Pipiwharauroa Hongongoi 2013
Pukapuka: Rua Te Kau
Kōtuku Rerenga Tahi
Panui: Tua Whitu
Te kotahi nā Tūrahiri
Ka ripo te moana
Ko te Mimita Paula Bennett me ngā Kaimahi o Tūranga Youth Services
Nō te Rāhina 22nd ō Hongongoi ka tau mai ngā pii o te Whare Miere ki Tūranga Ararau. Harikoa ana ngā kaiako me ngā tauira ki te kite me te whakarongo ki Te Minita mō te Taha Whakapakari me te Taha Mahi (Social Development and Employment) Te Minita mō ngā take e pā ana ki ngā Rangatahi (Youth Affairs) arā a Paula Bennett me Anne Tolley hoki Te Minita ō ngā Pirihimana me ngā Wāhi Whakatikatika me te Kaiwhakahaere tuarua o “Te Whare”
kaha ki te mahi. Nō muri mai ka kōrero a Ann Tolley mō ngā ara mātauranga hei whai kia eke ai ki ngā taumata e hiahiatia ana e rātou. I kōrero hoki ia mō ngā Whare Whakatikatika i te hunga taka ki te hē, arā ki te mauheretia, puta mai ana kua tīmata te whakatikatika i a rātou. Whai muri tonu ko te Kaiwhakahaere ō Tūranga Ararau ko Sharon Maynard i tū ki te whakamarama ki ngā Minita i ngā kaupapa e whakahaeretia ana i kōnei hai āwhina, hai tautoko i te hunga rangatahi me te aronui hoki ki Tūranga Youth Services.
Nā Temple Isaacs rāua i whakanui i te taunga mai ki Tūranga Ararau, whai tonu ake ka kōrero a Paula Bennett mō tōna ao i a ia e pakeke haere ana. Te noho matua kotahi ki te tiaki i ana tamariki me te whakarite whāinga kia tutuki kia puta he oranga mō rātou. Ko te mea nui ki a ia, ahakoa te uaua i ētahi Ahakoa poto te wā engari i whai tāima te wā, arā ko te taha mātauranga,ā, kia whakauru atu tokorua nei ki te kōrero ki ngā rangatahi, ngā hoki ki te wāhanga pākihi ahakoa kāre he utu engari kaimahi, kaiako i te wā kapu tii. kia mōhio ai koe i ngā nekeneke, kia kitea ai tō
Kei runga noa atu koe Whenua!
Katahi te whakataetae tino whakahirahira rawa atu ko tēnei i whakatauria nei i te rātapu kua taha ake nei. Ehara ko te iwi kotahi anake kei te tū whakahīhī i te taenga o te mokopuna a Barry rāua ko Moana Brown ki ngā kōwhiringa whakamutunga engari ko te katoa o te Tairāwhiti me te katoa kei te ao e noho haere ana. Ahakoa kāre i toa, ko te mea nui i tae atu ki te pae o tata tonu. Mā wai mai ki tēra. I rongohia a Rongowhakaata e whakahāhā ana, e hāparangi ana e te ao. He mihi nui ki tōna māmā ki a Beatrice me ōna whanaunga katoa i kaha ki te tautoko i te tamaiti nei. Ehara ko koutou anake engari rātou katoa e mōhio ana ki ngā whānau e pā ana. He tīmatanga noa tēnei. Ko wai ka mōhio he aha kei tua i te mātāhuariki. Whenua Patuwai, he ingoa kei ngā ngutu o te marea. Nā mihi nui ki a koe Whenua, nōu te kaha. Kei te mihi atu te Pīpīwharauroa me te whai haere hoki i a koe kia puta ai te rongo ki te katoa.
Hihi Brothers are Gisborne’s own World BJJ Champs Te Aitanga ā Māhaki / Tūhoe brothers, Carlos and Dante Hihi were in Los Angeles this month to compete in the Kids World BJJ Champs. For four months previously Carlos has been training hard preparing for the world championships which boasted top class competitors from across the globe including Brazil, Canada, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and America.
on day one as he felt he could have won Gold if he had tried harder but for us it was just amazing to see him on the podium representing Aotearoa at the Worlds. In March Dante was in Starship hospital for two weeks after surgery on a condition he has had since birth and to reach such an achievement after all he has been through is just mind blowing.”
Dante was thrown into the mix two months ago, as he has been his brothers training partner throughout this preparation. “We thought he was going to be at the tournament sitting around, getting bored so why not put him in and see how he goes’ says Mum Carmen Hihi. “The tournament allowed us to register him based on his brother’s New Zealand status so it was a way to reward his hard work in helping his brother prepare.”
Carlos had a tough division of 8yr and 9yr old boys. Most of the boys in his division had over 3 years experience in BJJ. Carlos has only been doing this sport since October 2012 and has a lot more to learn. Despite this Carlos fought his way to the top of the world, bringing home Gold in the No-Gi division and winning a bike for his efforts.
The tournament ran through the weekend of 20th and 21st July and both boys gained medal honours.
Dante and Carlos Kids World BJJ Champs
Inside this month...
Page 5 Ngāi Tāmanuhiri
Dante did very well to come away with Silver in the 6yr and 7yr old boys Gi division and another silver in the 6yr and 7yr old boys No-Gi division. “He completely blew us away! He was even disappointed with himself
Pages 8-9 Kōrero Time with My Kuia
Once the hard work is over and done with Carlos and Dante are taking their parents on a long awaited holiday visiting the sights of LA before returning home next week. However there is no rest for the wicked as Carlos will have another shot at an international title when he travels to Auckland with fellow Gisborne Judo Club members to compete in the Auckland International Judo Champs the week after he gets back from holiday.
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Tūranga Ararau Panui
Founded October 1898 Pukapuka: Rua Te Kau Pānui: Tua Whitu Te Marama: Hongongoi Te Tau: 2013 ISSN: 1176 - 42288
THE MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST JOHN OF JERUSALEM The investiture of George Thomas MITA mokopuna of Christina (Ri) Mita and son of Whetumarama Mita together with 35 Postulants (candidates), ﬁve of which were from Gisborne took place at Palmerston North on 22nd June 2013.
Pīpīwharauroa takes its name from ‘He Kupu Whakamārama Pīpīwharauroa’, which was printed in October, 1899 by Te Rau Print and edited by the late Reverend Reweti Kohere. Pīpīwharauroa was re launched on 20 October, 1993. Produced and edited by: Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa Tūranga Ararau Printed by: The Gisborne Herald Email: email@example.com Phone: (06) 868 1081
Pipiwharauroa 'Te Mutunga o Te Pai'
George pictured with his whānau after being invested with The Order of St John
The Graduation of Amiria Rangimarie Mei Mita took place in December 2012 when Amiria received her Bachelor in Sport and Recreation, majoring in Exercise Science together with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management. Amiria attended the Auckland University of Technology.
The New Zealand Prior - His Excellency Lieutenant General The Rt.Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, KST.J. with George Thomas Mita after George was invested with The Order of St. John. The beautiful korowai was woven for George by his Aunty Jean Weke (nee Paenga) when he graduated in 2008.
Ngā Kaitiaki o
Te Maungārongo Kia Orana koutou, For those that don’t know me, I am of Cook Island/German descent, ﬁrst generation New Zealand, born and bred in Hastings. There are 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. My mother’s village is Arorangi on the main island of Rarotonga and my father’s village is Ivirua on the southern island of Mangaia. I made my ﬁrst visit to Rarotonga in 2007 and absolutely fell in love with the place, the people, the food and the lifestyle. Rarotonga has many landscape similarities to the east coast up to Ruatōria and beyond, so I felt absolutely at home. The Amiria pictured with proud parents culture's language is also very similar to Māori. My family and Whetumarama Mita and Timothy Marshall after I become engrossed into the lifestyle and have been fortunate her graduation to revisit my motherland every year since 2007. Our visits are generally mid year and right in the middle of our winter so we leave 3 - 16 degrees and hit temperatures of 24 - 28 degrees, which is awesome. Alcohol is a major factor in many issues that police deal with in Tairāwhiti. I noticed that in Rarotonga, there are no sales of alcohol from bottle stores, supermarkets and dairies on Sundays or after 9pm on all other days. I met with the Commissioner of the Cook Island police and various Ariki (chiefs) throughout the island during my visit and they were very supportive of the stance taken and were actively looking at further restrictions because alcohol is the aggravator in many situations that they deal with in their communities and this positive approach was having a favourable impact on their whānau. Police will be part of a team in Tairāwhiti looking at a Local Alcohol Policy currently. We need to look at ways that we can contribute towards changing the drinking culture as it is the cause of many issues within homes, families, work environments and communities. We will look at opportunities to be more proactive in this space. Our families are the most precious things in our lives yet there is continual harm going on be it family violence, drunk driving, child abuse, disorder, ﬁghting where alcohol is the common factor. We are all responsible for making changes to ensure our communities are safer from harm that alcohol can cause. It’s how we drink that is the concern so I look forward to front footing some big changes ahead that will be a starting point in making our communities safer. Kia Manuia whānau, Sam Aberahama Area Commander: Tairāwhiti
Amiria and whānau after receiving her Tohu.
