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Tui Ora pumps up its Womad festival profile

Last Updated: March 2018

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Tui Ora pumps up its Womad festival profile

Kaitiaki Angels, space to lounge and korero with kaumātua will fill out the Tui Ora presence at Womad 2018, starting tomorrow, Friday March 16.  Read a profile of this work on Stuff.

This year the organisation boasts a highly visible profile with more than 20 staff volunteering their time in different ways across the three-day festival.

The Kaitiaki Angels will stand out in their black wings and blue t-shirts, and will be responsible for looking after rangatahi to ensure they stay out of trouble and stay safe.

Fifteen staff are rostered on in this capacity, with many Youth Service staff in their ‘day jobs’ meaning they are likely to be familiar to some of the young festivalgoers.

As well as encouraging the youngsters to stay safe, they will be dishing out vouchers for free kai, thanks to sponsorship from the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).

And it is not just rangatahi they will support but also adults in their twenties who need gentle prompts about not overindulging. In this capacity, they will hand out $25 vouchers to say thanks to those people who are making good choices around alcohol and other drug reduction.

Another part of the Tui Ora presence is the Manaaki Lounge (marque) near the Te Paepae stage. During the day, it plays host to activities such as Korero with Kaumātua and games like Giant Jenga. People are invited to come and ask about Taranaki tikanga, common Te Reo phrases or listen to an older peron talk about their life.

Ropata Maxwell is co-ordinating the crew for this space, which will be positioned alongside local weavers as well as near the marque for Te Wānanga O Aotearoa, a tent for mirimiri (staffed by Tui Ora contractor Mihi Henry-Hatcher) and a campervan promoting Te Puni Kōkiri.

Also on board are Ngamata Skipper and Ihaka Noble from Tui Ora – they will be key people in the Te Paepae area, liaising with artists and ensuring things run smoothly.

The Tui Ora connection doesn’t end there. Theresa Patu, who formerly worked for the NZ Police, heads up security this year. She will work with the Kaitiaki Angels, helping ensure that things don’t get out of control and that the festival is the best experience for everyone of all ages.

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