In the next week: kite day and public meeting. Haere mai!

Your fortnightly SOUL update.
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We have two big events in the coming week in the SOUL campaign to ‪#protectihumatao‬. You are invited, bring your friends and whānau and show your love for this precious whenua.

Coming up on Sunday, and then on Thursday…

Matariki kite day

Matariki Kite Day and Ceremonial Planting
Sunday 10 July, 2:00 pm
At the entrance to the Stonefields reserve
Old Ihumātao Quarry Road, Ihumātao

Our SOUL Sunday event for July is a kite day in celebration of Matariki. Bring a kite or join our whānau workshops and make a traditional kite to fly.

We will also hold a ceremonial kūmara planting and a hīkoi to the stone calendar and navigation markers (more below).

Join the Facebook event for updates: Matariki Kite Day at Ihumātao.

Public meeting to protect Ihumātao

SOUL Campaign Public Meeting
Thursday 14 July, 6:30 pm
Manukau Rugby League & Sports Club
48 Bader Drive, Māngere

It’s been a year since our last big public meeting and it’s time to update the community on the SOUL campaign. If you’ve been wanting to know more or are looking for a way to contribute to the campaign, this is your chance!

The meeting will update you on the progress of the SOUL campaign to protect Ihumātao, let you know about future actions and give you the chance to have input into the campaign.

Guest speakers:
Su’a William Sio, MP for Mangere
Dave Veart, Archeologist

We’d love to see a big show of support from the community at this event so please help us spread the word. Share this newsletter via email or invite others via the
Facebook event here: Public meeting to protect Ihumātao.


Seven weeks on from Auckland Council granting consent to go ahead with SHA 62, the land remains undeveloped and our desire to protect it is as strong as ever.

Ceremonial planting and hīkoi

As part of the kite day and in keeping with the Matariki season, we will hold a ceremonial planting of a tāpapa kūmara on Sunday 10th. The varieties of kūmara that have been selected for this event first arrived on the ancient waka and are called rekamaroa and taputini.

We will also hīkoi to a the stone alignments which mark a celestial calendar and form navigation markers retelling the voyage of Kupe. These were installed in 1998 as a tribute to the people of Otuataua and to the revival of voyaging waka by the famous Hawaiian waka Hokulea. The crew of Hokulea visited Otuataua last year as part of their around the world voyage.

Can you take a moment to help us grow our campaign?

Before you close out of this email, please take a moment to forward it to friends who are interested. Invite them to attend our upcoming events and to subscribe to this fortnightly newsletter.

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Our very hard-working communications volunteer is moving overseas and we can’t quite match her level of energy and output! We have combined the newsletter lists so that instead of weekly AND monthly newsletters we are now updating everyone fortnightly.

Minutes will go out to those who attend the SOUL campaign meetings.

Thanks for keeping yourself updated.

You are always welcome to contribute your time and energy to the SOUL campaign to protect Ihumātao. We run on people power and we need you!

Our open meetings are held fortnightly in Māngere, on a Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The next two meeting dates are 20 July and 3 August; willing workers are always welcome. Please reply by email if you need other meeting details.

Kia kaha!

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