2 September 2015
[Indian Country] Last week, the Washington D.C. based Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) announced their release of a comprehensive map of resources as part of the Obama administrations Generation Indigenous or GEN-I initiative.
CNAY’s map,which is available online, includes a list of nationwide programs, services and Native Youth contacts in support of the Obama Administration’s GEN-I initiative to improve the lives of Native Youth in Indian Country.
The full article can be found here
25 August 2015
[Stuff.co.nz by Amy Jackman] Maori Anglican Church leaders launched into a "spontaneous" and "thunderous" haka after voting to support the current New Zealand flag.
About 160 people met at the church's synod in Wellington this month, where the possibility of changing the flag was raised and discussed.
Options for a new flag have recently been narrowed down to a long list of 40 designs.
14 August 2015
[AnglicanTaonga] Friday’s Te Runanganui session commenced with worship and eucharist led by Te Manawa o te Wheke (central North Island). This was followed by Bible study presented by Reverend Katene Eruera, Dean of Tikanga Māori, St John’s Theological College.
Whakarongo ki te kupu a te Wairua ki te Haahi - Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
13 August 2015
One hundred and Sixty delegates, observers and guests from around Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia were warmly welcomed on 6 August with a powhiri (welcome) to the 2015 Te Runanganui o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa (The Maori General Synod of New Zealand) being held at the Amora Hotel, Wellington. Te Runanganui o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa encompasses five regional Hui Amorangi (Dioceses) located across New Zealand, and meets biennially. Hosted by Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika (Diocese encompassing the central and lower western region of the North Island) this year’s powhiri speakers included Reverend Don Rangi, Reverend Bill Tangohau, Professor Hirini Mead on behalf of the hau kainga (home people) conveying a message of welcome in the hope that the conference continues the vision of Te Pihopatanga as a means of “responding to God’s call to serve the people - Te karanga a te Atua ki te kauwhau me te kawe i te rongopai ki tona iwi.”
[AnglicanTaonga] Amongst calls being made for the New Zealand flag to remain and a motion for a Bishop's age of retirement overturned, a profound theme threading its way through this year’s Te Runanganui was that the voice of laity be heard in support of its clergy.
For Te Pihopatanga to grow the Church, laity must step up and take control of the administration side of the Church, freeing clergy up to get on with their core business of worship.
“Minita a Whanau” and education were key points in strategic planning discussions throughout the weekend which continued on the theme for laity to become involved in supporting clergy in their own wider communities with the Church, recognising the wider whānau of the Church as being its backbone.
Archbishop Brown Turei chaired Te Runanganui with humility and wisdom providing guidance and impetus throughout the programme.