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History helps build a bright future

Last updated 05:00 23/11/2010
COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION: Kim Anderson and Hohepa Rudolph want to share the history of the Raumanga area with their neighbours.

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It can't hurt to know the history of the place where you live.

Two days of fun and Maori storytelling aims to foster an appreciation for the Raumanga area.

Ruarangi Wananga and Whanau Fun is organised by Smeaton Drive Community Committee, Manaia View School and The Pulse.

The event will be based at NorthTec Marae on December 3 and 4 with a chance to stay overnight and learn marae protocols.

Adults will be taken on a history lesson with a trip to Ruarangi – the mountain now used as Winstone Aggregate's Otaika Quarry.

They will also visit Kaka Porowini Marae.

For kids, there will be a fun day full of activities including traditional Maori games based at The Pulse.

The wananga is aimed at families in the Smeaton Drive, Tauroa St and Fairburn St areas, community development officer Kim Anderson says.

The wananga carries on from a hikoi earlier in the year when the streets were blessed and community spirit was fostered, she says.

"It made them feel more at home. There was a sense of belonging, a sense of doing things for the area," she says.

The aim is for the community committee to have an impact in making the neighbourhood safer, kaumatua Hohepa Rudolph says.

`The whole thing is foundation building – we want to be able to enter homes where there's abuse going on.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is that we can walk in our community and say `you're a P house, get out of here'," he says.

Ruarangi Wananga and Whanau Fun will be held from 5pm on December 3, $10 per family. Register before November 26 by calling Manaia View School on 438-9041 or the Pulse on 0800 THE PULSE.

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