Tēna koutou e ngā whānau o ngā Kōhangā Reo, ngā mokopuna, ngā kaiako, ngā kaiawhina, ngā kaitautoko, tae noa ki ā tātou Kuia, Kaumatua.
Ka nui te aroha mō koutou e pīkau, e waha nei i tō tatou kaupapa, e ora tonu ai te reo, ngā tikang me te wairua Māori ki roto i ā tātou mahi katoa.
Ki ā tātou mate kua kawea koutou e te ring kaha o aitua, ka tangi rā te whatumanawa ki a koutou, moe mai koutou, haere atu rā.
Kei aku rangtira tēna koutou katoa.
Kātahi rā te tau ko tēnei e hoa mā! Ahakoa i hau mai au i te Matariki o te tau, he nui ngā mahi kua tutuki, he nui hoki ngā mahi hei mahi tonu!
Six months with my feet under the table and it feels like putting on a pair of my favourite slippers…
The team have been working hard and making gains, both big and small; but all heading in the right direction. Post the rohe visits, I have enjoyed opportunities to connect with our staff and whänau in the regions. The Korowaitang also provided a wonderful opportunity to witness those who achieved success with the completion of the courses, from Takaimatua to Te Tohu Tino Rangatiratanga Whakapakari – what a journey some of you endured to reach your destination. What was also fabulous to be a part of was the diversity of expression – the ihi, wana and humility reminded me of why we do what we do and why Kōhanga Reo is so important! To each and everyone who received your tohu – congratulations once again – Mauri tu, Mauri Ora!
We should also celebrate ‘Raniera’ – Daniel Procter – who is our youngest (aue..thirty something…) and newest member of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board. He is a a Kohanga graduate who reflects the dreams and aspirations of those who founded Kohanga Reo. I have to say that it is great having the first Kohanga Reo graduate sitting at the Board table – he is bright, willing and able; has a good set of skills and importantly is a fluent speaker of te reo Maori. No reira e Raniera nau mai!
We also congratulate Koro Te Ariki Morehu – Te Arawa/Mataatua who was recieved, Te Waka Toi Award for his lifetime services to Māori Arts. Koro Te Ariki was a former member of the Board. He remains active and continues to support the movement today.
In addition, we also acknowledge Nanny Liz Hunkin who received the Te Aumangaea Award at the Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori Language Awards 2015 hosted by Ngati Kahungunu in Ahuriri.
We are reframing our conversations with our government counterparts. We have reset the conditions of our relationships with the various agencies and stakeholders, to ensure we can progress with a set of targets and outcomes we want to achieve. We are making good progress including the development of a new agreement with the Ministry of Education. Hoeke, e koke!
In 2016 Te Ata Raukura will roll out into all districts. In partnership with Te Ataarangi we welcome the prospect of increasing our capacity to grow te reo through Kohanga and with whänau. I would like to thank those rohe who piloted the programme; and also the team who worked tirelessly to develop this kaupapa. Ko koutou tēra “e kapo nei te ata o ngā raukura”.
Nō reira e te whānau whānui o te Kōhangā Reo, 2016 promises to be an even bigger year for all of us. There is still much to do and we are focussed on improving our delivery and future proofing our kaupapa. Ka tika me anga whakamua tātou katoa.
From us all, here at Te Tari Matua and our kaimahi around the motu, tēnei te piiki mihi kia koutou ngā whänau o ngā Kōhanga Reo katoa o te motu. Ngā whakaaro aroha o te Kirihimete ki a koutou, me ngā manaaki mō te tau hou e heke mai nei. Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki e tiaki. Mauri Ora.
Ka mutu ki ēnei kōrero a Tā Hemi Henare
“Ko te mea nui o ngā mea katoa ko te kotahitangā, i roto i te wairua,
me paihere ki te rangimarie, ko te reo hei kākahu mō te hinengaro.”
Nā, Kararaina Cribb