Te Runanga o te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa

Pa Henare Tate’s retirement and a new website were high on the agenda for the September meeting at Porirua.

The retirement of Pa Henare Tate and the launching of a new website were high on the agenda for Te Runanga o te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa, the New Zealand Catholic Māori Council’s recent meeting at Tuhono Marae, Porirua.

The runanga also established a Te Reo Māori Reference Group, and hosted Caritas and manuhiri from Papua New Guinea.

After many years of service Pa Henare is stepping down from the runanga. He nui nga mihi ki a ia. He was instrumental in setting it up and has been active for 20 years in addressing Māori Katorika issues.

There are currently 10 Māori priests who are eligible to fill Pa Henare’s rekereke sandals. Current runanga members are:

Most Rev Barry Jones DD—Bishops’ Conference deputy

Fr Henare Tate—Kahui o te Ariki (now retired)

Sr Tui Cadigan RSM—Kahui o te Ariki

Areti Metuamate—secretary and Rangatahi delegate

Sue Pirini— Auckland Diocese

Bobby Newson—Auckland Diocese

Margaret Maynard—Diocese of Hamilton

Mate Tangitu—Diocese of  Hamilton

Danny Karatea-Goddard JP—Palmerston North Diocese

Henare Ngaia Snr—Palmerston North Diocese

Jaana Kahu—Wellington Archdiocese

Rangi Hau—Wellington Archdiocese

Kareen Rahui—Christchurch Diocese

Kape Hogan—Christchurch Diocese

Wendy Priemus—Dunedin Diocese

Caroline Hosie Leaf—Dunedin Diocese

On the same weekend Bishop Barry Jones launched the runanga website. The website has karakia (prayers), himene (hymns), pictures, Māori Catholic and other runanga information. We were honoured to have Caritas members present and visitors from Papua New Guinea. So check into www.catholic.māori.nz.

The runanga is in the process of forming a Te Reo Māori Reference Group that will be convened as a subcommittee to determine processes governing tikanga around Māori translations within the church and to ensure the quality of reo Māori translations in Karakia and Tuhituhi Tapu. Members are Pa Henare Tate, Sue Pirini, Robert Newson, Pa Mikaere Ryan and Danny Karatea-Goddard.

The next runanga meeting is planned for Christchurch 8 and 9 February. Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome!