be a crowd favourite with the onlookers. Following behind in second place was Nga¯ti Ranginui, then Nga¯ti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga in at third, and the oldest and most historic team to compete was Tamatea Arikinui also advancing to Te Matatini. The regional competition was an opportunity for groups to bring many different themes to

the stage, everything from the TPPA to performances dedicated to loved ones. “There is no doubt that Matatini fever is vibrating throughout the iwi following the regionals,” says Nga¯ti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana. It was a full day of performances on Waitangi Day, an event that saw more than 10,000 people walk through the gates to take part in the festivities at Hastings Sports Park. With Nga¯ti Kahungunu being named next year’s host of Te Matatini the excitement has been building and saw the region host its largest regional competition to date. Fourteen teams took to the

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stage giving it their all at the kapa haka event organised by Te Runanga Arts and Culture Board. “We’ve really seen an increase in the number of Nga¯ti Kahungunu lifting their kapa haka game in our region and more groups are participating,” says Narelle Huata. It also saw the return of Te Rangiura o Wairarapa who have not had a team at this level in a decade. With the efforts of Irihapeti Roberts, the group came together last year to help former Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Wairarapa students and their families connect with their Ma¯ori culture through performance. For their efforts, the team


was awarded second place for their whakaeke or opening routine. The more than 30-strong group included Ma¯ori Party coleader Marama Fox and hometown girl of Wairarapa giving it her all with the group too. “I wanted to support this group, Te Rangiura o Wairarapa, a group born from the children and former students of TKKM [Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori] o Wairarapa. They are the ones who composed all the songs. It’s just awesome!” ■ February 22 — 26, 2017 will mark Te Matatini hosted by Nga¯ti Kahungunu and held at the Hastings Sports Park, an event expected to attract more than 10,000 people a day.

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Hawke’s Bay Today

Getting waste under control By Aroha Treacher


olding big events now doesn’t mean having to deal with the aftermath of huge piles of rubbish everywhere. The Zero Waste programme is doing wonders for Papatu ¯ anuku (mother earth) and big events like the Waitangi Day celebrations in Hastings Sports Park meant 80 per cent of waste was able to be recycled. That’s up from 64 per cent last year. “We’re thrilled with the result,” says Sarah Grant, manager for the Hastings Environment Centre. Each Waitangi Day thousands of people walk through the gates and this year a massive 15,000-strong crowd attended the festivities. But reducing the waste from the crowd was a huge task and saw staff spending 14 hours after the event, sorting and washing contaminated waste to ensure it was suitable for recycling. The Zero Waste programme meant recycling stations at the event came with an educator, whose job it was to help people put their waste in the right cubicles. “The vast majority of people this year were receptive to recycling even though most needed guidance for the disposal of their waste.” Having a positive reaction from festival-goers to recycle their waste correctly at large kaupapa Ma¯ori events like is something Nga¯ti Kahungunu Iwi

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WASTE: A big event doesn’t have to mean a big pile of rubbish.

Inc want to normalise at their events. “We have a lifelong commitment to Para Kore — Zero Waste and education is the key,” says Te Rangi Huata, events manager for Nga¯ti Kahungunu Iwi. The idea behind the programme is about changing behaviours towards how waste is disposed of and moving away from the “just throw it away”

attitude of today. Other iwi around the country holding their own large-scale events are increasing their efforts to minimise waste. Paepae in the Park in Patea was able to divert 70 per cent from landfill while Orakei in Auckland had only 4 per cent waste at their Waitangi Day celebrations. The target for next year is to improve on that.

"The vast majority of people this year were receptive to recycling . . . " Sarah Grant, manager for the Hastings Environment Centre

Marae get upgrade ahead of festival By Aroha Treacher For the first time in generations, Pukehou Marae in Te Hauke now has its very own artesian water supply. Through the Marae Whakaute scheme they’ve been able to have a brand new bore installed, allowing them to access their own fresh water. Before the bore was installed the marae had to rely on rainwater or draw water out of a nearby creek. “But we are used to it and immune,” jokes marae chairman Dr James Graham. Marae Whakaute is a partnership deal with the

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Hastings District Council and multiple other funding organisations that will see an upgrade to 16 marae in the Hastings area. The deal includes a $1 million pool to help marae get their facilities in top condition ahead of the Te Matatini Festival 2017, estimated to bring in tens of thousands of visitors to Hawke’s Bay. Visitors as well as some 45 performing teams will need somewhere to stay, so getting the region’s marae up to health and safety standards is paramount ahead of the worldclass kapa haka event. Having the bore installed at


Pukehou is a game changer not only for Te Matatini but for the enjoyment of the wha¯nau and all the manuhiri (visitors) who will come to the marae well into the future years. The marae is elated and especially grateful to the Marae Whakaute Project that in this case was also supported by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Pukehou Marae has been the first project to be completed under the Marae Whakaute Project, and there are many more set to reap the benefits. Another is Te Ha¯roto Marae based 61km from Napier on the Napier-Taupo Rd in Te Ha¯roto. They’ve had an upgrade in

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the kitchen and have finally been able to replace their 30-year-old domestic oven with a new gas stove. Before the work was done, the marae had only one open gas ring to rely on and now they have eight on their new stove. The kitchen upgrade has been a welcome relief and the new facilities allow them to cater to larger numbers of visitors to their marae, and all in time for Te Matatini. As part of the initiative, all the manual labour is carried out by trade trainees to not only build up their valuable training hours but to benefit the marae too.



