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KAhuru-kai-paeka – April 2014

I tukuna mai tēnei whakaahua e Leah Wilson nō Waihōpai.

Tēnei marama • Launch of Te Korowai Strategy pgs 4-5, 38-39

• International success for Ngāi Tahu cyclist pg 13

• Booker Prize winner visits West Coast pgs 7, 8

• An Italian war pilgrimage pg 30

• Te Ahikaaroa to visit Greece pg 11

• Rangatahi wānanga pg 31


Nā te Kaiwhakahaere E ngā tini aituā o te wā, hanatū rā ki te kāinga wairua i te rangi, ā, okioki mai rā. Rātou ki a rātou. Tātou ki a tātou. Mauri ora ki a tātou. Kei aku rangatira huri noa i te motu, ka nui te mihi, ka nui te māriri ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā. Tēnā rā tātou katoa. Last month marked a significant event for the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu with the signing of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency contract with Te Puni Kōkiri. Minister Tariana Turia is very excited and thrilled with the expertise and experience of the organisation to assist and help build whānau capacity in Te Waipounamu and empower whānau to create their own pathways. Kaiwhakahaere tuarua Lisa Tumahai has been elected as interim chair of Te Taumata, the governance group mandated to make decisions on behalf of the iwi shareholders of Te Pūtahitanga. Te Taumata are currently recruiting directors for Te Pūtahitanga. Once this recruitment process is finished, the process to fulfill further positions will commence.

The Te Pūtahitanga team are out and about with their road show providing information on what the structure will look like and more importantly asking the hauora organisations and whānau members for feedback and advice.

The implementation of the strategy will assist us in better managing the future of the Kaikōura marine environment and the richness of resources that supports the economic, social and cultural future of the Kaikōura community.

In other recent developments around Te Waipounamu, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura hosted the Prime Minister and officials for the announcement by the Conservation Minister Nick Smith of the Kaikōura Marine Management Bill. The Bill, once passed by Parliament, will provide for a new marine reserve, a whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and new recreational fishing regulations.

On Saturday 12 April, the Waitaha Cultural Council Trust hosted the Waitaha Senior Kapa Haka Regional competition. Ten groups competed this year to represent Waitaha at the national senior kapa haka competition, Te Matatini 2015, including, eight from Canterbury, Te Iti o Tahuna from Queenstown, and Ngā Tumu ki Otago from Dunedin. Three groups qualified to represent Waitaha at Te Matatini 2015.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura has worked closely with Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura with this project from its inception, working alongside Kaikōura communities to drive the kaupapa.

I would like to acknowledge the Waitaha Council for organising an awesome event, which was enjoyed by all who attended. Also I extend a mihi to all the participating groups who have worked hard with composing and practicing their programme for the competition over the past several months.

We are all immensely proud of the outcome. The philosophy underpinning Te Korowai was adapted from the Fiordland Guardians, where, in 1995, a group of commercial and recreational fishers, Ngāi Tahu, tourism operators, environmentalists, marine scientists and community representatives came together to address the escalating pressures on the marine environment.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura He pēpi

Nau mai haere mai ki a Kaitatea Leith Hepi. A second son for Tom and Leiani Hepi, born on 15 February, weighing 6 pound 10 ounces. He is a little brother for Kahurangi and new moko for Jeff and Carol Reardon and Tom and Airini Hepi.

Proud big brother Kahurangi holding his little brother Kaitatea.


Congratulations to Ngā Manu a Tāne, Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi and Te Pao a Tahu, who will be representing Waitaha at Te Matatini, and on behalf of Ngāi Tahu whānui we wish you all the best at Te Matatini.

Wairau Bar visit

On 13-14 February Department of Conservation board members, Gina Solomon and Amelia Taylor attended a hui in Blenheim. Day two included a site visit to the Wairau Bar, visiting various wāhi tapu sites and historical areas. Richard Bradley and Judith McDonald from Rangitāne explained the history of this area, pointing out specific places where tangata whenua gathered a variety of kai to feed their whānau. To the right of the Wairau Bar you could see Parinui o Whiti overlooking this magnificent piece of paradise.

The visit also included a trip to Grovetown Lagoon, a freshwater wetland just outside Blenheim. The lagoon is being restored to create a healthy habitat for fish and birdlife.

Hui members gather to learn more about the Wairau Bar.

The hui focused on history, wāhi tapu sites and mahinga kai.

Volunteers have been at the heart of the restoration which is a combined effort between mana whenua, the Grovetown community, Department of Conservation, Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game Council and the NZ Landcare Trust.

Visit by His Highness Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassim

The Department of Conservation recently brought His Highness Majid Al Qassim from the United Arab Emirates to visit Takahanga Marae. His Highness and his entourage were not visiting in their royal capacity but to enjoy a cultural experience. It was a pleasure to host them and share our kawa and tikanga with them. They are very passionate about the environment and did notice many similarities between both our cultures.

Profile of the month

“Our family was made up of two and I was the younger of the first whānau. I had a wonderful older brother, John, who was like a mentor to me and he was the one who took me on a hīkoi to learn about resource management - without me actually knowing I was learning. He was an avid hunter, so he would take me in the hills to teach me the rongoā plants and how to use their health properties. He had learnt from our grandmother, Mahara Kerei Keepa, and he showed me how to get a feed in the bush and how Papatūānuku was going to supply it all to us while we were there. He taught me the pounamu trails and wāhi tapu sites right down the coast, out to the back of Hanmer and all of those areas. I was a very fortunate man, to not only have my older brother (John), as a father figure but also a mentor.”

Norman Kerei Keepa Norman Kerei Keepa looks back on his childhood, remembering how he grew up feeling Māori but looking Pākehā, thanks to his Scottish family connections on his mother’s side. He tells us the Māori tamariki wouldn’t play with him. To them, he looked Pākehā but the Pākehā wouldn’t play with him as he was half-caste. He felt he grew up in a very awkward place as a result and tended to lean toward finding whānau groups outside his childhood. “As I moved into teenage years, I was attracted to motorcycles and also motorcycle gangs as I felt accepted regardless of race.” It was tough from that perspective but great from another, as he had a Scottish mother who was tough and a Māori father, who was involved in all political spheres including the Kaikōura Council and a number of community organisations; and who did a lot of his work from home.

After leaving school Norm became a butcher and then he brought a farm on the West Coast. Through those early years he was able to apply all of those teachings. It was then that he realised the damage that was being caused to our lands by farming activity.


At 32, Norm was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL). He was then farming and married with a young family and a mortgage and given six months to two years to live. At first he felt very sorry for himself. That turned into anger and he started to lash out and project his anger on others. But gradually he became more accepting and realised he had two choices –roll over and die, or get cracking.

“We had lost touch with the fact that Papatūānuku, the rivers and the streams were the blood veins. The wetlands (the repo) were her kidneys and they were being ploughed under and the rivers were not being protected. It was after this that Norm threw himself into resource management at Takahanga Marae and listened to the old people like Bill Solomon, Tini King and Darcia Solomon. He says they helped him and told him not to be afraid to learn.

Norm says he was fortunate that he had a big mortgage and three kids. Fortunate because he had to put his head down and arse up and work like hell to clear the mortgage and make sure his kids’ education was sorted and the family was secure. Four years passed and the disease didn’t shift and he felt he was living on borrowed time. He was always tired, overworked and losing time with his family - so he decided to “let it be”. However, he did not feel comfortable sitting back and waiting to go to the Ōaro urupā, he decided to throw himself into resource management in the hope of making a difference.

That was Norm’s start in resource management. He now believes it was a lifestyle he lived from boyhood in Ōaro, and having his own awa flowing past him, to being taught by many of the old ones on how to care for and maintain the awa. “You learn by watching the tuna, the inanga, all going up at different times, but you also got a clip in the ear if you got it wrong. If you took the tuna at the wrong time - when they should be breeding for example - and took them home, you were always told to put them back.”

Norm started to look at all the things in his life that were causing stress and went through a programme called “Breathing,” which took him back to his indigenous past. The course encouraged him to confront his personal issues and he realised he was able to heal himself. He went back to his original medicines, he spoke to people like Aunty Lena Beaton and Karen Starkey and he had great support from those within Māori health. Norm believes that using both modern and traditional medicines and methods helped beat this sickness. He felt that he had a korowai placed around his shoulders from his tīpuna and remembers hearing his grandmother’s words in his ears saying, “it’s not your time boy”, and he knew he was as safe as houses.

This is where Norm learned how to be a kaitiaki.

Whakapapa is important to Norm but so too is teaching the knowledge of where and how our people lived and ate. He says it is not just about looking at whakapapa and seeing a name, it is also about who that person was, what he or she achieved, where they lived and why they lived there. Norm feels very fortunate and is grateful to the many people who are and have been in his life on this journey. Norman finished our kōrero by saying these beautiful words for people out there who may be going through similar things: “Have good health and be in the here and now, not concerned about your past. You cannot change that. Be concerned about the future as you can change that.”

Norman Kerei Keepa.

Launch of Te Korowai Strategy

Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura, the Kaikōura Marine Guardians (Te Korowai) is a group comprising iwi and the community, which was established to provide leadership on management of the marine environment in Kaikōura.

government in 2012 for consideration. The strategy is the group’s vision for the protection and sustainable use of the Kaikōura marine environment. It proposes integrated use of a number of marine protection and fisheries mechanisms to manage coastal and marine resources.

Te Korowai worked closely with the community and interested parties over several years, and then presented the Kaikōura Marine Strategy to the New Zealand

The current membership of Te Korowai includes representatives from: 4

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Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Ngāti Kurī of Ngāi Tahu Recreational fishers Kaikōura Boating Club Local commercial fishers (rock lobster, pāua and inshore finfish) • Charter fishing operators • Tourism operators • The Kaikōura branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Society

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seismic survey activities. This also directly benefits the tourism industry. A New Zealand fur seal sanctuary at Ōhau Point to limit human disturbance to fur seals while allowing the public to view the colony from a safe distance. A new marine reserve that will encompass the Kaikōura canyon area and connect to the coast south of the Kaikōura township. Two taiapure fisheries to provide traditional food gathering areas around Kaikōura Peninsula that will allow commercial fishing to continue. Three mātaitai reserves where the commercial fishing will be prohibited to protect traditional food gathering areas and allow for recreational fishing. An advisory committee and conservation matters in the Kaikōura marine area.

The Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Bill was drafted to implement key elements of the strategy. The purpose of the bill is to establish marine protection and sustainable fisheries measures within the Kaikōura marine environment.

These include: • The creation of a whale sanctuary to protect whales and their habitat by limiting potential risks from

For further information on the Kaikōura Marine Management Bill go to

From Left to right: Larnce Wichman Chair of Te Korowai. Darcia and Raewyn Solomon. Tā Mark Solomon, Chair of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura.

Poroporoaki o Te Pōhā o Tohu Raumati

The weekend of April 5-6 was the poroporoaki of our wharekai Te Pōhā o Tohu Raumati, which ran in conjunction with our archiving hui. Many of our Ngāti Kurī whānau came together over the weekend to hear the stories of the building of our marae at Takahanga.

These are the stories and memories we tell our mokopuna - stories passed down through the generations. On Sunday morning, Cliff Whiting talked about the preparation and build of the wharenui Marukaitātea. Some of those people who were there at the beginning are still here today. Many were the little tamariki running around at that time who now have their own children.

Archaeologist Michael Trotter, Tā Tipene O’Regan, Trevor Howse, Cliff Whiting, Tā Mark Solomon and our kaumātua told stories of the early preparation for the building of our wharenui and wharekai. Although many knew most of the stories, there were other significant parts of our history that we discovered and are able to fit into the larger picture of Ngāi Tahu history. It was a beautiful weekend of learning.

