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march / Poutū-te-rangi 2019
In this pānui:

• Tamaki nui a Rua lead successful wānanga
• Ririwai Fox researches Māori Cultural Indentity
• Lewis Karaitiana – Whakanuia!
• Raihānia Tipoki, working for our Moana and her people


‘Wānanga Tai Ohinga’ and ‘Wānanga Tai Pakeke’.

Tamaki nui a Rua lead successful wānanga
E mihi ana ki te whānau o Tamakinui a Rua i tō rātau manawatītī ki te hāpai i ngā wānanga kōrero, te manawarahi ki ngā hīkoitanga tapuwae o ngā tīpuna, me te ngākau titikaha ki te whakarauora i te iwi. Taiohi mai, pakeke mai, mā te mahi ngātahi a te tuakana me te taina i raro i te whakaaro kotahi, ka tupu ora ai te whanau, ngā hapū, me te iwi whānui anō hoki.

Tai Ohinga rangatahi pictured with whānau.
Ririwai Fox
Researches Māori Cultural Indentity
Recently we had the pleasure of supporting one of our uri, Ririwai Fox, PhD Candidate of VUW. He spoke on the issue of Māori Cultural Embeddedness: Towards a deeper understanding of the process through which Māori cultural values, practises and beliefs manifest in general behaviour.
His research explores how cultural identity and engagement is beneficial to the wellbeing of Māori, especially in the context of colonisation and historical trauma.
Ririwai says “Through the process of colonisation, Māori, like many other indigenous cultures, have become enveloped by Western belief systems, norms, and values.”“These are largely inconsistent with Māori belief systems, norms and values, and since Māori are now a minority group in Aotearoa, the intergenerational transmission of these core cultural components has been significantly impaired.”

“Consequently, developing a secure identity is more difficult for Māori, particularly if their cultural confidence is lacking.”

This point is critical because many Māori theorists suggest that those who are embedded within their culture are better equipped to manage the difficulties associated with cultural oppression.

Ririwai is a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa. This humble tāne credits the unwavering support of his wife, Fiona Fox, and his wider whānau, hapū, and iwi, has enabled him to chase his dreams. He has two children, and a third on the way. We wish him and his whānau all the best going forward and will continue to share his journey so that it may inspire others.


Ririwai Fox

Lewis Karaitiana – Whakanuia!
Lewis Karaitiana, 28, is Deputy Principal at Te Kura Waenga o Tirohanga (Monrad Intermediate) in Palmerston North, tutor of successful kapa haka Ngā Iti Rearea, and co-founder and tutor of newly established Huia Ahorau who debuted at the 2018 Rangitāne senior regional competition.
He is passionate about education and contributing to better outcomes for our uri through education, kapa haka, and Rangitānetanga.

“Ko ōku whāinga kia whanake te iwi i raro i te korowai o te rangimārie, te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, Rangitānetanga me te kotahitanga.”

Lewis is motivated to contribute to the advancement of the iwi through peaceful diplomacy, growing the capacity of te reo Māori and tikanga, and working together to revitalize what makes Rangitāne unique.

“E ngākaunui ana ahau ki ngā mahi a Rēhia, nā reira ko te wawata ia kia eke tētahi kapa nō Rangitāne o Wairarapa ki runga i te papa tūwaewae, ko te ahurei o Rangitāne te timatanga.“

For as long as he can remember he has been involved in Kapa Haka. He is passionate about Māori Performing Arts and hopes to have Rangitāne o Wairarapa represented on the competitive stage. He admits that Kapa Haka is merely a platform to enable uri to authentically engage in their cultural practices.

Raihānia Tipoki
Working for our Moana and her people
Raihānia Tipoki is another outstanding uri of Rangitāne working towards a brighter future for our people. Raihānia works in both the environmental and educational spaces for Rangitāne o Wairarapa.

“I love te ao Māori and seek to increase opportunities for our whānau and rangatahi to engage with their culture, which of course includes the taiao”.
Through the Whaitua process he has successfully worked with a team of hapū and marae based kaitiaki to influence regulations pertaining to wai Māori. As a result cultural monitoring of our freshwater catchments will be implemented in all of the Ruamāhanga sub-catchments. This means hapū and marae will have the opportunity to monitor their rivers/ lakes/puna as they see fit with the financial support of council.

“We’re planning to pilot one such cultural monitoring programme around Wairarapa Moana this year. For over a year now I have also represented Rangitāne o Wairarapa on several GW committees and working parties. However, regardless of whether I am on the books or not, as long as I’m here in Wairarapa I will be working for our Moana and her people”.

He strongly believes that the health of our people is reflected in the health of our Moana and environment and the only real way to rectify this is to reconnect the two and role model a society free of the poisonous fragments left in the wake of colonisation.

“I’m clear that at the top of my agenda, at both a personal and professional level, is the struggle to create opportunities to bring descendants of Wairarapa Moana home to her shores”.