This celebration was the culmination of four wānanga that saw these tamariki sit NZ Touch examinations to receive their NZ Touch Referee qualifications.
Rau Ora Project Manager, Moana-Aroha Henry says “For too long we have talked about all the negative things that have happened with high suicide statistics in the North, so we wanted to use this kaupapa to promote good things, promoting prevention and looking at ways our taitamariki can engage in better things and celebrate what they are good at.”
Moana said “To help the tamariki gain these qualifications we had the guidance of Lance and Fiona Watene who came up from Auckland for all of our wānanga, so we thank both Lance and Fiona for their time and support of the Rau Ora Programme.”
Saadiq says “It’s been a long programme that we have completed, where we really built up a great bond amongst all of those that were involved. Even though we see each other every day on the bus, we all go our own ways, so it was cool to be involved in Rau Ora to be able to hang out and spend time with each other."
Project Manager, Petina Stone says "We are delighted with what we have achieved with Rau Ora. These tamariki really connected with their identity and have the mana to know who they are and where they fit into their community - Ngātiwai ki Whangaruru."
"We know that when they wear their Rau Ora hoodies and taonga that they will stand tall and wear them with pride."
Saadiq Tua says “On behalf of everyone that was involved in this programme, I would like to thank Aunty Petina Stone, Whaea Moana-Aroha Henry, Matua Tony Barber, Katya Timu, Agnes Pene, Kea Randell, Jackie and Johnny Saddler for all their mahi in running this programme to support and help us gain our qualifications.”