Many fond memories were shared, especially about Uncle Bill Solomon, who was our upoko for many years. His wairua and that of his father and the many tipuna before him, is still alive and flowing at Takahanga Marae today.

At one stage during the afternoon, I saw and smelt the odour of burnt sugar coming from the kitchen. It took me back to the days of Aunty Lena Beaton, who was one of our kaumātua and cooks for many years.

Sunday finished with our hākari and then the poroporoaki of the wharekai. Although in some ways it was a sad time, it was also a happy time coming together to share memories and see a lot of archived footage. We are all excited for the building and opening of our new wharekai over the next few months.

It was well known that our lovely Aunty Lena often burnt something in the kitchen. So not only do her memories remain but also those traits are coming through this generation.


Kaumātua dinner

Saturday night was a kaumātua dinner and our rangatahi performed kapa haka to entertain our kaumātua ātaahua.

From left Michael Trotter, Cliff Whiting, Trevor Howse, Tā Tipene O’Regan, Darcia Solomon and Tā Mark Solomon.

From left, Hariata Manawatu, Reo Solomon, Haromi Taylor and Hinga Fell.

Banners Across the Sand

On Saturday 15 February approximately 350 Kaikōura residents came together in a peaceful campaign against proposed seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling in the Pegasus basin of the coast of Kaikōura. Banners Across the Sand was a campaign throughout the South Island. Everyone gathered in the West End car park and marched through town toward the beach by Whale Watch Kaikōura. People brought along their banners and stood once again in unity, with a haka to complete the day. He mahi pai, tātou. Protestors on the beach.

Kaikōura residents coming together to protest against proposed offshore oil drilling.


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae It’s nearly time to grab our blankets and bed socks and snuggle by the fire with our whānau. Before moving on, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae would like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all our whanauka, who have lost loved ones over the past months. Our thoughts go to you all.

Kāi Tahu whānau, tēnā koutou, kai te mihi ki a koutou. Kia ora whānau, another busy month and a few more busy months ahead of us. The year is going so fast and soon it will be time to open up our marae. Exciting times to come. Autumn is here and we should all be starting to get wood and coal for our cold winter.

Rā whānau

Blossom Meihana-Eiffie, Karley Tauwhare, Sue Meihana Tiare Mason-Couston. Arohamai if whānau birthdays are not mentioned, however a big rā whānau.

A big happy birthday to everyone who enjoyed birthdays in March. We hope you all had a lovely time with whānau, and friends. Those celebrating birthdays this month are Tanya Weepu, Joe Mason, Julie Campbell,

The Luminaries

On 13 March, Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Makaawhio me Ngāti Waewae, along with Arahura Kōhanga and Hokitika Primary, had the honour of welcoming Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries to Arahura.

A large part of the wonderful story of The Luminaries is based at Arahura, with a character named Te Rau Tauwhare and a story that acknowledges Poutini Ngāi Tahu as tangata whenua.

Eleanor Catton with Tauwhare desendants, Makaire Tainui and Lucy Tonihi.

School children gather to meet Eleanor Catton.


Rūnanga business

Our lovely kaumātua are still meeting every week on Wednesdays. They gather and share all their beauty. If anyone is interested in going along, please contact Karen Coakley on 03 755-5023 or 027 865-7524.

Rūnanga hui are held every second Sunday of each month, from 11am -3pm. Kapa haka class is fortnightly from 5-6pm. Ngāti Waewae te reo class is held weekly on a Wednesday, from 5pm-7pm for beginners and intermediate levels. Enquires to Te Tari o Arahura phone 03 755-6451 or email Hamiria.Hutana@ngaitahu.

Marae development

The official opening of the Arahura Whare Tipuna is Friday, 21 November.

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos to or phone 03 755-6451. Or visit the tari anytime. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

The dawn ceremony (blessing) is to be held at 6am, with the official marae opening pōwhiri to be held at 10am, Friday 21 November.


Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou katoa.

Nei rā te whakamiha o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou. Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā mate huhua kua hika mai, kua hika atu. Ki a rātou o ia whānau, ia hapū, ia iwi kua hīkoi atu 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 anō tātou katoa.

The weather has continued to be all over the place, with balmy summer conditions drawing us outside and heavy rain forcing us back in. An early sprinkling of huka on Ka Tiritiri o te Moana, brought with it a wintery blast, but only for the briefest of moments. Life has continued to be busy for us and our members.

Kairuruku kaumātua

Already, a rōpū have visited whānau members who are resident at Allen Bryant Rest Home and Mawhera (Greymouth) Kowhai Manor, sharing morning tea, whanaukataka and waiata. Another visit is being organised as I write. By all accounts everyone enjoyed the chance to socialise and catch-up.

We recently appointed and welcomed Marie MahuikaForsyth back in a new kaumātua coordination role for our rūnanga. Marie will be responsible for setting up and managing an activities calendar developed for our kaumātua based on feedback she gathers following consultation with our Westland and Greymouth-based kaumātua.

Star-struck by The Luminaries

Last month we joined Ngāti Waewae to welcome 2013 Booker Prize award winner, Eleanor Catton, to Hokitika with a pōwhiri at Arahura Marae.

Her warmth and generosity were clear to everyone and I heard that our tamariki from local Hokitika Primary School bi-lingual unit were so motivated when she shared her writing experiences with us that when they returned to kura, all they wanted to do was to write.

Eleanor’s winning novel, The Luminaries is set in Hokitika in 1866, at the time of the gold rushes. A fair chunk of the story (a murder mystery) is set in the Arahura Valley. Pounamu, Arahura, Mahitahi, and Poutini Ngāi Tahu all feature - and one of the central characters is Te Rau Tauwhare.

Eleanor is a warm and generous person and she was truly humbled by her first experience on the marae, as were the rest of her entourage - her UK publisher and editor Max, her TV producer Andrew and her boyfriend Steve.

Despite her sudden fame and constant pressure of television cameras following her every move, (yes even here on Te Tai o Poutini), we were able to offer some respite while she was with us.

From left, Andrew Woodhead, Steve Toussaint, Max Porter and Eleanor Catton.

Tamariki listen to the manuhiri.


Everyone was delighted to have their photo taken with Eleanor Catton.



Our next edition of Ka tangi te kōkō is due this month. If you have stories you would like to share with our Kāti Māhaki whānau for our next edition due for issue at the end of June, please send news and photos to or post a hard copy to PO Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

We have a number of wānaka and hui coming up over the next few months, so please save the dates, mark your calendars. Nau mai, haere mai.

Hui rūnanganui – executive meetings

Our 2014 hui schedule has been confirmed and is available on our website, The next scheduled hui set for 9.30am on 7 June in Hokitika. Members are welcome to attend, but should RSVP via office for catering purposes.

In addition to our quarterly newsletter, you can keep in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening through our web page: www.makaawhio., Facebook, our blog: or twitter: @makaawhio, or pick up the phone and give us a call on phone 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007.

Wānaka marae – 30 May - 2 June

Starting from Friday evening at 7pm, we will be holding a wānaka marae focusing on whaikōrero, karanga, waiata and kōrero māhaki. Through participation, you will learn some of the skills required to tautoko our marae and hapū. Please contact the office to reserve your place (0800 955 007).

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

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Rā whānau

Happy birthday to those who celebrated March birthdays: Peter Couch, Christine Korako, Manaia Rehu, Catherine Couch, Meikiwa Princess, Joseph Tyro, Herena Stone, Ripeka Paraone, Reia Martyers, Michael Johnson, Cushla Dwyer, Hana Rakena, Steve Rangirananga, Andrea Read, Aston Rakena and Reuben Couch.

Sporting achievement

Rangitane Thompson “Ekea te puhitaioreore.” During the last school holidays, Rangitane was invited to attend Touch New Zealand’s National Youth Academy alongside 70 of the country’s most promising boys and girls.

continue his development in the game. Rangitane would like to give a big thank you to Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke for their support which helped make it possible for him to attend the academy. Rangitane was also selected for the Canterbury under-17 mixed team, which recently participated at the Youth Touch Nationals held in Papamoa, in the Bay of Plenty. Rangitane captained the team and played the games with speed, skill, commitment, leadership, and maturity;

The academy was held in Rotorua over four days. While there, Rangitane received coaching on all aspects of the game from some of New Zealand’s top touch coaches. He gained a lot from the experience and will 9

and although the team didn’t make the finals, they all gave their best and can be proud. Rangitane would like to thank all those who supported his fund-raising efforts including Ngāi Tahu, Pete Lyman and Deane McKenzie from Ngāi Tahu Property for their personal contributions. Also a massive kia ora to Whaia Tere and all the whānau at Te Hohepa Kōhanga Reo. We would especially like to thank Uncle Joe Briggs, who took awesome care of us during the tournament. We send our love and hope your journey back to full health is a speedy one. After departing Uncle Joe’s home, we travelled to Manaia on the Coromandel and stayed with Mike, Bonie and Toko Baker, visiting the whenua of Ngāti Whanaunga.

Rangitane Thompson.

Finally we want to say how proud we are of Rangitāne and may he continue to do well in life. Love Mum and Dad.

Our stay was absolutely beautiful. It was also great to catch up with cousin Mariata and John in Tokoroa and see the great work they are doing in their community.

Wānaka Ora

Wānaka/Wānanga for our purposes, refers to a forum or educational seminar that we, as whānau of Te Hapū Ngāti Wheke, have an opportunity to participate in, and to learn what and why particular tikanga and kawa are used at Rāpaki Marae during formal ceremonies such as pōwhiri or tangi. The word ‘Ora’ reiterates what

we strive to achieve as a result of having wānaka for example: that cultural practices at Rāpaki are alive, well, safe, and known by as many whānau members as possible. Ripeka Paraone, as the portfolio holder for Culture and Identity, will lead this project on behalf of THoNW Inc. Rev. Maurice Gray has been invited to facilitate our Wānaka Ora. Decisions made during the process of identifying and learning what the tikanga and kawa is for Rāpaki, will be done according to ‘lore’ then communicated to the wider whānau of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke via our ‘law’ identity Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated. Please email your contact details to Yvette at the office if you would like to be notified about future Wānaka Ora. The next Wānaka Ora is tentatively planned for a Sunday, 10am-3pm, towards the end of April or May. Please bring a plate to share kai. An application has been submitted to the Ngāi Tahu Fund requesting funds to support this initiative.

Whānau who attended a preliminary Wānaka Ora with Rev. Maurice Gray. Photograph by Kerepeti Paraone.

Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day 2014 at Rāpaki was a fabulous day for all involved and we would like to convey our grateful thanks to our sponsor, Te Poho o Tamatea Charitable Trust, with koha from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Ngāi Tahu Seafood and Ngāi Tahu Property.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke hosted Christchurch Mayor Honourable Lianne Dalziel, MPs and others on Waitangi Day 2014. Photo Kerepeti Paraone.

Waitangi Day Rāpaki included the Citizenship Ceremony for citizens from 11 different countries. Photo Warren Trotter.


Te Ahikaaroa to travel to Greece

Te Ahikaaroa Kapa Haka are fundraising to travel to Greece in August to perform at the 52nd Lefkas International Folklore Festival. The group supported Waitangi Day at Rāpaki with a haka pōwhiri. They also fed the more than 200 people in attendance and then completed the day with a few items after the citizenship ceremony. Te Ahikaaroa is the first kapa haka to be invited to perform at the Lefkas Festival in Greece.

Te Ahikaaroa Kapa Haka performing at Rāpaki. Photo courtesy of Warren Trotter.

Rāpaki triathlon

It is our desire that this triathlon will become an annual event.

On 8 March, whānau and friends from Te Rāpaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa participated in the Rāpaki triathlon, which included a 1km swim, 10km bike ride and a 3km run.

