Cul­tural in­put wel­come

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS -

I was ex­cited this week at the op­por­tu­nity to talk with the upoko at the Mo­er­aki marae ( see our story on page 1). I was born in Oa­maru but did all but my fi­nal year of school­ing in Syd­ney, so my knowl­edge of Maori cul­ture and te reo is limited.

Still, I think cul­ture is so im­por­tant and beau­ti­ful – it shapes us into the well-rounded hu­man be­ings we are – so I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to learn from oth­ers.

Re­cent events in world news high­light to me our apathy to­wards other cul­tures and be­liefs.

It is un­for­tu­nate that cul­tural mis­un­der­stand­ings can lead to fear and ha­tred. I won­der what would hap­pen if we chose to lis­ten and learn rather than re­act?

It is a priv­i­lege each week to learn about my com­mu­nity and what makes it tick.

I hope you en­joy read­ing and learn­ing and dis­cov­er­ing all about our amaz­ing lit­tle piece of New Zealand, with its va­ri­ety of peo­ple, places and cul­tures as much as I do! Happy read­ing,

Ni­cola

WED­NES­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 18

Zonta Club Of Oa­maru, Monthly meet­ing at 5.30pm, Oa­maru Club Restau­rant. New mem­bers wel­come, please con­tact Jill 434 8789, 0272 268764, squire.jill@ya­hoo.co.nz

FRI­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 20

Faltire, this Com­edy Duo will be at the Galleon Com­plex at 8pm.

SATUR­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 21

Fat Sally’s, Live Mu­sic, The Po­has from 9pm.

SATUR­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 21 AND SUN­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 22

Dun­stan Downs 4x4 High Coun­try Mu­sic Muster, 27km from Omarama. En­ter at Cat­tle Yards, Lindis Pass Rd. Bring your own tent, chairs, swag and re­fresh­ments. Tick­ets $150pp – in­cludes food. Book no later than Jan­uary 31. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: tim.innes@farm­side.co.nz. Phone 03 438 9862 – Tim and Geva Innes.

SUN­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 22

North Otago Scout Zone, Mud­slide Day; 11am-2pm, 120 For­ti­fi­ca­tion Rd, Noel Ward’s Prop­erty. Gold Coin Do­na­tion, change tents avail­able, bar­be­cue and soft drinks – Fun for all ages, all wel­come. North Otago Tramp­ing Club, The Sum­mer Pro­gramme is of­fer­ing a num­ber of walks. Her­bert Forrest Work­ing Bee: A chance to spend a day in the na­tive for­est in­volv­ing the Her­bert Forrest Tracks. Con­tact: Mau­rice 03 434 6166, De­part: Med­way car park 8am. Cost: $6 Kids Day at the Farm­ers Mar­ket, a great day out for the whole fam­ily. Kids fo­cused events within the regular farm­ers mar­ket.

MON­DAY, MARCH 23

THURS­DAY , FE­BRU­ARY 26

The Air Force, In Con­cert with Mark Had­low, Oa­maru Opera House, Tick­ets $25 / $22 / $10. Tick­ets from tick­et­di­rect.co.nz Fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal to jazz. Bookings at the Opera House or Ticket Di­rect Cuba Look­ing Through the Lens, lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Liz Cado­gan’s book re­lease and talk on her re­cent trip to Cuba. Oa­maru Li­brary 6p.

FRI­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 27 TILL SATUR­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 28

Plun­ket Elec­tri­cal N.O. A&P Show.

SATUR­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 28

Baroque Mu­sic Tour, Mu­sic Trio Sonata (Cello, Vi­o­lin and Harp­si­chord) per­form­ing at St Luke’s Church, 7pm. Con­tact is To­mas Hurnik 03 3266805. Tick­ets avail­able at the door on the night, or from event finder baro­que­mu­sic.net.nz

SATUR­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 28 AND SUN­DAY FE­BRU­ARY 1

North Otago Tramp­ing Club, the Sum­mer pro­gramme is of­fer­ing a num­ber of walks. Rock and Pil­lar Range (medium dif­fi­culty): Starts 6km north of Mid­dle­march, stay

WED­NES­DAY, MARCH 25

Pa­pakaio Girls, have you at­tended Pa­pakaio School – join us for a get to­gether at the Lastpost – RSVP by March 22, Con­tact 439 5272

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