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Tāwhakai Whānau Aerospace Demonstration Wānanga.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Whānau day at the Tāwhaki site

On Mahuru/September 4th, whānau were hosted by the Tāwhaki team out at Kaitorete to learn more about the kaupapa and opportunities for whānau.

Tāwhaki is a partnership between Kaitōrete Limited (Te Taumutu and Wairewa) and the Crown that jointly purchased 1,000ha on Kaitorete. The intent behind the purchase is to protect and rejuvenate the whenua out at Kaitorete, as well as explore aerospace activities and develop research and development facilities, and to provide economic and other opportunities.

Image: Beautiful Tāwhaki entrance out at Kaitorete designed by Fayne Robinson and Morgan Mathews-Hale

Bussed from Te Hāpau in Halswell a little after 9 am, whānau were treated to stories about the area from David Perenara-O-Connell. At the site, whānau learned about the different companies that are partnering with Tāwhaki. These partners were screened to ensure that their operations are compatible with the whenua.

We saw multiple and incredible flight demonstrations of small aircraft powered by solar and battery and we were treated to some fabulous kai. The day rounded up with a wānanga with whānau so Tāwhaki could learn more about the outcomes whānau wanted to see, as well as an update on whānau participation in the ‘State of the Takiwa’.

Whānau gather to learn about the different companies that are partnering with Tāwhaki. Photo courtesy of Mapihi Martin-Paul.

Check out the highlights of the day in this video clip:

For more information visit the Tāwhaki Wesbite:

Temetiu’s Success

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

He mihi nui ki a koe e Temetiu, e te rakatira mō āpōpō. Nāu i whai atu i te mātauraka o kā tūpuna, o kā mātua hei oranga mō te taiao, mō te iwi hoki!

This is a success story about Temetiu Togia, he is 11years old and is a student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi.

Temetiu has shown himself to be a natural when it comes to learning mahi and tikanga from the time of his tūpuna.
He is a real pātaka of knowledge about te mahi hī ika – fishing, and anything related to the technologies and tools used in both modern day practice and those of his tūpuna. He is a fabulous writer and can churn out stories about fishing exploits down at Kaitorete spit and surrounding areas.

He quickly absorbs any new information, and is especially interested in tuna, inaka and pātiki, the challenges they face and their needs for a clean environment and one that can support their wellbeing. It is so important that we have young people coming through that have a keen interest in mahinga kai, knowing, treasuring and passing on these ways so that they will be successfully preserved for generations to come.

He is seen here extracting muka, a skill he picked up very quickly. His learning is being carried to him through te reo rangatira, this takes a big commitment from whānau to travel each day to kura, me mihi ka tika hoki ki a rātou, te whānau Togia.

Keep up the good work Temetiu, we need to grow our experts!

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri a muri ake nei.

Kāmaioha’s Success

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Congratulations to Kāmaioha Perenara-O’Connell (13years) who participated in the New Zealand National U15 Softball Championship tournament from the 8-12 January 2020, at Te Atiawa Park Paraparaumu.

Through his selection for the Canterbury U15 Development team, Kāmaioha was added to the national softball pick-up list and scouted to play for Upper South Island (Marlborough & Nelson), at the tournament. The four days saw the team play nine games, all of which Kāmaioha played in its entirety as short stop and number one batter.

With his third season of club softball for Halswell back into the swing of things, Kāmaioha has also commenced training for the Canterbury Development team in preparation for the Mainland Shield U15 South Island Championship on the 22 & 23 February, at Mizuno Ballpark Christchurch.

Kāmaioha’s last tournament is at the end of March when he represents his kura at the Div1 Secondary School Softball tournament in Hamilton.

Kāmaioha appreciates the support and guidance from whānau, friends, coaches and his fellow team mates and of course the opportunity given to represent the Upper South Island, Canterbury and St Thomas of Canterbury.

Photo is of Kāmaioha to the right and the team photo.

Tuia 2020 Mayoral Leadership Programme

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Te Taumutu Rūnanga Executive called for Expressions of Interest for the Tuia Rangatahi Leadership Programme. Tuia is a mentoring programme in which a rangatahi (Māori aged between 18-25) are mentored by the Mayor of their district to help rangatahi develop leadership skills and explore community governance. The Taumutu appointee will be mentored by Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton. We had a number of rangatahi express their interest, all with strong leadership and commitment to the rūnanga.

We are pleased to announce Emma Hill-Taiaroa as our Representative for Tuia 2020. Emma comes with a range of leaderships skills. Emma is passionate about helping her community and is looking forward to learning different leadership styles, meeting new people and experiencing how leadership can make positive changes within communities. Ka mau te wehi!

Thanks to Mayor Sam Broughton of the Selwyn District for continuing to provide a space for our rangatahi to develop their leadership skills alongside yourself and other Mayor’s and rangatahi across the country.