He tangata i ākona ki te whare tūnga ki te marae au ana - A person taught well at home will stand on the marae with dignity.
This whakatauki or saying/proverb, speaks tot he duty or value of manaakitanga - looking after your guests, sharing food, story, waiata, and also allows for many expressions and upholding of cultural knowledge and practice.
Here we are sharing kai at the Esplanade Restaurant in St Clair. We starting with karakia before eating, giving thanks for the food and our gathering. Later on in the meal people made speeches or shared korereo to thak members who where leaving or finishing as a part of the group. There contribution, skill, presence was acknowledged as well as blessings and the guidance of their ancestors and God asked upon them.. Other speakers mentioned the friendship shared and thanked those who hosted the hui ,as well gratitude for the spouses who had also supported members. Waiata were sung and a wonderful occasion was enjoyed by all adding to the sense and lived experience of whānaungatanga.
This photo is outside a cross donated by and in memorial of, the significant contribution the Christian Brothers made in the Catholic education of Otago people originally through St Pau's College (1876) on the current site of Kavanagh College. They along with the Sisters of Mercy and the Dominican Sisters (1871) are the founding congregations Kavanagh . We are grateful for the use of the college to carry out and discuss our business. We had the pleasure of a visit by Bishop Michael Dooley and the Bishop of Hamilton, Steven Lowe representing the NZCatholic Bishops Conference.
The Runanga members always enjoy seeing the work the students produce, the environment they work in, and the many symbols, signs and messages of faith, hope and love in our Catholic colleges.
Rongo, Parihaka, Taranaki, Anderson's Bay.
On completion of our days work we drove to "Rongo" in Andersons Bay. Site of the memorial to those who were unjustly and cruelly imprisoned by the British troops and legal system operating in the in the ships hull and caves around the causeway of Andersons Bay. Many of Taranaki's peaceful protesters from Parihaka, and some supporters representing a number Iwi are remembered here.
We moved into the space with a karanga then a time of karakia and shared memories passed down from generations within whānau related to the events at Parihaka.
Despite non-indigenous research methodologies of historical accounts, Taranaki iwi and many other whānau carry their record of this memory and korero.
Below is an excerpt from Manatu Taonga -mInistry of Culture and Heritage (https://mch.govt.nz/pukeahu/park/significant-sites/parihaka-memorial)
By 1865, 809,000 hectares of Māori land in Taranaki, from Pukearuhe (near the White Cliffs) in the north to the Waitōtara River in the south, had been seized by the government under the New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 – at least on paper.
In 1868 Ngā Ruahine leader Riwha
Tītokowaru fought a campaign against colonial forces in response to the continued Pākehāoccupation of their land. Tītokowaru’s forces gave the colonial troops several humiliating defeats, and the government only gained the upper hand after Māori support for Tītokowaru
By mid-1869, although fighting had ceased, colonial forces carried out several expeditions to round up one-time allies of Tītokowaru. In June 1869, 123 men, women and children of Ngāti Ruanui hapū (subtribe) Pakakohi surrendered. Another 110 were captured over the following weeks.
At the end of the year 94 men were sent to Wellington and held at Mount Cook prison for three months before being tried. After they were found guilty, 74 men were sentenced to hard labour and sent to Dunedin to carry it out. The prisoners built, amongst other things, the Andersons Bay causeway. They were freed in March 1872.
(Above: Left to Right, Rihari Punaki, Danny Karatea-Goddard, Taneora of Caritis, and Kathy Simmons in front of the whare Rongopai of Tomairangi Marae, Waihopai)
There are many words and phrases that we in the whanau Katorika have retained from the Latin faith we inherited. E.g Hehu Kerito for Jesus Christ,reflects the Latin "Christus".
OUr schools have the notation "Hato" for saint. I.e Hato Petera for Saint Peter compared to Petera Tapu as an Anglican school might use. This coming form the latin Sancti. Some words also reflect Catholic thinking theologically and so the Maori Cathilic translation is different. Danny's work is a special contribution.
