Kōrero is Pukerua Bay’s new community newsletter. It’s a place for keeping our community connected and informed. A place for celebrating what we have and working together to make it better. Through the generous support of our advertisers and sponsors, issues will periodically land in your letterbox throughout the year.
Next Issue: out in February 2022
Kōrero is brought to you by a small group of locals in the hope that, over time, everyone in our community will find something in it that is useful, interesting … even exciting! For that to happen, we need your involvement. If you have items to contribute or would like to advertise, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us form on this website.
The copy deadline for the next issue is Tuesday 11 January 2022.
Editorial, December 2021
Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou. Season’s greetings for Christmas and the New Year. Welcome to the fifth issue of Kōrero.
Kōrero was born a year ago, with the intention of building community connection, sharing some of the great things happening in our place, and kicking off conversations about how to make it even better. We’ve aligned its development with redevelopment of the community website pukeruabay.org.nz so that it becomes the ‘go to’ place for local information. We’re deeply thankful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, advertisers, and amazing contributors. With the additional support now of a grant from the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, we’re keen to continue with the kaupapa through 2022.
Covid-19 has made this another challenging year for our community, our nation, and for people around the globe. Unfortunately, it has meant that several events that have become treasured parts of the Christmas season in Pukerua Bay have had to be cancelled. However, we are optimistic that they will be back next year. In the meantime, as Jenny Dawson reminds us (pages 4), we have lots to appreciate!
Part of what we can appreciate is the talents of our local writers. In this issue, you can enjoy a poem by Clarrie Macklin, based on his father and uncles’ childhood stories of fishing with their father at Wairaka Rock (page 4). “Strawberries” is a beautiful short story by Judith Frost-Evans that asks an important question (pages 6). And, in an exciting first for Kōrero, Gay Hay’s generosity means we can offer you the opportunity to receive one of her amazing books in exchange for a creative work of your own (page 3).
Our Village Plan consultation showed that care for the natural environment continues to be one of our community’s top priorities. The messages from Ngā Uruora (page 9) and from Millie and Blake (page 10) remind us that we have lots of opportunities for kaitiakitanga!
If you live in Pukerua Bay, you are part of our Residents’ Association! Check out pages 12–13 for a roundup of the last year’s activities.
Our next issue is planned for February 2022. Picking up on Jenny’s message, its overarching theme will be gratitude. So, what are you grateful for? What can you tell us about that? We’d love to hear from you. And, do contact us if you have activities planned in our community. This is your newsletter! If you would like to contribute, advertise, provide sponsorship, or offer feedback, please go to page 14.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.
Let us keep close together, not wide apart.
We acknowledge mana whenua of Pukerua Bay, Ngāti Toa Rangatira. For Ngāti Toa news, see www.ngatitoa.iwi.nz