Pānui Haratua / May 2020

In this pānui

  • Message from the Chair
  • Rangitāne o Wairarapa coming through with the goods
  • Tangihanga Guidelines
  • Oriana Paewai – leading by example
  • Tū Mai Rā Investments – New board appointments

Message from the Chair

Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou katoa,

On behalf of the board I’d like to acknowledge all of our whānau at this crazy time in our history for pulling together, sacrificing your freedoms, watching out for one another and committing to the national effort to eradicate Coronavirus.

We will never forget this moment where we each created our whānau bubble, our kaumātua were put into careful isolation for weeks, our whānau nominated their shoppers, our people lost jobs, and others whose jobs were suddenly elevated to essential services. Where our tamariki were taken out of schools and kōhanga and asked to learn in another way. Our homes became classrooms, restaurants, offices, and places of solace and refuge. We hunkered down together in our homes to play games, cook, read, and connect online. We seldom ventured out to for exercise or take the dog for a walk. All the time we lived  with a sense of fear, fed by the images we were seeing from countries abroad overwhelmed by the virus and the speed of its spread. We scorned those that broke the rules because we cherished our lives above all else. Above all, we took on the mantra from our Prime Minister to be kind to one another.

Over time our fear started to drip away as Aotearoa slowly began to flatten and then crush that curve and as we gingerly emerged into level 3 then level 2 of the lockdown. We praised our leaders, we cheered for the iwi who locked down their rohe, we thanked those who isolated and quarantined, we celebrated each day that had zero case. Again, thank you to all for your part in this but the job is not done yet.

During these times our iwi workers and leaders, like all others across the motu, rose to the challenge. We stood firm, determined  this would not be a Pandemic disaster for our people. Determined that we would not lose one life. Determined that our goal was to get through this until a vaccine  was available for everyone. Certain that we as a people would not be forgotten about or last on the list. We championed for attention for our most vulnerable and our most valuable.

We put aside our differences as providers, as iwi regardless of status, place or position and put whānau first, our neighbours and our country. Our kaimahi volunteered to go into the breach, to connect with whānau, to deliver care packages and hygiene packs. We promoted the flu vax and ran mobile set ups in Tamaki and Wairarapa for whānau. We worked with the Police and our Funeral Directors to have contingency plans in place if any of our whānau passed away. We changed our tikanga practices, we closed our marae, we put our tikanga and religious leaders into lockdown fearful as they are the ones we  would  struggle without the most. We ensured that throughout this time we were in communication with you and that you knew what we knew.

So here we are at Level 2, out the other side and hopeful about our future. It will take some time for us to truly understand what just happened and what it meant for all of us. How it has affected us. How we want our world to be from now on. Many are talking about a recovery plan but Māori are talking about a reset. A chance to have a different world, not so reliant on the rat race, fast-food, money, money, money and a life that is disconnected and unkind.

So, this is our challenge whānau, to take our iwi forward. To ask our whānau what is the future that we want? To challenge the status quo and to reach for the things that matter to us most.
We need to ensure that everyone is ok; take the time to talk to our kaumātua whowere in self-isolation, ensure that we are healthy and that our medical needs are met. We need to look out for our mental wellbeing more than ever, as for many of us, this is the biggest shock we have been witness to and it is not over yet.

The Pandemic has raised questions around what a secure job is. The tourism and hospitality industries have taken the biggest hits and we are at a time to rethink our vocation and whether we should retrain in something else. Opportunities are quickly opening, and we need to ensure that you know what these are.
Our Trust wanted you to know that we are very focussed on this reset and that we are committed to making sure we can do our best for you. In the meantime, continue to wash your hands, keep up the physical distancing, cough into your elbow, stay home if you are sick and be kind.

He waka eke noa – we are all in this together.

Jason Kerehi
Chairperson Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust

Rangitāne o Wairarapa
coming through with the goods

Throughout the rāhui, both of our rūnanga have been working hard to support our whānau. Kaimahi from Rangitāne o Wairarapa describe the experience they’ve had throughout the lockdown.

For the first 4 weeks, we were flat to the board.  There was a different buzz in the air.  A lot of thinking was done on our feet.  Rallying and working together as Iwi, Māori organizations, community and government agencies to meet the needs of our whānau and community.  I never heard ‘Nah can’t do that’ or ‘isn’t that what you do?’  We united together, worked together, sweated together and shared all our resources together for our whānau and community

The rūnanga workers continue to be received warmly by our iwi members delivering sanitation & hygiene packs, food parcels, and firewood to those in need throughout the Wairarapa as well as helping  individual households going through tough times.

