He Mihi

Kei ngā tini whanaunga, kei te hunga ngākau māhaki e kaha ake nei ki te awhina, ki te tautoko, ki te hāpai i tēnei kaupapa o te Iwi o Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, otirā ko Taiao Raukawa, he mihi i runga i te ngākau iti ki a koutou katoa! Nā koutou te kaupapa nei i whakatinana, i whakamana!

To all the special whānau and friends of Taiao Raukawa who generously gave of your time and expertise to help create the Taiao Raukawa website, a special thank you to you all! With out your help it would have been a more onerous and costly task for the unit alone to bring into fruition, so a deep warm thank you again to all who contributed.

A special thanks to:

Jenny Jacobs – an official Māori language translator, (Ngāti Pareraukawa), who translated into Māori all the major titles and headings for the Taiao Raukawa website;

Janice Willoughby – a Geographic Information Systems, (GIS), operator for Landcare Research, who custom built a map of the traditional boundaries of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, specifically for the use of Taiao Raukawa website interactional map feature;

The Ngāti Raukawa marae who gave permission to use an image of their marae and pepehā for the interactional map feature;

Keri Opai – Senior lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, (Taranaki Maunga), who gave permission to use his whakatauāki: “Kei ngaro pērā i te moa ngā tini uri o te taiao”, (“Restoring cultural, linguistic and biological diversity”);

Āneta Rāwiri – experienced senior kaupapa Māori researcher and writer, (Ngāti Rangi), who assisted in the peer review process of the overall site;

Te Hope Huia Hakaraia – Trustee of Taiao Raukawa, (Ngāti Wehi Wehi), who composed the karakia for the specific purpose and use for Taiao Raukawa Unit and website;

The many people and organizations who gave permission and provided Taiao Raukawa images for the specific use on the website, namely:

Nita Gardiner – Motelier, (Redwood lodge Motels – Levin), provided the bulk of the landscape images of the Horowhenua and Kāpiti Coast regions;

George Biszak – Motelier, (Panorama Motels – Levin), provided landscape images, primarily of the Tararua ranges;

Pip Devonshire-Kereama –contemporary fibre artist / weaver and teacher, (Ngāti Manomano), provided images of the “Raukawa tree” and other native plants;

Shar Gardiner – Iwi Researcher, project facilitator for Taiao Raukawa, (Ngāti Wehi Wehi), provided landscape and native plant images;

The Alexander Turnball Library – provided an image of “Huia Birds”, (Huia, male & female, by J. Keulemans – PA11-046). (Permission of the Alexander Turnball Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image);

Te Rūnanga o Raukawa – provided a photo of the “Ōtaki River”; and

Finally a special mention and mihi to the Trustees of Taiao Raukawa who tirelessly continue to provide unpaid time, support, and expertise to not only this project but to all the areas of the Taiao Raukawa Environmental Unit.

Nā reira, e rau rangatira, he mihi tēnei ki a koutou, mai i te pito o te puku, mai i ngā kokonga o te ngākau, nei rā te mihi kau ake ki a koutou katoa e whakarangatira nei, e hāpai nei i tō tātou nei kaupapa ō rātou mā, arā ko te kaupapa nui whakaharahara ko te “manaaki whenua”, otirā ko te “mana whenua”!

Nā runga i te ngākau iti, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa!

Copyright © Taiao Raukawa | Researched and compiled by Shar Gardiner | He Mihi / Acknowledgements