Me Noho Takatū meaning 'Be Prepared' has been developed by a Hawke's Bay collaborative working group providing bilingual resources for Hawke's Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood Education kaiako/teachers, whānau and children, to support their knowledge of planning for local hazards.
The project involved representatives from the Hawke's Bay offices of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Te Ūranga Waka at the Eastern Institute of Technology and Kahungunu Kōhanga Reo Tari.
A range of resources has been created, including a bilingual book based on Ngāti Kahungunu legends relating to local hazards, waiata/songs, a one-page service emergency plan template, a kaiako/teachers pack with teaching and learning ideas, and bilingual child-friendly emergency planning resources, to distribute to whānau/families.
The te reo Māori in these resources uses Ngāti Kahungunu kupu, but they were created for the use and benefit of all tamariki, whānau and iwi of Aotearoa.
If you want help with more comprehensive planning, including to help meet certification requirements, check the following guidance:
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini”
“When many contribute much can be done”
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangamaha o te iwi, e ngā matanga reo.
Hawkes Bay Emergency Management Group would like to thank the Me Noho Takatū project group members, who over two years worked collaboratively to develop emergency management resources, aimed to support early childhood services and their whānau.
Thank you to the following organisations and people, for their time and expertise: Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (James Graham) and Te Ūrunga Waka (Materoa Haenga and Rawiri Andrews) for sharing Ngāti Kahungunu mātauranga and ensuring that Kahungunu dialect and kīwaha was intrinsically woven into the resources. Hastings District Council (Warren Meldrum) for your wealth of knowledge around emergency planning and community engagement. Ministry of Education (Yvonne Aranui) for your tautoko and guidance in ensuring the resources met educational standards, and for engaging local early childhood services. Kahungunu Te Kōhanga Reo Tari (Tiwana Aranui and Stella Tai) for your involvement and awhi engaging local Te Kōhanga Reo. Te Puni Kōkiri (Roger Aranui and Monique Heke) for your input and for your manaakitanga hosting the project group hui.
Thank you Dena Hale for beautifully illustrating the resources, Flip Design (Kristi Drain) for your creativity and for overseeing the production. Tryphena Cracknell for your many contributions to the project. Thank you also to Penny Ehrhardt for your guidance and evaluation of the pilot resources, and a special thank you to the kaiako/teachers, tamariki and whānau of the pilot services; Te Ao Marama Te Kōhanga Reo, Pirimai Kindergarten and Rascals Nurtured Childcare Centre; your contributions were invaluable. And thank you very much to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Resilience Fund, for funding the project.
Finally a big thank you to the Me Noho Takatū Project Kaiwhakahaere Jae Sutherland. Congratulations on leading an extremely successful project that will see many children, whānau and early childhood services learn about emergency preparedness with a beautiful foundation based on Māori pedagogy of Papatūānuku. Mā tōu rourou, Mā tōku rourou, ka ora ai a tātou whānau, hapū, iwi. By your contribution and mine, we will have a better community.