Thought I would add Ray's report from our visit to Tauranga for the Annual Te Haerenga noho. We had a wonderful time again this year and Ray's report kind of sums it up - we love going and it is just as much a blessing for us as it seems it is to them. This year we had the privilege of having Molly with us - maybe next year Stevie Bec and Reuben can join us as well. Check out the photos from our weekend as well. Te Haerenga April 2010: report from Ray We were so privileged to have Steve & Ainsley Apirana as our guest speakers in the weekend. Known as NZs best entertainer, gospel singers & song writers. (Actually I made that up, but we reckon they are the best). To be up close with them instead of being one out of a multitude of people was awesome. ‘This to us is our Oasis, we love coming to Te Haerenga’ Hearing that being here is actually a blessing to them was humbling to us. They both shared their hearts with us in songs of many genres. Steve had us laughing with his great humor as he shared his music and story of people’s perception of beauty. He wrapped it up with his testimony song ‘something beautiful, something good, all my confusion, He understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife but He made something beautiful out of my life’ That afternoon was spent in a workshop format with Steve & Ainsley. Picking their brains about songwriting and asking questions to improve in our own journey with music. Even on the technical sides of things regarding guitar playing. We certainly have some homework to do! Saturday night we had a little bit of a concert in which we opened it up to the community. There was a full list of people doing ‘items’ from solos, duets and even a local band. Locals came to see the talent come through and to our surprise we had a TV celebrity come and visit! Te Hamua Nikora a TV host for a talent quest program called ‘Homai te Pakipaki ‘ on Maori TV, so naturally we get him to sing a few songs too! The highlight of the evening though was to have Molly Apirana (Steve & Ainsley’s daughter) share a couple of songs, boy did she rock the house! She drove up with some friends from Paekakariki to share the evening and next morning with everyone. Keep an eye out for Molly, it will soon be a well known name! Sunday morning after the Marae clean up, we gather again with the Apirana family to wrap up our weekend. ‘The weekend was so nice, peaceful, relaxing’ What a beautiful family! Who knows, next year we’ll have the rest of the Apirana family with us.

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