The haukāinga in Panguru are celebrating 100 years since the arrival of The Sisters of St Joseph. 

Mina Pomare Peita explains the sisters were involved in education and getting a convent established in 1918.

“He tau nui tēnei nā te mea hoki i haere mai ngā none, ngā whāea tapu o Hato Hohepa ki konei.

“Ko tā rātou mahi he kaiako ki roto i ngā kura.

“Nō reira i tīmata i te kaweneti o Hāto Hōhepa i taua tau.”

The sisters made a substantial impact on the local community and held their ground as strong women.

Deidre Wijohn says they were quite involved in the happenings of Panguru and were concerned about the welfare of the people.  

“He mana wahine anō tā rātou ka haere mai ki ngā marae ki te mahi i ngā mahi a te Māori.

“Ehara ko tō rātou whakapono anake ko tō rātou whakaaro nui ki te tangata e hiahiatia ana.”

The Catholic faith itself has had a long standing presence in the Panguru community, dating over 200 years.

Mina Pomare Peita says the faith has benefitted the community. 

“He oranga anō ki te kāinga nei, ā, ko te Hāhi Kātorika kei roto nā ēnei none, me ngā Mātua Pirihi pērā anō ki a Pa Henare ngā akoranga nui, ko mātou ko ngā mahuetanga kei ō mātou nei ringa ngā kai. “

 

Trip to Australia

A group are travelling Australia to follow the spirit of St Mary McKillop who is the founding mother of the Sisters of St Joseph.

On the agenda, Norma Dee Peita reveals visiting the resting place of St Mary McKillop is a must.

“Ko tā mātou kaupapa ki Ahitereiria kia whai mātou i te wairua o Mēri Makiropa kia kite mātou i tōna wāhi okiokinga. 

“Ko ia tetahi tangata akiaki, ngākau nui ki ngā tamariki he kaiarahi, nānā i tīmata i te rōpū none, te rōpū whāea tapu o Hāto Hōhepa."

The group left for Australia yesterday. 

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