“I nga ra e hi ika, he kupenga tatai awhai nuku”
“If you wish to catch fish, first you need to ensure your net is in good order”.
Whanaunga Harry Maki Midwood was able to share this whakatauki – custom designed for Patuharakeke by Harry and Meto Hopa of Kawhia. This vision was developed during a series of strategic hui in 2011. The “net” was a recurring theme, demonstrating for example, whakapapa, to awhi each other, keep our whanau safe and so forth.
Our whanau are well, safe, educated and connected
Building whanau capacity to keep our safety net strong and well
To strengthen our whakapapa through communication strategies and caring for our elderly
To retain our identity and grow and celebrate Patuharakeketanga
Tikanga me ona reo (custom, culture & language)
Kotahitanga (unity, connectedness)
Engage and develop our rangatahi
To strengthen our connectedness to whanau that live away from the kainga and offshore
Currently the Patuharakeke Education Sub Committee deals specifically with the scholarships process. However, they are working with local schools and industry to develop strategies around vocational training and are exploring other educational opportunities for whanau.
The Patuharakeke Education Sub Committee members are:
Te manu e kai ana te miro nona te ngahere. Te manu e kai ana te matauranga, nona te Ao!
The bird that partakes of miro berry theirs is the forest. The bird that partakes of knowledge, theirs is the world.
The Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board administers the Carter Holt Harvey (Wood Products NZ), NorthPort T.R.Kepa and H.M. Pirihi and the Refining NZ Scholarships. It provides financial assistance to students who meet all of the criteria set out in the application form which can be downloaded here. Descendants of Patuharakeke are invited to submit an application during the scholarship round which opens between December and March each year. We need confident, skilled and educated people to continue to guide and support our development. We proactively seek to build competence in our whanau to ensure we will be capable of managing our own assets and our natural resources going into the future.