14 December, 2017

He Kupu nā Te Tumu Whakarae,

Pono ki te kaupapa, puna ko te reo

Tēnā tātou e ngā whānau o ngā kōhanga reo i ngā hihi o Tamanui te rā.

He maimai aroha ki ngā tini mate i ngā marae maha o te motu. Haere atu rā koutou e moe.

Taiopenga 2017

E rere te hau o mihi ki te katoa i tautoko i te Taiopenga (Expo) o Te Kōhanga Reo i tū ki Waikato i ngā wiki kua taha ake nei.

I hou mai a tini mano. Ko nga puna ariki, ko ngā puna moko i pari i ngā tai ki te whakanui, ki te whakakaha i tō tātou kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo. E tika ana te kōrero a Waihoroi Shortland, he mārakerake te kite atu kei te ora rawa atu te wairua o te Kōhanga Reo.

E rere ana te kupu maioha ki tēnā ki tēnā o tātou i tautoko i te Taiopenga o Te Kōhanga Reo a tinana a wairua hoki. Kua 35 ngā tau o tō tātou kaupapa, nō reira i tika te whakatau kia whakanuia ō tātou kaumātua i te Taiopenga.

Take Poari

Tuatahi he pānui nā te Poari Matua o Te Kōhanga Reo. Kua tohua a Matua Hook hei Tiamana mō te Poari o Te Kōhanga Reo. I pōtihia a Matua ki te Poari i ngā Kōwhiringa Pōti i tēnei tau. Nā, kua tohua a Matua hei Upoko mō te Poari.

Hēoi, e te Poari kua taha ake a Tā Tīmoti, Tina Olsen-Ratana, Duris Barrett, Te Wharehuia Milroy he kokonga ngakau e kore e tāea te kite. Nā koutou tō tātou waka i whakatere i ngā ngaru o te wā, nā koutou te waka i whakamau kia anga whakamua, nā koutou i pono ki te kaupapa o rātou mā. Tēnā koutou katoa.

E te Poari hou, e te Tiamana hou nau mai haere mai. He nui ngā mahi kei mua i a tātou, ko te ringa ki te kakau o te hoe – tōkihi.

Wā Whakataa

Ko te pānui whakamutunga kua tata mutu ngā mahi mō te tau, ka kati ngā tatau o te Tari Matua a te Ramere 23 Hakihea 2017 tae noa ki te 15 Kohitatea 2018.

2017 is quickly drawing to a close, and before we end the year there are a few messages I would like to share.

Kōhanga Expo 2017

Firstly, a huge mihi to all those who attended and supported the Te Kōhanga Reo Expo in Hamilton. The Expo was an overwhelming success with four intensive days filled with a range of amazing activities, performances and workshops for all our tamariki, mokopuna and whānau alike. It was an exuberant way to celebrate 35 years of the Te Kōhanga Reo movement and my sincere thanks goes out to you all, because it was through our collective efforts that made the Expo the success that it was.

Board Matters

Secondly, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Matua Hook as the new Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board Chairperson, who replaces our outgoing Co-Chairs, Sir Tīmoti Karetu and Tina Olsen-Ratana.

Matua was elected to the Trust Board in April 2017 alongside Te Wheoro Rangikotua, Sue Tipene, Waihoroi Shortland, Hurimoana Dennis and Dame Tariana Turia. Daniel Procter remains as a board member to complete his five year term.

And as we welcome our new Board, this week we also bid a very fond farewell to our previous Board members who have now officially stepped down from their duties. Our heartfelt thanks to each of our departing Board members who served Te Kōhanga Reo tirelessly over the years: Sir Tīmoti Karetu, Tina Olsen-Ratana, Druis Barrett, Wharehuia Milroy and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi. You have guided the movement with skill and enormous committment and for this we thank you all.

For those that were present at the recent Expo 2017, Kiingi Tuheitia, Patron of Te Kōhanga Reo, announced that Dame Iritana will remain on the Board in an honorary capacity as his representative.

In Closing

Te Kōhanga Reo is now 35 years old, we have spent this year reflecting on the past and recognising the many Kaumātua, Mātua, Kaiako and whānau who have been at the forefront of the movement and continued to support this dream of our people, to educate our tamariki in te reo Māori and te ao Māori. We look forward to confidently pursuing our future success and achievements by increasing Māori speaking communities – 100 years of the kaupapa of Te Kōhanga Reo driven by the people!

Once again, thank you to everyone for your efforts this year. Have a safe and enjoyable break with your whānau, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in the New Year.

Kia tau te manaakitanga a te runga rawa ki a tātou katoa.

Kararaina Cribb
Tumu Whakarae

Christmas Office Hours

A reminder that Head Office will close on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen again on Monday 15 January 2018.