We held our most recent wānanga on Saturday 4th March and Sunday 5th March 2017

I cherish my memories of wānanga at Tarata marae. The opportunity to come home to Tarata and to engage with our iwi is the best feeling. I have always found that we leave Tarata feeling reviltalized and rejuvenated. Each wānanga is significant and special regardless of numbers. Our Tūpuna who adorn the walls of our ancestral house – Ngarongo give us purpose to return to Tarata.

At our most recent wānanga we had an opportunity to host the Wickham and Fergusson Whānau of Tarata and Kaimata. They have an ancient Ngāti Maru urupā on their farmland and they respectfully acknowledge the urupā and have reserved it as a covenant of respect to Ngāti Maru. This was a highlight of the Wānanga as we were able to strengthen our relationship with this beautiful whānau and have started making plans with Kaimata and Ratapiko schools to visit our Marae in June this year.

Our mokopuna enjoyed some time in Pūrangi and had a wonderful time exploring their Maru Ngāhere and we will definitely be organizing more trips to Pūrangi for our upcoming wānanga.

I would like to acknowledge our cooks and cleaners who from start to finish uphold the integrity of our Marae. Thank you. I would also like to thank those of our iwi members who took the time to come to the Wānanga – ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.

“Kei kite kōiwi, kei rongo kōrero”, when you physically come to wānanga – you expand on your family, personal growth, knowledge and understanding.

On that positive note, our next wānanga is coming up fast on the 13-14 May. There will be an opportunity to hear the updates about our Marae and the successful milestones achieved by the Negotiators for the Maru Claim.

A special factor of our next Wānanga will be focused specifically on the upcoming Taranaki Tū Mai Festival to be held in Ngā Ruahine country in October during Labour Weekend. It’s important for whānau wishing to represent Ngāti Maru at the Taranaki Tū Mai Festival to plan your trip home on October 20th – 23rd. For our iwi members representing Ngāti Maru specifically – we have booked the campsite at Kaupokonui for the Taranaki Tū Mai Festival. We will be camping there for the entire weekend much like we did in Urenui at the last festival. We are the current champions of Taranaki Tū Mai Festival so we will be organizing sports teams and our Kapahaka at our upcoming Wānanga in May. Nau Mai – Hokihoki mai ki te ūkaipō, ki Tarata.

Ko kōnei e mihi ana – nāku noa ā ngākau whakaiti,

Nā Tamzyn

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