1-1-2 Kaitiakitanga Hui - 19-21Mar 2004 - Project Details:
This was attended by a lot of action focused people from around the New Zealand and also internationally who are interested in passing on a better world to their grandchildren. For all participants it was a sharing, learning and growing opportunity on which Tipu Ake principles were experienced.
Some of the people who attended were:
- Two from The Island of Lopez Seattle USA near the Canadian Border who will be returning to use Tipu Ake in their community building / leadership / housing development programmes.
- A writer from Quebec Canada who is promoting Tipu Ake / Kaitiakitanga concepts as new tools for the international sustainability movement. She writes for a French on-line encyclopedia, and who has since researched and written on the origins of Kaitiakitanga
- Four Waitaha people who shared their wisdom and re-established strong connections back to Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi.
- Two people from Whirinaki in the Hokianga, The landing place of Kupe, now involved in a harbour cleanup project
- Three people ( including one from Brazil) from the UNITEC Architecture school here to scope a likely student project to help our community do a marae / community /housing design study later in 2004 - A relationship and concept design project now well underway
- Kaumatua, Ngati Whare Runanga members and other Tipu Ake volunteers
- Local people and children from Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi, many of whom helped with hospitality.
The theme Kaitiakitanga was a very broad one involving a lot of threads (as does our Kaitiakitanga program). Rather than having a strict programme to follow we used Tipu Ake thinking and looked for all the learning the opportunities that arose and the knowledge that others brought. We visited the Minginui Kokiri Health Centre, The Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi, the Whirinaki Forest and local places of interest. We were also able to visit, support and share with the Tuhoe Education Authority Te Reo development hui on the other marae (yet another independent Kaitiakitanga project our community is supporting) and participated in a Powhiri for a group of students from Rotorua Boys High School here on a field trip.
- By networking with people doing things in other places our community better understands how to implement our Kaitiakitanga program and can see external energy and resources available for them to call on if and when they require it.
- Great connections were made - one result being that we are establishing a new project - a collaborative Maori Experiential Tour Network with the people of the other Whirinaki River in the Hokianga ( Northland), Whaingaroa in Raglan and Waitaha people in the South Island.
- For our visitors, particularly those from overseas it was a great opportunity to learn more about Tipu Ake and Kaitiakitanga concepts, as well as to consider new community development, enterprise and sustainability models. These we expect they will share widely via their networks and writings.
- This weekend established strong connections between UNITEC, our Ngati Whare Runanga and community which resulted in a mutually beneficial long term relationship and an ongoing community concept design project .
- The weekend was a very rich one for all who participated. All external people offered their support to Earl Rewi and the Kaitiakitanga program team.
- Koha given by visitors went towards the Murumurunga Marae Development Fund. Corporate registrations went to the Tipu Ake Account at the Kura.
- Members of the group gave a new Televison Set and Video / DVD plaver as a koha to the Minginui Kokiri Centre as a learning resource.
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Budget / Expenditure:
The cost of this retreat was $1900 being made up by $1000 for food, $100 for shopping travel and $400 for marae hire / expenses and $400 to fly a guest kaumatua up from the South Island to contribute. Our thanks to the anonymous koha that covered these costs and made it possible for people who could not normally afford it to attend.
.Thanks also to the many whanau members who freely offered their time, hospitality and served some wonderful meals.
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