Rā whānau

Happiest of 21st birthday wishes to the 1992 Crofts kids. This year our whānau have celebrated five 21st birthdays and we’d like to send a big mihi to each and every one of you:

Jack Crofts 11 January, Tehuia Bennett 25 February, Reriti Tau 11 April, Thomas Leota 28 April, Hana Reriti-Jones 20 June.

Each spent their birthdays with whānau and friends in Wellington, Taumarunui, Tuahiwi, Perth and Auckland.
Love to you all, Ngā Uri O Metapere.

Māori trades trainees visit Kaiapoi Pā

On Friday 14 June the Māori trades training programme, He Toki ki te Rika, visited Kaiapoi Pā. The visit was part of the He Toki students four-week work preparedness and self-identity programme. In this programme the students learn about the industry and gain knowledge about Ngāi Tahu history. Te Marino Lenihan, a trustee for this sacred site from Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, talked to the students about the significance of this special place to Ngāi Tahu and other iwi. Shortly after this the students visited another pā site located in nearby Pegasus township, to again be immersed in the deep and profound history of the area. It was there that He Toki students heard of Te Marino’s aspirations as a trustee of the Kaiapoi Pā Trust, to have a traditional Māori fence around both pā. He Toki students were invited to be part of the construction.

He Toki students and staff alike are incredible excited by the proposition to contribute to a project that supports iwi and Māori community this is firmly part of the heart and soul of He Toki ki te Rika.