“E tupu atu kūmara e ohu e te anuhe”

As the kūmara grows, caterpillars emerge and gather around it. The source of strength in a community is shown by its leadership. Ruruhi and koroheke from throughout the Nehenehenui and beyond took part in the 12th Annual Kaumātua Games at Les Munro Centre, last week. With the support of tamariki and volunteers, there was a clear connection and co-operation between rangatahi, kaumātua, and workers that made the kaupapa such a great success.

Every year this kaupapa provides an amazing opportunity for all to see our kaumātua in action and establish a lasting whanaungatanga between Maniapoto, Raukawa, Taranaki kaumātua and more. Strongly highlighting the relationship between kaumātua and rangatahi, thus bridging the gap through authentic and organic whakawhanaungatanga.

The Te Kuiti Kaumātua Games is an event for kaumātua aged 55 and over. Organised and prepared by the Te Kuiti Kaumatua Games committee, the kaupapa aims to embrace all things Māori and encourage kaumātua to lift their physical activity through participation in competitive team games, social interaction and community participation. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is a vital goal of this kaupapa as well as making the kaupapa fun and full of laughter for all who attend.

The laughter is always certain with the music and humour of Barry Batley, who has entertained the masses as MC / DJ for the last 10 years.

The biggest achievement is that people are still coming and able to participate, have fun, catch up with old friends and make new ones. The volume of sound and hilarity creates an amazing feeling at the Les Munroe Centre. The young people who come to support on the day (this year from Te Kūiti High School) continue to be a beacon for a brighter future, and the kōtahitanga every year grows stronger and stronger.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Te Kuiti Kaumātua Games 2019 and look forward to seeing more kaupapa such as this in the near future.

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more kaupapa further by watching the video below:

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Whīkoi mo Te Reo 2019 and look forward to seeing more kaupapa such as this in the near future.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.­