Mokopuna reo o Arowhenua

Mauri ora whānau
This year is very exciting for us, with some of us training in new arenas. Whāea Bianca has been training as a fitness instructor, and Tautau Lavinia is now a Whānau Ora Navigator working with whānau.

He waiata

Written by Matua Smiley
Ko ngā tamariki
Ko ngā mokopuna
Ko Tarahaoa
Ko te kōhanga reo
Ko te tipuraka
Ko te mana
Ko te ihi

Kua puawai te reo. (waiata practice)
Look forward to seeing you all.

Marae development

The marae is having a makeover. The mokopuna were upset at people breaking their marae, and why it was happening. Here is a progess photo, eight weeks into the development.

Progress photo from eight weeks into the revamp of the marae.

Progress photo from eight weeks into the revamp of the marae.

Ngā mate

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Aunty Mahana Walsh and Bella Hastie (née Reihana).

Poupou Karanga

Arowhenua Marae with Te Wānanga O Raukawa is pleased to offer the Poupou Karanga program. This program has been developed to support and enhance our unique world of Māori knowledge – Mātauranga Māori.

Ngā mate

Aunty Rosealia (Dale), Spencer Hema and Anahera Kaio.

Facebook page

An Arowhenua Rūnanga Facebook page has been created. We look forward to keeping in regular contact with a wider audience of our whānau.

Please note that our web page is still in the development stages.

Contributions

Do you have any news you would like to share? Let us know and we can can put it in the next Te Pānui Rūnaka? Please include your contact details in case we need to contact you to confirm any details of your story and send to 38 Huirapa St, Arowhenua, Temuka 7920; or email: arowhenua.admin@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Canterbury District Health Board

Kathryn Russell, Drinking Water Assistance Programme Facilitator along with the Canterbury District Health Board, visited Arowhenua for the recent consultation hui with the water committee about safe drinking water for the Arowhenua community and the marae. The committee are working with her to review the water safety plan for the community to acknowledge the improvements that have already been made to the supply, and to plan for future opportunities.

Please contact Gwen at the office if you’d be interested in a kōrero with Kathryn about cleaning and disinfecting your onsite storage tanks.

Expressions of interest sought for directors

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has manawhenua over the rohe extending from the Waitaki River in the south, to the Rakaia River to the north, to the Southern Alps to the west; and to the coastline and associated foreshore and seabed to the east.

The main marae for Arowhenua is at Huirapa Street, Arowhenua, Temuka. Temuka is about 17kms north of Timaru on State Highway 1 in the South Island. There are approximately 9,000 people who whakapapa to Arowhenua.

The business structure for Arowhenua is that the day-to-day operations are conducted by Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated (INC SOC) and the INC SOC is the sole shareholder in Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Limited (the company).

Due to recent changes in the structure of the company, expressions of interest are now being sought for up to seven directors to be appointed to the board of the company. The company is looking to build a board with complementary skills. Particular attributes that are sought include:

  • Strong core governance skills
  • A strong affinity with Arowhenua
  • A mix of investment, management, finance, risk management and legal skills.

Further details may be obtained from the chair of the appointments committee, Quentin Hix, phone: 027 473 0813 or email: quentin@quentinhix.co.nz

Expressions of interest and CV’s should be emailed to Quentin or sent to PO Box 197, Timaru 7940.

Congratulations

In April, Te Teira Donaldson was selected to attend the Football New Zealand National Talent Centre football (NTC) week-long camp held at Waitaki Boys’ in Te Oha-a-Maru. He was the only South Canterbury player selected in his age group to attend the camp.

Te Teira was one of 14 boys who were automatically called back to the October camp, which was held in the first week of the school holidays.

Each year, football players have the chance to trial for the NTC and each year they make it, means they are one step closer to making the under 17 NZ team – a goal Te Teira has in his sights as he would like to make that team for the World Cup tournament in Brazil in 2019.

During the week the boys train hard, working on their fitness and their football skills. During the second week of the holidays, Te Teira represented South Canterbury in the 13th grade regional soccer tournament in Queenstown from 8-10 October.

Te Teira Donaldson.

Te Teira Donaldson.

TE HAPA O NIU TIRENI

The wind blew the clouds from Tarahaoa,
from Hua te Kerekere. Their four sons mihi
beneath the Nor’west arch.

