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april / PAENGA-WHĀWHĀ 2019
In this pānui
• He Taonga Tuku Iho
• Regional Māori Business Seminar held at Pūkaha Friday 12 April
• Raumahora Waata: Kia Whanake te Iwi –
Towards self-sustainability
• Jania Russo: Fighting for a Better Future – Hei Oranga Whānau
• Nanny Frances Reiri-Smith: Te Ara Takapau
He Taonga Tuku Iho
Last month, Jared Davidson (Senior Archivist Ohu Hāpori), Katrina Tamaira (Archivist, Ohu Hāpori) from Archives New Zealand and Julie Black, Kaitohutohu Matua (Department of Internal Affairs) met with us to offer archival support and advice for looking after our taonga.
The collection held at Hāmua appears to be in stable condition with no visible signs of active mould or pest activity. Further dates are being discussed to invite Vicki-Anne Heikell to come and meet with us to give preservation advice and hopefully run a wānanga for whānau to learn how to take care of our taonga.

The care of taonga tuku iho is distinct from merely keeping the records. The taonga tuku iho include the records, papers, photographs, AV recordings that have been selected for long-term preservation because they have cultural, historical and legal value to Rangitāne.

Regional Māori Business Seminar

“He Kai Kei Aku Ringa”
With the support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Ministry for Primary Industries and Te Puni Kōkiri, the Regional Māori Business Meetings dates and areas have been released.

Wairarapa co-ordinator, Marlene Harris, says she is “thrilled to be hosting this free seminar for our people and community”. The programme for each meeting will emphasise awareness of the pathway to economic development for Māori enterprise.

The workshops provide opportunity for Māori businesses and enterprises to meet ”kanohi ki te kanohi” to discuss capability and innovation pathways of support and partnership with Government and local business networks.

The event will be hosted this Friday 12th April at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre. The programme will include guest speakers, Tina Nixon (Business Development Advisor, RTT) from Ngāi Tahu, and Leo Koziol (Founder and film maker of Wairoa Film Festival) from Ngāti Kahungunu, who will talk about their experiences in their respected fields. There will also be presentations by government agencies on what support and partnership is available for Māori enterprises. A free morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Anyone interested in Māori Enterprise is encouraged to attend, including Māori Business networks, Māori landowners, iwi, hapū, whānau groups and rangatahi.

Please contact Marlene Harris for more information
or register at https://mbie.wufoo.com/forms/x3ajztj1qcivfg/

Kia Whanake te Iwi –
Towards self-sustainability
Raumahora Waata, or Aunty Hora is Pou Whakaruruhau or Care and Protection Co-ordinator Facilitator at Rangitāne o Wairarapa. In addition to her roles as Kaikaranga and all round Kaitaurima of Rangitāne, she is a board member of Wairarapa Moana Trust and holds the Marae Development portfolio. As part of her mahi she attends the marae meetings of the six marae that whakapapa to the moana from Kohunui in South Wairarapa to Pouakani Marae in Mangakino.
In her role she helps to whakamana the marae and meet their needs wether it be restoration, alterations, maintanance, marae development training, marae trustee training, and running wānanga to help enhance their paepae karanga and whaikōrero.

She enjoys helping whānau become more independent in their own spaces.

 “If you plant the seed, help water it, make sure it receives sunlight, the right nurturing, miracles happen within that space. The most fulfilling part to me is seeing the puawaitanga of our whānau when they meet their goals”.
Her biggest aspiration for the iwi is for our whānau to become self sustainable and stop walking into government buildings. “I don’t want our iwi to be about social services because you have to be in a deficit to even walk in. In deficit mode, we don’t get to provide space for the other good stuff”.

Hora understands that there are many contributing factors that need to be addressed in order for our whānau to become fully independant and most of it comes from building resilience among our whānau. “But we can do it, we can do anything we put our minds to, the iwi space needs be in the business of trail blazing that isn’t restricted by the bounds of social services”.

Fighting for a Better Future –
Hei Oranga Whānau
Jania Russo, mother, artists, entrepreneur, athlete, coach and co-owner of local Mixed Martial Arts gym takes time out of her busy schedule to share her experience with us and how she hopes to influence positive change in her community.
Jania Russo
Jania was born in Whakaoriori and has always had a passion for sports and art. Her passions both came to fruition when she was able to fuse her artistic flare with her love for sports. This resulted in the launch of her two clothing labels: AUMUHI(primarily sportswear and fight gear) and Kaea-Wear which is casual and streetwear for the everyday person. What started off as a hobby for painting on canvas quickly had her talent recognized and she has been inundated with commission pieces that she tries to keep up with. In addition to that she is a busy and highly sought after tāmoko artist.
In 2017 her and her partner, Emilio Johnson, Head-coach and retired MMA fighter opened ‘Undisputed MMA’ in Masterton because of their belief that there are many undiscovered champions in the Wairarapa.

Since then, she says “every person that walks in the door has the potential to become a champion”. They train people from all walks of life and have many members that come to them from lower socio-economic backgrounds. While the business is for-profit, Jania says that they aren’t doing it for money and at the end of the day, it’s all bout the kids and giving them opportunities for growth and to fight towards something positive.

Jania enjoys connecting and linking with her community and iwi in the areas of Hauora and Whakapakari as well as Kapa Haka. Her main priority in her work at the gym is to get the kids off the street and give them a different outlook. With the high incarceration rate and prevalent violence in our community she says “we are just providing a safe space for them to grow confidence in their abilities, to master self-control, and learn respect for themselves and others so that they too can become contributing members of our community and not be lost to the negative stereotypes and statistics”.
Her aspiration is to partner with the iwi to create better opportunities for health and well-being for our hard to reach whānau.

“It’s about being at the top of the cliff providing authentic opportunities and not being the ambulance or the government appointed assistants at the bottom”.
Te Ara Takapau
Late in March we had the privilege of sitting with Nanny Frances Reiri-Smith at the recently developed papa kāinga at Hurunuiorangi Marae. She occupies one of the six newly built and insulated homes. When we arrived, there were complaints of troubles with the Wi-Fi but it only took a call to the local contractors to have it sorted and she was happy to sit down and speak with us.
Nanny Frances Reiri-Smith
As a current trustee and secretary of the Hurunuiorangi Marae committee, she is “proud as punch” to be one of the occupants of Te Ara Takapau. In her later years, Nanny Frances has developed a keen interest to give back to her marae and continue to lay the foundation for marae development while educating her uri.

The pros for Nanny living at the papa kāinga, are being in close proximity to whānau, freely flowing dialogue about succession, planning and reconnecting through whakapapa to the whenua and the people who come to Hurunuiorangi. She says, the thing to be aware of when moving in to a new papa kāinga development, is that it doesn’t solve all our problems. There will be whānau that don’t directly benefit, and there will always be a high demand for affordable living and connected-ness back to our whenua and whakapapa, but it is a good start.

She speaks of the Future plans to build another five papa kāinga, re-plant the whenua to enable the uri to more easily live off of the whenua and a rebuild of the current complex, so that more uri can come together and reconnect with their whānau, hapū and iwi. She loves being around her whānau, and encourages all her uri whakatipu to return, and be active on our marae.