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TĒNEI MARAMA • Ngāi Tahu remembers; ANZAC Day - p. 8, 10, 14 & 40 • Return of taonga to Waihao - p. 20 • Ngāi Tahu tribal register hits 60,000 - p. 40

• Auahi Kore - World Smokefree Day - p. 11 & 45 • Mirimiri clinic in Ōtepoti - p. 44 • Whānau Ora funding available now - p. 44


I tukuna mai tēnei whakaahua e Nerys Baker nō Ngāti Wheke.

Nā te Kaiwhakahaere which will progress in the coming months to ensure the ICF creates meaningful change for whānau across Aotearoa. I will continue to update you as this kaupapa moves forward.

Nuitia te ara uwha o Tahu. Mai Hine-ahu-one, te kurawaka. Ki Hine-tītama e matawai ana ngā karu. Hine-moana e hāruru ana Nā Hine-raumati, Hine-takurua E māhana mai , ka ngahuru atu Auē, ngā mate huhua e tahā ake nei. Me he Toki pounamu e whati ana. Ka hurihia ana te Pō, Ka hoki ano ki te Ao mārama. Tīhei mauri ora. Welcome to the May edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka. I hope everyone is keeping warm as we move in to Makariri/Winter. The change in season can be tough for our taua and poua so I encourage everyone to keep an eye on our kaumātua and make sure they are keeping safe and warm this season. I am writing this pānui from Whanganui at the Iwi Chairs Forum (ICF), where I have been supported by Rik Tainui, Terry Nicholas and our team from the office. The ICF has been hosted by Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui and it has been wonderful experiencing the manaaki they have shown iwi katoa. It has been 10 years since the formation of the ICF and the iwi leaders agreed in recent years to review its function and form to ensure it is fit for purpose. I have taken a leading role with this kaupapa, along with Pahia Turia of Ngāti Apa and Vanessa Epirima of Ngāti Raukawa. The first day of this ICF was focused on discussing changes and proposals that could enhance our effectiveness. There has been positive deliberation at the hui

In March, we held the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu board hui, where we reviewed the work of the office and set out our expectations of the office and Ngāi Tahu Holdings for the coming year. The board also discussed Haea Te Awa and confirmed this is an important kaupapa for our future mahi and strategic direction. There have been five work streams established for the programme, which are: • • • • •

Distribution Regional development Investment framework Universal value creation Boundary pou

The office and I will continue to update you on Haea Te Awa as the programme progresses.

I look forward to working in partnership with the Prime Minister and the Labour government to ensure that policy and direction of the new government is informed by the views and aspirations of our Ngāi Tahu whānau. While in Queenstown, I was privileged to visit one of the Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund projects in Wanaka with Suzanne Ellison and local whānau. The site is designed to protect and foster weka in the region and it was truly amazing to see the weka thriving in these protected areas. The sites require constant monitoring to ensure they keep out predators and it was humbling to see all the volunteer hours that have been provided by the weka team. If you are interested in finding out more on the Mahinga Kai Enhancement Fund, information can be found here - mahinga-kai-enhancement-fund/

Our 2018 Road Shows have kicked off with a bang; about 300 whānau I recently had the privilege of turned out to see us at the Jet Park attending the Aspiring Conversations Conference Centre for our Auckland Conference to welcome the Prime Road Show. The Road Shows are a Minister Jacinda Ardern and the great opportunity for whānau to come 300 conference attendees. It was together, share in whānaungatanga an opportunity to also meet with and to be updated on the work of our Ngāi Tahu whānui who live in Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. I encourage Wanaka who also attended to tautoko everyone who has the chance to the welcome. attend one to do so. The dates and locations of the coming Road Shows As I have previously updated, we are can be found here - www.ngaitahu. continuing to build relationships with the new Labour government and in March, Matapura Ellison, our CEO We are also undertaking Regional Arihia Bennett and I met with Prime Road Shows within the takiwā. Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister We are running these Road Shows for Crown-Māori Engagement and because we want to hear your vision deputy leader Kelvin Davis, who were for our collective future - these are also in Queenstown for the Aspiring also designed to support the Form Conversations Festival. This was and Function Review, which was our first official meeting with the launched last year. I encourage Prime Minister and it was a great everyone to have their say on iwi opportunity to discuss her vision for Form and Function by visiting the the country. What truly struck me following link to fill out a survey was the level of cross-over between and to find the dates of the Regional our vision and hers, particularly Road Shows - regarding whānau opportunities and te-runanga-o-ngai-tahu/ngai-tahuwellbeing. governance/form-and-functionreview/


We need want this process to be informed by as many whānau voices as is possible, so please spread the word! Finally I want to end by acknowledging the passing of Mandy Waaka-Home. Mandy was a passionate advocate for Ngāi Tahu and was a true kaitiaki who knew every inch of her takiwā. Mandy approached all her work with determination, passion and humour, and contributed countless hours to helping her iwi, hapū and whānau. Her mahi and drive will be sorely missed. I would like to acknowledge all those who have passed away since my last column, my aroha is with all whānau who have lost a loved one.

Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai (second from right) with fellow attendees at the Aspiring Conversation Conference in Wanaka last month.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou,

Ko te rika toi i whakamanahia ai What is ‘Ko te rika toi i whakamanahia ai’?

This headline simply translates to reference ‘The cover artist’. This is a small section of Te Pānui Rūnaka where we are able to acknowledge and thank the artist who kindly offers their artwork for the cover each month. We hope you can gain some insight into the artwork depicted on the front page and into the life of the person who created this beautiful piece. If you want to know more about this artist or contribute your own artwork, you can reach Te Pānui Rūnaka editor Arielle Monk at Nerys Baker, Te Pānui Rūnaka May cover artist - titled Marakihau Nerys has been a creative through various channels throughout her life, but began painting three years ago and discovered a talent to good not to use as a career. "I wanted to paint my friend a picture, but had never been able to use paintbrushes. I gave it another shot, loved the process and outcome, and haven't stopped painting since," Nerys says. "I run my own small business, work part time in retail and full time as a Māmā to my son Aneurin." "The inspiration behind Marakihau (cover image) is my interest in mythology and creatures; as she was an addition to my series Ngā Māreikura o te Taiao, supernatural women. Marakihau means Siren, which was known as a malevolent yet beautiful spirit out to lure weary sailors to their doom." Nerys is currently based in Nelson with her husband Rangi and Aneurin. Together, they operate a business, Camp Mokonui, and will soon be relocating to Whanganui to further grow their vision. They are a sustainability-focused company and with this ethos, create activity kits and other merchandise for tamariki, using recycled materials. Nerys and Rangi are looking to become a 'real camp', with an offering of holiday programmes for tamariki all year round and a kaupapa Māori-based alternative education programme for at-risk rangatahi. Check them out here now on 3

Road Shows 2018 Are you living outside the takiwā and hungry to connect to your iwi? Join us again this year whānau, as we bring the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Road show to a location near you!

Road Shows

Join us to make connections, learn about whānau opportunities and benefits, meet our leaders, and celebrate being Ngāi Tahu.


Sunday 15 April


Sunday 29 April

This year eight road shows will be held throughout Te Ika-a-Māui and Australia between April and September, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will also host wānanga in Melbourne and Perth in conjunction with our Taurahere rōpū in these locations.


Sunday 6 May


Sunday 27 May


Sunday 10 June


Sunday 24 June

New Plymouth

Sunday 8 July


Sunday 22 July

Connect with your Taurahere in 2018 This year’s road shows are all about strengthening the ties to Ngāi Tahu whānau through Taurahere. There’s a Taurahere rōpū in or near each road show location – this is your chance to get involved in your local rōpū and get connected. Watch this space for an invitation in your mailbox or inbox soon. Pre-register now online or by phone and you’ll receive an awesome registration pack of Ngāi Tahu giveaways and goodies upon arrival at the road show. All Ngāi Tahu whānau are welcome – and if you’re not already registered, you can register as Ngāi Tahu on the road show through our helpful Whakapapa staff.

“Kia renarena te taukaea o te whanaungatanga”


Wānanga Melbourne

11-12 August


1-2 September

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Mangamaunu whānau update

Easter hui in April Mangamaunu Marae had a successful Easter hui with approximately 90 whānau attending. Whānau from as far south as Murihiku and north to Pōneke made the hīkoi to attend three days of activities. Highlights of the noho were the mau rākau before breakfast and trips along the coast to see lands affected by the earthquake and the road and rail repairs along our whenua – and of course, our inaugural plum duff cook-off. The winner this year was Allie Smith. Oh, and the hāngī was awesome! Many thanks to Whai Rawa, who made the effort to attend, specifically Thomas for his presentation. Ngā mihi to all the whānau who helped and contributed to a great few days on the pā.

Mangamaunu marae business

The Mangamaunu marae and individual whānau have also submitted responses to council re NCTIRs application for consents along the coast way. The most concerning issues regarding the consents is the lack of detail, a proposed sea wall, amenities block and cycleway in Mangamaunu Bay. In our eyes, it was a clear push by NCTIR to get as many consents through before the end of March when the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquake and Recovery Order In Council ended and NCTIR would have to follow normal RMA consent procedures. Post-consent, Mangamaunu and other key stakeholders, including Kaikōura Rūnaka, Kaikōura Marine Guardians, Kaikōura Board Riders Association, Surf Break Protection Society, Environment Canterbury and Kaikōura District Council have been invited to meet and work in partnership to inform the development of design for works on Mangamaunu coastline. Watch this space!

The first karanga noho was held for the year, and our second reo noho will take place in May with Matiu Thoms as kaiako. Our AGM is in May, so whānau look out for the date and support the marae and one another by attending. Contractors have been approached to look at remedial work on our driveway access and to trim our huge macrocarpa around the marae. The marae has been active in meeting with council regarding the on-going issues of freedom campers, particularly along Kiwa Road. We are in discussion about how to remedy these issues including a possible ablution block, which would stop defecation on reserve lands.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae Rā whānau

Shannon Robinson, Tahana Tauwhare, Moria Tainui, Emma Tainui, Karen Coakley, Papakura Tainui, Lionel Tainui, Hector Tainui, Henare Mason, Eniitan Ewebiyi-Meihana, Tainui Coakley, Tahu Coulston, Te Rua Mason, Jayne Dottie Morrision, Adiriana Weepu, James Tuhuru Gibbs, Vicki Ratana, Donald Mason, Ari Royal-Tamainu, Kourtney Lang, Anika Ngaamo, Paige Hutana, Hector Tainui Jr, Aaron Tainui, Hugo Davies,Liam GutsellCoakley,Harley Panapa. Aroha mai whānau if I have missed anyone’s birthday! Rā whānau to all you May babies.

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Introducing Miss Hiwa-i-te-rangi Lucia Te Rina June Paewhenua-Morgan born 20 April at 1.38am, weighing 8lb 11oz. Well done Tonihi and Memphis – she is so beautiful. Hiwa-i-te-rangi is mokopuna number three for Missy Campbell, a great moko for Stu Campbell and the late Lucia (Lucy).

Right: Hiwa-i-te-rangi Lucia Te Rina June Paewhenua-Morgan.


Twenty days in the wilderness

Provided by Waikato-Tainui Imagine this: nearly three weeks in Te Waipounamu, mostly on foot, from 5.30am until late every day, sometimes sleeping on the ground with no mattress, generally no showers, no contact with the outside world, and 11 strangers you can’t escape.

Along the way, their rōpū was welcomed onto Arahura Marae; it was here that the connection between Hinga’s Ngāti Hikairo people and Kāti Waewae were acknowledged. Piripi Tauwhare came from Kāwhia and settled here in Arahura back in the day. For Hinga, it was about renewing that connection.

Hinga (Ngāti Hikairo ki Kāwhia, Kāi Tahu ki Puketeraki) and Lloyd (Ngāpuhi and Waikato), are a married couple from Kāwhia, both in their 50s. They recently took part in Aoraki Bound.

This was also a big highlight for Lloyd: “we walked the same route that the tūpuna of Hinga walked, carrying boulders of pounamu, known as the pounamu trail, at Nōti Raureka (Browning Pass). It was here that I was inspired, on hearing of the legend of pounamu – about Waitaiki, her husband chief Tamaāhua and the taniwha Poutini. Being there in the midst of that beautiful landscape on the Arahura, I felt lead in my wairua to compose a waiata.”

Hinga and Lloyd Whiu, both Waikato-Tainui staff members, say these experiences were some of the most challenging and fulfilling they’ve ever had. Alongside the discomforts, they also experienced hiking in amazing landscapes filled with birdsong, the chance to conquer life-long fears and develop new skills, new friends, and immersion in Kāi Tahutanga. Together, they heard Kāi Tahu stories, histories and whakapapa.

Lloyd’s gift of song writing and his knowledge of the reo came together in that moment and the waiata he wrote has now been professionally recorded and filmed. “I want it to be a gift from both Hinga and myself, from Ngāti Hikairo to give to the Kāti Waewae people.”

