He mihi aroha ki te pā-harakeke o Aunty Kui

Nō te rā tuangahuru o tērā marama tō koutou nā taonga puipuiaki i riro ai i te ringa kaha o aituā. Heoi anō aku mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa o te whānau e mōteatea tonu ana ki a ia, e pania tonutia ana e te kōkōwai o Hinenuitepō. E ai ki ngā kōrero, kotahi ia te waka e here ai te tangata, heoi, koia hoki tērā ināianei kua kawea ki te kapunipuni o ngā wairua, kua tuia ki te pae o maumahara. Ko tōna ariā ka mau tonu ki te rae o ōna tamariki mokopuna, ā, e kore rawa e mate. Heoi anō e Kui, terea to waka i runga i te tai awatea; moe mai rā i tō moenga roa; waiho mai mātou ki muri nei haku ai, tangi ai, huamo ai.

I just wanted to acknowledge the recent passing away of Aunty Kui and pass my aroha on to her whānau. Like others, no doubt, I was not able to make it to your tangi and say my farewells in person. I will remember your reo waimārima, your love of our people and your unwavering support for the next generation of families holding on to the pillars of our culture. May you rest in peace.

Nā Te Marino Lenihan.

Marae update – it’s a pretty big job

Hi everyone! Well here at the marae the carpark has been completed and the fire alarms have been installed.

With the walls going up on the outside there is not much I can see and report on. But never mind the old saying is what the eye don’t see, the heart will agree.

The window frames and doors for the wharenui and ablution block have arrived.

The doors are up on the front of the wharenui, also surroundings on the deck are looking good.

I don’t know what’s going on inside but there is a lot banging and hammering going on. But we will wait till it is finished. So till next time…….
Luv ya

Nā Patricia Silk-Anglem.

Kapa Haka Kaumātua ki Ngāi Tüähuriri

In June our Ngāi Tūāhuriri kaumātua kapa haka group went to Te Papa to perform for three days. On stage we were encored so much that we did extra items (good eh). Each performance we had a standing ovation. Pretty ka pai for Kapa Haka Kaumātua ki Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

Well, we had two lovely anahera with us. They were so good taking us around in vans where ever we wanted to go. Uh! And one of our drivers who used to stay in Wellington, knew all the roads, but mind you went against all the arrows, parking in towaway areas and driving up footpaths so we could get closer.

It was so exciting arrived at Plaza Hotel, unpacked, freshened up and away to The Green Parrot restaurant and what a lovely surprise to see our nephew Brodie and his whānau. I hadn’t seen Jack or Daniel since they were about nine or 10. The Green Parrot was ka pai. There were oysters, flounders, steak – like a whole farm yard. Frank couldn’t eat his, I think he left a whole cow leg behind, and the veggie garden. The meal was huge. It was so lovely, that we thought about staying another night, but tokomaru and I didn’t win lotto.

When we got to the airport, Aroha got on the machine and did all our tickets (good eh!). Then off we went to the lounge to wait for our flight. Talk about kaumātua derby, four of us tāua in wheelchairs with whānau pushing us, a lovely sight, but feeling so tired.

It was lovely coming home to our marae gate where the chrome handles on the wharenui doors were shining in the sun.

Following our trip on Wednesday 20 June, all the kaumātua went to Hornby Trust Hotel for a pre-Christmas dinner sponsored by the Māori Women’s Welfare League.

Nā Patricia Silk-Anglem.

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