Twenty two of the Waihao Kaumātua came together for a lunch in Ashburton. This has been the biggest gathering for some time and reports back indicate that everyone had a great time. Looking to the future, it is hoped that such great turn outs continue
The rūnanga had purchased a supply of Pipi Mā doll. These Te Reo speaking dolls have been distributed to all our registered tamariki under 5. The office has received positive feedback from whānau who say the dolls are good for memory and pronunciation.
The annual Waimate Matariki Festival was held on 23rd June and once again was a great success with the local schools of the district coming together for this event. The rūnanga catered lunch, a kai cook for the 500 students
Dean Thomas, a Waihao whānau member and member of the New Zealand Falconry Association, facilitated a hui on falconry in New Zealand, with a particular focus on native raptor conservation. Members of DOC and Moeraki rūnanga also attended this hui. Although the hui was held in a relaxed atmosphere, the information provided by Dean was extremely helpful to those interested in this area.
With the guidance of Kennedy Lange from ECAN, Ron and Taoka had a morning of collecting native seeds to be sent for propagation as part of our MOU with Department of Corrections. These will return to the marae at the seedling stage and will be cared for here until planting takes place around our takiwā.
We now have our Zoom room up and running. This is superior video conferencing technology and will assist us in many, many ways. We have saved day long trips to Christchurch by holding meetings via this medium which is a huge advantage to the office staff. Zoom will also be used for various Executive meetings and other committee meetings. It can even be used to assist whānau to connect with each other while being miles away. We are very pleased to have this wonderful tool at our fingertips.
Four rangitahi attended this careers day at Oceania and learnt about interviewing processes and what applicants are being assessed on. This was a hugely successful day and advanced the job application skills of all that attended the day.