They both describe it as challenging on all levels – physically, spiritually, emotionally, culturally and socially.

Fusion holiday programme – April

Our Fusion holiday programme is a rōpū of tamariki aged five to 15 years. It involves learning skills our tamariki and kaiako will use for the rest of their lives, learning protocols and customs that will stick in their minds and kōrero that will be forever stored in their thoughts.

We walked tracks such as the Truman Track, where our whānau would detour through the bush to avoid the cliffs and rocks. We also showed our tamariki how to pick and look after kawakawa while they heard kōrero on all the uses our tūpuna had for kawakawa. Some tamariki took the leaves home to make a warming brew!

Over our Easter programme, we focused on cultural, historical and spiritual sites significant to our Waewae/ Kāi Tahu whānau. We journeyed up to Punakaiki for an overnight noho. Punakaiki was historically a place where Waewae whānau stopped over while gathering mahinga kai and other natural resources like weaving materials and the dark pahautāne flint which the old people needed for drilling holes in our pounamu. We visited sites and caves that they would have taken shelter in, and also got to see one of the caves where our ancestors put tūpāpaku. Traditionally, whānau pani would also stay in the cave.

We had the pleasure of our kaumātua James Russell joining us for our day and sharing his knowledge –we thank you so much for your time – we really hope you enjoyed your day with us. We were also joined by David Mason, Te Kaiwhakahaere o Mātauranga Māori at Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Tama Kirikiri from Māui Studios and Carl Pavletich from Fabriko Creative. Carl is known for creating a technology-focused programme called Koneki; this software has helped make many stories of Te Ao Māori come to life using virtual and augmented reality.


The rapid development of technology these days is incredible, (our tamariki are experts with technology), and it was great to provide a different way for them to learn and hold onto our kōrero. It also inspired some to aspire to work in these areas in the future. Instead of playing PS4 games, maybe one day they will be the creators of these type of games. We will be keeping an eye on our kids to see what the future brings for them!

Thank you to everyone who came to speak with our kids – we know the tamariki really enjoyed the kōrero each and every one of you brought to us and hope to have you with us again soon. Thank you also to the kaiako and parent helpers for our noho – without you all, we would not have been able to go away. Looking forward to seeing you all next holidays!

Rūnanga business

Rūnanga hui are held bi-monthly from 11am-3pm. Please direct your enquires to Te Tari o Arahura by phone on (03) 755 6451 or email: We welcome contributions from whānau for the Ngāti Waewae section of Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos in. And as always, visit the tari anytime.


Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou katoa. Nei anō te maioha o Kāti Māhaki ki a koutou katoa. Nei hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā tini mate kua hika mai, kua hika atu. Ki a rātou katoa i 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! Cool mornings, some stunning bright sunny days, some rainy days too and chilly nights have been on the cards lately. We hope whānau are keeping safe and warm as winter approaches.

ANZAC Day 2018

ANZAC Day dawned overcast but fortunately turned into a bright, sunny morning. We had a great turn out of whānau and locals for our service, which was led by Father Michael Mahoney. After the acts of remembrance, poppies were laid at our commemorative window before everyone headed outdoors for the wreath laying ceremony at our flagpole, Te Hokowhitu a Tū. This included a wreath laid by one of the youngest Makaawhio whānau, and Private Chase Whati. We were thrilled to again have the support of two serving representatives of the Royal New Zealand Army during our service. Once the service was over, everyone headed inside our wharekai, Poke, for a delicious spread of kai and more kōrero. We all had an amazing and memorable day and would like to thank everyone who joined us for such a fabulous way to honour and mark ANZAC Day. Ka maumahara tonu mātou ki a rātou.

He Rau Mahara

Te Rūnaka o Makaawhio would like to thank Allanah Burgess from the Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa Unit for coming along to our ANZAC Day Service this year. Allanah kindly presented the rūnaka with a copy of He Rau Mahara, a pukapuka of stories and history of Ngāi Tahu soldiers from throughout New Zealand who contributed to the Allied war efforts overseas. In the small settlement of Jacob’s River (Makaawhio) where there were only 13 able-bodied men, it was agreed nine of them would enlist to fight for their country; the remaining men would stay home and care for the families and tend the land. Two men never returned home and another two died shortly after returning from the war. There were many “ohhhh’s” and “ahhhh’s” as the pukapuka and two stunning posters were given to the rūnaka. It was an amazing way to end the day for all.

Helen Wilson, the mokopuna of William Paitoto Bannister (oldest son of John William and Hera Te Koeti), who adorns the front cover of He Rau Mahara, standing beside two beautiful banners which Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa presented to Te Rūnaka o Makaawhio.


Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae

It’s wonderful seeing our regular groups staying at Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae in Mahitahi (Bruce Bay). Not only do they have a great time in South Westland – they also get to stay, care for and appreciate our marae as if it was their own. We love seeing the familiar faces returning year after year and the fresh faces that come from all around New Zealand and the world.

30 Year Anniversary

Te Ara Whakatipu – May 2018

I know it’s hard to believe but, over the weekend of 2527 August, we will be marking the 30th Anniversary of the formation of our rūnanga! A komiti has been formed to organise the celebration and events for the weekend. Please contact the office if you wish to participate.

Watch out for an update on this wonderful kaupapa – as this magazine was being put together, we were headed off to the Hollyford for another hīkoi.

Hui rūnanganui – Executive meeting

Our next hui will be held at Te Rūnaka o Makaawhio office, 56 Brittan Street, Hokitika, at 9.30am on Saturday 9 June. Members are welcome to attend but please let the office know for catering purposes

Rūnaka Website

Check out our website: Members can access a member’s only section which allows registered members to access more information than anyone else visiting the site. All passwords have been emailed and posted out to whānau – if you have not received one yet please contact the office.

Membership database

We are still working to find the more than 250 members we have incorrect addresses for. Please contact the office and check if you are one of these, or check out our e-pānui and website, where we have included a list of names.

E-pānui Rūnaka

Our e-pānui is a regular fortnightly newsletter sent out to let members know what we have been up to and what is coming up. These are sent by email and can also be accessed via a link in the members section of our website. If you have not received a copy please contact the office and let us know your e-mail address so we can add you to our whānau email group.

Members can also help by contacting the office to check if we have the correct address, phone numbers and email contact details for you, your tamariki and/or your mokopuna and also if they are registered. Phone 03 755 7885 or

Let us know what you think and provide us with any news and titbits you want to share. This will be a fortnightly pānui, so there will be plenty of room for contributions.

He mihi manahau, he mihi matakuikui, he mihi nunui ki a koutou katoa. Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Rā whānau

Happy birthday to Jesse Thompson on 16 April and Māui Stuart on 12 April.

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Ari William Dennis Abraham was born on 13 January in Southampton, United Kingdom. He is the second son of Andrea and Steven Abraham, the younger brother of Sean Abraham, and mokopuna of Rosemary (née Pohio) and Barry Read (New Zealand grandparents) and Sheila and Robert Abraham (British grandparents). Ari is the great-grandson of Elma (née Couch of Rāpaki) and Douglas Pohio (of Tuahiwi).



This year on ANZAC Day, we unveiled a memorial to those from Rāpaki who fought in World War One – some of whom never returned home. A big crowd gathered for a memorable service on a beautiful morning, followed by a lovely breakfast in the new wharekai. A big mihi to everyone who helped out leading up to and on ANZAC Day, from those who painted Gallipoli Jetty and constructed the memorial, to the New Zealand Army for their presence, and to those who helped out on the day in the kitchen and wharekai.

Couch Whānau Reunion

Over Easter weekend, the Riwai-Couch whānau gathered for a reunion at Rāpaki. For some of the whānau members, it was their first time at Rāpaki. Many said they now feel connected to Ngāti Wheke and Ngāi Tahu and look forward to returning more often. They had such a full on programme and learned more about Ben Couch and his life in Rāpaki as a child. They also heard local stories and stories of our beautiful marae.  


Auahi Kore - Smokefree Aotearoa

A year on from when she was last interviewed, Herewini Banks reflects on what life is like being smoke-free. Describing herself as a “pretty hard core smoker”, Herewini says people were really surprised to hear she had given up. “Most people are as pleased as punch when they find out but they are also pretty surprised. I was 74 when I gave it up – three weeks before my birthday – so it’s never too late to quit.” For Herewini, having others smoking around her hasn’t been a problem. “I really thought it would be – but it wasn’t”. But she has discovered that getting frustrated is a trigger for her. Whaea Herewini Banks looking out at her paradise.

“Yesterday, I was driving in the rain, it was hosing down, and the window wiper was scraping across the window. It was really irritating and I couldn’t stop and do anything about it… Boy, did I ever want a cigarette then,” she laughs. “But I would never consider getting one, the craving goes anyway.”

Hoki mai

We welcome home Rangitane Thompson and his beautiful wahine, Tali Tominiko, who have returned from Australia with their handsome son Amani, number six mokopuna for Catherine and Andre.

With the Rāpaki Marae being smoke-free, Herewini remembers what it was like having to go off site for a smoke. “It used to be me that said ‘Come on pariahs, let’s go’ when we had to go off site for a smoke. Now I have a bit of a giggle when I see them go off, I don’t have to do the walk of shame. I don’t know if having the marae smokefree will make anyone quit but it could be easier for people who are trying to quit.” And the best part about quitting cigarettes? “Just not smoking”, she says. “My clothes don’t smell of smoke, my hair doesn’t smell of smoke, my car doesn’t smell of smoke. All that, and I have more money now, so I can buy what I need at the shops.” So, to anyone thinking about giving up smoking – “Think of your bank account, and just do it, do it any way you can.”

Pēpi Amani Thompson has just returned to Aotearoa with his mātua, Rangitane and Tali.

World Smoke-free Day is on Thursday, 31 May. Free support to become smoke-free is available from Te HāWaitaha. Call 0800 425 700 or jump online and check it out at


Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Oh cousin Charles, lovely photo in the Pānui last month, lots of Crofts eh! Get you Meri Crofts, wouldn’t Charlie Crofts hold the flowers? Sooky eh! Well, our Denise has given up being our cleaner at the marae after 10 years, so best of luck on your retirement and hope to see you around the marae still. We have got another cleaner, Ismailia Lister Crofts, daughter of Jack and Pikau Crofts, so all is good.

Well it’s that time again, when all the gossy comes out. How’s everyone? Good? Me too! Condolences to all who have lost whānau. Cheer up, chin up, be happy (look who’s talking! Nah, I’m happy all the time). We have had some hui here, but just day ones, averaging about 125-130 people, nice and small. Plenty to eat and plenty of kōrero. There were about 57 different nationalities in the crowd and a few from New ZeaIand – I got a lot of their autographs.

Rex will have to make his own cup of tea now, as Denise used to make if for him. We had a wonderful afternoon tea to say farewell, and of course, there were plenty of tears.

Oh! By the way, did everyone have a good Easter? Very quiet eh. I had a lovely Easter; had lunch with my daughter Roberta and Roger and their whānau. Went home after, settled on the settee and went to sleep, woke up and had another big kai. All was good. Charlie will be saying “ah, the little poaka”, no he won’t, ay Meri Crofts.

Oh just quickly, by the way, I got myself two dozen oysters the other day! I went home, put the TV on and had a good scoff (not really). But woke up next morning and what do you think happened… Yes! Bloody gout! Foot swollen right up and it was very sore. I bet Bubba from Bluff is saying, “poor Aunty Pat”. Never mind, all good now. ‘Till next time, when I will have some more gossy. Cheers for now, love you all! K.K.K.

Well, the Commonwealth Games have begun so home I go to watch the opening. But lo and behold, went to sleep and woke up at 5 o’clock the next morning. But never mind, I’ll catch up with it all later. I’ll be watching all day now, so the eyes will be very tired.

Wairewa Rūnanga Whānau Ora portfoio – May hui cancelled

The hui advertised in Te Pānui Rūnaka last month, set for May, has now been cancelled. We had a great showing at our April Whānau Ora hui; 15 Wairewa members came out to the marae to share their thoughts on what Whānau Ora looks like to them, and how Wairewa Rūnanga could possibly contribute to that vision. Many ideas were put forward to Kelly Barry and Jaleesa Panirau, the hui facilitators, giving them much to consider over the year as they work to develop the portfolio for rūnanga members. Kelly and Jaleesa are aiming to provide another update in Te Pānui Rūnaka next month. Ngā mihi ki a koutou!