I wish to thank Te Poho o Tamatea Charitable Trust for funding this event and all participants and supporters for making it a memorable day. Individual awards went to Mutu Stone, Tauira Takurua and Waiariki Parata. Nā Brett Lee.

Twelve teams competed in this triathalon with all teams successfully completing the course. Some individuals extended themselves by completing all three disciplines. Whānau wellbeing and whakawhanaukataka was the kaupapa o te rā. Our whānau are often so busy and pre-occupied with rūnanga business that we neglect to enjoy each other’s company. Another reason for running this event is to provide some pathways for our rakatahi to reconnect with their marae via sports and whanaukataka. Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei. Contributing time and effort into developing our rakatahi to be the leaders of tomorrow is imperative. Our new Whare Tipuna was built for them.

Third placegetters, whānau Korako – James, Tutehounuku, Nicholas with Brett Lee.

Second placegetters, Laura Watson, Teresa Butler and Keela Atkinson.

First placegetters, whānau Dell-Hartgers – Sean, Jerry and Kirstan.


Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Ngā mate

To our Rongomaiwāhine whānau, our Te Ataarangi whānau ki Te Wairoa he mihi nui rawa atu ki a koutou katoa, nā koutou mātou i tiaki i tōnā wā matenga. To our whānau at Tuahiwi, who supported my brother, sisters and our mokopuna while they waited for our father to return home, your aroha helped my whānau so much. Please accept this as a personal thank you for your aroha, manaakitanga me tā koutou koha hoki. “Aroha atu, aroha mai.” Nā Liz Kereru.

“Ranga-maomao ka taka ki runga o Nukutuaura, e kore ā muri e hokia.” He reo aroha tēnei ki a koutou katoa i manaaki nei i a mātou te whānau Crofts i te ngarotanga o tō mātou nei pāpā a John (Johno). It has been nearly three months since the passing of our father and words cannot express the way we feel about how you all supported us before, during and after his tangi. There are so many of you who walked the journey with us and are still by our sides; we will never ever forget your love.

Thank you to everyone who supported us at the time of our father’s tangi.

Today is Monday 1, April, a sad day for our whānau, like every other Monday will be. We lost our beloved boy, Aston Bennett on 3 March. Aston was the son of our eldest brother, Daniel Bennett, mokopuna of Ila and Brain Howse, loved mokopuna of the late Thomas Bennett, loved precious nephew of Tini, Iola, MichaelFrancis, Adam, Josephine and the late Dominic, and loved darling nephew of Robert Ngahoro. We thank our wonderful aunties, sisters of our mum, Ila “Auntie Toko, Aroha, Ngawini and Devene;” and also to our Uncle Charlie and Aunty Mere, thank you. To our cousins, Tim, Koral-Ann and Peter, boy - we love you. We would also like to thank Aunty Pat and the Anglem cousins, our aunts, uncles and cousins, who all helped

Aston Bennett.

Ngawini and Devene in the kitchen and the dining room. Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa, Iola Bennett. Rest In Peace my Darling.

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“Nau mai e moko, kia mihi atu ahau.” Big congratulations to my big sister, Wendi Crofts, on the arrival of her first great-grandchild, Carlia-Ri Sheyenne Aroha Tuira, who was born on Tuesday 1 April at 6.54 am at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. She weighed 7.5 pounds and was 50cms long, with lots of beautiful hair. A beautiful daughter, who will be smothered with love from her mummy and daddy. Big loves to “pou pou” Alex and “big mum” Aroha Tuira on the arrival of their first grandchild. A very exciting time for the Crofts, Wharehinga, Tuira and Smart whānau. Nā Liz Kereru. Carlia-Ri Sheyenne Aroha Tuira.


Mason Tahuaroa Reeves was born on 26 February in Perth, to proud parents, Issac Tahuaroa Reeves and Holly Callo. Another beautiful moko for Billy and Dawn Reeves.

Mason Tahuaroa Reeves.

Kapa haka inspiration

“Tahupōtiki, taku tupuna, hoki wairua mai arohaina e………..” There is a saying that the kūmara never speaks about its own sweetness but this kūmara is going to acknowledge her two older sisters, Jenny Buchanan and Reimona Crofts for their kaha and māia to throw themselves amongst the wolves and stand in a competing team for the Waitaha Regional Kapa Haka competitions.

After a very long retirement from the performing arts arena and after only burying our father in January this year, they both decided to support the kaupapa when the karanga was put out by our whāngai brother, Pita Peawini and our Brennan whānau. You’re both truly an inspiration for us your whānau and we love you both very much. “Maranga Mai.” Nā Liz Kereru.

International success for Ngāi Tahu cyclist

older brother Josh (21) spent the first few years of their -upbringing in the original Cox house in Tuahiwi. After playing age group rugby for a number of years - often for South Canterbury - Dylan took up cycling five years ago He made an instant impact on the sport by dominating his under-17 age group and winning five New Zealand titles from six events at the national championships. He then won 10 more national titles over the next two years as an under-19 competitor.

Dylan Kennett (Ngāi Tahu, Tuahiwi) is a 19-year-old making rapid progress as a New Zealand representative track cyclist. He is rated number one in the world for scratch racing by the world cycling governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and looks likely to ride for New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, as part of the men’s team pursuit and possibly the scratch race event.

Dylan won three silver and three bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in the six events he contested, and as a result, he made the last four nominations at last year’s Halberg Awards for the Emerging Talent award, where he lost out to golfer, Lydia Ko. Dylan is the son of Craig and Caryl Kennett. Craig is the eldest son of Karolyn Kennett, daughter of Whitu (nee Huria) and Leonard Cox of Tuahiwi. Dylan and his

He recently won a bronze medal at his first senior track world championships in Cali, Colombia as a member of the New Zealand men’s team pursuit and two weeks later he won three New Zealand titles and two silver medals, which made him the most successful senior male athlete at this year’s New Zealand championships. He heads to Europe early April to the BikeNZ base

Dylan Kennett, centre, winner of the Individual Pursuit at the NZ National Cycling Championships with Patrick Bevan, left and Aaron Gate, right.

From left, Dylan Kennett, Piet Bulling, Marc Ryan and Aaron Gate at the 2014 World Championships in Colombia.


in Belgium where the team will prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Craig says his son most likely got his athletic ability from both the Cox and Kennett sides with his mother’s brothers all being good rugby and league players plus his father Kelvin was Kaiapoi’s first New Zealand league representative when he made the national schoolboys’ team in the 60s. Kelvin also held most of the Rangiora High School athletics records. Kelvin’s father Edwin was known to everyone as “Bullet” and was a top sprinter in his day. “ I think it skipped me and jumped to Dylan,” says Craig.

team and has just competed in Colombia at the world elite championships, winning bronze in the team pursuit. In his short career so far, Dylan has been a New Zealand champion, plus a world youth champion. He was born in Tuahiwi at his great-pōua Len and Taua Whitu Cox’s home, where his whānau lived briefly before moving to Amberley. They then moved to Waimate, where Dylan now lives with his parents, Craig and Karyl Kennett and older brother Josh. Dylan is a direct descendant of Hohepa Huria Ngāi Tahu – Taumutu Kokiri , Puneke Huria (Ngāi Tūāhuriri)  – Te Rahuru Russell (Ōtākou), Whitu Huria – Len Cox, Karolyn Cox – Kelvin Kennett, Craig Kennett – Karyl Kennett. At only 20 years old, Dylan has a bright future. Tūmeke.

Dylan is currently part of the New Zealand track cycling


Kia ora koutou katoa. It’s that time again whānau, where our condolences go out to all the whānau who have lost loved ones. Kia ora koutou katoa. Well my kauhau goes out today to people who don’t like what I write about in this pānui magazine. If they don’t like it, come and see me kanohi ki te kanohi, not through my nieces or mokopuna. I think if it was not acceptable the Te Pānui Rūnaka bosses would not submit my stories, but come and see me. If I am hard to find, well tough tītī. I am always around the motu somewhere or you could always enquire at the Tuahiwi Marae office, as I will probably be practising kapa haka behind closed doors (not open ones).

I think the Tuahiwi kaumātua kapa haka group is very brave competing against all the big guns out there but, it will be good fun. We have had a very busy month this month at Tuahiwi Marae what with meetings, hui, college visits, healthy day, Māori day and of course tangi. But with the days getting shorter, it is early to bed (who said that?) I am still calling for all dishes to be returned. Well, it is getting near to be watching No Deal (Not pokies) but kapa haka practices, I better not miss or Aroha – Hohipera will say back row Patricia – and we don’t want that eh – So aroha nui to you all. See you at regionals. Luv Ya, K.K.K

Te Rūnanga o Wairewa Mauri ora ki a tātou katoa, Tini whetū ki te raki, mau tonu, mau tonu. Whatu karokaro ai te tākata, karo noa, karo noa, ka oti atu. Nei te mihi ki a rātou kā manu pīrau a Tāne, kātahi anō ka riro i te rika kaha o aituā, nō reira koutou rā, moe mai rā, okioki mai rā. Ka tāhuri te ihu o tōku waka ki a tātou kā konohi o rātou, tātou kua pae mai nei i te tae ao, tēnā koutou i ruka anō i ō koutou āhuataka maha.

Ka karo haere te mahana, me whakanui te mareretaka. He nui te tuku marere i te kai, i tētahi wā, rawa rānei ki te rawakore, pērā i a Rehua, te atua o te marere. Ko tētahi tikaka tuku iho ko te manuhiri tae mai ki a koe i ruka i te mōhio, kāore rānei, ko te mea nui kia hoatu he inu tī, he kai rānei, ahakoa he iti ō kai. Manaaki tētahi ki tētahi.

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Materoa Te Wai Victor Barrett arrived safety on 15 March. His arrival was a delight for his first- time parents, Manutahi Barrett and Nikki Haereroa; and his first time Taua, Alvina Edwards.

Materoa is named after his great-grand-father, Materoa Anthony Lovell Ropata (Tony Edwards), who passed late last year.

Materoa Te Wai Victor Barrett.

Manutahi, Nikki and Materoa.


Flooding at Wairewa

Between 3-5 March, a huge āwhā off the east coast of the South Island pushed cold south easterly rain onto Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū and Ōtautahi causing significant flooding and land sliding. This was a 1-in-100 year āwhā. SH75 between Wairewa and Akaroa was closed and there was significant surface flooding in the Little River and Cooptown area. The majority of rain fell in a 24hour period from 10am on 4 March. Rainfall predictions from the MetService were for moderate rainfall up until the evening of 3 March, when it was upgraded to severe. By this time it was too late to open the lake, which was at 1.80m, due to the 5-6m swells rolling in.

The rainfall in the catchment was very intense, which generated considerable surface flooding. The Christchurch City Council have engaged a consultant to look at where the main flooding occurred and to what level. This will be useful information in assessing how influential the lake level was in exacerbating the floods in Little River. The lake prior to the storm was sitting at about 1.80m, which is not particularly high (about 25% of the recordings since 1994 have been above this level) and the lake would not normally be considered for opening at this level. The predicted rainfall was not particularly high until very close to the actual event (about 12 hours out and at night), so it would have been impossible to open the lake prior to the main rainfall.

The rainfall in the Ōkana catchment was extremely intense for a short period, which was the primary reason for the flooding to occur. The heaviest was at 7am on 5 March, which followed a long period of sustained highintensity rain. Local resident, Bill Tini said this was the worst flooding he had seen in the district and it was the first time he had had to evacuate his whare due to the flooding. The water was lapping onto his doorstep. The marae escaped damage from the flood waters, however it was affected by the power outage, as power surges blew most of the circuits in the electronics at the marae. It also affected the wi-fi, to the disappointment of James Daniels.

