Our development manager Ivan Tava was delighted to be invited to take part in a recent rangatahi wananga run by our sister organisation, Wakatu Incorporation. The week-long event was designed to advance the personal and cultural development of rangatahi through self-motivation, outdoor pursuits and traditional values. Alongside visits to homelands associated with Ngati Tama, Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa, it was a great opportunity for participants to get to know their tupuna and cousins and learn about their history against the wonderful backdrop of the Abel Tasman National Park and our Motueka homelands.
Of the 16 young men who attended the wananga, 12 were descendents of NRAIT, along with adults Bentham Ohia, Jarrod Buchanan, Kapahau Matthews and Eru Morrison. We were proud to be able to provide the group with our very own basketball-style reversable singlets that feature our homelands Te Maatu and Motueka. A special honour for NRAIT was having the wananga led by Ropata Taylor, a member of our Board and a prominent leader among NRAIT people.
Supporting a whānau class celebration
The end of year hui for the Motueka High School Whanau Class was a great opportunity for NRAIT to show its commitment to supporting educational achievement among our people. The whanau class is made up of 60 students representing iwi and hapu from throughout Aotearoa and includes a number of NRAIT owners.
The hui was held at Te Awhina Marae, with NRAIT taking the opportunity to sponsor lunch and breakfast for the students and staff.
Motueka High School also counts a number of well-known NRAIT owners among its alumni, including our very own Miriana Stephens, who recently featured as guest speaker at the school’s senior prize-giving.
Update on our superstar Tailah Love
I had the pleasure of hearing about one of recent grant recipients Tailah Love and his achievements in the States. His mother, and biggest supporter Trish informed me that he is doing really well and has 11 offers to attend university in America that include top universities Harvard and Stanford. NRAIT proudly supported Tailah to travel to the US and attend scouting camps and we are so happy to see our investment in his future has led to even more success for our talent Tailah.
Tailah has recently been nominated as a finalist for the Tasman Secondary school sportsman of the year. Unfortunately missed out on this award however I'm sure he is satisfied with the 12 awards he has recieved including Marlborough Boys College Sportsman of the Year and the Marlborough District Council Youth Civic award that is presented by the Mayor Alistair Sowman.
We are very happy that our financial support has helped Tailah achieve his goals and very excited to watch him succeed even further. Good luck Tailah from all of us and your NRAIT whanau!
Read our first story about Tailah here.
Ohu Maatu Art Competition - runner up
Congratulations to Lucia Banks for winning the runner up prize for the Ohu Maatu art competition we held over the weekend. Her painting showed us what she learnt from the morning korero in our tour of our homelands, toi whenua.
Lucia won a voucher to spend at Smiggle, so she can buy some cool new pens and stationery for school.
Here's Lucia at work.
A chance to test their skills and nerve on a high-speed, high-wire obstacle course through the tree tops of Adrenalin Forest was just one of several highlights at a reunion event held this week in Christchurch for Wakatu and NRAIT scholarship alumni and students.
For NRAIT, the event was an opportunity to reconnect with our alumni and identify ways we can provide further value and support for them in the future. Of the 19 alumni who attended, 12 whakapapa back to NRAIT. We see these students as excellent role models for our young people and great assets for NRAIT in our drive to provide more support for our rangatahi.
A memorable and moving feature of the event was a tour around Christchurch’s red zone and the opportunity to witness the blessing of the Cathedral site, along with meetings with some of the local business owners, a number of whom had been through our Tai Wananga. The two-day event also took in a rugby game and a discussion session with Ngai Tahu’s social and cultural programme manager.
We look forward to picking up on the many ideas the group put forward to add further value and attract more applicants to NRAIT’s scholarship and grants programme.
Congratulations to Marama Takao from Wellington who was the winner of our iPad draw offered to everyone who sent back their email address to us. We are still really eager to get your email addresses so rally the whanau and send your email addresses to email@example.com.
To support the educational achievement of our people, NRAIT offers all owners the opportunity to apply for an NRAIT scholarship or grant. Read about our recent award winners in issues of Eke Panuku. The aim of the programme is to help young people achieve their potential by supporting them to accomplish their educational aspirations, and to encourage them in turn to contribute their skills to the wellbeing and advancement of NRAIT’s people.
Changes are being made to the current funding programme to make it more accessible and effective, and NRAIT scholarship and grant manager Sacha Macdonald wants to see more students going for it.
“I encourage you all to have a go: work out what would help you get ahead with your education, then put your best foot forward and apply for funding. The Board allocates educational funding every year for this purpose and they’d like to see more of you seizing the opportunity.”
Applications for 2014 open in January and close on 30 April.
E-learning for tamariki
An important part of our Te Whanake programme is to widen learning opportunities for our tamariki and everyone within our rohe. One way to do that is to increase the availability of computers. To put words into action, NRAIT has donated funds to Parkland School’s Whānau classes for the purchase of a set of MacBook laptops.
Koro Brian Bailey generously donated to the Whānau classes and challenged iwi organisations in the region to match his contribution. We saw to it that we did. Students and their kaiako are thrilled to have the laptops to support their learning and are well used every day.
Art goes under the hammer
Te Awhina Marae played host to a highly successful Matariki Degustation Dinner & Art Auction fund raiser on Saturday 29 June, showcasing and auctioning a selection of outstanding works from some of the Nelson region’s most renowned artists, sculptors and carvers, as well as some known nationally. The event raised an estimated $24,000 for the marae, a feat that could not have been achieved without the help and support of volunteers, sponsors, the artists, the whanau and the community.
Each of the 29 successive auctions was as exciting as the last with the high point being an exceptional piece by Rangi Kipa. His whale bone patu fundraised $3,800. All the pieces were very generously donated by the artists.
Ann Martin, Tumuaki at Te Awhina Marae, said that as well as being a very successful fund raiser for the marae, the auction was a great way to bring the community together. “It was great to see everyone having such a good time together, mixing and mingling and generally having a lovely evening.”
Special thanks go to head chef James Tait for his tireless effort.