Our Hakinakina Warrior for this edition is: Tawa Tekoea, Kaipara Holyoake 

Whānau we would like to acknowledge this up and coming Polycrosse superstar who hails from Pouto. He is only 16 years of age and passionate about his culture and promoting Māoridom using polocrosse as his vessel.  His whakapapa connection to Ngāti Whātua is through his dad Henry Holyoake and Nanny Gracie. His mum Dene helps keep him grounded and supports all of his sporting endeavours, every successful sportsman needs to have supportive parents, kapai korua!

The Holyoake whānau are passionate about horse riding and have been instrumental in supporting the Pouto Polocrosse Club and participate in the local Pouto Horse Sports every Labour Weekend.

Tawa has represented New Zealand in Polocrosse competing in Australia then on to play in South Africa in a selected Barbarian team with players from Australia, UK, Zambia and America and was awarded the 'best player of the tournament award'.  

"I am extremely thankful and proud of my Māori descent and would love to be an ambassador for NZ Māori whilst representing my country in Polocrosse"

Polocrosse is a specialised sport that requires excellent horsemanship and racket skills and not for the fainthearted! 

Polocrosse facts:

* It is a mix of polo and lacrosse.

* Field consists of six players on at a time, three per team.

* Two-horse minimum for each player.

* Points are scored by sending the ball through the opposition goal.

* Field measures 146.5m by 55m.

Tawa has also represented Northland on the rugby field and a great role model to all of our Rangatahi! Tawa also competes in the annual Pouto Horse Sports every Labour Weekend which has been running for 10 years. We will highlight this event in next weeks edition.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Tawa,  kia kaha koe!

Here is a great write up about Tawa in the Northern Advocate:

(Above image: Tawa competing in the Pouto Horse Sports 2019, Labour Weekend)

Above image taken of our five graduates

Te Hā Oranga

New Staff
We have two new staff members who have joined our Te Hā Oranga whānau they are  Adrian Noda: AOD & Mental Health Cultural Lead. Adrian has 20 years experience in the health sector and years of experience working with Iwi and is based at our Tamaki office. 

Tania Kapa-Epiha has joined our Dargaville Office Administration Team.  She is proving to be a valuable addition to the Te Hā Oranga whānau, with her hard working, "can do" attitude. So whānau please make sure you mihi to our new team members when visiting our Tamaki and Takiwira site.

Te Hā Iniative
He Waka Eke Noa Rangatahi Programme celebrated their first graduation within Cohort one based in Tamaki with five successful  Rangatahi graduates.  This is a new Te Hā initiative under the Te Ao Auahatanga innovation programme funded by the Ministry of Health.  Mauri Ora!

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua
AGM 2019

Nau mai haere mai ngā Uri o Ngāti Whātua ki tēnei kaupapa ki Te Hana Te Ao Mārama Māori Cultural Centre, 311 State Highway One, Te Hana.
Rāhoroi, 16 Noema 2019, Timata 10 am
Morning tea is available from 9am.

Otamatea Marae 
Otamatea Marae Bonfire -  23 Noema 5PM
In support of the Maungaturoto Dementia Unit!
Contact: Cindy Hempsell for more information - 02102966257

Kaumātua Hauora: Marae Challenge o Ngāti Whātua
Ramere, 29 Noema 2019.  Timata: 8.30am  - 2pm 
Hihiaua Cultural Centre 56-58 Herekino Street, Whangarei.
4.2 km hikoi/oma around the Hatea Loop - Koha presented to all marae that have a representative,
50+ who undertake the challenge and affiliates to their chosen marae.
Kai and beverages will be provided.
Contact: Jo Nathan 09 470 0720 for further details.

Online Registrations: Update your details
Whānau we have a new online registration process.  Whānau that have already registered can update their details by completing the online process we can approve your online registration which will align in with our new system.

Check out  our new website whānau and complete our new online registration:

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM happening soon on the 16th November and our Kaumātua Hauora Marae Challenge on Friday the 29th November 2019.

Ngā mihi mahana,
Ngā Karere, Pou Whiri Pārongo: Communications

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