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I tukuna mai tēnei whakaahua e Angela Timms nō Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri me Ngāti Kurī.

TĒNEI MARAMA • He Manawa Hou – Te Ara Whakatipu pgs 6 & 7

• Orca stranding wānanga pg 25

• New collection for Ngāi Tahu poet pg 18

• Outward Bound experience pg 29

• Waka excavation at Ōkia pgs 20 & 21

• Manawhenua Working Party field trip pg 32


Nā te Kaiwhakahaere Ka tangihia ngā mate huhua o te wā. Hanatu atu rā koutou ki te kāinga wairua i te rangi, ki ngā mātua tīpuna. Waiho atu mātou ki konei hei tangi mōteatea mō koutou. Okioki mai rā. Rātou ki a rātou, ā, tātou ki a tātou. Hei aku nui, hei aku rahi, hei te iwi whānui, nāia te whakamiha ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Mauri ora ki a tātou. Since the signing of the claim, Ngāi Tahu 2025 has been the main focus of the iwi and collectively we have developed many positive and successful initiatives for our people, which have enabled whānau to achieve their own aspirations. As we approach 2015 we need to start thinking about our future and ask ourselves what it will mean to be Ngāi Tahu in 2050? Recently we held the first of three planned wānanga where the focus was vision: where we as a tribe are

headed beyond Ngāi Tahu 2025; and how do we want to get there. I am very excited about the next two wānanga sessions and we will keep you informed on progress and developments. In the past few weeks, the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group hosted regional freshwater discussions across the motu to receive feedback about our engagement with the Crown and to seek further direction on aspirations in relation to management, use and allocation of freshwater. I led five hui here in Te Waipounamu. The in-depth kōrero from whānau and hapū to date has been good, with considerable support expressed for the Iwi Leaders Group. More importantly, whānau unanimously support continued engagement with the Crown on addressing allocating fresh water to iwi. There is still a lot of work to be carried out in this space and we

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Rā whānau

On 20 November, James Avery, aka Rangi Te Angiangi Martini Thoms, celebrated his 85th birthday with whānau. His twin moko Pania and Ben Ryan-Avery also celebrated their 21st birthday on 25 November.

James Avery with his wife Martha Avery.


have technical teams working hard to ensure iwi interests are at the forefront. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new and returning MPs who were successful on election day. It is great to see our own whānau in Parliament and I wish them all the best for the next three years. I look forward to seeing Papatipu Rūnanga and the office form relationships with the new MPs within our takiwā and to reinvigorate working relationships with returning MPs. By the time you receive this edition, we will have enjoyed the opening of the new whare tipuna of Ngāti Waewae and also participated in Hui-ā-Tau. For whānau who were unable attend both of these hui, we will have photos and feedback for you in the December issue.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae Rā whānau

Lisa Mackey (née Russell), Rahera Tainui, Tayejana Coulston, Shiana Meihana, Tonihi Paewhenua, Katene Campbell, Tama Coulston, Arama Weepu, Aroha Tainui, Lawrence Price and Eldon Wilson.

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Kaya Latoya Mason.

Hektor Wallis Simpson and Aunty Mere Wallace.

Selina Tainui is delighted to announce the arrival of her beautiful great-mokopuna, Kaya Latoya Mason, who was born on 24 September. She would like to send an extended and special mihi to her mokopuna, and new māmā Terangia Kaya Mason – congratulations darling and all the very best for an exciting future as a māmā. Congratulations and lots of love to all the whānau of Kaya Latoya Mason.

Hektor Wallis Simpson was recently christened by Aunty Mere Wallace at Te Tapu Wai o Te Aratika – Arahura Church, where he was surrounded by whānau.

Rugby league contract

Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae descendant Danny Levi, has signed with National Rugby League club (NRL) Newcastle Knights. Danny is the great-grandson of Raymond Lousich and his father is Daniel Levi (Snr). Danny started playing rugby league for the Randwick club in Lower Hutt and also played in representative Orca sides. In 2013, he signed a contract with Newcastle Knights and was made captain of their Holden Cup under 20s side. Danny, the youngest player (now aged 18) in the team, led the Knights to the 2014 minor premiership and later he was named in the 2014 Holden Cup team. To cap off his NRL year, the Knights extended his contract for a further two years from 2015.

Danny Levi.

Recently, Danny was given the honour of being selected for the Junior Kiwis squad and was made vice-captain. Danny and his team played the Kangaroos in Auckland on 20 October.


Hīkoi ki Japan

After months and months of fundraising the day was finally here. On September 30, 11 students from year nine to 13, along with two teachers, travelled to Japan for a 10-day cultural exchange.

On Tuesday, we went to an elementary school for the day and spent some time working with the young kids. They performed a traditional dance and we performed kapa haka – they loved it.

First stop was a five-hour stopover in Singapore. The airport was huge and beautiful. We then took a sevenhour flight to Tokyo where we were greeted by our tour guide who took us sightseeing around the city. The next day we took a train to Tokyo Disneyland where we went on rides and shopped for the whole day.

On Wednesday, we travelled to Seigakuin Girls High School and spent the day there where they gave us a presentation about the school and how they celebrate their seasons. Then we did another kapa haka performance. After the big day, we travelled to our hotel before flying home.

On the Friday, we went to a beautiful park, a small zoo and a tower. We then had lunch at a plaza before meeting the mayor of Edogawa City who was very delighted to meet us. We were gifted with jerseys and treated with kindness. After our big day we went off to meet our first set of host families.

It was an early start and a very long flight. After hours and hours of flying, we finally made it home safely. I would like to say a big thank you to my mum and dad for helping me get to Japan, also Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae for gifting me a beautiful pendant for my fundraising. Thank you also to my tāua and pōua for helping me also with my fundraising.

Saturday morning we had a get-together with all the families over morning tea. We then had free time with our host families.

I would also like to thank the whole community for getting behind us with our fundraising raffles, bake sales and school fairs. Finally thank you to Mr Metcalfe and Laura Mills, the teachers who accompanied and looked after us.

On Sunday, we spent the whole day with our host families, shopping and sightseeing. On Monday, there were typhoon warnings, so all the schools were closed down and we couldn’t go visit them. We drove around for a little while and then went to a kitchen area, where we made some Japanese food, then we met our second set of host families.

It was an awesome trip and I was so happy to have been able to experience another culture. It was fantastic to go with a great bunch of students. Aroha nui, Brooke Parker.

Brooke and a friend sightseeing at the Tokyo Tower.

Brooke with her host family.



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Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou katoa. Nei rā te mihi o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou katoa. Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā tini mate kua hika mai, kua hika atu. Ki a koutou kua hīkoi atu ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna ki tua o te ārai, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki ā rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā koutou katoa.

We have had another busy month and there is plenty of news to share with whānau. As promised, this month we have a kōrero about Manawa Hōu Whakatipu Waitai, the Ngāi Tahu rakatahi leadership development initiative, which was hosted in Martins Bay at the Hollyford Lodge early last month. On the rūnanga front, Labour Weekend was very busy as predicted. On Friday morning a van load of Kāti Māhaki joined the Department of Conservation and other locals at Ōkārito to welcome home and release rare rowi chicks back into Ōkārito Forest. The following day nearly 40 whānau members gathered for our Hui-ā-Tau at our marae and on Sunday we supported the Bruce Bay Sports Day.

Weather conditions continue to be all over the place here on Te Tai o Poutini. The waiata “four seasons in one day” has been an apt description of some of the weather we have been experiencing. There have been regular sprinklings of huka on the mountain ranges but today Tama-nui-te-rā has graced us with his presence.

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Nau mai haere mai ki te ao. On 20 October, Chris McGuiness and Jaimee Bannister welcomed their tama hou into the world, at Lismore Hospital in New South Wales. Nau mai, haere mai Reuben William Roger McGuiness. Congratulations to Chris, Jaimee, big sister Savannah and tāua and pōua, Valmai and Neil Bannister.

Reuben William Roger McGuiness.

Spring Reading Challenge

Our Wero Mātauraka – Spring Reading Challenge – has finished and although they had hoped for an increase in entries, they ended up with similar numbers to the previous year. Congratulations to all the tamariki who entered and to our major draw winners (DUPS), Rishjarn Hereaka, who won a tablet and Rohatai Madoc-Fernadez, who received a waterproof camera.

From left, Kōmiti Mātauraka representatives, Bronwyn Te Koeti, Julianna Zweis and Steven McLaren with some of the tamariki.

Rishjarn and Rohatai with kōmiti chairperson, Steven McLaren.


He Manawa Hou – Te Ara Whakatipu

I would like to thank the superb group of friends and whānau and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu staff and governors who helped support, develop and deliver this programme.

Along with an amazing team, I recently had the privilege of taking a rakatahi rōpū into one of our tino wāhi taonga, Whakatipu Waitai (Martins Bay), on a hīkoi named Te Ara Whakatipu.

Thank you also to Lynley from the Ōraka Aparima office for all of your support and for finding rakatahi and to Ōraka Aparima Rūnanga for the use of their van and whare in Te Anau. We are very grateful.

The hīkoi was funded by the office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as a Manawa Hou initiative and was also supported by Ōraka Aparima Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. We spent seven incredible days with this rōpū, who we quickly began to consider as whānau.

To our amazing kaumātua support, Tāua Helen Rasmussen (queen of kai) and Tāua Rangimarie Suddaby – thank you very much.

The key purpose of the hīkoi was to grow a sense of connection to this wāhi taonga, to our Kāitahutaka, to each other and also to develop our knowledge and competency in the outdoors. We all agreed that this was an incredibly enriching experience for all of us, including the facilitators.

A special thanks to Lisa Tumahai and Tā Tipene for their support, attendance and guidance. Aku mihi mahana ki a kōrua. Keep an eye out for the full article in the next TE KARAKA magazine. Nā Kara Edwards. Here are reflections from some of the participants: “My expectations going into Te Ara Whakatipu were not very high. Having been on other rakatahi programmes and not enjoying it very much, I wasn’t too keen on going at first. However, I would have to call it one of the best experiences of my life. Being in the ngahere with other rakatahi and also some pakeke, completely away from all civilisation, was so awesome.

Throughout the hīkoi the rakatahi and outdoor facilitators, Kahurangi Wilson-Mahuika and Mike Talbot, walked a minimum of 50 kilometres in the footsteps of their tīpuna, starting and finishing with an 18-kilometre hīkoi along the Hollyford Track. Other learning opportunities included fire lighting (in howling wind and intermittent rain), making hīnaki from supplejack, weaving kono, learning and composing waiata (thanks loads Aunty Paulette Tamati-Elliffe), learning about native flora and fauna, mahinga kai and rongoā, discovering how yummy huhu grubs and raw mata/inaka/whitebait are, mihimihi, team building and group leadership.