Reunion at Wairewa Marae

Over the weekend of April 6-8, the descendants of Maud Crawford-Wakefield came together for a whānau reunion at Wairewa Marae in Little River. We had more than 70 whānau come along and, for many of us, it was our first time on the marae. It was timed with the unveiling for Taua Gladys HuinuiFleeting, who is buried out at Tuahiwi, and we also bought back three whānau kawe mate. We had many activities and wānanga together over the weekend, including a kōrero from Joseph Hullen out at Kaiapoi Pā – the Dubai of the South Pacific! Whānau agreed this was a major highlight. 12

We shared photos and whakapapa in the whare and talked about land succession; we have a few whānau who are interested in starting up a trust for us and the generations after us. We took a trip out to Ōnuku 886 landblock and a Kaiapoi block too. We also tried to live stream some of our hui on Facebook for whānau who couldn’t make it, but still wanted to be a part of the kaupapa.

The whānau actually reconnected with many others whom they had never met and didn’t know, which was a beautiful experience for all. Many thanks to Darryl, Kerry and Rana and all other haukāinga for caring for us. We have also made a Facebook page for our whānau. If you’d like to join, please email us at:

Aunty Tottie, 91, came from Wellington and put the youngsters to shame – first up and last to bed! We came together from far and wide, including Aussie, Auckland, Whakatāne, Wellington and Nelson, as well as those closer to home.

Looking forward to the bigger Wakefield Whānau Reunion in 2019!

Kipa Whānau noho marae

We spent our time reconnecting to our kāika, papakāika, and of course, talking about whakapapa. It was a fantastic time to reconnect and meet the next generation of tamariki, the great-great mokopuna of Aperahama Te Aika and Ngareta Kipa (née Karaitiana). We spent our last morning together planting trees on our papakāika. Nā, Maire Kipa.

The mokopuna of the nine children of Aperahama Te Aika Kipa and Ngareta Tipene Karaitiana spent the weekend of 2-4 March reconnecting with one another.

Wairewa uri a What Now! TV star Last month, Virginia Rissetto appeared on the popular kids’ TV show What Now. Her kura, Flanshaw Road Primary School, hosted the TV show in West Auckland. Virginia took part in the Tongue Twister game, resulting in show host Ronnie pouring gunge on her – a What Now special! Virginia is 9 years-old and is in Year Five at school. Her hobbies are dancing, making slime, playing soccer and going to the movies with her sister Rainbow. She loved being on TV! Nā, Taua Olive Wanoa and Taua Rebecca Rissetto. Virginia Rissetto and presenter Ronnie Taulafo.


Wairewa players bring home big win

On 25 April, the annual ANZAC Day rugby test between Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Police starred two Wairewa players. The match at College Rifles Rugby Club in Remuera, Auckland was closely contested but came out with the police on top, winning 31-27. Shaquille and Theodore Brain are both from Waiwera and we also had a third Ngāi Tahu player on the pitch – Logan Martin has whakapapa to Awarua. Logan was captain of the Emergency and Fire New Zealand team and led their haka. What a game!

Ngāi Tahu rugby champs named: Shaquille Brain (third from left), Theodore Brain (fourth from left) and Logan Martin (third from right).

Ōnuku Rūnanga Jaryn Tainui represents New Zealand

Being present on side court at such a professionally played game of netball was exciting, and also impressive to bear witness to your own whānau member proving so confidently why he was selected – especially for the next generations watching who also have a love for sport. Jaryn has become a mentor and role model.

Ōnuku whānau are very proud of the achievements of Jaryn Tainui (youngest son of George Tainui) who recently made the New Zealand men’s netball team. He also played for Canterbury Mixed earlier this year in Auckland; the team came second to North Harbour, winning silver at the nationals. Jaryn’s efforts for Canterbury saw him gain a place in the New Zealand men’s team in his usual position as goal defence.

The New Zealand men’s team will be competing in the Trans-Tasman competition held in Adelaide, Australia in October – something for us to look forward to watching.

On 28 April, also his dad’s birthday, the whānau rugged up to attend the New Zealand men’s and Canterbury men’s training, held at Cashmere High School in Christchurch – the first whānau to arrive on court received the best seats. It was great to see the excitement on Jaryn’s face, seeing such a turn-out of his supporters. It was a birthday blessing for George to spend time with his children and whānau, watching his son play.

Jaryn as an individual is classy, kind and well-presented. As a netball professional he is focused, he is sassy and New Zealand quality. Koia kei a koe Jaryn. Ōnuku whānau support you all the way.

Ōnuku goes golfing

For the Ōnuku whānau wondering how Rik and Rei played over the two days - Rei won the golf, Rik bought the drinks!

Rik Tainui, Ōnuku Rūnanga chairperson, and his sister Rei Tainui participated in the two day Te Waipounamu Māori golf tournament, recently hosted at the Avondale Golf Club in Christchurch. The very popular annual Easter tournament attracted a full field of players, and some even travelled from the North Island to compete, before heading on to the upcoming Māori nationals. The course was in brilliant condition and the hāngī was enjoyed by all. Rik and Rei presented the prizes to the top male and female gross winners, Haupai Puha and Kawhena Rangihaeta Puha, on behalf of Ngāi Tahu, who were major sponsors of the event. The pair are married and are outstanding golfers. Haupai had a 62 on Saturday and a 65 on the Sunday. Te Waipounamu Māori golf were extremely grateful for the support from Ngāi Tahu. They hope this will continue and that a lot more Ngāi Tahu will play next year!

Rei Tainui, Kawhena Rangihaeta Puha and Rik Tainui.


Rotary Conference at Ōnuku Marae

Our other keynote speakers included our very own past Rotary International Director, Stuart Heal, who spoke about ‘Rotary – Our future’ and presented some strong thoughts about the future shape of Rotary in New Zealand. Mathew Mark is the new Christchurch City Missioner and gave us a perspective on the work the City Mission does and the plans for expanding their services, which are under constant pressure.

Sarita McLean, our Rotary District Governor, wanted to have a conference with a difference. With Ōnuku Marae as the venue and after months of planning, she and her conference committee certainly achieved that. Set in the scenic Akaroa Harbour, Ōnuku Marae offers a stunning carved whare tīpuna, a new and contemporary wharekai, a beautiful original church and lush peaceful grounds. We were blessed with good weather at just the right time for the arrival of 130 attendees on the Friday evening. While waiting outside, people could take in the scenery and ambience. We were called onto the marae early and many people spoke of the warmth and atmosphere of proceedings and of the excellent offering of kai to end the impressive pōwhiri. We also wanted to mention that the food was excellent on every occasion – thank you. The presentation of two punga and ferns as part of our koha was not only in celebration of our Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s environmental goal; it was also a commitment of the conference committee to environmental sustainability and ultimately to working together with the Ōnuku community.

We also heard from Tim Edmonds, of Cure Kids in Fiji, who talked about the objective that no child should die from a lack of oxygen. Dr Sue Bagshaw presented her topic – ‘OMG they’re teenagers’ – and discussed the joys of parenting teens, how much change teenage bodies and brains undergo and how to assist their development. The 2018 conference was a way of showcasing Rotary, particularly the work carried out in our district. The conference committee were committed to the theme: ‘The one world of Rotary making difference’, underlined with celebrating our cultural diversity, which was one of the key reasons for holding the conference at a marae. It was also a chance for our Rotary family to learn a little more about our shared cultural heritage. Thank you to everyone at Ōnuku for making our conference a success; this certainly will be a conference that everyone will talk about for years to come!

So the conference began … and who could have been more appropriate as our first keynote speaker than Sir Mark Solomon, former elected Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 1998-2016. Sir Mark received a standing ovation for his comprehensive thoughts on family violence in the community.

Nā, Mel Opie and Sarita McLean.

Te Taumutu Rūnanga Tamariki Day

Our latest Tamariki Day focused around ANZAC Day. On 26 April, whānau and tamariki met at Ngāti Moki and began the day with karakia, our mihimihi and a kōrero around what ANZAC means and why we celebrate. From this we began to talk about our activity for the day, making waka huia from clay. Our tamariki were very excited by this and couldn’t wait to get started. Once we had made the shells of our waka huia, we went for a


walk to the beach and created art with natural resources from the whenua. We walked back to the marae and had fish and chips for lunch and after we cleaned up we continued making our waka huia. At the end of the day, we all shared our highlights from the day, which included making the waka huia, meeting new people and going to the beach. We ended the day with a poroporoaki and karakia and the announcement of the next Tamariki Day. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning, organisation and running of the day, plus all the whānau who came along.

Hauora and mātauranga

Nā, Dardanelle McLean-Smith This month has been busy as I’ve been settling into my new role. We have had a full calendar with Lincoln University graduations, school blessings and sod turnings, requests for schools to engage with Te Taumutu Rūnanga and the organisation of events for whānau. In the April school holidays we held Tamariki Day. We will be planning ahead for Tamariki Days from now on, so if you are wanting to be registered to receive information in future, please contact Dardanelle McLean-Smith: dardanelle.mclean-smith@ngaitahu.iwi. nz or on 021 195 6083. skills to create safe spaces and safe places. I encourage all whānau to attend Tū Pono whānau hui across the motu and to begin having those brave conversations within whānau units about what a violence-free future looks like.

On 24 April, Keriana and I attended the Tū Pono whānau workshop hui at Rehua Marae in Christchurch. It was an enlightening and engaging hui, with the main theme saying we as whānau have the ability to change the way whānau see violence in their own homes and communities. As whānau, hapū and iwi we possess the

Maramataka - upcoming events

Matariki Celebration with Darfield Community This Matariki celebration will be on 16 June at the Darfield Community Hall and will include kapa haka, waiata, dramatic storytelling of Matariki stories from local kura, a sensory Matariki light tunnel, arts and crafts, kirituhi, fire performers and hāngī. All Taumutu whānau are invited to join in the celebrations. Tamariki Day - hīkoi On 14 July, we will be travelling to Mt John Observatory in Takapō to get up close and personal with the stars of Matariki. To register interest for these events, please contact Dardanelle on: 021 195 6083, 03 974 0356 or

Rangatahi Aspirations - workshop series Rangatahi are asked to join in sharing their aspirations and dreams in a workshop series hosted every two weeks over June and July. These will shape the direction, opportunities and activities provided to Taumutu rangatahi. 16

ment plans and policies should consider holistic and indigenous nd values.


rectly for Māori and my ambitions are to take what I have learnt hi in to the pacific.

Having worked in this role for just under two months, I am able to talk to kaumātua and whānau about how Te Waihora used to be an abundant supply of mahinga kai. I want to hold strong to that vision and ensure that two or three generations after me matter which way the wind blows, kai is always abundant at Taumutu.

der tua to i. I enme kai

• Strengthening relationships - Selwyn District Council, Ashburton District Council, Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury • Support in accessing funding and grants for environmental projects • Engaging with schools, universities and other community groups - providing cultural narratives of the takiwa and Māori perspectives on environmental concerns and issues • Ensuring Te Taumutu Rūnanga is represened in restoration and rehibilitation projects in its takiwā.


Assistant Kaitohutohu Kaitiakitanga

Kia ora koutou, ko Sef Erasito toku ingoa. I am of Fijian and Cook Island descent. Born in Tamaki Makaurau, I moved to Otautahi to study at Canterbury University and completed with a BSc in geography with the Ensuring Te Taumutu Rūnanga is representenvironmental science. ed in restoration and rehabilitation projects in its takiwā

Contact Sefeti Erasito Assistant Kaitohutohu Kaitiakitanga Te Taumutu Rūnanga Ph: (03) 371 0188 or 021 195 6715 Email:

Whilst studying, I realised I wanted to ensure indigenous peoples have a stronger representation in regards to environmental concerns and issues. I also saw how environmental management plans and policies could more inclusively consider holistic and indigenous ideals and values. I haveSefeti beenErasito extremely lucky to Assistant Kaitohutohu Kaitiakitanga continue this journey working directly for Māori and Rūnanga my ambitions are Te to Taumutu take what I have learnt in this mahi Ph: (03) 371 0188 back to Pasifika communities one day.

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Mobile: 021 195 6715 Email:

Supporting whānau where appropriate by providing a liason role to link them with cultural resources in the community. To foster and strengthen relationships while working collaboratively with other cultural groups in the Taumutu takiwā.

The following visions guide the practices and activities the Kaitohutohu undertakes when working with stakeholders including whānau, education providers and individuals. These can be seen as touch points for the strategic vision and goals of the role: • • • • • • •

Kaitohutohu Ruahikihikitanga

My role as Kaitohutohu Ruahikihikitanga is to support our members and increase their knowledge of Te Ao Māori while actively looking to increase the numbers of hapū members who are willing to contribute to the life of the hapū, rūnanga, marae and wider community.This will include mahi geared towards: • •

Contact Tama Tuirirangi Kaitohutohu Ruahikihikitanga Te Taumutu Rūnanga Ph: 021 1958 434 Email:

Building confidence and leadership in our youth and to advance the mana and the fure of our hapū Working with present members and kaumātua to pass the knowledge they have on to our rangatahi and future members, and;

ance the mana


Kawa and tikanga Whakapapa Ngā mahi a rēhia Waiata Te reo Kōrero pūrākau Mahi toi


Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata Ngā mate

Rūnanga meetings

Ngā mihi aroha ki a whānau who have lost a loved one, including the whānau of Garry Gibbons (son of Marama Ruiha Ruru).

