“Kawhe me te Kōrero” (coffee and chats), an initiative conceived in Te Hiku, was launched during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori to give our people across Fire and Emergency an opportunity to learn more about aspects of kaupapa Māori via a Teams wānanga (class). The wānanga had over 190 signups and were received positively by attendees.

 Due to popular demand, Te Hiku will be the first Rohe (Region) to host another series of “Kawhe me te Kōrero”, focussing on learning more about the history, tradition and iwi that make up each Takiwā (District). The Kaikōrero (speaker) will be a mix of internal and external. 

Māori are key stakeholders in our organisation’s operations and we strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about local culture and improve your ability to partner with Māori on the design and delivery of our services.  


Takiwā; Te Tai Tokerau (Northland)

Āhea: Friday 26th November, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Kaikōrero: Albert Cash (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Whātua)

Kōrero: Albert is our Pou Takawaenga Māori for Te Hiku and will take us through an introduction of Te Tai Tokerau, the whenua (land) and some significant events in their history.



Register for Albert's Kawhe me te Korero here(external link)

Takiwā; Auckland City 

Āhea: Thursday 2nd December, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Kaikōrero: Joe Pihema (Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei)

Kōrero: Joe is a cultural expert and historian for Tāmaki Makaurau and Ngāti Whātua and we have the privilege to hear from him about the people of Ngāti Whātua as well as the ahi kā. Senior Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Past roles: Lecturer Māori Studies, EIT and Former News Reporter, Māori Television



Register for Joe's Kawhe me te Kōrero here(external link)

Takiwā; Waitematā

Āhea: Thursday 9th December, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Kaikōrero: Robin Taua-Gordon (Te Kawerau ā Maki)

Kōrero: Robin is Manager of the Mana Tangata arm of Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust. Te Kawerau ā Maki have links to the wider Auckland area, but specifically West Auckland.  Robin will share her knowledge of the historical and cultural connections that Te Kawerau a Maki have to Waitakere City.



Register for Robin's Kawhe me te Kōrero here(external link)

Takiwā; Counties Manukau

Āhea: Thursday 16th December, 12.30 - 1.30 

Kaikōrero: Te Kaanga Skipper (Tainui)

Kōrero: Whaea Te Kaanga is Kaumatua within the Brain Centre of Auckland University and Senior Elder Kuia to Marae within Tainui and Tamaki Makaurau as well as being an advisor to the NZ Police, Manukau Hub.

Whaea Te Kaanga, will be talking about her upbringing, the various roles she has held and possibly her Kingitanga perspective. She is 82 yrs old and lives in the kaumatua flats at Te Puea Marae in Mangere.



Register for Whaea Te Kaanga's Kawhe me te Kōrero here(external link)


We look forward to letting you know about future Kawhe me te Kōrero hosted across our other Rohe. If you have any pātai regarding these please contact; hiwa-i-te-rangi@fireandemergency.nz

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