“It was such a small group that we got to spend a lot of time and build some very special bonds. One of my favourite things about this haerenga was the down time that we had in between our tramps. We had the opportunity to just relax (without our mobile phones) and spin some good yarns – there was never a dull moment.

We also showed manaakitanga and hosted our esteemed manuhiri, our very own Tā Tipene O’Regan, kaiwhakahaere tuarua, Lisa Tumahai and communications manager, Phil Tumataroa.

“The walks were really fun and informative. Our guides Mike and Kahu were really good at relating the ngahere back to us and our whānau.

The rōpū returning from Ōpiu.


“The Hollyford hīkoi was a life changing experience. I had no idea what to expect other than we’d be in the wilderness for a week.What I experienced however, was so much more. Staying in the lodge and hiking through the valley provided an intimate experience for me. Our meals were first class and our guides, Kahu and Mike were top professionals. They had an answer for every question that we asked about anything from the history of the area, to flora and fauna and geology. They were knowledgeable and had so much passion for our ngahere and the history of our tīpuna.

One experience that was very special was going to Ōpiu, which is the old pā site where my tipuna, Tūtoko and his whānau lived. Going in there with my cousins from Makaawhio who also descend from him was really spiritual and uplifting. There was a lot of wairua in there and I definitely felt at home. The memories that I have going on Te Ara Whakatipu are ones that I will hold close to me forever.” Nā Hinepounamu Apanui-Barr. “My time spent in Piopiotahi was probably the most culturally significant experience of my life (so far). Not only did I get to meet new people from the same hapū as myself and was able to experience Fiordland, but I learnt so many things about our ancestor, Tūtoko and the stories from the wāhi.

“This was truly an emotional and spiritual trip for us rangatahi and it has made a huge impact on our lives – a lot of us found a missing piece of us we never knew existed.

“I’ve been on Manawa Hou before, but none were like this one. The feeling when I was in the area where Tūtoko lived was just amazing. Upon entering the wāhi, Hinepounamu and I were both brought to tears because of the overwhelming sense of place and belonging we both felt. I’ve come away from this wānanga with a stronger sense of who I am and how I would like to be.” - Nā Lilly Collins.

“I’m very grateful to have been a part of this trip. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you Aunty Kara. Love you all and thank you.” - Nā Rongo A Whare Bennett.

Left to right; Hana Thompson and Nopera Coghlan were triumphant in lighting the fire.

Kahurangi and rangatahi work together to make a hīnaki.

Te Ara Whakatipu hīkoi group stop for a pūkana.


Welcome home

On Friday 24 October, Kāti Māhaki whānau, together with other locals welcomed home a portion of the 53 rowi removed from Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds, to be returned home to Ōkārito. Following the traditional pōwhiri, whānau members had the opportunity to hold and release rowi into the forest – what an awesome experience for our tamariki and pakeke alike. The kiwi were hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef and raised on predator-free, Motuara Island. At one kilogram, the young are now large enough to defend themselves against their main predators – stoats. Although the rowi remains rare, the release is expected to increase the population to 400.

Upoko rūnanga Richard Wallace, with Kāti Māhaki whānau and other locals during the pōwhiri.

Charlotte Russell and Karera Wallace-Jones wait for their rowi to head off into the bush.

Robert Kihi releases a rowi.


With nearly 40 members and whānau present, there was lively discussion, debate and laughter as the rūnanga activities for the past year were reported. The ideas and suggestions made will be looked at over the coming year. The scheduled Ahu Whenua Trust meetings did not proceed, so we took the tamariki who had been cooped up inside while we met, to the awa – a great way to unwind.

Fortunately the predicted rain held off on Saturday 25 October, as we gathered at our marae for the mihi whakatau that would open our Hui-ā-Tau. The first meeting held under our amended constitution extending the timeframe for holding our hui, saw lengthy discussion about optimum timing for our Hui-āTau. The final consensus was that with early notification of the date, those able to attend would.

From left, Mere Wallace, Terry Scott, Pauline Adams, Richard Wallace and Paul Madgwick wait for queries.

Whānau during a break at our Hui-ā-Tau.


Sports day

The next morning, following an early start to get our marae ship-shape, a kawe mate ceremony was held to bring in whānau photographs, which were to be hung in our marae. Befittingly, there was a light rain to bring our whanauka home, such a wonderful and moving homecoming. Ki a koutou i hoki atu ki te wā kāika, moe mai koutou i te rakimārie.

The weather did put a dampener on our plans for the kids’ events, with rain affecting all of the planned traditional races. With much of the schedule unable to proceed, it took some quick thinking and a little ingenuity to keep the kids occupied for the full three hours, in a side tent they had erected for the evening event.

The light rain turned into harder rain and it set in for the day. The Bruce Bay Sports Day continued regardless and there was an excellent turn out. There was some fierce competition in the chopping and other competitive events, excellent baking, kai, stalls, raffles and company.

Musical chairs, a chocolate eating competition with a knife and fork, nail driving competition and a dart throwing competition kept them entertained and they finished off with a lolly scramble.

Tamariki patiently wait to have a turn at throwing darts.

Tamariki during the nail driving competition.


welcome kaimahi and kaitautoko to help us to make the evening another great one for them. If you or your whānau are available to help out on the Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday please contact the office.

Mark your calendars. If you need more information, please contact the office. Nau mai, haere mai. Hākari Kaumātua Our fourth Hākari Kaumātua (dinner) will be held on Saturday 6 December, at the Wests Rugby Football Club in Hokitika. The dinner will start at 4.30pm. Invitations will be posted out to all registered kaumātua shortly. If you are a kaumātua and have not received an invitation by 14 November, please contact the office on 0800 955 007, as we may not have an up-to-date address for you.

Christmas pool party On Sunday 14 December, 12pm - 4pm, we will be holding our Christmas pool party, at the Hokitika Centennial swimming pool.

A courtesy coach will be available to and from the venue from Greymouth and around Hokitika. This dinner has become a highlight for our kaumātua and we would

Whānau are invited to join us at the pool for a fun-filled, politics-free afternoon with our tamariki and rakatahi. There will be games, prizes and giveaways as well as an early visit from Hana Kōkō. Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai.

Jacobs River School reunion

Wānaka marae

The Jacobs River School reunion will be held during Waitangi Day weekend 2015 (6-7 February). It will be hosted at the school, Bruce Bay Hall and the marae. This is for all ex-students, teachers, parents and anyone else associated with the Jacobs River and Bruce Bay Schools.

Waitangi Day Weekend 2015 (6-7 February), to be hosted at the marae. Our wānaka marae will focus on whaikōrero, karanga, waiata and kōrero Māhaki. You will learn through participation some of the skills required to tautoko our marae and hapū. It is being held at the same time as the Jacobs River School Reunion, so there will be an opportunity to participate in some of the reunion events as well. We will be calling for RSVPs closer to the date.

For queries or to register your interest, please contact: Helen Rasmussen, phone 03 750 0030 or 03 751 0815; or email



As advised in the last edition, we are upgrading our website and will be including a members only access section that whānau will be able to log into, which will be launched in February next year. We will continue to update our maramataka and pānui but many of the other pages will remain unchanged.

Please contact the office either by e-mail or phone to update your details or if want to discuss anything. You can phone us: 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007; email us: or Rachael.forsyth@; follow us on Twitter: @makaawhio; visit our Facebook page,; or our website,

Our long list of members who have not updated their contact details has not reduced in size and we continue to receive returned mail. We also need to ensure your e-mail address is the most up-to-date, so that we can continue to forward pānui, news and updates to our members.

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.

Christmas office closure

The rūnanga office will be closed from 19 December, through until 12 January 2015.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Rā whānau

In August, the whānau of Huia Dunn gathered in Masterton to celebrate her 90th birthday. Huia is the daughter of Riria (Doodie), granddaughter of Pita Paipeta (Rāpaki) and Mereana Tarawhata (Arowhenua) and great-granddaughter of Teera and Teoti Paipeta of Rāpaki.  It was a great occasion and a good excuse for whānau to come together. The whakapapa was available for all to see and everyone was very interested. Our thanks go to the late Pam Petherbridge, who had shared the original whakapapa with us – it is in the shape of a big wheel.

Huia Dunn at her birthday celebration.


Dorothy Couch has been named as a new member of the Order of St John. St John has unbroken links back to the medieval Order of St John and is an independent part of the New Zealand Honours System. Dorothy will receive the honour in the New Year from the Governor General. She is a resident of Rāpaki and for several years she was the treasurer of the rūnanga.

Dorothy Couch.


Americans return to Rāpaki

A big thank you to Craig Pauling, who shared his collection of taonga and Manaia Cunningham, who told the Settlement stories of Ngāi Tahu on the Horomaka; and Ngāi Tahu working within Government organisations such as Environment Canterbury. Thank you also to Cain and Toni Tauwhare for sharing their special skills of whakairo and raranga and finally John Lewis, for his work on the stream and leading the intrepid journey up the gully behind Rāpaki across the crater rim, out onto Te Poho o Tamatea and back into Rāpaki.

Rāpaki saw the return of a group of American youth from Carpe Diem Education, on a working environment project within the South Pacific. They had been coming to Rāpaki for six years before the earthquake and attended the poroporoaki of Te Wheke. This was their first visit since the earthquake. The following is a snippet they published on their blog about their seven days at Rāpaki: “The opening ceremony was fun, interesting and made all of us a bit anxious. The important thing was, we were accepted. Throughout the rest of the week, we got down and dirty (with the wildlife that is). We pushed through hikes, weeding and land work. Motivated by the spectacular views, the hikes were hard but we pulled through. Cleaning up the marae grounds was a blast simply due to the presence of Robert, who talked us through the hot and sunny work. We also planted within the stream and it was a gift to see Yvette’s eyes light up during that. Overall, the stay was an awesome experience. From the beauty inside the marae to the intriguing stories, from the wonderful food to the warm and loving hosts and the vivid moments of teamwork. Entertainment, hard work and respect for one’s culture really did pay off. We will never forget that beautiful and lush time we had with the Ngāi Tahu people.”

The Carpe Diem Education group holding their putiputi.

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Congratulations

In October, Ash Reihana (Ngāi Tahu -Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Māmoe) competed in a softball tournament in Australia as a member of the New Zealand International Softball Academy (ISA) U15 squad.

The group travelled to the Gold Coast, where they trained and played warm-up games for five days. They then flew to Adelaide and played in the U17 Australian Labour Day Tournament where they finished second.

Ash in action.

Ash Reihana.


