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Keeping Up With The Kaumatua
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Project: Tā Koha
Project: Tā Koha
582 people pledged
NZ$100,000 minimum target
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Keeping Up With The Kaumatua
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E kore e mutu ngā kupu mihi ki a koutou e te tī, e te tā. Kāhore e ārikarika tēnā hāpi, e tēnā manaakitanga i a mātou i ngā tau, kua taha ake nei. Ka noho, ka roa, ka tutuki i a Rauawaawa te wawata kia kite ā-kanohi tonu, he whare hou mā ngā kaumātua. Nā reira e ōku rangatira kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi.
The project vision is to provide a safer environment for our kaumatua through an upgrade which costs $3.3m. To-date, we’ve raised $1m. Our $100,000 target through PledgeMe will allow us to get Stage 1 underway. It means our kaumatua will be able to witness these initial changes and experience facilities that are far more age-friendly.
The facility we currently occupy was built in 1941, and apart from a few minor renovations over the past 77 years, the bones are the same.
Our kaumatua mobility needs are quite high, so we need to make it a lot easier when they’re here and participating so they can move around comfortably and safely.
We currently have a decent-sized facility but the carparking is unsafe for our kaumatua. Parking on undulating land can be hazardous, particularly for those with walking frames – and we have an increasing number of them now. It doesn’t take much of a slope in the ground to cause a fall and that’s a real concern for us. We’d like to provide safe carparking and safe accessibility carparks.
Eventually we hope to provide four accessibility carparks over the course of the entire build. They’ll be centred around the main entrances, with two undercover, following feedback from our kaumatua who asked us to ensure their safety getting in and out of their cars during winter, and also to provide shelter in summer. Over the entire $3.3m, the main core area will be demolished, and a new building constructed. It will incorporate the numerous separate areas we currently have. Our gym, education room, health wing, administration/reception, and toilets will be in one building.
This will ensure our kaumatua won’t have to venture out into the cold to go to the toilet and eliminate the fear of slipping if it’s wet outside. We’ll know they’re safe, secure, warm and easily visible because it’s all under one roof.
KO NGĀ POU HAPAI
We’ve invited eight local organisations who have supported us in the past, to be part of our PledgeMe campaign. They cover important areas for us, including Māori, housing, kai, hauora and schools.
Our aim is to donate 10 percent of all of our pledges to these wonderful organisations, to show our appreciation and to further develop these partnerships.
The organisations are Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa, The Serve, Kirikiriroa Marae, Go-Eco (Kaivolution), Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women’s Refuge, Rhode St School, Crawshaw School, and our Rauawaawa IronMaori roopu.
Everyone who makes a pledge on our campaign will go into the draw to win prizes kindly donated by Amy's Flowers (Hamilton) and PAK'nSAVE - Mill St, Hamilton.
Daisy Haimona was 115kg when she first came to Rauawaawa. But after joining the trust’s swimming programme, she now weighs 88kg. Daisy likes to use her 27kg weight loss as motivation for other kaumatua to change their diet and get more active. Read her story here.
David Vermeren was shot at as a child during World War II and lost both his legs later in life. But he faced his biggest tragedy this year when his beloved wife of over 60 years died after succumbing to dementia. He came to Rauawaawa in May, following a chance encounter with a staff member, who showed him kindness when he broke down in tears at a local department store. Read his story here.
Gayle Hughes has been through many hardships. She’s lived off the land, hunted for food, been homeless, and suffered abuse at the hands of a cruel husband. She came to Rauawaawa while living on the streets and was helped into new accommodation by the trust. Read her story here.
Hoki Purcell (left) pictured with her husband Owen
Rauawaawa founding trustee, Hoki Purcell, is a classy woman. She was brought up by kind and loving parents, and the empathy she learned while growing up has emulated into her day-to-day responsibilities as an adult. Read her story here.
Lindann Manihera is a hero for the underdog. She was nicknamed ‘Pig Head’ by those who dared cross her, and by her own admission it’s more than accurate. But on the flipside, there’s a playful and caring woman, who has overcome her own demons to become a loving wife in her 60s, and a staunch supporter of Rauawaawa. Read her story here.
