Tuahiwi Marae visit

CMM strengthened its commitment to bi-culturalism and Te Tiriti o Waitangi with a recent visit to Maahanui II Marae in Tuahiwi, located between Kaiapoi and Rangiora. In total, 60 CMM staff and kaumātua from Whare Tiaki and WesleyCare took part, learning about the history of Tuahiwi marae. We began the day with a pōwhiri, with the tautoko (support) of Whare Tiaki kaumātua, Moana-o-Hinerangi, who led us with karanga.

After sharing paramanawa (morning tea), staff launched into a full day of education about Ngāi Tūāhuriri (mana whenua) following colonial settlement, mihimihi and tikanga. The group also learned about the history of the rohe (traditional territory) of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the Ngāi Tahu context in which CMM provide services.

The fun-filled day included staff acting out aspects of local history and opportunities to practice mihi in a safe learning environment. In all, it was a lovely time of connection, laughter, learning, the sharing of kai and embracing aspects of Māori culture.

Such visits are significant for CMM. In addition to enhancing our understanding of Te Ao Māori, it enables CMM to build relations with local iwi. It was an honour to be welcomed on to the marae by our hosts and we thank them for an enriching and educational day.