Ministry waiata group celebrates Te Kōnohete

During the weekend hundreds gathered at Pipitea Marae in Wellington for the 15th Te Kōnohete, an annual public sector event that brings together government agencies, local and central, to celebrate culture, engage with each other and support diversity through waiata and kapa haka.

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tumu Paeroa hosted the 2019 event and Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga was one of 24 agencies who participated to show the collaboration, diversity, identity, culture and passion within our public sector. 

The Mātauranga House Waiata Group (below) which has been running for around 20 years is made up of Ministry of Education staff, including national and regional offices.

Karepa Wall, Senior Manager Te Reo Māori, says the Ministry should be proud of the performance.

“It was a brilliant day and celebration of our commitment to te reo Māori and te ao Māori. It was great to see the range of organisations, public servants and families enjoying themselves together celebrating our spirit of service." Says Karepa.

"We had a number of regional offices including Waikato and Bay of Plenty participate again this year and yet our whole group took to the stage as one unified Ministry performing as old friends together. Ka mau te wehi!”  

Kurt Komene, tutor for the waiata group says it's been an "honour" to teach the Ministry.

"It was an honour to teach the Ministry for the third year now, taking time to visit the regions and help them with the bracket, but also to see the growth in the team as they grapple with the swinging of the poi and the actions to our waiata – they all stood from a diverse set of cultures and made me so proud to have been a small part of the cultural journey." 

“Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa ngā Raukura o te Tāhuhu – you all worked so hard this year and did our Ministry proud.” 

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