Ash had a fantastic time and would like to thank all his family who made this trip possible for him. He played hard, learnt some great skills and made some awesome new friends. His proud parents were lucky enough to watch him from the side lines. 

you worked hard, you stayed on the kaupapa and you achieved your goals. This year his achievements included; coming first in music for his year, accounting first equal, plus excellence in English, mathematics, science, religious education, music, and accounting. He was also the recipient of the outstanding achievement award in recreation and wellbeing.

Congratulations also to Māui Brennan of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who finished the year by receiving eight academic excellence awards, two certificates for first in his year and an outstanding achievement award. Māui

More news from the marae

Kia ora, it’s that time again where we hear a little bit of gossip about what is going on around the motu. To all the whānau who have lost loved ones, our condolences go to you all. Whitebaiting is nearly finished for the season and then Hana Kōkō will be here – so let’s get cracking.

Darin and Selina went home to Aussie on Monday. Josie and John then left, followed by our cousins Michael and Joan. A perfect Labour Weekend had come to an end. Sunday evening was wind-up night and at six o’clock, some of them were going to bed. It was good, until one of the night owls who slept beside me started to snore, so I got out of there smartly.

Crofts whānau hui On Friday 24 October, we held the Crofts whānau hui. The day started off with a whakataukī for all our Australian Crofts whānau. We then had kai and what a spread it was. You name it, it was all there.

Oh I forgot to tell you that when the Australia whānau arrived at the marae they were all dressed in lemon and black (so neat). The men wore black and lemon jackets and caps and the women wore the same but they had lovely scarves and hand bags. What do you think Salina said? “Aunty would you like my bag and scarf” – I nearly knocked her over with my hugs and kisses. Josie is going to give hers to Mere Crofts but my cousin will also get one.

The days were wonderful catching up with all the whānau – “whanaungatanga.” We all cruised along eating on Saturday. We drank some nice drinks that were made with ice cream – someone told us it was nonalcoholic, so I put it in our jugs, then Amiria told us it had vodka in it, so we double dipped and of course we got a bit sleepy.

After cleaning up – not that there was much mess – we were away home with memories of a wonderful Labour Weekend. Our compliments to our wonderful nephew Anaru and his merry band of kitchen helpers – love you all, and also to our lovely nieces and nephews, who spoilt us oldies rotten. It was so lovely, thanks. So until 2024 whānau, I’ll be seeing you. (Stretching your luck a bit Patricia…No harm in trying). Nā K.K.K.

The whitebait patties were so large, one was enough – they were very yummy. We also had prawns, tītī and shrimps. Whatever you are thinking we had, we did and I didn’t have to do anything (good eh). I just sat at the table, ate and then walked away – it was so lovely to be waited on (pampered).

Hīkoi to Kaikōura

On 30 October, we went on a hīkoi to Kaikōura on a bright and sunny day. There were 14 of us ‘youngies.’ What a day. We left Tuahiwi at 9am after Aroha Hohepera said karakia. We had a lovely bus driver – his name was Paul. The scenery was lovely. Going through Waipara there were acres and acres of young grapevines, and further on there were many acres of black currants. The mountains were covered in the yellow flowers of gorse and broom– it was just a mass of yellow in the background. We arrived at Mangamaunu at around 11.30am and there were two vans at the bottom of the hill waiting to take us up. We had a pōwhiri then kai. It was such a lovely spread that they gave us. After kai Aunty Phyllis gave us a kōrero about Mangamaunu. Then we went off with the master of ceremonies and we heard all about Kaikōura.

Patricia Anglem and Pani Ruwhiu.


It was very interesting – Maurice you were marvellous. I think we would all go on another hīkoi, so let us know when you go again. Thank you very much. My moko Shirley (Lady) said she learnt more on our trip than she did at school. So, once again Maurice and whānau thank you very much. Oh by the way did the kaikōrero manage to get his hat back? Love you all. Nā K.K.K.

Kaumātua enjoying a catch up at Mangamaunu.

Maurice sharing some local history.

Kaumātua outing to Ngāi Tahu Farms

Seeking whānau

If you haven’t already done so, please call Tania at the office to book your seat on the bus for our hīkoi to Ngāi Tahu Farms on Thursday 27 November. The bus will leave Tuahiwi at 9am – don’t be late. Lunch will be hosted by Ngāi Tahu Property at their offices in Show Place. It will be followed by a visit to some of the Ngāi Tahu - owned properties around the city – an action packed day.

Kia ora koutou, my name is Alana Smith and I am the daughter of Peter Smith (son of Mary Ferguson). I am trying to connect with family members of Stephanie Scoringe or Elizabeth/Peti Loper. Peti is a daughter of Tieke Teone Loper and Sally Harpur. I am from the line of Koukou, Te Kapa and Hinepunui. If you have any knowledge or are able to share stories and help me with my whakapapa, please feel free to contact me on 021 309 887 or email me at

Kaumātua weekly activities

The final computer sesssion for the year will be Monday 1 December. Please contact Tania in the office to find out what other activities we have planned for December.

I would love to meet and connect with my whānau. Nā Alana Smith.

Te Rūnanga o Wairewa Taiaha wānaka

Over Labour Weekend, a group of young men descended upon Puari Pā, Koukourārata, for the Te Tohu o Tū taiaha wānaka. It was a four-day wānaka and the boys were taught karakia and history and they learnt the taiaha do’s and don’ts, and more importantly about whanaungatanga and kotahitanga. Ko au ko koe, ko koe ko au. Liam Dacombe, Hone Hurunui and Te Kaio Cranwell all enjoyed themselves.

From left, Te Kaio Cranwell, Liam Dacombe and Hone Hurunui.


Working bee

On a beautiful sunny day in October, some of our whānau spent time out at the marae – weeding the garden, fixing fences, cleaning gutters, painting chairs and giving our tekoteko, Pūraho and our koruru, Makō, a clean and a coat of paint before summer. Thanks to Simon Developments for the use of the scissor lift. Tau kē whānau.

The Skipper brothers and Metua and Te Kaio Cranwell.

Iaean and Te Kaio Cranwell paint Pūraho together.

Pūraho and Te Upoko o Tahumatā.

Tony Smith cleaning out the gutters.

Chantal and Mokoia Thomas and Skipper whānau.


Te Taumutu Rūnanga Rā whānau

On 20 November, Maureen Mita (née Martin), celebrated her 80th birthday with whānau. Nā Ann Martin.


Rulon Nutira was recently part of the New Zealand Māori Rugby League team that played two games in Brisbane last month. The team comfortably won both games.

They won 50-10 against a Queensland Māori representative squad– and 46-22 against a Queensland Murri Indigenious team. Rulon has now joined the St George Illawara Dragons squad and is training hard as they prepare themselves for the 2015 season of rugby league.

Rulon Nutira and his teammates walking out onto the field.

Rulon Nutira and his fellow team mates during the haka.

A great haka display from the New Zealand Māori Rugby League team.

Spectators watch as Rulon and his team perform a haka.

Basketball success

In its local competition, Catholic Cathedral College had excelled against teams from Shirley Boys’ High School, Papanui High School, Hillmorton High School, Linwood College, Hornby High School and Riccarton High School, beating the latter in the final. The team came eighth at the National Secondary Basketball tournament, held in Palmerston North.

Catholic Cathedral College was invited by Basketball New Zealand to attend the national tournament in Palmerston North, after finishing fifth at the South Island premiership in Dunedin at the end of August. They narrowly missed an automatic qualification by one placing. The senior team had performed admirably losing by only five goals to St Kevin’s College, who won the South Island national title last year.


While the team found its first exposure to the national tournament a daunting assignment, the results do not reflect the effort made and players will undoubtedly benefit from the experience. The team is coached by Kieran Rae, a physical education teacher at the school who is looking forward to both boys’ and girls’ teams competing regularly at a national level.

Catholic Cathedral College Senior Basketball team.

South Island Māori Netball Tournament

Te Puawai and Rerekiao Perenara-O’Connell, played for the Pipiwharauroa Netball Club, which recently competed at the South Island Māori Netball Tournament, in Hokitika. Many thanks to Mel, Maurice, Colleen and Mathias for all your mahi. Nā Patsy Perenara-O’Connell.

Te Puawai and Rerekiao Perenara-O’Connell ready to defend.

A team of Pipiwharauroa Netball Club players.

Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their special day this month. A happy birthday message to Ross Kean, who began his volunteer work in Moeraki in the early 1970s,while assisting with the care of our tāua, Meri Peti GregoryWhitau. The multi-talented, patient, humorous, Irish gentleman learnt how to lay hāngī, bagged gravel for fund raising, assisted at tangi and where ever he was needed. Ross was also  a past representative for Ōāmaru Māori Rugby and both our care-taker and an honorary member of the rūnanga, who ensures all 13 sites are pristine. While maintaining his role as organisation manager in Dunedin every day and as succession training, our mokopuna, Kace Katerma Palmer Kean, regularly enjoys assisting his pōua. He helps him by picking up urupā leaves, taking rubbish to the dump, feeding the horses and cleaning around the property and often they’ll spend the pay at the recycle shop. Kā aroha,Tessa, Laurie, Kace and Ross.

Kace Katerma Palmer Kean.


Annual general meeting


A reminder that the annual general meeting for Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Inc., will be held on Sunday 30 November at the marae. It would be great to have whānau come and tautoko the kaupapa. 

Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Inc. is looking for someone to take on the job of kitchen coordinator and cleaner at our marae. The marae is used on a monthly basis for rūnanga meetings and on other occasions for visits by schools and groups, for the running of hui, and by groups of whānau.

There is always accommodation available at the marae for whānau who wish to stay for the weekend. We look forward to it and hope to see as many of you there as possible.

The person we require would need to be fit and healthy, reliable and trustworthy, flexible with their time and have a good work ethic. A full job description is available on request from our office coordinator. Please email or phone 03 439 4816.

Business: • Rūnanga annual report • Audited financial report • Appointment of auditor • Moeraki Ltd • Shareholders meeting • Presentation of audited accounts • Company directors’ report • Kāi Tahu ki Otago report • Rock Art Trust report • Directors appointment panel review • Alterations to the constitution.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to the rūnanga office by Friday 5 December.

Whānau identified

In the September issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, we featured a photograph sent in by Koa Whitau-Kean, who was keen to identify the two girls in the image. In the October issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, Rosemary Taiaroa (Goomes/Spencer whānau) of Rakiura, identified the girls as Lena Spencer (née Smith) and her cousin Wai Poko. Lena is a cousin to Rosemary’s father. Koa would like to update whānau by providing further information. This photo has been identified as Aunty Lena Takairou Smith Spencer (left), by her daughter, Tui Bragg. In their earlier years, they lived in the bay we call Smiths Rocks. On the right is cousin, Wai Poro (relative of Slim Boko or Poko). Her relative is Tui Williams ki Moeraki who currently lives in Waimate. Lena’s sisters are buried together in the centre of the Kawa Urupā Moeraki with Hilda Ellen Smith and her father. Nā Koa Whitau-Kean.

