General News:

A Day with Brad Jersak

On Friday 20th July 2018 about 60 people (including members of the public, church leaders, educators, counselors and a mix of Orama staff, trustees, members) attended the Brad Jersak workshops at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. The workshops were awesome and followed a 2 day visit by Brad and his wife Eden to Orama earlier in the week where we were […]

ATWC Camp 2017

The Tripper Society filmed the ATWC 2017 camp at Orama and captured the joy of the children and their mums who stayed with us for 5 days of fun and teaching.

Community News:

Hilary in the Garden

We were blest to have Hilary Foged come to stay for a week in June and another week more recently in August. As an ex landscape architect Hillary is a whiz in the garden and worked closely with Arnie to continue the transformation of the herb garden along with a myriad of other gardening and […]

Farewell to the Dyck Family

After five years at Orama Kimberley and Andrew made the difficult decision to leave and go back to Canada. They have been real rocks at Orama and we will miss them terribly. Over this time we have built a deep relationship with Kimberley and Andrew and their kids Evelyn, Olin and more recently baby Emmet. […]

Old friends

It's always lovely when old friends decide to drop in for a cuppa. Kay Stowell came back to visit for a few days recently - taking the opportunity to reconnect with the community after a break of a few years. It was great to have her presence at morning tea and to for her to […]

Happy birthday Anja

Birthday's too are part of Orama's rhythm - and we have many! Each a chance to share the good things we each have to say about the person on their special day. Here Anja blows out the candles on her cake -  baked and presented by Kimberley.

Chainsaw handling lessons

Andrew felled a couple of dangerous pines from behind Seaview and took the opportunity to give some training in chainsaw sharpening and handling to staff and volunteers. John, Alex and Anja were keen and help to chop up the logs for firewood. Arnie and Luke took care of mulching the small branches for use on […]

A farewell gift

Arnie organised a very special farewell gift for the Dyck family. Arnie travelled especially to Te Kauwhata to purchase a beautifully carved waka. He originally went for some poenamo but in the end it was the waka that really spoke to him. The waka was presented by Arnie on behalf of the whole community to […]