Te Rau Matatini At Parihaka

From the 14th – 16th of February, Te Rau Matatini had the privilege of having our organisation noho at Parihaka.  This noho was an opportunity for all staff to come together for whakawhanaungatanga, strategic planning, and to learn about the history of Parihaka.

Te Rau Matatini staff are located across the country.  We have one office in Pōneke (Wellington), another office in Kirikririoa (Hamilton), and additional staff working remotely in the South Island all the way to the Far North.  Having all our staff travel to be together at Parihaka was a very special occasion.     

Taranaki was chosen as the location of this year’s noho because we have a number of staff who whakapapa (blood ties) to the region and because of its significance in New Zealand history.  History which includes passive resistance at Parihaka under the leadership of Erueti Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, and as the home of Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck) first Māori doctor trained in Aotearoa and Sir Māui Pōmare first Māori doctor trained overseas.

Kōrero from the hau kāinga (home people) gave staff much to think about. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou i manaaki i a mātou. A big thank you to the hau kāinga for their hospitality and generosity towards our whānau.  This noho provided our staff the opportunity to reflect on our achievements from the previous year, to think about our work going forward in 2018, and consider the historical context that shapes Māori health today.