Here are the current dates for our bi-monthly rūnanga meetings • Sunday 10 June – 10.30am • Sunday 12 August – 10.30am • Sunday 14 October – 10.00am (Rūnanga meeting follows AGM) • Sunday 9 December - 10.00am

To owners/shareholders of Rowallan Trust – Blk VIII Section 7

The radiata plantation is being harvested and is due to be completed during 2018. Your addresses need to be updated to facilitate distribution of funds to owners after completion. Please forward your current addresses and phone numbers to;

Contributions to Te Pānui Rūnaka

Do you have stories and pictures you would like to share with the wider whānau? If so, please email me on (subject line TPR Contribution) or

Rowallan Trust Blk VIII Section 7 c-o Crowe Horwath (NZ) Ltd Private Bag 90106 Invercargill 9840

Please remember that if you include photos, make sure you have the names of the people too.

Or by email to:

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Arowhenua Rūnanga

These whakapapa links come from my maternal grandmother, Hara Piahana Adams (née Te Hiwi).

Kia ora whānau! We have a number of new additions to staff both in the office and in our structure. We have appointed a new General Manager/Kaiwhakahaere, Matua Karaitiana Taiuru, who is overseeing our rūnanga operations as well as a new office administrator, Hara Adams, along with several new staff in the health area.

Through my father, Sterling Norman Williams, my whakapapa links are Ngāti Tamarangi and Ngāti Hine of Muaūpoko, this link comes from my paternal grandfather Henry James Williams, he uri o Taueki. Through my paternal grandmother (gran) Mary Clare Cecelia Williams (nee Bradshaw), my whakapapa links are Kāti Rakiāmoa of Ngāi Tahu.

Karaitiana Taiuru - General manager

It’s a real privilege to be here working in the office as the office general manager. I’m here to help ensure we can make changes to support the rūnanga vision and beliefs for intergenerational change and benefits.

Ko Hara Piahana Mary Adams-Williams ahau. I was born and raised in Ōtaki and attended St. Joseph’s Māori Girls College before moving on to Perth, where I stayed for five years working in finance/administration for Rebel Sports and an oil and gas company, Hydratight. I returned home to Ōtaki in 2012, where I immediately became involved with my whānau, hapū and iwi. I was employed by the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board, initially to cover maternity leave, but I ended up remaining within the organisation from for another five years, where I worked as an administrator before becoming office manager and board secretary. I was also engaged with various organisations on a voluntary basis, namely secretarial services for Te Reanga Ipurangi Education Trust and as treasurer of the Rangiātea Church Vestry.

Throughout my career, I have worked in the commercial, iwi, non-profit and government sectors in various roles all over the world. I currently have several governance roles with national organisations. My last full-time role was at Lincoln University. Being able to work at a community/rūnanga level will be both satisfying and challenging, but it is a new challenge I look forward to. We have a great office team; Gwen will also be staying on as the rūnanga marae liaison person and will continue to manage bookings. Our office has an open door policy: I welcome all whānau to visit and have a chat or a coffee.

Hara Adams – Office administrator

I am honoured and privileged to be working in the office at Arowhenua and look forward to this next chapter working amongst my Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Ngā mihi! Hara.

Kia ora koutou, through my mother, Lorna Williams (nee Adams), my whakapapa links are Ngāti Pare of Ngāti Raukawa, Mateawa of Ngāti Tūkorehe and Ngāti Te Akamapuhia of Ngāti Toarangatira. 18

Tamariki Ora and primary health nurse

Community social worker, Temuka

Jessica McDonald Kia ora koutou. Ko Mt Kyeburn te maunga, Ko Taieri te awa, Ko Frazer tōku papa, Ko Lynley tōku mama, Ko Jamie taku tāne, Nō Pleasant Point ahau, Ko Jessica McDonald tōku ingoa, Nō reira, Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Suzy Armstrong Ko Peny Fan te mauka Ko Taf te awa Ko Cymru te Iwi Ko Suzy Armstrong ahau

I have recently been appointed to the position of community social worker in Temuka. This service offers whānau access to a registered social worker whose role is to provide a whānau-centred, high quality and comprehensive service for at risk whānau and people of all ages within the Temuka area.

I studied a Bachelor of Nursing at SIT in Invercargill before relocating from Southland to start my graduate year on the Surgical Ward at Timaru Hospital.

This role includes the promotion of whānau capacity to manage their own health and wellbeing with their own decision making. I will provide advocacy for care of tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau within the service, and will help whānau access support and services to empower and enable them to be safe and to flourish in their families and community.

My partner and I now live on the other side of Pleasant Point and I look forward to meeting you all.

Keeping up to date

If you have a change of address, phone or email, please let the office know. Keeping your contact details up to date with the rūnanga will mean you don’t miss out on pānui from the marae and rūnanga and will be in the loop with anything happening here. You can reach us on any of the contact details below.

Contact details

38 Huirapa Street, Temuka. Phone: 03 615 9646 Email


We invite all whānau with whakapapa to Arowhenua to register with the rūnanga. Registration forms are available from our office or by email. Once registered, you will receive information relevant only to Arowhenua whānau.

Te Rūnanga o Waihao Ngā mate

Waihao Rūnanga extends our deepest sympathy to all our whānau suffering the loss of a loved one at this time. We acknowledge the whānau of Gloria Wilkie (pictured right), Mandy Home and Paul Tau.

Gloria Wilkie, a loved member of Te Rūnanga o Waihao.


Return of the toki

We felt it was time it returned to where it most likely came from, where it could stop travelling, and in some way contribute to the growth and development of Te Rūnanga o Waihao. In return, we would like enough of the story of its return to be kept so that our children and grandchildren know of its existence and possibly visit it here. We believe it is important that they understand the contribution made to their lives by the time our family occupied a small part of your land.”

Waihao would like to acknowledge and thank Jim Matheson and his whānau for the return of a special toki to the rūnanga. It was a very special day for us all with formal and informal engagement between rūnanga whānau and the Matheson whānau at the marae. Jim told the story of the toki, since it was first discovered by his grandparents, Jack Matheson and Mary Macpherson, who settled on a small holding on Gum Tree Flat Road, just down river from McCullough’s Bridge at Waikākahi in 1899. “We are not clear how the toki came into grandad’s possession. For us, it was always just part of the family treasures, along with our great-grandfather Macpherson’s kilt and walking stick and a silver tea set and endless old books. We believe it was picked up on the farm. It has always been held in high regard. For most of the time it has been on public display. Why are we returning it? As our family loses its connection to this area and we disperse around Aotearoa, we recognised that the meaning of this toki and its relation to the whenua would dissipate.

Ashburton Art Gallery

The Water Project exhibition Sculptor Bing Dawe is installing his work downstream under Aoraki-Tuna with Barrier for the Water Project. This work has been dedicated to Waihao whānau member John Wilkie. Bing’s sculpture is a recognition of John’s tireless work in transporting mature tuna to below the dams and tunariki (baby tuna) to above the dams on the Waitaki River. To read the full article from The Guardian, please visit our website:

Photo supplied by Ashburton Art Gallery.


Dardanelle McLean-Smith at Taumutu

It is with great honour and pleasure that I announce my employment with Te Taumutu Rūnanga as their Kaitohutohu Hauora and Mātauranga. The pōwhiri for new staff was on 8 April at Ngāti Moki Marae. I would like to thank all whānau that were present and supported me at the pōwhiri, it was a truly beautiful day. All of our new staff were welcomed and introduced to the Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki whānau. It was great to see the whanaungatanga throughout, making connections with one another. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my whānau who supported me at my mihi whakatau at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in March. In anticipation of the busy months ahead, there were 10 whānau who came to support in this space so ngā mihi to you all. Again, thank you to all of my whānau who have helped shape and support me to be in this role. There would be no me without you. Ngā mihi mahana, Dardanelle.

Sharing pānui and updating your info

Kaumātua lunches

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and photos to the office. Remember if you have moved, or changed your email address, please advise the office so that we can update our records.

The upcoming 2018 Kaumātua Lunch Dates are as follows: • 31 May – combined lunch, held at Waihao Marae • 26 July – regional lunches • 27 September – combined lunch, held at Waihao Marae • 29 November – regional lunches.

Please direct enquiries to Te Rūnanga o Waihao by on 03 689 4726 or at

Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Rā whānau

A belated happy birthday to Lisa Te Raki, Stacey Reynolds, Jade Roderick, Karen McFarlane, Nico and Tasman

Rangimarie Sally Whitau Wast, Karen McFarlane (daughter of Jane Whitau). Second row: sisters Jade Roderick, Kara Jane Roderick Wandless and Linda Shofer.

Happy birthday! Nico Wandless, Taylor Cambell Roderick and Tasman Wandless.


Lisa Te Raki: Rā whānau ki a koe!

Rā whānau Stacey Reynolds.


Nā, Koa Whitau-Kean. Tuhi Marei Hopa Thomson is of Hampstead descent and was recently selected for the under-18 women’s inline hockey team. We are so proud of her and wish her well on her journey to the world championships in Italy. You are a star Tuhi!

Left: Tuhi in her inline hockey uniform during a match.

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Hui te Rangiora Church and Urupā

Hui te Rangiora Church has recently had repairs to weatherboards and a coat of paint. We are currently working on a conservation plan for the church, which will inform what kind of restoration we need to be planning for in the next two years, in order to bring the church back to it’s former glory and to accommodate services and celebrations into the future. We are contracting the services of an archaeologist from Auckland who will be coming down in spring to geomagnetically survey the areas of the urupā where we believe there are unmarked graves. In order for this to happen we will be organising a member working bee to clear the long grass that grows on the boundary of the urupa and will be in touch closer to the time to organise. Watch this space!

Hui te Rangiora Church with replaced weatherboards and a fresh coat of paint, ready for winter.

Landmarks launch

Our rūnaka manager, Suzanne, escaped from the office recently to spend a day with some rūnaka members in Central Otago. They were there in support of two events, the first being the launch of Historic Arrowtown and the Chinese Settlement as a Landmark site and the second, the launch of the Kawarau Suspension Bridge as a Landmark site. The 22

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga programme is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Heritage New Zealand, and the Department of Conservation. This programme combines culture and heritage with beautiful natural settings and helps to tell the tales of New Zealand’s past. 

Gill Hopkins, Suzanne Ellison, Darren Rewi at the Historic Arrowtown & Chinese Settlement Landmarks launch

Suzanne Ellison (second from left) and Linda Muirhead (forth from left) with the group gathered for the launch of the Kawarau Suspension Bridge as a Landmark site.

Wānaka Reo – Puketeraki Marae

Rūnaka General Meetings

Queens Birthday Weekend This is a reminder that the rūnaka is having a wānaka reo for Puketeraki whānau at Queen’s Birthday weekend: 1-4 June. During the weekend we will explore te reo Māori, tikaka, local pūrākau and waiata. All Puketeraki whānau are welcome – please register with the office for catering purposes – (03) 465 3700 or

Elections for delegates to our external organisations will be held at the 2 September RGM so if you are a Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka representative and wish to either stand down, or carry on, can you please contact Justine at the rūnaka office by email at Triennial elections for the executive will occur at the 4 November Rūnanga General Meeting.

We encourage all whānau to take up this opportunity to connect with your marae. Kai hea/where: Puketeraki Marae, Puketeraki Tīmataka/start: Friday, 1 June at 5.30pm with dinner Mutuka/finish: Monday, 4 June at 12pm

Te Rūnanga o Hokonui Kia ora whānau. We have had a very busy start to the year! We have welcomed Year 9 and 10 science students from Gore High School on to the rūnanga.These students are focusing on pest control and the kōura ponds and wetlands and will be collecting data throughout the year. They will put together a report and present their findings back to the rūnanga at the end of the year. We have also hosted the St. Peters College Year 7 retreat here; it was wonderful hearing their laughter throughout our whare.

Right: St. Peter's College tauira and kaiako at the rūnanga.


Visitors to the rūnanga

St. Johns donation to the rūnanga

We recently had some wee visitors to the rūnanga office.

A massive thank you to the Gore St Johns for donating a defibrillator to the Hokonui Rūnanga. Their donation is part of a regional effort to equip more spaces with defibrillators and have more people with the skills to save lives. Their amazing staff also came and trained us on how to use it. Hopefully we never need to use it!

From left, Richie Marsh, Miracle Weatherall and Shavelle Mihaka.

Children's Day 2018

This community-based and organised event has come from humble beginnings and turned in to a truly impressive whānau day out with loads of free, kidfriendly activities and food. Hokonui Rūnanga staff and volunteers were kept busy throughout the afternoon at both of our stalls.

The Tā Moko stamps were an absolute hit and it was great to see the whole whānau enjoying the beautiful art and learning a little about Te Ao Māori at the same time.

