Tuia te Kawe Iwi Wellbeing Dinner at Whakarongotai:

Ka nui te mihi ki te whānau whānui kua tae mai nei I tera raapa mo te kaupapa whakahirahira o Tuia te Kawe. We would like to thank all those that attended the Iwi wellbeing dinner held last week at Whakarongotai Marae. It was great to see so many of our whānau from near and far.  Our chair, Hemi told almost seventy iwi members who attended the dinner event that ‘Tuia te Kawe’ is a new way forward for the Iwi.  “We need to prepare ourselves and begin to mobilise” The evening began with presentations on the Iwi’s demographics collected from the 2013 census by Statistics New Zealand.


The Trust organised four workshops at the Marae during the year and supported working parties to develop the six strategies for the Iwi to implement.  Those strategies include Communicating with our peopleCelebrating being Te Ātiawa; Iwi Environmental Strategy; Education and Te Reo ; Whānau Wellbeing and Economic Development.


Whāia Te Ahi Kā was also launched by Māori health researcher, Kiri Parata. A project funded by the Health Research Council  to explore  the notion of what being connected to iwi means in a modern day context, and how participation through iwi might enhance overall wellbeing.


Acknowledgements to Matua Whatarangi Winiata, Chairman of the Te Aho regional Māori development initiative, Daphne Luke, project manager of Te Aho and Aaron Kearney of AK Training/Catering Systems for the kai prepared for the evening.  Last but not least, to our whānau that attended the workshops and supported the development of the six strategies, we thank you, momentum is critical and we look forward  to your support for implementation of ‘Tuia Te Kawe’


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Nei ra te mihi,

Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust Board