Lena with her cousin Wai Poko (Poro).


New collection for Ngāi Tahu poet

There is no limit to the kinds of things you can write about,” he says.

Ngāi Tahu writer and poet, Rangi Faith, has released his latest book, Spoonbill 101, published by Puriri Press, which features a collection of 60 poems written over a five-year period.

Rangi likens his poetry to a diary. He says it’s a way of cataloguing his life. “It tracks what you’re doing; it’s a record of what you’ve done in the past or present.”

He says many of the poems at the beginning of the book are influenced by his Ngāi Tahu heritage. “I always relate back to the fact that I’m Ngāi Tahu – I’ll never lose sight of it,” he says.

Rangi says that working as a poet and a writer has not been a money-making scheme but he says his passion far outweighs the monetary returns.

The book features one of his favourite poems, ‘When the sailing ends’, which he says is a dedication to his late mother and her passion for singing.

“If you are a writer, the reward of seeing your work in print in many ways justifies your writing and encourages you to write again. There may be setbacks along the way but the important thing is to believe in your work. Believe in yourself and the way you write. Know that what you have written is good and does not need to be compared to other writers.”

There are only a limited number of copies available and each book is handmade, the cover featuring a painting of the mouth of the Ashley River, in Canterbury. A handful of Rangi’s poems are also featured in the most recent edition of the well-known New Zealand poetry collection, Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English.

Although he has formally retired from teaching, Rangi still enjoys returning to the classroom when he can. As a teacher, he believed it was important that his pupils were educated on and about the Māori language and culture. While he was a teacher at Ashgrove School, in Rangiora, he wrote a teaching resource book called Technology of the Māori, which showed how preEuropean and Classical Māori lived from day-to-day. “I wanted to make it interesting for the pupils – we did language one week and then culture the following week,” he says.

Rangi recognised he had a skill as a writer at an early age. When he was a student at Temuka High School, he wrote a poem ‘To a Mountain’ and entered it into a school poetry competition, which he later won. Rangi says his parents urged him to send poems to another magazine. As a result his work was published in a Māori magazine called Te Ao Hou. “Like a fish on the end of a line, I was hooked on writing,” he says.

The link between writing and teaching has always been strong for Rangi. Whenever he was teaching creative writing to his students, he was also writing poetry for himself. The two have been an integral part of his life and his passion for words and culture.

Rangi (Ngāi Tahu - Moeraki, Ngāti Kahungunu), now 65, worked as a school teacher for many years on both the east and west coasts of the South Island, before retiring in 2007. Rangi’s first book of poems, Unfinished Crossword was published in 1990. He was inspired to produce the collection when he picked up an old issue of Te Ao Hou and noticed his late grandmother Hinekerangi Gordon had left a crossword unfinished. “I could imagine her completing the crossword in front of the fireplace in the lounge, her glasses perched on her nose and a Māori dictionary on the armrest of the chair,” he says. Like Unfinished Crossword many of his poems are prompted by memories of his whānau and from times when he was a child growing up in Temuka, South Canterbury. Rangi says the production process for his poems varies. He tends to research a lot of subjects prior to writing and while some poems are written quickly others can potentially take years. “The best way to find out what I write about is to read the books I have written, and see the different subjects I have written about – New Zealand history, conservation, the Antarctic, Māori language, art, sport, and whales.

Rangi with his latest book of poetry.


Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Rā whānau

On 11 December, Stan Gilmore of Hamilton will celebrate his birthday. Nā Hinga mātou ko Lloyd Whiu ko ngā mokopuna tuatahi me ngā mokopuna tuarua.

Young Māori success

The Mana Pounamu Young Achievers’ Awards were brought about through the vision of the late tāua, Alva Kapa.

2013, Rangatahi o te Moana and was also the science fair prize winner for 2013. His parents and his tāua, Mahana Walsh are extremely proud of him.

The objectives of these awards are to celebrate the success and achievement of rakatahi Māori, encourage rakatahi Māori to participate in tertiary study, identify leadership potential; and to provide positive role models to rakatahi Māori.

Hayley Bungard has grown up in Palmerston with her mum and dad, big brother James and twin sister Nicole. She has a love for family, team sports, outdoors and animals. Since the age of two and a half she has been riding ponies and continues to do so. She competes in local shows, treks and is keen to have a go at cross country eventing. Hayley has an ambition to become a physiotherapist and to be part of her marae – sharing her knowledge and encouraging young people.

This year two of our Puketeraki rangatahi receive this award. Korako Edwards is a year 12 student at Otago Boys’ High school. His involvement culturally and socially are his strengths. He has been a part of groups such as Hands on Science 2014, Te Rauawa o te Pahi Science Extension

He mihi matakuikui tēnei ki a kōrua e ngā rangatira mō āpōpō. Nō reira kei ngā manu hou, he pī ka rere.

Te Waipounamu Ngāi Tahu marae film tour

Puketeraki Marae will host the Te Waipounamu Ngāi Tāhu marae film tour on the evening of Friday 28 November, starting at 6.30pm. The kaupapa of the tour is being able to show a core programme of film clips specifically relating to Kāi Tahu. Supper will follow the screening.

recording rock art in Duntroon, as well as Maika Mason talking about pounamu. To shift the screening from a ‘commemorative’ to ‘celebratory’ kaupapa, there will be a sprinkling of archive snippets from Māori musicians who have toured Te Waipounamu including the Māori Volcanics, Prince Tui Teka, Howard Morrison and others.

Topics so far identified include: mutton birding on the Tītī Islands in 1921, whitebaiting at Ōpihi River and eeling in the 1930s; a 1931 raranga clip featuring Ngāi Tahu weavers; Ōtākou Marae in 1948; the opening of Rehua Marae in 1960; a 1969 anti-apartheid film clip; an early clip of rock art enthusiast Tony Fomison

The programme will be approximately one hour long and we ask that whānau bring a gold coin as a donation. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this screening.

Rūnanga website

We have been working on personalising our new website some more, so go to to see the slideshow on our home page. If you have any extra

special images you would like us to add to the home page, please send them to Please make sure photos are of a high resolution.

Combined Christmas party

Charitable giving and scholarships

This year’s Christmas party will be held here in Puketeraki, down at the Karitāne foreshore. We have a big day planned, starting at 10.30am. There will be beach cricket, petanque, paddle-boarding, kayaking, waka ama, and of course, a visit from Hana Kōkō.

At our annual general meeting on 2 November, we announced that the rūnaka will offer a new suite of charitable giving and scholarship options for members in 2015. Grants will be given to ease a situation where a modest financial contribution would make a difference, encourage those who are pushing the boundaries and provide a koha towards tangihanga/funeral expenses.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. If you have a child attending, can you please bring a small gift (under $10) with your child’s name on it. Hana Kōkō will present the gifts, which is always the highlight of the day.


Scholarships include the Tame Parata (senior and junior) scholarship for rangatahi, given to honour the heritage of education, innovation, leadership and service to our iwi left by the Honourable Tame Parata.

Recipients must accept the scholarships in person at the awards ceremony, which will be held annually, usually at Puketeraki Marae. Please keep an eye out for more information on the education page of our website, or contact Justine Marshall at the rūnaka office for more details:

The Kaupapa Taiao Junior Scholarship is for a year seven to 11 school pupil, who is involved in environmental kaitiakitanga.

Taiaha wānanga

A crew of 15 travelled from Ōtepoti to Taumutu at Labour Weekend, for a follow-up taiaha wānanga after a wananga at Puketeraki Marae.

From left to right; Tamariki playing together at the taiaha wānanga. A well-deserved kai stop at KFC in Timaru, after the taiaha wānanga at Taumutu.

Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Waka excavation

Thanks to the creative thinking of Jim Fyfe from DoC and Russell Thomlinson, a Portobello local, the waka was lifted onto a ladder fitted with a foam mattress for support and then had floats used to rescue stranded whales attached. A few hardy volunteers donned wetsuits and then floated the waka across the inlet to the waiting truck.

The excavation was a true community effort with rūnanga members working alongside volunteers from University of Otago, Otago Museum, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust and locals from the wider Portobello community.

The weekend was absolutely incredible. One highlight was the enthusiasm and interest shown by some of our tamariki and rakatahi.

On 11-12 October, rūnanga members were involved in the excavation of a waka hull from the beach at Ōkia. They were under the guidance of Shar Briden, technical officer heritage, Department of Conservation (DoC) and Dilys Johns,archaeologist/conservator, University of Auckland.

So much so, two of them were responsible for some really neat finds. Tumai Tamati-Cassidy found part of a moa femur and Koreana Wesley-Evans found a couple of obsidian flakes and a piece of hand-drilled and adzed wood presumed to have also come from a waka. These two budding young archaeologists also assisted in floating the waka across the inlet. I think they may actually have been the first two of the group to have their wetsuits on and ready to go.

Local builder Mac MacDonald was engaged to build a temporary tank for the waka to be immersed in once excavated. He had no idea how big the tank needed to be and was getting regular phone updates from the beach with each foot of waka that was uncovered. One of the trickiest aspects of the excavation was figuring out how to get the waka from the beach to the road, where it would be lifted on to the back of a truck, bearing in mind its fragile state and the fact that the road was a good few kilometres away.

Dilys has since confirmed that the waka is made from tōtara and the plaited fibre found within the hull is tī kouka. The rūnanga is looking forward to working with Dilys over the next couple of years, on what will no doubt be a massive project, to conserve the waka. 20

From left, Moana Wesley, Kiri Fraser and Marion Sutton wait for the excavation to begin.

From left, Kate Dempsey, Brian Allingham, Rachel Wesley, Kuini Scott, Jim Fyfe and Nyssa Mildwaters.

Koreana WesleyEvans with a piece from the site.

From left, Kuini Scott, Huia Pacey, Shar Briden and Edward Ellison.

Tumai Tamati-Cassidy and Edward Ellison check out the waka tank.

Xmas party

Whānau, this year Puketeraki will be hosting our combined Christmas party on 13 December. If you wish to attend, please let Nic in the office know and don’t forget to let us know names and ages of your tamariki/ mokopuna, who will be attending, so we can slip Hana Kōkō a quiet word.

Puketeraki have challenged us to a game of cricket with Te Wera-Moki Trophy as prize – so whānau, with our mana on the line, brush-up on your bowling and batting skills and come help us bring the trophy home.

