Our Kaumatua

Peter Mason 

Kua hinga te tōtara I Te Waonui-a-Tāne

The tōtara tree has fallen in the great forest of Tāne.

It is with the deepest sadness we acknowledge the passing of our dear Kaumātua - Peter Mason on 20 August 2018.

Pete embodied all the characteristics of a Kaumātua - his humbleness, honesty and integrity constantly displayed through his words and actions. His smile and sense of humour lit up a room. We mourn the passing of the elder of our Whānau but we also celebrate his life and the stories he has left behind. We at Rātā Foundation feel blessed to have had Pete in our lives.

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Peter provided cultural leadership, support and advice to the Foundation especially in nurturing relationships with Iwi around our takiwā.

Koro Pete was passionate about our tamariki and believed in providing them with solid foundations to grow from in the future, and the whakatauki “he aha te mea nui o te Ao? He tamariki he tamariki he tamariki” (What is the most important thing in the world? It is children! It is children! It is Children!" says it all

Hoki ana ahau ki te mauri o Tòku nei waka a Mataatua. Ki Putauaki ko Ngāti Pukeko
Ki te Rae o Kòhi ki Whakatane, aa ki te Mànuka Tuatahi
Noho wairua ake au I roto I tòku nei whare a Pukeko.
Ka tiro whakarunga ki Kaapu Te Rangi, te nohonga tèra o Toi Te Huatahi
Ko te Mauri ra I haria mai nei hei whaka oho I tàku nei moe
Tiihei Mauriora

Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Pùtauàki te Maunga
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa
Ko te Moana Nui A Toi te Moana
Ko Toroa te Tangata
Ko Ngāti Pukeko te Iwi

E Ngà Mataawaka, E ngà Hau E Wha, Tèna Koutou katoa.

The Kaumatua role tautoko (supports) kaitiaki (trustees) and kaimahi (staff) in our endeavours to engage effectively with Māori communities with our takiwā (region) of Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and the Chatham Islands.  This dedicated role ensures our commitment to Te Ao Māori.