We have roughly half of our registered beneficiaries’ current contact details. It seems our iwi are very mobile and move a lot! We also change our emails and phone numbers on a regular basis… So we are unable to contact and inform many of our iwi members. The Facebook page, the website and the monthly pānui emails are proving to be an effective means of communication, but not everyone has access to electronic communications. Please take the time to update your details by either ringing Kimiora on 03 5481639, emailing her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can update your details via the website at www.ngatikoata.com/ngati-koata-online-membership. Kimi, Lorene and Greg have been working hard at updating our database.
Ngāti Koata representatives Matt Hippolite, Pene Geiger, Noela McGregor and Ammon Kātene participated in the tree planting project at Moawhitu on d’Urville Island last week. The tree planting is part of a wider restoration programme that includes eel surveys and sampling, water quality sampling, impedement, and wetland restoration around the lake at Moawhitu. This is the second year of planting in partnership with our corporate sponsors and the Department of Conservation. Volunteers from Ngāti Koata, the sponsors, DoC and the wider community planted over 3000 plants around the lake and surrounding wetlands.
This is a very important project for Ngāti Koata because the overall restoration plan aims to revitalise the wetlands and lake for the environment, and for our cultural harvesting of tuna kia hoki mai te manu hākapakapa.
As project manager, Matt has been instrumental in breathing life into the restoration plan and weaving together the funders, the plant nurseries, DoC, community groups and iwi.
It was an awesome four days of laughs, hard work and a job well done. We would like to thank our sponsors, our partners at DoC, and to all those who participated from the community and Ngāti Koata.
Find out when Kia Ngāwari will be performing tonight on Māori TV from 6pm. The draw for next years Te Matatini line up is being held live and we will all find out what day and time Kia Ngāwari will be on stage. Kia kaha whānau!!! 🙂 We are behind you all 100%. Woohoo!!!
A Working Group for Marlborough Marine Environment stakeholders is being formed at a hui to be held on Sunday 31 July, 9.30am to 1.00pm, at the Port Marlborough Pavilion, Picton. All stakeholders are welcome to attend. Click the link below to see the invitation.
Tēnā koutou e te iwi o Ngāti Koata,
He mihi nui ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko me āwhina ki ahau. It is with humble heart that I wish to acknowledge and thank Ngāti Koata for the Kaiapa Jack Kohe Scholarship that I recieved in May 2016 to assist me in my studies of a Bachelors in Social Sciences.
Ka nui te mihi!