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What’s going on in Council – Apr 18

There were many great things that happened here over the weekend. Congratulations to Rangataua o Aotearoa on the success of their event, Te Ihi a Tū, on Saturday night. The event was run well and everything handled with seriousness and care. I’d like to acknowledge the whānau from Mangatū for their exhibition on Friday, titled ...

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What’s going on in Council – March 18

This week in council we have no council meetings. However we do have a Titirangi walk, a coast trip, a long term plan to release and I’ve managed to get in a couple of ministers ears. On Sunday I attended the Honorary Advisers dinner for the Asia NZ Foundation at Government House. I had the ...

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I am Waru. I am the abused.

Waru Reflections. DISCLAIMER: If you haven’t seen Waru then I suggest you don’t read any further, because this does contain spoilers! In part one, I am Mihi, I refer to myself as broken and fractured. This piece of writing is about how those fractures started and took root. I want to dedicate this to those ...

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What’s going on in Council – Nov 17

This past week we saw 57 kapa haka teams from around the nation descend on our piece of paradise for Te Mana Kura Tahi, the primary schools kapa haka nationals. Each team has approximately 40 students with around the same amount of parents, tutors, teachers and caregivers for support. If we include the amount of ...

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self love and self forgiveness

For a long time I’ve hated myself. For as long as I can remember. I blamed myself for not being able to protect my siblings growing up. I blamed myself for the abuses they suffered. Not being able to stop the hidings, not protecting them at school from discriminatory teachers. I should have done more. ...

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What’s going on in Council – Oct 17

This week in council are our committee meetings. Community Development has quite a lot on it’s plate this week. We have an awesome surf sculpture at Roberts Rd on the cards, and the Wainui Lions Junior Cycle Track looking like it was be completed by December, in time for the Christmas holidays. That’s a ‘famous ...

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What’s going on in Council – Sept 17

There are no official council meetings this week however being a councillor usually means you are involved in other committees and groups on behalf of council. In this weeks column I’ll be talking about ___ I am involved in, the District Licensing Committee as Deputy Chair and the Gisborne District Sister Cities Inc. The District ...

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