Pipiwharauroa - March 2021

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Poutū-te-rangi 2021

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Pukapuka: Tekau Mā Waru

Panui: Toru

Ko Taua Wā Anō - Ko te Pōhiri He tau hōu, he tauira hou te whakauru mai ki ngā akoranga i Tūranga Ararau. He tauira nō ngā hau e whā, nō ngā mātā waka o te whenua. I whakarauika mai ki te marae o Rangiwaho, ana ko te roopu tauira o Kahunungu ki Heretaunga te moata mai ki te marae, kātahi ka tatari mo te hunga kāinga mo te whakaeke. He tikanga tēnei i whakataungia nō mai rā, arā, te mau i ngā tauira whakauru mai ki ngā akoranga e whakahaeretia ana i Tūranga Ararau. Ia tau he marae kē puta noa i Tūranganui ā-Kiwa. Ko Rangiwaho, tika tonu mo tēnei tau.

roopu tauira, kaiako me ngā whānau ki ngā kōrero o te whenua, ki ngā tautoko ki te ātea tapu o Rangiwaho. whakapapa te kaiwhakarite tikanga e pā ana ki te marae. Ko Kay Robin He marae tēnei nō nā tata tonu nei i me tana mokopuna ngā huruhuru o whakatuwheratia ai. He marae i toko ana waewae. ake te whakaaro i te rangatira nei ara ō Temepara Isaacs. He tangata Puta kau ana ki waho, he whakaahua rongonui puta noa i Te Tairāwhiti, i te o te katoa ki mua i te whare tipuna motu hoki. He tangata pouwhirinaki, me ngā kōrero e pā ana ki te rohe, he poutautoko i ngā Pirihimana mai rā arā te whenua, ngā iwi, ngā hapū, nō. He tangata hūmarie, he tangata ngā whakapapa o Rangiwaho me menemene i ngā wā katoa. Ko ia hoki ana wāhine ka puta ko ana uri. Mā te kaumātua o Tūranga Ararau me te kai e whakanoa! Ko te tari o te Te Kooti Rangatahi, ana tika tonu ko ora te whare tino ngākaunuitia e ngā tōna whakaahua te tuatahi ki te kitea tauira. e whakawhata mai ana i te pakitara tuarongo whakauru atu ana ki te E mihi ana ki a Parekura me wharenui. Ka pupū ake te aroha ki a ana torutoru mo taua rā tino ia te tangata i mate nuitia e te marea. whakahirahira.

He rangi ātaahua, he rangi mahana. Tino ātaahua tēnei marae. Pāhō mai ana te reo rangatira tuatahi ō whāea Tau ana te katoa, ko Parekura Brown te Ka whai mana te iwi mā te matatau Mihi Harrington ka whanake atu te tangata whenua, te tangata mātanga i roto i ngā akoranga

Inside this month...

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Takatu ake Tāmanuhiri

Pages 4 & 5

Taku Ao, Taku Ora

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Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

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Te Taonga o Te Tairāwhiti

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TŪranga Ararau


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Pipiwharauroa Pipiwharauroa He Pānui

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Founded October 1898 Pukapuka: Tekau Mā Waru Pānui: Toru Te Marama: Poutū-te-rangi Te Tau: 2021 ISSN: 1176-4228 (Print) ISSN: 2357-187X (Online)

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Te Aranga Te tama ā te Atua Tana tama kotahi i rīpekatia I whakamamaetia I whakamatea Hei horoi i o tātou hara Hei oranga mo te tangata Whakanuia, hareruia Nō te tuatoru o ngā rā Ka ara anō, ka kake ki te rangi Ki tōna Matua. Whakanuia tēnei rā Te matenga o Ihu Karaiti Ko ōna toto hei horoi I ō tātou hara Ake ake tonu atu

Mere Pōhatu Normal for all of us is broken. Covid 19 saw to that. I was fortunate to be brought up with a whole lot of wise, kind, hardworking folks around me. The big mantra from the Pilot Whale in my Pod to me was simply this – the ancestor to all action is a thought. I saw that with the late Jack Robin as well. I mention Jack Robin as he was the thought behind me writing for Pīpīwharauroa. I mention the Pilot Whale as well because he was all action on a daily basis after a night of thinking. My mother on the other hand would think about something over several days. The trouble with many of us these days we have too many kaupapa to think about. We are ending up thinking lightly over some really important stuff. We are ending up prioritising deeply personal things on a lower level. Then bringing what I call “clutter” to the kitchen or Board table. This might sound crazy but personal thinking time is like oxygen to the brain. It’s your time, so use it all up. Harmony gets inside you through your thinking. My father the Spitfire Pilot in World War 2, and the adventurous naughty one in his whānau, took thinking to a whole new level. He flew in one of the fastest speed machines of the time. He said he

would picture stuff, sort it out in his mind, evaluate it in his mind and then swing into action. He was scanning his environment the whole time. Thinking fast doesn’t mean shallow thinking. Sometimes he would take advice. He assembled people around him who thought as well as he did. A sort of Philosophers Action Group. Jack Robin was the same. Gruff Philanthropists. Fast Philosophers. Translate these two terms to Kindness with a capital K and Thought with a big T sort of people. I’m writing about these characteristics because it’s time. Nothing is the same anymore. We are all building a new normal. A new normal does not have children sleeping rough. In my mind it doesn’t mean – Mean. It means better use of our resources including our individual and collective thinking to plan better, be better citizens through being strong, competent and capable whānau.

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Pipiwharauroa Takatū Ake Tāmanuhiri!

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Ko te Oranga o te Iwi, Kei Tutu, Kei Poroporo The prosperity of Tāmanuhiri is in our whenua, moana and whānau

TĀMANUHIRI PAKEKE I ngā marama e rua kua hipa ake nei, kua tū ngā hui Pakeke o Tāmanuhiri ki Tūranga Ararau. I te marama o Pēpuere ko te kaupapa matua o te hui ko ngā wira (will). He kaupapa kua roa nei e hiahiatia ana e ngā pakeke, nā te kore wira a ētahi, nā te hiahia hoki kia whakahouhia e ētahi. Ko Melka Oakley rāua ko Lewis Long nō Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre ngā kaikōrero o te rā. Ko tētahi anō kaupapa i hua mai, ko te whakaako ki ngā pakeke i te taki a Ngāi Tāmanuhiri i te waiata o Haramai a Paoa. Nā Uncle Wi Tamihana Pohatu ngā pākeke i ārahi.