Mana Pounamu awards

Conservation of a huia feather

He mihi nunui tēnei ki a Oliver Palmer-Hargreaves me Koreana Wesley-Evans. These two Ōtākou rakatahi were the recent recipients of Mana Pounamu awards. The awards aim to recognise achievements of Māori students within their schools and communities.

Ōtākou has received advice about the conservation of a huia feather, a taonga object that is currently at our museum. This might be an opportunity for a Kāi Tahu, University of Otago student, to conduct a case study for a paper next year. If you are interested, please contact Natalie before 5 December, on 03 478 0352 or email 21

Te Rūnanga o Hokonui Ngā mate

Hokonui Rūnanga would like to send our thoughts and condolences to all those who have suffered the loss of loved ones during this time.


We are excited to share the new plans for the rebuild of our complex. We have decided to extend our premises by adding an extra sleeping/meeting room. We have also extended our dining area and designed a new kitchen layout, and due to the new building regulations our ablution blocks have tripled in size. Our reception and meeting room will be the last of the remaining complex – we are glad that we get to keep these from the original building. As of 1 November, these plans will have been put out for tender. We have been informed that building will start after the holiday period and we should be in our brand new complex by the end of May 2015. The new floor plan.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have assisted us during this time. We realise our communication/output has been limited and everyone’s patience has been gratefully appreciated. Over the last six months our whānau and community have given us support and we wouldn’t be where we are now and have our services back up and running if it wasn’t for them.

West and east elevations.

North and south elevations.

Kaumātua health days

If there are any kaumātua who you think would like to come along and check out what we do, please contact our office to find out further information.

We are down to our last few health days with only three left for the year. We have moved these to the Salvation Army until we are back up and running. We are planning a barbeque that is to be held at Dolamore Park on 26 November. We plan to make the most of the good weather and summer season that is upon us.

Hokonui Rūnanga website

You can check out the latest coming and goings of Hokonui Rūnanga at


Waihōpai Rūnaka Kia ora koutou whānau, Firstly we would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Rikki Cheerington, a respected local, mātāwaka kaumātua, who supported many Māori initiatives in Murihiku. Rikki will be missed by many.

You will always get someone moaning about something or others using Facebook, for goodness sake. Kanohi ki te kanohi, that’s the way. Everything else down here is great, on a lighter side our kapa haka group, Te Rōpū o Murihiku has been busy and we have just finished a fundraiser at the recycling centre. It consisted of two eight-hour days, and our tāua and pōua, koro and kuia and young helpers did a fantastic job. My hat goes off to you ladies and gents. You hung in there like the troopers you are. What an awesome team. Well done ngā mihi aroha ki te whānau, ki ngā kaimahi o te kapa haka. There were a few sore people on Monday but ka pai.

Happy birthday to all those who have had birthdays, and for those who have new additions to their family – arohanui. It has been very busy here in Murihiku, meeting after meeting and hui on the marae including Balclutha School, Te Pūtahitanga, plus our normal happenings like our Thursday roast and tāua cards on Wednesdays. We had Pūtangitangi and being part of the kōmiti and for some of us it was our first time – what a great experience. There was lots of apprehension but once it got underway it was great. Absolutely wonderful to see our tamariki dressed up in their kākahu, singing proudly and doing the haka – ka pai tamariki mā, you were all awesome. Huge thanks to the kōmiti for making Pūtangitangi 2014 the best yet.

It’s Christmas next month – how quick the time has gone. We hope all whānau in the North Island are well and don’t forget to send some information on things happening in your area. You can email us at Well, that’s all from us here in Waihōpai. Take care, look after one another and we’ll see you all next month. Hei konā. Nā Squirrel on the Hill.

Arohanui team, you all did a great job organising it.

The crowd at Pūtangitangi.

Clutha Valley School students play some Māori stick games.

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka Congratulations

On 21 November, whānau and friends of Linley and Roy Te Keeti gathered to celebrate a significant milestone – their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Dunedin on 21 November 1964. Linley is the twin daughter of Bette Devine (née Cleaver) of Colac Bay. Linley and Roy’s six tamariki, 31 moko, 16 great-moko and whānau send their aroha and congratulations. Congratulations also to two of our members Rangimarie Suddaby and Lydia Matenga Bull who were both presented with graduation certificates. Rangimarie Suddaby at her graduation.


Only Rangimarie who was able to attend the event. The course was a diploma in Te Arataki Manu Kōrero, which they completed last year. They thoroughly enjoyed the mahi – especially when they learnt about their iwi and several others. I was delighted to be able to attend and support them. Nā Shona Fordyce. Kia ora whānau, Labour weekend has been and with Christmas just around the corner we wonder, where the year has gone? If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions in your whānau congratulations and very best wishes for the years ahead.

Over the past month, the executive and staff engaged in a number of activities in addition to their ongoing hui commitments including, the education hui, the whale stranding hui and the greats and grands afternoon tea. It is with great pleasure that we can finally report that the office upgrade is now complete.

Holiday house

Fancy a holiday in one of the most picturesque places in New Zealand?

the subsidized rate of $60 per night and it’s a very reasonable $100 per night for everyone else.

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka is offering whānau the opportunity to stay in the house owned by the rūnaka in central Te Anau and only a short walk from all the main shops and amenities.

Guests are required to take their own linen and they are expected to clean the property thoroughly before leaving. Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka office has been taking bookings and invoicing for the property and with a new booking system in place, they are now taking bookings six months in advance. For peak holiday periods, you can book no more than one week at a time, to allow as many people as possible the chance to enjoy this exquisite part of Te Waipounamu. Please note that there will be a fee for late cancellations to compensate for lost revenue.

The 1960s property in Cleddau Street has four bedrooms – two queen and two with two single beds – all with their own ensuites. The property has a large lawn and garden and is located a short distance from the lakefront. The property was recently refurbished and features a new washing machine and Electrolux and a local contractor looks after the lawns and garden. The property is available for Ngāi Tahu whānau visiting the area. Ōraka Aparima members can rent it at

If you wish to make a booking for the Te Anau property, please call the Ōraka Aparima office on 03 234 8192, or email

Nursing clinics

interesting and scary fact we learnt was that you used to be able to only see only five metres into the bush but nowadays you can see 50 metres.

On Thursday 27 November, Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust will hold a nursing clinic, from 10am-2pm at Te Takutai o Te Tītī Marae.

After seven and a half hours of walking, we finally reached Travis at his jet boat. We travelled seven kilometres on the Hollyford River and 14 kilometres on the lake. We then landed at the beautiful Martins Bay Lodge where we were met by our lovely kaumātua.

Our registered nurse will be available to provide whānau with information regarding blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, cervical smears, sexual education, as well as offering general health checks.

We unpacked, had showers and sat down for a welldeserved and enjoyable meal. During the following few days, we went on several walks and we were fortunate to learn about our tīpuna. We also walked in the same footsteps that Tūtoko and his wife and children had walked in.

Our registered nurse will also be able provide whānau with support concerning health and wellness plans and linkages and referrals. If wāhine require a cervical smear it is recommended that they make an appointment. To make a booking please call 0800 925 242.

The wairua was very intense and special. We also got to meet Tā Tipene and deputy kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai. It was very cool to have them there and we felt very privileged to be in their company and to hear their stories.

Hollyford Track - Whakatipu experience

On 29 September, my sister Mary and I travelled to Te Anau for a briefing on our hīkoi into the Hollyford Valley and it was there that we met a bunch of Ngāi Tahu rangatahi who were around the same age as us.

Over the last couple of days, we drew on our trip experience and created skits and had our graduation. We walked back out of the Hollyford Valley in around six and a half hours. We then went back to the whare in Te Anau to say our final goodbyes. This whole experience has made us look at our Māori side of life differently. Nā Ruby Thomson.

On the second day, we travelled to the start of the Hollyford Track, which is 15 kilometres long. During our hīkoi, our awesome guides Mark and Kahu taught us about the ngahere. We learnt about broadleaves, podocarps and how the animals in the ngahere are destroying our native trees, like the rimu tree. An 24

Orca stranding wānanga

The wānanga included taking some of the pectoral fins that had been recovered into Southern Radiology in Invercargill, so they could be put under an MRI scan. Some of the fins were later dissected, which gave us a good look at the bone structure. We also assessed the decomposition process of the kōiwi and the niho were also assessed.

To better inform ourselves about orca, Ramari Stewart (He tohunga – iwi expert on customary recovery of whales), Dr Ingrid Visser, from the Orca Research Trust, Sophie White, Carolina Loch da Silva, Moyna Muller from Otago University, Shaun Wilson and Jean Claude from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa were invited to attend the wānanga and share their understanding, knowledge, experience and expertise. This was the first time that they had attended the same event sharing their knowledge and expertise which was hugely appreciated by all who attended.

We now feel that we are all much better informed and look forward to the next wānanga. This was a great opportunity to have researchers, scientists and iwi experts all collaborating under our invitation and on our marae.

In the week leading up to Labour Weekend, a wānanga was held at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae, at Colac Bay. The purpose of the wānanga was to continue the customary mahi that was carried out earlier in the year when nine orca stranded and died at Kutu – Awa on the western shores of Te Wae Wae Bay.

A huge thanks to all those people who were able to attend the wānanga and a big mihi to Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka whānau who helped out with catering throughout the wānanga. Without your time and mahi the wānanga would not have been the huge success it was. Nā Joe Wakefield.

Whale rescue

l completed a course in Dunedin with Project Jonah, an organisation that specialises in whale stranding. One of the things you learn is not to roll a whale or a dolphin, as you could harm or break the fins. In this case we had no other option, we had shovels to dig around it but the sea just filled it back up during each surge.

On Monday 27 October, Stewart received a call from Ros Cole from the Department of Conservation, saying there was a whale ashore at Rarotoka Island. Stewart then informed me that a helicopter was going to pick up Sandra Cook and her party, who had located the washed-up whale. Stewart asked me if I would like to go and check it out – It was an easy question to answer.

Although we didn’t go by the book, it worked and it was very special moment when the whale swam away – especially for the whale.

We thought that we were going out to assist Sandra and her party to try and re-float the whale but on arrival we landed beside the whale and the helicopter flew up to get the others who were already there. To our surprise, the helicopter took-off for Colac Bay, leaving just Stewart and myself to move the whale.

l have been in touch with Daren from the Project and like all of us he is over the moon with our rescue. The whale was a minke whale, which is only a small whale – but one l think that is very tasty on Japanese tables and that thought was running through my mind if we had had to euthanise it. Lucky that didn’t have to happen.