Inoi atu ki ngā whanau i raro i te taumahatanga o te wa
E te whanau, koia nei te wa karakia, kia karakia tonu ki to tātou matua i te rangi me tōna whaea, a Maria, kia noho tahi ai ki a rātou kei Kaikoura, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Otautahi, ngā wahi, rohe lātoa e tangi ana.
Keep up your prayers for our whanau who have suffered and continue to suffer from the earthquake and on-going shocks. And indeed all our families who seek employment, housing, justice and compassion.
Kei te mihi hoki ki a koutou ngā marae maha i tuwhera ana nga kuaha ki ngā tangata hia kai, hia moenga. Koia nei te kaupapa tuatahi, We acknowledge the many marae and volunteers, whanau, hapū who support and supported the many who came to your doors, Your mahi continues that of our ancestors, manaakitanga.
Ko tātou ngā ringa o tō tātou Ariki, a Hehu Karaiti, We are the hands of Christ - let us continue to reach out.
Kia tau te rangimarie o te Atua kei a koutou kātoa.
Kia ora whanau katoa o te motu!
homai ra ngā karakia pai ki a koe, he aha te kaupapa, emere mai.
He Māori, He Katorika, being Cathoic, being Maori, Send us your favourite karakia and why you like them. Write your own about any kaupapa and send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print them here for all to share. Get those creative juices going, puta mai te reo wairua i roto i a koutou, hei tautoko te whanau whanaui Katorika!
Kia kaha ra!
Maybe you have a photo that is special to you.
Kia tau te rangimarie o te Atua kei a koutou.
TCI Courses specifically for Māori
Ka mau te wehi!
One of the focusses of Te Runanga and its representatives on The Catholic Institute board, is to support the writing and teaching of papers and courses designed for and by Māori within the Hahi.
This doesn't mean they will necessarily be in te reo or all in te reo, but it is our intention to have courses designed to meet the needs of Māori Catholics to deepen our faith and education in a Māori context, and to develop the good work begun by Pā Henare Tate and Pā Michael Shirres within the scope of Māori theology.
There are currently no papers that are specifically for Māori and this is an imperative for te runanga. If you have ideas you would like to see developed within the context and area of Katorika Māori, let us know!
There are many courses however that you may wish to be a part of and extend your knolwedge of this taonga that is our faith, so go on and have a look. Kia tau te rangimarie.
Te Tōmairangi Marae, Invercargill
Bishop Colin Campbell celebrates his first ever mass at Tōmairangi Marae with a very happy Alfy Payne, Chair of the Marae and leader of the Māori Catholic community in Invercargill.
Te Runanga meet in Rotorua
Te Runanga o te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa met this month in Rotorua. The hui included a visit and korero from Maanu Paul (Past Co Chair of the New Zelaand Māori Council (Ngati Rangitihi and Sir Toby Kurtis ( Ngati Rongomai and Ngati Pikiao) about their vision to create a training centre and programme for Married Catholic Māori in preparation for priesthood. Maanu's hospital experience provided time to reflect and he saw the need for a succession paln that was most relevant, effective and authentically Māori to provide pastoral care and sacraments for Māori Catholic communities.
The two were wonderful to listen to and regaled us with many stories and whakaaro relating to their journey's and perspectives on many things.. All agreed it was a special time to hear two kaumatua reflect and envision.
Ka nui hoki te mihi ki a kōrua, ki a koutou kua tau mai ki waenganui i a mātou.
