Kōrero ā Iwi
Nā ngā tūpuna i houroatia te maru o te tāngata
One is measured by the length and breadth of their shadow
Tēnei te pō, nau mai te ao! Tākiri ana te rā ki runga o Ruapehu hei whakaawatea i te ara ki te ihi, ki te wehi o te hauoratanga ā-tāngata. Ka pīata mai ngā mata o Ruapehu hei whāinga mā te tangata ki te tihi o moemoeā ki te ao mārama! Tihei mouri ora!
Dawn illuminates the many faces on Ruapehu and sheds light on the path to enabling transformation and untapping local potential. As the snow glistens, its majesty gives flight to local dreams as these dreams reach and go beyond the peaks to celebrate dreams of all whānau in our place, our paradise: Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru.
We, of Ngāti Rangi, embarked on this journey somewhat alone, disappointed with the stark statistics but determined not to rest until things change. We now walk in the company of others, determined in our unity to create innovative and sustainable change for the wellbeing of all who live in our rohe.
As kaitiaki of this area, Ngāti Rangi has a responsibility to the natural resources within it. The notion of kaitiakitanga is innate to us through our connection to our tupuna maunga, Koro Ruapehu, imbued across the flora and fauna stretching toward the many people who reside here.
Ngāti Rangi has a vision to continue to vibrantly exist in 1000 years time. This is a dynamic concept; the definition will evolve with each new generation. It will reflect the technology, economy, education, values and overall environment of their life-time.
If in 1000 years time our people continue to debate the definition of what it means to ‘vibrantly exist’, then we of this generation have been successful.
To vibrantly exist, the environment you exist in must allow for it and even reflect it. To that end, this plan has been created for all families and whānau of all ethnicities, who make up the community of Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru. It seeks to empower whānau with information to drive transformation for themselves, and to transform the environment to better enable and sustain that whānau-driven transformation.
The development of this plan, for the first time, brought together many different representatives from Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru to form the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation community reference group. The weaving of their insights is reflected in the framework that illustrates the outcomes we seek to achieve through this plan – Rarangahia te taurawhiri tāngata kia hua ai te mārama, Bringing people together to make a difference.**
We wish to sincerely thank the members of the Community Reference Group. Their enthusiasm and contributions have resulted in this plan and most importantly in its 23 solutions.
Alongside the Community Reference Group members, we are very proud to present the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan.
We know that through the implementation of this plan the relationships fostered in the Community Reference Group will continue to grow and benefit our maunga, our people and our stories.
We now urge whānau and community leaders to have the courage, commitment and imagination to rise to the challenge of achieving the solutions in this plan as we advance together, along this inspiring journey.
E mihi kau atu ana,
Kemp Dryden, Chair, Ngāti Rangi Trust
Carl Wilson, Chair, Te Kāhui o Paerangi (Ngāti Rangi Rūnanga)
Che Wilson, Pou Arahi, Ngāti Rangi Office
**Turama Hāwira, of Ngāti Rangi descent. See Rarangahia te taurawhiri tangata hua ai te marama framework.