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 September 2022
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The copy deadline for the next issue is Sunday 7 August, 2022.
Editorial, June 2022
Kia ora. Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.
Matariki is with us again and this year, for the first time, our nation will mark it with a public holiday. Here in Pukerua Bay, the Hub is organising a week-long celebration of the arts, ending with the starry night walk on 2 July. The celebrations will focus upon Waitā, the star that is associated with Tangaroa and kaimoana (pages 10–11).
The value highlighted in this issue is kaitiakitanga (see opposite page), and the theme is climate change. We in Pukerua Bay have a deep love for our natural environment. Matariki will be an opportunity to reflect upon our relationship with the land and moana and how we can protect them.
Aimee Porteners writes from a te ao Māori perspective about growing up in Pukerua Bay, and witnessing the impact of environmental degradation, including climate change. These days, Aimee is working with Te Matarau o Mauī to foster Māori economic growth while enabling kaitiakitanga. Aimee makes a powerful case that we can learn from the practices of the past to address the challenge of climate change (pages 4–5).
Like Aimee, Conor Twyford is realistic about the threat of climate change, but believes that there are ways forward. Many of the solutions are already here, within us as individuals and a community. Conor’s article signals a planned community workshop on climate change, to be held on 13 October (pages 6–7).
Both Aimee and Conor reference the Northern Growth Structure Plan workshop, and you will find an update on the opposite page. If further development must happen, how can we help limit its impact upon the environment?
Matariki is also a time for sharing and reflection. Judith Frost-Evans takes that theme to give us a beautiful short story with some important messages (pages 12–13).
Lucien Johnson is a renowned jazz saxophonist who grew up in Pukerua Bay. He will be performing with his quartet at Paekākāriki on 19 June (pages 14–15). In the next issue, we intend to keep thinking about the future of our village, with a focus on local businesses. What is the impact of Te Araroa and Te Ara Nui o Te Rangihaeata (the Transmission Gully route)? How can our local economy be both environmentally and economically sustainable? This is not an area of expertise for your editorial team, so please – your contributions are very welcome! We need them by 7 August.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.
Let us keep close together, not wide apart.
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