E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.

Whakapapa grounds us: in belonging, identity, meaning and love.

On Wednesday 5th October, the carving that tells the Challenge 2000 story and lists our whakapapa was blessed (again). New names had been added to the carving, so we gathered and gave thanks for all who have lived this story of love and service.

Our kaumātua Luke Crawford led us in karakia. Fr Kevin Conroy SM sprinkled holy water on the carving, blessing it. And our children played around us, a sign of hope that Challenge’s story of love and service continues to unfold and grow.

A sumptuous hāngī meal was shared.  Being together – our whanaungatanga – renewed and refreshed us.

So much to be grateful for!