There was never a dull moment during Owen Purcell’s career in the police force. But he may not have become a policeman had it not been for the instigation of his wife. The cocky cop come founding member of Rauawaawa believes the trust provides one of the best services in the country for kaumātua. Read his story here.
Patihana (Pat) Takuira-Mita
Pat Takuira-Mita has had no sense of taste or smell since birth. While for many, having no taste or smell seems inconceivable, it’s helped Pat develop an acute understanding of people’s body language, which has proved invaluable in his role as a driver at Rauaawaawa. Read his story here.
Rauawaawa karanga & waiata tutor, Raiha Gray, was an inquisitive child and first started seeing patupaiarehe growing up at Aramiro marae at the foot of Pirongia maunga. She recently completed her Masters in Indigenous Knowledge and would like to use her new tohu to educate people on patupaiarehe. Read her story here.
Rangi Manihera woke up in hospital after driving his vehicle off the road. He spent three years in that hospital - becoming paralysed from a tumour on his spine. It wasn't the first misfortune he'd suffered in his life. And it wouldn't be the last. Read his story here.
Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust is a non-profit entity which concentrates on five main pou:
1 Health & Wellbeing
Health & Wellbeing is delivered through our small health team, led by our nursing staff. We also have community health workers, a Whanau Ora navigator, and a kaumatua support person who provides disabilities support.
We run community classes for our kaumatua, including korowai making and rorohiko (computers). In many of these classes, kaumatua to write about their whakapapa, providing a legacy for their future generations. Many of our community classes are led by kaumatua tutors, which allows them to share the matauranga (knowledge) they’ve acquired during their aging journey.
3 Welfare & Transport
We provide transport support for our kaumatua, and our Whanau Ora navigator also ensures our kaumatua are accessing the support they’re entitled to. We work closely with other organisations, such as Kaivolution, who distribute leftover food from restaurants and cafes that are still good to be eaten. It also provides a delicious lunch for kaumatua on our popular Kotahitanga Day, and extras will be distributed, which particularly appreciated by those who are raising their mokopuna.
We organise 11 major events throughout the year. Our biggest event is Kaumatua Olympics, which attracts groups from all over the North Island. It’s a very competitive event, with bragging rights at stake. Our Kaumatua Idol is another highlight of the year, where our talented whanau from Hauraki and Maniapoto join us to compete against other musicians. It’s wonderful to have a platform where the performers amongst our ranks can showcase their singing and musical abilities. Over the past four years, we’ve been fortunate to have this event hosted by Te Wananga o Aotearoa because our Columbus Street facilities aren’t big enough to host.
We work with housing providers, with Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa a major partner. They’ve helped build kaumatua villages, with the first village opened in 2012, followed by a second in 2013. They’re working on a big housing project in Enderley, which includes kaumātua housing. We work alongside them and tautoko by providing wraparound health services to our kaumatua. We also work with other social housing enterprises, such as Accessible Properties, Habitat for Humanity, The Community Living Trust, and Housing NZ.
Please tautoko our friends at Tolaga Bay Inn
04/10/2018 at 8:25 AM
Tolaga Bay Inn's crowdfunding campaign is now live. They're our Ta Koha Bunch friends and they also need our help to reach their targets.
Their social enterprise is about creating jobs and businesses in technology and tourism, by utilising the inn as a vehicle to share skills and services.
They have a 12-hour 'Pledgeathon' on Sunday 14 October, with karaoke, jokes, kapa haka, kina, mussel and crayfish eating contests, flax weaving and much more. They're hoping to livestream on Facebook to keep you updated on their progress.
Please support their campaign by sharing their page to your networks http://pldg.me/tolaga
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari, takimano no aku tipuna - Not by the might of one but the might of many from our ancestors to us.
Massive mihi to all our pledgers!
04/10/2018 at 8:22 AM
A huge mihi to everybody who pledged on our campaign! It’s because of your generosity and efforts we’re able to get Stage 1 of our facility renovation underway. While the entire stage will cost $800,000, we’ll be able to create better bathrooms for our kaumatua with the money we’ve raised so far. For some, that may not seem important. But for somebody who’s older, accessibility in those spaces is really important and it’s our priority.
