Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and give so many thanks to each and every one of our regional leads. As well as to each of the steering group members within our regional spaces, who work very closely alongside all of you. Despite current adversities, collectively Te Kete Pounamu regions have continued to flourish and connect with our whānau through numerous Zoom hui being held across the motu.
From the feedback I have received, there are two common themes that have truly connected each region to one another:
- The desire to connect, to unite and ensure that we are supporting one another, even if from a distance.
- There has also been a real hunger, for wanting more Zoom hui that operate in a more interactive way, educating attendees on te ao Māori, karakia, waiata, pūrākau and the old traditions of our tūpuna.
Our regional spaces are working timelessly to ensure that we continue to listen to and honour the whānau voice, by working together and finding ways we can bring all of the above into fruition and make those desires, reality
Watch this space for further updates
Ngā mihi nui
Cody Black, Kairuku, Te Kete Pounamu