Pounamu and Te Ahi Kōmau

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Pounamu

The pounamu was gifted to Te Kete Pounamu rōpū by Whaea Lucy Bush from Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini).

The pounamu symbolises the relationship between Te Kete Pounamu and Te Rau Ora. Te Rau Ora provides a korowai of manaakitanga, aroha, tautokotanga and kaitiakitanga to ensure the safety and mana of ngā mema o Te Kete Pounamu (Te Kete Pounamu members).

Te Ahi Kōmau

Te Ahi Kōmau was a gift from Herewini Rangi to the rōpū in 2016.

Te Ahi Kōmau was gifted to Rūaumoko by his brother the Atua of karakia, Paea; to provide light in the darkness, to comfort him and keep him warm. Paea recited the karakia that caused an everlasting flame to burn within Te Ahi Kōmau. Herewini related the whakapapa of Te Ahi Kōmau to the narratives of our whānau experiences to provide enlightenment where there is no understanding or light in the darkness, comfort for whānau to know their voices are taonga and held with much respect. The responsibility of Te Kete Pounamu to carry the mana (power) of whakaaro me kōrero o te whānau (whānau thoughts and discourse) like an everlasting flame with the desire to influence and affect positive change.