He kaupoai, he kaukuia. Kei runga noa atu

tēnei tau, ki Te Kurī, ki Te Wherowhero me he waewae katau, he waewae mauī rānei. Te Kōpua. Katoa he kaupapa tieki i te taiao Heoi anō, ko te katakata me te menemene o Tāmanuhiri. Ko tētahi anō kaupapa ko te te hua. kanikani ā-rārangi (line dancing). Hei te Āperira ka tū te hui Pakeke o Nā ngā wāhine o Gisborne Line Dancing i Tāmanuhiri ki Rangiwaho Marae. Mō te whakakanikani i ngā pakeke o Tāmanuhiri, roanga o ngā whakamahuki, whakapā atu ki me te hīkaka hoki o te wairua. Tata ki te tahi te kaiwhakahaere o te roopū nei, ki a Aunty haora te roa o ngā kanikani, ā, i ētahi wā ka Kaa, ki te tari o Tāmanuhiri 06 863 3560, tukituki tētahi ki tētahi, ka kore mōhio mēnā īmera rānei trust@tamanuhiri.iwi.nz

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Takatū ake Tāmanuhiri!

He hunga wāhine toa!

Ka wani kē!

Tau ana te noho tahi

Kāre he mutungamai o te ako

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Whakarongo ki! Ki te reo mātanga

Pai ana, mahana ana te huinga


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Pipiwharauroa Taku Ao, Taku Ora

Taku Ao, Taku Ora RETURN HOME Droving

(continued from last month) Most of the steers had never drunk water from a trough and being in the yards for about three days were very ropey and thirsty. We were always the first to go, having the biggest mob.

He took them through to three and four-year bullocks after spending their first year crushing fern and scrub, a common farming practice at that time. Pohaturoa Station was a welcome stop, Uncle Lionel Stone, the manager, gave a big rough paddock for a couple of days, Frank went back to Wairoa. We helped uncle with many jobs and he reshod all the horses in need of it. He taught us many small things to settle these ponies and how best to ride and show them to potential buyers. He smiled when he realised we would make a killing in Hawke’s Bay. Yes, we sure did. They had never eaten good quality grass or been fed hay.

Jim Fuller and Thomas Pardoe (far right) outside the smithy beside Oxbrows Store, Manutuke. Thomas is Stan's paternal great grandfather who emigrated with his wife (Stan's great grandmother Louisa Pardoe) to New Zealand in 1874 on the ship Winchester. He was a blacksmith by trade and worked locally for Joe Pilgrim then the Williamsons at Manutuke.

Frank would say, “Open the gates, boys, They quickly filled out and their coats and let them go. Don’t worry they can’t improved. We paid on average about £12 a horse, they were young, three and four year get off the island”. olds, well-handled and we groomed them I took the lead, Ivan watched the sides as he well. They averaged over £85 each when we had the best team of dogs, Frank casually sold them, not a bad perk considering we brought the tail, his new dogs of no help. A were being paid £3 10 shillings a day drover’s lot wanted to bolt, many smelled water in wages. the Waipāoa River. The big mob took some controlling. We had to let a cut – part of At Frasertown, Frank said we would go up the mob – on the bridge then I followed and the Waikaremoana Road as there was a lot the rest quickly came. About 800 steers of feed and a fair-sized mob that came over jogging was an eerie sensation, the bridge the Whareratas was in front of us. We then started to roll, the horse and dogs froze turned back through Wairoa and headed for a time then had to be coaxed to move. south but went home to Frank’s most nights Once over, the mob split three ways. It was for meals and bed. left to Ivan and me to get them on the road His wife Pat treated us well and we really took to Manutuke. to their three kids as they were the same age The Pipiwhakao drain had reasonable access as our siblings back home, smart and no ears. and the mob finally had a good drink of Pat insisted on doing our washing and Frank water and settled down. The next problem always had a few jobs on his small farm to was taking them through Manutuke before keep us busy. It was election year and lessons school broke for the day. We just made it. in subtle behaviour, astuteness and etiquette We gave the mob a feed up the Waingake came to the fore. Every morning before we and it finally settled into the stock paddocks took off, Frank would point out the various on Taurau Road. We all went back home, homes we would pass and tell us to make Mum and Pop were always pleased to see sure the cattle did not walk on that lawn as Frank. After a cup of tea, he went to spend that lady would give us tea and scones. The the night with his sister in Gisborne. What next home would give us lunch as we kept a day! Frank’s casual attitude and other our mob away from their entrance. During attributes that came to the fore as we lunch, the subject of politics would come up. Frank Lambert was sharp – a true blue moved south were things I never forgot. National supporter and a firm supporter of The next day, we headed back to the Sid Holland and Keith Holyoake. He said Pipiwhakao as we were taking the Tiniroto their policies were great for our country. Road to Wairoa. Ivan and I quietly got our Ivan and I nodded in support. The next home string of horses used to sticking with the was Labour. Like his father Seymour, Frank cattle. We made good progress and the mob was a follower of Michael Joseph Savage and soon settled down. This was a reasonably Walter Nash, and this party would save our quiet road and there was a lot of feed on the country. Again, with a good meal inside us, roadside, a big factor in Hurley purchasing we would nod our support. cattle from this area. They were well-bred, would take three to four months to get to Frank gave his rationale on human nature. Taihape and they would arrive quiet and Women appreciate small things like keeping their road lawn and garden looking good. By easy to handle. doing this, they would treat us well. When people offer you a meal and you quickly

sense their political leanings, never argue just agree. Once again, they appreciate this. He’d say, “Many give us a paddock for the night with no charge, some will even take foot-sore cattle which we can pick up next year”. His enduring qualities were that he rarely swore (I never heard him), his big smile, sparkling blue eyes and the gift of the gab. Just before arriving at Raupunga, an old dog-man turned up with a young dog and suggested a trip on the road would be its making. Frank the diplomat said OK but neither Ivan nor I wanted it as the pup was black. We never had time for black dogs. Not a problem, said Frank, throw it on the back of the truck, we’re off to Raupunga today. After we had put the cattle in a paddock for the night, he tied the dog behind his truck and we took off with the poor bugger running like hell to keep up. He stopped the truck – the dog was stuffed, his feet raw – then put him back on the truck. He called into the old guy’s home – there was no stopping this dog over the last couple of days, he has worn his feet raw so we can’t take him any further. The old guy was amazed, not a problem and thanks, Frank. Ivan and I wet ourselves trying not to laugh. Frank always carried a big brown bag of boiled lollies, mainly blackballs. As we came into Raupunga, the kids were leaving the school. He called them over and offered them some lollies then inquired, is your nanny home to a couple? Aye, the response. Tell her I’m coming to see her and have a cup of tea ready. After putting the cattle into a recently picked maize paddock, we called in to visit the kuia. Frank was a fluent reo speaker, gave all the formalities and aroha for those who had died were mauwiwi etc. “Your paddock, here is £20. Ka pai for us to leave them for a couple of days as they need a rest?”


Pipiwharauroa Taku Ao, Taku Ora

“Kei te pai, Frank. You don’t have to pay me, te whakapapa is tika, mokos loved the lollies.”

