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Te TAURAHERE o NGATI POROU ki PONEKE meeting minutes 19 April 2015

Meeting held 19th April 2015 at 1pm

Mihi: Chair - Sir Tamati Reedy
Karakia: Kaumatua Waata Peita
Apologies: Rowena WiRepa, John Clarke, Tina Ratana, Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Taina McGregor, Barry Soutar, Pere Maitai, Bill Kaua.
Chair welcomed everyone and outlined the process for the day beginning with a special waiata session, requested by Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, in the wharekai and then back to the whare nui for the balance of the meeting. All adjourned to the Wharekai where Pania lead this session. Once completed the meeting resumed in the Wharenui.
Focus for 2015
Chair began the meeting explaining that the Executive Committee had proposed the Taurahere focus on four areas this year. They are: tikanga (cultural), social (whakawhānaungatanga), political (TRONP elections) and financial. Members of the committee had taken ‘ownership’ of specific areas and would speak to that kaupapa. Committee members were keen to share ideas and wanted people to join working groups to support these areas of focus.
Chair noted that Barry Soutar (Taurahere Auckland) wanted to attend one of our hui to discuss the issues raised by our Taurahere executive regarding the Runanganui’s lack of communication with iwi. Mei Taare agreed to provide Barry with dates for our future hui.
Chair also noted that Taina McGregor has copies of the Maori version of “The Price of Citizenship – He Toto Heke, He Tipare ki te Ukaipo” available at ‘whanau price’ for purchase. She is selling them on behalf of Nga Taonga o Nga Tamatoa Trust. All inquiries to Taina on 04 526 6527 or 04 462 3976.
1. CULTURAL – Mei Taare (on behalf of Rowena Wirepa):

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