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Members of the public are invited to come and celebrate Matariki at NorthTec, with a full programme of events taking place at the Raumanga campus.
NorthTec is partnering with E Tu Whānau for the week, with all activities centred on the importance of whānau and aligning with the organisation’s values.
E Tu Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori, and is about taking responsibility and action in the community and supporting whānau to thrive.
The week kicks off with the Primary Schools’ Kapa Haka Day at 11.30am on Monday, 27 July, at Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae. Four Whangarei schools will perform, giving the opportunity to celebrate Matariki with local tamariki mokopuna, upholding the value of Whakapapa – knowing who you are and where you belong. There will be a free sausage sizzle and Ngati Hine FM will be on hand to MC the event.
On Tuesday, 28 July, well-known environmental activist Rueben Taipari and his wife, Heeni Shortland, will share their journey in establishing environmentally sustainable housing in the Far North. They will also talk about how they are implementing Māori customary practices of the Maramataka (Māori calendar) into the lives of their whānau. This event will take place at 10am at the Interactive Learning Centre, and represents the value of Tikanga – doing things according to traditional Māori values.
A second event on Tuesday is the NorthTec Waka Ama, launching at 4pm from Beach Road in Onerahi, near the Onerahi Yacht Club. It’s open to all ages and abilities, and hosted by the Mitamitaga Ole Pasefika Vaaalo Canoe Club. A hearty soup will be provided for all participants.
Wednesday, 29 July celebrates two values: Whanaungatanga – being connected – and Korero Awhi – positive communication. The Whanaungatanga event takes place at Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae at 11.30am, when NorthTec hosts the RAID Movement to talk about how everyone can support suicide prevention in our communities. Entertainment will be provided by popular local soul singer, Ben Ratima.
The Korero Awhi event consists of a Māori language trivial pursuits evening, starting at 5pm at the Interactive Learning Centre. This fun event will see teams battling for the ultimate prize of being crowned the NorthTec Matariki Po Wero Hinengaro champions! It costs $30 to register a team of up to six people, payable on the night, with supper provided. To register a team, contact Kelly Heke on 09-470 3801 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 30 July sees a diverse series of speakers coming together to form the Mana/Manaaki event – building the mana of others through nurturing, growing and challenging. These are speakers with stories of change and transformation, hosted by E Tu Whānau.
Held at the Interactive Learning Centre, the event kicks off at 10.30am with Christian Huriwai, an extreme unicyclist from Kaikohe. Christian is the current street unicycling world champion, and works for Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe, using his unicycling skills as a means to engage with young people.
Next up is Rob Akahuta, Relationship Manager for E Tu Whānau, who will provide an overview of the organisation in Te Tai Tokerau and explain its objectives. He will be followed by Johnny Seve, Whānau Ora Facilitator for Ngāti Hau Health and Social Services, who will present the findings of research focusing on people who have been perpetrators of family violence.
The final guest speaker is the Rt Hon Winston Peters, leader of NZ First and the MP for Northland. Born and raised in Whananaki and of Ngatiwai and Ngāpuhi descent, Winston will share his journey within New Zealand politics and present his views on the best ways of improving prosperity in Northland communities.
The final event will celebrate the value of Aroha – the gift of giving and sharing, and will be a Matariki buffet hosted by E Tu Whānau at Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae. Starting at 5pm, tickets for the buffet cost $25 and there will again be live music from Ben Ratima. For bookings email email@example.com or phone 09-470 3779.
Huhana Lyndon, NorthTec’s Director, Learner Support, said the organisation was very pleased to be working in partnership with E Tu Whānau to celebrate Matariki. “Last year we had a great turnout for our Matariki events, and we expect this year to be the same. It’s a time for celebrating whānau, appreciating what we have, and getting together to help our community,” she said.
27 July – Primary Schools Kapa Haka Event
28 July – Living Te Maramataka Māori in 2015
28 July – Waka Ama “Get Out On The Water”
29 July – Matariki (Kaitaia)
29 July – RAID Movement Day. “Whanaungatanga”
29 July – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori “Po Wero Hinengaro”
30 July – Stories of Change and Transformation
30 July – E TU Whānau Matariki Buffet
Download the programme PDF.
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