We then went down to have a couple of beers at the hotel, heard some noise outside and saw this angry man storm in and front up to us. “Your bloody cattle, get them out of my paddock, bloody cheeky pricks.” Frank, calm as, “Here you boys, fill a glass for the kuia’s son”. He exploded. “Hika man, your Mum got us to have a cup of tea with her and offered the paddock. We had to insist she take the £20 for the grazing.” He was fuming but realized he could not over-rule his mother. We then shouted the bar. The learning continued. We got a couple of other paddocks, including the Tūmataroa ones by the coastline past the marae. We left and followed the old coach road over the new bridge, came on to the main road at Kotemaori. Frank would catch a train ride home every night while Ivan and I camped at various woolshed quarters. In the morning, we let the mob out and left Frank’s horse and dogs tied in a good spot so he could be dropped off by the train. A couple of old spinsters, the Miss cKenzies, before the gorge was a welcome change. They had hot scones for our cup of tea and served an enormous meal that night as they knew Frank was not a good cook. The lovely old ladies reminded me of Nan Pardoe. At Tutira, we went inland over Darkie’s Spur. The big mill was a hive of activity, the climb was steep. We stayed the night with the Porters, who ran a shearing gang. The descent was easy and we made Eskdale. The mob was settled and I stayed on for about a week during which time we sold many of our horses. I left the rest for Ivan to quit and returned with my dogs to Gisborne.

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Rugby, Kapa Haka

I was able to play rugby despite it being hard to make practices. Molly Gage had the office job at Oxbrows store in Manutuke. This general store had five staff and was typical of that era. It sold everything except motor cars. All the big stations and most farms up the Waingake and at Muriwai were clients. Molly had left home and was boarding with Oxbrows manager Barry Simpson and his wife Ann. We started to see a bit more of each other. Ivan had bought a Zephyr 6 car. It was neat. Molly and I both joined a cultural group, which was formed as a big hui topu was to be held at Ngāruawāhia. We struggled to make practices but, with Nan’s big influence, I made it into the group to go. We travelled by a long bus trip and were put into the whare Māhinarangi. The next day, Ivan turned up in his car and said let’s go to Auckland. None of us had ever been there. After a fast trip, Molly, Boyce Hauraki and I jumped out when we saw the big buildings, claiming we were the first to step on Queen Street. A passing policeman smiled and said we looked happy. Yeah, we all wanted to be the first to step on Queen Street. Where are you from? Gisborne, we replied. He laughed. Boys, this is Newmarket. You have to go on further into Auckland. What a let-down. Away we went to see the big smoke.

We had to visit Farmers, the only shop in New Zealand with an escalator. I was spell-bound riding up and down on it. We checked out the famous parrot but could not get him to swear. We headed back to Ngāruawāhia just in time to catch our performance. A lot of Te Aute boys were among the Army cooks. They had all signed up to go to Malaya and urged Pop always had jobs and we never ran out me to join them. On their last night, ko mate of work. Owned by the Hutchinson family, a Jimmy Ratapu (Jimmy died). Tahora Station was sold to Lands and Survey for settlement with five farms set up. The The Kingitanga wanted to honour him by last mob of 260 three-year-old Hereford letting his body lie in state before we took bullocks were being sent to Matawhero for him back to Manutuke. This put a dampener sale. Angus MacDonald got the droving job. on the weekend as the tangi was another They were a spooky lot so he had to get a couple of days when we got home. mate. Pop was contacted and sent me to help. The only horse available with shoes I played rugby for YMP the next Saturday and was Wilton, who always gave a rough ride. busted my ankle. Hell, it was painful the next I left home at 2am, took my gear rolled day. Pop had some crutching to do at York behind the saddle and kept Wilton at a Hutchinson’s and I had to fill the other stand, slow gallop. What a long ride! I met the despite my crook ankle. At least Mum had spooky mob coming down the Wharekōpae, some sympathy and dragged sheep out for then tightened them up until I could see me when she could. Pop’s cryptic comment: old Angus. We made good time and two “You want to play rugby? Work always comes days later got them to Matawhero without first. Now you want to join the Army?” incident. This was the last mob of Hereford bullocks to be seen on the road in the When my ankle was OK, I went in to sign district. They were impressive. up. Noting my crook leg, they said I was not going to make the fitness test before the

If you enjoyed reading this extract from Stan's book, TAKU AO, TAKU ORA - MY WORLD, MY LIFE you may be able to purchase a copy with many more interesting stories and photos by contacting Molly on 027 3652926.

intake closed. I was disappointed. Years later when I met my old college mates, I realised I had missed an experience; but one door closes, another opens.

More Droving Droving during the autumn and winter kept us busy with mobs of cattle constantly being moved north and south. Ivan invested in a K Bedford truck. We put sides on, covered the back with a good tarpaulin and modernised droving. We put one of our chrome bunk beds in and had to top and tail. But there was enough room for our gear and a space for a small cooker. The days of the pack horse were over. Another big benefit was that most of our dogs could be tied under the truck and had a reasonable bed rather than being tied on a fenceline. We could also tie dog tucker on the sides and now had more for the dogs. Life for a dog on the road then was hard, especially in a cold, wet winter with no decent bed. When open camping, we would tie them to stakes to keep the mob in the camp area. Today, we would be had up for cruelty to animals!

To Be Continued


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Pipiwharauroa Poroporoaki ki a Ani

Poroporoaki ki a Ani Aranui (nee Eden)

“Pātuki ka tukituki te manawa mōhau kua wehea nei i a mātou” te tuahine, te tuakana, taina, te wahine toa, te hoa pūmau, te hoa mahi “Takahia te ara whānui ki te rangi ki runga rawa rā he wairua koe nōhou te ao katoa e Ani e” Te uri o ngā kāwai o Ngāti Porou o Ngāti Kahungunu “Tukua mai ngā hihi o te rā mā tō āhua he haumihiata” he wahine purōtu, i whakapau werawera, i whakaaronui mo te iti, mo te rahi, mo te rawakore, mō ngā whānau, mō ngā hapū, mo ngā iwi, puta noa i te Tairo a Kupe, o Te Tairāwhiti whānui “he wairua koe, nōhau te ao katoa e Ani e” “Kua whāia te iti kahurangi, kua tuohu koe ki ō maunga, kua nunumi i tōhou kāinga” Te māmā o ana tamariki, te tipuna o ana mokopuna epaepa, te pōtiki, te poutokomanawa o tōna whānau, te kaingakau ā tōna kōka i a Kura, te hoa piripono o tōna hoa rangatira, a James Kua oti e ai tā Ihu kii ngā mea katoa haere mai rā ki au e taku toa, te toa rangatira Ani Aranui e. Hoatu e hine te kurupounamu, te kurutongarerewa ki te rārangi o ngā wāhine toa, ki a Hamoterangi, ki a Rongomaiwahine, ki a Ruataupare, ki a Te Ihiko o Te Rangi, ki a Rakairoa, ki a Hinepare Okioki atu i te taha o tō Pāpā i a Albert, i Paparangikaitangi i ngā ringaringa ō tō Kaihanga, oti atu ai. He Roimata taku kai i te pō i te ao. Nā Selwyn Parata Chairman, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou Co-Chair, Rau Tipu Rau Ora


