The Te Rawhiti Newsletter—Fortnightly

Agenda Hui A Hapu
11 October, 2008, Saturday. 10 am

The Herald of Spring

Volume 1 Issue 2 6 October 2008

10.00-10.15 Karakia
Minutes of Last Meeting Business arising discussed in general business Correspondence Finances

10.15am General Business
1 The Inaugural Meeting of Te Rawhiti Enterprises Limited (TREL) a) The signing of the Directors’ Company Forms for the Companies Office b) The forming and approval of the Board company structure by the DirectorsChairperson, Secretary to Board, CEO, Lawyer, Accountant, shareholders’ representatives c) The setting of TREL meeting calendar-setting the next meeting d) Understanding the work of TREL-power point presentation-what it will do, where all shareholders fit into it, the businesses and the benefit to us all. e) The TREL Company rules f) The Financial Statement

2 3 4 Youth Programmes developments The logging of Omakiwi update; Koiwi in Auckland & Urupa on Urupukapuka; the Moturua wahi tapu Housing in Rawhiti discussion-Parani Penney

5 6 Shane Lloyd, Omapere Hotel, and tourism Vince Kerr, DOC Seagrass research update.

12.30 KAI. Please bring some food, particularly if you are bringing your children. Children and youth are welcome.
6 7 8 9 The commemoration of the sinking of the ‘Canterbury’, November 3 The Waitangi Claims update Marae developments Politics and our issues-discussion KA MUTU TENEI HUI


Land, the permanence of: He kura tangata e kore e rokohanga, he kura whenua ka rokohanga. The treasured possessions of men are intangible, the treasures of the land are tangible.

In a world where men and women and their possessions have no permanence, the land remains as the one possession which never changes nor is ever destroyed

Nga Aitua
Me mihi hoki ki o tatou tini aitua, ki te kaumatua Pita Apiata i takoto mai i te marae o Oromahoe, me Wiremu (Wulu) Titore i whakahokingia mai i Poneke ki te Rawhiti nei. Ki a raua kua haere atu i te ara whanui e haerengia e te tini me te mano, kua ngaro atu i te tirohanga kanohi, haere, haere, haere atu ki a ratou ma, ki te Torona o Ihoa hoki. Waihotia mai tatou te hunga ora kia tatou, no reira tena koutou, tena tatou katoa. As I was away in Auckland, it was very pleasing to know that the marae and hui was being run by very capable people, nga kai karanga, Kahurangi and Maude, the taumata manned by Alfie Kareko and Bob Clarke. Kipi ran the kitchen. They have only just recently experienced two previous hui and top marks go to them for this last hui. I do know that I am now redundant!!

Tikanga of Te Rawhiti Marae - M Hook
A few pointers For a tangi, when you come to bring your aroha and roimata and have come prepared to stay overnight, you must remember that the wharehui is not a five-star hotel. You sleep with the lights on and the door open, no matter how cold or wet it is. In our case, one side of the door may be closed. Regarding the lights – Ngapuhi attend tangi during the day and all through the night, as opposed to other areas south of Auckland where they stop the powhiri at sundown, close the doors and don’t powhiri manuhiri until daybreak. In the old days, Ngapuhi were well known for stealing bodies (it happened a lot in my own parents’ and your grandparents’ time) and while it has not happened in Te Rawhiti, the practise of leaving the lights on and the doors open must be retained. In many cases whanaunga have travelled long distances to bring their aroha, and that is the reason for carrying on with the powhiri, after hours, so to speak. The same reason we powhiri manuhiri when they arrive at the gate while a speaker is being welcomed or while a speaker is replying. A word from the kai karanga to the taumata that there is manuhiri at the gate and he will warn the speaker who finishes his speech saying “he korero whakahokia” (I shall continue after) Having to wait hours at the gate (as in some areas) cuts off your aroha which you’ve come all that distance to bring. Sleeping in the whare – again, it is not a five-star hotel. If your next door neighbour snores, too bad, if a baby cries all night, too bad. Often I have been asked for alternative places to sleep (by the snorers and by the non-snorers to get away from them!) but you just have to put up with all this as that’s what your marae is all about. If you are really sincere about bringing your aroha to your whanaunga, well, you put up with those sorts of inconveniences!

