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Monday, June 26, 2017

Haka highlight of marathon Whãrangi Toru Artist snaps up residency role

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE: Rikki Solomon (934) performs Ka Mate with The Influence Crew on the Great Wall of China.

By Aroha Treacher


erforming the haka on the Great Wall of China was one of the most amazing experiences of Rikki Solomon’s life. He made the 12-hour journey from New Zealand to China with his wife, Renee, and a group of about 90 other runners called The Influence Crew to complete the Great Wall of China marathon. “It’s in the top five hardest marathons in the world and it was the first marathon we decided to choose,” he says with a laugh. “When we got there we were told it was 41C at 9am in the morning but by the time it got to about mid-day it was roasting to about 45C to 46C.” The day before the marathon

was due to start the group had decided to check out the wall and it was then that the organisers asked if they would open up the marathon with a haka. After debating among the group whether it was the right thing to do or not it was decided to accept the invitation. “Once we made the decision ‘let’s do it’ we went for it. For many of the locals it was the first time they had ever seen a haka. “The Chinese loved it, we started with a karanga which opened up the event — it went dead silent as soon as the karanga started.” “It was powerful because The Great Wall is also known as the longest cemetery in the world, because of the Chinese in the wall and under the buildings — that’s where they buried their dead.

“So when we were doing the haka, you feel the whole wairua [spirit] coming and the whole reverence, and the whole crowd understood the significance of it all.” He says it was beautiful to be there performing one of New Zealand’s most well-known haka Ka Mate. There were 174 Kiwis among the some 2500 marathon runners who took part that day, an event that had a 10-hour time cap to complete. The Influence Crew was made up of Kiwis and Aussies selected by trainer Doug Healey from about 1500 people who wanted to take part. The whole kaupapa of the crew was to motivate people to change their lifestyle to be healthy and active. It was beautiful and then to be on there with a total of 174

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Kiwis all up in the marathon. All up, 2500 did the marathon. The experience saw them run the 5164 steps on the wall and then climb steep ascents before running through villages and dirt roads and being greeted by locals through the townships. Rikki says it was a great way to see China and their people too. “It was a mean trip. “I got a whole new appreciation for the Chinese in terms of I was surprised at how clean and green it was, they’ve done heaps to try and bring themselves up to international standards.” He says it was the whanau atmosphere that got them through and he would definitely do it again.

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Agency puts indigenous talent first By Aroha Treacher


AIPAWA girl Stacey Jade Houkamau is growing the niche market for indigenous talent in the TV and film industry. The savvy business woman has already operated a successful talent recruitment agency called HYPE but after discovering a gap in the market JADE was created. It’s the only ethnic indigenous talent agency in the country, it’s based out of Auckland and it represents only Ma¯ori, Polynesian and other ethnic groups. “I don’t just take on anybody, you must be Ma¯ori, Polynesian, Asian, African, South American descent. Blended with European can be considered also. “I’m all about our people. We are so talented and unique and with the way film is going like Boy, The Deadlands and Mahana, all those films are based around our Ma¯ori culture so they need Ma¯ori people in those films.” She negotiates with casting agencies and production companies regularly with a vision to be working with big names like Cliff Curtis in the near future. “I can look at someone and know they’d be great for a certain


role, but I’m very old school in this social media-driven era. I always like to meet face-to-face with potential or established actors and talent. “I’m big on connection. If I can’t connect with the talent, then they most likely won’t be able to connect naturally at an audition with a casting director or producer.” Currently she is working on supplying actors for the Mission Impossible sequel being filmed in Queenstown with one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Tom Cruise. But it doesn’t stop there. Her company will also be working with casting agencies in Wellington for Sir Peter Jackson on his new project Mortal Engines. She says, of her friends growing up, she was the least likely to succeed as she has a rebellious streak and had a tendency to go in the opposite direction. “I just didn’t like being told what to do. I wasn’t a bad kid, I didn’t get into trouble, I just always did my own thing, I went against the grain.” She attended Waipawa Primary School and then went on to Central Hawke’s Bay College

NEW AGENCY: Stacey Jade Houkamau from Waipawa has launched the country’s only indigenous talent agency. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

and was always in the top sports teams. After high school, she went to design school at Massey University in Wellington where one of her lecturers believed she had what it took to go all the way in the industry. She puts her work ethic down to her time in the shearing sheds

when she finished high school. It’s there she understood the grind of working hard for what you want. “Even back at school I was working every holidays making money because I was driven. Work was always in me.” It’s an experience that has served her well in her current

industry where she has been building her brand while taking care of her young daughter with the support from her mother. “I’m not fazed by other agencies who have been around a lot longer. I’m young, I’m innovative, I’m passionate, I have vision and I’m focused on quality.”