Pipiwharauroa Poroporoaki ki a Ani

“Annie was MSD's Tairāwhiti Regional Commissioner and an amazing mana wahine. Loved and respected by so many because of her commitment to her community and her ability to communicate and work with others. She was an incredibly effective regional commissioner who I would consistently receive positive feedback about from a range of sources; businesses, iwi, community groups, other ministers and MPs and local government. My aroha is with her whānau and the local community. Moe mai rā, Annie.” Minita Whakahiato Ora, Mahi/Minister for Social Development & Employment Carmel Sepuloni ____________________________________ In the week prior to her sudden death Annie had been working with Tūranganui ā Kiwa iwi to see how she could best support and extend our manaaki programme and create more apprenticeship opportunities for Māori. This was the epitome of her work ethic, her love of our rohe and her strong advocacy for Tūranga iwi. She listened to those at the cold face, heard and knew their stories and found a way to support them in their aspirations. Her support through her leadership in the Ministry of Social Development allowed Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa to undertake much transformation work for our people. Her quiet and assured manner was the hallmark of her leadership, she was a very loyal advocate for our community. Annie’s death is a significant loss to all and we send all our love and aroha to her husband James and their children and mokopuna, her mother Kura, her sisters

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first, our civic and iwi leadership, our Tania and Angela, brother Peter as well as business leaders and her inspired staff wept her wider whānau and her many friends and and will continue to weep. Annie presided colleagues. over a huge regional service and resource within the Ministry of Social Development. Annie’s leadership in the changes around Every day she managed a new crisis and the regional social sector delivery for developed a new thinking response. Every Tairāwhiti means that we now have a social week a new set of issues would hit whānau sector governance team who are all working in matters of employment, addictions, tirelessly for our region. She provided housing, health – the list goes on. She cared excellent advice and support in advocating deeply about the whānau especially the for the significant desire of our rohe to have children. Hers was never an easy job. a greater input and delivery of services to the Tūranga whānau hapū and iwi. In She searched out and found like-minded particular she understood the need to work organisations and people to help. That with whānau at the cold face and to ensure meant Local Government, iwi, business, that their voices are heard and understood. all the people and groups with resources were in her daily work life. Annie took us Moe mai ra e te rangitira i to moenga roa all by surprise. She will be now expecting more from us. I know that. We must Moera Brown think and act in the best interests of our Chairperson – Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā children and others. Those of us with ample Kiwa resources, be we a whānau or a business or an entity or a club, we must start a new ____________________________________ thinking collective of action. There is no room for half-baked solutions or wastage Our region has suffered such a great loss. of resources. We aren’t descended from Meetings with Annie were always something idiots. Let’s chart a new course back to a I looked forward to as she brought with her new well thought out normal. a sense of calm, kindness and a desire to serve others. She was a quiet, strong wahine Nā Mere Pohatu who always saw the best in others. It was an Regional Director honour to work alongside her. Ikaroa-Rawhiti Te Puni Kōkiri – Her focus and calm guidance contributed to Ministry of Māori Development the improvement of the lives of so many of our most vulnerable whānau. Annie touched ____________________________________ the lives of many and she will be dearly missed. Ngā mihi, Rehette Stoltz Mayor - Gisborne District Council ____________________________________ Annie E te ahi pāhikahika o te rangi E te whetū kāniwaniwa o te rangi Ko te pō tonu ki a koe, te whakaarahia Moe mārire atu koe i te rua o Matariki, Kōrikoriko mai ai i te urupā o mahara Rere atu rā, haere, pīata mai rā! Tukua kia rere! Nā mātou o Wairoa Young Achievers Trust ____________________________________ We all collectively wept in Tairāwhiti for one of our most senior and thinking Public Service regional leaders Annette Aranui who passed away suddenly at her home with her whānau. She was 54 years old. Annie, as we all knew her, led to a huge outpouring of collective grief from across Ikaroa Rāwhiti. Her whānau

Annie was a proud public servant who completed 36 years with MSD. She was a humble leader with no ego, but who was highly effective in delivering for whānau and community. Annie didn’t do things for awards and recognition but I was so proud of her. Proud that MSD’s partnership with Ngāti Pahauwera won the Crown iwi relationship award. Proud that Annie was awarded the Public Service medal in 2020. Proud that Annie was our leader of the public service in the East Coast, a position mandated by Cabinet. Annie was a leader who didn’t need that authority to lead. She led from behind and alongside as an open, caring, kind, authentic and collaborative colleague and partner. She got her team and our wider team working together in the best interests and wellbeing of our communities. I would like to acknowledge what a loss Annie is to MSD – to her staff throughout the East Coast. She was loved and respected. I, and many other colleagues, admired Annie’s leadership. She was really an empowering leader who was people focussed. We admired that she grew great


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people and gave her best people to other organisations. She was a massive champion for young people and led by example to support them into career pathways and long term job opportunities. Annie was all these things as a colleague but she was also a great friend.

her mum Kura, sisters and brother and her whānau whanui.

Annie had our back and seemed to talk with us every day. How many conversations I’ve had with people over the years; “I talked with Annie on Friday” or “I got a text from Annie on Friday.” How many conversations Annie’s colleagues had ended with, “Let’s talk to Annie about that.” But she could also be bloody minded and tough. It didn’t happen often but a telling off from Annie wasn’t pleasant and many of us know that if she started to tap her foot in a meeting bad things were about to happen.

Ministry of Social Development Staff Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay to Annie

Annie was our glue. She worked tirelessly and was a huge part of our response to supporting our community through COVID. She was front and centre in our work to find solutions to our housing crisis, our jobs programmes and Expos, our innovative approaches to progressive procurement, chair of our skills leadership group. The list goes on and on. If life is measured not by years lived but the impact you make in your life there is no doubt Annie Aranui has left a massive legacy. Sandra Hazlehurst Mayor - Hastings District Council ____________________________________ Annie Aranui was an outstanding person who knew her community well. She was approachable and personable and had her finger on the pulse, continually monitoring and working for the betterment of the communities she served.

Our Annie was extremely unique with her ever so gentle steps leaving behind huge footprints to fill. We will truly miss her presence and guidance.

