“On behalf of the Moehau Kaumatua Roopu, I would like to thank the Coromandel Independent Living Trust (CILT) for the on-going support that has been shown to our Moehau Kaumatua Roopu, for the past 18 months.I recall when I came on board at the end of 2012, the Roopu had been going for almost 12 months, they had no money and hadn’t been on any outing, they had two hourly meeting and went nowhere. I asked what they would like to do, would they like to go on monthly outing anywhere they wished within reason, to do this we would have to look at the transport and start raffles to hire and pay for transport.
I spoke to Jean Ashby from the CILT Work Co-op to see if we could hire her work van, she in turn spoke with Mike Noonan who happily agreed to make the van available to take our Kaumatua on outing. CILT do not charge the group for the use of the van and our members contribute to the cost of petrol.
Moehau Kaumatua meeting are held fortnightly on Tuesdays. These meetings generally run from 10.30 – 1.00pm and consist of: General Business where the floor is open for discussion. Visits from Health Professionals, such as Dietician, Diabetes Nurse, Fire Chief, Ear/Eye Specialists. etc who give talks on how to best manage diet & health for their wellbeing.
We also call on the Fire Brigade and Police to give talks on how to keep our Kaumatua safe when out driving or in big city shopping car parks, where we have bag snatchers , and have fire alarms fitted in their homes, when to restore batteries, all of these visits are extremely beneficial to our Kaumatua, most of whom are widowed and live alone.
- Waiata practice, kaumatua bring in different Waiata in English or Maori. We are a diverse group of people, and believe we should cater for both works of English and Maori and this works very well
We started Te Reo Class early 2013 which Peggy Harrison tutors and this is run by the CILT Education Training Centre. These classes are held on Mondays at 90 Tiki Road. Kaumatua have also had monthly outings which could be anywhere within or out of the Hauraki. The trips held during 2013 were as follows:
Sunday 17 March West Auckland Flea Market then on to the Casino
Sunday 26 May Miranda Hot Pools
Tuesday 11 June Moehau hosted Janie Poutu’s retirement from Te Korowai at the Manaia Marae
Saturday 20 July Ngatea country Music Festival
Saturday 20 August Miranda Hot Pools, where they love to soak in the hot pools
Wednesday 25 September Whangamata Spring Festival
Friday 18 October Rauawaawa Kaumatua Olympics
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 November Surprise trip away to Waiheke Island stayed at Piritahi Marae
Wednesday 4 December Final Kaumatua meeting for 2013
Friday 6 December Moehau hosted the Kaumatua Christmas Party for all Hauraki Roopu around 80 attended including Rauawaawa, Thames, Paeroa, Whangamata and Whitianga.
Thursday 17 December CILT Christmas Party held at Manaia Marae
I would like to than CILT staff especially Hiria Tukerangi who on occasions joins our Kaumatua Roopu as our photographer, Rebecca Toon, who comes up each fortnightly meetings for a half hour to give our Kaumatua light yoga exercises, which we all enjoy. Jean Ashby for giving up her work van if its is needed during the week, and last but not least Mike Noonan for being the person he is, always there with a helping hand, who has helped us move forward.”