The gratitude and aroha from the whānau on delivery of food, hygiene packs and or prescriptions was warm and welcoming.  The kanohi ki te kanohi without the touch was an experience in itself because of the non-touch.  The kōrero shared in exchange was priceless.  The calls to kaumātua was received with love and laughs.  Acknowledging everyone’s efforts and support around the Covid-19 lockdown was amazing”.

When asked if they would do it again, they all agreed that the experience had been rewarding and they are more than happy to help.

“What we were taught and learnt on the marae from  our parents, grandparents and great grandparents was to look after the people and give them the best of what you have”.

“Would I do it again?  If there was to be a second wave, Absolutely without any hesitation!”

The rūnanga was nominated for a “workplace shout” for their efforts and voted the most deserving. Ka nui te whakaute, e te whānau! Ka ngangaro e!

Pictured we have a few of the kind, caring & dedicated team that have been helping whānau &
individuals during the entire lockdown period.

Tangihanga Guidelines

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Oriana Paewai – leading by example

Congratulations to Oriana Paewai the Chief Executive of Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua on her appointment to the Massey University Council by the Minister of Education. This makes her 4 of 12 Members who are of Māori descent and was it was mentioned that it is the university’s aspiration to be a Te Tiriti led institution.

Oriana was also appointed MidCentral District Health Board deputy chair in December of last year where she has been a member since 2001.

These appointments are very inspiring to our people as it gives our youth someone to look up to and shows what hard work and dedication can help you to achieve. Oriana has shown great leadership as Chief Executive for Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua, she led a strong team during the lockdown like all Iwi around the country and it has showed.

New board appointments

We are excited to announce two new appointments to our Tū Mai Rā Investments Board.  It is a great tohu when applicants are of such a high calibre and extensive experience.

Join us in welcoming Sonya Rimene and Marise Kerehi Stuart as our new directors to the Board.  They each bring experience, skill and insight to Tū Mai Rā Investments. They will work with the four existing directors on the board, increasing the total directorship to 6 positions. Their energy and focus will be great for forging the aspirations and mahi of the Board.

Sonya Rimene

Rangitāne, Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Kai Tahu

Sonya, born and raised in Wairarapa, has more than 25 years central government experience including in Māori development portfolios.  Her roles have been to influence decision makers to advance and support the aspirations of Iwi / Māori.

An experienced director of 20 years, Sonya is a Trustee on Rangitāne Tu Mai Rā Trust and Wairarapa Moana Incorporation boards.

Sonya has extensive networks across Aotearoa and communities across the health, education, welfare, and justice sectors. She brings strong management experience, strategic thinking, and social consciousness to the Board table.

“I am passionate about our whānau, hapū and iwi. This role is exciting, particularly being able to lead innovative solutions and opportunities to meet and grow the aspirations and dreams of our people,” says Sonya.

Marise Kerehi Stuart

Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāpuhi

Born and raised on a sheep and beef farm in Mauriceville, Wairarapa, Marise is the daughter of Maryann Kerehi Stuart (Ngatuere) and Alan Stuart; mokopuna of Tutahanga Otekai Arahi Ngatuere, and descendant of Tawhirimatea Tawhao Ngatuere.

A Ngārimu VC 28th Māori Battalion scholar, and, Fulbright scholar at Harvard University, Marise is working with Nobel Prize laureate (Economics) Professor Amartya Sen exploring the challenges to Māori economic development.  In addition to her studies, she is designing and implementing Māori economic development programmes (in Te Tai Tokerau and the Wairarapa) using lessons from the successful, Māori response to Covid-19.

Marise has extensive experience in governance, health and digital innovations, and a passion for maximising Māori capabilities and wellbeing, through economic development.

Marise is a member of Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā (National Māori Pandemic Group), as well as the Harvard Indigenous Health Response, supporting strategic advice and advocacy for COVID-19 across Aotearoa, and Indigenous peoples across the globe, respectively.

“I am excited to be joining Tū Mai Rā Investments and continuing the huge amount of mahi invested already by generations of Rangitāne whanau.  I am determined to uphold the legacy and dreams of our tūpuna, so that our mokopuna can flourish,” says Marise.

Nau mai, haere mai, hoki mai ki te kāinga. Welcome to Sonya and Marise joining our
Tū Mai Rā Investments Board with their first hui in June 2020.


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