He Kahu Tauwhiro

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He Kahu Tauwhiro

June 20, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 am

Kahutia te iwi ki te kahu tauwhiro, ki te kahu o te ora.

The distribution and use of Methamphetamine continues to sweep the country creeping into our communities and our whānau. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei remain fixed on our position towards Methamphetamine: The manufacture, distribution and use of Methamphetamine/P is not welcome in Ōrākei.

In 2005, a pou was erected at Ōrākei Marae to reflect our focus as a whānau, hapū and marae towards increased understanding of this kaupapa, increased support for whānau, and the eradication of P from our community. The name of this pou is Tāne nui a Rangi and continues to stand proud on our Marae grounds, a reminder to all of our stance towards Methamphetamine. 15 years later, in 2020 we return to this kaupapa to re-engage our aroha and support for those who are walking in the world of addictions. When considering the impacts of any addiction, the ripple effect it causes reaches many, from the individual, to the whānau, the hapū and iwi. On Saturday 20 June, 2020 we will stand together as a whānau to reveal a new pou created and gifted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei carver Arekatera Maihi to be erected to stand alongside Tāne nui a Rangi. The pou will be unveiled at Ōrākei Marae under the kaupapa He Kahu Tauwhiro, also the name given to the organising rōpū. He Kahu Tauwhiro, a name provided by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te reo māori expert Joe Pihema, embodies the embracing protecting layer of aroha, a cloak that gives the wearer a sense of security.

“The question we should ask ourselves is do we ignore the user and let them suffer alone or do we utilise our culture to reconnect with them and support them through this hard time. Our response is that our culture can save us all. 20 or so years ago a selfish young man made bad decisions and I too ended up seeking the pipe. In silence I participated and became addicted to meth. No one else to blame but myself. Our late uncle Manu Tamaariki was to be my saviour 18 years ago by asking me to assist him in the carving shed to move stuff around. Lifting became seeing , seeing became asking, asking became knowing , knowing became doing…the rest is history. Literally by one stroke of the chisel, my life was turned around. From that day on I stopped all of those selfish ways. I gave up drugs and committed myself to whakairo (carving). “Arekatera Maihi, pou carver, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei”.

Whānau are invited to attend He Kahu Tauwhiro to stand as one and to support each other in acknowledging the effects of Methamphetamine in our country, in our community, in our whānau.

The agenda for the day is as follows: 
6:30am: Mihimihi
7am: Parakuihi
8am: Keynote speakers – Maraea Tahere Mokaraka/Rikki Solomon
10am: ‘Smoke kai, not P’ Community run kaupapa . Whānau members will be smoking kai for lunch
11am: Mokopapa in Tumutumuwhenua wharenui

Reminder: This is a drug, alcohol and smoke free kaupapa. 

This pou will remind us that we have a duty of care to our whole community and also acknowledges what we committed ourselves to 15 years ago. Ekore e oti tēnei whawhai nui. We all need to be active in removing Methamphetamine from our lives, to be supportive and show aroha to those that need help. We encourage all to be that caring cloak that offers aroha and security to our whānau. The event lead by He Kahu Tauwhiro rōpū is supported by the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Board, Ōrākei Marae and the Taumata. Nau mai e te tī, e te tā.


June 20, 2020
6:00 am - 11:00 am


Ōrākei Marae
59b Kitemoana Street
Auckland, Ōrākei 1070 New Zealand
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