Cultural input welcome
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,
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, email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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