____________________________________ It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of our much-loved East Coast Regional Commissioner Annie Aranui. Annie served the public for more than 36 years and her service was recognised with the New Zealand Public Service Medal in 2020. She had a deep knowledge of her cadet in 1983. From early on she showed region and the needs of its people. She promising leadership qualities and this loved her work and, most of all, her family. journey started in Tairāwhiti when she was appointed to service centre manager for Annie was able to draw on her tikanga to Kaiti office in 1998. She was then appointed bring individuals and agencies together to to the senior position of Regional Director focus on improving the lives of whānau, based in Napier in 2003. In 2012 Annie community, hapū and iwi. Her leadership, gained a scholarship through the Leadership integrity, trusted advice and selfless Development Fellowship to attend a Global dedication to Tairāwhiti and the Hawke’s Change Leadership programme at Harvard Bay community enabled her to touch the University and a leadership programme with lives of many. the ALIA Summer Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was deservedly appointed to the Annie’s perspective and voice were Regional Commissioner position in October constantly sought, and her word was 2016 following the retirement of Lindsay trusted by business, iwi, council leaders and Scott. colleagues alike. We will miss her guidance, her friendship, her quiet dignity and her Annie was truly focussed on mana manaaki, presence. Annie may have had a quiet Kotahitanga, Kia takatū tātou, as she had a voice, but she could command a room. plan for the future of our people and never lost sight of it. She lived, breathed, walked I listened to the tributes at her marae and talked for a better future for all whānau. Mōteo, without doubt the common theme She had a picture of Mount Hikurangi above is the huge loss of a rangatira at the height her desk in Napier and was proud of her of her leadership. whakapapa and links to Te Tairāwhiti. She fully supported the Tairāwhiti region and Viv Rickard continued to travel to Tairāwhiti often to Deputy Chief Executive meet ‘kanohi ki te kanohi.’ MSD Service Delivery

Annie was an enabler and would get stuck in at any level to ensure the wellbeing of the The staff of Ministry of Social Development, people in her district was being improved. especially those of the Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay region, all had the greatest respect I have tremendous respect for Annie and for Annie and her leadership qualities. She the work she led in the Wairoa community. always took the time to acknowledge her Wairoa and the East Coast from Tairāwhiti leadership team and staff and touched the to Hawke’s Bay is a much better place lives of many within the workforce. She because of the legacy Annie left behind. would always remind staff to be kind, nonRIP Annie Aranui. judgement and to treat anyone who came into the office as if it was their mother, Craig Little father, brother, sister or mokopuna. She Mayor - Wairoa District Council showed what a difference it could make by providing and delivering the services to our ____________________________________ whānau and the positive impact it has on the whānau and wider community.

____________________________________ This month we farewelled a rangatira, a great leader in Kahungunu.  Annie Aranui (nee Eden) died unexpectedly on Friday 19th March 2020.  She was a wife, a mother, a daughter, a grandmother, a sister, a coach, a mentor, a friend and a visionary leader who will be sorely missed by all.

When we think of Rangatira and the qualities and the values we seek to be expressed;  Annie was deemed to possess them all. At her tangi at Mōteo Pā many Annie Aranui joined the public service shared stories of her calmness, her gentle Our deepest aroha to her whānau; husband with the Department of Labour as a Māori style, her kindness and manaaki tāngata James and their tamariki and mokopuna,


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across all of those she interacted with from Ministers in Government through to whānau across Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti rohe, indeed across Aotearoa.

Annie knew her people and her region and her advice and input was actively sought by everyone. She sat effortlessly with leaders in government at a national, regional or local level, community, hapū and iwi and loved working in collaboration, connecting the dots and focusing on what matters which was whānau. Annie always had whānau at the heart of her every thought and action, not just in mahi, but in life.

She was also quietly stoic and determined, described as a "silent assassin," surprising people with her resolve and ability to cut through red tape to ensure results that improved the lives and wellbeing of whānau. Annie was a very humble person who preferred to "do the mahi" and never She loved her family, her husband James, her sought accolades or recognition "kāore te three children, her eight moko, her parents, kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka". siblings, nieces and nephews. Everyone inhabited a special place in her heart and Knowing Annie as I do, I know she would have she and James were especially excited when found the kōrero about her uncomfortable they became grandparents. Her time with her but would have accepted it with her usual moko were especially precious with Friday grace. In 2020, Annie received the New nights quickly becoming exclusively Nanny Zealand Public Service Medal formally and Koro time. Although she is no longer acknowledging her ability to successfully here she will, alongside her treasured Dad lead Māori-Crown relationships and achieve Albert, continue to watch over her whānau. mutual outcomes across the public sector. To me, Annie was my friend and, along with many others, I will miss her dearly. Her ability and vision was again acknowledged at the National Iwi Chairs "Annie, your MSD whānau  and the wider Housing Symposium in December 2020, public service did you proud. Although where a resolution was passed stating grieving and reeling with loss themselves, the need to "increase public sector Māori they stood up and provided the awhi and leadership that achieves meaningful manaaki to your immediate whānau so they Iwi Crown partnership outcomes with could spend what precious time they had such leadership as from … Annie Aranui" left with you and to ensure their leader was reiterating her success and the respect farewelled in the manner you deserved. They they had for her mahi and leadership. certainly did that". A great leader is also measured by the footprint they leave behind. Annie had an ability to spot and foster talent. She was forever thinking about those around her, what awhi she could provide so they could reach their potential; especially wāhine Māori. Giving young Māori an opportunity to be mentored and supported into employment was especially dear to her. Her internship model taking on Year 11 or above students from local high schools across her region into meaningful roles within the Ministry in the school holidays is a good example of that. Her hope is that other local and central government agencies will follow her example. Those she coached, mentored and enabled across Aotearoa are now her legacy of leaders continuing to walk the path she helped them create.

Kia hora te marino, kia papapounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tō huarahi. Moe mai, moe mai rā e hoa. Haere rā koe ki ō tāua mātua. Nā Chrissie Hape Chief Executive Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated ____________________________________ We are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Annie Aranui, a tireless champion and servant of the people of Tairāwhiti. Annie’s contribution to Rongowhakaata and the Tairāwhiti community at large, was immense, was selfless, was impactful. Over the years her tireless commitment to our district was demonstrated in the various roles she took on including MSD Regional Manager, stalwart Manaaki Tairāwhiti member and co-chair of the Tairāwhiti CARE group and in her many successes in securing significant government investment into our region. Last week, Amohaere and I joined with the leadership of other Tairāwhiti Iwi, the Mayor and senior Council officials, Trust Tairāwhiti, Manaaki Tairāwhiti, Te Puni Kōkiri and MBIE to pay our respects to Annie and share our grief and aroha with her whānau at Moteo marae.