It is likely that the main cause of surface flooding in the Little River area (including Cooptown) was the stream channels and drains being unable to cope with the very high flows, rather than the lake backing up and blocking drainage. Stream channels like lower Police Creek (below the state highway), Ōkana (SH 75 Bridge) and Ōpuahou (Cooptown) have a lot of old willow and poplars blocking channels, which will have increased the flooding out of the stream channels, into the domain and down the state highway, which in turn flooded the town and people’s homes and businesses.

Flooding down SH75 in Little River.

Tangata tiaki hui – March 2014

The causeway blow out and flooding was a major topic, which disrupted the tuna season, but was a necessity. With all the migrating tuna leaving the lake it was an easy decision to close the season early.

A Wairewa tangata tiaki hui was held on 27 March at the marae to inform the hapori about the past year’s activities. The meeting covered compliance issues with regards to the coastal marine area and the lake.

Hui rünaka – upcoming dates

8 June, 3 August, 5 October (Hui-ā-Tau) and 7 December.


Te Taumutu Rūnanga He pēpi

Extremely proud parents Arahia (nee Nutira) and Joseph Maea, along with big brother Marino, welcome Malachi Joseph Terepai Upokoina Maea into the whānau. Malachi, who was born rather quickly on 16 March, weighed in at 8lbs 7oz. He is another moko for Sally Nutira. Mariah Johnson (Teihoka whānau), welcomes baby Kaine to the whānau, born 19 March. Kaine is the first grandchild for Hohepa Johnson and a great-grandson for Aunty Ake Johnson.

Welcome to baby Malachai Maea.

Memorial garden for Cath Brown

Te Whāriki, a new subdivision situated at Lincoln, is home to a newly-developed memorial garden for the late Cath Brown. Following many years of planning and almost five years to the day since the idea of a garden was first identified, members of Cath’s whānau (including her great-nieces Rachel and Biddy Robilliard), met with rūnanga members (including kaumātua), Dyanna Jolly, and Cath’s friends for a day’s planting. Thanks to Manaaki Whenua for the wonderfully healthy plants that were supplied, and to Sue Scheele for her korero as to why each plant was selected.

Whānau gather for the Te Whāriki planting day.

Left to Right: Rachel Robilliard, Liz Brown, Biddy Robilliard and Julie Robilliard.

Hirini Matunga and Les Wanhalla (with spade) planting.


Taumutu ki Rarotonga

learning the Cook Island style of hula dance with Tupapa Maraerenga to an evening of whakapapa kōrero and songs with a number of ariki from three villages.

Amokura Kapa Haka is a rōpū created for rangatahi who have a passion to learn and perform kapa haka. Our kaupapa involves all rangatahi participants to be smoke, drug and alcohol-free and encourages members to continue with their education. This group is tutored by Meikura Arahanga, Huata Martindale and Roberta Arahanga.

It was an amazing opportunity to travel there to visit one of our tipuna, Tāua Tini Ellison, mother of the late Riki Te Mairaki Ellison. Dr Ellison, tāua Tini’s husband, was the resident GP on the island at the time of her passing. Due to the long journey back to Aotearoa, her whakapapa and Dr Ellison’s professional ranking, the ariki allowed her to be interred in the urupā in his palace grounds, Taputapuatea. The kōrero that was given to us on the day of our visit was that tāua Tini was the first New Zealand Māori to be laid to rest in Rarotonga.

In July 2013, Amokura Kapa Haka travelled to Rarotonga to participate in the annual Te Maeva Nui Celebrations. Amokura was one of two New Zealand Māori groups that travelled to perform and celebrate in this auspicious occasion. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances with the organising committee, the festival was shortened by a couple of days and moved outside of the group’s planned travel period. Due to the change, Amokura could not perform in the festival.

Within the travelling rōpū, there were fourteen with whakapapa ties to Taumutu Rūnanga. All fourteen members received financial assistance to contribute towards their total costs. Of the fourteen members, two of them (Tia Hunt and Aporonia Arahanga) have gone on and performed successfully for X-Factor and The Kapa television shows.

All was not lost, as Amokura performed for the Rarotonga people at the Te Punanganui Markets, the Trade Fair Te Maevanui Parade, Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruises, Highland Paradise and on invitation, a performance at the NZ High Commissioner’s residence. Amokura received amazing reviews in the local Rarotongan newspaper and were filmed for a promotional video on their last day in Rarotonga. We were blessed with so many amazing opportunities, from

Not only do the members practise many forms of waiata, but all of the young men within Amokura are either students or kaiako (Uruora and Amo-kapua) at Te Tohu o Tū – Taiaha Wānanga, the longest running Taiaha Wānanga within Te Waipounamu. Te Tohu o Tū will be celebrating 25 years of operation this coming Easter/ANZAC week. These young people have not only highlighted Ngāi Tahu as an iwi, but also their whakapapa back to Ngāti Moki, Taumutu. We cannot express enough our gratitude to the rūnanga for supporting us in our kaupapa. We are also extremely grateful for the support from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Heoi, he mihi nui rawa ki a Ngāti Moki, a, ki Te Rūnanga o Taumutu mō te whakaaro aroha i tukuna mai. Ā nā wai rā, ki te rūnanga matua o Ngāi Tahu mō tā koutou i whakaaro mai. Nō reira, nāia te toro atu o te ringa mihi ki a koutou tahi – Meikura Arahanga.

Group photo with Tini Ellison headstone.

Amokura kapa haka.


Ōnuku Rūnanga Congratulations

Kereru Jessie Rogers, mokopuna of Bruce and Polly Rhodes of Ōnuku, has graduated from the University of Canterbury with a diploma in secondary teaching and learning. Kereru (Ngāi Tahu, Tainui, Ngāti Porou), has

now relocated to Wellington, where she has taken on a fulltime position teaching te reo Māori at Lower Hutt High School. Kereru would like to thank her whānau, Ōnuku Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu for their support.

From left, Polly Rhodes, Bruce Rhodes, Hilda Rhodes, Kereru Rogers, Simon Rogers and Kath Rogers.

Kereru Rogers after her graduation from the University of Canterbury.

Marae development

We have now moved into our new headquarters - finally, a permanent office for us after the earthquakes. We have a boardroom, formal meeting room and lounge and office space for our operations manager. We look forward to hosting meetings with government departments, local council and committees, chairs forum and rūnanga.

Exciting times are ahead for us at Ōnuku. We have now secured all of the funding required for the redevelopment of our wharekai, which will incorporate a large commercial kitchen, dining space with capacity for 200 people and a conference facility. Thank you to everyone who has put many hours into helping us reach this next stage.

Our contact details remain the same: email, phone 03 381-2082. PO Box 18-796, New Brighton, Christchurch 8641. Operations manager: Liz Robinson 021 816-359, Liz.Robinson@

Ōnuku Marae is now closed for all activity as construction is due to begin. We are aiming to re-open towards the beginning of 2015. Please visit our website for updates on our progress with this project at www. We will begin scheduling group bookings for noho marae again at the start of 2015.

Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Headquarters.

Architectural image of the new wharekai to be developed at Ōnuku.


Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Rā whānau

Last year Sheila Jardine,( nee Wilkinson) celebrated her 100th birthday with her Christchurch whānau. She was delighted to receive a message from the Queen. This year, she turned 101 and enjoyed celebrations with her whānau.

Sheila has 15 great-grandchildren. Sheila’s parents were George Wilkinson from Donegal, Ireland, and Maria Bates, the daughter of Kuihi and Nathaniel Bates. She grew up on Rakiura.

Sheila Jardine celebrating her 101st birthday with greatgrandchildren Lexi, 2 and Chloe, 4.

Sheila Jardine celebrating her 100th birthday.

Awarua wetlands restoration plan

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Awarua Wetland Restoration draft plan. The meeting will be held at Arowhenua Marae on 15 April at 4pm. A draft copy of the plan can be obtained from the marae office.

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua wishes to hold a meeting with committee members of the Awarua Wetlands and block owners of Arowhenua 881 Village Section 12B.

William Pike Challenge award

Tamahou, Nephai, Kye and Te Rau Aroha will be participating in the William Pike Challenge Award and received their information packs from William Pike when he visited us at Arowhenua Marae recently. The whole school listened to William’s inspiring story about how, in 2007, he was trapped on Mt Ruapehu when it erupted, and how he subsequently lost his leg. He told the students he had to decide whether to let this event hold him back or rise to the challenge. He chose the latter and not only did he return to the outdoors but he is now inspiring young people to do the same. The WPCA is an outdoor activity-based programme run over one school year. Groups of students participate in outdoor activities, community service and personally develop a new sport, hobby or skill.

The vision for the WPCA is to develop well-rounded and confident Kiwi kids through outdoor experience and connection with their community. We are pleased to be one of only 30 schools in New Zealand accepted for this programme in 2014.

The WPCA is a gateway to new experiences, opportunities and a means of developing a positive youth culture for the nation.

From left: Tamahou, Nephai, Kye and Te Rau Aroha who will be participating in the William Pike Challenge Award, received their information packs from William Pike.


Living Springs camp

Our March camp at Living Springs was a fantastic, action-packed adventure where we got to try lots of new things, enjoy the beautiful environment and make use of the the amazing facilities at Living Springs.

We also learnt a lot about ourselves and built our team skills. A huge mihi to Matua Aidie and Tāua Aloma for coming along to support our camp. More camp news can be found on our Facebook page.

Tamariki had a great time at this year’s Living Springs Camp.

Timaru Relay for Life

who have passed away, especially my sister Raeleen and to my brother Kevvy, a survivor I walked with on 8–9 March.

E kā mana E kā reo Rau rakatira mā Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou Ko te matua tama wairua tapu me ngā anahera pono te māngai hei tautoko mai āianei ake nei āe. Ko Aoraki te mauka Ko Waitaki te awa Ko Te Waipounamu te whāriki Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi Ko Kāti Huirapa te hapū Ko Arowhenua te pito o te ao Ko Reihana-Moemate te whānau Ko Lavinia ahau. I decided to have my head shaved to support the kaupapa. I did this as a memorial to whānau members

I had the easy part having my head shaved and getting blisters on my feet. Whānau, friends, workmates and strangers have supported me and this good cause. Initially, I wanted to raise at least $500.00 by 8-9 March and to date I have raised over $1,000.00. Thank you for your support. Nā Lavinia Reihana-Moemate.

From left, Henare Te Karu, Katrina Russell Whiu, Lavinia ReihanaMoemate.


Te Rūnanga o Waihao A walk with whānau

at Waihao. While there, we visited the headstone of our tupuna Horomona Pohio. Our journey then took us to Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki. We also spent a couple of days visiting Moeraki Boulders and Uenuku Marae. From there we made our way down to Te Rau Aroha Marae at Bluff. Some of our members also visited Ruapuke Island. We thank you all very much and hope to see you again in the future. Arohanui te whānau Akuhata-Brown.

On behalf of our whānau, a big thank you to Wendy Heath-King, Tewera King and all the Waihao Marae whānau, who made us feel so welcome on our stay at your beautiful marae. Thanks also to the group that entertained us with all their beautiful waiata. We travelled from Te Tairawhiti (Gisborne) to Bluff on a ten-day haerenga, staying first

Left to right: Pohio cousins Daniella and Katajlia Akuhata-Brown meeting for the first time. Visit to headstone of Horomona Pohio, Waimate. Waiata time with te whānau o Waihao marae.

Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all celebrating this month.


Congratulations to Haydon Richards, who recently graduated with a Masters of Professional Practice from Otago Polytechnic Institute. Haydon is continuing his study, having started his PhD in Indigenous business development at the University of Canterbury. Congratulations to Carly Nesbit, who has been chosen as Te Rūnanga o Moeraki 2014 Otago Polytechnic Rūnaka scholarship winner. Carly is studying towards her national certificate in Hospitality (Basic Cookery- Level 3).