We tried to re-float the whale but when the water came up in a surge and washed around it the whale almost rolled on top of us. When Sam the helicopter pilot came back he told us the others had planes booked that they had to catch, “so we were it.”

The whale was about six metres long and weighed about two and a half tonnes. The rūnaka spent a whole week of cleaning and studying orca whale bones, so it was a great way to finish with a rescue. Nā Ron Bull.

After a discussion among ourselves, we sent a message back to Colac Bay for a helicopter load of helpers. There weren’t any problems getting a chopper load of local volunteers. After our helpers arrived, we lined up on the top side of the whale, and when the surge came in we managed to roll the whale a bit further down the beach. Each time a surge came in people were knocked about and at times they were almost squashed by the whale. However, we were on a roll and managed to get the whale into deeper water and eventually it began swimming. There were some pretty anxious moments when the whale started swimming in circles (close to the shore) – we thought it was going to beach itself again. We were afraid we may have damaged its fins on the side while rolling but after a while it straightened up and swam to the east end of the island – by this time it was swimming strongly and continued to swim until it was out of sight.

The minke whale.


Te Rautaki Mātauraka

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei - this is the ikoa of the Ngāi Tahu Education Strategy.

We were given the paper with the strategies on it and we were able to add the workplan section of it – the how, who and when. Te Rūnanga have held hui around the motu seeking input from whānau.

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka recently hosted the ‘last’ of the Papatipu Rūnaka education representative hui. Although we Ngāi Tahu have a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education through the iwi partnership, unfortunately that pūtea is no longer available for continuing Papatipu Rūnaka education projects – nor for our rūnaka representatives hui, or the kaimahi who have given their time and expertise, assisting Papatipu Rūnaka with their elected projects.

There are four key strategies: to create pathways, prioritise success, provide leadership and promote innovation. Contact your rūnaka office if you would like to read more about the education strategy.

Te Rūnanga is now ‘stepping up’ with an education strategy and are committed to Mātauraka Ngāi Tahu for our Papatipu Rūnaka and whānau. The strategy was the kaupapa of our hui held at Takutai o te Tītī Marae, on Friday 17 and the morning of Saturday 18 October.

From left, Rangimarie Suddaby, Nola Tipa and Henare Manawatu.

Afternoon tea party

On Thursday 16 October, we held a greats and grands afternoon tea party at Takutai o te Tītī Marae, Colac Bay. Fifty-two folk from Colac Bay, Riverton and surrounding districts came together to enjoy the lovely afternoon.

talked, sang, danced and they talked plenty more before we were able to get them off home. Happy with the food and entertainment, the memories were flowing as they caught up with old friends. Thank you also to our Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka for allowing this to happen. Stay well everyone. Arohanui, Shona Fordyce, organiser.

The ukulele team lead by Frances, Robin, Nan and another Robin and Rangimarie entertained us by singing beautiful waiata – old and new. The guests sang along and they even got up and had a dance. They certainly loved the Māori items, so thanks ladies. Rosina accompanied seven greats and grands from Longwood Home and Grace organised 16 senior citizens from Riverton. The rest were ex Colac Bay and ‘Rivertonians’ who reside near and far; we even had two come down from Dunedin. Many thanks to the drivers who supported the folk. Your efforts were greatly appreciated. To my wonderful helpers; Jane, Alex, Ann, Greg and Irene thank you so very much for giving our seniors a wonderful day. They Some of the greats and grands who attended the afternoon tea party.

Christmas party

and assorted other tasks. If you think you could help with any of these activities we would really like to hear from you.

The Ōraka Aparima Christmas party will be held on Sunday 15 December, at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. It will start at 11.30am and will go until 2pm.

Office closure


Please be advised that the office will be closed from noon on Friday 19 December and will reopen on Monday 19 January 2015, at 9am.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with school visits, the marae vegetable garden, in the kitchen


Awarua Rūnanga Rā whānau

Ka mihi aroha

Happy birthday to all of you who are celebrating birthdays this month.

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnanga extends all our love and sympathy.

Sea scout success

After nearly five years of the Te Ara o Kiwa Sea Scouts being re-formed in Bluff, all of the hard work of the families involved is now paying off. The majority of the scouts are Ngāi Tahu and descend from the Topi, Spencer, Fowler, Ryan and Haberfield whānau. The group attended the annual Otago/Southland Sea Scouts Regatta held in Cromwell at Labour Weekend and they came away with 14 trophies including the top prize for being the winning troop. The events covered: rowing, cutter sailing, sunburst sailing, seamanship and swimming. The last time this regatta was won by Te Ara o Kiwa was back in 1996, when two of the present leaders, Lara Stevens (Metzger whānau) and Bob Bowen (Flutey whānau) were sea scouts themselves.

Te Ara o Kiwa Sea Scouts with all of their trophies.

The group now has eight weeks to get ready for the 27th National Sea Scouts Regatta, held in Auckland in December - January 2015. It has taken three years of fundraising and training to be able to attend. The sea scouts, leaders and supporting whānau have made

the Bluff community very proud of their efforts that they achieved through determination and hard work. Congratulations on your successes – we are sure they will continue to do their best in all events at the nationals to achieve a great result. Karawhiua.

Belated congratulations

KUMA works in the Otago and Southland regions to support and develop Māori business networks and as a member of seven years, Awarua Synergy has utilised the group’s business networks to gain experience and help with possible expansion into the insulation and solar heating industry in Central Otago.

Arohanui to staff and management at Awarua Synergy Ltd, an entity of Te Rūnaka o Awarua, for the belated congratulations on winning the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Award – for making business pay. It was an award that they received at the KUMA Māori Business Network hui, held in Te Anau in early September.

Sumaria said the award was a great boost for staff who had faced a challenging couple of years. In recognition of the success, auditor of Awarua Synergy Ltd, Crowe Horwath, shouted morning tea for all the staff. Once again congratulations. What a great achievement.

General manager, Sumaria Beaton and operations and business manager Jason Harrison, were both on hand to accept the award from Tā Tipene O’Regan.

From left, Awarua Synergy Ltd staff, Tyrone Cranston, Maree Wilks, Emil Rahiti and Dayna Kaio.

The award and Southland Times newspaper article.


Annual general meeting

Te Rūnaka o Awarua wishes to extend an invitation to members interested in attending our annual general meeting, which will be held on Saturday 6 December, at Te Rau Aroha Marae, 12 Bradshaw Street, Bluff. The meeting will start at 10am.

Kaumātua Christmas dinner

If you live in Bluff and would like to come along and catch up with your friends, share some festive fare and entertainment, please contact Jacqui or Sharon on 03 212 7205 by 27 November, to confirm your attendance and for catering purposes as numbers are limited.

Te Rau Aroha Marae will host a Christmas dinner for Bluff Senior Citizens on Wednesday 3 December, starting at 12 pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Bluff Community Kapa Haka Group.

Nurse-led clinics

helping you to develop a health plan to meet your goals, helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs.

Te Kākano nurse-led clinics, run by Awarua Whānau Services, started recently around Murihiku. Clinics for Bluff residents are being held at Te Rūnaka o Awarua on a monthly basis with Nadine Goldsmith, a registered nurse.

They will work with other health providers (e.g. your GP or local hospital) to enable the best care for you.

The services offered are: tamariki ora checks, rangatahi checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist, access to a dietician,

The last Bluff clinic for the year will be on held on Wednesday 17 December between 10am-4pm. Please drop in to see Nadine if you have any health queries. No appointment is required and the service is free of charge.

Iron Māori

On 1 November, a team of Kāi Tahu wāhine took part in the quarter Iron Māori event at Pandora Pond, Napier. Jackie West (Awarua Rūnanga) ran 10.5 kilometres, Abby Hamilton (Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Ōnuku Rūnanga) biked 45 kilometres and Donna Gemaries (Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Ōnuku Rūnanga) completed the swim. Ka mau te wehi. From left, Abby Hamilton, Jackie West, Donna Gemaries.

Manu Tīoriori

An update on our songbird Sianne Dougherty, who is a contestant on Homai te Pakipaki. We are pleased to inform whānau that Sianne has indeed made it through to the finals, to be held live on Māori TV at 8.30pm, Friday 14 November. Koia kei a koe. Hopefully by the time whānau receive this issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, Sianne will have taken out that top spot. Karawhiua. Sianne Dougherty.

Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and have found that many members children have had children of their own who require registering. If you are one of these people we encourage you to contact us on 03 212 6029; or email to request registration form/s.

residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.

Pānui contributions

If members have anything of interest they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu, please contact Tina on 03 212 6029 or email

We also encourage those members who have changed


Taurahere Groups Kāi Tahu ki Ōtaki me Horowhenua

On 28 September, I waved goodbye to my whānau at the Wellington Ferry Terminal and headed for Picton. There we were welcomed and introduced to the staff. We then began sailing across to a bay called Anakiwa, where we were going to stay for three weeks.

Outward Bound experience E te whānau tēnā koutou, ko Jaime tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Ngāi Tūāhuriri, through the Huria whānau however, I’m currently living in Ōtaki and attend Te Kura-ā-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano.

We did all sorts of adventurous and exciting things like kayaking, rock climbing, tramping, high ropes, sailing and even staying out in the bush for three days alone, by ourselves. For me the most challenging thing was the run at the end of the course. We all ran 21 kilometres up rickety mountains and muddy paths.

I was recently nominated by my kura to attend the most exhilarating, exciting course I have ever experienced called Outward Bound, in the Queen Charlotte Sounds at the top of Te Waipounamu. At the beginning, I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into but I decided to give it a go. I felt that I was getting out of my comfort zone but that was the whole point.

If you’re searching for something fun to do or you want to challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone, then I strongly recommend Outward Bound. Not only does it make you stronger but it makes you a better person. Nā Jaime Ratapu.

Jaime Ratapu sailing while on an Outward Bound adventure.

Jaime Ratapu, nō Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

Whakapapa hui By the time you read this, we will have held our whakapapa hui for Ngāi Tahu whānau in ŌtakiHorowhenua-Kāpiti who are interested in knowing more about their tūpuna.

It’s a privilege to have Terry Ryan visit us from Te Waipounamu with his wealth of knowledge on whakapapa Ngāi Tahu and his ngākau hūmarie. Keep an eye out in the next pānui for photos.



The Office Whakaahua Tipuna/Whānau

October Last month Te Pānui Rūnaka published this image on the back page and requested names or information be provided about the photograph. This photo is in the Ngāi Tahu Archive at Macmillan Brown Library. At the time of publication, we had no information about the image. However, since last month, we have come across information about this tīpuna which stated that this is an image of a Miss Tikau of Little River. This is how the name was spelt. Someone had then added a note that said: ‘should this be Tikao?’ If whānau have any further knowledge to add, we would still love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact either Tania Nutira or Robyn Walsh, Ngāi Tahu Archives Unit on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) if you have information about this or any of the Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau images we have published. Kia ora. Miss Tikau (Tikao).