A TE REO MĀORI LANGUAGE PROGRAMME FOR BEGINNERS
Tūranga FM and Tūranga Ararau Are running a free Introduction to Te Reo Māori programme STARTING 2nd September 2013. This fun Interactive learning experience will be broadcast on all of Tūranga F.M frequencies being 91.7, 95.7 and 98.1 FM You will be provided with a workbook to complete and learn as you listen Contact us at Tūranga FM on 06-8686821 or Tūranga Ararau on 06-8681081
KAUA E WAREWARE KO TE REO TE MAURI O TE MANA MĀORI
Pipiwharauroa 'HE KŌRERO'
Who to elect? Vote for Whenua! Jack Robin once asked me to stand for Mayor. I looked at him, laughed and said “sure boy; ‘that meant NO. To Jack it meant YES. A little later that same week, several cheques arrived in my hand. I was stunned. I found out later Jack had told the kaumātua I was available and had agreed. I gave the money back and thought gosh that was funny. I haven’t ever aspired to be in public governance. Being a local or national publicly elected politician takes guts. My big thing now is about being a gutsy voter. Not just me, all of us. It’s all very well being on the side and being critical. Voting is a responsibility all of us have. That’s the very reason why our parents and grandparents went to battle for Britain’s interests. The very heart of the Price of Citizenship is being responsible as a citizen. It is our civic duty to vote. Soon there will be local government elections. We’ve already seen that only 1 in 3 of us enrolled on the Ikaroa Rāwhiti electorate roll voted. That’s totally disgraceful. I have a cunning plan. In my own immediate whānau I know eight people who didn’t bother to vote. They reckoned they didn’t vote because Para wasn’t standing. No well of course you couldn’t vote for Para – he’s lying at rest in a lovely Urupa in Hauiti rohe, not standing anywhere. My plan for local government elections is this. First of all I’m going to look at candidates. I want to put a moral fortitude test over every one of them. I am going to ﬁnd out why they are standing. If they can’t tell me they have integrity to start with, I will cross them off my list. By integrity I mean honesty; honesty in their own whānau, in their work, their community, their Marae and in all their intentions. I will ask myself have they always been kind and honest. I will then go on to consider their track record. Have they done good things? Are they kind? Do they know what Local Government actually does? Do they share their knowledge with others and do they know their stuff? Have they represented others? Has the person got some experience in governance? I mean, do they practice good stewardship? I’m not really concerned with any party politics. I’m right into whether the person has credibility, courage and thoughtfulness. Can they step outside their own political persuasions and represent me and the whānau? Do they know what makes an economy tick over? Do they have a sense of place? Will they think about things local government can do to attract more people to our region. Will they think about modern mining and give me all the information I need to know. Will they be committed to building skills and championing education and achievement for the whole community? Will they work in tandem with Māori land owners. Go down a road of collaboration with Māori land ownership to get more activity and independence for the people? Do they know how to build on investments? Do they know how money works? Have they paid their taxes themselves? Have they made good decisions with, and for, their own whānau? Do they know how
to plan? Do they know how to make good spending decisions?
and inconsiderate governance to run the region into the ground!
If Tūranganui ā Kiwa continues to depopulate and all our people leave town and the land, we are on a hiding to nothing. Doesn’t matter how much money came with the Treaty Settlements or from the local rates. People need to know whether the person on the Iwi board or the local government is all about the well being of others. That’s your job as an elected person on a public board, you are all about others. You are a mini-nation builder a policy maker not a programme taker.
Whenua Patuwai got us all voting because he was talented, exciting and the forum was exciting. That’s what we need in local government and Iwi politics.
I’d like to think my candidate has thought about networks, being connected, and maybe building policies about hubs for remote work. By this I mean where our experts can live in the region, but earn their money from right within our community. I want the person I am going to vote for to be a global thinker. I want them to develop all the frameworks to make Tūranganui ā Kiwa a place where business people love doing and basing their business here, because local government helps you move through compliance and regulations. I want my preferred candidate to be seriously open to ideas, innovative and willing to work in a team. And the good thing our community is small enough to be nimble and personable. I’ll be asking questions of candidates I haven’t bothered asking before. I won’t be blindly supporting just anyone. My strategy has two parts. The other part is getting the eight whānau members who didn’t bother voting to VOTE. If every committed voter made it their business to bring just ﬁve lazy non-voters to vote, we will start being a connected, networked, innovative community. If we don’t it’s at our peril. Vote and vote with knowledge and conﬁdence or take the consequences of allowing mediocre unaccountable
Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre
Nikorima Thatcher Transfer Australian Super to KiwiSaver Have you worked in Australia and contributed to the ASG (Australian Superannuation Guarantee) system? Under current rules, Kiwis who have worked in Australia and return to New Zealand to live must leave their compulsory superannuation savings in Australia until retirement age. On 31 May 2013 the Australian Government completed legislative steps that will allow returning Kiwis to transfer their Aussie superannuation savings back to New Zealand provided the funds are transferred to a registered KiwiSaver scheme. Likewise Australians living in New Zealand and contributing to KiwiSaver accounts will be able to transfer their KiwiSaver savings to a complying Aussie superannuation fund. The New Zealand legislation was enacted in 2010 following a memorandum of understanding between the two countries in 2009. The Australian legislation will take effect from 1 July 2013. You can read the Australian Government’s press release for more information, and the subsequent media statement from New Zealand’s Minister of Finance, Bill English and Revenue Minister, Peter Dunne. A helpful fact sheet is also available on Inland Revenue’s tax policy website. The key features are: • Participation will be voluntary.
Ānō, he maramara nō Puketapu.
He mihi nui tēnei ngā ō whanaunga, hapū, iwi hoki Kua tū nei koe hei māngai mō rātou me Ikaroa. Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai ō te hoe E kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta. Kia kaha e hine. Kei a koe!
Savings may only be transferred between a KiwiSaver scheme and an Australian complying superannuation fund. A KiwiSaver member must permanently immigrate to Australia to be able to transfer their savings there.
If you worked in Australia, and your superannuation manager hasn’t been able to contact you since you moved back to New Zealand, there is a good chance your savings have been added to the “lost” accounts of their system. The Australian Tax Ofﬁce estimated that it had about $16 billion in these “lost” accounts. Also, if you had more than one job in Australia, chances are that you have several superannuation accounts potentially getting whittled away by fees if their balances are low. What can you do now? Get yourself ready to make the most of the upcoming changes. Make sure you check for your lost accounts for free via the Australian Tax Ofﬁce website. You will need your Australian Tax File Number to search. If you can’t locate this, download the Searching For Lost Super form. If you have more than one superannuation account in Australia you may be able to “rollover” your accounts into one consolidated account now to minimise fees or in preparation of transferring these funds to your KiwiSaver account. Would you like more information? You can read the fact sheet on Inland Revenue‘s tax policy website. If you would like further assistance and or information please contact Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre. Ph: 06 868 3392 or 0800 452 956 Nā Nikorima Thatcher Legal education Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre
Pipiwharauroa 'Te Mana Whakaaro!'
Ruaiti (Bub) Taipana
THE POWER OF PERSUASION From my point of view - Tokoroa Township’s Talking Tree. What a mixture of wet and cold winter weather we are having this year, irrespective yesterday was beautiful. Warm and sunny so I took the opportunity to turn my hand to doing the “dreaded” weeding. I gardened most of the afternoon and by the time the sun went down my bare arms were quite sunburnt. Well sort of more brownish than white! You’re probably wondering about the title of my article for this month, “The power of Persuasion.” It’s about coming to terms with the negatives and turning them into positives which is a skill we all have locked away in the tiny cells and membranes of our brain.
The other day I gave a lesson on, descriptive writing which is writing that aims to DESCRIBE things. The students wrote short descriptive stories around ﬁve items that I had put on the table in front of them including a yellow plastic toy duck, a clock, a pounamu, a cup and scissors. They were asked to use their ﬁve PHYSICAL SENSES, to describe these articles being HEARING, SIGHT, SMELL, TASTE and TOUCH. Another sense that comes with descriptive writing is FEELING that is less of a physical sense but more of a thought such as MEMORIES or IMAGINATION.
The stories they wrote were quite varied. It was interesting to see how people who saw the same ‘article’ described them differently. I thought they were excellent and I so have included some of them in my contribution this month.
I’ve also got another pair that is heavy and the blades are jagged and they make the edge of the material pretty with zig zag edges. These are called pinking shears. I get very upset when my family use my scissors for cutting paper because this makes them blunt. I really enjoy sewing when my scissors are sharp as this makes my job easier and therefore faster. Nā Geneva Well that’s it for this month but keep this in mind, “a negative event or thought can become a positive, powerful tool to happiness.” Konei mo tēnei marama!
Flubusters for people at work
Self health – cheap, fast and excellent
“The Remedy” I look at the clock on the table and I think to myself it’s time for coffee. Isn’t time amazing, but it rules our lives. New Zealand leads the world in time. This is amazing if you care to think about it. Nā Grant.
In 1974 my family and I moved to Tokoroa after twelve years in Rotorua. We sold the house said goodbye to all family and friends and were on our way again. You cannot imagine what an upheaval that was for me, packing up for nine of us especially when we left the eldest of our seven children, Peter Kaua Jnr to ﬁnish off his 6th form year at Western Heights High School. In later years he was to return as Deputy Principal. I have to admit I only had negative thoughts about Tokoroa at ﬁrst. My survival mode was to imagine that I was going on a new adventure to try and make me think positively about the whole situation. However, within six months, I was truly ingrained in the life of that very multinational community. The population of the town was made up of peoples from all over the world who were employed by the Kinleith Paper Mill or the wider local timber industry. Company houses and transport were provided for the workers and the town was growing “like Topsy.”It peaked at 19,000 during the time that we were there, almost to the size of a small city. My youngest child started school which left me feeling redundant, quietly elated, and ‘home alone!’ A deﬁnite positive! ‘Of course all the normal household chores were still there but I had ﬁnally ended my liaison with pre-school facilities. I joined the Tokoroa squash and badminton clubs making it to a New Zealand C grade in squash. I met and made many friends through the squash tournaments and won a few trophies. I went as camp mother to Port Waikato, with school groups and even became an Adult Student at Tokoroa High School with my older children. Anyway I digress as this article is mainly about my students at Tūranga Ararau with whom I wanted to emphasise the fact that the negatives in one’s life can lead to something positive. People who need help with reading, writing and maths will deﬁnitely receive support and encouragement in a fun ﬁlled, happy environment in Whaia Te Ara Tika.
When I look at this clock, it is a circle with numbers on its border and it has three arrows pointing out the time. It reminds me of the future, past and present. It helps me with my maths and compass reading. 360 degrees in a circle, so there are 360 ways to describe the same clock. Most of all it’s my diary. Nā Ted. The Alarm Clock cries out, “Get up!” “Get up!”Time to get up! Another day waits, time to get up! “Shut up!” cries the bed. “I’m nice and warm and snug with these warm bodies lying on top of me. You know the trouble with you clocks is you’re always bossing us around. “Get up! Do this! Do that! Time to do this! Time to do that!” And I hate that incessant ticking, gets on my bleeding nerves.” “Oh! Bed you’re just jealous because I’m always on time and I’m round and smooth and so good looking while you’re big and plump and always grumpy.” Nā John.
