Last weekend saw almost 100 intermediate-aged children from across the Diocese of Wellington and Te Pīhopatanga o te Upoko o Te Ika gather for Intermediate Camp in Palmerston North.
This year marks the first time that both Tikanga Māori and Pākehā have worked together on a youth event, and it resulted in “a true partnership,” says Diocesan Intermediate Co-ordinator Chris Casey.
The camp enabled our young people to be together with each other and with Jesus, as they actively delved into the Word of God through worship, drama and discussion – and plenty of games! Chris says that by gathering together small groups from across two dioceses, the camp enabled attendees to build a sense of “tribe” as they progress towards adulthood and their own relationship with God.
For many children from our Diocese, being on a marae was not a foreign experience, but coming together with Tikanga Māori enabled a richer understanding of each other’s culture, and an acknowledgement of our need to learn more.
The camp was held over an action-packed 25 hours on St Michael’s Marae in Palmerston North, and included games such as touch and soccer, and workshops on skills as diverse as car spray-painting, tie dying, woodwork and juggling. Groups in attendance came from as far as New Plymouth and Wellington.
The camp was organised so that price was not a barrier, thanks to the generosity of St Michael’s Marae, the Diocese and the Amorangi, St John’s Trust Board and individual parish leaders.