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October 11, 2015 | by  | in Māori Matters |
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Taiahaha, Taiahaha!

Kāore i ārikarika ngā tini tutukinga ā Ngāi Tauira i tēnei tau. Heoi anō, ahakoa ngā painga, me he toka tū i te rere o te awa, he taupā hoki kua tō i te rere o ngā mahi mō te tau. Hei tīmatanga kōrero pea, ahakoa ngā piki me ngā heke, kua kino tonu te rere o ngā wai o te awa o Ngāi Tauira.

At Ngāi Tauira, we live the life of squatters. Away from our tūrangawaewae we have taken residence at 42-44KP and Te Herenga Waka Marae; for some of us the level of comfort has gone to the extreme. In your typical day at NT, you’ll find 50 containers, someone’s entire wardrobe, euka and jams for days, the cave (aka the nap desk), and some of your best friends (and if you’re lucky some intellectual conversation taking place sometime between 10pm and 3am). This year Ngāi Tauira has seen incredible growth. Active participation has nearly doubled as a result—high numbers of first years participated in Orientation Week, with activities ranging from pō whakangahau to an Amazing Race. It is safe to say that this year would not have been as successful as it was without our newest recruits. Ka nui ngā whakawhetai mō tō koutou tautoko. Ngā mi’i.

2015 was packed with successes (although it was always a stressful affair in the lead up). With the assistance of an awesome team, we were brought whānau days, pūrangiaho, kura reo, pō kiriata, Te Ao Mārama, the revival of the inaugural tautohetohe with Te Kawa a Māui and Te Herenga Waka Marae, a quiz night (ko au te toa—mihi ka tika ki a “Kuikuis me Hakaraia”), and Battle of the Tribes with our Pasifika cousins. Our 2K15 Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga campaign was built on the foundations set in our waiata “Ngā Pou o Ngāi Tauira”. On our haerenga, our values took centre stage as we returned from Ōtautahi with “Ngā Uaratanga o Te Huinga Tauira”, as Kapa Haka and netball winners, and more importantly with fond memories of our whanaunga, our fellow tauira Māori from across the motu.

Tēnei te mihi ki ngā tauira ki tō koutou pukumahi i tēnei tau. Next year, will see “Te Whare o Te Kōmiti Whakahaere o Ngāi Tauira” come into fruition, born from our governance realignment—better suited to the needs of tauira Māori as designed by tauira Māori. From the 2015 Kōmiti Whakahaere to the incumbent Kōmiti Whakahaere—sleep while you can! Ki te Kōmiti Whakahaere, ki aku turupa mō te kaupapa nei—I tēnei tau tonu he nui ngā piki me ngā heke i runga i tā tātou nei haerenga. Ahakoa ngā ngaru nui, ngā ngaru pukepuke e hoe tonu ana te waka o Ngāi Tauira, ā, ko te tumanako ka tae ki uta. He mihi tēnei ki a tātou e manawa titi nei ki te kaupapa. Ki tōku hoa, Te Wehi, mei kore ake koe hei taituara mōku. Nei rā te mihi maioha kia koe i kaha whanake ki ngā kaupapa o Ngāi Tauira. Haere me te rangimarie!

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