November 2013

In this issue

Ngati Porou and 2 Degrees team up to launch Iwi community fund,Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre for Excellence and Radio Ngati Porou win the supreme award at the Maori Language Awards, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Annual Report looks back on the last 12 months achievements and Whanau Oranga celebrates 21 years of supporting Ngati Porou whanau and its communities.

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Ngati Porou Marae Grants

Marae have long been recognised as being the focal point of any thriving Maori community – providing a place for our people to celebrate, to hui, to wananga and to mourn.  By supporting our marae to operate effectively we create an environment that enables our tikanga and reo to flourish, thereby enhancing the communities that sustain them.

A community richer thanks to ongoing relationship

The relationship between Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou and EIT Tairawhiti moved to a new level last month with the graduation of the first carpentry students, and scholarships awarded to a new crew, all of whom will be working on Tikapa Marae near Ruatoria.


Nga tohu reo awards

A combined entry by the Te Aitanga ā-Hauiti Centre for Excellence and Radio Ngati Porou saw the East Coast group win the supreme award at the national Maori language awards in Gisborne on Friday 15 November 2013.


The tug-o- war provides the grand finale to the annual event which is held on the 3rd of January. In 2013 the Pa Wars was held in Tokomaru Bay and each year an army of marae volunteers work behind the scenes to organise their troops.


For the kaiako and whanau members of Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti, helping the next generation of young Natis to grow up confident and secure in their Ngati Porou identity and culture is their main kaupapa.


As a young boy growing up in Waima, Jack Chambers lived in one of the many houses nestled alongside the edges of the Whangaroa stream. Back in the day, Jack recalls many whanau relied on the stream as their main drinking source, and it was treated accordingly with the utmost respect and reverence. 


“Mountains hold a special place in our lives and in our culture. They symbolise many things for many people— home, shelter, protection, identity, awe, inspiration, solitude, permanence, boundary — and we forever marvel at these creations of nature fashioned by nature’s tools.