Ngā mate

To whānau who have suffered a bereavement or sickness in their whānau – kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. Within our immediate community, Lani Greene died recently as a result of a tragic accident south of Ōāmaru. Our thoughts go out to the Greene family as they come to terms with Lani’s passing.

Representative applications

Applications are invited from members of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki for the positions of rūnaka representative and alternate representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tāhu.

The position description and nomination form are available on request from the rūnaka office. Phone 03 465 7300 or download the form from the rūnaka website www.puketeraki.co.nz on the vacancies page.

The appointments committee are: Roger Wyeth, Tamatea Smith, Kiri Fraser, Khyla Russell and Lynette Carter.

The completed nomination form, along with a statutory declaration and information requested to support the nomination must be sent to: Appointments committee, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, 121 Grimness St, C/- Karitāne PDC, Karitāne 9440.

Applications are to arrive no later than 5pm on 9 October.

Exhibition opening

Kāti Huirapa Upoko, David Ellison, was the opening speaker at an exhibition of Sir F Truby King’s books at the University of Otago’s Hocken Library.

Sir Truby, famous for his championing of children’s health through the Plunket Society, was a long-time resident of Karitāne, having had a holiday house there. David, who had a personal relationship with Sir Truby through his father, Mutu (the first Plunket baby), spoke movingly of the admiration that the Ellison whānau had for Sir Truby’s work and for the man himself.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 update

We are still looking for energetic helpers from the 20-22 November in Dunedin to help us make Hui-ā-Iwi special.

Tasks will include setting up displays and performances, directing traffic, meet and greet, runners, and general hospitality. There will be no food preparation or cleaning up to be done.

We have places at Puketeraki Marae if you are coming from up north and need somewhere to stay. Please contact Justine at the office to let us know. There will be a kaumātua group staying for three nights but there is plenty of room for more, as long as we all respect our need to accommodate each other’s personal requirements. You will need to self-cater as our team will be at the Dunedin Town Hall for the duration of the event.

Taiaha wānaka

A taiaha wānaka was held at Puketeraki Marae from 31 July to 2 August.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

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