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Community Picnic in Nature


To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, the Island Bay Community Centre and the Manawa Karioi Society would like to invite you to a community picnic at the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project.

The theme for the Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Let Nature In’ so we have found a picturesque flat grassy spot that is just five minutes walk from the Tapu Te Ranga Marae car park in Island Bay.

Pack a picnic of delicious snacks, gather your family and friends and join us for our community picnic in the regenerating native forest of Manawa Karioi! Children and dogs on leads are welcome. Meet at 2pm at the interpretation shelter in the Tapu Te Ranga Marae car park and we will have sign posts for any late arrivals. Depending on interest, we can lead a bush walk on the tracks after the picnic around 3.30pm.

Postponement date:
Sunday 21 October, 2pm - 5pm


Me whakawhanaunga 

Maramataka: Mutuwhenua

Monday 8 October

The moon phase today is called Mutuwhenua – it’s the last day of the lunar cycle. We suggest focusing on connecting with your whānau, friends and community in nature.

Focus on connecting with nature to uplift your wairua/spirit and those around you.


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Keep learning

Me ako tonu

Maramataka: Whiro

Tuesday 9 October

The moon phase today is called Whiro, the new moon, the beginning of the new moon cycle. A day where activity was minimal, a day for wananga/learning. This makes Tuesday a great day to Keep Learning.


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Take notice

 Me aro tonu

Maramataka: Tirea

Wednesday 10 October



The new moon is beginning to expand ever so slightly and can just be seen. See nature through a different lens and take some time to Take Notice and be inspired by what’s happening around you.


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Be active

Me kori tonu

Maramataka: Ohoata

Thursday 11 October

Today is a very good day for fishing, eeling and crayfishing, and a good day for planting which means it’s a great day to Be Active! Getting outside and exercising is good for your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your connection with nature.

Remember to encourage people to be as physically active as their fitness and mobility allow. You don’t have to run a marathon to be active!


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Maramataka: Ouenuku

Friday 12 October

This is the fourth night of the lunar month. Today is a good day to rekindle your connections with nature, re-tell stories with whānau and give back.

Nature provides for us – it gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. We, in turn, have a kaitiaki/guardianship role to give back to nature for future generations.

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