Annie was a beautiful mother, nanny, wife, daughter, sister, friend and colleague as was reflected in the whaikōrero and tributes heard on the marae. We acknowledge her husband James, mother Kura, sisters Tania and Angela, brother Peter, her tamariki including her son Reece who was a member of the YMP rugby fraternity and all of her mokopuna. She had the ability to treat everyone the same, from the client at the front counter at MSD, the Mayor of Gisborne, Ministers of the Crown and a homeless whānau looking for emergency housing. We all felt and believed in her genuine concern and quest to understand how she could help as well as her generosity in always finding the time to support us deal with the issues by which our community is constantly challenged. Her influence and advocacy contributed greatly to many of the achievements and some of the significant gains from which our whānau, hapū and iwi have recently benefited. She was the consummate public servant, who never forgot that her primary role and responsibility were to be of service to her clients and community. Annie was widely respected by her colleagues and peers across government agencies, highly regarded by Tairāwhiti iwi, and loved by her staff. The full impact of Annie’s loss has yet to be felt, despite the tears shed and heartfelt tributes shared with her passing. We will miss her calm, quiet confidence, her warm, caring, can do approach and her relentless mission to improve the lives and prospects of those who most need support. Haere e te tuakana, te hoa mahi, te hoa pūmau Haere e te wahine purōtu, te wahine toa, Haere Annie, Mā ō mahi ka kitea koe, e to iwi Nā Moera Brown - Chairperson Amohaere Houkamau – General Manager Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust ______________________________ Kia ora koutou, It was such a privilege to be with Annie’s family and the Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay MSD team at her tangihanga this month. I know many of you took the time to pay your respects as well. Annie was a woman who loved those around her and was loved in return. Minister Sepuloni attended and spoke, as did Minister Jackson when he was welcomed on the marae. Minister Whaitiri


How we supported Annie’s family, either in person at the marae, through other regions coming to help provide cover, and through the leadership of Viv and Kay and the presence of many of our previous staff, it was a sight to behold. I have always said MSD is a people organisation and that shone through.

Florrie Brooking Site Manager Oranga Tamariki - Gisborne ____________________________________

Debbie Power Chief Executive Ministry of Social Development ____________________________________

I was saddened to hear the news that Annie had passed away. Over the last three years, I had the pleasure of working with Annie on the East Coast as the Minister of Employment. Annie accompanied me on many of the visits I made to Tairāwhiti and she was always welcoming and the consummate professional. What shone through was her love for her people and her community and it was clear that she was dedicated to making the Coast a better place through her mahi and I really respect her for that. I send my aroha to her whānau for their loss and thank them for sharing her with all of us. We are all the poorer for her passing but richer for all that she brought into the lives of everyone she had contact with. Maringi noa ngā roimata i te matenga o Annie Aranui, kua karangahia e Hinenui-tepō. Moe mai rā e te māreikura. Piki atu ki te ārai poutama, ki waeanganui i o tīpuna, okioki ai. Honourable Willie Jackson Minister of Māori Development

Commissioner for many years for the East Coast. Annie had a can do attitude and was always advocating for Māori interest and never shying away from doing more. Nō reira e te tuakana haere, haere, haere atu rā. Haere ki tō moenga roa ki ngā ringaringa o te Atua. Honourable Meka Whaitiri MP- Ikaroa Rāwhiti ____________________________________ “Annie was an active supporter of the region, and she will be dearly missed by us all,” says Trust Tairāwhiti CEO, Gavin Murphy. “We’ve lost a fantastic friend, colleague, and champion of the region. Annie embodied values that we believe to be “Tairāwhiti tūturu.” “Members of the team who worked closely with Annie on a range of initiatives including Manaaki Tairāwhiti, Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan and Workforce Development (C.A.R.E) will certainly miss her leadership, integrity, and dedication to Tairāwhiti.”

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. I shall never be lost, I am a seed sown from Rangiātea Annie Aranui was a servant to the people and her selfless dedication to Tairāwhiti and the Hawke’s Bay community will be sorely missed. Her ability to breakdown social barriers meant she was able to get various agencies to work together for the betterment of whānau, hāpū and iwi in her role as Ministry of Social Development Regional Commissioner.

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was there as well. Annie was a leader who ____________________________________ everyone was proud to know. We will miss her. Annie, on behalf of Oranga Tamariki – At the start of the Public Service Leadership Tairāwhiti we would like to thank you for Summit this month, Hon Grant Robertson your lifelong contribution to East Coast paid tribute to Annie, as did our Northland Tairāwhiti and the wider community of Ikaroa Regional Commissioner Eru Lyndon who Rawhiti. You will be sorely missed e hoa, it is spoke in a panel discussion. your time to rest, RIP.

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The team at Trust Tairāwhiti express our deepest condolences and aroha to Annie’s whānau. The Napier City Council whānau are very saddened by the passing of Annie, she was a huge advocate for not only the community of Ahuriri but all those under her care as the Eastern Regional Commissioner for MSD. Annie touched the lives of many and was dedicated to improving the lives of whānau, community, hapū and iwi. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her both personally and professionally. Kirsten Wise Mayor - Napier City Council ____________________________________ I was absolutely devastated and heartbroken when I heard about the sudden and sad news of Annie Aranui’s passing. Her passing is a great loss to whānau and the community.

Tairāwhiti has a proud history of having had prominent Mana Wahine. They are well known and respected for having left their indelible impressions and positive impacts on our region. This can be traced back to women who held Mana from the East Cape to Hawke’s Bay. In our view, Annie certainly contributed in many ways to help our region make positive progress. One whakatauki best describes leadership and indeed the leadership that Annie embodied in her work. Ko te kai ā te Rangatira, he kōrero The sustenance of leaders, is dialog. Ko te mahi ā te Rangatira, ko te tira. The role of leaders, is the people. Ko te tohu o te Rangatira, ko te manaaki The sign of a leader, is care, the care and support they show to those they serve.

She the consummate senior Māori public servant delivering gains for our people in the social development and employment E te Māreikura, takoto i runga i te area. She was a much loved mum, wife, rangimarie, kia au tō moe. daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, friend and work colleague to so many. Trust Tairāwhiti ____________________________________ Annie grew up in the Hawke’s Bay and joined the Department of Labour as a Māori cadet from where she worked her way up through the public service before becoming the Ministry of Social Development’s Regional


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Annie - Kore rawa i uru mai te whakaaro ko koe tēnei kua riro nei i te ringa kaha o aitua. Kore rawa i hiahia ki te whakapono ko koe, te wahine tū kaha mo te tangata me te hapori. Ki ōu whakaaro, mātāmua ko te manaaki tangata, arā kia haumaru, kia kore e pāngia e te rawa kore, kia eke hoki ki ngā taumata akoranga kia whai oranga ai.

