As the chilly winds of takarua (winter) reach us, and we celebrate Matariki, it is a time to reflect and to express whanaungatanga and manaakitanga for one another. In this spirit, our pānui shares with you stories of achievement, inspiration, and community-led change.
It also signals an exciting new kaupapa that we are launching this month – our first-ever E Tū Whānau Spoken Word Competition. Spoken Word creates a space for whānau voices to be front and centre, to tell their own stories and share their dreams for the future.
Te mana kaha o te whānau.
Spoken Word Competition 2021
The inaugural E Tū Whānau Spoken Word Competition kicks off on 19 July, and we’re inviting whānau of all ages to submit an original spoken word piece in any language.
The theme for the competition is Ngā Moemoeā –Hopes and dreams for my world, my future, my whānau.
There are two categories in the competition, Rangatahi and Open. Four cash prizes of between $500 and $2,500 are up for grabs in each category. First-place winners will also claim a surprise special prize package, offered in partnership with NZ Poetry Slam and Action Education. The People’s Choice winner will take home $1500, and there’s also a kete of $500 that everyone who casts a vote will go into the draw for.
We’re really excited that spoken word poet Te Kahu Rolleston is championing this kaupapa. Over the next week, keep a look out for Te Kahu’s tips and posts.
You can find everything you need to know about the competition, including how to enter, on the E Tū Whānau website and social media channels.
Our website features stories about whānau who connect with E Tū Whānau in all sorts of ways. Recently, they’ve focused on the mahi and voices of people who are doing it for themselves, bringing meaningful change and hope to their whānau and communities.
Mary Hunia and Johnny Crawford share their parenting experiences
Check out some of our latest stories about:
Positive parenting in action. This piece shines the light on two Wainuiomata parents who are trying to do things differently as a way to cope in today’s complex world.
The NZ P-Pull movement offering free online and walk-in support to those affected by methamphetamine.
International rugby phenomenon and kahukura Mere Baker who established the Hāpori Festival in Murihiku (Southland) to inspire young Māori and their whānau to take an interest in how their bodies work and in maintaining their health.
Migrant communities honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi
A hīkoi to Waitangi by members of Multicultural New Zealand when they planted a kauri tree and stepped into their roles as Te Tiriti partners.
Two E Tū Whānau kaimahi who developed taonga tuku iho. These treasured gifts will benefit their communities, and were developed as part of their studies of He Waka Hiringa (Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge).
E Tū Whānau recently launched on Instagram – feel free to get on board with us there. See link below.
We’ve also been doing some housekeeping on the E Tū Whānau YouTube channel, including making videos about the kaupapa and communities easier to navigate. If you’re not already following, you may like to check out what we’ve been up to. See link below.