■ Dr Adele Whyte is the chief executive officer for Nga¯ti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

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I recently attended the first Te Ohanaga o Takitimu wa¯nanga in Heretaunga as a participant alongside about 50 others over the two-day period. There were a lot of themes that came out of the wa¯nanga, these will be shared in a feature article in the next edition of Tihei Kahungunu. But the theme that really resonated with me was leadership. Some regular readers of this column will remember I talked about leadership a couple of columns back. However, being at this wa¯nanga made me reflect more deeply about what “leadership” is. With my genetics background my thoughts wandered to whether leaders are “born”, or are they “made”. In my view, it’s a combination of both. I think it is possible very early on to identify children that have many of the characteristics of a leader — but if those abilities aren’t supported and nurtured it is very easy for a minor setback or challenge to stifle or snuff out those tendencies. Like any skill, leadership needs coaching and training to bring out the very best. I also believe there are many types of leaders in our wha¯nau and community. Some play a very visible role, maybe because their job title puts them “out there”. However, many more leaders are quietly in the background of their church, marae or sports clubs. Humans are very tribal beings — without leaders to guide us, chaos can ensue.


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Pitcher looking for more Kiwi talent By Aroha Treacher


FTER returning from a stint playing softball in the United States, star White Sox pitcher Rita Hokianga has overseas talent scouts now asking her for up and coming talent. American Colleges are on the look out for girls to fill team positions on their college teams and it’s something Hokianga is keen to help out with. “They want to know who would be good for a particular school and so I’m not going to just recommend anyone, I need to make sure they are good first.” She has built strong networks in the US after securing a softball scholarship herself as a Junior White Sox player after her coach Kevin Gettins recommended her. It was an opportunity of a lifetime that she couldn’t refuse and her time overseas enabled her to graduate with a Bachelor in General Studies from West Texas A&M University. There she was introduced to an international level of competitiveness where her life at the time consisted of “living and breathing softball” and then fitting her studies and everything else around that. Her team would average four games a week and in total played around 60 games in one season, with the hard work paying off when they won the NCAA Division Two national championship. Hokianga admits that not a lot of people can live the intense lifestyle that comes along with

IN ACTION: Star White Sox pitcher Rita Hokianga in action.

playing overseas and so any players she recommends have to have a good work ethic. “Because the New Zealand softball community is so small you get to know who is good, but they also have to be trustworthy


or I won’t recommend them,” she said. Originally growing up in Camberly, Hokianga is stacking up her softball resume, and also spent a season playing professionally on the European

club circuit. With the internet and social media so easily accessible, her advice for budding players who want to get noticed is to start building their online profile. “You gotta make a video of yourself and your skills and take

all the opportunities as they’re not always going to be there.” At only 22 years old, her overseas experience has lifted her skillset and helped secure her spot in this year’s White Sox squad.

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White Sox excited to face world’s best By Aroha Treacher

"This year is really the start of our preparation for the 2018 World Cup, that is our goal."


T’S A big year ahead for the White Sox with their place booked for the Softball World Cup in Oklahoma City in the United States. With an eighth place world ranking, the team made the grade to compete against the best teams in the world. “We’re pretty pleased to be going,” says head coach Kevin Gettins. The year will see the Sox blooding in their newly named squad including four new caps at tournaments around the country, in preparation for the World Cup. This month they had their first big test at the Down Under Series in Sydney against two of the world’s best teams, Australia ranked No 2 and world No 1, Japan. It was a huge opportunity for the New Zealand girls to mix with top-ranked teams and gave coaches the chance to find out where they are as a team. The wider squad of 25 players includes nine potential players overseas in America on scholarships. They are players who Gettins hopes to call upon come World Cup time in July as they look to build a strong, competitive

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POSITIVE: Kevin Gettins.

group of women. “We’ve got a pretty good understanding of our player base so we have a good understanding of who’s out there. There’s always a couple of positions that players will have to fight for.” It’s all about building strength and depth in the squad, preparation that will be vital if softball is to be named an Olympic sport once again. An announcement is expected in August from the International Olympic Committee. If it does go ahead, Gettins says it will be a game-

changer for women’s softball, not only in New Zealand but around the world. With the World Champs held every two years, they’ll have a focus for the 2018 World Cup which will be the qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “This year is really the start of our preparation for the 2018 World Cup, that is our goal,” says Gettins. Softball and baseball were dropped as an Olympic sport after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, however the Tokyo Olympic organisers have shortlisted both sports to be added come 2020. Gettins knows that getting to the Olympics is a tough ask but he says his team has a realistic chance to qualify.