It was wonderful to have over 500 people pledge and tautoko this cause. It’s shown us the community cares about what we care about, and it’s really nice to know there’s such a lot of support out there for both kaumatua initiatives and Rauawaawa as an organisation.
We would not have had the courage to undertake crowdfunding had it not been for the amazing training and support from PledgeMe and Maori Women’s Development Inc. Being part of the inaugural Tā Koha Bunch, with 10 other Māori organisations nationwide has been a real privilege for Rauawaawa.
$90k milestone & brass plaque winners
27/09/2018 at 10:43 AM
We’ve hit the $90,000 mark in our PledgeMe campaign! We now have a goal of adding an extra $10,000 over the next three days, but with all the amazing support we’ve received over the past month, our fingers are crossed this last amount is achievable.
In other exciting news, we’re pleased to announce Lady Tureiti Moxon of Te Kohao Health Ltd as the winner of naming rights of the reception lounge. Also, congratulations to the first three winners of our 'Keep it Brassy & Branded' prize draw - Nikau Joyce, Peina Smith and Ra Hawkings - who have each won a brass plaque with their name or message in our new building. Please contact our receptionist to claim your prize. Please contact our receptionist to claim your prize.
24/09/2018 at 11:23 AM
- The 'Keep it Brassy & Branded' draw begins today and will run until the end of our campaign (30 September). There will be daily draws to win an indoor brass plaque with your name or message on it (valued at $350). Every pledge made on the day is included in the draw made on the following day.
- Naming rights of the Reception Lounge in our New Building (10 years right) will go to the organisation, group or club who pledges the most money from Day 1 of our campaign. The winner will be announced on 26 September (valued at $25,000).
Winner of 2019 Kaumatua Olympics 'Naming Rights' competition
19/09/2018 at 12:43 PM
Congratulations to the winner of the 2019 Kaumatua Olympics 'Naming Rights' competition, Kay Saville-Smith of CRESA. Kay says the win was totally unexpected but very exciting, and she's looking forward to attending the Olympics next year.
TWO more opportunities for Naming Rights
11/09/2018 at 3:20 PM
We've put together two further opportunities for naming rights on a Rauawaawa event and new building area.
• Every $5 pledged goes in the draw to win ‘Naming rights of our 2019 Kaumatua Olympics’. Draw closes on 14 September at 1pm. Winner will be announced at Friday’s event.
• The organisation, group, school, or club who pledges the most will win ‘Naming rights of the Reception Lounge in our New Building’ for a maximum of 10 years. Draw will close on 25 September, with the winner announced on 26 September.
Note: This does not include pledges on the ‘Choose a Reward’ naming rights.
We've reached the $10,000 milestone!
11/09/2018 at 3:15 PM
We’ve reached our 10% milestone in our PledgeMe campaign! This is an awesome achievement and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to everyone who has pledged, shared our posts, and sent us words of encouragement. We still have a mighty task ahead of us to reach $100,000 by the end of the month and ask that you continue to spread the word over the next three weeks. If you haven't pledged yet, all it takes is $5, and every dollar will help us reach our goal. And remember to join us at Friday’s Kaumatua Olympics!
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"Congratulations Rauawaawa! A fantastic effort by all. Holmes Whanau xx "
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"Congratulations on the campaign Rauawaawa! I know there’s been so much mahi put in to this. Xx"
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"Good luck! I look forward to the open of your new whare."
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"Nga mihi nui !! "
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"A committed kaupapa "
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"Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui TE RUNANGA O KIRIKIRIROA"
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"An amazing organisation "
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"This is a wonderful project in our community. Warmest wishes to all involved. Arohanui!"
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"Where Good Decisions Start"
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"So close to your goal! Good luck."
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"Hei Manaaki nga Kaumatua - koha from Lindsay Cumberpatch"
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"Hei Manaaki nga Kaumatua - koha from Missy's Triple Dip"
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"Good luck Rauawaawa, we have been watching you and hope you reach your goal"
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"Well done Rangimahora and team. You are nearly there! All the best."
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"Look at you's go!!! "