Kaituhituhi / Author
Peter Juan Mihaere
Mihaere Mauri Ora Rōpū (Chairman)
Ko Nagti Kahungunu o te Wairoa te Iwi,
Ko Takitimu te Waka,
Ko Nagti Kahu te hapu
Ko Te Rauhina tōku Marae
Ko Whakapunake te Maunga,
Ko Wairoa-hōpūpū-hōnengenge-matarangi-rau te Awa,
Ko Piwa me Makere Mihaere oku Tipuna,
Ko Truby Te Tauroa tōku matua,
Ko Anita Lorraine Mihaere (nee Rutherford) tōku whaea,
Ko Peter Juan Mihaere tōku ingoa.
Korero / Story
At our hui at Te Rauhina ANZAC weekend 2016, one of the desires of the organisers was to spend some time with our Kaumātua to hear their heart as to glimpsing the future of Mihaere.
The last time the wider Mihaere whanau had gathered at Te Rauhina was back in 1987 [I know!!!]. Whilst there have been many gatherings around the motu since then, few if any happened at our tūrangawaewae – Kihitu.
On the Sunday of our hui I had the privilege of sitting in as Kaumātua started to dream. A couple of hours later we all gathered in the dinning room to hear our Uncle Toko paint a vision, and essentially, laid down the challenge for us tamariki and mokopuna to pick up the wero of the future and run with it. I’m humbled to be invited to contribute leadership to that mahi.
Here is Uncle Toko sharing his thoughts on behalf of the Ngā Kaumātua Mātauranga… watch and be inspired.
Following this video the Mihaere Mauri Ora Rōpū was formed from those present, as the inaugural leadership group, to be added to over time, for the wider Mihaere whanau.
This group consists of:
Jasmine (Jaz) Macdonald
The task of the rōpū is to take the drawings, and korero, of our Kaumātua and those at the hui, and build a blue print vision for the future for our whanau to discuss and agree.
Below is a graphical interpretation of of the ‘secret squirrel’ vision from our Kaumātua. I decided to frame those scratchings made by our Kaumātua, as a memorial of a new day for Mihaere.
The Mihaere Mauri Ora Rōpū are meeting to develop this into a blue print and begin sharing it with Kaumātua and whanau to gain feedback and buy-in as the rōpū hikoi’s around New Zealand and Australia over the next few months. I’m hoping to see people in Queensland and Perth in September, and maybe even Sydney. I’ll also be heading to Invercargill in November.
If there are things that are of particular interested and passion for you to contribute to please contact us through the contact page.