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Te Wai Mauri o Waiohiki Planting Day was deemed a success this year with around 100 wha¯nau and members of the community taking part. Support for the day also came from Waiohiki, Moteo and Kohupatiki Marae to provide the much needed man power to plant the some 4000 native trees. In almost three hours all the plants had found new homes and will be used to restore and revitalise the native species along the Tutaekuri river. Other major support for the planting day came from Nga¯ Whenua Ra¯hui, HBRC, The Napier Cadet unit, Forest and Bird, the Lions Club, NCC and local schools. Nga¯ Hapu ¯ o Tu ¯ taekurı¯ procured the trees and organised the planting day as part of the 'Tu¯taekurı¯ Awa Management and Enhancement Plan 2015.

WORKING ON IT: One hundred members of the community come to help plant 4000 native trees along the Tutaekuri River banks.




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Monday, June 26, 2017



Artist snaps up residency role By Aroha Treacher


RMED with just her camera, Auckland based artist Edith Amituanai took up the invitation to became the first artist in residence at Kimi Ora Primary School in Flaxmere. She went to the school every day for five weeks and became immersed in the culture of the school taking photographs. “So, when I came down to the school, they embraced me. They knew it was a special opportunity and they really made the most of it. “They treated me like I was theirs as I was there every day, 40 hours a week.” Her residency meant taking photos of the students in their everyday lives, images that formed the #keeponkimiora exhibition at the Hastings Art Gallery. “It’s the first I’ve been down here, but I live in a community similar but different to Flaxmere. I live in Ranui which is made up mainly of Ma¯ori, Pacific Islanders, an area high on the depravation index similar to Manurewa.” While there Amituanai turned the tables and not only taught the students everything about camera work but let them take home her Nikon DSLR camera. “They have cameras but they knew mine was the best quality. No point getting kids to make photos with anything less than the best camera. “There is incredible access to those lives and if they’re willing, they’re able to show us a privileged view inside that house. “I knew that I could be at the school for years and would never be inside that house, so really, it was trusting of them.” The project came about after the Hastings City Art Gallery made the connection with the kura and invited Amituanai to come down.

RESIDENCY: Artist Edith Amituanai with a group of Kim Ora students during her five week artists residency at the school.

The end result is more than 500 different photographs taken over the five weeks that were whittled down to 55 for the final exhibition which is a mixture of both her work and the children’s. “I asked the kids how they want people to feel and what experience they wanted their viewers to have and they said excited, inspired and happy.” The experience has enriched Amituanai as an artist and has given her perspective that there is still a place for making art through pictures. She says they can be very powerful. Her works have been exhibited extensively both around New Zealand and abroad, and belong in a number of public and private buildings. She is the inaugural Marti Friedlander Photography Award recipient as well as the first Walters Price nominee of Pacific descent. The exhibition is on at the Hastings City Art Gallery and will be open to the public until September 3.

Kumara hit by moisture AUNTY’S GARDEN with Hanui Lawrence Everyone is astounded by the cost of vegetables at present. Our kumara crop was not so happy this season, especially at the harvest times. The call to the wha¯nau to come and help with the work saw us digging in very wet and muddy conditions with so much moisture. We lost quite a few to rot, but have managed to store some for the winter and for the next season’s plants. Our recipe this month is something new for me. I made this cake the other day and took it to the Nga¯ti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated office and got great comments from the staff who ate it with much enjoyment. KUMARA & MACADAMIA CAKE Ingredients 250g of butter 2 cups of sugar 4 eggs 3 cups Flour 1⁄2 cup of coconut cream 1 1⁄2 cups of warm milk 1 cup of grated kumara 1 cup of crushed macadamia nuts 1⁄2 tsp vanilla essence (optional) Method Cream butter and sugar in a bowl, Add eggs one at a time and mix well, Put dry ingredients into a separate bowl and mix, Carefully mix half of the dry ingredients with the coconut milk, then add the other half and mix in well, Add the warm milk to make a nice smooth