No need to be exact, individual taste and preference prevail – enjoy! Garlic – 6 cloves peeled and pricked. Ginger – 3-4 slices ginger root. Vegemite/Marmite – 1 teaspoon (Vit B). Citrus (lemon or grapefruit) – add at last minute (Vit C) Cook the lot for 3-5 mins with a packet of instant noodles or soup – a bit of spring onion to tizz it up and add chilli for heat. The garlic tastes delicious this way (no need to eat the ginger root). Have 2 doses in 12 hours to be sure of a ‘cure’. Best taken as soon as your intuition tells you that your person has been contaminated by a snotty nosed individual who is careless with their bugs – ie: gradual symptom progression upper respiratory tract eg: sinus congestion, sore throat, tight chest, cough, fatigue, irritability, aches and pains etc etc. Preventive measures: • Antiseptic spray – (1 part vodka, 8 parts water, few drops of lavender/manuka oil) • Fitness, fresh air and hand washing – very important • Add 1 cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) to bath water for tired aching limbs • Peppermint tea if feverish • Chamomile tea to cool the body and calm the mind • Early to bed with a hot water bottle and hot water, ginger root, lemon juice and honey Remember that illness is a private matter, particularly ‘the ﬂu’ and it is very poor form to bring your bugs to public places. Stay at home, rest, try these remedies and get better. If you are in contact with large numbers of people in closed indoor environments and/or suffer from asthma or a heart condition – you may wish to consider the ﬂu vaccine as these bugs can be deadly.
These scissors are long orange scissors. At home I have about ten pairs because I do a lot of sewing. There are short, black pointed ones and these are used for snipping cotton. My favourite pair is brown, they are very, very, sharp and the blades are 15cms long and I use these for cutting material.
Kate McDonald Occ. Health Nurse PO Box 764 Gisborne, Tairāwhiti, NZ
Pipiwharauroa 'Ngāi Tāmanuhiri'
Hope to see you all at any of the forthcoming hui, please call into the ofﬁce at Muriwai or in Town for a cuppa and kōrero on what’s happening for our Iwi.
Tēnā Tātou - he mihi mahana ki ngā whānau whanui o Te Tairāwhiti Warm greetings to you all as we move into the brighter season of spring. Congratulations to Meka Whaitiri and her family for winning the Ikaroa Rāwhiti seat, kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui e te whanaunga. Our Whānau have been busy giving support to a range of kaupapa to improve the wellbeing of all. At present Rangatahi aged between 11 and 18 years ‘The Leaders’, are facilitating a Holiday programme at Muriwai Marae with the support of Tūranga Health, Super Grans and NZ Police. The ﬁrst week of the training is focused on: • Exploring who our Role Models are and why • Reinforcing their Ngāi Tāmanuhiri identity • Exposure to Ngāi Tāmanuhiri role models • Training opportunities to facilitate games and activities with the tamariki. In the second week the teina 5 to 10 year olds programme is led by the ‘Leaders’. Tino aroha kia Jonette, Darin, Uncle Bruce, Willis, Tim and the Nans. Awesome mahi Aunty Kay, Daiminn and Tui; great leadership.
Salutations to Soraya Pōhatu, Kerry Hudson, Jamie Foxley and the Wherowhero restoration team who have now completed the Matariki planting at Pākirikiri (Browns Beach.) Ka pai all the schools; Muriwai, Manutuke, Makauri for involving the tamariki in this kaupapa. Papa Temple Isaacs conducted the ﬁrst Rātana karakia at Rangiwaho Marae to be held in many years. He karakia Whakamoemiti – Thanksgiving, followed by hākari and Marae hui. Thank you to Uncle and our Aunties for their continued leadership and support. Conservation mahi continues on our taonga, te Poho ō Tāmanuhiri. Conservator Dean Whiting and Scott Riki have been working on the taonga inside the whare that have, for the ﬁrst time in many many years, been cleaned and conditioned. The next stage of the work will be to seal the painted areas once restored and enhanced.
Iwi Kaimahi: Ali, Donna Kaye and John are updating your contact details for Te Aranui (digital registration system) so expect a call or go onto the iwi website www.tamanuhiri.iwi.nz and register yourself and your whānau. Like our Iwi facebook page Te Iwi o Ngāi Tāmanuhiri to keep informed and be part of the Iwi conversation. Toi Tāmanuhiri Iwi exhibition: Preparations
continue with another wānanga scheduled for late August, exciting ideas from Whānau and Pakeke on how we can present ourselves and our taonga to the world. Steve and Mel want to hear from any Tāmanuhiri artists keen to share their works. Please contact them through firstname.lastname@example.org Well done YMP for making the ﬁnals, ‘Kia Kaha, Kia Toa’. Quotes from programme:
10am, Saturday 3 Aug
6pm, Monday, 5 Aug
10am, Friday, 16 Aug
Rangiwaho Marae AGM
11am, Saturday, 24 Aug
Muriwai Marae AGM
11am, Saturday, 7 Sept
Kids from Muriwai School planted 150 trees at the begining of June, near the Pakirikiri end of the lagoon. These kids will be returning here every year Wherowhero and other areas in our rohe where we will be initiating Bio Diversity projects.
Shayne-Marie Moeke, “I love being a Muriwai leader person, it is awesome getting to have an opportunity to learn good stuff.”
Hui a Iwi
Some of the Rangatahi Leaders
Teaorangi Kemp, “WOW, The leadership programme out Muriwai is sooooo AWESOME! I really love how they get all the tūākana and Tēina to get involved and also how all the Tuakana Help Out Our Little Tamariki.” Nā reira, Ma ngā Atua e manaaki Nā Kaimahi ō Ngāi Tāmanuhiri Whānui Trust
First week of the Rangatahi Leader's Holiday Programme had a great turnout
Whānau that attended the Rātana karakia at the Rangiwaho Marae on July 21st are taking a moment to enjoy the sunshine
Pipiwharauroa 'Kōrero Time'
Introducing Rob Rutene
Kōrero Time with Mātai Smith
For this edition of the Pīpī, I only have two words whānau and they are “WHENUA PATUWAI.’ And that is my article, Good bye.
He uri nō Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairarapa, Ki Ngāti Rangitane ki te Wairarapa. He uri ahau hoki ki te Te Whānau o Ruataupare hapū ki te Iwi o Ngāti Porou. Ko Rob Rutene tōku ingoa Tēnā koutou katoa. I am the new Pouwhakataki Police Iwi Liaison Coordinator for the Tairāwhiti Policing district and commenced work here on the 1st July. It is a pleasure to be here particularly now the weather has settled down. I have been working in this position for the past 11 years, initially in the Wairarapa, then Hawke’s Bay before moving here. My boundaries extend from Putorino in the south to Pōtaka in the north and across to Lake Waikaremoana and up to the Waioeka Gorge in the west. My role is essentially about fostering networks and relationships with the Police alongside speciﬁcally the Māori community. In saying this, there is a common view that if we can inﬂuence a prospering Māori community then the whole community will prosper. It is a sad but true fact that offending and victimisation statistics by Māori, particularly in the Tairāwhiti, are over represented. My role is to have oversight of initiatives and strategies that address the issues and seek examples of best practise with a long term plan of change and betterment for all the communities in the Tairāwhiti. I have spent this month getting to know the local Police staff and various organisations out in the community with similar interests. I have been impressed with the number of initiatives and programmes available particularly for our youth in gaining meaningful employment and careers. I have also been liaising with the various Māori Warden sub associations. They do a fantastic job and their natural connection with the community is invaluable for the Police as a powerful support network. Over the next few months I will continue to network and connect into the Tairāwhiti district and will be championing the new Police strategy, ‘Turning the Tide” which is about preventing the onset of criminal behaviour at the earliest possible opportunity by providing relevant and effective interventions. Give me a ring or email if you would like to meet and discuss what we, or your organisation, could do together to make Tairāwhiti a better and safer place to live. Rob Rutene Email: Robert.Rutene@police.govt.nz DDI: (06) 8690246 Cell: 021 191 3356
Well not quite, at the time of going to print I was about to interview Whenua however as you can imagine he is being completely bombarded by various media agencies so I will have that kōrero for you in the next edition. But, for now, a brief review of his journey. How many of us were glued to our television sets earlier this week with the nail-biting grand ﬁnal which eventually saw him placed runner up? Gutted, were the many ‘Team Whenua’ fans but proud as punch were his immediate whānau in seeing their son, boy, nephew, cousin, mokopuna achieve what he did during this tough singing competition. Remembering that there were over six thousand people who originally auditioned for this show and there was our Whenua, one of the ﬁnal three that, in itself, was a major achievement. And what a journey it has been for Whenua! Several months ago, apart from a couple of his tunes available to listen to or view on ‘YOUTUBE,’ it’s fair to say that he was a relatively unknown individual or vocalist. With whakapapa ties to many of us back home in Te Tairāwhiti, namely Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, it was an absolute pleasure to see this young man battle the odds during the series and all the trials and tribulations that came with it, both behind the scenes as well as the ‘live’ shows which certainly produced some interesting results to say the least. Having personally known Whenua since he was a toddler when he regularly visited his Nanny Moana and ‘Kolo’ Barry Brown’s place in Manutuke at Christmas time, I knew he had a passion for singing but never in my wildest dreams did I expect him to come through with such courage and determination in this series. I, along with the other thousands of screaming fans, spent each week glued to the television set, showing my support via both text votes and a packet of strepsils each week as a result of the yahooing my poor TV endured over the last couple of months. Whenua’s audition was amazing! He truly shone, especially when he sang Stan Walkers “Take it Easy’
song and completely blew it out of the water! Stan’s reaction was priceless and even he admitted that Whenua had an amazing voice. He actually wanted to say, “Bro, you just made my original version look kaka.” I was totally enthralled by his performance at the audition where he got amazing feedback from all of the judges including the latter ‘Miss Witchy Poo,’ Melanie Blatt, he was deﬁnitely on the judges’ radar! Then he continued on to more auditions and the judges’ retreat saw him travel to Sydney to sing in front of one of Australia’s pop star idols, Guy Sebastian who sat with Whenua’s mentor, Ruby Frost and was totally impressed by his version of Terence Trent D’arby’s “Holding onto You.” When I saw Guy’s reaction, I knew Whenua was on his way to achieve great things which of course he did. But as I alluded to earlier, it hasn’t been easy and he had to endure the wrath of criticism from some of the judges namely Melanie who, despite liking him in the audition, quickly changed her opinion when it came to her trying to get her groups though to the grand ﬁnal, alas none of them made it but I think that’s what we call karma. There were times I found myself questioning his song choices, but then realising that most of the time, those song choices were out of his hands. So when he let rip in the grand ﬁnal, singing his audition song in front of a screaming live audience including me and his aunties and cousins sitting in his hotel room at the Sky City Casino watching, we knew that he had given it his all and the result was then in the hands of the gods. I’m keeping my article brief this month because in the next edition Whenua will describe his journey in his own words and give us some insight into the darker and lighter moments of his X Factor journey. He will also let us know when we can expect him to come home and meet all the fans who voted for him on the show. So that is it for me for now, as I say, more on Whenua Patuwai and X Factor in the next edition when he’ll reveal his big dream and where to from here. In the meantime, he’s just sent through a text which simply reads, KIA KAHA THIS WEEKEND YMP! And with that I end with a pregnant Dominic Bowden pause … and say … to be continued. Nā Mātai
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KŌRERO TIME WITH MY KUIA…
My kuia told me about the time her and my koroua went to the Middle East, you know Arabia, like in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. It was in 1991 during the time when people were burning some of the oil wells in Kuwait and there was a war going on. Apparently that’s the best time to go looking for business with other countries, when they’re at war. Sounds daft eh! Well anyhow my koroua needed someone to look after him on this trip so off my grandparents went with some other folks. Because it was going to be extra hot they had to take real summer weight clothing. They hadn’t even left Gisborne airport and already my kuia was feeling homesick. One of the members of the party asked her if she was excited about the trip and all she could say was that she would be excited when on the journey back home. Well they got to Auckland airport and had to make their way to the international airport on foot over stony walkways dragging their heavy bags. It was really difﬁcult as there was a lot of construction work going on at that time and already my kuia was not thinking too much of the trip.
