Stu­dents’ US mis­sion

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Two Te Aute Col­lege stu­dents spent their last school hol­i­days trav­el­ling through Cal­i­for­nia, Ne­vada, Ari­zona and Utah on the way to Red Shirt Vil­lage, South Dakota.

Head boy Uenuku Ho­er­ara and deputy head boy Ty­rone ReedyCal­laghan were part of the Taira¯ whiti Angli­can Church Del­e­ga­tion along with Sione Veituna and Christo­pher Dou­glasHuri­wai.

The group was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Red Shirt Project, where young adults come to­gether ev­ery sum­mer for a two-week mis­sion trip help­ing poorer com­mu­ni­ties on Pine Ridge In­dian Reser­va­tion, home of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Uenuku and Ty­rone mowed lawns, helped tidy ceme­ter­ies, re­store a his­tor­i­cal church dam­aged by a storm, built a soft­ball pitch dugout and even found time to teach rugby to the lo­cals.

They ex­pe­ri­enced the Oglala, Lakota Na­tion Pow-Wow which brings ev­ery­one to­gether over two days to cel­e­brate Na­tive Amer­i­can and Lakota cul­ture. The boys per­formed haka and wa­iata and shared sto­ries with the lo­cals.

“It was fas­ci­nat­ing to watch our young men draw con­nec­tions and par­al­lels with our own tikanga and whakapono (cul­ture and be­liefs),” Christo­pher Dou­glas-Huri­wai said. “Right from the out­set the wha¯ nau from Taira¯ whiti threw them­selves whole­heart­edly into the work they were as­signed. Uenuku and Ty­rone braved the sun, heat and bugs to re­ally come through and lead the way on the work that needed to be done. They were an awe­some ex­am­ple to the en­tire group and fan­tas­tic am­bas­sadors for Te Aute Col­lege.”

Uenuku Ho­er­ara hard at work help­ing re­store a church after dam­age from a storm.

Wel­come to Ol­gaga Lakota Na­tion. From left, Christo­pher Dou­glas-Huri­wai, Sione Veituna , Ty­rone Reedy-Cal­laghan, Isaac Beach and Uenuku Ho­er­ara.

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