Recent photos from Te Haerenga in Hawaii
Karen & one of the local weavers
Group photo at the luau
Loren Cunningham at the UofN
Hangi, Hawaiian stylz!
Danny getting a tatoo!
Mahuru - Here turi koka (Aug - Sep) 2008 updated 7th Oct 08
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa e panuitia mai tenei panui o te marama o Here turi koka(greetings to you all who are reading this months newsletter)
Te Haerenga o mata whanui
Right now we are half way through our 2nd phase of Te Haerenga called Te Haerenga o mata whanui (broadening your horizons)
These are monthly weekend Marae gatherings over a period of 4 months and is for those who have done Te Haerenga.
This years one we felt to touch on cultural kind of issues such as Church history and it's impact on Maori, the treaty of Waitangi, who is Io? and what about these other gods? etc These things can be a huge barrier for Maori. update
Te Haerenga 2009
Our dates for 2009 start in Feb. We are having 2 locations based in Tauranga and kawhia/Waiuku
Speakers and venues are being finalized.
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3 sixty degrees is a way for you to get behind Te haerenga. The aim is to gather 360 people by the end of the year to support Te Haerenga $10 a month for a year (which can be renewed at the end of the year)
This will bring in funds to help us continue what we believe to be an effective way to reach out to Maori communities in discipleship/missions/evangelism.
360 degrees is our heart and vision to see Maori make a complete 360 degree turn around, not going in the opposite direction of who they are as Maori nor in the opposite direction of who they are as followers of Jesus but embracing them both.
As of now, we have 5 who are supporting 3 sixty degrees so watch this space (355 to go!) Contact us if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant: We have been given a grant of $7000 to help for next years Te Haerenga which is fantastic! so we are almost half way towards the budget of running Te Haerenga in one location!
Te haerenga interest
There have been much interest in Te haerenga from other indigenous peoples such as the Native Americans, Aborigines in Australia and other key leaders who work with people groups in Asia.
We have had a number of interviews and Shine TV which to do something as well.
Hosting a DTS
We are currently hosting a Discipleship Training School (DTS) from our island Breeze Base in Brisbane Australia. 12 all together including staff.
The team has blended well with the community in Welcome Bay, getting along side local youth leaders, serving where there is need and experiencing the culture of NZ.
Thanks to Welcome Bay Baptist church for hosting the team and opening the doors for these guys to serve the community and to use the facilities.
The DTS leaves for the Cook Islands on the 22nd Oct.
PQDTS 2009 is postponed till next year.
Island Breeze Polynesian expressions.
Nothing happening on this front
Rongo te Ao
This is something we are still developing. It has been there for some time and its main purpose is to be the Maori umbrella that would embrace Te Haerenga and any other Maori focused service that is developed. Rongo te Ao can possibly be positioned to get funding from agencies.
At the moment we developing programs to serve mental health sector.
Rongo te Ao explained: Rongo means peace and also has connections with other words. Rongoa is medicine or solution, whakarongo means listen, Rongopai is the good news. Rongo also is emotion and hear.
Ao basically means the world.
In the context of a Marae, and in particular the meeting house, the place of Peace is inside the meeting house. Its a place of rest, learning, a place that is secure and safe. Its the internal part of the marae make up. Outside the meeting house is the external part of the marae make up. Its the world and everything that we engage with in life.
Rongo te Ao is the inward outward process of knowing God and making Him known.
Things in the pipeline
. Resources: we have a desire to write small booklets that could help in the discipleship process for Maori. We have in mind to put together Maori proverbs and bring the truth and revelation out of them. as well as to compile life stories that relate to everyday issues etc. Still in process.
. Grants: we also would like to 'tap into' any funding that would help aid the projects we are under taking. Many people have said that there is a lot of funds 'out there' But haven't really helped us get 'out there'. So we are determined to get 'in there'. Still in process and have seen and encouraging start.
1 Pray for Te Haerenga o mata whanui as we go deeper in God and build stronger foundations.
2 Pray for funding . Favour with funding agencies and people who have a heart for this ministry. Pray for grant writers to help us write them and apply for them. Pray for the staff and leaders that they be provided for.
3 Pray for our communities. Pray that He be reflected in big and small ways. Pray that walls be rebuilt. Pray for the safety of our families and children. Pray for effective solutions to problems that face us all. Pray for a unified heart to make a difference.
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