My koroua (centre) on a wrecked tank in Kuwait
and had a rest as my koroua wasn’t feeling too well with the change in temperature. All my kuia could say to him was, “e hika, we’ve just started our trip and you’re sick already.” Later on after my koroua had recovered they went out to dinner as Singapore was only a one night stopover for them.
'Kōrero Time With My Kuia'
when it was ready to take off. Even when it came time to leave their passports had not been returned which was a real worry as they knew full well that there was nowhere else in the world where they could land without them including cutting the trip short and returning home. As it was, just as they started to look around for the lone friendly person who had helped them out, my koroua spotted all of their passports left lying on top of a counter where anyone could have nicked them. The ofﬁcials hadn’t even needed them but had simply withheld them to intimidate the travellers; they really did hate those inﬁdels or westerners coming into their country!
Finally they boarded travelling on one of their local planes that was chocker full of all these dark people from wherever. The two air hostesses were attractive and had lovely uniforms with exotic looking coloured veils. They were informed that the plane was quite safe as the pilots were ‘white’ however they were very relieved to land in Bahrain even though it was hot, hot, hot. Bahrain is a small kingdom ruled by their own king and a place one could go to from all the other Arabian cities or the Emirates and drink alcohol which is banned in most of the Middle East.
The next day they ﬂew to Indonesia and from there to Daharan which was close to their destination of Bahrain. Once they hit Daharan they realised that they were really in Arab land. The airport was a huge domed corrugated iron barn and there were queues of very dark coloured, poor looking people who were going to work for the wealthy sheikhs of Bahrain as servants. Because of the war Daharan airport was manned with armed military personnel and the latest American war planes could easily be seen parked up outside ready for take off. My kuia reckons the military guys were so ‘up’ themselves, full of authority and demonstrated hatred At one of the many burning oil wells, a scene very common in Kuwait at the time. for folks like them who had come to their country My koroua and Dean Witters about to have coffee in a wealthy sheikh’s for goodness knows what! home They ﬂew to Singapore on Singapore Airlines in They took their passports and frisked them for business-class even! According to my kuia there was weapons and almost conﬁscated a camera from heaps of space with lovely reclining chairs, a better one of the party as she had taken a photo of the menu than that provided for the ordinary class and In fact you could do almost anything there that was airplanes. ‘bubbly’ was part of the meal. They were issued and still is not permitted in other Middle Eastern slippers and eye covers so they could rest. Finally countries nearby. The militia were extremely unhelpful and left the the trip was starting to take on a ‘glow’ for Nan. members of the party for hours without any information The ﬁrst night in their hotel my kuia and koroua as to their ﬂight. Finally a friendly looking man came Arriving at Singapore airport they had to walk some were woken about 5am by the prayers being chanted and told them that their ﬂight would be announced distance to catch their transport to the hotel. It over the whole city. Nan said it was a wonderful was very hot in the airport itself sound, so Arabian and mysterious just like that and sooooo clean, no rubbish to be movie ‘A thousand and one Arabian Nights. She seen anywhere. There were men pondered on how on earth they managed to get up with holstered handguns at their all those stairs to those high towers, like our Sky waist which was really scary; they City tower, every ﬁve hours which is part of their were part of the airport security. prayer routine. Guess what, she discovered they Apparently there was absolutely no had a recording up there! Looking down on the rubbish lying around as there are city and it was very greyish in colour even during stiff penalties for anyone dropping the middle of the day. litter in that country. Their hotel was sumptuous in all respects. On They had been walking for ages their ﬂoor was an area that provided all sorts of until ﬁnally Nan asked my koroua wondrous pastries and fruit Nan had never seen or when they were going to get out tasted before and it was free although probably of the airport as she desperately included in the hotel charges somewhere. As usual needed some fresh air. Apparently the folks who worked there never got to eat or they had actually been out of the share any of the goodies provided by the hotel. It airport for some time and the air was certainly not advisable for women to go out was just as hot outside! Reaching with their arms exposed and to wear shorts was their posh hotel they got changed My koroua in a deserted dug out trench in Kuwait a real no, no, as it would be interpreted that the
Pipiwharauroa 'Kōrero Time With My Kuia'
Your everyday businessman taking a break out on the footpaths. You never saw the local women doing this in public
‘offenders’ were looking for trouble. The cars were out of the world and my kuia and koroua couldn’t even name them as they had never seen them before. Everything was imported from Italy, France, wherever. It was quite obvious that the sheikhs were very wealthy and the poor were very poor. On asking what the mounds of clay that they were walking over when out sightseeing they were told that they were graves. Nan was ever so thankful that she had already said her karakia as she did every day before venturing out. As part of the local’s beliefs they do not look after graves as we do. Nan saw many little cemeteries throughout the busy business parts of town that were left untended covered in weeds and broken bottles. One of their many rules over there is that the women must walk two paces behind the men. While out sightseeing queues of women could be seen and on inquiring they were told that the women were lining up to have their hair removed from their bodies. The queues were there every day, those beauty parlours must have been making a mint! They visited the Gold Sook where the women spend their money on gold jewellery and wear them all at the same time to display their wealth. One beautiful young woman asked Nan if she thought the gold ring she had chosen suited her. Nan reckons she would have worn it whether it suited her or not given that it was 22 carat gold. They do not go in for 9 carat like we do here. Nan asked a pedlar how much she needed to purchase one of his items to which he replied, “You should know.” She tried to explain to him that she was from New Zealand but she didn’t think that he believed her. She was really beginning to dislike that place. One day she went to the Gold Sook by herself and yes, it happened, she got lost. On asking a policeman for directions and following them she got even more lost. Looking back she says she now realises just how much they really disliked foreigners. Anyway a man came along telling her to follow him and off
Tuk Tuks in Thailand parked up waiting for customers
This local man working barefooted mixing chemicals for the gardens
they went through what was a maze of orange coloured clay buildings. By that time she really did not know where she was. Suddenly a window shutter banged and a chook came squawking out of a house in front of them. She reckons she really felt as if she was in the movies in a scene that she had seen a hundred times in Mexican and cowboy movies. By then she had become quite fearful for her safety and when he asked her if she was married she quickly told him yes and that her husband was probably waiting for her. She started to pray silently for help to get her out of her predicament but before she could say ’amen’ she was out in the streets again and was ever so grateful to her Pakistani rescuer. By then she desperately wanted to go home, the glitter of the Gold Sook had deﬁnitely worn off. carpet seller trying to entice my kuia to buy ‘the magic ﬂying Their next stop on their intrepid journey was This carpet!’ Thailand. The hotels were all the same, big and ﬂash. They went to a nightspot in Bangkok that doesn’t ‘bare’ talking about with the girls running around with next to nothing on. They saw the usual My koroua reckoned all she needed was a camel sights, beautiful graceful Taiwanese girls dancing and they would have looked like they were still before she and my koroua went back to their hotel there in the sands of time. on a tuk-tuk. Nan recalls that when they arrived back in Gisborne They had time to visit the countryside and see how I was there at the airport with my mother and had they grew their vegetables, what hard work it was. grown so much. She thinks I was just three or four There were no sign of health and safety for those months old and was so happy to see me.
poor people with their arms and legs immersed in garden chemicals all day, every day. Flying on to Malaysia they visited these massive caves with paintings of the local gods decorating the walls. They also saw scorpions for sale that looked like our local fresh water koura but with a sting! So far their itinerary was Singapore, Indonesia, Daharan, Bahrain, Thailand and Malaysia and Nan was so ready for home. During all that time my koroua was busy with the business team so it was no sight seeing trip for him.
When it came time to travel home Nan had bought carpets and many other things to remind them of their trip to the Middle East.
My kuia eyeing up a camel or two?
