Much was said about Parekura during his tangi by various orators and through the media.
In this issue
Chairman - Dr A T Mahuika reflects on the achievements and life of the late Hon. Parekura Horomia, Hui a Iwi held at Hiruharama marae to inform and update Ngati Porou whanau and hapu of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou current developments, Rauru marae hosts a Marae and Community Funding Expo and Mark Iles talks about the Te Riu o Waiapu Bee Industry project.
In the future customers strolling along the supermarket aisles in Shanghai or Beijing could be popping jars of Waiapu Gold Manuka honey into their shopping baskets if the aspirations of an innovative new project are realised. At the end of last year the Ministry for Primary Industries supported a proposal which looks at developing the Bee industry in Te Riu o Waiapu.
A Marae and Community Funding Expo was held at Rauru marae in Ruatoria on March 20th, as part of a collaborative effort by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and other organisations (including Department of Internal Affairs, Maori Land Court and TPK) to support our marae communities.
Within the wider political landscape there are many kaupapa with the potential to impact upon the mana and rangatiratanga of Ngati Porou. A Hui a Iwi was called last month by the elected representatives of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, to inform and update whanau and hapu members about some of the most recent developments occurring within this constantly evolving environment.
Maori land owners had the opportunity to express their ideas to a panel charged with the responsibility of reviewing the legal mechanisms which underpin Maori land tenure at a hui held at Pakirikiri marae in Tokomaru Bay recently.
Whanau Oranga, the social services division of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has a team of Kaimahi based in Kaiti and up the Coast who understand the challenges faced by rangatahi, and deliver a range of programmes aimed at supporting them to achieve their potential.
The Turning of the Tide is a new Police strategy launched at the end of last year which applies a prevention rather than an enforcement ethos to dealing with Maori representation in crash statistics and the criminal justice system. The strategy also commits Police and Maori to working together to achieve common goals.