Haydon is pictured here with his proud nana June McEwan (nee Tipa).


Congratulations too, to graduands of Akona te Reo, Sarah-Jane Paki and Nola Tipa with kaiako Hana O’Regan. Both are continuing their study with Sarah Jane now working through Te Mahuri, and Nola is working towards finishing her Masters of Professional Practice.

Graduands of Akona te Reo, Sarah-Jane Paki and Nola Tipa with kaiako Hana O’Regan (left).

Sarah-Jane Paki with proud parents, Judy and Joseph (Darkie) Tipa, husband David and youngest daughter Te Ārani.

Fish business

Native Fish members Rangi Timothy (Arowhenua), Pauline Reid (Waihao), Patrick Tipa (Moeraki) and Dion Timothy (Arowhenua) pose for the camera before heading off for one of the most successful trap and transfers in recent history.

Holmes Kindergarten children visited Moeraki Marae to learn about the tuna, history of the area and to see the really big whale bones.

Here they are looking and listening to the whakapapa of our beautiful mural.

Ready for action in Twizel.

Marae visit

The Akuhata-Brown / Pohio whānau recently visited during a 10-day haerenga from Gisborne to Bluff, visiting marae along the way that Horomona had whakapapa ties to.We would like to thank David Higgins very much for the lovely history kōrero he gave us and also for taking us to the rūnaka office, where some of the whānau were able to get forms for registering. We also went on a visit to the Moeraki Boulders, which we hadn’t seen before – and which our moko thoroughly enjoyed. This was a trip of a lifetime for some.

Whānau gathered at our marae.


Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Review of Rules of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Inc. Society.

Te reo Rangatahi i Otago

The rūnaka has had its contract with the Ministry of Education for Te reo Rakatahi i Otago extended for another two years. By the time you read this, we should have a new LEOTC facilitator on board and be looking to make enhancements to the programme, including involvement in a science pilot that is being developed by the Royal Society.

This is early notice of two opportunities to discuss possible changes to the Rules of the Rūnaka Incorporated Society on Thursday 5 June, 7–9pm at Puketeraki Marae, and at Wigram, Christchurch Thursday 12 June, 5–7pm. More information about the meetings and the changes will be circulated after Easter. You are welcome to register your interest in this kaupapa with the rūnaka office.    

Day skippers/VHF course

On 27-30 March, the Day Skippers/VHF course was held at Te Taumata a Puaka (The Old School). Rob Hewitt (Ngāti Kahungunu) came down to facilitate the course and shared his knowledge and wisdom on how to become better equipped and safer on and around Takaroa. Rob has had lifetime experiences with Takaroa, serving over 20 years with the navy. He also relayed his real life story of being swept out to sea for more than three days, surviving only on

karakia ( the ex-Te Aute College student Lord’s Prayer) and a couple of kina. His experiences were able to connect us with how to handle real life situations in and on the water. We had a great turn-out from young and old, near and far. By the end of the wānanga everyone received their Day Skippers/VHF certificate. Tēnā koe Rob kōrua ko AnneMarie i whakahaerehia tēnei wānanga hei whakarangatira i a tātou i te wao o Takaroa. Nei ka mihi.

Day Skippers/VHF course participants outside the old Karitane School.

Blessing of tukutuku panels at Puketeraki Marae On 9 March we were finally able to unveil the tukutuku panels that were created between 2012 and 2013 by Whiria ka Aho ki Puketeraki, and installed in the wharenui of Huirapa, Puketeraki Marae.

Tukutuku panels installed at Puketeraki Marae.


The panels surround the tukutuku replica of the old Araiteuru flag. We were privileged to have the panels blessed by Huata Holmes, who was able to elaborate on why they were significant to our tūpuna.

Te Harinui

This year marks the bi-centenary of Samuel Marsden’s landing in the Bay of Islands and the first proclamation, by Marsden and Ruatara, of the Gospel in Aotearoa. In keeping with their original Christmas Day message “Te Harinui” of “Good News of Great Joy”, Bishop Kelvin is walking the length of Otago and Southland to announce again the great news. Bishop Kelvin and his enthusiastic walking companions arrived drenched after walking through persistent rain from Waitati to Puketeraki Marae on Saturday 5 April. Following pōwhiri, kai and prayers, they continued on their hīkoi, which took them to St John’s Anglican Church at Waikouaiti. Bishop Kelvin started the hīkoi on Rakiura. Bishop Kelvin will complete the journey when he reaches the northern extremity of his diocese at the Waitaki River.  

Bishop Kelvin and fellow Te Harinui walkers meet David Ellison, Upoko and other Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki members.

Whiria Kā Aho ki Puketeraki Haast haerenga

bring comfortable seating next time. We were all rewarded with a walk and beachcombing on Haast Beach at the end of the day. Back at the backpackers, everyone relaxed and looked forward to a well-earned kai at one of the local restaurants. Once back home, the prepped kiekie needed to be boiled, rinsed and hung to dry. This was done the next day. Another fun task ahead is picking what colour to dye it. Kiekie is such a special plant to work with, from the plant on the tree to the finished tukutuku panel - there is so much more than just fibres being woven together.

Once the secret spot was found we were pleased to see beautiful, long plants hanging from the trees. We knew we were in the right spot when we were ‘welcomed’ by a kōtuku. We had a kōrero about the plant, what to look for, how to harvest and how much we wanted, mindful that whatever we harvested would need to be dealt with that day. We fell into a tuakana / teina way of working so the ones who had done it before could show the novices.

Thank you to the Ngāi Tahu Fund for supporting Tō Tātou Kāi Tahutaka, Tō Tātou Whanaukataka and Tō Tātou Taiao. Nā Suzi Flack.

The long awaited trip to Te Tai Poutini to harvest kiekie for our weaving rōpū finally arrived in the new year. For some it was their first time to the other coast of Te Wai Pounamu. Most of the hard work was in the planning and luckily for us, that had been sorted by Aunty Phyllis, which meant our trip ran like a well-oiled machine. Two days were for travel, and two days to get the mahi done. The Hokitika Rūnanga and the Department of Conservation helped us with the kiekie permits.

Our rōpū of eleven, made up of tamariki, rangatahi and pakeke, made for great whakawhanaukataka. Prepping involved picking, cutting, grading, sizing, stripping, counting and tying. While all this was going on, there was time to think of the jobs ahead and discuss the adorning of the wharenui. We were blessed with amazing weather and scenery to work in and the only take home tip was to Members of the weaving rōpū gathered on the coast.

Ngā Pūmanawa at Puke

People at East Otago, and everyone else that I know. You people I meet gave me what I needed to succeed with the rhymes you read. Nobody knows where this paths gonna lead. Maybe back down memory lane, memories leaking from my brain. Thinking about back in the days when nobody knew my name, till now where you have attention to pay because my lyrics are down on a page, and you wanna hear what I have to say. Four years ago, I didn’t know which road to roll, but I’m glad I’m on the one I chose. The way I rose to show the skill I hold. Watch it unfold, making your doubts change to hope.

This month we showcase the interest and passion that some of our rangatahi around Puketeraki are getting involved with. Huriawa Tuhiraki William Parata-Ellison is 17 and attends East Otago High School. He has grown up on the pā and enjoys writing poems/raps. He has offered to share one with us. My name is Huriawa. This is for the rūnaka and Huirapa, The Ellisons and the Paratas. All others under the Kāi Tahu cover. Extended whānau, the friends and all the bros, 24

Certain events have changed my life. Made me strive to survive aiming for further heights. higher than the skies. when I reach it I will claim my prize, having my name up in lights and seeing the look in your eyes when you realize my skill been recognized. I’m leaving my disguise, lyrical skill I will no longer hide. Till my lyrics get sold and I’m growing old and my blood going cold. Till the fire in me has burnt out, and I have made you proud. Too those mentioned at the top that have helped me out. helped me get up off the ground. helped my sound be heard and found. It’s because of you I will no longer falter or cower because this is my hour. Like the sun to the flower, you give me the power to keep on moving on like a marathon runner, and I’m an up and comer. What a bummer it’s the end of summer, but there will always be another . . . just like rhymes and whānau I love ya.

Huriawa ParataEllison.

That’s all for now goodbye. Have a good day and night. Also any feedback would be nice.

Waihōpai Rūnaka especially Ora Barron and Marcia Te Au-Thomson, and the ringawera.

Kia ora koutou. This month we were pleased to be able to celebrate rūnaka chairman and upoko, Michael Skerrett’s Queen’s Service Medal award. We had an afternoon tea for Michael at the marae on 28 March, a couple of days after Michael and his whānau went to Auckland to officially receive the QSM. A huge range of the community were present and made this day very memorable for Michael and his whānau. Again congratulations to Michael on this significant achievement. It is good to celebrate such positive things happening at our marae, rūnaka and iwi. Also thank you to everyone who made the day a success,

Our tangata tiaki held their annual report back hui on the 18 March. Waihōpai would also like to acknowledge all the work done by those involved in the recent orca stranding. Tremendous effort from everyone involved. We have established a couple of working groups that will be organising our marae tikanga and kawa hui. Also, through the Ngāi Tahu Fund, we are starting a series of hui/wānanga on topics particular to Waihopai and Ngāitahutanga. Please keep an eye out for these hui, that will be held after the tītī season. The marae is working to finalise its ten-year capital plan. The whānau have identified the top five priorities – redevelopment of wharekai, installation of sprinkler system, developing our external cooking area, building a manuhiri shelter and looking at solar energy options. To support the marae, we have also recently employed a parttime caretaker, Malcolm Quinn, and we continue to have Cyril working as the main lawnmower man. It’s a fantastic team to support the marae complex.

Congratulations to Michael and his whānau.

Michael Skerrett.


The annual Southland multicultural food festival was held at Sport Southland Stadium this year. The whānau staged the usual hāngī stand that is always sold out early.

It has been quite busy at the marae. We recently hosted the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Whai Rawa team and it is fantastic to see them here at a regional level. The Māori Land Court also held one of their regular clinics here. A special thank you goes to Verdon College, James Hargest High School and Miharo kapa haka group, who have all been so helpful at the marae.

We also trialled raw fish and rewana bread. Great effort by everyone involved. And yes, the marae Thursday roast lunches are back. Last year we started this and we are back again this year, kicking off on 27 March. If you are in town on a Thursday, call by the marae.

PS. Squirrel on the Hill will be back – he’s just on vacation at the moment.

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka Kia ora whānau, We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break and were able to catch up with and spend time with your whānau over this period. If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions to your whānau, congratulations and here is wishing you all good health and prosperity for the year ahead.

The first phase of the office upgrade is almost complete and the office is staring to return to normal. Over the last month the marae has hosted a number of hui and is being used regularly by the kapa haka group. We looking for volunteers to help us with the nursery and gardens at the marae. So if you can spare a few hours we would really like to hear from you.

Whai Rawa

Nurses’ clinics

David Tikao from the Whai Rawa team visited our rohe on 28 March. He spent his time between the rūnaka office, the primary school and the college. The team will be back down again in June and if you wish to make an appointment to see them, please contact us here at the office. To take advantage of this scheme you need to be registered with the Whakapapa Unit at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. If you or any of your whānau need assistance with the registration process we would be happy to help you.

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust are holding their next nurses’ clinic at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae on the Thursday 26 June from 10am – 2pm. The registered nurse can support you with blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol checks, cervical smears, sexual health education, general health checks, health and wellness plans, linkage and referrals. Appointments are preferred, so please phone 0800 925 242 for an appointment.

Murihiku Mahinga Kai regional forum

Cultural mapping

The Murihiku Mahinga Kai Regional Forum will take place at Takutai O Te Tītī Marae on Saturday 24 May at 10am.

