Stories of Community from Marists across New Zealand

The town of Ruatoria is situated just below East Cape. In the heart of Ngati Porou, we are hosted at Te Aowera Marae, in the shadow of Mt Hikurangi (the first place in the world to see the sun each morning), by Sarah Sykes. Experiences here vary from accompanying CYFS children on holiday programmes and climbing the East Cape Lighthouse, to visiting the local medical centre and talking to doctors about the health needs that are caused by isolation and deprivation - an experience shared by many on the coast. 

Ruatoria and the East Cape was an incredibly eye opening experience. The area is so isolated and misses out on heaps because of that isolation.
— Henry, Wellington