August In the August edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka we published this image on the back page and requested names or information. This photo is in the Ngāi Tahu Archive at Macmillan Brown Library and is entitled: Ngāi Tahu hui “Te Mangungu Marae, Hutt Valley”. Māwhera owners. We would like to acknowledge and thank Karen Feary for making contact and for providing names and information. From left, Ada (née Feary) Lousich, child, Rhys Hiroki, Julie Vincent, (child to the back is unidentified), Lesley Lousich, Elaine (née West) Feary, Tom Feary, Maureen Lousich and Tony Walters.

Artwork for Te Pānui Rūnaka

Will it be your artwork that features on the next cover of Te Pānui Rūnaka? Each issue, we showcase a piece of artwork created by a Ngāi Tahu artist. While we already have an existing collection, we would like to add to it and ask that whānau kindly send in their artwork. A submission should include a good quality photograph of a painting, sculpture, or a drawing – the options are endless. Each year we publish 10 issues of the magazine, so we cannot guarantee that each and every piece will be used. However we will endeavour to use artwork from as many rūnanga, as we can. The end of the year is fast approaching and we are already thinking of potential covers for 2015.

Examples of artwork. We look forward to receiving all your artwork, whānau.

If you would like your artwork to be considered, simply send the images (as attached JPEG files) to 31

improve water quality through trapping sediment and reducing nitrate that would otherwise end up in the river. Additional benefits include reduced river bank erosion, reductions in water temperature, reduction of flood impacts and providing a habitat to support mahinga kai.

Manawhenua Working Party field trip

Manawhenua Working Party visited Balmoral and Hanmer last month on a Ngāi Tahu Farming field trip.

Balmoral is a dry land farming area which is used for sheep and cattle grazing. Ngāi Tahu Property is currently working on consents for irrigation and a land use change to irrigated pastoral farming that would include dairying, together with beef fattening and other irrigated pastoral activities.

Manawhenua Working Party members from Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Kurī met with the Ngāi Tahu Farming Board directors at the Balmoral Recreation Reserve camping ground.

The group was impressed with how green and lush the growth at Balmoral was.

The group started the day with a presentation from Ngāi Tahu Forest Estates general manager Edwin Jansen. Edwin gave an update on plans for Balmoral and discussed the area set aside for the riparian margin – a strip of land bordering the river. Riparian margins

Following the Balmoral visit, the group drove to Hanmer Springs hot pools for afternoon tea before proceeding to Conical Hill to view the landholdings, including the wetlands area in Hanmer Forest.

Ngāi Tahu Farming Board of Directors and the Manawhenua Working Party discuss plans for the riparian margin at Balmoral.

The group at Conical Hill, Hanmer.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Victoria Campbell (project coordinator) on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248), email victoria.; or by post, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PO Box 799, Dunedin.

Ngā Pūtangitangi ki Murihiku

I te Rāapa, te rā 29 o Ono i tū te ahurei Ngā Pūtangitangi ki Murihiku. I hui kā pouwhirinaki, kā kaitautoko haka i te taiwhaka Stadium Southland. I reira kā manu tīoriori o te rohe i tū waiata ai, haka ai. Te maha hoki o kā whānau tautoko. I tū te puehu, ā, i roko mātou i te reo waiti e rere ana. Ko koutou ki ruka.

Papakāika Reo Fund

The Papakāika Reo Fund is a Kotahi Mano Kāika (KMK) initiative that supports papatipu rūnaka to develop te reo pathways within their papakāika community. The Papakāika Reo Fund provides targeted financial assistance to be used towards the te reo development of registered Ngāi Tahu members.

KMK had the privilege of supporting the 2014 Ngā Pūtangitangi Kapa Haka festival held on Wednesday 29 October, in Invercargill. We were super impressed with the multitude of schools that took to the stage. The stadium was filled with proud parents, whānau and supporters – well done to all who took part. A huge mihi also, to all of the organisers and volunteers who made the event possible. Ko koutou tērā e hāpai ana i kā taoka o rātou mā mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

The fund will give preference to papatipu rūnaka with a language plan focused on the development, proficiency and intergenerational transmission of te reo.


Kura Reo Rakatahi

To our haukāika, who extended their welcome and provided kōrero about the rohe, Edward Ellison and Tahu Pōtiki, tēnā rawa atu kōrua. Thanks also to Hoani Langsbury, Suzi and Brendan Flack and the Fire and Ice Waka Ama club for, their facilitation and support of the programme. A huge thanks also to all those poureo and tuākana, who travelled and gave freely of their time, energy and expertise: Nichole Gully, Waiariki Taiapa-Parata, Chey Milne, Komene Cassidy, Megan Potiki, Karuna Thurlow, Ariana Stevens, Tihou WeepuMessenger, Hana Skerrett-White, Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe, Te Hau White, Tawini White, Kelly-Ann Tahitahi, Talia Ellison, Ranui Ellison, Wade Wharehoka, Kate Ellison and all those whānau and parents who supported throughout, mei kore ake i a koutou.

The first KMK Kura Reo Rakatahi was piloted at Ōtākou Marae during the October school holidays. The five-day wānaka was facilitated by a team of poureo and tuākana, who provided rakatahi Māori with an opportunity to learn te reo in a variety of settings including a workshop on the history of te reo, games, waiata, grammar, how to pimp our reo using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, waka ama, mahika kai, mau rākau and other fun activities. Based at the marae where the majority of te reo sessions took place, the programme also included a trip out to Pukekura Pā to hear a bit of Ōtākou history and view the albatross colony, the disappearing gun and an evening trip to see the penguins returning at dusk; a morning of waka ama out on the Otago Harbour; fun interactive sessions making shadow puppets to narrate local legends; an art session exploring native birds and whakataukī, a session making our own taoka pūoro from clay; a session full of laughs creating sports commentaries in te reo as well as a hīkoi out to Papanui inlet to gather kaimoana, climb the pyramid and hear about the adventures of Tarewai.

Tēnā rawa atu koutou katoa. We hope to include a Kura Reo Rakatahi as a regular annual event and aim to facilitate it across our Ngāi Tahu takiwā, to provide opportunities for each Papatipu community to host and for those respective rakatahi from each community to participate.

The wānaka ended with a hākari – a hāngī prepared by many of the rakatahi. From the pōwhiri at the beginning of the wānaka, the reo lessons and activities, right through to the kāuta, our Ōtākou-based ‘tuākana o te reo’ played an integral part, which our KMK team are extremely proud of and very grateful for.


Kia Kūrapa ki Awarua

KMK funding 2015

Keen to get started with te reo? Or maybe brush up on those basic skills you’ve already learned?

KMK funding is now closed for the remainder of 2014. If you would like to apply for KMK funding to attend Māori language events, complete a Māori language paper or establish a cluster group for next year, please take note of the following funding round dates: • 27 February • 26 June • 30 October.

From Friday 30 January until Sunday 1 February, we will be holding a Kia Kūrapa. Kia Kūrapa is a safe, supportive learning environment for all learners whether you are an absolute beginner or have already got some te reo under your belt – this is the wānaka for you. Led by poureo and kaiako from the Aoraki Matatū programme, kick start 2015 and your te reo with this wānaka. For more information check out our web-site or contact victoria.; or call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

If you have any questions about KMK funding please contact Brett Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

Kura Reo Kāi Tahu

an immersion learning environment that aims to teach specific Kāi Tahu reo, waiata, whakataukī, kīwaha, kōrero pūrakau and associated tikaka.

Tēnā koutou kā pākaiahi o kā hapori katoa, huri noa i te motu. He karaka tēnei ki kā whānau reo Māori. Nau mai, karapinepine mai anō i raro i tō tātou korowai o te reo Māori.

Kura Reo Kāi Tahu is aimed at intermediate and advanced learners who wish to increase and develop the quality and depth of their reo Māori skills. It is essential that all tamariki are conversational in te reo and can cope in an immersion environment.

Hai te rā 12 ki te 16 o Iwa, ka tū te Kura Reo Kāi Tahu ki Arowhenua. He wānaka tēnei mō kā whānau kōrero Māori, he reo rumaki te wānaka nei. Ko te reo Māori te tino kaupapa kia tūhonohono ai a tamariki mā, a mātua mā, a pakeke mā hoki. Ki te hia haramai koe, kotahi atu ki tō tātou whāraki ipuraki www.kmk.maori. nz ,ā, whakakīkīa te pepa whakauru, ā, whakahokia mai ki tō tātou nei wāhi mahi rānei.

Those who wishing to attend should visit our website to access the registration form. Please complete and return to brett.lee@ngaitahu.; or send to KMK Advisor, PO Box 13046, Christchurch.

Arowhenua, Kāti Huirapa have been confirmed as our hosts for Kura Reo Kāi Tahu 2015, to be held 12-16 January 2015. Kura Reo Kāi Tahu is an opportunity for Kāi Tahu te reo - speaking whānau to participate in

Registration fee: pakeke (adult) $150; tamaiti (child) $50; rakatahi (youth, 15+) $75; whānau (families) $300.

Reo o te wā – Language of the season

E kī ana te kōrero, ‘Te tātarakihi, te pihareinga; ko ngā manu ēnā o Rehua.' Ka tangi ana ēnei ngārara kua tīmata te raumati (Te Ara 2011). ‘The cicada and the cricket are the flying creatures of Rehua.' These creatures sing when summer has begun.

Marama: Waru (December) Iwa (January) Kaupeka: Raumati (summer) Kupu: Rehua: Antares – the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and the one associated with summer. Rehua is also an important male atua associated with kindness, enjoyment and entertainment.

KMK events calendar Initiative


Who/Te Reo level

Kura Reo Kāi Tahu (total immersion wānaka).

12-16 Iwa (January) 2015.

Intermediate to advanced speakers of te reo.

Kia Kūrapa ki Awarua (weekend wānaka for beginner level te reo).

30 Iwa (Jan) -1 Kahuru (Feb) 2015.

Beginner to intermediate levels.

For all inquiries, registration forms or information on KMK initiatives please call the free phone number on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248), or check out our website; or our Facebook page https://www.facebook. com/kaitahureo.


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Calling for project applications

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is available to Ngāi Tahu whānau, rūnanga and hapū to help vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

To have the resources available to engage the strategy to be successful (human, fiscal, natural archival etc) All generations of Ngāi Tahu engage, value, celebrate and protect the integrity and uniqueness of Ngāi Tahu culture Promote new forms of Ngāi Tahu cultural expression.

