1 June 2022
We had an awesome day at the Ngati Korokii Kahukura Hauora Day, working together and interacting with members of the public from Cambridge and the wider community promoting the value of being a volunteer at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, our most prominent feature of Waipa.
Families came to the Cambridge Community Marae to view, participate, be pummelled, be vaccinated, enjoy the safe environment, be cajoled into providing entertainment, to enroll in various health activities, even to the point of having their eyes covered!
Our table was covered with posters featuring our more notable tours, displays of various native leaves some of which represented traditional Māori medicine, with bottles of rongoā for sale. Some of the male members came to our stall for a Mamaku Eye Bathe which relieved minor headaches and reduced the tension around their eyes. Several members of the public expressed interest in volunteering and 5 signed up on the spot.
Sanctuary Manager, Bodie Taylor, provided shelter for his hangi crew with our well-named gazebo and gave assistance to Norma Taute with her activities. Norma said later that she was so grateful for his help.
Our appreciation goes to Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, namely Norma Taute, for bringing together all the health groups to be accessible to the public.
Ngā mihi tino nui rawa atu ki a Ngāti Korokī Kahukura, ki a Norma Taute hoki, i tōna kaha ki te whakahuihui ngā rōpu rongoā kia taea e te tangata. Mauri ora.
Nā Rickie-Lee Scanlon, Ringi Morgan-Fifield