Make your own ‘Fruit Kebabs’ was very popular. Thanks to whānau who helped prep all the fruit in the morning.

Te Kākano Clinic Dates 2018

We have nurse-led clinics coming up every month this year in both Gore and Mataura. Gore – Hokonui Rūnanga 140 Charlton Road

Mataura Community Centre 1 Bridge Street

Monday, 11 June from 12pm-4pm

Monday, 18 June from 12-4pm

Monday, 25 June from 10am-2pm

Monday, 23 July from 10am-2pm


Waihōpai Rūnaka Ngā mate

For those who have sadly lost a loved one this past month, aroha nui, aroha nui aroha nui. The rūnaka wish to acknowledge the whānau of Gloria Beaton, Mandy Waaka-Home and Paora Tau. Aroha nui ki a koutou katoa; e ngā mate haere, haere, haere atu rā.

Rā whānau

If you celebrated your birthday during the past month a pīki harikoa birthday to you. We hope you had a great day!

Ngā pēpi

Aroha nui to all new pēpi that have joined our whānau. Giant cuddly congratulations to all the new mums and dads.

Kia ora whānau

Another month has slipped by with a steady stream of activity being enjoyed up on the hill. The Invercargill City Council held a hui up here to celebrate the appointment of Clare Hadley as its new Chief Executive. Southland Boys’ High held a cultural day with Year 11-13 students from the science, tourism and Māori classes. The University of Otago College of Education held a noho stay for its final year students. Oranga Tamariki held an inauguration hui to welcome new kaimahi and build relationships with iwi. Our staff were also given a stream of positive comments after providing a catered wedding. It is beautiful when we receive such positive feedback. Ka pai kuki Leah and team! We have begun looking at recladding and the repair or replacement of the carvings on our wharenui. This is a big project to commit to and we will keep whānau informed on kōrero. Exciting stuff, watch this space! We would like to put a call out to anyone who might know a supply of native rākau that we can gain access to. You never know, you might know a famer that has had some wind fall. Cyril and his niece Rachel Paterson thoroughly enjoyed their recent trip to the Chatham Islands. Great to see you both home safe and sound.

Cyril Gilroy: Ka pai to the beautiful weather at Kaingaroa Bay, Chatham Islands.

We wish all those whānau who are still away from home that you enjoy safe adventures. For all those tītī hunters, we excitedly wait your return and are looking forward to enjoying the bounty of all your mahi.

Enquiries and pānui

Shout out to whānau – update your info!

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and any photos to the office. Email us: or give us a bell on 03 216 9074 to talk to the office.

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We leave you with a lovely whakatauākī: He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai. If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive. Nā, Squirrel on the Hill and sidekick Little Ruru Ma te wā. 25

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka Kia ora whānau, With the Easter holidays and ANZAC Day over for another year - time is certainly moving quickly! ANZAC Day in Riverton seems to grow with each passing year. The dawn parade continues to get a good turnout, especially with young people and families. It’s also great to see the local schools featuring in services and producing art and literature to commemorate and remember those who sacrificed their freedom for ours. Lest we forget.

We were welcomed by Lynley and Riki and enjoyed meeting them and learning more about the local area as well as my own hapū and iwi members living in Tāmaki Makaurau. On the first morning, we awoke in Ōraka and peeked through the curtains to discover the most incredible sunrise I’ve ever seen. I walked along the beach, marvelling at how beautiful this area is and felt a strong connection to my whenua. We went in search of the Takitimu mauka. I look forward to returning to walk there with my children.

As we farewelled those whānau going to the Islands recently, it was interesting to witness the excitement (and in some cases panic) as last minute preparations got underway for their voyage. Our trailer was flat-out during this time as whānau did last minute errands and assembled the necessary equipment and kai for their sojourn! We wish you all a safe and bountiful journey.

We arrived in the area at the right time and enjoyed delicious blue cod and Bluff oyster meals! I look forward to further visits to my whenua and hopefully connecting with whānau. Thank you to Lynley and Riki. I appreciate your emails Lynley – they provide me with a sense of being near home, even way up here in the North Island. I would love to connect with whānau if possible. My email is

Catching Kanakana

Nā, Peter Belsham We never had a car in the early days, so when we went to catch kanakana, my dad used to sit me on the bar of his bicycle and off we’d go. Around the kaik, up and over Bungalow Hill and down onto a sandy track then on to Whakapatu Beach. Half way along the beach was a creek called ‘The Sludge’, which ran through the old gold mines at Round Hill and came out on Whakapatu Beach. The Sludge was the best spot for catching kanakana. They were a bluish grey colour and were very active; they’d come in from the sea about a month before the whitebait season started. Ana Hinehou Fleming, Verity Armstrong and Emma Ellis.

We used to walk up the side of the creek, feeling for any holes along the bank where the kanakana would burrow in to. Dad found a hole and told me to put my hand in and feel around for kanakana. I felt around and found them knotted up in a big ball, so Dad told me to wriggle my fingers to disturb them. When I did that, the kanakana sucked on my arm and latched on. What a funny sensation that was! Dad then told me to pull my arm out slowly and scrape the kanakana off into a sugar bag. Oh boy, the hair used to be standing up on the back of my neck by then! Every now and then, I would get caught out and find a big eel in the hole. We always managed to take home a half sack of kanakana.

The power of reconnection

Nā, Verity Armstrong My name is Verity Armstrong and my tupuna, Kuini Goodwillie, lived in the Ōraka-Aparima rohe. I grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau and only learnt about my Māori identity as a teenager. Since then, I’ve been interested in my whakapapa and my cultural identity. I studied psychotherapy and for my dissertation I interviewed cousins who I had only recently met (Kuini had 13 children). My dissertation explored how colonisation had impacted on my whānau and ways that whānau members had gone through processes of decolonisation. While writing my dissertation, I visited my whenua and stayed at Takutai o te Tītī Marae at Ōraka (Colac Bay).

One funny story that happened involved the Colac Bay bus, which was run by Hand H. Motors of Invercargill. The bus used to depart late Sunday afternoon for Invercargill and we always sent kanakana to whānau on the bus, as it eventually connected with the Bluff bus. When the bus arrived in Invercargill and the driver opened the luggage boot to get the sack of kanakana out, the sack split open and there were kanakana everywhere.

Recently, I returned to the marae with friends, as we had attended a conference nearby in Dunedin.


Kermadec voyage 2018

People were trying to pick them up off the floor of the bus and boy, did we get a telling off from the driver, who told us, “No more kanakana on the bus!”

Nā, Lucy Coulston At the end of February, I travelled to Auckland to sail aboard the HMNZS Canterbury to the Kermadec Islands. At first, the 131 metres of grey steel looked daunting, but after 11 days living aboard alongside navy and army personnel, SPBT crew, scientists and other voyagers, it started to feel homely.

When I served in the army and was trudging through the jungles of Malaya, we used to get covered in leaches and had to burn them off with cigarettes. The other guys used to say to me, “You don’t seem to be bothered by the leaches.”

Steaming away from Auckland, something that struck me was the change in water. The grey-blue/green water of the harbour and surrounding coastline opened up to water of the deepest blue. After being briefed inside, walking out onto the top deck and seeing nothing but water in all directions was a surreal experience. The Canterbury first took us to Macauley, and from there we sailed to the ‘main’ island of the Kermadecs, Raoul Island, where we would be based. Due to concern of Myrtle rust, unfortunately we were unable to actually go onto the island. We did however, dive right around the island and were a part of numerous mini-expeditions helping the scientists with their data collection. My first experience with the Kermadec ocean was when the BRUV scientists (Baited Remote Underwater Video), who encouraged me to dunk my head over the side of the RHIB (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat). After almost falling in, the view below was incredible. Galapagos sharks were circling only a couple metres or so away.

I would tell them that if they'd grown up with their arms routinely covered in kanakana, they wouldn’t worry about a few leaches either!

Congratulations Dakota!

Dakota Crengle, son of Ricky Crengle and Alicia Mortimore, won the Southland Junior 125cc Speedway Championship on Saturday, 10 March. Dakota won four races from four starts and he also won the Rider of the Day Trophy on Saturday 24 March. Well done Dakota, your whānau and Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka are very proud of your accomplishments. Tumeke!

As we bought the bait back up, they came within touching distance (although that’s not really advised). To see these beautiful creatures in their natural environment really invigorated me and has led me to want to do more things with sharks and their preservation in the future. My second scientist-led excursion was bird watching. Now, some of you may think; “oh birds? Yeah we have those at home.” But seeing over a million birds endemic only to the Kermadecs circle above was indescribable. The life of many of these seabirds is, as the name suggests, spent on the sea. To see these birds nesting, dancing with one another, and flying out to hunt gave them more character than what I had originally thought they possessed. Although not a sea bird, this experience has motivated me to help the plight of the New Zealand Northern Dotteral, found mainly along the East Coast.

Dakota Crengle: Ōraka Aparima's motorcycle champion.

Among the various talks we had with scientists, military leaders (the captain of the ship), SPBT crew and other defence force personnel, one really stood out for me. 27

Leader of the expedition Mark Orams’ presentation really stuck with me. He gave us all an insight into what it was like to race and know Sir Peter Blake himself and what leadership meant to him. Now, picture this; you’re on the flight deck of a massive naval ship, bobbing gently on Kermadec waters, in a pristine bay watching the sun drop below the horizon. This was the setting in which Mark Orams inspired many of us. Something powerful he said was that leading wasn’t always charging from the front. Sometimes it was quietly helping out your crew when they were in hell. This resonated with me because that’s really what leading should be. Being able to, and wanting to go out there in hellish conditions, or when you’re losing by a few, and give your team or crew everything you have and giving them that drive and motivation to think “Hey, this gal is right here beside us, and because of that I want to go harder”.

come from anywhere else. For this all, I am extremely grateful and implore you to make a change in your life (or lifestyle) that makes you think; this is good, this is right. This is something we can all achieve.

To conclude, it was a heck of a time. I have learnt so many things because of this expedition, about myself, the environment we have to fight to protect and about what leadership really means. I have also met incredible people, jumped off a navy ship, and been inspired to do something in the world. The insight I have been offered and given couldn’t have

I urge students to check out the Sir Peter Blake Trust website and look at all the opportunities available. This can be made a reality, and as Sir Peter Blake once said; “The hardest part of any big project, is to begin”.

Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu.


Holiday Home in Te Anau

Aoraki you stand so tall, so bold Gathering people of all creed into your fold So important you are to our people’s history and still You can be veiled in mystery By the cloud that cloaks you in protective ways Inhibiting our views of you some days

Nā, Shona Fordyce.

This magnificent venue sleeps 20+ people. It is situated in the beautiful Jericho Valley, about 40 kilometres from Te Anau. There are excellent opportunities for biking, walking, hunting and fishing in the local area. If you would like to know more about staying here, please contact us at the office for details. Did you know that we have a comfortable house for whānau to rent within the township of Te Anau in Fiordland? This property sleeps eight and is situated in the heart of the town. It is within walking distance of all amenities and only a short distance from many of the tourist opportunities the region has to offer. Please contact the office for further details or to make a booking.

We call for the cloud to take away its’ cloak So a peek could be had by us Your presence is felt through humble folk by us all As we stand close by you, all enthralled Aoraki our precious mountain Upoko of our land A pleasure to feel your mightiness Close at hand You’ve brought sorrow and joy For many a race As they’ve tried to conquer your peaks That grace the skyline High above the land You are a challenge for many a man But still to us, you will always be:


You are probably reading this pānui because you or a whānau member are registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Do you know that many Papatipu Rūnanga run their membership lists in different ways? Some automatically add you to their list as soon as you register with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu whilst others like ourselves run separate lists.


Please note that in all cases it will be necessary to authenticate your whakapapa details. Contact us on 03 234 8192 or if you would like to register or have any questions at all about our



Communication with whānau

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the varied projects and commitments that we have. If you are keen to play a more active role within the ūnaka, please contact us here at the office to discuss the options .

We are looking at ways to improve our communications with whānau and as such we are exploring different mediums to get the word out there about what is going on. Generally, we are seeking to limit the volume of email traffic we generate!

Contact details

One of the things we have done is create an Opportunities page on Facebook. Check it out:

We are always updating our membership database to improve the quality of our information. So if you or any of your whānau have moved house or changed email address or phone numbers then please let us know as soon as possible.Ōraka-AparimaRūnakaopportunity-pages/

Awarua Rūnanga Congratulations

Kä mihi aroha

The Wixon whānau had much to celebrate with aunty and niece, Karen Goffe and Sumaria Beaton, graduating from Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch on 29 April, each with a Bachelor in Applied Management. Congratulations from the marae and rūnaka whānau.

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

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating birthdays this month.

Ngā mate

This month has seen a number of whānau pass away and we would like to acknowledge their loss. Our aroha goes out to their whānau.