The following are key priority areas of the Ngāi Tahu Fund, as identified in the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Strategy and all projects must be aligned with at least one of these:

Do you have a cultural project that you, your whānau or marae wish to run? Get in touch with us to see how the Ngāi Tahu Fund may be able to help. Applications close on Friday 27 March 2015. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Whakapapa – kinship Tikanga – protocols and customs Te Reo – language Mahi Toi – creative expression Whenua – landscape, place and locality Mahinga Kai – food gathering practices Ngā Uara – values and beliefs Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation 9. Mana Tangata – self-determination, selfconfidence, self-purpose, self-transcendence.

Note: The Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee meet in May to make decisions on all applications. Project timelines should commence after this time. Please contact us urgently if this is going to be an issue for you. To find out how to apply, call us today on 0800 942 472; email; or visit All applications must demonstrate how projects meet the following objectives: • To have strong sustainable Ngāi Tahu cultural leadership across all pillars • Ensuring intergenerational ownership, sustainability and growth of cultural practices across all pillars

All applications must show how they aim to increase cultural knowledge and participation of Ngāi Tahu whānui. They must also clearly identify what cultural knowledge is involved in the project and demonstrate how the proposed project contributes to building cultural knowledge and participation.

Kaumātua grants

Have you received your Kaumātua grant? If you are 65 or older at the end of the year you should receive either a cheque or direct credit in late November for $215. If you have not received anything by 12 December, please contact us by emailing; or phone us on 0800 942 472.

Kā Pūtea grants

Done some study and want some money back? Applications for this year’s Kā Pūtea grants close on 5 December. If you have been attending an NZQA or equivalent course this year you may qualify for the grant of $250 (or $500 for second year students and above). Get your application in now or for more information go to ‘Grants/Scholarships’ at



income over $14,000 p.a. (we are unable to adjust rates unless instructed). More information on tax rates can be found on our website.

Are you missing out? Have you joined Whai Rawa? It is not too late to join, save and be eligible for both Ngāi Tahu matched savings* and distributions*. Have a look at the latest investment statement at and ‘Join Now’.

Have you maximised your savings potential? It is not too late to ensure you qualify for the 2014 matched savings, capped at $200*. Child members (under 16) only need to save $50*. The cut off date is 31 December, so time is running out. *Taxed at members individual RSCT rate.

Have we got your information correct? Have you checked that we are deducting your Whai Rawa taxes at the correct rate? If you have not supplied us with your tax information you are taxed at the default rates of PIR 28% and RSCT 33%.

Christchurch koha

Koha certificates are available again this year. Just let us know how much you would like to contribute to your whānau member’s account and we can send them a card to let them know.

Membership statements are due to come out midNovember and it is a good opportunity for you to review the information we hold. Remember all tamariki should have 10.5% PIR and RSCT rates, unless they have

We will digitise them for you and you will also go into the draw to win Te Matatini 2015 tickets. The photos and videos will be used for a web series/archival project, which will be documenting, Te Matatini being hosted in Te Waipounamu, for the first time in almost 30 years.

We are looking for old photos or videos of The Aotearoa Traditional Māori Performing Arts Festival, which was held in 1986, at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch.

Listen out for more opportunities to win Te Matatini 2015 tickets – tune into Tahu FM 24/7 on 90.5 in Ōtautahi, 89.1 in Timaru, 95 in Ōtepoti, 90.7 in Kaikōura, 99.6 in Murihiku, on SKY 423, or stream us on

If whānau do have photos or videos, we kindly ask if we could borrow them?

The Dead Lands actors visit Tahu FM

Te Kohe Tuhaka and James Rolleston called into the studio to have a chat with Waipounamu Te Karu on her Kurakura Pounamu show. The pair were in Ōtautahi to promote their latest movie – The Dead Lands, which is one of the first movies to be made fully in te reo Māori.

From left, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Waipounamu Te Karu and James Rolleston.


Invites you and your whanau to

Friday, 5 December 2014 6 pm to 8.30 pm Live entertainment, stalls, carol singing, Mama Koko, spot prizes and prize for “best Xmas costume� Two Xmas hamper lucky draws .


Pānui Seeking land owners

Rāpaki (M Res 875) Sec 8Bl located at 3 Rāpaki Drive, RD1, Lyttelton.

Ann McDowell, Barbara Ann Pareatai Moke, Catherine Te Miringa Moke, Phillip George Moke, Thomas John Moke, the trustees of the Molly Evelyn RukaMontgomery Whānau Trust, Joanne Murray, Joanne Trumper, George Palmer, Kaaro Palmer (life interest), the trustees of the Pukio Whānau Trust, George Richards, Luke Richards, Althea Aoa Ruka, Violet Doreen Ruka, Deborah Ann Scott, Jacqueline Kim Scott, Jason Trevor Scott, Stephen Taylor, the trustees of the Vivian Hilliard Ruka Whānau Trust, Rhonda Agnes Whiteman and Benjamin John Pearce Wiltshire.

I am seeking owners in the above block who are interested in selling their shares or, exchanging their shares for shares of equal value, in Rāpaki 1A No. 2B. I am looking to consolidate my shareholding with a view to applying to the Māori Land Court for a partition orderIoccupation order. Owners: Maramatanga Bennetts, Vivienne Shona Evelyn Cammock, Charmaine Fay Chapman, Lionel Haterie Chapman, Rangi Chapman Junior, Brett Robert Ditfort, Jacob William Ditfort, Faye Beryl Grey, Rexalyn Mare Hinkley, John Robert Manihera, Carly

If you would like further details please contact Henry Tamatea Couch on 027 288 9973 or by email

Te Rauone Inc Education Scholarship

Te Rauone Inc is currently considering applications from Te Rauone Inc Shareholders and their descendats seeking funding to assist with tertiary education.

Applications are invited seeking funding up to $1500 for the 2015 year. Applicaions close 15 February 2015. Te Rauone Inc land is sited at Otakou, Harrington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula.

Application frorms available from: Te Rauone Inc, C/Perpetual Guardian, Private bag 1965, Dunedin 9054, ph (03) 95 3770.

‘Oaro M’ Incorporation Education Grant

Only one application will be considered per whānau in any 12 month period. NB: Recipients of a grant may be invited to provide ‘Oaro M’ Shareholders with a report on how this grant has assisted their education outcomes. Failure to respond may result in any further applications being declined.

‘Oaro M’ Incorporation was established in 1968. Over the past 46 years successive boards have managed and maintained the whenua, located at ‘Oaro M’, Kaikōura, on behalf of its shareholders. Over time shareholders have requested the board consider establishing an education grant in order to assist whānau with their educational aspirations.

Amounts Successful applicants will receive up to $250 as an individual or up to $500 per whānau. These figures are a guideline only as the amount will depend on circumstances.

Education grants In order to assist our whānau members ‘Oaro M’ Incorporation is inviting those who whakapapa to one of the three whānau (Hariata Beaton, Gray, Kemp) to make an application. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance of up to $250 per individual or up to $500 per whānau to support whānau educational aspirations: i. Assistance with school fees ii. Assistance with books and resources iii. Assistance with school uniforms iv. Assistance with school excursions.

All grants are subject to the availability of the funding. Funds are limited and all applications will be considered at the February board meeting. No more than one grant will be paid per whānau. Process In order to apply for a grant, you must complete the ‘Oaro M’ Incorporation Education Fund application form, which is available from the secretary. Applications close 31 January 2015 and can be lodged by sending to: PO Box 1694,Christchurch or by emailing

Please note: receipt of assistance from other sources will not affect your eligibility to receive assistance from this education fund.  

Enquiries If you have any questions relating to the grant, please contact the secretary on 027 489 2541.

If you wish to apply please contact, The Secretary, ‘Oaro M’ Incorporation, PO Box 1694, Christchurch.


Annual general meeting

Port Levy MR874 BLK 2B2 and 1C2 sections. Notice is given to the above owners that an annual general meeting will be held at Tūtehuarewa Marae, Port Levy at 1.30pm on Sunday 14 December.

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Trustees report Financial report Adoption of lease Adoption of review of Trust Order.

The agenda will include: • Karakia • Apologies

For further information contact Meri Crofts, phone 03 338 4554 or email

Te Matatini early bird tickets

Please be aware that there will be no exceptions on the day, so make sure you get in early to take advantage of the 50 percent savings on offer. For example youth day ticket prices – early bird: $10, standard: $15, gate sale: $20. Adult four-day pass – early bird: $70, standard: $90, gate sale: $110.

From 1 January 2015, the standard Te Matatini on-line ticket prices will kick in and if you choose to turn up on the day, gate sale tickets will cost more again.

If you are planning to attend the entire festival, consider a four-day Fanzone ticket – $150 will secure access to a dedicated Fanzone seating area (non-allocated) with a quality view of the main stage. There are only a limited number of Fanzone tickets available and for a limited time so be in quick as they are selling fast. Visit for tickets or phone 0508 iTICKET (0508 484 253).

Christmas is on its way whānau and what better gift to give than Te Matatini 2015 Festival tickets? To make the most of the savings on offer, it’s important to purchase your early bird tickets soon as the offer ends at midnight on 31 December.


The workshops were designed to be helpful so whānau could gain an understanding on the application process and what information we need to make investment decisions. They provided guidance on completing the application form; also practical hands on support for working up the numbers and ensuring that their ideas will work. We acknowledge the pro bono support from Westpac Trust as they mobilised eight of their skilled and friendly business bankers from branches throughout Te Waipounamu, to support the financial section of the application – their contribution was significant and greatly appreciated.

Exciting applications submitted

We have had an outstanding time this month roaming around Te Waipounamu with the clear purpose to support over 60 amazing applicants towards submitting their full application on their awesome ideas, which will contribute to whānau transformations for and with our communities.

Te Pūtahitanga is committed to investing in great ideas led by people with passion and dedication. We acknowledge all the whānau and their support networks who have had the courage to share their idea with us and have the passion and dedication to make it happen. Watch this space whānau.

We held over 20 workshops with more than 100 hundred whānau from throughout Te Waipounamu. It was amazing to work shoulder to shoulder with our whānau as they create, design, reshape and refine their awesome ideas in preparation for submitting their full application for investment consideration.


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Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau

This photo shows the Kāti Ōtautahi haka group at Te Matatini 1986 in Christchurch. It was supplied by Tracy Te Hemi. We are keen to build up an archive of Te Matatini 1986 images, so if you have any you’d like to share with us, please contact Tania Nutira or Robyn Walsh, Ngāi Tahu Archives Unit on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).


Te Panui Runaka November 2014  
Te Panui Runaka November 2014