2013 was a really busy year. Our records show that the marae was used for more than 70 days. Each year since since the whare tupuna was opened in 1978 we have kept a record of the days and nights that people are at the marae. In 2013 this shows there were more than 30 events and more than 3000 people were hosted at Ngatokowaru. Our whanau was able to manaaki manuhiri for a variety of hui. We have weddings, birthdays, tangi and funerals, visits from Te Wananga o Raukawa and Te Wananga o Aotearoa students; planting days, working bees and capacity building hui. Many of these are to enable us to support our marae more effectively. More information is provided on these below.
Digitisation and Paper Conservation workshop 29th and 30th June
This was a highlight of the year. In June (29th and 30th June) Te Papa experts came to the marae to assist is with improving our photography skills, photographing taonga and events, use of natural light, group composition. It was called a Digitisation and Paper Conservation Workshop. Twenty people attended and loved the experience. It changed the way we take photographs and the way we use the digital camera.