Māori & Catholic Today
On Tuesday, lead by the Sisters of Mercy with Te Kāhui Pou, Māori advisors to the Sisters, many gathered and spoke about the issue of homelessness in Aotearoa NZ. The 5 Mercy schools were represented, St Catherine's Kilburnie, St Mary's in Thorndon -St Mary's and Carmel College of Auckland and Villa Maria from Christchurch, Kavanagh College also had a presence with Assistant Principal Katrina Kerr-Bell and year 9 student Emily with Ted from St Bernadettes, Forbury, Dunedin.... "Maori are disproportionately represented among the homeless. For example a survey of the homeless in Wellington found that 56% were Maori, four times the proportion of Maori in the general population (Amory et al, 2005)."
At 12 o'clock outside parliament a large crowd with many voices from the church and Mercy services and team. Sr Katrina Fabish rsm and Sr Tui Cadigan rsm, Students from the colleges of Mercy, Samoan and Tongan sisters; Sr Fatima Lemisio; Sr Marcellin Wilson rsm; Mercy Global Action representative Dennis Horton, Mercy Hospital, Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy Hospice Auckalnd, Atawhai Assisi Hamilton, Waitarua Mercy parklands, Auckland, Sr Mary Neven;
VOICES, from the edge was a section where stories of the homeless were shared and moved many with support from Te Ukaipo initiative for Rangatahi Ranui, Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis Glen Innes, Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Earth Promise Centre Ellersllie.
BOOKS were passed to members of parliament of stories of students, workers with the homeless, and the homeless themselves. members of Labour, Green Party and National were present with apologies form the Māori party.
As well as many voices and the books, sleeping bags and blankets were collected to be passed on.
A global Catholic perspective.
The Pope's Diary
Towards a Māori Theology -
E ngā iwi, e ngā reo, e ngā mana, e ngā huihuinga tāngata nō ngā hau e whā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!
Te noho mai nā i ngā marae ōhaki o o koutou tūpuna me o koutou mātua kua rūpeke ki te mate, te pupuri mai nā ki nga pūtea whakairo o ia mahara he mea tapua mai e rātou nō ngā tau ka taha, ā, waiho tonu hei taonga whakaeke ki ngā huri haere ake nei. Nā te whakapono pūmau anō o o koutou mātua me te ū ki te tika me te mau o te pupuri ki te Aka Matua i piki ai rātou ki te oranga tonutanga. Nā koutou kua oki, haere e moe.
Nau mai koutou katoa ki te matapihi nei o ‘te pae tukutuku o te Rūnanga Katorika’, hei matapihi ki te āo. Tihei mauri ora!Kia ora and welcome to the website of Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa (the National Catholic Māori Council of New Zealand). This site is just in its early stages and some information is incomplete. We hope to have more resources available shortly.
You will see that we have the contact details of Te Rūnanga delegates from each Diocese on our ‘Contacts’ page. Please feel free to contact your local delegate if you wish to find out more about the work of Te Rūnanga. It is our hope that eventually this website will be of some assistance for those who are working with Māori, Catholics or in the area of faith and spiritual formation.
Let us share those many gifts God has given to all of us so that we can help each other grow in the knowledge and love of God “I am the Way”. Our Lady walks with us on the journey her Son calls us too and she says: “Do whatever He tells you” [John 2:5]
Nō reira, kia kaha tātou ki te pupuri i ngā taonga kua waiho hei oranga mō tātou katoa. Kia hari, kia koa, kia kaha tātou ki te pupuri i nga taonga kua waiho hei oranga mo tatou katoa. Kia hari, kia koa, kia kaha tatou ki te pono, ki te tika kia whakakotahi ai tatou, a, kia ea ai te korero a te Kaiwhakaora, “Ko Ahau te Huarahi”.
Noho ora i raro i ngā manaakitanga o te Matua, o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu. Mā te Whāea Takakau tātou katoa e awhi, e hāpai mō ake tonu atu.
Arohanui, nā mātou, nga mema o te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa
Cardinal Thomas Williams reflection.
In writing about Bishop Pompallier’s legacy Cardinal Thomas Williams makes clear that Maori were “foundation members” of the Church in this country, waiting in hope with other Catholics for Bishop Pompallier’s arrival in 1838: