Tenei te mihi rangatira ki a koutou katoa i awhiniatia i a matou mahi matua - tamariki i tenei tau 2017; tenei te mihi ki a koutou katoa.
Thank you to all supporters, believers, parents and advocates who were part of Te Rito: Restoration of Whanau Forum's journey from last year 2016 to progression of it's kaupapa to this year, 2017.
It is also so exciting and pleasing to share that Te Rito has been extended an umbrella opportunity to progress it's goals and objectives and direction under new leadership for 2017 in moving forward. Details to come and excited.
Thank you to our fundraiser supporters, the parents who shared their korero with Te Rito and the kai mahi from the beginning of Dave Hati, Storm King, Kyleigh Jane and Kyle Turner; tenei te mihi rangatira ki a koutou katoa.
It can be said that through adversity, life trauma and dare we say, violence; we can either choose to stay defeated as those challenges present or come through them like a refining fire it can be to stand again to do and be the best for the next stage and chapter of one's life when it comes to your children; family and whanau.
Adhering to kaupapa can also be a challenge when facing arduous trials of value based judgements marginalized groupings can suffer (as has been our discovery through researching, and only in one year) that only can be shifted when faced foot forward as to the forum's purpose, principles and reason for being of which one is most proud.
On that note, I encourage all and many who have faced adversity and most importantly - the loss of their children because of it - to make the journey out of strife and adversity to a place of self sanctity (sooner rather than later) and do all that can be done possible to start again, rebuild and refine oneself to be the best you can be and do for our children and tamariki for their future.
In standing of Te Rito's purpose; that's where our mahi and project will be to support those changes and will be there for you when you need that belief and support come that time for your tamariki/children/whanau.
Change is paramount for them, as is possible and done for them by parents who love their children.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all,