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.

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

Next Issue: out in April 2023

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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.

The copy deadline for the next issue is Tuesday 14 March, 2023.

Editorial, January 2023

Kia ora

It’s our great pleasure to bring you the first issue of Kōrero for 2023.

In our first issue, we said, “We want Kōrero to be a place of celebration, where we can share the good things that are happening in our place and the things that give us resilience to get through tough times.” That’s still our purpose – we’d be grateful for any feedback on how we’re doing and anything we could do better. If anyone would like to join the editorial team or help with deliveries, do let us know.

This issue is drawn together by the theme of water. We have two items where long-time residents share memories. Tony Quayle tells us about his family’s long association with Pukerua Bay and especially his love of our marine environment. For those of us who don’t know, it’s fascinating to read about what is out there, in our “underwater world”.

Iain MacLean and Marian Dreaver tell us about Tony Jackman’s work in leading the restoration of Waimapihi Stream and the Secret Valley | Kōawa Ngaro and educating tamariki about our natural environment. Does anyone else have stories or photographs to share about this work?

There cannot be many local artists who are not inspired by the “bay” itself. That’s apparent in the cover image by Conor Twyford, and Friederike Nuerge’s photographs.

Gillian Candler and Judith Frost-Evans paint pictures in words – Gillian in her poem, “Waves”, and Judith in retelling an ancient Chinese story containing an important message that matters today. While water is the source of life, it can also be destructive, and it needs to be managed. That’s more than apparent in our own community and in the devastating flooding across parts of the country this summer. Moira Lawler’s item on the proposed Three Waters reforms invites us to weigh up the pros and cons of this as a solution.

It’s wonderful to see that the school gala is back in our calendar for 2023. Traditionally, this has been one of the highlights of our year. Let’s get in behind it and show the school and our tamariki how much they matter to us!

In these difficult times, we value the generosity of our advertisers and sponsors more than ever. If you can find a way to support them, please do! And if you’d like to contribute content for our next issue, we’d love to hear from you. The theme is sport and recreation. We know you have some stories.

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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