“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