My thoughts? Well Nan you’re hard case, trip of a lifetime and you hadn’t left Gisborne and already you wanted to come home. As for the camel didn’t my koroua feel like one when he had to carry all your stuff off the plane? Well readers hope you enjoyed this Ali Baba trip that my kuia undertook so many years ago, catch you next month Nā Moko
Pipiwharauroa 'Ngā Tiriti o Tūranganui'
Ngā Tiriti o Tūranganui He whakamārama: He pitopito kōrero ēnei i whakataungia kia tāngia ki te Pīpīwharauroa hai whakamārama ki te nuinga kāre e mōhio ana i ahu mai ēnei ingoa i whea, ā, nō wai hoki. Nā tēnei whakaaronui ka tīmata te rangahautia ō ēnei ingoa. Heoi anō he tīmatanga noa tēnei. Kei a koutou kē ngā korero. Mēna he kōrero kei a koutou hai tāpiri atu ki ēnei, īmēratia mai, waea mai ki Tūranga Ararau. Me mihi hoki ki te Whare Pukapuka Whakamaumahara ki a H.B. Williams, ki te ipurangi me ētahi atu i kapohia mai ngā kōrero tāpiri. Te whare tipuna – Rongopai
Te Tiriti ō Wiremu Pere
whakapapa e ngā tohunga pakeke ō Te Aitanga ā Māhaki i te Whare Wānanga ko Maraehinahina. Koinei te pūtakenga ō ana mahi e pā ana ki te whenua me ngā Kooti Whenua Taketake mai i ngā tau 1870. Nō te tau 1856 ka moea e ia a Arapera Matenga Toti i Waerenga ā Hika. E whai pānga ano ana ia ki ngā whenua ō Te Aitanga ā Māhaki.
I whānau ki Tūranga i te tuawhitu ō Poutūterangi ki a Thomas Halbert rāua ko Riria Mauaranui. Ko Riria te tuawhā o ngā wāhine a Thomas. He uri a Riria nō ngā iwi o Te Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Māhaki me Rongowhakaata. He wahine whai mana mai i ōna kāwai whakapapa. I iriirihia ko William Halbert engari i mōhiotia ko Wiremu Pere (William Bell). Ko ia tētahi i rongonuitia mai i ngā mārena ō Thomas Halbert ki ana wāhine tokoono.
I pakeke mai i raro i ngā akoranga ā tōna whaea me tōna whānau. E ai ki aia i whakamahia a ia e tōna whaea hai māngai whakatau i ngā raruraru i waenga i ngā ō Te Aitanga a Māhaki me Rowhakaata. Tēra pea i kurainga a Wiremu i ngā kura Mihinare, engari tuturu i te reo Māori nō reira kare i tino matatau ki te reo ingarihi. Koinei tōna rarunga i tana urunga atu ki te Whare Paremata. Ko te tirohanga a te hāhi ki a ia, arā he kaiarahi, he kaitātaki a tōna wā, a, ka tohua ki te komiti whakahaere o te pīhopatanga ō Waiapu. I whakaakona hoki ki ngā tikanga a iwi me ngā
I te taenga mai o te hāhi Paimārire i te tau 1865 ki te Tairāwhiti nei, noho pono tonu a Wī Pere ki tōna anō hāhi, ki te Mihingare, otira, pā tonu mai tētahi āhuatanga ki a ia i te kitenga i te iwi e kaha ki te tautoko i te hāhi Paimārire. Nō muri mai i te pakanga o Waerengaa-hika i te marama o Whiringa a rangi 1865, i tū ia ki te taha o ētahi atu rangatira ki te whakahē i te take tuku i ngā tāngata i mauheretia o Tūranganui ki WharekauriReekohu rānei. Ko te kaupapa whakahē, arā, kīhai anō kia whakawātia aua tāngata.
Rongopai kei Waituhi. Ahakoa rā i whaktūngia aua whare mō Te Kooti, kore rawa a ia i kite i aua whare engari ka noho hei whakamaumaharatanga ki a ia. Noho tonu nā Riria rāua ko tana tama a Te Moanaroa i tātaki ngā mahi whakatū i te whare arā a Rongopai. I te tatatanga o te wā i tohua mō Te Kooti kia tae mai, ka ohorere te hunga ka peitahia ngā whakairo o te whare, kāre i tāreia. I te mutunga ka noho taua whare hai taonga mō te mutu i te kaha ātaahua. Kei roto hoki e whakaahuatia ana a Wī Pere i roto i ana kākahu o te Paremata me Riria kei runga i tana pakihiwi e mātaki ana i te katoa ō ana mahi. He maha ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tēnei tangata rongonui. Tēra pea ka tuhia anō he kōrero hei whai ake. He maramara noa iho ēnei hei wero, hei tuketuke i te hinengaro, arā kei te whare pukapuka te pukapuka “Wi Pere”.
I te tau 1868, i a Te Kooti e whawhai haere ana i ngā tāngata ā te kāwanatanga me ngā Māori e āwhina i a rātou, ka noho mānukanuka a Wī Pere mōna me tana whānau nā te mea ko tana hāhi i ahu mai i te Pākehā me ana mahi hoki i te taha o te pākehā, ka hiki ki Wharekōpae noho ai. I taua wā tokotoru ana tamariki. Nāna hoki ātahi atu i tuku i ngā whareherehere. Nāna hoki i āwhina te kāwanatanga ki te whai haere i a Te Kooti me Kereopa Te Rau i Te Urewera. I te 1870 ka whakahē ia i te muruatanga o ngā whenua i Pātutahi me te papa whenua i Te Mutunga (Ormond) hai hanga nōhanga mō ngā hōia (Ormond Military Settlement).
Wi Pere and his sister Katie Wyllie
Ko Wī Pere hoki tētahi o ngā rangatira o te rohe o Waikohu i tono ki a Te Kooti kia hoki mai i tana whakaaetangahia ki te hoki mai ki tēnei rohe, ki tana haukāinga. I hangaia te marae o Rongopai i Waituhi mō tana hokinga mai me ēra marae hoki i Te Aitanga a Māhaki i runga i tana kii,”Hoki atu, whakahautia te rongopai i runga i te ngāwari me te aroha” Arā ko te Ngāwari kei Mangatu, ko te Aroha kei Tapuihikitia, ko Te Whakahau kei Rangatira, Te Karaka me
Pipiwharauroa 'Ahakoa Ka Ara Ake Anō!'
Robert (Robbie) Heathcote Cooper 1926-2013
managed to join the war in the Paciﬁc arena through the Royal New Zealand Air Force. On his return post war he again worked on local farms but in 1948 moved to Denniston where he was employed in the coal mines and met his future wife Mary. Returning home Robbie again worked on the land including a stint at logging and eventually shearing. His contribution to the local shearing industry during the 1960s and 70s is what he is most remembered for locally. From here on the rest of Robbie’s story is taken from Stan Pardoe’s obituary for him at his funeral this month.
“Firstly I thank the Cooper family for the opportunity to make this tribute to Robbie. I have been asked by colleagues and friends of Robbie to make comment on the contribution he made to our region and the lives of many local people and families and his impact on shearing in Gisborne and the surrounding regions from 1960 to 1970. After the war Robbie was involved in a variety of farming related activities culminating in L-R Sam Farr, Bert Campbell and Pong Wyllie with Robbie Cooper in front, him becoming a station manager. He went to with the 1 millionth sheep Massey University to train as a wool classer and subsequently a call from HB Williams to shear 400 stud ram hoggets at Turihaua was Robbie Cooper was born in 1926 at Greenhouse the start of an amazing career for him that changed located halfway towards the point on the right of the face of the shearing industry forever. Tokomaru Bay. He was the second son of 12 children born to Leonard (Gordon) and Sarah Jane (Hera Heni) Cooper and extremely proud of his Māori heritage Wool was still ‘King’ and returns for sheep were from his mother who was a Ferris. Her grandmother, generally pretty good. Dags on many farms were a Erena Kaunga was the second wife of Captain Charles problem and shearers were expected to remove them William Ferris, together they had John (Jack) Sidney at the same time as they were trying to complete the Ferris who married Mere Kōtuku or Nga Ripene Waiti main shear. Living conditions on many properties, to put it mildly, were awful. Open ﬁreplaces for cooking, who subsequently had Heni and two sons. unhygienic meat safes, very few showers, little or no After a brief period living at Wainui Robbie’s father hot water, straw or horse hair mattresses, unlined shifted the whānau to Hautaru Station in the eating and shearing quarters and long drop toilets Whakaangiangi Valley. It was there that Robbie and were the norm. Prior to Robbie entering the shearing his brother Charlie spent weeks loosening a large contracting business, the majority of the shearing rock perched on the apex of a hill directly behind was done by Māori family gangs. In many cases the the homestead to send it crashing down taking out contract rates and wages were low. As previously the cowshed and knocking out their milking cow noted conditions left a lot to be desired. that was tied up inside for milking. The cowhand barely escaped with his life. During the early years Many family gangs put up with them despite the low of the 1930s depression the Coopers moved back to wages as being in the industry also gave them jobs Wainui and, in 1933, shifted to a house in Tamarau. for the ‘off season’ including work on farms such as Robbie attended Kaiti School before moving on to fencing and scrub cutting. A benevolent contractor the then recently opened Gisborne Intermediate had much mana in our community. “pay,’ ‘a job for School before ﬁnishing his schooling at Gisborne High my relations,’ ‘pay my garage bill,’ ‘ they should be School. At just 14 years old and desiring to follow in thankful they had a job’ were the underlying thoughts his father and grandfather’s footsteps Robbie got a of the time. The NZ Workers Union had little or no farming job at Pihanui Station south of Wairoa and inﬂuence. Poor communication was an issue. thereon spent some time working on farms locally Robbie was a great talker. Because of his background and around Wairoa. he was able to change a farmer’s attitude. Nationally At only 18 years old after failing to enlist for the conditions started to change. This was reﬂected Māori Battalion during the Second World War Robbie in the quality of work done by the gangs. The NZ Workers Union came on board and supported the shearers to ﬁnally be provided with electric stoves, fridges, foam mattresses, good showers and toilets and decent food that all became the norm.