This was the wind that carried changes.
Some said unforeseen, some, the Hākui
and Hākoro, nodded knowingly.

We camped at Arowhenua, to let them know
we had no intention of leaving. Aue! We’ve
been here for hundreds of years.

This land, these rivers, those mountains
are who we are and always will be. Where
are your mountains rivers and whenua?

We stand in our manaakitaka, we will
help you find yourselves. We will look
beyond your broken promises.
Nā Teoti Jardine.

Expressions of interest sought for directors

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has mana whenua over the rohe extending from the Waitaki River to the south, to the Rakaia River to the north, to the Southern Alps to the west; and to the coastline and associated foreshore and seabed to the east.

The main marae for Arowhenua is at Huirapa Street, Arowhenua, Temuka. Temuka is about 17kms north of Timaru located on State Highway 1 in the South Island. There are approximately 9,000 people who whakapapa to Arowhenua.

The business structure for Arowhenua is that the day-to-day operations are conducted by Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated (INC SOC) and the INC SOC is the sole shareholder in Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Limited (the company).

Due to recent changes in the structure of the company, expressions of interest are now being sought for up to seven directors to be appointed to the board of the company. The company is looking to build a board with complementary skills. Particular attributes that are sought include:

  • strong core governance skills
  • a strong affinity with Arowhenua
  • a mix of investment, management, finance, risk management and legal skills.

Further details may be obtained from the chair of the appointments committee, Quentin Hix phone: 027 473 0813 or email: quentin@quentinhix.co.nz

Expressions of interest and CV’s may be emailed to Quentin or sent to PO Box 197, Timaru 7940.

Postal ballot

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated wishes to inform current and potential members of the rūnanga of its intention to conduct a postal ballot for the purposes of electing the members of Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporation appointment committee.

Once elected, the appointment committee will be responsible for appointing the representative and alternate representative of the rūnanga to represent the interests of the rūnanga at meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Please note only those people who have established their entitlement to be members of the rūnanga before 5pm on 9 October 2015 will receive voting papers for this postal ballot, therefore all persons eligible to become a member of the rūnanga are encouraged to apply to be registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and members of the rūnanga who have previously been registered are encouraged to ensure that their contact details as held by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are correct.

Appointment committee nominations

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporation is also calling for nominations for the appointment committee and you can contact Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua office 03 615 9646, fax 03 615 9646; or email arowhenua@xtra.co.nz for information regarding criteria and nomination forms.

Written forms and requirements are to be received by the rūnanga office before 5pm on 9 October. Please send to Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Inc, 38 Huirapa Street, Temuka.

Important dates

On Sunday 13 September, we will be hosting our next rūnanga wānanga at 11am.

On Sunday 11 October, we will be hosting our annual general meeting starting at 10am followed by the rūnanga meeting.

The appointments committee is due for elections and the process is being reviewed by the executive. Once the process of postal voting has been approved nominations for the appointments committee will be called for. Updated information on the process of postal balloting and nominations for the appointments committee will be distributed through our newsletter, the KVine and Te Pānui Rūnaka in September, October and November. [Read more...]

Congratulations

Vania Pirini-Hurunui, a descendant of Te Anau and granddaughter of the late Mohi Fowler, received her Bachelor’s degree in Management at Otago Polytechnic majoring in Project Management.

Vania with her proud mother on graduation day.

Vania with her proud mother on graduation day.

Her proud mother, Mateka Pirini (née Anglem) was there to tautoko her at the graduation ceremony in Ōtākou. [Read more...]

A taonga returns

Allan Painter came to Arowhenua Marae recently, to return a taonga whānau. The taonga, a mat was made by Sarah Maude Painter at the behest of Tāua Paki Manning, for the inaugural meeting of the Arowhenua Māori Women’s Institute on, or about, 20 July 1937.

It was featured in a photo taken at that time, in front of Mrs Riku and Tokeke Rehu. Sarah Maude lived on what is now known as Station Road and had a good relationship with the people of the pā. Allan was baptised in the church and Tāua Paki was his godmother. [Read more...]

Rā whānau

We’ve celebrated a number of birthdays recently.

Aunty Diana (née Spencer) celebrating her 80th Birthday with whānau and friends at Arowhenua Marae.

Aunty Diana (née Spencer) celebrating her 80th Birthday with whānau and friends at Arowhenua Marae.

