December 9, 2022
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 Te Huarahi o te Ora – review

Te Huarahi o te Ora is a whānau mentoring programme based at the marae since January 2007. It was a programme originally funded by the JRMcKenzie Trust as part of their Te Kawai Toro initiative from 2007 – 2010 and extended to 2012- 2013. We have seen significant benefits for our marae. The Annual Reports to the Trust and the Evaluations of the programme are on this website in the document library. In March 2013 we launched a book recording the first 7 years of the programme. It is called Maori mentoring and pathways to wellbeing: Te Huarahi o te Ora. It is published by Te Wananga o Raukawa and copies are available from Te Wananga o Raukawa.

We encourage mentors and mentees to meet, discuss short and longer term goals.  All of Ngāti Pareraukawa are encouraged to participate and to share knowledge and skills within this programme. This is an opportunity to meet whānau, to give to the marae and to other whānau, to learn from others within the marae setting while contributing to the marae.

Each year we continue to set goals as a marae committee. These assist the committee to maintain the marae, support whanau, while also promoting wairuatanga and manaakitanga. A priority for a decade has been building our confidence and skills with karanga for all occasions while the men have enhanced their knowledge and skills with whaikōrero.

Goal Setting
Many of you continue to identify your goals each year. We will continue to have goal setting sessions whenever we have marae hui or other hui associated with this programme. Help us to help one another. People who set goals are more likely to be successful.
Goal Setting 2012
Over the years we have had a team of people who have been mentors and we have also had a loyal and wise team who have set their goals each year. Here is a reminder about GOAL SETTING:

  • Goal setting is used by successful people in all walks of life.
  • It helps to focus our lives and to muster enthusiasm for what we want to achieve.
  • It helps us to maintain balance in our lives – goals can focus on: fitness, pleasure, health, education, marae, hapū, whānau, family, wairua, hinengaro and sport…

Goals must be:

  • Specific: Make them clear and concrete and objective.
  • Measurable: You have to be able to measure your progress, keep on track, know when you are off track.
  • Achievable and acceptable: Your goals need to excite you, appeal to you, motivate you.
  • Realistic: Set goals that stretch you, but are achievable.
  • Timebound: Set a timeline to achieve your goals – some can be short-term, others medium or by the end of the year; by September or December.

It’s a good idea to set your goals and discuss them with someone who cares about you and the idea of your achieving your goals. Having goals which strengthen your identity as Ngāti Parerukawa is a good idea – we have examples!  We can help you to set goals (in person or email or Skype or phone).

To register your interest email Rachael Selby, Pataka Moore or Ema Moore:

Reflection on the March 2009 Mentoring Hui and the waiata Tau te Rongo
At a March 2009 hui, Keelan Ransfield and Kimo Winiata focused on composing a waiata for Ngāti Pareraukawa. The name of the waiata is ‘Tau te Rongo’ and it refers to the peace that Te Whatanui brought to the rohe of Raukawa. The song makes reference to Ngāti Pareraukawa, Ngāti Huia, Pareunuora, Ngā uri o Hitau, and of course Te Huarahi o te Ora! The words are available below, please take the time to learn the words so that we can sing this together!

Tau te Rongo

Nana i tau te rongo, ki te rohe Raukawa

He tohu no Te Whatanui (HI!) e minemine ana

Nau mai haere mai ki-a Ngati Pareraukawa

Kia rongo i te mahana o Ngati Huia

E tu te tupuna hei whakaruruhau

Hei whare manaaki i nga uri o Hitau

Tomo mai ra ki roto ki te tari o te ora

Ki te kuia e tu nei ki a Pareunuora

Maranga mai ra Raukawa

Ki te te huarahi o te ora

Nau mai haere mai ki a Ngati Pareraukawa

(Start & end) Raukawa, Takihiku, Tamatehura, Huitao, Haetapunui, Ngatokowaru hi

Working Bees
Each year we have one or two working bees usually over the summer. It is an opportunity for anyone to come and lend a hand for an hour or a day. These occasions have become popular as a time to catch up and enjoy being outdoors (or indoors if you wish). Check out the calendar for the next working bee. (Pssst – they are fun, we have hot scones for morning tea and great lunches).

In January 2011 the men added another step to the front of the whare tupuna. You will notice that it no longer takes a leap to start the journey up the broad front steps. Two steps were added to the northern end so that the journey down for the elderly in particular, is much safer. The steps have also been painted with a white line as a marker for those who need it. It can be repainted by anyone who wants an easy job.

In 2009 and 2010 we planted fruit trees on the northern side of the children’s playground and set up herb and vege gardens. When you are at the marae, take time to pull a weed and water the gardens if they need it.

Working bee activities: painting of exterior walls, general cleaning, guttering repairs to wharenui, water-tank maintenance (new lids), pruning of greenery outside and building of outdoor bollards around the carpark for seating. Working bees have attracted whānau who want to come to the marae and contribute with their hands. It is always a fun and productive day and we get to know each other better by working together. Watch for the next date.

You can check out photos from various working bees in the Whakaahua section.


 SMART – Keep your goals:

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timeframed. BE SMART

Keep in touch regularly with your mentor and/or mentee.

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