The 8 man record rally team
Robbie’s other big contribution was he paid his staff every fortnight. Only a minority of contractors had previously done this. It had been general practice to pay the shearers just the one cheque less advances at the end of the season. As far as the contractors were concerned the wife was the cook, she didn’t have to be paid, she cooks at home. That is why many of the shearers
left to work for Robbie. Loyalty of staff was a problem but change of conditions and improved pay rates contributed to improved staff retention. Robbie also noted that the Bowen technique for shearing was the future and keenly took it on. The many young shearers he trained became guns. Instruction and training to use good gear and maintaining shearing shed plant produced a quality job. With his good wool classing background he employed and encouraged top shed hands and wool classers. Every gang had a wool classer, the beneﬁts to a farmer’s clip was impressive. To proﬁle the industry Robbie set out to make 6 and 8 stand shearing records. In December 1965 his gang made a world record shearing 3,012 sheep in a nine hour day at Waipare Station. Following on, in 1969 at Huiarua Station, they made another 8 stand record followed by a 6 stand record at Mount Hut Station in the South Island of 2,880. Robbie was also a strong supporter of the shearing competitions at our local A and P Show and the Golden Shears that are still a pinnacle of the shearing industry in New Zealand. The shearing season generally went for four months with a month for crutching in the winter. To provide work for his gangs in the ‘off season’ Robbie took on pole and pine planting and pruning contracts for his men. He also had on ongoing supply of ﬁeldwork including tomato, peach, grape and kumara harvesting that provided work for the wider family of his workers after school, weekends and school holidays. There still exist within our rural communities fond memories of the extra income these opportunities generated. Many university students were able to earn a reasonable income to assist them with their studies. Robbie was instrumental in forming the Gisborne East Coast Branch of the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association. Locally we had 100% participation of contractors who were provided with a costing sheet giving a rationale of what it really cost to shear 100 sheep. Contracting became a real business and Robbie and Red Fleming moved that I became chairperson, a position I held for 15 years. With Robbie’s passing there are now only two contractors from that era left, Buddy Smith from Whatatutu and me. Jimmy Waikato is the only shearer still alive from Robbie’s record breaking gang at Waipare in 1965. Yes, some of us have attended many tangi and shared great stories at the poroporoaki of many wonderful people. Robbie you uplifted the mana and proﬁle of shearing in this region, your legacy and your contribution continues to this day. Only difference mate, there are no more 5am to 5pm days, they now only work eight hour days now and the gangs travel out to the sheds every day in vans with stereos, none of them know what it is like to travel on the back of a Bedford truck. Camping out in the quarters is rare. Even the shearing season has changed, sheep are shorn every month of the year and there are less of them. Shearers are also getting younger. Pīpīwharauroa also extends its aroha for the wonderful series of articles that you contributed in 2008 and 2009. You provided a record of an era that many of us cherish.
We will meet again one day for the ﬁnal cut out and shout. Make sure to wipe the 2nd cuts off the top of the jug before you ﬁll our glasses, Haere atu rā te hoa rangatira Haere ki tō hoa Haere ki ō mātua tīpuna Haere, haere, haere
Nā Stan Pardoe
'Ngā Taongā ō ngā Tama Toa'
TURNING THE FIRST SOD
C COMPANY 28TH MĀORI BATTALION MEMORIAL BUILDING TO COMMENCE
A small ceremony to turn the ﬁrst sod of soil will take place in Kelvin Park on Monday 12 August at 11am. This will allow construction work to commence on the C Company Memorial House. Turning the ﬁrst sod, or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the commencement of construction for a building or other projects. The C Company Memorial House ceremony will involve a service conducted by minsters representing the several denominations from which Māori soldiers came when they enlisted for service during the Second World War. Mayor Meng Foon, other dignitaries, Iwi representatives and whānau of servicemen will attend. Although it is a low key event designed to meet the cultural requirements that precede such an activity as this, members of the public are welcome to attend. The trustees have spent four years getting to this point and April next year is targeted as possibly the month when the building will be opened at which time it is hoped that the Māori language version of the C Company history Ngā Tama Toa will be launched. The building includes exhibition spaces that focus on overseas war service and a research centre will serve as a memorial to C Company of the 28th Māori Battalion. The Māori population of the Tairāwhiti region is almost 50% and the large majority of Māori have links to one or more of the Tairāwhiti iwi and therefore have connections to the men of C Company represented in the Price of Citizenship gallery. It will also eventually house exhibitions about other servicemen and servicewomen from the Tairāwhiti region who were involved in overseas theatres of war. For example, it will house video, audio, photographic and paper archives of the district’s war efforts since the Boer War. Its entrance will be designed in such a way as to complement the Tairāwhiti Museum entrance and provide a courtyard for both buildings. The positioning of the building
Ko tēnei kōrero e pā ana ki te pukapuka rongonui nei, ara Ngā Tama Toa: The Price of Citizenship. Kei te whakamāoritia ngā kōrero, ā, ko Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou kei te whakahaere i te kaupapa nei, i raro anō o te mana i tukua mai e ngā mōrehu o C Company o Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust. Nā Wiremu and Jossie Kaa i whakamāori tēnei wāhanga
TE WHAKATIKATIKA I TE NOHO I whakanohongia nga Kiwi ki Kaponga hei whakapōrearea i te haere whakamua a Rommel. Ko ētahi o nga ope hoia o te Ope Taua Tuawaru i uru atu ki te whakapakari i te rārangi kaupare i te taha rawhiti. Ko te mahi a Auchinleck he whakapakari i te huarahi i mahue mai hei haerenga atu ma nga hoia ki te ngutuawa o te Nile – he whenua whāiti; e wha
One of the many photographs that will be available in the building. Some of the Hawea furlough draft photographed at Pipitea Wharf, Wellington, en route to Gisborne on 6 September 1945. Front row, left to right: ?, ?, Cpl Nigger Karauria, ?, Paul Te Awarau, ?, Sgt Bob Maru, George Pahau, ?, ?, ?, Lt Rua Kaika (holding drill stick), ?, Lt Hiki Kohere, Paki Johnson, Sgt Jape Paringatai, Ralph Tako, Joss Penfold, ?. Back row, left to right: ?, ? obscured, ? (waving), Epineha Ratapu, Sgt Charlie Mohi, Sgt Ian Kohere, Pte Wallace (Baldy) Mahuika, ?.
has been given serious consideration and is set in such a way as to ensure the protection of many of the trees in the precinct. The cost of the building will be met by funds raised by the Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust. Funding to date has come from iwi, hapū, local organisations, government and grants. Donations have also been received from land trusts, farming incorporations, whānau and individuals with connections to the men of C Company. No ratepayer funds are to be spent on the building. The only contribution by the broader Tairāwhiti community will be the land upon which the building will be situated. Locating the building adjacent to the museum ensures that the exhibition space remains within the museum precinct. This will enhance the overall museum complex and therefore the experience for museum visitors. Locating it next to the Museum means our collection will have ﬂow on visitation to the Tairawhiti tekau maero te tawhiti i waenganui i te Whārua uaua o Qattara; me te topuni Rerewhenua i El Alamein i te taha moana. Ko te uaua tuatahi i pa mai ki a Rommel, me tana Panzerarmee he whakapōrearea i nga nekenekehanga o āna mīhini whawhai; tuarua, he whakawātea i a ratou kia whakakīkī mai nga Hoia Āwhina i te Ope Taua Tuawaru kia mātotoru ai ta ratou tū pakari. Ko te huarahi ma te Alamein Line te wāhi whakahaehae i te nekenga whakamua o Rommel. Ki te pakaru, ka riro katoa i a ia a Alexandria, a Cairo me te Suez Canal hei kai māna.
Museum. The building is also designed to ﬁt within the Kelvin Park environment. In particular, its deck on the park side will double as a performance space to audiences in the park. A feasibility study has been undertaken to enable the building to be made as energy efﬁcient as possible. If you would like to donate towards the building project you can make a deposit into the Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust’s building Account No: 03 0638 0322500 00 or at a Westpac Branch. So that we can record your contribution please give your name in the reference section of the slip or let us know by writing to: Ngā Taonga a Na Tama Toa Trust Box 399 Gisborne Nā Monty Soutar For Ngā Taonga a Ngā Tama Toa Trust
No Te Aitanga a Hauiti a Chaplain Capt Wharetini Rangi. I uru atu a ia ki roto ki te Battalion e toru wiki i mua i tana huritau rima tekau ma tahi. Kua tae noa atu ana tama tokotoru ki Ihipa. No Mangatuna takiwa o Uawa ratou. I moe a Rangi, ka noho ki roto i te iwi o tana hoa wahine i Ruatoki. Ko Hinerotu tana wahine, te tamāhine a Numia Kereru tētahi o nga rangatira rongonui o Ruatoki. Tēnei te whakaahua o Wharetini Rangi me ana tama tokotoru e tū ana i muri i a ia. Mauī ki te matau: ko Renata, ko Te Ua, ko Wiremu.
No te nekehanga o te Maori Battalion mai i Kaponga ki te huarahi o te Alamein Line, ka wehe mai ratou i te 6 Brigade, a, ka piri atu ki raro i te whakahaere o te 4 Brigade. I te wa e neke whakamua ana ratou, ka karawhiua mai ratou e nga rererangi taipara (bombers) a 4 nga Tiamana. He nui tonu nga waka i tahuna. Ahakoa kei te mau tonu nga waka me nga Bren Carriers ki te kawa o te haere i runga i te koraha, arā (150 iari i waenganui i ia waka), 65 nga tāngata i mate, i taotū ranei, ko te nuinga o ratou no te Maori Battalion. Ko Hughie Tutahi anake no Torere te hoia o te Tairawhiti i mate. 21 nga hoia i taotū, a, tokowha no Ngati Porou. Ko
Lieutenant Jack Reedy, ko Lance-Corporal Reuben Toheriri, ko Charles Moeke ratou ko Ted Wanoa. No to ratou taenga atu ki te Alamein Line, i te marama o Hurae 1942, ka whakareri nga hoia Maori mo te pakanga kei te haere ake. I tenei wa kaore anō a Pita Awatere me te D Kamupene kia tae ake ki te āwhina i te pakanga tuatahi i Alamein. Kua rite te Maori Battalion ki ērā atu o nga Ope Hoia o Aotearoa
Pipiwharauroa 'Waiho Mā Te Wā'
You Will Be Missed Willa
students. At ﬁrst she was amazed at how we managed to know all of the students’ names and frequently their whānau connections and even a bit of history about them. However it wasn’t long before Willa herself was able to follow suit. She was exceptional at following up on critical contacts to ﬁnd out where or what a student, or past student, was up to even to the extent of making home visits late in the evenings during the dead of winter and being challenged by an ill bred pit bull or some other ill tempered breed.