Marae Bookings

If you wish to make a booking at Te Rau Aroha Marae, please contact Mali on 03 212 7205 or email

Awarua Rūnaka membership database

We are constantly updating our membership database at Awarua Rūnaka and have found many members’ children have had children of their own whom require registering. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to contact us on (03) 212 6029 or email to request registration form/s.

From left: Karen Goffe and Sumaria Beaton.

Awarua Rūnaka – meeting dates for 2018

Members are welcome to attend the rūnaka meetings, which are always held in the boardroom at the rūnaka office, 12 Bradshaw Street, Bluff. Meetings will always begin at 2.30 pm. The confirmed dates are as follows: 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November and 16 December.

Please note: If your enquiries relate to registering with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, please contact the Whakapapa Unit directly on 0800 524 8248. We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting Tina on the above telephone number or email address.


The rūnaka has recently set up a Facebook page for the general public under Te Rūnaka o Awarua, so please check it out. To engage with your rūnaka and marae, remember to register.


Taurahere Groups Ngāi Tahu ki Piripane (Brisbane)

He will be training as a logistics specialist and, if successful, will train for a further six months in Melbourne.

Te Kupeka a Tahu

Introducing Taurahere member... Suede Tagnan Poututerangi Fuihega Watson-Feilo, 19 Kāti Kurī, Rapuwai, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Whātua, Tainui, Niuean, Norwegian

Leaving on a jet plane, he took his KMK resource so that he could use the kiwaha in NSW, we wish him well in his endeavours. Tītī a Kai, Tītī a Manawa!

His friends know him to be a calm presence, who observes his surrounds absorbing every detail. In touch with his environment, he advocates on behalf of Papatūānuku by encouraging whānau to be mindful of their carbon footprint. He commands a space with his physical stature and is deeply loved by his friends and family. On his father’s side he is Niuean/Norwegian, from Alofi, Avatele and Tamakautoga villages in Niue, and on his mother’s side he is Whānau-a-Apanui, Tainui and Kāti Kurī through the Stirling and Davies whānau. Suede, Creedence and Safari were born and raised in Brisbane under the watchful eye of their loving parents Don Feilo and Tracy Watson. Suede’s interests include waka ama, mau rākau, squash and ice skating.

Suede is pictured here on the far left with younger siblings Safari (12) and Creedence (17).

Suede has been exposed to both sides of his whakapapa; his parents provide this exposure by travelling home to New Zealand and to Niue, and he is a proactive member in the Tainui Youth Group in Brisbane. However, it was the 2017 Roadshow in Southbank that exposed him to his Kāi Tahu side and he has signalled an interest to learn more. Since then he has been a member of Te Kupeka a Tahu and is keen to strengthen his Kāi Tahutaka.

Nā, Te Kupeka Team Christine Rimene and Manawaroa Rimene (Kaikōura, Koukourārata, Tuahiwi, Moeraki, Ōtākou) Vicky Rose (Waihao) Chris Scott (Makaawhio) Tracy Watson (Kaikōura, Awarua) Lochlan McTainsh (Ōtākou) Ihaka Griffen- Mathews (Ōtākou)

As well as attending the Christmas break up and Hui Hono, he has also attended the Manawa Reo Wānaka in March, before he was accepted into the Australian Army, which was a personal goal. This photo is from his farewell dinner in Brisbane; he left the next day as an army recruit in First Battalion – Delta Company to New South Wales.

If you are interested in any of the Te Kupeka a Tahu events, please contact us at or on our Facebook page, Te Kupeka a Tahu.

Ngāi Tahu ki Ōtaki

Mātahi a te tau ko te tīmataka! Ngā mihi o te tau hou Kāi Tahu ki a tātou. Taua tautoko – the best cheer squad there is! Two of our taua were on the sideline to watch their mokopuna play their first game of club league recently. Kingston, Nukuroa and Te Wai Kahua play for Whiti Te Rā U13s in Ōtaki. Taua Amiria and Taua Mariana watched on as their mokopuna convincingly defeated the opposition, displaying some deft skills. Nāku iti nei, nā Emma. L to R: Nukuroa Rikihana, Toitaha Wirihana-Goodyear (front), Te Wai Kahua Paki (back), Khana Wilson, Kingston Wirihana- Goodyear, Mariana Williams-Wilson, Amiria Whiterod and Manawanui Rikihana.


Hui with Ariana Tikao By the time this goes to print, Kāi Tahu ki Ōtaki will have hosted our whanauka from up the road, Kāi Tahu ki Te Whakanui-ā-Tara and Ariana Tikao. On 6 May, we were fortunate to have Ariana come and share some kōrero and mātauranga with our rōpū.

Ka rere tonu kā mihi ki a koe Ariana, i tō whakaaro rakatira ki te noho tahi, ki te tohatoha mātauraka. He mihi hoki ki kā whanauka o te taurahere o Te Whakanuiā-Tara i tae ā tinana mai ki te whakanui i te rā. Photos to follow in the next pānui. Aoraki Matatū!

Te Ngāi Tahu Taurahere ki Tāmaki Makaurau

Taiao Mōkihi Wānanga Kāi Tahu Whānui ki Tāmaki Makaurau recently engaged an awesome rōpū of largely Ngāi Tahu rangatahi in a three day outdoor programme during the school holidays.

The raupō (bullrushes) were harvested by the organising group in February to dry, and during the wānanga, the rangatahi harvested the other resources needed, like harakeke leaves and korari (harakeke stems) to construct and paddle their own mōkihi at Lake Wainamu. Around half of those present were fluent reo speakers so we also enjoyed mihimihi as well as informal kōrerorero.

Over the weekend of 17-19 April, we held the Taiao Mōkihi Wānanga in Te Henga, Bethells Beach in West Auckland, which was a great success. The aim of the project was to foster cultural connection, identity and participation in Ngāi Tahutanga. It focused on our connections with the natural world, kaitiakitanga and mahinga kai, ngā atua, and how our tīpuna harvested natural resources and constructed mōkihi or mogi (traditional reed boats) to transport such things as kai, pounamu and themselves. It included karakia, tīkanga, reo, waiata and haka.

Our friend Riki Bennett provided access to harvest raupō, harakeke leaves and kōrari and guided our hīkoi to the beautiful Lake Wainamu, where he gave a kōrero about the Māori history there. We were later magnetised with Riki’s performance of and kōrero about taonga puoro, treasured Māori musical instruments, followed by an opportunity for all to interact with this kaupapa. Nei rā te mihi nui ki a koe Riki.

The overall theme of fun, collaborative and interactive learning began at Matuku Link, where we planted harakeke seedlings and explored an area of farmland being transformed back into wetland. The relevance of species such as inanga, tuna, tī kouka and raupō to Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai was explored with our rangatahi. 

Riki Solomon also gave a kōrero about the maramataka under the stars and pointed out many whetū that our tīpuna needed to know about for planting and navigation. He also spoke the next day at the beach about the various stages of the tide: tai pā, tai pari, tai whanake, and tai timu and why these were significant i te taiao, for mahinga kai and in relation to our our own mauri. Ka nui te mihi ki a koe Riki.

Thanks to Sophie Tweddle from Whitebait Connection, we saw local inanga up close (before we released them back into the stream), and learned about their curious habits, habitat and lifecycle as a part of the ecosystem. If the taiao suffers, so do we. It is our role as kaitiaki to care for our papatipu whenua, look after the place we live in and role model this for others including, kā uri ā muri ake nei, those after us. Tēnā koe Sophie; thanks also to Matt and Belinda for their whakaaro and logistical support in the planning stages.

The feedback from ngā rangatahi was that they enjoyed the range of activities and learning opportunities and want to do more wānanga like this! Ki te tangata whenua, Te Kawerau a Maki, nei rā te mihi aroha, mihi nui, tēnā rawa atu koutou mō ā koutou tautoko mai i tēnei kaupapa. Kei te mihi hoki ki a Annalily van den Broeke, koutou ko Derek March ko Colleen Pilcher.


Thank you for sharing your enriching kōrero and expertise with us at Matuku Link and for the opportunity to make a positive difference to our taiao. Ki a koe Tui Hawke, nei rā te mihi nui mō tō reo, tō pūkenga i te haka me te āwhina mai, tēnā koe. Ka nui te mihi hoki ki a Jack Komene i tō kōrero maha i tō tātou reo, ā, mō te tautoko mai i te katoa. 

The late Papa Kūkupa Tirikatene and our other beloved and esteemed kaumātua were frequently in our minds and hearts and we felt them watching and smiling over us. Our taurahere rōpū, including the core organising team, wish to thank Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Ngāi Tahu Fund for their generous support of this programme. You helped us in enabling Kāi Tahu rangatahi and whānau to strengthen their Ngāi Tahutanga, increase confidence and whanaunga connections while living outside the Kāi Tahu takiwā.

Our adopted cousin, Cherie Maroroa, once again put on a beautiful nutritious spread of kai for us over the three days, ka nui te mihi Cherie! E tika ana hoki te mihi ki a koe Papa, also to our beloved and esteemed kaumātua Papa Bones Risotto for bringing his big load of raupō all the way from Papakura to the camp and enlightening everyone with his love, humour and expertise, including his kōrero and whakaako kia whakamārama ai tātou e pā ana ki ngā tikanga tuku iho o te mōkihi.

This wānanga would not have been possible without the support of all those above, and indeed everyone who contributed either directly or indirectly in some way: ngā mihi nō te ngākau ki a koutou katoa, heartfelt acknowledgments to you all. Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa. Nā Ariana Sutton, Maha Tomo, Laura Annan and Jonathan Sargisson.


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The Office Ngāi Tahu Road Shows

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The Ngāi Tahu Road Shows are underway. At the time of writing we had completed the Hamilton and Auckland road shows and were preparing to go to Brisbane.

The road shows are also a good way to connect and get involved with your local taurahere group. These groups help whānau living outside the tribal takiwā connect with their culture and identity by meeting regularly and running wānanga that support whānau aspirations.

It is great to see increasing numbers of whānau coming along to these events with an overwhelming response in Tāmaki Makaurau with 370 attending and more than 200 in Kirikiriroa.

The Auckland taurahere whānau have been active as a group for over 20 years and their numbers are continuing to grow; and as they told us, “connection is critical”. Te Rūnanga is committed to continue to find meaningful ways to engage with our taurahere that grow and maintain their connection with the iwi.

The road shows are a great way for whānau to engage and connect with their iwi, meet our leadership and learn about the opportunities that are available for whānau. The Whakapapa team, Whai Rawa, Kotahi Mano Kāika and Mātauranga teams are all on hand to take registrations and answer any questions you have. There is also merchandise available to purchase and all whānau that pre-register online receive a goody bag on arrival at the event.

Strategy and Influence: Ngāi Tahu Relativity Clause and recent payment

Once the $1 billion point has been reached, Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui are entitled to a further payment every five years, relative to the amount paid by the Crown to settle historical claims during that period. The Fiscal Envelope policy was abolished in 2000.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu can confirm that there has been a successful arbitration which has resulted in a further relativity mechanism payment to Ngāi Tahu from the Crown. The relativity mechanism is part of the Ngāi Tahu Deed of Settlement. It was included to ensure that Ngāi Tahu would not be disadvantaged by being one of the first iwi to settle its historic grievance claims. At the time that Ngāi Tahu settled with the Crown, the Crown had a ‘Fiscal Envelope’ policy which meant that it considered that all historical claims with Māori would be settled for $1 billion. This limited the amount of redress available to Ngāi Tahu. The mechanism, which is contained in only two Iwi Deeds of Settlement (Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui), provides for Ngāi Tahu to receive an additional payment from the Crown once the amount paid by the Crown to settle historical claims reaches more than $1 billion in 1994 dollars. That point was reached in the 2011/12 Crown financial year and a payment was made to Ngāi Tahu in December 2012.

The Crown and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu often have different views on what should be included in the relativity mechanism calculations. To date these disputes have largely been resolved, in partnership with Waikato- Tainui, through an arbitration process. Following an arbitration late last year Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui successfully argued for the inclusion of certain items in the relativity mechanism calculation that had previously been excluded by the Crown. We are now working with the Crown to agree to a final value for these items, but an initial payment of $18.8m has been received. Relativity mechanism money is deferred settlement redress, and is treated as such, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will consider this at the next board hui. 34

Ngāi Tahu Archives

may be interred at the Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill with her husband.

In April and March, these two images were published on the back page of Te Pānui Rūnaka requesting that information or names be provided about their location and people in the photographs.

We appreciate the continued feedback we receive from iwi members in response to our request for names and information pertaining to photos we publish for Whakaahua Tīpuna Whānau.

