Tena koutou i o tatou tini mate, Whaea Hinemanuhiri Vercoe, te Perehitana o te Kahui Wahine ki te Tairawhiti, ratou ko Koka Keri Kaa, ko Koka Huhana Rokx.
No reira, haere e nga mate
Haere ki te kainga tuturu
Haere ki to tatou Matua i te rangi
Haere, haere, haere.
As Whaea Manu Vercoe would always say, Ko te Amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri; Te tūturutanga mahi pono o te Māori mana motuhake.
At our last Kahui Wahine hui, Whaea Manu opened with karakia and asked us to share one thing we had enjoyed during the covid-19 lockdown from March. Everyone contributed to the korero and we all seemed to share different things. For a few of us, it was a 4 week holiday, spending time with our whanau, deepening our relationships and exploring new ways to keep the mokopuna entertained. For others, ministry continued almost ‘as per usual’ taking numerous tangihanga for whanau.
Lockdown could have been a daunting experience, but we made it through. One downside is some of our ladies have been unable to visit their whanau who are overseas. I thought travel might be an interesting topic to start our Paku Korero this month, to keep the conversation flowing between us in these times we are unable to gather in person.
Our Paku Korero: Where did you go on your last vacation?