What a fruitful two-and-a-half days we had at Takutai O Te Tītī Marae from 31 March to 2 April, with Takerei and Iain, the cultural mapping whiz kids. Our wonderful kaumātua Trevor Howse, Jane Davis and Tā Tipene O’Regan, always so wise and knowledgeable. Excellent discussions were had and a lot of information gleaned from our time together. We certainly will be repeating our cultural mapping sessions in the future.

Korowai returns

Following on from last month’s article (Korowai marks special occasion), Alan Tichener made the journey to Takutai O Te Tītī Marae to join whānau and friends at the Christmas party. During this trip Alan took the opportunity to return the korowai that was on loan to him.

The korowai and the kākāpō.

Dean Whaanga, Takerei Norton, Jane Davis and Shona Fordyce.


Te reo Māori strategy

Tikanga Māori ‘Hui-ā-Tāne’ wānanga

Calling all Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka whānau and members. This notice is calling for expressions of interest from rūnaka whānau and members who would be interested in coming together to meet, as well as discuss what our rūnaka whānau visions, goals and aspirations are in relation to learning and speaking te reo Māori, at home or on the marae. If you are interested please contact Joe Wakefield on 021 832-137 or email him Joseph.Wakefield@ngaitahu.

This one-day hui is to be held on Saturday 26 July at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae beginning at 10am. The aim of this hui is to discuss tikanga Māori pertaining to the marae from a tāne/ men’s perspective, in preparation for the tikanga Māori wānanga that is mentioned below.

Tikanga Māori wānanga

This wānanga is to be held on Saturday 23 August at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae beginning at 10am. All Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka members, both wāhine and tāne, are invited to attend this very important wānanga, as this is an equal opportunity for us all to help lay the foundation for ourselves and our future generations – mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri, ā muri ake nei.

Whaikōrero wānanga

The dates for the whaikōrero wānanga to be held in 2014 have now been confirmed and are as follows: 2729 June; 26-28 September; and 28-30 November. All wānanga will be held at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae and will be tutored by our guest Ngāi Tahu orators, Piri Sciascia and Tahu Pōtiki. These will be noho marae, beginning on the Friday evening and leaving around lunch time on each Sunday.

Reminder pānui will be sent out closer to the times of each hui and/or wānanga. So lock the above dates in to your diaries and calendars. Can you please let me know if you will be attending the hui and/or wānanga, as we need to confirm numbers for catering, as well as for resource purposes. If you have any questions regarding the above mentioned then please contact me - Joe Wakefield 021 832-137 or email Joseph.Wakefield@

The whaikōrero wānanga is open to all our Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka men including our non – Ngāi Tahu men, who may have married in to our widespread family of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka wāhine, who wish to learn and understand more about the art of whaikōrero.

Awarua Rūnanga Ngā mate

Rä whänau

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

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this month.

ANZAC Day remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

The following photographs and War Memorials for the Great War 1914-1918 and the Second World War 19391944 depict Awarua Rūnanga whānau killed in action.

Awarua whānau killed in WWI.

Awarua whānau killed in WWII.


Left to right, Lou Bragg, Pat Roderique, George Williamson and George Fowler.

Te Au whānau.

Upcoming tïtï season

The rūnanga would like to extend good wishes to whānau who have, or are still to travel to the tītī islands, to have an awesome season and travel safely to and from the islands. Key personnel from the rūnanga and marae, Gail Thompson, Bubba Thompson and Tiny Metzger, will be away at Easter for three to four weeks.

Home Performance advisors announced

and/or long term damage to the structure (of the house). Our advisors can diagnose areas of concern, and recommend optimal solutions for house performance, energy efficiency, as well as monetary and health gains.

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HPA certification ensures our advisors service clients based on the core principles that advice should be independent, based on best practice and good science, personalised and in the best interests of the client. It ensures the highest level of competency and professional standards are met, and advice is delivered in an honest and ethical manner. Southland residents can have confidence that when they engage with Awarua Synergy’s certified advisors they will get high quality, individualised advice, and be provided with a robust set of recommendations and actions to help improve the performance of their home and quality of their life. HPA advisors have custom ID proving their accreditation. The recent discussion of a warrant of fitness for homes is due to numerous houses demonstrating problems that can cause health issues,

Emil Rahiti, Awarua Synergy Home Performance Advisor.


Marae fencing project

New fencing has been erected around the marae complex, rūnanga office and in front of Tarere ki Whenua Uta. Towering over the fence on poles are nine tekoteko kaitiaki. It is envisaged that more tekoteko will appear around the fence line of the marae complex and that each tekoteko will be named.

Haere mai, nau mai.

A section of the new fencing.

Hikoi maumaharatanga

On 5 February, a group of eight Ngāi Tahu whānau headed to Rakiura for four days. The objective was to climb Hananui, stay the night and greet the sun at daybreak. The journey was awesome and the weather was beautiful.

The group also visited some of the sites of their tūpuna. The group enjoyed the opportunity to spend some quality time together getting to know one another and wish to acknowledge the support of the Ngāi Tahu Fund that allowed this to happen.

The view from Mt Hananui at sunset.

From left: Phil Fluerty, Aaron Leith, Jane Kitson, Dean Whaanga, Donna Sheppard, Dave Taylor, Steph Blair at Little Bungaree.

Rünanga meetings

Members are welcome to attend the next monthly rūnanga meetings at Te Rau Aroha Marae on Thursday, 22 May at 6 pm.

Pänui contributions

If members wish to share an item of interest with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu, please contact Tina on 03 212-6029 or email

Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and have found that many members’ children have had children of their own that require registering. If you are one of these people we encourage you to contact us on (03) 212 6029 or email

nz to request registration forms. We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses, to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.


Taurahere Groups Ngāi Tahu ki Tāmaki Makaurau

Rā whānau A birthday salute to our most humble kaumātua o Ngāi Tahu, known to us as Papa Ku. This is just a small token of our appreciation of who you are and as a rōpū we hold you in high esteem. Happy 80th birthday Papa Ku. Aroha nui Ngāi Tahu Whānui ki Tāmaki Makaurau. Kukupa Harakore Tirikatene celebrated his 80th birthday ever so quietly, with just himself and his lovely wife Heather. He was born 8 March 1934. Papa Ku celebrates a birthday.

An Italian war pilgrimage

Brian How (Ngāi Tahu – Irakehu), president of the 28th NZ (Māori) Battalion Auckland Association 1959 Inc will join a group of eight other Kiwis from around Auckland from 5-26 May, to follow the WWII footsteps of the 28 Māori Battalion in Italy.

The group are well aware that many people cannot make this pilgrimage and they wish to go on behalf of those who cannot make the journey. They are offering to lay a poppy and a Māori Battalion badge on all of the Māori Battalion graves that they visit, to honour as many as possible. Visits will also include service personnel, who may be from other units or services from WWII.

Along with his wife Susan (Maniapoto), Brian will be joined by Karanga Mitchell (Ngāti Porou, widow of Karauria Mitchell), Karen and Joe Tuki-Shelford (Ngāti Porou/Ngāpuhi), Tex Chapman, Yvonne Buchannan (Ngāpuhi), Ron Baker (Ngāti Porou) and Gary Russell (Italy Star Assn).

If anyone would like to tell their story, or have the group visit whānau or friends buried in Italy, take photos of their Māori Battalion veteran, please let us know. The tour will cover Tavarnelle, Florence, Venice, Trieste, Udine, Faenza, Forli, Rimini, Lake Tresimino, Cassino, Ortona, Sangro River and Orsogna.

The group will be visiting battle fields and urupā (cemeteries) where the Māori Battalion fought and where some were buried. They plan to visit as many urupā as possible to pay respect to the men left there, to say a karakia (prayer) and sing waiata for all of them.

The main focus of the tour is the 70th Anniversary of the fall of the Monastery and the town of Cassino on 17 May 1944.

Kanohi - Cassino

On February 17-18 1944, the 28th Māori Battalion suffered heavy casualties when they captured the Cassino railway station. But when supporting tanks were unable to get through, they were forced to withdraw under heavy fire as the German tanks rolled in. A and B Companies suffered terrible losses, with 128 out of

200 men killed, wounded or captured. After another unsuccessful attack in March, which saw desperate close-range fighting in the ruins of the town, the New Zealanders were withdrawn in early April. Cassino eventually fell to Polish troops on 17 May 1944.

The city of Cassino today.

The WW II Battlefields in Cassino.


In 1959, the WWII veterans of the Māori Battalion formed an incorporated society to support themselves as a group and with the passing of many veterans, the association came together to try and help the younger generations to remember the sacrifices made by these men, their wives and families. Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou - We will remember them We wish our Auckland group safe travels and time to reflect on how our whānau gave their lives and how we have continued to stay connected. May this journey be

rewarding for them as they go and may the learning of our younger generation be a captivating experience for them and all those who stand in that place for that time of remembrance. Kei wareware tātou – Lest we forget. Brian How descends from Kapumakorahi to Tuhiautahi to Aramainana (in the Blue Book) to Kura Heke who married Aylmer Kenny; to Pirihira Huruata Nora Kenny, who married George Horatio How; to George Carrod How, who married Violet Edith Reynolds. Brian Anthony How has eight siblings. He is also assistant secretary of Ngāi Tahu Whānui ki Tāmaki Makaurau Inc.

The ruins of Monte-Cassino, Italy.

Visiting the urupā in Cassino.

Rangatahi wānanga

Tēnā koutou, he mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa i tēnei wā.

We are hoping to have a mixture of Ngāi Tahu, Te Kawerau a Maki and other rangatahi within the group. This will be a fun learning environment for getting to know other rangatahi with similar interests - honouring and celebrating our various individual and collective strengths, similarities and differences.

This rangatahi mōkihi/mogi and taiao wānanga is a youth programme run by our Auckland taurahere, Kāi/Ngāi Tahu Whānui ki Tāmaki Makaurau Inc., and funded by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

The weekend-long wānanga near Te Henga/Bethells Beach (on the western fringe of Auckland), will run from 6pm Friday 9 May to 4pm Sunday 11 May. The mōkihi wānanga and building/paddling will be held at and near Karanga Camp, and the hīkoi will be in the nearby forest. The only cost to participants will be your own transport to and from the pick-up point. Other costs, such as food, accommodation and tuition are covered by funding.

It is designed to foster cultural connection and identity, and to build knowledge of and participation in Ngāi Tahutanga and Te Ao Māori through interactive activities and outdoor adventure in the natural environment. It is an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi/youth (alongside tangata whenua: Te Kawerau a Maki and other rangatahi), to learn about traditional beliefs and practices - for example, how our tūpuna utilised some of the native plants in past times and turned them into useful resources.

If you have any questions, if you wish to apply or contribute in some way, or you have tamariki or mokopuna who may be interested, please contact Jonathan Sargisson (project manager and youth vice president, Ngāi Tahu Whānui ki Tāmaki Makaurau Inc.), as soon as possible, at or ph. 09 817-7447 or 021 145-2630 by Monday 5 May, for an application and medical/consent form. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rangatahi will learn how to make a mōkihi or mogi (reed boat) as used by our tūpuna to travel rivers and lakes throughout Te Wai Pounamu. On a planned hīkoi through the ngahere (forest), rangatahi will also learn about Ngā Atua, for example Tāne Mahuta, God of the Forest, and his parents Papa-tū-ā-nuku and Rangi-nui, as well as traditional uses of many native plants. Te reo, including karakia are important parts of the programme and will be integrated throughout. Some understanding of te reo would be beneficial to those participating but is not a requirement for attendance.

Ko tēnei kaupapa he taonga tuku iho ki a tātou mai i ngā tūpuna, hei taurima, hei whāngai atu ki ā tātou tamariki mokopuna. Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai koutou. Mauri Ora.