Kia Ora. The Whangawehi Catchment Group deserve their honour as this year’s Supreme Winner of the Green Ribbon Awards. They didn’t form the group or start the work six years ago looking for recognition. They simply saw a job to do, rolled up their sleeves and got on with it. Look at Whangawehi now - fenced waterways, 42 hectares planted in native trees, native bush protected - the aquatic life and water quality is improving, so huge congratulations to all involved. There is a lot to be said for taking action. Start with the problem, have a plan of what you want to achieve, and at least a sense of how you’re going to get there, then get on with it. While our Joint Planning Committee doesn’t have the opportunity or mandate to be so directly involved, our partnership of Tāngata Whenua and Pakeha exists to deliver plans and policies that enhance the state of the region’s natural resources. The Heretaunga Plains project, TANK (Tutaekurī, Ahuriri estuary, Ngaruroro and Karamū) will recommend to us options for a new Plan to manage the area where 85% of Hawke’s Bay people live, work and play. It’s a massive project to fix the land use issues that transform pristine waterways near the ranges to sediment-rich outflows at the coast. Through this process and the many committed stakeholders helping us, we hope to improve oxygen levels, lower water temperatures, sediment and nutrient levels, and reduce stormwater contaminants. This is not for recognition, but to fix long-term issues.

Kia Kaha! Rex Graham and Toro Waaka co-chair the region’s Joint Planning Committee, which looks after Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment. DELICIOUS: Iwi Event Manager Te Rangi Huata gives Aunty’s ‘Kumara and Macadamia Cake’ the big thumbs up.

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Kiwis get audience with the Pope By Ngahiwi Tomoana


eeting the Pope felt like bathing in a warm sea of whakapono, tumanako and aroha. I mean we’ve been saying these things for ever as an aspiration or inspiration and here we met the embodiment of that message, Pope Francis. It’s hard to explain but being in the presence of greatness, yet grand humility, with a deep love for people — 1.4 billion Catholics can’t be wrong! And a billion other Christians like us, too. We were still wondering right up to the moment whether we would meet him or not because the visit had already been put back a day due to unforeseen circumstances. However, with the help of friends, we made it through gridlocked traffic (like the Mini in The Italian Job) to arrive at The Vatican bang on time. We were met by a sternlooking Swiss cardinal looking intently at his watch — he turned out to be very funny. So through The Vatican rear gates we rushed, swerving through archways and alleys as Swiss soldiers waved us this way and that to keep on time for our rendezvous with the Pope. Rushed through a back door and up a private lift, we finally got excited that we might meet the most popular man on the

SPECIAL MOMENT: Nga ¯ti Kahungunu Iwi Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana ( second on right from Pope Francis) with the New Zealand group who had an audience with Pope Francis.

planet. We were ushered through long halls of unimaginable glory, art frescoes by Michelangelo and others. We wait in the room where the previous Pope Benedict resigned. My wife, Mere, looks out of the window where the Pope sometimes addresses the masses below in St Peter’s Square. There are thousands milling below who will never meet the

Pope, despite having travelled from all corners of the earth in their personal and spiritual pilgrimages. When we eventually arrive at the meet and greet chambers, all nine of us were greeted one by one and introduced as David’s tribal guardians and his escorts to and from Rome. That is Sir David Moxon, an ex-Anglican archbishop of the New Zealand diocese who was our liaison between the Pope

and is my wife’s brother-in-law. Then with a mischievous grin, the Pope made a spontaneous throat-cutting gesture across his chest like saying to David: “You’re outta here mate! Your tribe has spoken”. Each of his cardinals looked like Robert Redford or George Clooney, real handsome buggers, who translated his Italian into English word for word.

These guys were seriously funny. You see, the Pope has a playful manner with a glint in his eye. And this has rubbed off on his most trusted, I think. He’s disarming and immediately makes you relax in his presence or that’s what I felt, anyway. Then he does another semicircle to hand each of us a personal memento — a special commemoration medal. I take the opportunity to mihi to him in Italian — remembering I only had one chance and one minute. The Pope’s office had indicated that he’s not sure about a hongi so I don’t go there. Nek minnit . . . I can’t find my piece of paper with the right Italian words on it. I’d left it with all our jackets and phones and stuff in the other room. So I pull out a napkin from my shirt and pretend I’m reading from it, launching straight into it without the English translation only with my butchered Italian. This is what I said: “Your Holiness, I bring greetings from all the tribes of New Zealand. “I extend an open invitation for you to come and visit our country. “And to support the cause of sainthood for Mother Maria Joseph Aubert. May God bless you and sanctify your ministry.” ■ Ngahiwi Tomoana is Ngati Kahungunu iwi chairman.

