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It’s ev­i­dent that Waka Ama Na­tion­als and Te Mata­tini are the most pop­u­lar events in the Maori cal­en­dar along­side the an­nual pil­grim­age to Ratana and then Wai­tangi.

Sev­eral hun­dreds of ka­pa­haka per­form­ers have been sac­ri­fic­ing week­ends and per­sonal time lead­ing up to the pre­mier event Te Mata­tini to be hosted by Ngati Kahun­gunu, in Hast­ings this month.

I amde­lighted that Te Iti Kahu­rangi, Te Pou o Man­gatawhiri, Nga Pou o Roto will be joined by 44 mem­ber strong group Te Kaa­heru Mata­rau o Hauaa. The Tainui Waka re­gion will be well rep­re­sented as a tes­ta­ment to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity por­tray­ing cul­ture, lan­guage, his­tory and po­lit­i­cal dis­course through ka­pa­haka.

We have tal­ented tu­tors who are pro­po­nents of te reo Maori and adept in mu­si­cal and per­for­mance com­po­si­tion. We have so much to be proud of in our rohe.

I wish them all well when they take the stage. Over­all Tainui waka has been el­e­vated be­cause of the tire­less com­mit­ment of per­form­ers, sup­port­ers and whanau.

Mauri Ora! Foun­da­tions ‘Love Your Heart’ cam­paign on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 10.

The re­sponse at the col­lec­tion ta­bles proved once again that the peo­ple of Matamata are re­spon­sive to the needs of oth­ers. Thanks again Matamata.

A cam­paign of this type re­quires more per­son power than you know so we would like to give a spe­cial thanks to David Wheaden and Gra­ham Gil­ford for their con­stant men­tor­ing and the fore­sight to in­tro­duce the street ap­peal to the use of eft­pos ma­chines.

Thanks to Tainui Press for the con­stant sup­ply of heart posters and stick­ers and Dale’s per­sonal sup­port at our meet­ings.

Thanks to the guys and girls from Ro­tary as they brave the el­e­ments for us each year rat­tling the plas­tic cans on Matamata’s streets.

Even the press plays a use­ful part with its ed­i­to­ri­als on the part that the Heart Foun­da­tion plays in our com­mu­nity.

Where would we be with­out the strate­gic po­si­tions of New World, Count­down and Life Phar­macy plus the gen­er­ous gifts that we are able to raf­fle, who knows when you or I need the hos­pi­tal that these funds go to. Thanks again New World, Count­down and Life Phar­macy.

And last but not least our army of faith­ful vol­un­teers, thanks.

As usual the win­ners of the three raf­fles will be no­ti­fied by tele­phone.


Te Kaa­heru Mata­rau o Hauaa will be com­pet­ing at the Te Mata­tini com­pe­ti­tion in Hawke’s Bay.

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