A fabulous afternoon of learning and sharing at the S.O.A.R. Whanau Hui with Jack this week. Community members come together to discuss their stories and experience around disability challenges, and helped us to understand how services can better meet the needs of the whole whanau!
It was our pleasure today to receive a presentation from Police Assistant Commissioner Wally Haumaha and the Southern District Commander Superintendent Paul Basham and their various colleagues regarding our establishment of Huarahi Hou (new directions) Iwi Community Panels (alternative resolution process) due to commence soon!
We are so excited about having launched our whanau book - a collection of short stories and poems that Kai Tahu and whanau have created over a number of years. Snatches of memories, people, places and practices that have shaped and define us in the local Southern landscape - a celebration of relationship ties.
Publisher Tracey Wright-Tawha has been writing poetry for nearly forty years, and as a novice facilitated a number of whanau creative wananga over the last twenty years at Murihiku Marae, Takutai o Te Titi Marae and in various community settings. It was in checking a box one day and discovering a number of whanau poems that Tracey sought consent from whanau that a book be published.
Further creative wananga were facilitated giving a body of work spanning more than eighty years of memories.
The book is available at Toi Toi Maori Art & Gift Shop, 119 Dee Street, Invercargill, for $38.95
The third Hikoi Te Hauora Addiction Recovery Camp was held in the beautiful Blackmount Valley at Te Koawa Turoa O Takitimu.
At Nga Kete our staff work incredibly hard every day. Recently a large group of staff enjoyed a wellbeing day going fishing. We saved our pennies and the amazing crew of Awesome Charters gave us a day to remember. Te Ara a Kiwa had a bit of rock n roll in store for us but we enjoyed a great whanaungatanga and team building experience.
Greg Fordyce, Chairman & Tracey Wright-Tawha, CEO.
Our He Puna Waiora Ukulele Group had a lovely day trip to Hokonui Runaka in Gore recently. The group enjoyed singing and fellowship, as well as a fabulous meal supplied by Hokonui. Three cheers to them!!
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