From 25-28 February, Arowhenua Marae hosted the Environment Canterbury (Ecan) Ōrari, Ōpihi, Pareora zone youth hui.

South Canterbury youth aged between 15 and 25 with an interest in water issues, environmental management and what’s happening in South Canterbury were invited to attend the free four-day hui with a focus on water, its issues and management in the Ōrari, Ōpihi, Pareora Zone.

The purpose of the hui/noho marae was to encourage young people to become more involved in the water management/issues, with a specific focus on the Ōrari/Ōpihi/Pareora Zone.  As the future generation of water users in our region they are the ones who will gain or lose the most from decisions currently being made. This is why it is important to engage young people, providing them with opportunities to learn and to become actively involved. [Read more…]

Kāika Reo ki Te Tihi o Maru are a rōpū of whānau who are committed to revitalising the intergenerational reo of our tūpuna for our tamariki and mokopuna. We meet each Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm, taking turns to host the whānau rōpū in our homes.

On the weekend of 2-3 November, our rōpū visited Waihao Marae. This was a special noho for many of our whānau, who have ancestral connections to Waihao. Two of our tāua, Libya Foote and Rosina Hix shared many memories of their earlier years.

We had a superb welcome from Wendy Heath and Ūpoko Rūnaka, Te Wera King. They made us feel so welcome and shared their stories of the history of the marae and their whānau. [Read more…]