Koina Thats Us | A Changed Perspective by Te Ururoa Flavell

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HE TIROHANGA REREKE

Kia ora mai tatou. Katahi te parekura nui ko te ru whenua i Otautahi. Otira, kei reira tonu nga whakaaro ahakoa te kotahi marama kua pahure. Kaore e kore ka pera mo nga marama e hia ke nei e haere ake nei. I ro tari ahau i Poneke, a, i rongo au i a Ruaumoko e ngunguru ana. I tino tumeke au i te matakitakitanga o nga pikitia e papaho ana i runga i te pouaka whakaata. Te warewaretia.

Whai muri i taua wiki mataporehu, i haerere ahau i te takiwa ki te korerorero mo te pire Takutai Moana. Kua roa ahau e hiahia ana ki te puta atu ki te takiwa, a, he pai hoki kia rongo ai ahau i nga ahuatanga e whakaawe ana i te takiwa. I whakamohio mai te iwi i o ratou whakaaro e pa ana ki te pire, heoi, i tona mutunga, ko te tautoko te tikanga. Tena, kei runga i taku wharangi ipurangi a www.teururoa.co.nz te rauemi ataata i whakaatu ahau ki te minenga. Kua mutu te panuitanga tuarua, a, a nga wiki kei mua i te aroaro, ka ea.

I ahau e haerere ana, i hui ahau ki etahi tauira i Te Kura o Hirangi me Te Kura Tuarua o Te Puke. Katahi nei aua tauira! He rawe taku noho ki waenganui i a ratou, a, he pai ki te korero mo etahi atu take i nga take kua kaha korerotia i mua tata mai.

I rongo tonu ahau i nga karere e puta mai ana i Otautahi. Ko te manaakitanga o te tangata tetahi mea nui i kite ahau. Ehara i te mea i Otautahi noaiho, engari i konei hoki, i Rotorua. I neke mai etahi whanau i te takiwa o te ru whenua, a, ka tau ke hoki te tautoko me te manaaki o te hau kainga i a ratou! Ko te Warewhare tera, ko Postie Plus tera, me nga whanau maha i takoha mai ki te hapai i nga whanau rawa-kore. Hei tenei Rahoroi ka tu hoki tetahi whakangahau kapa haka ki te kohi putea mo Otautahi, ara, a Te Ru o Te Manawa.

I reira hoki nga nehi me nga takuta o Te Arawa e tautoko ana i nga kaihapai hauora i Otautahi. He hononga ta Te Arawa ki Otautahi, otira, 453 nga Te Arawa e noho ana i Otautahi. Ano hoki, kua kite, kua rongo hoki i te manaakitanga mai i nga topito katoa o te motu. No reira, ahakoa nga ahuatanga manukanuka i ara ake i nga wiki kua pahure, ko te manaakitanga te toa.

Ka nui te mihi ki a ringa raupa ma, te hunga i haere atu i te kainga ki te tautoko i a Otautahi. Katahi nei koutou e hoa ma.

A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE

Kia ora mai t?tou. The earthquake last month in Christchurch certainly put things into perspective for me. It was to be a normal sitting week, questions to be asked, bills to be debated. However, like every other New Zealander, I found myself in shock as I watched the live broadcasts from my Wellington office. It was one of those moments, like September 11, that you will never forget where you were that day.

The following week I had planned to tour my electorate to discuss the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill. Id been looking to get out to the electorate for some time, so the time was appropriate indeed. It allowed me to get a feel of how the electorate was, and how the mood of the people was following the earthquake. And while all of the public hui were filled with debate and discussion, in the end, it was an overwhelming success. The video resource that I showed at those hui is available on my website: www.teururoa.co.nz. The Bill has just gone through its second reading and in the next week will be in its committee stages.

During my tour I also managed to visit senior students at Te Kura o Hirangi in Turangi and then Te Puke High School. Wow!! What a hard case bunch of students they were. They were full of enthusiasm and had some great and very challenging questions to put to me. It was a great chance to inject a bit of fun into what was a pretty intense week!!!

While on the road, continuing to watch the televised reports from Christchurch, I was overwhelmed by the generosity that I had seen, not only through those reports, but right here in Rotorua. We were approached by a number of families who had re-located here from Christchurch, and after putting the word out we were inundated with support. I must give thanks to The Warehouse, Postie Plus, and the many wh?nau who offered their support in some way or another. And in a couple of days, a benefit concert by the top kapa haka groups, Te R? o Te Manawa, will be held to fundraise for Christchurch. We have a brand-name of manaakitanga associated with Rotorua and it was certainly evident over these last few weeks. I am truly proud of all of us.

I was also extremely proud of the Te Arawa doctors, nurses, and volunteers who flew down to assist. Our whakapapa connections are close to Otautahi – there are some 453 Te Arawa living in Christchurch. But more than that, it also reminds me of the generosity of spirit in which right across the nation, the people have opened their arms, their doors, their cheque-books, their hearts; to care for the people of Christchurch. It is so humbling, and more than anything it is that sense of caring that will help all of us get through these difficult times.

I welcome your feedback. Email mpwaiariki@parliament.govt.nz, Ph 07 3503261, PO Box 12028 Rotorua 3045.

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