to be safe, with their whānau, enjoy the highest level of wellbeing and have every opportunity to reach their full potential. Through your transformational leadership, respect and aroha for our whānau, hapū, iwi and communities your work continues to She was an outstanding champion for achieve this shared vision. the people in her region, and had huge confidence in her staff, and deep Despite your hectic work schedule you compassion for those who had fallen on always had time for others including groups hard times and needed support. and organisations such as us, supporting your endeavours, no matter how big or small. Annie was highly regarded by her peers and her Wellington managers. She was We miss your quiet smile, your keen sense admired for her teamwork and local of humour, your professionalism. You are knowledge. She was always ready to ‘trial an enabler with your ability to look past something new’ if it meant a better result! problems and focus on solutions which The ground breaking Manaaki Tairāwhiti you had no hesitation in challenging your was all the more effective for her support colleagues in the public and private sectors and enthusiasm. to follow. In various ways and over time, it has been said, some see things the way they My sincere condolences to Annie’s family are and say, why? You, Annie, you dream and friends. She is a great loss to the East things that never were and say, why not? Coast and will be much missed by us all. “ The Iwi chairs hui calling for increased public Honourable Anne Tolley sector Māori leadership to achieve meaningful Iwi Crown relationships recognises your ____________________________________ brilliant leadership skills, demonstrates how highly iwi, hapū and whānau hold you in regard and stands as an example to Āue te arohanui others working within the public sector. An I tō hinganga, outstanding skill you have is your ability to te tōtara haemata lead from the back, the most effective and Tūpapahu ana te whenua. empowering way of leadership there is which Ohorere ana te motu is relected in how responsive and supportive Te wahine, your staff are. te kahurangi hūmārie Te kanohi whakatau wairua We are so deeply saddened by your untimely Te wahine pono ki te kaupapa passing. Arohanui to your whānau; your Te wahine marae, hoa rangatira James and your tamariki and te wahine i matenuitia e te marea mokopuna, your mum Kura and your siblings, Te aumāngea o te iwi hapū, hapori hoki. your whānau whanui, work colleagues and Ahakoa rā, e kore e tāea te pēhea. numerous friends. Thank you for sharing Kua māro kē tō haere. Annie with us. Haere i tō haere. Nāna te kii,“Haere mai ki āu, okioki” Annie, wahine toa, we commit to continuing your good work, we will uphold your values Annie - You are a true champion of our and dreams and we will continue to ask, why people and our communities. For you, not? people come first, for you, manaaki tāngata is priority, everyone has the right “I was devastated to hear of Annie’s early death. It was a great privilege to work with Annie during my time as MP for the East Coast Electorate, and especially as Minister of Social Development.

Nā tō kaha ki te ārahi, ki te aroha mo ngā whānau, hapū, iwi me ngā hapori o te rohe ka kitea tonu o mahi me tō matakitenga mo ngā rā o āpōpō. Ahakoa ngā pēhitanga taumaha ki ō pakihiwi ka whai wā tonu koe ki te tautoko i te iti, i te rahi. Kua kore te kitea tō menemene mōhū, me te koi o tō hinengaro ki te kaupare i ngā hē engari ki te rapu huarahi hei whakatika. E kore koe e karo i te whakatumatuma ā o hoa ahakoa tūmataiti, tūmatanui, engari ko tāu he hiki ake i te wairua e whai ai i ō tapuwae. Arā eke ana ki te waiata a Ngoi, “Mā ō mahi ka kitea koe e te ao, e tō iwi Māori” Tūturu, tika tonu. Ka mahia tonu ngā mahi nāu i whakakaupapa, he aha hoki i kore ai? “Nāu i para te huarahi. Waiho, mā muri hei whakatinana” Arohanui Nā Te Whānau o Tūranga Ararau

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Mere Matete-Maraki and Rhonda Riki on fixed-term contracts.

Kaimahi Mō Te Taiao In collaboration with Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and the Gisborne District Council, Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust supported twelve of the 200 Kaimahi employed through the Tairāwhiti Redeployment Programme which, in turn, received its funding from the Tairāwhiti Economic Support Package (TESP). Soraya Pohatu, Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust’s Taiao Lead and co-worker Davinia Walker supervised and trained the Kaimahi in the remediation and restoration of sites of significance to Rongowhakaata including Te Wherowhero Lagoon.

In the interim the Trust has applied to the Jobs for Nature Fund which is administered by the Department of Conservation to continue to employ the Kaimahi for a further two and a half years. These taiao kaimahi have ecosourced about ten thousand plants that are housed in a temporary nursery which is also their work base.

For the past month they have been sowing seeds for next year’s planting projects while maintaining current stocks. “The team has excelled in their roles, they are dedicated to learning and are not afraid to pick up a chainsaw, set and clear traps and weed and eradicate noxious weeds,” says Soraya. “An immediate benefit for the Trust is trebling the number of our taiao kaimahi and growing the On completing the redeployment number of Rongowhakaata taiao champions.” programme, the Trust, with some financial support from the Ministry of Social The kaimahi agree that the work can be hard, Development, continued to employ five especially over the really hot days in late of the Kaimahi including Tina Soutar, Cris January and February, but they have learned Whatuira, Matthew Foster, Shavonne Brown, so much from working alongside Soraya and Davinia and reconnecting with the land and their Rongowhakaata roots. For them, going to a job where you are making a difference to the taiao, preserving, and enhancing our special spaces while gaining new skills along the way to pass on to others, makes getting up at 5.00am for a 6.00am start all worthwhile. During those times they started early and finished before the heat of the day set in.

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checking. “While we do not envisage seeing any real immediate impact, this will make a big difference to nesting birds and I believe we will see an increase in other species such as native skinks.”

Soraya is aware that the trapping programme will work due to the success Rongowhakaata has had at Rākaukākā. It has been in place for five years and the iwi are definitely seeing the benefits from the weekly efforts of their volunteers and their tireless commitment. Native seed numbers have exploded due to the increase in the number of native birds that are returning such as Kaka, Tui and Weka, all as a direct result of the trapping programme. “Our new taiao team are able to pass on their knowledge and the skills that they have gained over the past months,” says Soraya. “The team is working with local schools such as Manutuke and Gisborne Intermediate. “These tamariki are our future environmentalist and it is important that we start re-connecting them and our mokopuna to the whenua through practical hands-on education in our spaces “The new trapping programme introduced and places.” at Te Wherowhero will significantly increase predator catch rates and will have a huge The Trust has also been working with impact on Te Wherowhero wildlife,”says other iwi, hapū, whānau and community Soraya. “It will involve doubling the number environmental groups including the Te Kooti of traps, from 100 to 200, and making weekly whānau, marae whānau and the kaumātua at

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the Manawaru Kaumātua Flats in Manutuke tasks that need to be done in the short and as well as the Tarere marae whānau. long term to care for Te Wherowhero. The Kaimahi have participated in numerous Some of the key questions arising from our training programmes gaining water testing, Te Wherowhero conversations included; trapping skills, first-aid, health and safety, and the use and maintenance of chainsaws 1. Signage - We need to design and install as well as learning about Rongowhakaata, proper signage giving relevant cultural, the people, place, and history. Attending environmental and historical information wānanga to learn about the practices of as well as informing people about what is Rongowhakaata Matauranga-Taiao is a key happening at the site such as bird nesting point of difference from any other training that requires people to take more care. on offer. “The team relish the opportunities Some funding has been secured for the and skills they have been given,” says signage so there is just a need to come up Soraya. “For them working and learning with an appropriate design and wording. on their Tūrangawaewae makes everything much more special.” 2. What is the current state and status of the trapping program? All the traps have been removed from the site for cleaning Taiao Pānui while a new line plan is developed. Once the traps are returned the Rongowhakaata The Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust Taiao has taiao team will recommence their work planned three Community planting days. there and will share their trapping and The dates and sites are; monitoring responsibilities with the Ngāi Tāmanuhiri taiao team members when 22 May Rākaukākā they come on board. The Teams will 26 June Te Wherowhero develop an App to gather data to assist 24 July Waikanae them monitor progress and share progress reports with whānau.