The programme is open to rangatahi, who are interested in, and keen to be committed to the kaupapa/principles of this programme throughout the weekend. 31


The Office Ngāi Tahu Archives digitises photographs

Work continues on the digitisation of print photographs held within the Ngāi Tahu Archives at the Macmillan Brown Library and within Te Rūnanga. We currently have over 3000 entries of photographs that have been digitised and saved on the Ngāi Tahu server with backup images held on external hard-drives. Occurring alongside the digitisation project is the identification of people, places and events that have been captured within the photographs. This of course, can take a bit of time, and archives staff, with assistance from iwi members, have been systematically working through the photographs to capture information and record it before it is lost to us. Since February of this year, staff have also focused on quality control by reviewing the entries already recorded in our spreadsheet to ensure accuracy.

From left: Robyn Walsh, Rahui Denny and Dawn Kottier viewing and naming Te Waipounamu Māori Girls College images.

From left: Shana Ormsby, Jennifer Walsh and Rangimarie Takurua viewing and naming Te Waipounamu Māori Girls College images.

From left: Christine Denny, Maria Korako Tait and Karen Hubbard viewing and recording Te Waipounamu Māori Girls College images.

Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau

Hera is her son, George. The lady in the doorway has been named as daughter, Hinepare Mahuika, however one caller thought that this lady could be the second-eldest daughter, Margaret (this may be the same person?). The young boy squatting at the front is another son, David. The gentleman holding a hat is John William Bannister. Beside him, wearing a hat is another son, James. The child sitting in front is the youngest son, Tuhuru. Unfortunately, none of the callers named the woman standing to the right in the photograph.

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 A C Graham Collection at Macmillan Brown, and is recorded as ‘Black & White photograph Māori – South Westland’. The information attached to the image states ‘Family group outside house c. 1903’. We would like to acknowledge and thank Josie Wilkinson, Terry Scott, Suzanne Walker, Fred Te Miha and Mike Rochford for making contact and for providing names and information. We have been advised that the location of the photograph is Makaawhio and the date is January 1904. It is a photograph of the Bannister whānau. The names provided to us are from left to right: The lady at left is Hera Bannister (nee Te Koeti, daughter of Te Koeti Turanga and Ripeka Patiere Tūtoko). Behind her, with the shovel is the eldest son, William (named after his father). Immediately beside The Bannister whānau.


Murihiku visit

Some of the Whai Rawa team recently visited Murihiku. Kia ora Waihōpai, Ōraka Aparima me Awarua. We really enjoyed meeting with whānau and letting them know about grants, scholarships (see below) and helping whānau to enrol with Te Rūnanga and join Whai Rawa. We’re hoping to be back in June to help even more whānau, so if you didn’t make it to one of the meetings, please do put aside ten minutes to come and see us next time. The beautiful wharenui at Murihiku Marae.

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We‘ve got a new competition coming up sponsored by our administration manager, AON. All new and existing members will be in a monthly draw to win big prizes so watch this space. Remember if you are not already in Whai Rawa, there’s no better time to join. (one of the prizes is $500 and it’s drawn monthly). For a copy of our investment statement and to join Whai Rawa call 0800 942 472, email, go to www. or message us on Facebook.

Yamada O’Regan secondary school scholarships

The Yamada O’Regan Scholarships are for secondary school students who are doing well academically but are at risk of non-completion because of personal circumstances. Unfortunately the 2014 funding round has been delayed, however you can register your interest in receiving an application by contacting us on 0800 942 472.

Kā Pūtea grants and scholarships

Does your whānau need an education boost? Ka Pūtea tertiary grants and scholarships are now open. The grants are at $250 or $500 (prorated if not in full-time tertiary study) and the scholarships are up to $1,500. Scholarships close at the end of April so contact us now for an application or download one now at www., where you can also check out the list of scholarship recipients from 2013.

For more information about grants and scholarships for school and tertiary study, contact us, or go to whairawa. com or our Facebook page at whairawa.

Committee meet in November to make decisions on all applications. Project timelines should commence after this time.

Calling for project applications

Please contact us urgently if this is going to be an issue for you. Call 0800 942 472 today and find out how to apply, email or visit

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.

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.

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

Applications close Friday 26 September 2014. Any applications received after that date will not be accepted. Note: The Ngāi Tahu Funds Assessment


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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.

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. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

The following areas 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:

All applications must show how they aim to increase cultural knowledge and participation of Ngāi Tahu whānui. Applications 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.

1. Whakapapa- kinship 2. Tikanga- protocols and customs

whakaari, skits which were based on the stories we had learnt throughout the weekend. We hope that all who attended enjoyed themselves and we look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events. I would also like to thank our kaiako, who attended two Aoraki Matatū wānanga in preparation for this event and did a great job teaching in the weekend and to our poureo Hana and Lynne for continuously leading out these initiatives. Finally we would like to thank Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Tuahiwi primary school and the kapa haka o Te Pao a Tahu for their hospitality. Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawa tītī.

Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi

Kia Kūrapa is a beginners language event aimed at Kāi Tahu iwi members. Kia Kūrapa is also a Kāi Tahu saying that can be translated as ‘hurry up’ or ‘be quick’. This is also the message that we would like to share with our iwi members, be quick and learn your language. Although the numbers of Māori language speakers is increasing, we are still a long way away from achieving our goal, which is Kotahi Mano Kāika e kōrero Māori ana – 1000 homes speaking te reo Māori. This is the wero, the challenge, that was laid down at Tuahiwi on 28 – 30 March to all those who attended. Ngāi Tūāhuriri were our hosts and it was very refreshing to see a lot of their rakatahi speaking, learning and loving te reo Māori. On the Friday night it was all about whakawhanaukataka, building relationships by way of mihimihi and learning waiata. On Saturday we had four classes focusing on Kāi Tahu reo, waiata and pūrakau. On the last day we spent the morning doing some

Maxine Tupe, Manuhaea O’Regan and kōtiro.

Reo o te wā (Language of the season)


Marama: Kai te haere (April) Matahi-ā-te-tau (May) Kaupeka: Kahuru (Autumn)

Me he tē! (Like a boss). Pāia! (yeeyah!) Hauhakea! (That’s karma!)

KMK Events calendar Initiative


Who/te reo level

Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu

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Pānui Ngāi Tahu welcomes new marine reserves

place to make the plan operational; but as a rūnanga we are committed to the long-term view of sustainable use.

Ngāi Tahu welcomes the Prime Minister John Key’s announcement on the agreement to implement the Kaikōura Marine Strategy, Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura.

The philosophy underpinning Te Korowai was adapted from the Fiordland Guardians where, in 1995, Ngāi Tahu, commercial and recreational fishers, charter boat and tourism operators, environmentalists, marine scientists and community representatives came together to address the escalating pressures on the marine environment.

“The implementation of the strategy will assist us in better managing the future of the Kaikōura marine environment and the richness of resources that supports the economic, social and cultural future of the Kaikōura community.” says Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Te Korowai member, Tā Mark Solomon.

“We have tried to learn from their lessons,” says Peter Lawless. “The two places are very different – Fiordland is huge, remote and sparsely populated and Kaikōura is small, productive and intensively used by a million people a year. The underlying processes are the same but the issues and outcomes are quite different.”

At an event at Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura on 16 March, the Prime MinisterJohn Key announced new protected areas for Kaikōura including the new 10,416 hectare marine reserve, Hikurangi, a whale sanctuary, an Ōhau Point fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations to improve management of the Kaikōura coast and ocean.

Te Korowai is working alongside and with the Kaikōura Zone Committee. “The committee is focused on the land and freshwater while we focus on the sea,” says Lawless. “The two go hand in hand and we are looking forward to working further with the Kaikōura District Council and Environment Canterbury in creating integrated plans for land and sea.”

Te Korowai chair, Larnce Wichman acknowledged the Government’s work. “We are very grateful to Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, for going into bat for us on this; and to Colin King, our local MP, who has supported us throughout.

Tā Mark Solomon says Te Korowai has helped the community to understand Māori processes. “We’ve learned a lot collectively through the Te Korowai process but in fact, our town is very au fait with the concept of ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) – our whole philosophy is based around ki uta ki tai. It’s about the protection of our land and seas for future generations.”

“We knew it was a big thing to ask for special legislation but it was the only way to preserve the integrity of the strategy as agreed with the community,” he says. “Of course the legal aspects are only half the story and we will be working with people locally on implementation for decades to come.” Te Korowai facilitator, Peter Lawless says the nineyear process of bringing the community together in agreement has been a significant challenge and he believes the community will welcome the Te Korowai leadership and resolution of marine issues. “This acceptance by the government is a huge thing for us. It validates all the hard work and the compromises and commitments to looking after our environment.” Tā Mark Solomon is extremely proud of both Te Korowai itself and the community negotiations that brought it to life. “The negotiations were long and hard, but for me the whole process was a beautiful expression of community. I think the whole of New Zealand could look at this as an example of how communities can come together to look after their resources for themselves and their children,” he says. “It has taken us a long time to get where we are with Te Korowai and we still have a lot of work to complete around getting the taiapure and mātaitai managers in

Darcia Solomon.






& Ngai Tahu Invite You To Apply For





INDIVIDUAL - OPEN TO YEARS 12 & 13 ONLY 1st: iPhone 5 2nd: iPad

GROUP - OPEN TOYOUTH AGED 13 – 18 1st: Ko Tane Dinner and performance for up to 10 people 2nd: Voucher to value of $500 (select from range of retailers)

To find out more contact Jocelyn Papprill at Environment Canterbury via email: These awards are open to individuals and groups working within schools and/or the community. Further information: Nominations close Friday 1 August 2014 40

Research project

Thomas Eustace Green / Tame Eutahi Kirini (1840 -1917) My name is Michael Bosman and I am a post-graduate Masters student at the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, the University of Canterbury, under the supervision of Assoc. Professor Te Maire Tau. I whakapapa back to Tuahiwi by my tūpuna, Catherine Kumea Green (daughter of W.K. and R.), William King Green (brother of Tame Eutahi Kirini.) and Rina Te Haupoki Te Ata Otu (W.K.’s wife and granddaughter of Hakopa Te Ata Otu).

There were a number of documents, journals/diaries written by Tame Eutahi Kirini during his lifetime. Some of these are contained within collections at the Macmillan Brown Library (University of Canterbury), Ngāi Tahu Achives and individual family groups/members. It is my hope that the information contained within the other documents and journals/diaries held by other whānau members, will provide me with the necessary details to allow for the full story surrounding Tame Eutahi Kirini to be uncovered and fully recorded. Accordingly, I respectfully request those whānau holding any documents, journals/diaries to contact me by one of the following to discuss involvement with this project: email: or phone 027 444-6821. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Te Maire Tau Email: I look forward to hearing from you and discussing this project with you. Nā Michael Bosman.

I am currently involved with research around the life of Thomas Eustace Green / Tame Eutahi Kirini. The research focuses on his involvement with Natanahira Waruwarutu and the whare pūrākau, his writing of Ngāi Tahu history and whakapapa, and more importantly the transmission of Mātauranga Māori. The University of Canterbury’s Ethics Committee has approved this research project.

Te Waihora mahinga kai monitoring

Volunteers will aid the Ngāi Tahu monitoring team with tasks such as setting nets, bringing in nets, measuring and weighing fish, and taking water quality measurements. No experience is required as training will be given where needed, but you need to be confident on and around water and handling fish.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Te Waihora Management Board are increasing mahinga kai monitoring in Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere through the Whakaora Te Waihora programme. The monitoring aims to collect more information about mahinga kai, such as tuna and pātiki, to support Ngāi Tahu decision-making and management of the lake.