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Ngā mate

It is with sadness Michel Selene Ngatai and Pierre James Manning wish to publicly acknowledge the passing on of their father, Huirapa (Pablo) Timaru Manning who passed away peacefully on 5 May at Christchurch Public Hospital. No service was undertaken as Dad wanted no fuss around him after his death, which his children agreed to. Dad is survived by his sisters, Doris Pitman née Manning and Dorothy Cuthers née Manning and his second wife Lyn. Nā Pierre James Manning. [Read more...]

William Pike Challenge award

Tamahou, Nephai, Kye and Te Rau Aroha will be participating in the William Pike Challenge Award and received their information packs from William Pike when he visited us at Arowhenua Marae recently.

The whole school listened to William’s inspiring story about how, in 2007, he was trapped on Mt Ruapehu when it erupted, and how he subsequently lost his leg. He told the students he had to decide whether to let this event hold him back or rise to the challenge. He chose the latter and not only did he return to the outdoors but he is now inspiring young people to do the same. [Read more...]

Welcome

Felicity McMillan.

Felicity McMillan.

The team at Arowhenua Whānau Services are pleased to welcome Felicity McMillan.

Ko Aoraki te maunga, ko Waitaki te awa, ko Kāi Tahu te iwi. Ko Lloyd tōku Pāpā, ko Liz tōku Māmā, ko Neihana rāua ko Irihapati aku tamariki. Tēnā koutou katoa. [Read more...]

Musician turns scientist

Big ups to our sister Donna’s son, Dwayne Douglas Bennett. Dwayne is the grandson of Cherie and Donny, husband to Heather, father to Tara, Issac, Caleb, Genesis and Asha, brother to Tasha, Vivian, Ihaka and Takerei and nephew of Rangi, Soula, Dion and myself. [Read more...]

Arowhenua gets fit

Fitness trainers Andrew Holden, Trudy Gilchrist and Robyn Valentine are bringing Performance Training to Arowhenua Marae. Over a six month period they will be holding two fun fitness classes each week with their aim being to raise participant’s cardiovascular fitness strengthen core muscles to help with everyday tasks. The participants will be put through various exercises and class fitness activities to build stronger bodies. [Read more...]

Mokopuna Reo

Mokopuna Reo is a Māori pre-school group who meet fortnightly at Arowhenua Marae. The group was formed because parents in the area wanted a kaupapa Māori environment for younger tamariki. Mokopuna Reo is an opportunity for the pre-schoolers to engage and connect with Te Ao Māori. At their fortnightly sessions the tamariki learn karakia, waiata and their pepeha. At each session there is also a theme, which is based around learning the stories of our tīpuna and the history of the whenua. [Read more...]

He Aituā

Tama Graham
Max Matehe
Isiah Laurie-Waaka. [Read more...]

Arowhenua Māori School Camp

Tamariki from Arowhenua (Kura Kaupapa) School went on the Kaikōura Whale Watch during their school camp. They saw two sightings of sperm whale, dusky dolphins and marine birds. The tamariki also had turns sitting next to the captain and even had a turn on the microphone doing narration! In return the tamariki sang the crew songs and performed a haka. [Read more...]

He Aituā

Lorna Sanders, Tyson Toa and Sam Spencer.

Whānau support needed

I am writing to you today in the hopes that you will be able to help us buy a van to carry our daughter Alisha and her electric wheelchair. Alisha was diagnosed last year at the age of seven with an early onset type of muscular dystrophy known as facioscapulohumeral (FSH) muscular dystrophy. She is the only person in New Zealand with this particular form of muscular dystrophy and there is no known cure or treatment. [Read more...]

He aituā

Angela Bennetts, Nicola Jonathan and Mamae Reo Ora (Kris, Motty) Walker. [Read more...]

Kā Toi Māori o Aoraki (FLAVA) Festival

Kā Toi Māori o Aoraki (FLAVA) festival was held at the Theatre Royal on Friday 3 August for the sixth time. Twenty-eight schools and early childhood centres from the Aoraki region, between the Waitaki and the Rangitata rivers, took part in kapa haka, performing arts (waiata, whaikōrero, short stage drama, music, dance and other stage performances) and visual arts (two and three dimensional paintings, drawings, sculptures, and weaving). [Read more...]