Every decade has been busy for us with its own challenges. During the 1990s, along with all her other duties, Willa still found time to help with those never ending programme proposals, ETSA reports and reviews and accreditation applications. We still laugh about the time we worked all night with Heni Poi and Jackie Huriwai to complete a set of proposals to go to Wellington on the 6.45am ﬂight to Wellington. Our courier Gail Campbell, who worked for Skill NZ at the time, caught us trying to sneak them into her car boot an hour before the ﬂight. Like Willa this article will be short and sweet. After a busy career in the horticulture industry and a being a successful business owner, in 1987 Willa brought her skills and knowledge to Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa as a horticulture tutor for the MACCESS programme running out at Manutuke at the time. Although she used to like to keep it quiet, she was one of two longest serving employees at Te Rūnanga on her recent retirement, she certainly passed Tama for consistent employment from 1987 whereas Tama took a year out to complete his MBA at Waikato University.
During that period we formed very close relationships with industry, in particular forestry and ﬁshing. Again Willa’s tenaciousness was critical in the setting up the ﬁrst year of the forestry diploma course when she and I just took ourselves over to Waiariki and presented to them a proposal to work in partnership that has now seen a high number of our local people completing the full diploma, winning Waiairiki awards and working in the management and technical areas of our forest industry here and nationally.
No doubt Manutuke residents, some of them her students, recall seeing the little green MANA truck with a load of students on the back being transported around the village and the activity around those little plastic houses along the main road. Becoming very outcome focused towards the mid 1990s and soon learning just how tenacious Willa could be I asked her to join the team in our Tūranga Ararau administration ofﬁce to manage recruitment, attendance and ‘get those critical outcomes’ for our
A change of role for Willa in 2002 and she took on the mantle of running the Modern Apprenticeships Programme. Again her role required long hours, not just on the road visiting farming apprentices and their employers from Pōtaka to south of Wairoa, but making endless calls in the evenings. No doubt there are a few apprentices out there who will tell you the only reason they managed to complete their apprenticeships was because Willa would not give up on them even to the extent of sitting over them late of an evening until they completed their assignments. I recall her telling
kei te mataara ta ratou tū, kei te pakari, kei te hikohiko katoa hoki ki te rere atu ki roto i nga mahi whawhai. Ko ta ratou whakarite he pēnei. Tuatahi he kari rua, kātahi ka oma whakamua atu. Ka kari rua anō, me te oma whakamua anō hoki. Ko te mahi nui, he nekeneke atu kia tata atu i nga hoia hoariri me te karo haere hoki i te rere o nga matā. ‘Wiriwiri ana nga papa ki te taapapa whakararo i te wa e rērere ana nga matā o nga pū nui.’ Ko tēnei te tuhinga a Monty Wikiriwhi. He nui nga mate i pa mai ki a ratou i a ratou i te mura o te ahi. Ka tau mai te po i te 9 o Hurae ka uru mai ko Wi (Bill) Taingahue o Kākāriki ki te C Kamupene. I taotū ia i te whakaruketanga mai o nga rererangi taipara a nga Tiamana. Ko te korero a te kaituhi a te Battalion mo te mahi a nga Tiamana, he rite tēnei whakarukenga ki te ‘waiata oriori’. I taua po tonu hoki, ka uru mai ko PadreWharetini Rangi – ki roto i to ratou rōpū. I te marama o Hurae, he tino taumaha te whakaruketanga mai i nga hoia o Aotearoa i te pakanga i Ruweisat Ridge – 83 nga āpiha, 1332 ētahi atu hoia. Te nuinga o ratou i mauhereheretia. Ko te take, he ōnānā no nga whakarite me te kore whakaaro i te whakapā atu ki nga mīhini whawhai o te British. Ahakoa i tahaki kē te Maori Battalion e whanga ana, nui tonu nga taotū i heipu mai ki runga ki a ratou. I te takiwa o Al Alam Nyal Ridge e whitu maero te tawhiti ki Ruweisat, na nga matā pakū i whakaruke i a Nepia Jones, i taotū anō hoki a Corporal ‘E.J.’ Nepe, ratou ko Hikurangi Campbell, me Hohepa
me of a time while she was waiting for a couple of apprentices to come in from work. With time on her hands she set to and cleaned their rather messy quarters including picking up the beer bottle tops decorating the ﬂoor and emptying the overﬂowing ashtrays before attacking the carpet with the vacuum cleaner. But that is so much her, going the extra mile and that is because she genuinely cares about people and wants to see them achieve. Through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme Willa has grown our responsiveness to the local farming industry including making a signiﬁcant contribution to the establishment of our Tairāwhiti Farm Cadet programme and our relationship with the Primary ITO. She certainly well and truly beat me with her Rakaipaaka afﬁliation behind her stepping up to perform for our Tūranga Ararau Kapa Haka roopu at the Tamararo while I copped out on the premise that the team still needed someone not impeded by performing to be the manager. Willie Te Aho used to call Willa and me fossils, reckons we had past the dinosaur stage as we had been at Te Rūnanga so long. Now I wonder how he feels as he enters the dinosaur era himself. Despite concerns Willa has settled down really well into her new role focusing on managing and developing her house and garden and keeping Roy busy, in the afternoons anyway. She often pops in for a couple of minutes and stays at least half a day to ﬁnish off that ‘little’ job that was not quite complete when she ‘retired.’ Sometimes it’s almost like she hasn’t even left us. Well Willa this is supposed to be short and sweet and it is extending into a bit of a novel so I’d better close off with a great big thanks in acknowledging everything you have done for us, our past and present students and apprentices, their whānau, Iwi and our local industries.
Nōu te ūpoko koi, ngā pakihiwi whānui, Ringa kakama, waewae tere! Āta haere. He rā anō āpōpō!
(Joe) Hikitapua. No te taenga mai o Kānara Love rāua ko tana āpiha tautoko, a Ace Wood, i runga i to rāua waka Bren ki te tirotiro i nga whakahaere, ka wepua mai rāua i te kongakonga matā i paratī mai i te rangi. I kahakina ēnei āpiha ki te Topuni Āwhina, a, no taua po ka mate a Tiwi Love. Tino pouri katoa nga hoia i te matenga o Love notemea ko ia te Maori tuatahi ki te whakahaere i te Battalion. Na te mea i te ngaro kē a Major Fred Baker, ka tū mai ko Reta Keiha o C Kamupene hei kaiwhakahaere. No te taenga mai o Baker i muri mai, ka mau atu i a ia te Battalion e whakatā ana i Alam El Halfa. Kua heke mai hoki ki runga ki a Kānara Baker te whakawahanga o nga mahi pakanga. Anei āna whakaaro i roto i tana reta ki tana wahine: Kua riro mai i ahau te mana whakahaere o te Battalion kua puta nei nga korero rongonui ko ratou nga tino hoia mo te whawhai o nga hoia katoa o tēnei rau tau – kaore ha, i roto i tēnei pakanga nui. E toru nga āpiha i kawea mai e Baker o te Rōpū Tāpiri Tuawhitu. Nāna i whakatū tētahi o ratou a John (Tony) Tikao-Barrett, hei āpiha mo C Kamupene. Na tēnei āpiha tamariki o Ngai Tahu te mahi pārekareka ki te patupatu piana, a, kei te mohio whānuitia tēnei āhua e nga hoia o te Ope Tāpiri Tuawhitu. Engari, ko tōna kaha ki te ārahi hoia i roto i nga whawhai kei te noho ngaro tonu. Anei nga whakaaro o Sergeant Rei Rautahi no Dannevirke mo tana kitenga i te ngakau hae ki tēnei āpiha ehara nei no te Tairawhiti: ‘Kua wareware ahau ki te ingoa o taua tangata ra.
Ko Fred Baker te tuawha o nga kaiwhakahaere o te Maori Battalion. I whakaahuatia i te tau 1941. He mahi kaute tāna mahi i te pakarutanga mai o te whawhai. He āpiha a ia, i te wa i a ia i roto i te rōpū e whanga ana kia uru atu ratou hei hoia tūturu, a, e whitu tau a ia i roto i nga mahi Whakamātautau Hoia. Ko tana tūranga tuatahi i roto i te Maori Battalion, he Āpiha Mātau (Intelligence Ofﬁcer). Ko ia te āpiha whakahaere i te Ope Maori Tautoko i mauheretia i Greece. Engari i paheke mai a Baker ki Crete. I reira hoki, ka whakatūria a ia hei Āpiha Tuarua ki a Major Dyer o te D Kamupene. No muri i te pakanga i Crete, ka riro ko ia te kaiwhakahaere o A Kamupene i te matenga o to ratou kaiārahi i Ihipa. I whakawhiti atu a ia hei kaiwhakahaere mo te 25 Battalion. No te 9 o Pepuere 1942, ka hoki a ia ki te Maori Battalion notemea i whakatūria a ia e Dyer hei Meiha i taua wa. No te wehenga atu o Dyer i te Battalion, ka tū a Baker hei kaiwhakahaere tuarua hei tautoko i a Love.
Pipiwharauroa "TŪRANGA HEALTH"
Gisborne Fisheries Staff say YES to Workplace Wellness! GISBORNE Fisheries staff have a better chance at staying well thanks to the Tūranga Health Workplace Wellness programme run onsite this month. Tūranga Health is well known for offering health checks at events and community programmes but the Workplace Wellness programme allows more time with each person to complete a cardiovascular (CVD) risk assessment. The assessments are done by an experienced and qualiﬁed team of nurses and kaiāwhina inside Tūranga Health’s state-of-the-art mobile clinic parked onsite. Tūranga Health nurses Linda Hardgrave and Shirley Keown, and kaiāwhina Louise Kemp and Geraldine Nepe performed CVD Risk Assess-ments on 12 Gisborne Fisheries staff earlier in the month. The assessments, which take up to half an hour, look at the staff member’s age, gender, ethnicity, weight, family history, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, and diabetic and smoking status. A person’s risk of developing heart problems in the next ﬁve years is assessed. People can be told they have a risk ranging from mild to very high and where appropriate can be directed to see their GP, or health education is arranged. Medication, alcohol, anxiety and or depression are also discussed during the consultation. Female staff have the chance to talk about women’s health issues such as smears and breast checks. Gisborne Fisheries is a ﬁsh processing facility on Peel St owned by the Zame family. It distributes ﬁsh throughout New Zealand and overseas. Staff say it was perfect timing for the CVD checks. A Biggest Loser workplace weight loss challenge has inspired them to think about their long term health and Tūranga Health’s involvement means momentum will continue, says Operations Manager Antony Zame.
