Te Reo Irirangi o Te Arawa - tukua mai ki a piri, tukua mai ki a tata!
In accordance with our branded version of this well-known Te Arawa whakatauki, the last few or so months have been full on for staff. Our focus has been on the broadcast of ngā reo o te waka o Te Arawa, o ngā iwi Māori o Aotearoa along with achieving greater engagement with the numerous communities within our broadcast footprint.
Whatitiri ki te rangi, Te Arawa ki te whenua!
Since the successful coverage of the elections via the iwi radio network, Te Arawa FM has assisted with the preparation and staging of the Te Arawa Awards, a celebration of the 2014 Te Arawa high achievers in education, sports, culture and community service. The evening was hosted by Te Arawa Fm’s breakfast host, Chey Milne, and was enjoyed by prize recipients, their whanau and invited dignitaries.
Ngāti Whakaue Whakanuia was held for the first time, and has proven to be an uplifting and inspirational kaupapa for those Ngāti Whakaue descendants who participated in a weekend of celebration of their Ngāti Whakauetanga, reo, tikanga, history and was rounded off by a day of kapa haka which attracted young and old to learn and perform many of the compositions of waiata, pokeka and haka of their tupuna.
The culmination of which gave impetus to the first ever Ngati Whakaue kura reo attended by more than 100 participants ranging in ages from koeke to rangatahi..........Te Arawa FM was right there.
The annual poukai i roto i a Ngati Pikiao attended by Kingi Tuheitia and Tainui Waikato is high on the Ngati Pikiao calender of events. There is representation from Te Arawa, Mataatua and Ngati Tuwharetoa. Te Arawa Fm also attends to record for broadcast the korero and proceedings on the marae. This provides a rich indepth archive of interation and whaikorero for broadcast.
More low key has been our attendance of the bi-monthly meetings of Te Pukenga Koeke o Te Arawa. An important feature of Te Arawa Fm’s engagement with koeke (kaumātua) who represent their respective whanau and hapu in issues and matters that occur within their communities. This attendance is endorsed by the Chairman giving a monthly report on our weekly Sunday koeke show Te Reo o Ohomairangi.
Tuhia te hā o te reo ki te rangi!
The scheduling of reo content featured on the daily Te Awatea Show 10am-4pm with replays some of that content after 7pm ensures te reo in a defined time, which gives our audience the prospect to tune in for their fill of ngā hua reo o Te Arawa, o ngā iwi Māori hoki.
It also gives greater impetus to maintain that engagement with the community as it offers another opening to build on an already rich source of archival audio recordings for broadcast, and from much of the anecdotal information and korero received by members of our Board, our Licenceholder and staff, has been appreciated.
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