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What’s going on in Council – Anzac – Procurement – May 19

It was great to see our community turn up for the ANZAC commemorations despite the tricky weather. This ANZAC day was the third time I have had the privilege of laying the wreath at the Te Karaka commemoration on behalf of the Gisborne District Council. Even though I’m voted in as a city councillor, I ...

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What’s going on in Council – Apr 19

Congratulations to Ritana for taking out the Ki o Rahi regional competition. The day was a super competitive event and Lytton High did an amazing job to take out the top spot. Congratulations also to Tūranga Wahine Tūranga Tane 1 and Horouta Wānanga for also qualifying to represent our region at the nationals in Hawkes ...

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What’s going on in Council – Feb 19

Kei aku nui, aku rahi, e hika mā! A huge congratulations to our five kapa haka roopu who represented our region, Te Tairāwhiti, at the National Kapa Haka Competition held in Wellington last week. You took our stories, our people and our issues to a stage that is watched internationally and by your example you ...

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What’s going on in Council – Nov 18

There’s nothing on in council this week so I’m going to write about something that is close to my heart, Titirangi. I think we as a community could do better by Titirangi. It’s been amazing seeing all the people engaged with Titirangi via the Everest challenge. The hill still gets a lot of regular use, ...

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What’s going on in Council – Oct 18

Firstly, I want to acknowledge the Tuia 250 crew.  The weekend was a success.  My family enjoyed the MV Takitimu and our time on Te Tairāwhiti, our waka hourua. That waka is a treasure.  Kei te mihi. This week in council we had the Local Government Commission hearings for the representation review model. To recap, ...

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I Am Waru mini documentary

In late 2017, I was down in Napier visiting my aunty Helen. My cousin Ange was there too, she had been recently working in the film and television industry in Auckland. Making moves. I had always been asked about whether or not I’d want to do something substantial on TV/video, a documentary or movie kind ...

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Heritage 2.0

In Sept 2015 a councillor said during the public council meeting that if ‘you give Māori an inch then they’ll take a mile’. Ironic, given that’s exactly how Māori lost our land but I digress. Imagine the uproar if I had said that about women? Or about pakeha? As a councillor. In a council meeting! ...

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What’s going on in Council – July 18

There are no council meetings this week, however next week Local Government New Zealand are having their AGM which has prompted me to touch on something we discussed at the last council meeting. That is the remit process. Remits are a way for councils to gain support from the wider council body to do a ...

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