30 May 2016
Ko te tātai whetū o Matariki ki te rangi, ko Puanga kua mahuta ake ki te pae. He tohu whakamaumahara ki a rātou mā kua whetūrangitia, ā kua wehe atu ki te pō. Whāia te ara tapu a Tāne, te huarahi kua takahia e te tini, e te mano.
Kei te manu tākaha, e te Pāpā Mānuera, moe mai i te āhurutanga o te Atua. Ko koe tērā e noho mataara ana ki tō Kāhui Kōhanga Reo. Haere e Koro, e kore hoki mātou e wareware ki tōu aroha me tōu atawhai whakahirahira ki a mātou. Moe mai ki te whare okiokinga o te Atua.
Koutou e ngā mate huhua o te wā kua whetūrangitia, okioki atu rā.
Huri noa ki a tātou te hunga ora, pai mārire ki a tātou katoa.
Tēnā koutou e te whānau
As I write this passage, I recall that saying that life is like four seasons in one day… time passes way too fast, and often, closure occurs too quickly, and, when you least expect. I think about Koro Mānuera and his enduring love and guardianship of the kaupapa to ensure its sustainability for today, for tomorrow and for all our tamariki mokopuna who choose to enter.
The rising of Matariki and Puanga signals that a new season is upon us. Traditionally, we are told that this was a time for remembrance of those who had passed in the last year, a time of reflection of efforts and achievements, and, a time for sharing, celebrating and planning for the forthcoming year.
Within the context of Matariki, we reflect on the current projects in hand. Earlier in the month, I sent you all an email about the organisational (staff) restructuring. We began the process late last year and completed with two consultation rounds with our staff. Our focus has been to improve the functions to better support the quality of service delivery, strengthen the learning programs and improve the business of Kōhanga reo. The process has included feedback from our staff which has been considered in the final decision document. We expect to complete the restructure process by the end of June 2016. We are excited about the opportunities ahead!
Kia kaha te mahi, he ngahiri kitenga kotahi
In these last months the Board and our national office staff have joined with whānau at the graduation celebrations for the last of our Matariki ākonga in Tāmaki Makaurau, Kahungunu, Te Waipounamu and Te Taitokerau. Miriama and I travelled to Te Kao for the Te Taitokerau Korowaitanga. Whaea Bina and her team hosted a lovely day and together we all acknowledged the ākonga on their outstanding achievements. It was also great to have so many Pakeke there on the day alongside Koro Mānuera and Pāpā Hekenukumai Busby. The bonus was being able to catch up with some of my Ngā Puhi whanaunga.
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea.
Last Friday, Ikaroa held their Korowaitanga and celebrated the achievements of 73 ākonga from across the rohe. It was also a special day for our whānau with Ikaroa paying tribute to Māmā, arā, Nanny Te Oraiti who was recognised for her contribution to the kaupapa and in particular Whakapakari with an honorary award. Ahakoa i te mauiui te kuia, i tae atu āna mokopuna ki te whakawhiwhingia a tōna tohu.
E kore te puna aroha e mimiti.
On behalf of the Board I would like to thank the many whānau, graduates of Kōhanga Reo for submitting applications for the Sir James Henare and Te Kōhanga Reo Scholarships this year. We received a record number of applications, and after reviewing these, we were able to award 52 scholarships – ‘pūtea tautoko’ for those currently studying.
Whaowhia te kete Mātauranga.
I would like to congratulate Te Kōhanga Reo o Rotokawa, who have made the finalist list (1 of 14) in the Prime Ministers Education Excellence Awards for the Atahāpara Award / Excellence in engaging.
Rotokawa described how they draw from their surroundings (their maunga, awa, puna wai) to assist them in engaging with whānau with a strong focus on Te Korowai Pou Tuarua Whānau Decision Making and Te Ara Tūāpae, Ko te whakamana i te mokopuna me te whānau. Using Te Korowai, Te Ara Tūāpae and Te Whāriki they set about to take 3 major steps in order to effect change:
- Encourage 100% attendance at whānau hui by all whānau – contribute in kind and effort
- Provide opportunities for whānau to connect to the land, identity and culture
- Provide opportunities for whānau to strengthen outside of Te Kōhanga Reo hours
The Awards Ceremony is on Monday the 13th June at the Auckland Museum. This is a fantastic outcome. The Whānau said “they see getting into the finals as a good thing not only for their Kōhanga Reo, but for ALL Kōhanga and of course the movement”.
Finally, on June 15, (from 7.30am to 9.00am) we will be hosting Te Karanga a Matariki – the kaupapa of this hui is to signpost the journey of the kaupapa of Kōhanga Reo over the last 34 years. This event is going to be livestreamed (like Matatini) to all Kōhanga Reo whānau. We invite you to join us, by hosting your Matariki parakuihi in each of your Kōhanga reo with the mokopuna and the whānau. A time to celebrate! Be sure to check in (more details will come in a separate email)… We also express our thanks and appreciation to our sponsors Crombie Lockwood – who have been with the kaupapa for the last 20+ years. Representatives from each rohe have been invited to attend to mark the occasion which will also be livestreamed to all Kōhanga Reo whānau.
Nō reira e te whānau, ko ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa i tēnei wā o te hōtoke.
Noho ora mai i raro i ngā manaakitanga.