It was perfect timing for Gisborne Fisheries staff Simon Eder, Phil Mokaraka, Nigel Pewhairangi, and Raymond Pewhairangi to have an onsite Tūranga Health heart check this month.
“Everyone was becoming more aware of their health, and it’s important to us to help staff look after themselves. The Tūranga Health programme is just what we need.” Nigel Pewhairangi reckoned the check was good because it was unlikely he and colleagues would actively seek a check elsewhere. “It’s good having it down here. Bit hard to get us otherwise, and we are all in the right mood for doing something at the moment because of the Biggest Loser Challenge. We are motivated.” Phil Mokaraka was the winner of the Biggest Loser challenge. He lost nine kilograms by eating leaner meat, more vegetables and salads, and cutting out fatty food. He was only too happy to have to have his heart health checked out in the mobile clinic Te Piki te Ora. “This check was good. There were things I needed to know,” says Phil. Tūranga Health Project Manager Dallas Poi said “this kind of health check is about more than just talking to someone about their eating habits and exercise.” “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in New Zealand accounting for 40% of deaths annually. Many cardiovascular related deaths are premature and preventable. The main beneﬁt of assessing and recording the CVD risk for staff is to enable lifestyle choices and treatment options to be established early.” Dallas thanked Gisborne Fisheries for showing foresight and a dedication to their staff. Tūranga Health looks forward to helping out Gisborne Fisheries with ﬁtness programmes, nutrition education, and smoking cessation.
Coffee night combating loneliness; enriching lives of staff Monday 29 July 2013 TŪRANGA Health staff and volunteers are helping make sure Friday nights are social and fun for Vanessa Lowndes Centre whānau by hosting a fortnightly ‘Coffee Night’ experience. Vanessa Lowndes (VLC) is about building conﬁdence and preparing people with mental, physical or intellectual disabilities for community participation. Programmes on offer include ﬁtness and health, cooking and meal preparation, horticulture and gar-dening, computers, numeracy and literacy. And just like everyone else at the end of the working week, whānau deserve a chance to relax with friends and share stories about the week that was. Head staff member Laura Biddle said Coffee Night was created to stem loneliness and boredom that many of the whānau experienced on a Friday night. “While friends and family could be heading out, we knew that our VLC whānau could often be at home, unable to get themselves anywhere, and in need of the same kind of companionship and get-together”. Coffee Night offers social interaction and fun, says Laura. We’ve held games nights, cook-offs, themed parties and ﬁlm screenings, she said. “It’s about our staff and volunteers guiding and nurturing them through the type of activities that any of us might do on a Friday night. “They’ve even been down to the Cossie Club!” Tūranga Health staff member Robyne McKeague and husband Ross hosted an Easter-themed Coffee Night in March. “For us it’s about participation and fun,” says Robyne. The couple organised hat decorating, a hilarious eat-the-chocolate challenge, and an egg and spoon race in the car park. Ross used his Boy Scout days for inspiration when coming up with some of the challenges and games for the night, she added. “Then we all made our own American hotdogs and ice-cream sundaes to ﬁnish. It’s about ﬁlling a gap for a neat bunch of people. I really encourage other staff and volunteers to run one of the evenings,” says Robyne. Coffee Night is fortnightly, 6.30-9pm, and open to Tūranga Health’s mental health whānau as well. Between 15 and 20 attend and transport to and from the event just got easier now that Tūranga Health owns a 22-seater bus. For more information contact Tūranga Health, (06) 869 0457.
Pipiwharauroa 'Tūranga Ararau'
Tūranga Ararau Iwi Education Provider
Proudly Present The Newest Additions To Our Staff Tahi Hiroki
Ingrid Brown Kia ora, Ki te taha ki tōku pāpā Ko Puketapu te maunga Ko Ārai Te Uru te awa Ko Horouta te waka Ko Whakatō te marae Ko Ngāti Maru te hapū Ko Rongowhakaata te iwi
Ki te taha ki tōku māmā Ko Whakapunake te manuga Ko Waiua te awa Ko Takitimu te waka Ko Rangiahua te marae Ko Tamaterangi te hapū Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
I am the youngest child, number 13 of the late Ihimaera and Paku Heni (Maude) Brown who is everyone’s Nan lol. I have been very fortunate to be brought up among seven older brothers and ﬁve sisters. Born and Bred in the Centre of the Universe or Paradise otherwise known as the BIG “M” MANUTUKE I was schooled at Muriwai primary for two years before progressing to Manutuke Kura then graduating to Gisborne Girls High. I ﬁnished in the 6th form year and headed off to Wellington with a couple of other local Manutuke girls to attend Wellington Polytechnic. I was involved at a young age with Sharon and Fred Maynard and Guy Moetara running the Manutuke Youth Club, “that is a book on its own” lol. After my oldest child I went onto further my studies, then a couple of years later I was blessed with māhanga. Now that was an experience on its own. When they were two I went back to study then took up a job opportunity with Mātāpuna Training Centre. This is where my tertiary industry journey began. I started as a PA to the training manager Hannah Hohapata and she set me on a pathway to tutoring youth, youth programme team leader and other initiatives over the 15 years I was with Mātāpuna. I have other major involvement in the community over the years including Kōkiri Taiohi initiatives with Tūranga Ararau, Youth Week, YMP Netball, Sports Club, Tairāwhiti Netball, and our Manutuke Community events such as Xmas at the Pa, Gumboot and Billy Brown Netball competition as well as an awesome journey being a part of the Tū Te Manawa group when it ﬁrst started. These were some memorable moments with my sister Bill and the Manutuke whānau.
Ko Ko Ko Ko
(pictured above, centre)
Hikurangi te maunga Waiapu te awa Ngāti Porou te iwi Horouta te waka
Ko Maungahaumi te maunga Ko Waipaoa te awa Ko Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki te iwi Ko Takitimu te waka
Tahi and his twin brother Rua were born in Gisborne and brought up by their maternal grandparents, Korora and Annie Mary Hiroki. Tahi’s koroua was involved in the shearing and roading industries meaning they all travelled widely around New Zealand wherever the work took them. they eventually made it to Wellington where they lived for some 10 years. At only 17 Tahi headed off to Australia on his own where he lived and worked at a number of various jobs before returning to New Zealand. He also played lots of sports in his spare time. Back in Gisborne in 1996 he met and did his ﬁrst stint ever in a woolshed, for his Dad Rangi Ruru who was a well known shearing contractor. Tahi has also worked a range of farms locally including Tutemoe Station at Tolaga Bay before heading off to Ohakune as a general shepherd. From there he moved to Pongaroa where he managed a 2000 acre farm for four and a half years and then moved on to a 5000 acre farm in the same area prior to returning to Gisborne where he has taken up work as a Farming Tutor for our taiohi here at Tūranga Ararau. Tahi and his partner Irene Hitaua have 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Tūranga Ararau is indeed fortunate to have such a widely skilled and experienced tutor for our young people who are keen to learn all the skills Tahi has to share.
I am looking forward to my new role as employment programme coordinator with Tūranga Ararau working with clients to determine and achieve their employment aspirations. Areas we will be covering include accessing and using local agencies, careers information, developing and using contacts and presenting themselves and their skills to potential employers in an appropriate and positive way I have taken the lead in many initiatives beneﬁting from my proven networks in the wider community and contributing to student employment, pathways and achievement of outcomes. I have continued to develop my skills, knowledge and teaching practice through professional development in adult education, literacy and numeracy, the Learning Progressions, assessment and moderation. In doing so I have gained a sound knowledge of Quality Management Systems including self review and evaluation within the tertiary education sector.
Tuihana Shepherd Ki te taha ki tōku pāpā Ko Tihirau te maunga Ko Whangaparaoa te awa Ko Te Whānau ā Apanui te iwi Ko Kauaetangohia te hapu Ko Tauira Mai Tawhiti te waka
Ki te taha ki tōku māmā Ko Ngongotaha te maunga Ko Awahou te awa Ko Te Arawa te iwi Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi te hapu Ko Te Arawa te waka
Tuihana is 20 going on 21 this year, she is the youngest child to Waata and Mereaira and has two older brothers, Walter and Matangi. Tuihana is what we call a ‘Tūranga Ararau baby’ as she has been a part of Tūranga Ararau since she was three or four years old. Quite often she would come to work with her mum and sit in on classes when she wasn’t at school. Tuihana has seen staff come and go and knows how it all works around here. Her ﬁrst actual job at Tūranga Ararau was back in 2010-2011 when she was a holiday programme supervisor, a year later she took on the role of the holiday programme coordinator whilst continuing her studies at Waikato University towards a Bachelor of Primary Teaching degree. She is taking a break at the moment to be at home with mum. Last year in August Tuihana decided to take time out to jet off to Australia Perth where she sat her mining industry licences and did manage to get a chance to experience working in the mines. However she found that this career wasn’t for her so she moved on to Mackay in Queensland. At Christmas she realised she missed her parents so she packed her bags and came home. Tuihana has been helping in a tutoring role earlier this year with one of our youth courses but is now the student administrator in our main ofﬁce. She also helps out with ‘mothering’ duties to our farm cadets up at Tiniroto. You could say Tuihana is an all rounder and she is pleased to be spending more time here at Tūranga Ararau.
Kia ora. Ko Maungahaumi tōku maunga Ko Waipaoa tōku awa Ko Takitimu tōku waka Ko Te Whānau a Taupara tōku hapū Ko Te Aitanga ā Māhaki tōku Iwi Ko Challise Rutene ahau Challise has joined Tūranga Ararau Youth Services and is looking forward to the new challenge of being a part of the team supporting rangatahi to upskill themselves for a better future. Born and bred in Gisborne she grew in the small township of Te Karaka and has joined us from Fastways Couriers where she worked as a contractor administrator; prior to that from 1998 to 2002 she worked for Kaiti Supervalue. From both jobs she picked up a range of skills very useful to her current position including customer service, supervision and management skills. An avid netball and softball player Challise has been involved with rangatahi for many years through the sporting arena where she currently manages the Horouta Netball Premiere Team and coaches the Horouta Taimana Netball Team, Tairāwhiti Under 17s Netball Team, - Tairāwhiti Under 15s Softball Team and was previously the coach/manager for Gisborne Girls High School Softball Team. She also holds Netball Level 1, 2, 3 and Softball Level 1 coaching certiﬁcates.