School Days
Te Rawhiti Native School 1906-1964 Kuia Tuera Howe Garland (Auntie Ella) – interview extracts
We weren’t allowed to ride horses to school, we had to walk go by land, we went up here towards Tangatipu and then down through Oharo up the hill, down, up the hill passed Te Kauri through Oharo it’s quite a long walk aye and of course every time we got to Auntie Rongo’s place, oh she’s hurrying Rangi and them up and telling them to hurry up, she can see us going to school. The Te Nana’s going to school in my time were Iri, Miriama, Jimmy and Kahu, you know, remember Kahu Iri’s George Rileys mother, Iri, Miriama, Jimmy and Kahu, yea they were all going to school Mene was a bit younger We only had Mr and Mrs Thompson when I was going to school

Recipe: Kaanga Pungarehu
Submitted by: Hine Puru
A breakfast special from a lady from Ngati Porou 4 cups clean manuka wood ash 1 pot water 2 cups white corn Add corn to the ashes and fill saucepan with cold water and bring to boil. Turn element to medium, boiling all the time until skin leaves the grain. Strain into clean cold water rubbing the skins off. Return corn to saucepan full of water and boil again. Pour water off. Repeat this process 3 times and leave on medium element till grain swells to twice its size. Serve hot or cold with cream and sugar. This recipe has heaps of protein but watch the calories!!

The following are snippets from the Diary of Ihaka Mita Te Tai - M Hook’s father.
Italics are comments from M Hook. Saturday, 26 August, 1939
Fine day. Up early, preparatory to going to Wainui. About 8 am, left Cream Point by launch for Hauai and Henry not going, went on to Kerikeri where Teri (Te Heihei) and party were waiting for us. Boarded bus about 25 of us went to the Wainui to fulfil old custom of shedding tears for those already dead but not personally present at time of death. Tangi mo Wiremu Paora Kira and Kawhena Weka. Long journey for a crowded bus. Quite a fair crowd on marae. Had tangi and retired to whare hui. Po mihimihi. Those from Rawhiti that made the trip – Ihaka, Sue, Whiu, Riwia (Ella’s parents), Tuta (Matutaera Rewha).

Sunday, 27 August 1939
Fine day, but a shower fell. After breakfast quite a few went to the graves of Wiremu Ihaia and his son Hare Ihaia. In middle of tangi a heavy shower fell which shortened the business. Some got wet. Plenty of fun in the talk this evening. Tino ngahau tenei noho a matou.

Monday, 28 August 1939
Showery at times. After breakfast got ready to come away and did so when bus arrived to bring party to Kerikeri. At Kerikeri the party fixed up fares with driver, sum of $10.10/- (ten pounds (not dollars) and ten shillings) return from Waimate to Wainui. Rawhiti party here boarded launch for Rawhiti arriving about 2 pm. Found those at home all well.

Youth and Children
17th October 2008, 5.30pm at Te Rawhiti Marae Vicki Heta, Barb and Sileesha Hepi have met with Mariao Hohaia from Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services to discuss a programme for our youth. As a result of this get together there is a meeting on Friday 17th October 2008 at 5.30pm with a group of local youth to put together a survey for our community to find out what we want/need/ wish for in Te Rawhiti and how, with the help of Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services, we can achieve it.

Creative Art Classes at the Marae.
Thomas Scicli Lauterbach is offering to teach/assist/guide drawing and painting. If you want to learn or further your skills please let him know at 094037095 or Barb at 09 403 7012. He can help you get started and help you on your way. This is a great opportunity to learn.

Upcoming Events at the Marae
11 October @10am – Hui a Hapu 12 October @10am – Marae Trustees Meeting 13 October @ 10.30am- Massey University researchers talking about the research they want to do about the history of 5 native trees and regional (including our) stories about them. Come along and ask listen. 14 October@9am-2.30pm- Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi. CFRT Reports hui for Ngapuhi Claims.

Marae Fundraiser
T-shirts are ready for sale. $30 adults and $20 children, contact: Catherine Pullan 09 6252842 0272433096 Helen Harte 09 52111837 021755553

The format of our newsletter has been changed to aid in the emailing process. If you have email and would like to have your ‘Pipiwharauroa’ sent via the internet, please contact Barb with your email address. Forward all submissions for the newsletter by the Thursday 16th October to Barb – 09 4037012, 0274 506079 or, for the 20th October edition. Thank you to all who contributed to this issue of Pipiwharauroa.

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