Women’s Col­lec­tive adds new name

Or­gan­i­sa­tion launches te reo Ma¯ori name to mark 125-year suf­frage cel­e­bra­tion

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Te Ha¯ o Hine-ahu-one — The Breath of Hine-ahu-one is the new te reo Ma¯ ori name that sits along­side the Palmer­ston North Women’s Health Col­lec­tive.

The col­lec­tive’s man­ager, Jean Hera, said they had talked about the re­brand­ing to in­clude a te reo Ma¯ ori name and launched the name yes­ter­day to co­in­cide with the 125-year cel­e­bra­tion of Women’s Suf­frage.

Jean said they re­launched with a dropin hui and open day.

“We wanted a more sig­nif­i­cant way for our bi­cul­tural iden­tity,” Jean said of the re­brand­ing.

“It has in­volved re­view­ing our­selves with out­side in­put, and de­vel­op­ing key doc­u­ments such as our con­sti­tu­tion. We were very for­tu­nate to be as­sisted by some won­der­ful ta¯ ne and Todd Taiepa as­sisted as part of his role as Ma¯ ori ad­viser at the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil.”

Jean said they ap­proached Todd with some ideas and he also worked with the ap­proved trans­la­tion ser­vice He Ku­penga Hao i te Reo.

“He Ku­penga Hao i te Reo led by Ian Chris­tensen gifted us our name sug­gest­ing ‘a beau­ti­ful name ev­i­dent in our whakataukı¯’.

We were very ex­cited to re­ceive this gift, this taonga.

“We are also de­vel­op­ing ad­vi­sory Mana Whenua links through Roly Fitzger­ald who is pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices in the city.

“It is very in­ter­est­ing that it has been ta¯ ne who have been cru­cial ad­vis­ers and sup­port­ers in this jour­ney of re­brand­ing,” she said.

■ Te Ha¯ o Hine-ahu-one Palmer­ston North Women’s Health Col­lec­tive, 53 Walde­grave St, (06) 357-0314 email: pn­[email protected] www.pn­wom­en­shealth.org.nz

PHOTO / MERANIA KARAURIA

Women’s Col­lec­tive man­ager Jean Hera and com­mu­nity health worker Mor­gan Booker.

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