He mihi aroha tēnei i te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui ki Whakatū –
(Greetings in love from the Top of the South Island – Nelson)
We had our first kanohi ki te kanohi hui in a long time on the 30th of June. We were blessed with Māwhera (Greymouth) joining us as well as five new whānau who associate with the Victory Community Centre – Tino exciting! Lots of robust kōrero and everyone wanted to have their say. We have a starting point for Whakatū. E whakamana ana tātou i a tātou anō mai i te tirohanga Māori i te tuatahi – empowering ourselves as individuals through our Māori culture first and foremost. How this will look and what this will entail will be decided collectively. Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi – collectively with all our desires, thoughts, skills and input our journey together begins. Our next hui is to be held 28 July – Nau mai, Haere mai.
Nō reira e te whānau whānui – kua tae hoki mai te takurua, ā, kia noho mahana ai koutou – winter has arrived, stay warm whānau. Mauri ora.
Te Kete Pounamu ki Whakatū