Murihiku Te Kete Pounamu First Regional Hui

Rihari Scott (Kāi Tahu me Ngāti Kahungungu) and our Murihiku rōpū last month held the first open quarterly hui for our whānau here in Waihōpai. There was a small turn out, and what we lacked in numbers we made up for with aroha.

The Murihku rōpū were blessed to have Kerri Butler from our national network join us. Kerri, as quick as a whip got to work in recruiting other whānau in the building to join in.

The Murihiku rōpū felt privileged to receive the presentation on the whakapapa and mana of people around the motu. The people have contributed valuable input over the history of the Lived Experience consumer movement for Māori in New Zealand.

It was great to have a whakawhānaunga space for those that attended. My heart is filled with appreciation for those that shared, beautiful to know that someone was listening and every voice held hope.

Highlighted was the presence of our pounamu carrying the mauri and mana of our journey to an equitable and positive outcome for Whānau.

Thank you to all who attended. A special thanks to Kerri for your awesome presence and the taonga you carried to our space.

Pictured Muruhiku Steering Rōpū from left – Rihari Scott, Moyra Boersen, Sharlene Ryan, Joan Thomas