"Te Kupenga will be a valuable cultural tool for council staff and elected representatives across Te Matau a Māui. The aim of the app is to help staff and councillors be more responsive and proactive in regard to Treaty principles across our business. We want to support our staff to have absolute comfort and confidence in their engagement with tangata whenua.”
James Palmer Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chief Executive
"Te Kupenga will increase understanding and awareness and help with the existing relationships the council has with mana whenua."
Dr Steph Rotorangi Napier City Council Chief Executive
"The tool is an exciting step forward in our commitment to building cultural capability, understanding, appreciation, respect and confidence in te reo, me ōna tikanga Māori."
Monique Davidson, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive
"The council is a partner organisation in the Te Wairoa Reo Rua strategy which aims to make Wairoa a bilingual community by 2040 and the council’s Te Reo Māori policy is another way to demonstrate leadership in seeing Te Reo Māori flourish in the Wairoa community."
Kitea Tipuna, Wairoa District Council’s Acting Chief Executive
"The app will support the actions the council currently takes to support staff to use te reo every day and gain a deeper understanding of Māori customs and traditions.It will also support the Heretaunga Ararau Te Reo Māori Policy and Action Plan we launched last year, which aims to raise cultural awareness and promote the use of te reo not only within our organisation but also throughout our wider community.”
To’osavili Nigel Bickle, Hawke's Bay District Council Chief Executive
A new Māori cultural app has been launched by five local authorities in the Hawke’s Bay region of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Called ‘Te Kupenga’, it’s the result of collaboration between the Māori specialist teams in the councils and its contents aim to improve understanding of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga, as well as local knowledge about Treaty settlement entities and tangata whenua of Te Matau a Māui (the fishhook of Maui, Hawke’s Bay).
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Te Pou Whakarae, Pieri Munro says Te Kupenga is a cultural tool developed principally for the five councils’ 1,500 staff and elected representatives.
“The app will enable council staff to have quick access to mihi, karakia and waiata. It will also hold a range of information including Marae protocol, pronunciation guides, maps relevant to this rohe (territory), and the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Kupenga promotes use of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga as part of a personal inventory that will benefit people across Hawkes’s Bay and beyond”.
The name Te Kupenga comes from Te Kupenga a Te Huki, a celebrated ancestor of Ngāti Kahungunu, whose greatest achievement was to create unity through networking.
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