Te Pū a te Hononga
Taina McClutchie, Kaydy-Moana Jones
Session type: Regular forum session
Key words: Connection, culture, identity, whakawhanaungatanga, ancestral regional knowledge
A demonstration of shared discussion by creating connection through ancestral regional knowledge. Two practitioners utilizing ancestral connections to create a stronger rapport. Wisdoms of home land marks and waterways providing channels of connection. Te Pū a te Hononga celebrates the depth of connection with all the salty trimmings.
About the presenter/s
Ka rere nga mihi mahana mai Te Tairāwhiti te urunga mai o te rā o te ika a Māui ki Ngā Whēnua Moemoea, ki ngā ati o te whenua Lutruwita. He uri tēnei nō Te Tairāwhiti whānui. Ko Ngati Pōrou me Ngati Kahungunu ngā iwi. Ko Whetumatarau raua Ko Moumoukai ngā taumata tirotiro. Kei Awatere raua Ko Nuhaka ngā wai whakamaumāhara. Ko Hinerupe raua Ko Tauahi ngā mārae i whāngai te pito. Nō reira tēna koutou katoa. Ko Taina McClutchie awau. I send warm greetings from the East Coast of The Fish of Māui, the rising horizons over to the dreaming lands for the descendants of the lands of Lutruwita. I am a descendant of the East Coast. Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu are my tribes. Whetumatarau and Moumoukai are my mountains. Awatere and Nuhaka are my remembering waterways. Hinerupe and Tauahi are my Ancestral Communal Homes that feed my heritage. With a grateful heart I thank you. What a blessed opportunity this is to journey along with the Lutruwita Community and to engage in wānanga (spaces of learning) over sharing pūrākau ā rohe (geographical ancestral histories/legends) and to experience a stream of connections through our traditions, language and identity. I have a passion for Te Ao Māori me ona tikanga, and encourage the use of ancestral knowledge, understandings and practices. They provide accounts of the learnings our ancestors experienced and how they can help walk us to our goals. I utilize Mātauranga a Hapū in my practice to help navigate our youth towards opportunities to learn, progress and succeed.
Tēnei te mihi maioha ki te tāngata whenua o Lutruwita
Ko wai au?
Ko Te Whakapunake o Te Matau a Maui Tikitiki a Taranga te maunga
Ko Te Wairoa Hopupu Honengenenge Matangi Rau te awa
Ko Takitimu rāua ko Kurahaupo ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu rāua ko Rongomaiwahine ngā iwi
Ko Te Rauhina te marae
Ko Kaydy-Moana Jones ahau
Grateful acknowledgements to the people of the lands of Lutruwita
Who am I?
The place which was hooked by Maui is the mountain
The river of long bubbling swirling uneven waters is the river
Takitimu and Kurahaupo are the canoes
Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine are the tribes
Te Rauhina is the meeting house
I am Kaydy-Moana Jones
I humbly greet you all and the people and places from whence you come,
I travel to you from Te Matau a Maui (The fishhook of Maui) on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa.
I see our engagements with people as opportunities to act as kaitiaki (nurturing the divine potential within everyone).
Within my expression, kaitiakitanga is when mauri ora (ultimate vitality) is realized by nurturing the hearts and minds of others through movement, kai (food) and connection within domains of te taioa (the natural environment), allowing opportunity for an experience which activates transformation.
I look forward to coming together and learning of all your different expressions of kaitiakitanga as we share time and space on the lands of Lutruwita.