Matariki 2023 Update
We are full of gratitude to Kura Rēhia’s Co-Founder, Kuruho Wereta, who was vital to the creation of the kēmu Kaupapa and the wānanga ‘Te Reo o te Rēhia’. Kuruho has returned to his homeland in Ōtaki and is bringing his role at Kura Rēhia to completion to create new possibilities through whānau centred creative endeavours in Te Ūpoko o te Ika.
“Kua oti aku mahi i waenganui o te whānau o Kura Rēhia. E whai ana mātou ko tōku whānau i ngā ara toi kia manahua i ngā whakaaro o te ngākau, o te whatumanawa.”
E kore te puna mihi e mimiti ki a koe, Kuruho. Your wairua auaha and connective, collaborative nature have brought this kaupapa to life.
We also take this moment to share the creation of Kura Rēhia’s Pae Ruruhau, a rōpū formed to manaaki the kaupapa moving forward, alongside Kura Rēhia’s remaining Director. The rōpū will focus on Aotearoa-centric best practices to guide and whakaruruhau Kura Rēhia, and the kēmu Kaupapa going forward.
Te Pae Ruruhau
Kingi Areta Richard Biddle was raised in the pride-lands of Rotorua. He pūkenga mātauranga, he pūkōrero, he pou tikanga, a weaver of worlds and an emanator of aroha, Kingi brings a puna of kōrero, connection and depth to the Pae Ruruhau o Kura Rēhia.
Renei is a wellspring of experience in the fields of education, health, recreation and Māori development. She brings her dedication to creating accessible and equitable outcomes to the team, creating those connections with the things that help whānau thrive.
Aroha has been huge part of Kura Rēhia since before Kura Rēhia even began. As the graphic designer for Kaupapa, Aroha brings her depth of understanding to the Pae Ruruhau. She also lends her wealth of experience garnered by reconnecting her whakapapa line to te reo Māori, and creating her business, Maimoa Creative.
Photo: Catherine Smith
A long-time game nerd, poet and kaiako, Rewa Worley knows first-hand the benefits of making things fun. Connecting the worlds of science, reo Māori and play, Rewa brings a huge sense of fun and creativity to the team.