We would like to thank and acknowledge Dianne Willis for emailing us. Dianne advised that she believes that Kuini (Caroline) was married to James Mackintosh and

Ngāi Tahu Whānau Survey

If you haven’t yet filled out your Whānau Survey, don’t delay – you’ve only got until the end of May! Our Tamaki Makaurau Taurahere rōpū recently held a wānanga at Bethels Beach recently and took the opportunity to spend some time filling out the Whānau Survey while they were all together. Whānau Survey champion Rawinia Puna was on hand to help those who needed it. Here they are issuing a wero to all other whānau to do the same! For more information, including our privacy policy and the link to get started, go to: whanau/whanau-survey/ If you’d like some help to complete the survey please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) and we’ll connect you with one of our Whānau Survey champions.

Above: Whānau completing the survey at the Tamaki Makaurau Mokihi wānanga recently. Below:Taurahere chairman Maha Tomo with Laura Annan.

• If you live in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā we’ll arrange to visit you if possible • If you live outside the Ngāi Tahu takiwā we can

Left: Papa Bones, Ngāi Tahu proud!


He karanga tēnei mō tētahi uri o Tahu Pōtiki! Nau mai haramai!

Are you Ngāi Tahu and keen to work at Shotover Jet? Apply for our marine mechanic apprenticeship now! Applications close 8 June, 2018

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is opening a second marine mechanic training programme at Shotover Jet in Queenstown and is looking for Ngāi Tahu from all walks of life to apply! Would you like to build a career in the tourism industry? Do you look good in overalls? Know the difference between a throttle and thermostat? If you are passionate about all things mechanical, this could be the opportunity for you or a member of your whānau! If you’re successful, you’ll work at one of the largest tourism operators in Aotearoa, receiving on-the-job training, guidance and support, with a qualification and job at the end. You’ll also have the opportunity to improve cultural skills and further connect with your iwi. Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall is encouraging more Ngāi Tahu whānau to consider the tourism industry as an exciting career option, particularly in marine mechanics. “Tourism is New Zealand’s biggest export earner, so this is an awesome opportunity for a Tahu to join a successful, growing industry." “Experienced jet boat mechanics are always in high demand, so it’s important for us to find ways to build this talent.”

Our first Shotover Jet whānau recruit as a marine mechanic apprentice, Rikki Swete (Kāi Tahu).

Rikki Swete, workshop manager at Shotover Jet, says he is really excited to get someone on board. As a young Ngāi Tahu, Rikki is keen to share his experience as a past apprentice, and pass on his knowledge and skills. Rikki was the first recipient of this apprenticeship through Ngāi Tahu Tourism. Ngāi Tahu Tourism People & Capability Project Coordinator James Tawa says the apprenticeship is a unique opportunity for Ngāi Tahu whānui to build their capabilities in new direction. “This apprenticeship is open to people of any age, at any stage in their life. Anyone who is Ngāi Tahu can step up to the challenge. “This is our opportunity to build specialised expertise within our iwi that can set someone up for life, not just in the tourism industry but also the marine industry. And what better way to train our own than within New Zealand’s most iconic commercial jet boating company.” Ngāi Tahu Tourism has partnered with the New Zealand Marine and Composites industry training organisation (ITO) to deliver the apprenticeship. The ITO will provide regular support, along with a senior member of Shotover Jet’s maintenance team. So, do you want to get on board and learn the ins and outs of the industry while working for your iwi? For more information and to apply, go to: Applications close on 8 June 2018. 36

How much we fund

Apply to the Ngāi Tahu Fund Today!

Do you have a cultural project that you, your whānau or marae would like to run? Applications for the second round of the Ngāi Tahu Fund for 2018 are now open! All applications must be received on or before Friday 28th September 2018 – late applications will not be accepted.

• He kaupapa iti – small projects for individuals (up to $5,000) • He kaupapa nui – medium projects for legal entities only (up to $30,000) • He kaupapa nui rawa – (over $30,000) – a written expression of interest should accompany all large/ transformational applications, please contact the fund’s team in advance if you intend to submit a large project. *only available for legal entities.

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

Areas we support

The full criteria for accessing the fund is contained in the application form, which can be downloaded from our website: or for more information contact Ngāi Tahu Funds Advisor, Morgan Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or email:

The fund focuses on supporting cultural projects around: • • • • • •

Whakapapa – kinship Tikanga – protocols and customs Te reo – language Mahi toi – creative expression Whenua – landscape, place and locality Mahinga kai – customary food gathering, species protection and restoration • Ngā uara – values and beliefs • Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation; and • Mana tangata – self-determination and selfconfidence.

Note: the Ngāi Tahu Funding Committee will meet in mid-November to make decisions on all applications received in September 2018. Projects should begin after application decisions are delivered and not before this time.

He mihi Ki a koutou, kā rikawera: e kore e mutu kā mihi ki a koutou i tā koutou mahi. Ia rā, ia rā, pūnaunau ana te whata roa a Manaia - kātahi rā te mōkarakara o te kai! Mō te manaaki tākata, kāore i kō atu, kāore i kō mai i a koutou. Nō mātou te whiwhi, hokihoki mai ai kā mātaka reo o te motu ki te kura reo nei, kia tau mai te waiora ki te iwi e pīkoko ana, ā, kia tino piki te kouka o ō tātou reo. I tēnei tau ko Tā Tīmoti Kāretu, rātou ko Tātere Macleod, ko Leon Blake, ko Rangi Mātāmua, ko Kārena Kelly, ko Scotty & Stacey Morrison, ko Henare Te Aika-Puanaki kā pūkeka reo i eke mai. Nō reira e te tūtutu kaurewa, koutou kā mūrau a te tini, wenerau a te mano, nei a KMK e mihi kau ana. Nā koutou i whakapeto koi kia taea e mātou kā keokeoka. E kore e mutu te maioha a te iwi nei.

Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu

15-19 Kai te haere Nō te 15-19 o Kai te haere, i tau mai te tini ki te marae o Tuahiwi kia whitawhita anō te reo, kia whai i kā korikoritaka o kā tohuka reo. Neke atu i te kotahi rau tākata i karapinepine mai. I tū kā karaehe ki te Kura o Tuahiwi, ā, i hokihoki kā tauira ki te marae, paramanawa ai.

He kōrero akiaki Ia ata, ia pō, nā tētahi rōpū ako te wā karakia i whakahaere. I te Rātū, i tū te rōpū tuatoru ki te kauhau. Ko te kaupapa o te kauhau rā, ko te mimiti haere o te puna kaikōrero reo Māori. Ko ā rātou kupu whakaaki ki a tātou, he iti hoki te mokoroa nāhana i kakati te kahikatea. Whakawahaa te riri, e hoa mā.

I tēnei tau ko kā kaupapa ako ko te mahi whakapākehā, te mahi whakamāori, kā āhuataka o te reo, te reo ōpaki, te reo tuawhiti o te kāika, kā whakataukī/whakatauākī, me te aroā.


Kura Reo Rakatahi 2018 – Kā Titirei

23-26 Kai te haere I muri tata i te Kura Reo ki Te Waipounamu, i tau mai Kā Titirei (kā rakatahi e matatau ana ki te reo) ki te rohe o Ōtākou hai wānaka tahi i te nohoaka o Tukiauau, i kā kōrero o kā whetū, i ka mahika kai, me kā kōrero nehe o te wāhi nei. Ko kā pouako ko Karuna Thurlow rātou ko Rangi Mātāmua, ko Waiariki Parata-Taiapa, ko Paulette TamatiElliffe, ko Komene Cassidy. Ko Alex Solomon te tuakana o te rōpū. Toru tekau kā rakatahi nō Ōtautahi, Ōtākou me Murihiku. E te Ata o Tūmahina, tū hikitia ko te reo Māori, tū hikitia ko tō tātou ao Māori!

Rā Hākinakina ki Ōtepoti 2018

Kotahi Mano Kāika hosted another successful Rā Hākinakina – Te Reo Māori Sports Day – for Ōtepoti primary school students in immersion or bilingual classes at the Edgar Centre, Dunedin on 10 April.

body), as well as a new waiata! Awards were given for fairplay (‘Te Kaihoe o te Rā’), player of the day (‘Te Toki o te Rā’) and te reo champion of the day (‘Te Taniwha Hikuroa’). Mokori anō kia mihia koutou kā kaihākinakina, kā kaiwaiata, kā kaiako i kā mahi ko mahia e koutou. Mei kore ake koutou hai ārahi i kā tākaro o te rā! Okea ururoatia!

Almost 100 tamariki attended, where they had a go at poitarawhiti (netball), poitūkohu (basketball), Māori movement, poi, an obstacle course, and kēmu Māori (Māori games). They also learnt some kupu hou (new words) for different wāhaka o te tinana (parts of the Whutupōro – Rugby Poitarawhiti – Netball Poitūkohu – Basketball Drink bottle – Pātara wai First aid kit – Pīkau haumaru Score – Tatau, Kaute Player – Kaitākaro Referee – Kaiwawao Spectator – Kaimātaki Supporter – Kaitautoko

Here are some kupu (words) and kīaka (sayings) from rā hākinakina – sports day:

Papatākaro – Court Maka(ia), Tuku(na) – To pass Hopu(kina) – To catch Karo(hia) – To dodge Haukoti(a) – To intercept Whiu(a) – To throw Tuku(a) – To release Rutu(a) – To tackle Hopu(kina) – To catch Whana(hia) – To kick

Ko Hākoro Waiariki rātou ko kā tamariki e tākaro ana.

Hopukina! – Catch it! Karawhiua! – Give it heaps! Eke takaroa! – Win! Made it! E tūhapa ana ia – He/she’s offside Tata! – Nearly/close! Okea ururoatea! – Never give up! Kai te wātea a Mea – Mea is free Whiua te pōro ki a ia – Throw the ball to her/him

Ko Hākoro Waiariki rāua ko Hākui Tāwini e whakaako ana i te waiata hou.

Ko Hākui Kelly Ann rātou ko kā tamariki e toro atu ana.

Ko Hākui Tori me tōhona tira.


KMK Funding Rounds

E kā manutaki, e kā manu tāiko, e tuku nei i tō tātou reo kia rere ki tōhona Aorakitaka. Kia kūrapa mai! Kia kūrehu mai! E rere kau ana kā mihi ki a koutou te kāhui e whaiwhai ana i tō tātou nei tino taoka, arā ko te reo kāmehameha o Pōua mā, o Taua mā.

There are three funding rounds each year, closing at 5pm on the last Friday of February, June, and October.

There are different contestable funds available to assist you in acheiving your individual, whānau, group or marae goals for te reo Māori in the next 12 months.

Applications for this funding round have now closed. The next funding opportunities will be on 5 June and 5 October 2018, both deadlines at 5pm.

Applications are open to all registered Kāi Tahu individuals, whānau and whānau cluster groups (a group of four or more whānau) who are wanting to develop their Māori language.


Types of funding available Kā Manukura o te Reo Taumata reo: Intermediateadvanced Kā Manukura o te Reo provides intermediate to advanced Kāi Tahu learners and speakers of te reo with targeted financial assistance to further develop their Māori language proficiency. Participants can apply for up to $5,000 per person, per year.

Whānau Reo

Kāika Reo

Papakāika Reo

Taumata reo: Intermediateadvanced

Taumata reo: All levels

Papatipu Rūnaka Only

Whānau Reo Fund provides financial assistance for Kāi Tahu families to attend immersion initiatives such as: Kāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnaka whānau based te reo wānaka and events; and/or KMK whānau based te reo wānaka and events within the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

Kāika Reo is a fund to support Kāi Tahu whānau groups to strengthen the use of te reo as an everyday language of communication within the home. The fund will consider funding initiatives focused on learning and using te reo as an everyday informal language within the home and community. Participants can apply for up to $3,500 per whānau cluster (four or more whānau), per year.

The Papakāika Reo fund supports Papatipu Rūnaka to develop te reo pathways within their Papakāika community.

Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 per whānau per year.

The Papakāika Reo fund provides targeted financial assistance to be used towards the te reo development of registered Kāi Tahu members.  

How to apply

Application forms along with funding criteria and conditions can be found at: Kia kūrapa mai, kia kūrehu mai e hoa mā!

KMK WĀTAKA 2018 Kaupapa

Āhea/Kai hea?

Ko wai/Taumata Reo?



Who/Te reo level

Kia Kūrapa

Kaikōura – TBC Rima (Sept)

Te Pūtake – Te Puku Beginners – Intermediate

Arahura – TBC Whitu (Nov)

Funding rounds due

5pm - 5 Māruaroa (June)

Kura Reo

Rakatahi – Ono (Oct)

See for breakdown of funding opportunities

5pm - 5 Ono (Oct)



Matariki Celebrations

Toru (July) 6-13

Kā taumata katoa/All levels


Wellington 10 Māruaroa/June Gisborne 24 Māruaroa/June

Kā taumata katoa/All levels

Hāpori/ Community

Kā Manu Kōrero Ōtākou 11-12 Mātahi a te tau/May Ōtautahi 30 Māruaroa/June

Kā rakatahi/Kā kura

More than 40 registration applications with birth certificates were received and many more were taken away to be completed and either posted or scanned and emailed to Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu:

Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu team members Jaleesa Panirau and Joseph Hullen attended the Tāmaki Makarau roadshow on 29 April.

