Nau mai ki te whakaputanga tuarua o Te Kāhui, e whakamārama ana i nga mahi a te hunga whakapau kaha i Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence. I tēnei marama o Aperira, ka tutaki tātau ki nga kaimahi o E Tipu Kohanga Reo. Mā rātou ano e whakamarama kowai rātou, ā, he aha etahi o nga ahuatanga papai o tā rātou mahi.
This waharoa is named Hingangaroa me Iranui. It was unveiled on the 20th of March 2019. The whakairo above was a koha by Toi Māori Aotearoa to Te Aitanga a Hauiti. We are very proud to be the custodians of this taonga and to have this showcased in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.
This story tells the journey of this magnificent whakairo and the many hands that carved it along the way.
Welcome to our first publication in our blog series Te Kāhui which highlights the different services provided at Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence. First up: Uawanui Sustainability Project. Meet Alison Waru, Davina Walker and Bill Rangiwai who all work hard to secure the future of our natural environment and biodiversity in Uawanui-a-Ruamatua.
Excerpt 1 from Mangarara Pā:
“In August 2007 a portal in to the past was opened for Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti to step back in time and rediscover the origins and implications of dual-heritage and a shared future in Uawa-nui-a-Ruamatua.
Mangarara Pā was forgotten, this book is an opportunity for this story to be retold, and the final resting place of these ancestors to never be forgotten again.”
It is the intent of the Te Aitanga a Hauiti leadership and the Te Ahikā Committee to remember the ancestor Hingangaroa in a poupou whakairo (carved image) tribute. Hingangaroa will once again stand with his whānau and his children to inspire Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and visitors to the marae and Ūawa with the legacy of knowledge, artistic excellence, creativity and innovation. Ka tipu tonu te whaihanga ki Ūawa. The carved Hingangaroa tribute will be unveiled in 2019.
Uawanui and consultants Ground truth along with GDC have been working closely with various Government agencies to consider long term solutions around how to keep our waterways clean and our community safe, and to progress and discuss solutions that are now part of the Uawa Community Recovery Action Plan.