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Cultural workshops delayed due to Covid restrictions

Te Taumatu rūnanga and Ellesmere Sustainable Agriculture have had to postpone its planned cultural workshops due to Covid 19 restrictions.

The courses were meant to be held in November and December but will be rescheduled for a new date in 2022.

ESAI will cover the workshop costs ($120) for the first 20 members, wives or partners who put their names down to attend the workshops.
More than 30 ESAI members have already attended and enjoyed one or two of these events earlier this year.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and participants commented that the workshops had been “intimate, relaxed and inclusive, informative, inspiring, emotional and rewarding”.
The workshops will help farmers and landowners understand the significance of our local history, culture and the values of Te Taumutu rūnanga.
Both workshops are held at the Taumutu Marae and will involve an authentic marae experience. The courses run between 9am and 3pm and you will be treated to the Taumutu’s famous manaaki (hospitality).
For more information and booking, please contact Jo Fearn on or 021 0304 783

Ruahikihikitanga Workshop

This workshop provides an introduction to the people and place of taumutu, so we advise our members to attend this one first. It will be an opportunity to learn about the role of mana whenua in today’s society. The wokshop looks at the cultural and traditional practices of Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki ki taumutu and the history of the Selwyn district.

Taumutu and Te Tiriti 

The Taumutu and Te Tiriti workshop builds on the knowledge gained in the previous workshop so we suggest our members sign up for this after they have completed the other course. The workshop covers the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impacts on the local people and you will leave with a much more comprehensive understanding of pre and post treaty context.

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