A lot has happened in the last month. It is

a serious time with the situation changing

regularly. For up to date advice regarding

the Department of Conservation and

COVID-19, please refer to the website

doc.govt.nz We would also like to share

some of the positive activities that we have

been involved with recently including two

successful collaborative Seaweek events

and the Wellington Pride Parade.

Seaweek 2020

On Thursday March 5 we worked with

Sustainable Wairarapa, Forest and Bird,

Te Pātukituki – community

education and art hub, and Aratoi, to hold

our “Kai and Kōrero” networking event to

bring together community members to

share their knowledge and aspirations for

the lands and waters of the Wairarapa. The

artists at Te Pātukituki put on an



through drama, waiata and dance while

providing a space for like minds to connect

and discuss some shared visions for

restoring our environments.



Sunday March 8 Te Rua o Mahara kaimahi

Raihānia Tipoki and Amber Craig, were our

guides on the Bus Tour and Beach Tidy

event at Lake Ōnoke. We learned a lot of

history of the South Wairarapa landscape

including different pā sites, as well as the

political history of Wairarapa Moana and

the changes in the landscape through the

diversion of the Ruamāhanga. After picking

up rubbish along the shore of Lake Ōnoke

we heard about the issue of microplastics

which have significant impacts on the

marine environment yet are not easily


Picking up rubbish on Ōnoke shore

Helen Dew and Waiaria Pitau

Kai time!

We heard about the effects of human

activity on local wildlife like inanga, tuna,

Caspian tern and banded dotterel. It was a

beautiful day and we ended with a kōrero

at the mātai whetū (time compass) about

the maramataka (lunar calendar) which

offers a way to live in a more balanced way

in tune with our natural world. It was such

a hot day and an idea was raised to have

the next tour after dark when we can see

the night sky and hear more about Māori

star lore and navigation.

Pride March 2020

Kōrero at the time compass


Saturday, March 7 a few of the Wairarapa


joined our Wellington

national office colleagues and Ministry for

the Environment staff at the Wellington

Pride Parade. Diversity and Inclusion and

being able to bring your whole self to work

is an important part of health safety and

wellbeing working for Te Papa Atawhai.

Rangers Jo, Jaime and Faith

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