KtR PILGRIMAGE: 16-23 APRIL 2018
THE TAIRAWHITI PILGRIMAGE FOR THE DIOCESE OF NELSON
KAwea Te RONGOPAI PILGRIMAGE 2018
Kawea Te Rongopai is a week long pilgrimage being offered by Te Tairawhiti especially for our sisters and brothers from the Diocese of Nelson.
Kawea Te Rongopai means to 'Carry the Gospel' and refers to our mission to proclaim the Good News, as well as recalling how the Gospel seed was first planted in our diocese, how it has been nurtured over time, and the ways in which it continues to bear fruit in our context among Maori.
Over the course of eight days, participants will be led on a pilgrimage to many of our most significant sites including some of the premiere examples of carved churches in the country, as well as many of our historic churches generally, be led through the history and sites of significant events in the spread of the gospel among Maori in Te Tairawhiti, experience and tour a local example of our traditional double-hulled ocean-going waka, as well as have immersion experiences of our culture with some of our local communities and Marae, in a safe and welcoming environment.
Experiences and learning will include:
- Ongoing instruction in the importance of Whakapapa or a Maori practice and understanding of relationship
- Ongoing instruction in basic reo or Maori language, and tikanga or Maori customs
- An experience of Powhiri or the Maori tikanga or ritual of encounter
- Learning and experiencing Maori Whaikorero or oratory (and for the brave, an opportunity to in welcoming environments)
- Learning and experiencing Maori Waiata or Songs
- An experience of the importance of Whakapono or faith to the Maori experience in Te Tairawhiti
- An experience of the bi-cultural history in Te Tairawhiti, in the church and in our communities generally
Significant sites will include:
- St Stephens, Te Araroa
- Awatere Marae, Awatere
- St Mary's, Tikitiki (The Cathedral of Ngati Porou)
- Hauiti Marae, Uawa/Tolaga Bay
- Te Rau Kahikatea and Te Rau College, Gisborne
- Titirangi, Gisborne
- The Tairawhiti Waka Hourua, Gisborne
- Tokotoru Tapu Church, Manutuke (Carved by Raharuhi Rukupo, also responsible for Te Hau ki Turanga in the National Museum, Te Papa)
- Whangawehi, Mahia (Site of the first baptisms and Tairawhiti's new space programme)
- St Luke's, Pakipaki
- St John's, Omahu
- Waipatu Marae and Church, Hastings
- Te Mata Peak, Havelock North
- Samuel Williams Memorial Chapel, Te Aute
- Te Aute College, Otane
Participants will be accommodated Marae-style (matresses in communal sleeping areas) across several venues across Te Tairawhiti.
Where we will be and when:
- 16 April GISBORNE
Arriving Gisborne Airport; Te Rau College; HB Williams Library; Titirangi
- 17 GISBORNE, TOLAGA BAY
Te Rau Kahikatea; Tairawhiti Waka;
Tokotoru Tapu; Hauiti Marae
- 18: TE ARAROA, TIKITIKI, TOLAGA BAY
St Stephens; Awatere Marae; St Mary's; Hauiti Marae
- 19: GISBORNE
Rest Day / Free Time.
- 20: MAHIA, WAIROA, NAPIER, OTANE
Whangawehi; Napier; Te Aute College
- 21: PAKIPAKI, OMAHU, OTANE
St Luke's; St John's; Samuel Williams Memorial Chapel; Te Whare o Rangi
- 22: HASTINGS, HAVELOCK NTH, OTANE
Waipatu Marae, St Matthews; Te Mata Peak; Te Whare o Rangi
- 23: OTANE, NAPIER
Departures Napier Airport
Flights to and from Te Tairawhiti are handled by the Diocese of Nelson. All local transport will be provided by us here in Te Tairawhiti.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING
- A blanket or sleeping bag.
- Clothes suitable for the April weather (we'll check the weather for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay closer to time).
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Hat and sunscreen.
- Smart casual clothes for Church on Sunday (tbh, that's up to you).
- Toiletries and any medication you need.
- A couple towels (you can wash these mid-week if needed).
- Some spending money if needed (all main meals will be provided, but you may like to buy something as we travel around).
SOME HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW
We understand 8 days is a lot of time together on the road but please pack as light as you can as we'll be moving around a lot as we travel across our diocese.
We'll make some laundry facilities available on Thursday 19 April, where we've scheduled some downtime in the middle of our pilgrimage.
Generally, there will be plugs for charging devices everywhere we are staying.
Spark coverage in particular drops out in a couple places where we're travelling, but we'll never be too long away from being able to make and receive calls if you need to (or update your Facebook status).