Tēnā koutou e te whānau
As the year closes you would think that activity would be slowing, but it has actually been the opposite. Over the past month we held another successful iwi wānanga at Lake Rotoiti, with the largest attendance of iwi members at a wānanga to date. Many more expressed an interest but couldn’t attend. Kiley will share more of the weekend’s events later in this Pānui.
We are already in the planning stages for the next wananga, a Mana Rangatahi wānanga to be held from 10-15 January 2016. Look out for more information over the coming weeks.
New Web site http://www.ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz/
The newly refurbished web site has proved to be popular and is attracting a high number of visits, including a lot of interest from international visitors to the site.
We have received some very positive feedback and some excellent suggestions about features that we could add, so keep them coming please. The online registration is popular and there has been a number of applications already via this so it is obviously working as an easier way for iwi members to connect.
Check into the site regularly as we update news each week and site development is on-going with new features and services continually being added. See for example, the iwi pepeha on the home page.
Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Archives
Our project to reference and catalogue your archives is progressing well. There have been a number of excellent discoveries (or rediscoveries) and some wonderful photos and stories re-emerging. We will feature these in the Whenua section, which will continue to be a part of our Pānui.
Iwi Roadshows 2016
We are in the final planning stages of Iwi Roadshows, scheduled for March of next year (2016) and will send details out in the New Year. The roadshows are an important part of our communication with members as our current Strategic Plan is moving into its fourth year. We want you to have input into the creation of the next five year strategy for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō.
Education Grants & Scholarships
Applications for the Marlborough Lines Tertiary Scholarships for Māori are now open, as well as the annual Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Education Grants. Please check the Education section of this Pānui or go to our website for more information. The grants can provide much needed financial support for those currently in, or contemplating, study. We urge you to read the information carefully, complete an application and file it before the deadline.
Our December Panui will be the last of the year. We will resume in January 2016 as there is already a lot planned for 2016 and we want to make sure you are fully informed. The office will close at midday on 23 December and reopen again on January 5th 2016.
Ka pai to ra