Everyone who attended the Reunion is being asked to complete this evaluation form so that the committee can review the success of the Reunion and plan for the next. Your opinions and observations are therefore important to us so please complete the form and return to us by 5pm on 24 March 2018. Feel free to be frank and open with your feedback.
It’s time to reconnect!
It’s been 25 years since our last family reunion.
Welcome to the planning and preparation of our next Family Reunion for the tūpuna Te Wani Epiha and Kuratu Te Aku.
Weekends are made for Families
Fun and more family memories await us on 9-11 March 2018. The venue is our marae at Tirohia, next to the Waihou River under Te Rae o Te Papa.
FRIDAY | 9 March 2018 | 5PM
A pōwhiri will be held to welcome everyone home. There will be a bit of time to settle in and get comfortable before our first meal together. Whakawhanaungatanga will follow, with each of the 8 family lines from Te Wani Epiha and Kuratu Te Aku introducing themselves. Then its a ‘Meet and Greet’ supper in the dining room, Te Oranga.
SATURDAY | 10 March 2018 | KARAKIA 6AM
Wake up to morning activities ranging from waka ama, riding on the cycle ways, hiking up Te Rae o Te Papa or jazzercising it up on the marae ātea. Breakfast at 7.30am followed by 3 rotational workshops commencing at 9am sharp. It will be a matter of fact-finding about our tūpuna; learning about our Iwi, HAKO and looking at the wider Hauraki landscape. After a waiata session and lunch we will head out to Te Kuratu urupā (cemetery) to remember those from whom we descend. Get ready to smile for a photo session back at the marae. The Generation Game will prevail to begin 3pm onwards. Afterwards join 2 specialised workshops on whakapapa and Zentangle. Time to relax, have dinner and enjoy a social evening with DJ Dazza, a family band and an item from each whānau. Movies will be available in the Meeting House.
Sunday | 11 March 2018 | Closing
Choose your preferred exercise before breakfast or continue with the specialised workshops. Then its church, christenings and blessings for all followed by an Open Q & A session, where you can ask any question you like of a Panel. We will then review our time together and look at some future steps. Our Kai Hākari will be served at 12.30pm with visitors from our wider Hako whānau and our reunion cake will be cut. To cement the learnings that have been shared, we will have our last karakia together in our whare, Te Kotahitanga.
* There are likely to be a few other things planned to ensure that we have a wide-range of activities to suit all age groups.
Registration Guidelines and Cost
REGISTER as soon as possible please. We would appreciate having an indication of numbers prior to the event. This can be done online or by downloading the form and emailing to us.
WHAKAPAPA Gathering. Each of the 8 family lines are collating their whakapapa. Please contact us if you want the name for the person collating your family details.
COST $40 per person over the age of 18 years for the weekend. You may pay this online. Any donations would be welcome.
WHAT TO BRING – Sleeping bag, toiletries, towels, medication, comfortable clothes, bicycle if you have one and sandshoes if you intend hiking.
Bring photos of your family, old and new; any mememtos or any favourite family recipes/waiata. Anything that is important to your family. We would like to include a few pages in the Reunion Book on each family line.
Lastly, bring your humour, your willingness to connect and have some fun. It is a saying on the marae that ‘A family that plays together, stays together’.
ACCOMMODATION – The Meeting House and a marquee will be available for sleeping. You may wish to bring along your own tent. I am sure we can find some dirt for you. If necessary, we have another Hako Marae in close proximity.
REUNION BOOK – An electronic Reunion book will be available AFTER the reunion and is included in the registration fee of $40.
REUNION T-SHIRT – Please click here to see details and size guide.
Let’s Extend the Fun Together
POST-REUNION TRIP. A trip out onto the mussels farms in Coromandel is being arranged for Monday 12 March. You are welcome to stay overnight and join us. Hauraki marae and Iwi are heavily invested in aquaculture. Come along and see how mussels are grown to feed our people and supply the global markets. Numbers are limited.
Meet the Planning Committee
Uncle David Sarsfield
Joe Te Wani
Bonnie Te Wani
Uncle Davide Sarsfield
Joe Te Wani
Bonnie Te Wani