Another beautiful day for Kaifest. We estimate that over 7,000 people visited our two sites on the day with 1,200 attending the powhiri of which 600 people were visitors to Nelson. Credit to Nelson Mail for the photos.
Whakatū Marae were privileged to host Solothello this week as part of the Nelson Arts Festival inside our wharenui Kaakati. Regan Taylor portrayed the story of Othello with a unique Māori flavour, bringing to life Shakespeare's or 'Wiriwiritaiaha' great tragedy.
On the 18th of April we had the great pleasure of hosting the Youth Environment Leadership Forum here at Whakatū Marae. This group comprised of 80 students from all round New Zealand who are passionate about the environment. The visit to our Marae was part of a week long programme including, canoeing at Cable Bay and visiting Abel Tasman National Park.
A Friday paddle over to the Boulder bank, with Pip and Oshaque as part of a mentoring programme for kōtiro reffered from Youth Nelson and Girls College for Girls.
A proud day for Whakatū Marae as five iwi representatives, Jane Dufeu, Waihaere Mason, Puhanga Tupaea, Robert McEwen and Molly Luke attended the Reserve Bank launch of the new bank notes at Government House, hosted by His Excellency, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, The Governor-General of New Zealand, and Lady Janine Mateparae.
Graeme Denny from the Reserve bank, flew in to Nelson, bringing with him the new notes for whānau to see, touch and smell. The celebration was live streamed and watched at the Marae by committee members, staff and whānau.
The pattern used as a background on the $100 is Whakaaro Kotahi, a representation of the unity and consensus between the crown and the six iwi of Whakatū Marae, was designed by Puhanga Tupaea.
The ceremony can be watched on the below link