Te Rau Matatini staff are located throughout the country. We have two offices, one in Wellington and one in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), and have additional staff located around the country. During 2018, our staff have had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with you through Te Rau Matatini events across Aotearoa. Be it at Toitū Hauora Māori Leadership Summit in Ōtepoti (Dunedin) or a Te Ihi Ora – Māori Suicide Prevention Wānanga.
On the 12th and 13th of the December, Te Rau Matatini held our end of year staff hui. Coming together provided an opportunity for our staff to further reflect on the year that has been and to learn more about one of the rohe (regions) we work in. As the year draws to an end, all of our staff descended on our Kirikiriroa office.
While the activities that staff participated in were fun, they also encouraged one of our values, kia ngātahi te waihoe. Kia ngātahi te waihoe can be translated to mean unity, the importance of working together. Kia ngātahi te waihoe can also be literally translated as meaning to paddle in unison. Which is very fitting, as part of the festivities for our end of year hui was having Te Rau Matatini staff paddle down a section of the Waikato River. Under the leadership of Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei, the team paddled from the Hamilton City centre to Turangawaewae marae in Ngāruawāhia (22 kms). Along the way, staff learnt more about local iwi history and saw the region from a new perspective. This was a once in a life-time experience for many of our staff and one they are not likely to forget.
We look forward to working together with you all again in 2019 toward better outcomes for Māori. Kia ngātahi te waihoe!