Tēnā koutou e te whānau
First, my apologies for this month’s Pānui being a few days late. We have been busy finalising the revamp of your iwi website and wanted to send the Pānui to you at the same time as its launch. We invite you to view the new look site at www.ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz.
For some months we’ve been quietly working with designers to freshen the look of the site, update the information on it, and seek to include a number of new elements that iwi members have been asking for.
While the site is larger, more comprehensive and offers more information about your organisation and your iwi, we still have more to add to it over the coming weeks. This is very much a beginning, rather than an end for this important link between you and ourselves; you and other iwi members around the world. Your feedback is of real value, as we are always looking for ideas about new features and services we can add to the site
The past month has been a busy one as we have been completing a number of projects; commercial, cultural and post-settlement that will help us to continue to build a strong and responsive organisation for the future.
We have planned a series of hui in the New Year that our Chair, Brendon Wilson, will advise you on in next month’s Pānui. Commercially, we continue to build relationships that will enable us to grow our pūtea, which in turn will allow us to deliver those elements of the Strategic Plan that iwi members have deemed important.
Our Cultural Strategy has really gone from strength to strength this year and, at last weekend’s Iwi Wānanga we had our largest attendance to date, with 45 iwi members rediscovering our whenua at Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa. I don’t want to steal Kiley’s thunder so he will update you on the success of the weekend in next month’s Pānui along with photos of whānau who attended.
As you will also see in this Pānui, the Archives project is discovering some wonderful taonga. Some of these will make their way into the new website over the next few months so we can all share in our rich history and rediscover our stories and whānau.
We have also begun work on creating a magazine that will allow us to share more stories and information in greater detail. I am still looking for a name for the magazine, so I need you to get your creative piupiu on and come up with a name for it.
My suggestion is the ‘Apa Annual’…but our new Communications and Engagement Advisor Kirk MacGibbon decided we should ask iwi members. So please send your suggestions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can of course taukoko the Apa Annual – if you want!!
Kia pai to rā