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Iwi boss leaves for new venture By Aroha Treacher


FTER seven years working at Nga¯ti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, chief executive Dr Adele Whyte is saying goodbye to start her own business. She felt the time was right to make the move to launch her new business DrAW Aotearoa which stands for Dr Adele Whyte Aotearoa. The new venture will see her expertise used in areas like fresh water, genetics, education, iwi governances and hapu¯ development and research. “It got to the point where I felt like I was ready for something new,” she says. “I have a young wha¯nau and I was wanting to focus on my family while still pursuing other opportunities for myself and our hapu ¯ and iwi. “I want to hone in what special X-factor I can bring to projects. Though still based in Hawke’s Bay, it’s likely there will be some regional, national as well as international work streams too.” Reflecting on her time working for the iwi she says that although it does seem like a long time it went really fast. Before becoming CE she worked for three years as the director of fisheries and she was also instrumental in launching the Nga¯ti Kahungunu Fish Hook Summit which is now into its seventh year this year. “We wanted something for our hapu ¯ to celebrate our successes and to have speakers relevant to our rohe.

“It’s gone from strength to strength, now hosting 120 different delegates as we celebrate all the various achievements.” A major project she got under way was the reseeding of 6000 juvenile pa¯ua in Pourerere, Porangahau and Waimarama back in 2011. It was a first for the region and is a project that involved hapu ¯ and Kahungunu students to help to continue the monitoring of the pa¯ua growth rate. With the pa¯ua in safe hands, Dr Whyte was appointed as the interim chief executive in mid-2013 before being officially appointed in October 2013 following the departure of previous CE Meka Whaitiri. Her resignation comes off the back of a successful Te Matatini festival held in Hawke’s Bay in February this year. “Matatini was one of my proudest moments. Bringing it to our people I was just one of many involved in it and was proud to be part of that team.” She has a long list of accomplishments throughout her time including the board of inquiry into the Ruataniwha Dam which she says was a pivotal moment for Kahungunu which created positive momentum, unity and put us in a good position for future. She has been involved in various working groups including the Fresh Water Technical Advisory group and Te Kahui Ohanga o Takitimu. She says working for the iwi was a 24/7 undertaking but is now looking forward to the challenges ahead as she takes on the next chapter in her life.

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Students supported Nga¯ti Kahungunu studying at EIT are finding a kura kaupapa education provides a robust framework that supports and enriches their tertiary learning. The three students — Tawa Huata, Hapina Hepi and Yonder Munday — say total immersion in reo Ma¯ori during their years of primary and secondary schooling has proved no disadvantage in adapting to the predominantly English-speaking tertiary learning environment. Well-supported by EIT’s Ma¯ori mentors and student support services, they feel they have settled in well in moving from wha¯nau-orientated schools onto EIT’s more populated and expansive campus. Manaia Canterbury, a recent Bachelor of Arts (Ma¯ori) graduate, agrees with them. Growing up in Waiohiki, Manaia lived in Napier while attending Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Ara Hou. ¯ ranga Waka, EIT’s Progressing to Te U school of Ma¯ori studies, was “a seamless transition — both have a wha¯nau environment. I would definitely recommend EIT to all ethnicities,” he adds. Living now in Flaxmere, Manaia is working in after-school care at Raureka School and teaching kapa haka. Tawa took a job at a meatworks after leaving Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Nga¯ti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga. Now studying for the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering with a view to securing an apprenticeship, the 24-yearold finds Te Ara o Takitimu co-ordinator Lee Kershaw a good support person to turn to on campus. From Hastings, first-year Bachelor of Nursing student Hapina Hepi came to EIT from Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Ara Hou. “My school was so small, everyone

ENJOYING LIFE ON CAMPUS: From left, Tawa Huata, Hapina Hepi and Yonder Munday.

was literally my cousin,” she says. “At EIT I found myself mixing with a variety of cultures.” Hapina and her Ma¯ori classmates have been supported and mentored by Donna Foxall, now Hawke’s Bay District Health Board NEtP nurse educator with the School of Nursing. “She drops in to check on us, which is helpful.” Hapina has found the small size of the nursing school makes it easier to focus on learning English. In her final year of study for a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting), Yonder Munday attended Te Kura Kaupapa Ma¯ori o Nga¯ti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga where she gained University Entrance. “Coming into a tertiary institution like EIT, you have to find direction for yourself,” she says. “You have to know what it is that you want to do.” Yonder has always set her sights on becoming an accountant.


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