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In February the Rongowhakaata Iwi trust taiao team held its first community day for the year at Te Wherowhero. It provided the fifty plus participants with an opportunity to have a look at the remediation work that has occurred over the past five months and to talk about our aspirations, priorities and

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4. Accessing and collating information that has been gathered about Te Wherowhero from different organisations including information around water and sand testing as well as bird data. It would be great to put this information on a dedicated Rongowhakaata taiao site. 5. What planting will occur at the site? This year will be slightly different from previous years in that we will be planting trees that were previously there in abundance and are relevant to our stories such as the kowhai. We want to replant the Te Kowhai block with kowhai. We also plan to plant Pōhutukawa to replace the poplar trees that have been removed. While the Poplar trees are not significant in this particular context, they did play a role as a ‘marker’ used by our fisherman to line-up traditional fishing grounds. The planting of the Pōhutukawa will not only serve a botanical function, it will enhance the aesthetics, provide more shade for the area and assist Rongowhakaata fishers to re-establish and maintain traditional fisheries lore and practices. Planting will also be done at the front gate so that people realise that there is a restoration project happening in the area.

3. People want to learn and see more information about Te Wherowhero and its history, bio-diversity profile and the flora, and fauna. We are still exploring options for gathering and sharing information in addition to our Rongowhakaata Facebook “The next key focus for our team is working on a wetlands day, or should they say lack page. of wetlands day," says Soraya. “It will be an opportunity to highlight the significance of wetlands to this area, their sad demise and how we need to take action to restore them to their former glory.”

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Flight Path – Nova Avni

Exhibition/whakaaturanga Dates: 06/03/21 - 09/05/21

“From my mountain to your mountain”

New Tairāwhiti Museum Collection Website Tairāwhiti Museum has launched a new part of its website that allows visitors to access the museum’s collection from home. It contains information about many of the taonga, along with images and links to other related information. The website is being constantly updated as more and more records become available to view online. The museum’s internal database holds about 41,000 records but only around 400 objects are on display in the museum at any one time. With the new website taonga can be “on display” digitally meaning a far greater number of objects can be shown and it provides access for those who can’t readily make it to the museum. It also provides for new opportunities such as automated subject tags, colour recognition and user input. At the bottom of each record there is a function for users to comment on the record which has already proved invaluable with users providing their perspective and knowledge on the collection. Work is being done daily to improve the data but the new website provides a new and much more open way of accessing the museum’s collection. You can visit the new website at: https://collection.tairawhitimuseum. org.nz/explore

Kia ora, my woven art collection is based on traditional raranga techniques mixed with wild Israeli organic weaving. This is a visual story of my journey as a New Zealand – Israeli woman. We live between Wainui Beach, Gisborne and my husband’s kibbutz in Israel situated in the middle of a valley created by the prehistoric Syrian-African rift. In this sacred place we share a communal way of life. My art pieces reveal respect to, and protection of, the natural world around us. They highlight people’s need to protect our planet and reflect on Papatūānuku and her kaitiaki.

Having no access to flax in Israel, local women weavers invited me on a journey to discover and experience wild weaving with local fauna. The historical and cultural differences between the two countries have shown me the potential of art as means to express individual identity in a respectful manner; and as a social bridge between people. A reminder not to lose what we have.


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BETTER BOWEL CANCER TESTING RATES THANKS TO SUCCESSFUL LOCAL APPROACH

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OR some whānau there is something a bit tapu about tutae but many are working through that for the good of their health.

As part of a national bowel screening programme, it is expected that by mid-2022 around 9500 Tairāwhiti people aged 60-to-74 will have been sent a screening test, which they carry out by putting some poo on a stick, then send back for analysis. The team at Tūranga Health, however, are doing things a bit differently . . . they are personally visiting whānau to talk through any issues and to deliver – then collect – the tests. And the results have been outstanding: nationally, it was hoped to get a participation rate of 62 percent but at nearly 80 percent, Tūranga Health has achieved well above that. “Our strength in the community offers whānau another pathway to accessing important health services,” says Tūranga Health events co-ordinator Dallas Poi. “Having a testing kit just arrive in the mail might seem a bit impersonal to some whānau so our face-to-face approach really seems to work.” The faecal immunochemical test (FIT) can detect in poo tiny traces of blood that may be an early sign of pre-cancerous polyps or bowel cancer, with the screening programme launched to address Aotearoa's position as having one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. And to ensure equity of service, Hauora Tairāwhiti brought in Ngāti Porou Hauora, the Pacific Island Community Trust and Tūranga Health to meet the needs of Tairāwhiti Māori, Pasifika peoples, and those who live in remote areas. The Tūranga Health team of four kaiāwhina have reached out as far as Matawai, Ngatapa and Muriwai to connect with the nearly 200 whānau they have contacted since they began work in December. “But our role is about more than delivering kits and picking them up later,” says kaiāwhina Rhonda Pohatu. “Because we have that high level of trust they are comfortable to korero about what the test is for and how they can do it. Whānau are reassured to know that they don't have to do anything unclean or invasive, and that we will collect the test once they're done. They say it's really easy!” Tūranga Health plans to have seen around 500 whānau in the six months from December 2020 and Hauora Tairāwhiti Bowel Screening Coordinator Kath Cordiner says they are certainly doing the mahi. “Their method of delivery is certainly making a difference to the uptake,” she says, “and that is creating a few waves of interest around the country.”

Our role is about more than delivering kits and picking them up later,” says Tūranga Health kaiāwhina Rhonda Pohatu as she helps with the local bowel screening programme. “Whānau are reassured to know that they don't have to do anything unclean or invasive, and that we will collect the test once they're done.” — Image credit: Biddy Robb

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW •

Bowel screening can save lives by helping find cancer at an early stage.

When identified early bowel cancer – which kills 1200 Kiwis every year – is treatable.

Each year it is estimated that the screening test (available to those aged 60-to-74) will identify around 70 Tairāwhiti people who will need further investigation.

However, as the number of Māori diagnosed with bowel cancer in their 50s (22 percent) is almost double that of non-Māori (12 percent), whānau are urged not to wait for a test if they have symptoms like blood in their poo, or on-going changes in bowel habits.

Bowel Cancer is curable in more than

90%

of cases if caught early

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