Kōrero: News and stories from Pukerua Bay

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.

Current issue

Vol 4, Issue 2, April 2024 (PDF)

National Library of New Zealand: 45369835 / ALMA 21361949640002836
WorldCat: OCLC 1249555898

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 newsletter@pukeruabay.org.nz or use the Contact Us form on this website.

Next Issue: out in June 2024
The copy deadline for the next issue is 2 May 2024.

Editorial, April 2024

Unsurprisingly, the topic of kai appealed to our community! As beautifully evoked by our contributors, kai carries many meanings.

Lucas D’Oliveira succeeds in appealing to all our senses as he recounts his experience of helping prepare the hāngī for last year’s community Matariki celebration, along with other members of the school’s Whānau Māori Group (p. 3). On the same page, you’ll find a karakia mō te kai that you may like to use to give thanks before a meal.

Like many of us, Claire James has fond childhood memories of helping her mother and grandmothers in the kitchen (p.4). These memories form her relationship with food today and her understanding of food as a means for showing love and building connections.

Kim Hollis calls on us to take care of our local dairy and ensure it thrives so that we can always access the essentials we need (p.5). She reminds us of how our community came together to feed and care for hundreds of truck drivers following an accident. That manaaki was kindly reciprocated a few months later.

Neil Parsons answers our questions about the beehives he has built and installed to help bring the bees back to the Bay (p. 7). Learn about the decision-making that went into choosing a design that would be both effective and cost-efficient.

So often, our community occasions involve sharing kai, and certain dishes have become firm favourites. On pages 8–9, you can learn the secrets of making Martyn Bridge’s giant pavlova and Karen Apperley’s ginger biscuits. As a bonus, you can learn the recipe for a newcomer – Vicky Griffin’s nasturtium pesto. Then, read Sarah Nelson’s thoughts about the power of kai in nourishing us, both body and soul (p. 9).

It’s autumn harvest time at the Community Garden and Food Forest. Read about what is happening and how you can get involved (p. 9).

Pukerua has been a valued source of kai ever since the first people came to this place. He Ara Pukerua tells part of that story through the eyes of a potato (p. 10).

The Gala was a great success – read a heartfelt message from the School Fundraising Trust (p. 13).

ANZAC Day fast approaches and as ever, the RSA will welcome us all to participate in the local celebrations (p. 16). More kai! And more warm connections.

Our Matariki issue will include a focus on music. So many of us love music for listening, playing, healing. If you’re keen to contribute, please do, but be warned – Matariki comes early this year, and the deadline is tight! See page 14 for details.

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

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