Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Funding
We would love to tautoko a community kaupapa that aligns with our objectives. Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā will make available 1% of its total investment returns within any financial year. Currently this equates to $10,000 or two funding rounds of $5,000.00 per annum. Full details and an application form are available on our website. Applications close January 31st and a decision will be made in February 2020. See link for more details. https://tumaira.iwi.nz/sponsorship-and-funding/
Kāhui Pou – Te Kura Reo o Rangitāne
After successful procurement of funding from Te Mātāwai, the inaugural wānanga reo called Kāhui Pou was held over three days from 4-6th October at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa. The wānanga reo had an emphasis on Rangitāne history, language for the home, and te reo o te rangatahi aimed at educating our whānau on Rangitāne oral histories (kōrero tuku iho) and enhancing the use of te reo in Rangitāne homes.
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The wānanga started with a pōhiri on Friday morning and ended with a hākari at lunchtime on Sunday. Overall the wānanga met our initial goals of gathering as Rangitāne, sharing our kōrero and contributing to the revitalization of te reo Māori. The wānanga included five teachers, 94 students, 10 tamariki, and two kaiāwhina.
An overwhelming majority of whānau extended their gratitude for the opportunity to attend.
“Awesome to have a Kura Reo during a “weekend” so people can come and not miss out on this great opportunity! Having a kaitiaki for my tamariki was the highlight of this Kura Reo!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed my first ever Kura Reo, was so inspiring and helped me in opening my senses and whakaaro Māori. So much information gained but so worth it and can’t wait to implement what I have learnt in my mahi and kainga. Doing this for me, my whānau, and my babies!”
“Taku kura reo tuatahi, ka hoki mai ano ahau, ko koutou kei runga”
“He tino rawe te kaupapa, nga kaiako me nga kaiwhakahaere, feeling so so inspired nga mihi”
Saturday the 19th of October saw our first class of students graduate with their first kete for the Poua Reo language programme. This initiative is funded by Te Mātāwai and aimed at developing beginners, particularly our kaumātua.
The initiative began on Saturday 27th of July at Te Oreore Marae where participants met their kaiāwhina and did a baseline assessment. The students received the recently developed ‘Rangitāne’ themed workbook that they completed in order to graduate and had in-home visits from their kaiāwhina to help them through the workbook. Online help was also available through Zoom.
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It was a very emotional day for a lot of the students, all of whom have their own reo Māori journeys and have tried to learn te reo many times before. The kaiāwhina all spoke about how much of a pleasure it was going into the homes of our whānau and how inspired they felt by the ākonga.
We are happy to announce the second kete of the programme will begin in November.
On the 16th of October Matua Manahi Paewai was interviewed by Hiona Henare a producer, writer and director who is a descendent of Ngai Tara, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Kuia. She came to get his knowledge on Kurahaupō as she received funding from the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Tuia – Encounters 250 grant to produce a film on the descendants of Kurahaupō, Whātonga, Tara and Tuteremoana. Production for the film will be starting in 2020 and casting will start early next Year 2020.
Hiona finds that getting Oral knowledge from our own people gives the film more Mana. She was fortunate to be able to interview our Kui Noa Nicholson just before her passing. Hiona is passionate about our History and having it heard and seen. She would also love to hear more stories about our Wāhine, the likes of Hotuwaipara and Reretua as you do hear a lot of stories about our Tāne but not about our Wāhine.
Hiona has had her films travel to film festivals worldwide, she has recently received Best International Indigenous Documentary at the 2019 Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Her films carry a host of awards including the Audience Choice Award and Best Actress at the2010 Wairoa Māori Film Festival, Highly Commended Script Award by the New Zealand Film Commission and Huia Publishers and the Southsea’s New Zealand Student Film Award for Best Māori Film maker. In 2015 Hiona received the Australian Solid Screen award for Contribution to Screen Arts.
Hiona is passionate in her mahi, she is about our people and getting our stories heard and seen. We look forward to seeing our own ancestors come to life in the up and coming Kurahaupō film.
Significant Sites Screening
Tamaki nui a Rua Documentary Screening
Two years ago our whānau had the opportunity to get on a bus to go and see all the sites that were part of the Rangitāne claim within the Tamaki nui a Rua and Wairarapa takiwā. These site visits ran over 3 weekends, Wairarapa were first, then Tamaki nui a Rua and the last site visit were the Coastal sites. A film crew were amongst our whānau whilst these visits happened, they were able to capture our whānau out and amongst the sites and also the korero behind the sites they saw. The sites they saw were the sites that were returned to Rangitāne as part of the claim or still in crown ownership.
On Tuesday the 15th of October our Tamaki nui a Rua whānau had the opportunity of viewing the first screening of the footage taken of those sites at The Hub hosted by our very own Yvette Grace on behalf of Rangitāne Tu mai Rā Trust. Those who attended were treated to great food as well. The documentary was amazing and the footage that was taken captured the site visits very well. It was really special to see the late Nanny Noa Nicholson and also other korero that those who attended may have missed.
Our Tamaki nui a Rua whānau thoroughly enjoyed it and even though they were given the opportunity to leave after sighting the Tamaki nui a Rua Documentary they wanted to see the rest. Our Wairarapa whānau will be getting the opportunity to see this documentary so keep an eye out on our Facebook for that Pānui.