Some of the more technologically savvy used the iPads provided to register their children online. As always, Papa Bones Rissetto and the taurahere group committee were present to assist and to encourage Tāmaki Makarau whānau to engage with their taurahere group.

The roadshow was very well attended with more than 300 people braving the inclement weather. Many of those Ngāi Tahu whānui who wanted to register children and mokopuna had heeded the advice to come prepared with birth certificates, which our kaimahi were extremely grateful for.

Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu tribal register hits 60,000

Registering online

The online registration form can be accessed at: For those wishing to register tamariki, you will need to know your own Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu number or that of your Ngāi Tahu partner. If you are unsure of your registration number, you can find it at:

The week this magazine was being produced, three year-old Jakoda Pono Te Ata Kahurangi SchoonerPanirau became the 60,000th registered member on our tribal register. Jakoda is a descendant of Ngāti Irakehu through his mother Zoe Panirau. He enjoys being at his marae in Wairewa with his cousins and, of course, listening to his Tautau Pollyann telling stories about their Ngāi Tahu heritage. He loves kapa haka, and was a member of the Wairewa rōpū who performed at Te Atakura during Hui-ā-iwi at Tuahiwi last year. Jakoda also loves singing, swimming and playing with his favourite superheroes, The Hulk and Black Panther. When he grows up, he wants to be Superman.

If you have any queries or encounter problems registering online, please call our contact centre on 0800 524 824 and ask for one of our registrations kaimahi, or email:

He Rau Mahara

Our kaiwhiri kaupapa whakapapa, Allanah Burgess attended the ANZAC Day service at Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae in Maitahi last month. It was a day to remember and reflect. For those who aren’t aware, nine out of 13 able bodied men from Makaawhio Pā served in the Great War. This was a significant contribution to the war effort from such a small settlement. Whānau there shared stories and read extracts from the publication, He Rau Mahara, which really brought home what our project is all about – that the stories are shared and the soldiers never forgotten. Allanah would like to take this opportunity to thank the whānau of Kāti Māhaki for their manaaki and aroha given to her. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.


Te Ao Tūroa

We will be holding a Kaitiakitanga in Action Wānanga at Ōtākou Marae from 9-11 August, which will aim to build on the success of the last wānanga. In addition, we are keen to work with you to further build rūnaka based capacity. Do let us know if you are keen to join the wānanga or become part of this mahi.

Conservation Mahi in Te Ao Tūroa In September last year, we held a Taonga Species Wānanga, which highlighted the incredible mahi happening all around the takiwā for our taonga species. The hui also showed the importance of supporting our existing species recovery representatives, as well as the Ngāi Tahu reps on various conservation boards. Following on from this, there is now additional support being provided through Te Ao Tūroa.

Kara Edwards General Manager, Te Ao Tūroa, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Sarah Wilson has been appointed as Programme Leader for Team Mauri. She has a strong background in conservation and has worked with manawhenua in developing the Paparoa National Park Management Plan as well as working on Te Ara Hononga – the mahi focused on the relationship between DOC and Ngāi Tahu. Sarah is keen to work with rūnaka to build our capacity as kaitiaki of our taonga species. In doing this mahi, she has recruited the assistance of Estelle Leask. Estelle is based in Bluff and has significant experience in working at the flax roots with conservation mahi – including work at Motupōhue as well as on Whenua Hou (she even has kākāpō scars!) Estelle’s mahi includes supporting Ngāi Tahu representatives on conservation boards throughout the takiwā, as well as those on species recovery groups. Right: Estelle Leask.


All full members who save before 31 December will be eligible for up to $200* matched by Te Rūnanga, with those aged 15 and under getting $4 to every $1 saved and those aged 16-64 matched at $1 to $1.

Are you making it match this year?

Online banking is the quickest and easiest way to save; you just need to reference your Whai Rawa account number.

If you haven’t saved into Whai Rawa during 2018, now is the time to save some pūtea to qualify for the 2018 Matched Savings*. NZ WHĀNAU


Account Name: Whai Rawa Trust Account number: 01-0102-0857398-000 Reference: your 6 digit Whai Rawa number

Account Name: Whai Rawa Trust BSB/Account Number: 013-030 2696-0042 Reference: your 6 digit Whai Rawa number

WRFL Board

He has previously been a Matakahi Cadet, is an Aoraki Bound Alumni and a recipient of the prestigious AgriaHoaka Scholarship to China.

Last month we shared updates on the composition of the Whai Rawa Fund Limited Board (WRFL), introducing our new Directors, Anthony Bow and Clare Murray. This month we’re equally as excited to announce the final member to our Whai Rawa governance. Nau mai, haere mai, Liam Stoneley (Kāti Huirapa)!

Whai Rawa are looking forward to getting started and progressing some exciting new projects to help support whānau to save towards a better future through greater wealth and wellbeing!

Liam joins the WRFL Board as a tribal representative and has been a member of Whai Rawa since its inception (that’s 12 years!). He is a corporate solicitor, providing commercial legal advice to iwi, hapū, Māori landowners and Māori businesses. He also sits on the Executive of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society.

* Te Rūnanga matched savings and distributions are available to all members under 65 years of age (see page 5 of the Product Disclosure Statement) and are subject to RSCT (retirement scheme contribution tax) deducted at your personal RSCT rate (see page 13-14 of the Other Material Information document at 

Liam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in te reo Māori and he is fluent in te reo.

Whānau Survey

Whānau Survey closing end of May – don’t miss out! Nearly 1000 whānau have taken the opportunity to make their voice count – join them and you could be in to win weekly prizes until the end of May!

Just go and do it! It’s super simple and super fast. It isn’t a lot for someone to do considering how valuable the information is to Ngāi Tahu. This data is going to determine future decisions for our generation so wouldn’t you want a say in that?”

Read what other whānau have to say about why they took part and their advice if you haven’t yet done yours.

For more information, including our privacy policy and the link to get started, visit http://Ngāānau/whānau-survey/ If you’d like some help to complete the survey please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) and we’ll connect you with one of our Whānau Survey champions.

Katrina Lowe, Queensland “I completed the survey as an opportunity to relay my feeling of disconnect from my heritage. I’ve lived in Australia for most of my life now, and with no knowledge of local cultural groups, my opportunity to learn my language and history has been extremely limited. I have a mokapuna now and I would love to be able to share with her where and how our journey started. At times I feel embarrassed admitting that I don’t understand or practice my language and culture, therefore I encourage all whānau, including those abroad, to complete the survey. If we are all honest with our ideals and expectations, we will develop a positive and rewarding future, potentially increasing resources for us all no matter our destination.”

• If you live in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā we’ll arrange to visit you if possible. • If you live outside the Ngāi Tahu takiwā we can assist you over the phone or via a video call.

Madison Simons, Ōtautahi (Christchurch) “As a young person I think it is really important for younger people’s opinions to be voiced, heard and acted on. We’re the next generation coming through so Ngāi Tahu need to know what we’re up to and how they can support us.

Left: Madison Simons and (right) Katrina Lowe.


– Protect yourself and your whanau Immunisation against influenza is simply about being healthy, says Canterbury’s Medical Officer of Health. Canterbury District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink (Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) is calling on kaumātua to get the flu shot for themselves and their mokopuna. “This year is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu in 1918, where the global pandemic took millions of lives. When it came to New Zealand, it significantly impacted Māori compared to Pākehā,” said Dr Pink.

Canterbury DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink

“It’s interesting that 100 years later, with all of the technology and all of the things we’ve learnt, that the disparity between Māori and Pākehā, with respect to influenza, still persists.”

“In Māori communities, it’s about whānau. We have kaumātua and kuia who are influential, and so encouraging those influential people to get the vaccine is really important because that sends an important signal to the community.”

Pink, who started his medical career as a general practitioner in Ōtara, has identified a real level of caution, particularly among kaumātua and kuia, around the idea of putting chemicals into the body.

Influenza vaccination is free for people who are most at risk, including: • Pregnant women • People aged 65 years and older • People aged under 65 years with certain medical conditions • Children aged four years or under with respiratory illness • Young people from six months to 17 years old years of age living in the Kaikōura and Hurunui areas (within the CDHB boundaries).

Getting the influenza vaccination is a person’s best protection against the flu virus and contrary to what some believe, the vaccination will not make you sick as it does not carry a live virus. He says immunisation and vaccination should not be viewed as ‘exceptional’ but rather as part of being healthy. “Getting vaccinated helps to keep me healthy, and means I can spend more time with my whānau, my moko,” said Dr Pink.

Contact your general practice team today about getting yourself, and your whānau, vaccinated.

Dr Pink says the flu is much worse than a common cold.

Visit for more flu facts, information about getting vaccinated and fun games.

“It is a very serious illness, that can’t just be ‘shaken off’.” He’s encouraging kaumātua and kuia to set the example and get vaccinated this winter. 43

Pānui KOHA - Traditional methods still healing

Whānau Ora recognises the strengths and abilities that exist within whānau and aims to support whānau-led ideas to improve their own situations. Whānau Ora is defined by whānau; self-determination is central to the approach. The key challenge Te Aomihia and other rongoā practitioners face is a lack of uptake from government agencies, which means limited funding available to enable community health service providers to adopt and sustain Puna Ora (mirimiri clinics). Another challenge has been a lack of business resource to allow sustained marketing activity.

KOHA founder Te Aomihia Rangihuna is just example of Māori-owned or driven businesses and iniativies who value Whānau Ora foundations. Her journey into developing her own tikanga rongoā business began with her experiences over the past nine years working alongside whānau and communities. Despite general health services receiving funding to address ethnic health disparities, Te Aomihia identified a gap in the system: whānau aren't easily able to access spiritual (wairua and mauri) healing. Motivated by her own belief in the importance of connections to whenua, to identity and belonging, Te Aomihia decided to put her strengths to practice. In 2013, she started to provide free rongoā and mirimiri under the name KOHA (Kia Ora Hands on Aotearoa).

KOHA also offers mentoring to whānau interested in growing their own kaimirimiri in hopes of expanding the kaupapa into wider communities. Through setting up the clinics, Te Aomihia realised it was not just whānau Māori who wanted mirimiri; there was a broader response from staff working in health and people of all cultures. A year on in 2018, Te Aomihia has established a base clientele in response to this demand and now has a website check it out now - web address below! The KOHA Puna Ora clinic in Dunedin means Te Aomihia can continue to provide mirimiri mō te kore utu. The clinic and her handson approach is all aimed at normalising and encouraging acceptance of traditional methods of healing.

In 2017, Te Aomihia applied for support from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to develop her clinic into a sustainable business model. Her concept of Māori healing clinics, called Puna Ora (well spring), was created so other Māori health entities could adopt the initiative. By using this model and seeking their own sustainable funding, it is hoped more entities will provide whānau with access to traditional healing services, such as mirimiri.

"KOHA provides important services to whānau helping them improve resilience, tino rangatiratanga and whānau wellness, in a timely manner for them, particularly ā-wairua,” Te Aomihia said.

“Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu offered financial support, mentorship and purposeful engagement and continue to be extremely supportive and affirmative, even after our contract ended. Ngā mihi nunui rawa atu ki a koutou katoa” Te Aomihia said.

KOHA - Kia Ora Hands Aotearoa Ltd 66-69 Trevian House Ground Floor Dunedin

KOHA delivers part of the Ministry of Health Rongoā contract for Te Rōpū Tautoko ki te Tonga twice weekly, providing whānau in Dunedin with access to mirimiri mō te kore utu (free of charge). Currently, only a small portion of Dunedin whānau are able to use this service and Te Aomihia hopes to gain further support so that services are available from wider networks.

Applications to Wave 8 funding - open now! Since 2014, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu has invested in over 140 whānau-driven initiatives - including business, community non-profits, marae-based communities, individual whānau and iwi/hapū.

To date, we have received 500+ applications from whānau who are determined to make a positive change in their lives and communities. You can be part of the movement too! Wave Eight funding round for Whānau Ora based initiatives opened on 1 May and closes 30 June 2018. For more information, head to: 44


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Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau This photograph was shared with us by Robyn Cook and this is the third image (from a series of four) that will appear on upcoming Te Pānui Rūnanga back pages. They are of the Charlie Goodwillie shearing gang from the late 1800s and were found in a Hawke’s Bay refuse station. The only information we currently have is, looking at the photograph from left to right: the young man wearing braces between the two women at the table is John Goodwillie. The man with the smaller dog is George Goodwillie and the man second from the right, holding the larger dog, is Charlie Goodwillie.

If you can identify any other people in the image or the location/date, please contact Robyn Walsh or Tania Nutira, Ngāi Tahu Archives Unit on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).


Te Pānui Rūnaka May 2018  
Te Pānui Rūnaka May 2018