Moehau Kaumatua Roopu

dihaliidayCILT no longer has the Kaumatua group under its umbrella, but the programme continues. In 2014 Di Halliday wrote what follows:

“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.

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  • 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

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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.”

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