Keen to volunteer? Contact Sophie Allen, Senior Environmental Advisor- Te Waihora, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (03) 974 0197 or email

Whakaora Te Waihora is replanting native vegetation and re-creating wetlands to help mahinga kai to recover. One particular area of focus for the monitoring is the Horomaka Kōhanga, which was a Ngāi Tahu initiative to close the eastern side of the lake to commercial fishing. The monitoring aims to see if the kōhanga is working well as a safe ‘nest’ for fish, leading to increased fish numbers. Ngāi Tahu is collaborating with NIWA (Taihoro Nukurangi), through the Whakaora Te Waihora programme to get this monitoring up and running. Volunteers are being sought to assist Ngāi Tahu with this monitoring work and other kaupapa such as visiting streams in the Te Waihora area, in order to survey where waikōura and kākahi (freshwater mussels) are found, due to concerns that these mahinga kai species will continue to decline unless work is done to protect their sites. The lake itself housed large kākahi beds until about the early 1900s, and the pā settlement at Birdlings Flat was called Waikākahi in honour of the extensive food source. Monitoring results will be reported on annually and fed into a cultural health report card for Te Waihora that Ngāi Tahu plans to published every two years. What does the monitoring involve? Sophie is looking for locals who can ideally commit weekdays - about 10 days spread out over a year - or people who could come on a couple of weeknights to do spotlighting for tuna and kōura. A koha of petrol vouchers will be given in appreciation for your time.

Measuring and weighing tuna at Timberyard Point, Te Waihora. Kelly Smith (Te Taumutu Rūnanga) and Phil Jellyman (NIWA Freshwater Fish Ecologist).



Whānau and friends are very proud of Troy Colin Summerton (a descendant of John Flutey and Merehana Puha), who recently graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a bachelor degree in business, majoring in finance and business management. He is now working for Westpac Albany and is continuing to study for his honours degree part-time. Troy is also a black belt in martial arts.

Troy Summerton on his graduation day.

Ngāti Kuia exhibition

Kuia, Refinery Artspace of Whakatū (Nelson), is calling for expressions of interest from all Ngāti Kuia emerging and established artists for an exhibition at Refinery Artspace in August. The objective is to raise awareness of Ngāti Kuia and present an exhibition of contemporary and traditional Ngāti Kuia works to the public. The exhibition is open to all Ngāti Kuia artists and entries close for initial selection on 4 July.

Nau mai, haere mai Ko Tutupamou te maunga Ko te Hoiere te awa Ko te Kurahaupo te waka Ko Kaikaiawaro te taniwha Ko matua Hautere te tangata Maranga mā e te iwi Pakohe Maranga mā e te iwi Ngāti Kuia. In recognition of and supporting Te Tau Ihu iwi, Ngāti

For further information, please contact Vicky Thorn on or 03 548 1721.

Māori land

Māori land query

This notice is for the descendants of William Thomas who married Mary Tukuwaha. Their descendants, with the family name, Flint, are asked to get in touch about Māori land in the Thomas/Tukuwaha name.

I am keen to hear from anyone who might know the direct descendants of Joseph Antone, Susan Antone, Charles Connor, James Connor and Elizabeth Palmer (Takamaitu). All are original owners on some Māori Land Blocks.

Over the years many parts of the land have been sold or neglected, or are unknown. We hope we, as descendants, can come together to help future generations.

I would also like information on the descendants of Haylie Kate Bevin and Nathan John Bevin. Please contact me - Cheryl Mitchell - on 03 385 2408 or email

Our meeting will be held in Invercargill. Please contact Shona Morris on or phone 07 544 6954 or 027 404 4699.

Land owners sought

Anglem Whakapapa whānau hui

Tēnā koutou. We are currently trying to establish all current beneficial owners to the Hawea-Wanaka SILNA block.

Karanga mai rā e te whānau Anglem Anā ko Te Rehe Nāia ko te rahi o Kāti Huirapa Ko Te Hapa o Niu Tirenei tū mai rā Ko te kāika, ko Arowhenua

If you think your whānau whakapapa to this block, but have not received any information regarding recent meetings at the Land Court, then we would urge you to contact the Māori Land Court to establish if you have an interest, and if so, that any succession issues are identified and rectified.

Kaumātua of the Anglem whānau have called for a whakapapa whānau hui for all descendants of William Anglem. Please register your expressions of interest with Crete Pirini on or call 021 08409755. We would appreciate it if you would please forward this pānui to all our Anglem whānau.

Please contact the Māori Land Court on 03 962 4900. 42

Walking in the footsteps of tipuna

Rawa and the staff of the Ngāi Tahu Trust Board, who met us at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu office.

“Walking in the footsteps of our tipuna Horomona Pohio” says it all really. A large group of Pohio whānau recently visited five out of the seven rūnaka that Horomona was affiliated to, to learn about the history of our tipuna. Our whānau are from Te Tairawhiti and we whakapapa to Horomona, through his third wife, Peti Paetoi, of Ngāti Matepu/Ngāti Kahungunu. They had a son, Henare, who married Heni Mitchell to begin our whānau.

It was awesome to hear their kōrero. Last but not least, thank you to Waiariki Parata-Taiapa for his input into our itinerary. It was a great learning journey for our mokopuna as well as ourselves and they all had journals they had to write in about their trip. We would also like to acknowledge the Ngāi Tahu Fund for supporting us an making our trip possible. It was a journey of a lifetime that will be with our whānau forever. A big thank you to you all. Nā John and Diane Akuhata-Brown.

We travelled from Gisborne to Bluff on a 10-day visit, staying over at Waihao Marae, Puketeraki Marae and Te Rau Aroha Marae. A big mihi goes out to all of them for their warm welcome to us all. While at Waihao we visited the grave site of Horomona at Waimate urupā. We also made day visits to Moeraki Boulders and Uenuku Marae and we’d like to thank David Higgins for his history kōrero. While there we also visited the historic Huriawa site. In Dunedin we visited Hocken Library; and members of the whānau also made a day trip to Ruapuke Island. That was a highlight for them. We also visited Lake Ellesmere and Tuahiwi Marae. Thanks very much to Terry Ryan, Joseph Hullen of the whakapapa unit, Whai The Pohio whānau at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu office.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Exciting opportunities for whānau wellbeing Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu was launched in March 2013, marking an historic point in the strengthening of Whānau Ora and iwi collaboration. Whānau Ora has been driven by leaders within Ngāi Tahu Whānui over many generations and recognized over the last four years as government policy through the leadership of Hon Tariana Turia, to build whānau rangatiratanga and whānau oranga. Te Pūtahitanga builds on this success by taking on a new responsibility to allocate Whānau Ora funding previously distributed by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Te Pūtahitanga will be governed by a small independent board, appointed on the basis of skills, expertise and commitment to kaupapa Māori. Te Pūtahitanga was launched in mid-March and has dedicated the first month to a roadshow across Te Waipounamu, visiting a number of Ngāi Tahu and Te Tau Ihu marae to talk with whānau, providers and potential partners. “Local knowledge and local solutions will be at the heart of the success of Whānau Ora, so it was important that Te Pūtahitanga started as an organization in the places where our whānau live, talking with people who dedicate their lives to oranga whānau,” says Lisa Tumahai.

“Te Pūtahitanga is more than a funding body,” says Lisa Tumahai, interim chair of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. “Te Pūtahitanga represents Iwi stepping into leadership and decision making roles, to support our whānau, Papatipu Rūnanga and providers to be aspirational, innovative and bold in how we collectively support whānau oranga and whānau rangatiratanga. We are willing to take the responsibility, to support whānau to reach their full potential in all aspects of life, and I believe we are ready.”

Feedback from the roadshows will be integrated into an investment plan that will guide immediate and short term investment decisions, supported by comprehensive data and targeted engagement. The investment plan aims to be a roadmap to achieve our local and collective aspirations by supporting initiatives our communities value. Te Pūtahitanga has an exciting and challenging role, contributing new tools to our kete, to achieve our tribal vision of mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.

Te Pūtahitanga is a new organisation, formed as a partnership between all the iwi of Te Waipounamu, building on last five years of increasingly strong relationships between Ngāi Tahu and the iwi of Te Tau Ihu. The iwi involved are Ngāti Apa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rarua and Ngāi Tahu.

Please visit for more information, including reports on the roadshow hui and updates on our work.


Te Hā o Tahu Potiki

The fourth edition of the Te Hā series- Ka Korokī Te Manu - is released on 28 April. Ka Korokī Te Manu speaks of the dawn chorus of birds and some of the waiata and haka included are repeats from previous albums while others are newer compositions which sing to a younger generation. Ngāi Tahu arts advisor Maani Stirling says each waiata and haka has been recreated as closely as possible to the original kupu, rhythms, tune, style, feel and intent of the composer. All waiata and haka on this version of Te Hā o Tahu Pōtiki are suitable for whānau, hapū, rūnanga, school groups, ngā mataa waka e noho ana ki Te Waipounamu and rōpū kapa haka. “This edition of Te Hā includes haka and waiata that are likely to be performed to welcome te tini me te mano ki Te Matatini 2015. We would encourage everyone to learn these items to support this kaupapa and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.” The Te Hā o Tahu Pōtiki series of tapes and CDs originated from the desire to strengthen and develop Kāi Tahu identity and culture through waiata and haka.

Te Matatini 2015 - halfway to volunteer target The Waitaha Cultural Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are encouraged to see registrations are climbing and have nearly reached the half-way mark of the 400 volunteer kaimahi needed for Te Matatini 2015.

Please keep up the good work and spread the word whānau. We encourage all Papatipu Rūnanga and whānau to get involved as we prepare to host Te Matatini, the premier national kapa haka event in Hagley Park, 4-8 March 2015.

to look around for accommodation options in and around Christchurch ahead of Te Matatini 2015. If you have some good ideas regarding potential accommodation for groups of 40-plus manuhiri, please email with the details and a phone number you can be contacted on. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to treat our manuhiri to southern Māori hospitality at its finest. We are planning to surround the kapa haka stage with a vibrant festival featuring the best of Ngāi Tahu and southern cuisine, arts and crafts, entertainment and activities. The theme of Te Matatini 2015 is He Ngākau Aroha – it is our chance to say thank you and reciprocate the aroha, care and support shown by all iwi around the country after the earthquakes. Te Matatini 2015 will be a whānau-friendly, smoke-free, fizzy drinkfree, alcohol and drug-free event, where everyone is welcome.

There are all sorts of roles supporting this kaupapa - gathering and preparing kai, kapa haka liaison, information centre assistance, car parking and entry wardens, front and back stage assistants, venue cleanup, corporate lounge, kaumātua and tamariki areas, arts and craft stalls and exhibitions, administration support, catering, te mea, te mea, te mea. If you have already registered as a volunteer, firstly thank you very much for doing so and secondly, you can expect us to get in touch around mid-year, with further information. With the nation’s regional kapa haka competitions nearly complete, teams are already starting

Please visit the Waitaha website or call 0800 KAI TAHU and register your interest. You can also ‘like’ Waitaha Cultural Council on Facebook and encourage others by spreading the word.


Waitaha Senior Regional Kapa Haka Competition

Over 800 spectators gathered at Lincoln Events Centre on Saturday, April 12 for the Waitaha Senior Kapa Haka Competition 2014. Ten Te Waipounamu groups took to the stage for a series of beautiful and power-packed performances. The three qualifying teams to go on to compete at Te Matatini in Christchurch, in March 2015 are Ngā Manu a Tāne (first), Te Ahikōmau a Hamoterangi (second), and Te Pao a Tahu (third).


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Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau

The Poutini delegation on West Coast leases. This photograph is part of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board Collection that is in the Ngāi Tahu Archives. If you are able to provide names or information about this photo, please contact Tania Nutira or Robyn Walsh, Ngāi Tahu Archives Unit on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524-8248).


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