Messages from Hawaii

As we write this, we are waiting for a postcard from Aroha Ellison, who is currently in Hawaii with the Hawkes Bay Te Taitimu Trust. The trust sent a small rōpū there to work with youth from Kona for 14 days. We can only imagine how much fun they are having. Check out Te Taitimu Trust on Facebook when you read this to see what mischief, oops, mahi they got into over there.

Aroha Ellison and Zack Makoare braving the heat in Hawaii.

Aroha Ellison and Zack Makoare braving the heat in Hawaii.

Papakāika housing

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka has made its first foray into papakāika housing, by purchasing the cottage next to the Karitāne Store (which also backs onto the rūnaka office). We have been busy renovating the premises by turning one bedroom into two and giving it a fresh coat of paint as well as some other renovations. The cottage will be available for whānau in need of mid to long-term accommodation to rent from the end of October.

If you want to reconnect with your marae by living in Karitāne and are either on your own, or a couple with or without one child, then please enquire in the first instance by contacting the rūnaka office. The cottage is small, but cosy (with new curtains) and is only a few metres from Karitāne beaches and estuary. Phone Justine on 03 465 7300 or email [email protected]

Our first papakāika at 128 Stornoway St, Karitāne.

Our first papakāika at 128 Stornoway St, Karitāne.

Volunteers needed

We still require young and enthusiastic volunteers to help make our guests welcome and to assist in getting events started and finished at Hui-ā-Iwi at the Dunedin Town Hall from 20-22 November.

You just need to register online as soon as possible by going to: http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/ngai-tahu-events/hui-a-iwi-2015/register/hui-a-iwi-volunteers/. See you there.

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