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Basketball future bright for local iwi By Aroha Treacher


ga¯ti Kahungunu had its largest contingent of Ma¯ori basketball talent play at this year’s National Ma¯ori Basketball Tournament in Rotorua. Within the seven teams teams from the region that competed there was representation from Rakaaipaka, Wairarapa, Rangitane and Heretaunga. The competition saw 94 teams from around the country competing and from all different age groups. Including male and female teams starting from as young as U9s, right through to the social grades and into the masters division. Jackie Smiler says having so many teams compete this year around was an awesome experience and a goal achieved. “We made it a goal to take some Kahungunu teams this year, as last year we had none from Heretaunga.” The tournament has a strong focus on everyone at the event making an effort to speak Te Reo Ma¯ori over the course of the entire tournament. “Everyone was encouraged to speak Te Reo Ma¯ori, from the coaches, players and the referees,” explains Ma¯ori Basketball board member Maharatia Smiler. To help everyone

familiarise themselves with the Ma¯ori language, special language packs were handed out beforehand containing Ma¯ori language terms including basketball terminology. “Everyone embraced it, we were all at different levels, but it was really inspirational to see and hear,” he says. Coming away with the win in their division was the Heretaunga Pakeke team all aged from their late thirties into their 50s. There was more success to be had with the Heretaunga U11 Tama (boys) winning their grade on a countback. However regardless of the team placings, Smiler says it really was a win-win time away for all involved as it provided the players with some valuable playing experience all while in a very unique atmosphere. Smiler has only recently been named onto the board and says that the future of Ma¯ori basketball is looking encouraging. “We are building, there probably is a long way to go in regards to players. We have got good some really good players but there is room to improve in the financial area, in terms of securing some sponsorship and funding,” he says. The tournament ended on a high with all teams able to take part in a kapa haka finale on stage that helped bring everyone together.

WINNERS: Kahungunu Heretaunga U11 Tama Basketball Team get their lead from Coach Marj Smiler.


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AUNTY’S GARDEN By Hanui Lawrence


S MY eight-year-old grandson and I were walking the pathways at Aunty’s Garden, he says to me, “Nan, why do we grow old?” How strange I thought. With my three score and ten looming very closely, he must think I’m really old! I proceeded to tell him that it is a process that we all have to go through. I explained to my grandson that plants go through the same process of nurturing, harvesting and great enjoyment. Earlier this month the sunflowers bloomed, giving a majestic display which enhances all the other beds which are filled with vegetables. Aska, who is Japanese, comes to Aunty’s garden with her two little ones. I hold the baby while she meanders through the garden, filling her basket with delicious delights.

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Collective works on action plan By Aroha Treacher


series of wa¯nanga have been run under new Ma¯ori collective Ka¯hui ¯ hanga o Takitimu to O generate a Ma¯ori economic movement in Hawkes Bay. ¯ hanga o Takitimu is a Ka¯hui O group of passionate Ma¯ori leaders in the region that have a shared passion to unlock the economic future of Nga¯ti Kahungunu. They will be working as part of a wider team to develop a specific Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) for Hawke’s Bay. An action plan will be created to be driven by local authorities, regional leaders, businesses and Ma¯ori as well as being supported by central government. But to get the economy booming, it means sustainability, hence why special wa¯nanga will be held for everyone and anyone to attend, wa¯nanga that will be used to identify opportunities. The group has been holding wa¯nanga in Wairoa, Hastings and Masterton, gathering valuable information to be included in the Regional Economic Development Action Plan all aimed at building economic prosperity. The ethos behind the group is

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Leadership programme held By Aroha Treacher Two and half years on since Maungharuru-Tangitu ¯ Trust had its Treaty settlement, the trust has held its very first leadership programme Te Ara Kairangi. It was a week-long adventure with 40 of its uri whahaheke (descendants) taking part in everything from caving to rocking climbing and camping. The aim of the programme is to build capable hapu¯ of the future through nurturing and growing its young leaders. “It’s about empowering our

young leaders and developing their connection to the land and all our surrounding ta¯onga,” says Maungaharuru-Tangitu ¯ Trust general manager Shayne Walker. The wa¯nanga is aimed at 16 to 23-year-olds and has strong cultural, language and environment elements to the programme. “One of the main purposes is to get our youth back onto their marae so that can help them [youth] achieve their goals as well as strengthen their personal connection to their homelands,” explains

programme director Horı¯ Reti. For the first time in decades the hapu ¯ has been able to camp on Maungaharuru, lands that were returned to them as part of cultural redress when they settled in 2013. “I’m really happy that I was able to be a part of this kaupapa, because it’s really helped me to understand how my ancestors lived,” says Te Roa Takie. The programme has been designed by Nga¯ Manukura O Te Taira¯whiti Trust, in partnership with Maungaharuru-Tangitu ¯ Trust and Te Uranga Waka — EIT.

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