Published: 31 July, 2020
Tēnā koutou e ngā iwi o Te Tauihu o te Waka-ā-Māui
We all know whānau-led initiatives provide the best solutions, and in Waitohi and Wairau it’s plain to see.
Josh Joseph and the team around him at Te Pātaka Inc have been hard at work for months now, making sure no whānau goes hungry or cold. And in Waitohi, a rōpū at Waikawa Marae have also joined the cause, holding noho to prepare kai for distribution to whānau.
These are some great initiatives that build on the strong show of kotahitanga and manaakitanga demonstrated during the Covid-19 lockdown. Please find below further information that you might like to send out as a pānui to your membership. Let’s celebrate the good people working behind the scenes and also help spread the word so whānau know that help is on hand.
Nāku noa nā
General Manager, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia
Kia ora Te Pātaka and Waikawa Marae!
Kai pai tō mahi alright! E te whānau, check out some of the great work happening across Te Tauihu.
In the Wairau, Josh Joseph and the team around him at Te Pātaka Inc have been hard at work for months now to make sure no whānau goes hungry or cold.
Last week, Te Pātaka was featured on Stuff and what a great and heartening story it was - you can have a look here.
As Josh says, “Covid has illuminated the issues in our society and those whānau who were already struggling. Our mandate is that no whānau go hungry and this was backed by the [Te Tauihu] iwi chairs. Our ongoing vision is ‘Ka ora ai te iwi’ as it reflects us sustaining our people. It’s just not good enough that children in our community are going hungry, regardless of what the reasons are.”
Te Pātaka are now working to incorporate Whakatū Marae in Nelson and Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka as distribution centres as well.
Meanwhile in Waitohi, a rōpū at Waikawa Marae are also going hard catering for our most vulnerable and are working in with Te Pātaka as well. Last week kaimahi, rangatahi, whānau, whānui mā came together for part one of a series of noho to support them in planting, preparing, cooking and packaging kai for distribution to whānau. And already more than 130 meals have been made!
Allanah Burgess, Kaiwhakahaere at Waikawa Marae, said it was a kaupapa they strongly believed in, even in the reduced Covid-19 alert levels.
“We want to continue to show our people that we are here for them, we will support them through these unknown waters and ensure they have the means to stay strong and healthy for their whānau and the future generations of our people,” she says.
To get in touch with the team at Te Pātaka, you message them via Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/Kairuruku/
To get in touch with the team at Waikawa Marae, you can email email@example.com or phone Allanah direct on 021 0838 0835.