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E noho ki nga reke o Uenuku kia ora ai te iwi

To sit at the foot of Uenuku that your people may prosper

Every Tuesday it’s the same, volunteers Noeline Smiler and Millie Hawiki head to Muturangi Hauora to facilitate a food bank distributing kai amongst the community.  Justine Murray joins them.

food bank distributing kai amongst the community
From left: Noeline Smiler at Muturangi Hauora in Moera, Lower Hutt; Foodbank; preparing the kai.

Take a novel written by premier Māori writer Patricia Grace, re-adapt it into a theatre production featuring an ensemble cast of Māori actors and you have Tawata Productions TuMaraea Rakuraku meets cast members - Taungaroa Emile, Jared Rawiri, Kirk Torrance and Matariki Whatarau.

Te Mangungu, Wellington has enjoyed a number of reincarnations in its lifetime - first, as a Methodist church and now as a Marae during which time it hasn’t ever really strayed from its religious origins as Bruce Aranga and Millie Hawiki explain.

Bruce Aranga and Millie Hawiki
Millie Hawiki and Bruce Aranga.

Waiata featured:  Pa mai to reo aroha and Ruaumoko haka performed by the cast of Tu (2012);   Te Poi performed by South Taranaki Māori Club from the album Highlights from the 1983 New Zealand Polynesian Festival Hastings (1983); Māori woman performed by Camille Te Nahu from the album Not without you (2005)