Rā whānau

Sade Elle Gemmell celebrated her 21st birthday on 30 July. Her two sisters, Mariah and Aaliyah, decorated their grandparents’ home in Mangamaunu with balloons, flyers and ‘Happy Birthday’ streamers in Sade’s favourite colour, pink. Sade’s koro put a hāngī down and home-baked steamed pudding, pavlova and champagne were on the menu. The German chocolate cake was enjoyed by all. (For those who like baking, this recipe came from Māori Channel’s Cook-Up programme – it’s a must try).

Sade performed waiata with her Nana on the ukulele and whānau enjoyed songs, new and old from YouTube. Sade was winner of the ‘2014 Hollywood Immersive Contest’, her prize was a trip to Los Angeles. She was unable to go however, as she became hapū with her beautiful pēpi, Azayliah Grace.

Sade Elle Gemmell at her 21st birthday party.

Sade Elle Gemmell at her 21st birthday party.

Congratulations

Last year saw Mariah and Aaliyah Gemmell achieve excellence and merit respectively for their studies in NCEA. Aaliyah won three top awards for her final year at Glen Eden Intermediate School. Well done girls.

Jamie Harris
Jamie rowed in three finals in the Maadi Cup Regatta in Twizel, winning silver, 6th and 7th placings for Collegiate College in Wanganui. Jamie lost her Dad John suddenly in May this year. John was well-known for his outdoor pursuits such as the Coast to Coast. Jamie and John had a close and special relationship. During the last week of July, Jamie’s Mother Jo Ann (Gemmell) received the bronze award for ‘Best Builder’ in the Blenheim, Nelson and West Coast regions on behalf of Harris Construction Builders Ltd – a personal congratulations for both their efforts in the company.

Jamie Harris (left) at the Maadi Cup Regatta in Twizel.

Jamie Harris (left) at the Maadi Cup Regatta in Twizel.

Congratulations

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura would like to congratulate Manaia Tickell who is the daughter of proud parents Karaitiana and Alice Tickell and mokopuna of Rereao Tickell-Poharama and Michael Tickell.

Manaia was one of 30 recipients who received a 2015 Canterbury District Health Board Māori & Pacific Scholarship. She is in her first year studying toward a Bachelor of Health Science.

Manaia with He Oranga Pounamu CEO, Robyn Wallace.

Manaia with He Oranga Pounamu CEO, Robyn Wallace.

Takahanga Marae news

Kaikōura Integrated Health Centre blessing
On 15 August, rūnanga members and the Kaikōura community attended the blessing of the Kaikōura Integrated Health Centre.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura were asked to gift a name for the new facility and it was agreed that the name would be, Te Hā o Te Ora.

Te Hā talks about aroha, the essence of a person, or their whole being. Ora talks about wellbeing, which is the essence of health itself. The name also has added meaning gleaned from the legend of Māui, who is said to have stood with his foot on the peninsula to draw breath (Te Hā) before he fished up the North Island.

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura member, Raewyn Solomon says the gifting of the name is important. The whole site is of cultural significance because it is part of the original pā site of Takahanga.

“In addition to gifting the name, Brett Cowan blessed the Kaikōura health centre, Te Hā o Te Ora to ensure the protection of all who use the facility from now into the future.”

Prior to the first stages of the excavation, talks had begun with our environmental coordinator, Raewyn Solomon, who responded to their resource consent. Michael Trotter (archaeologist) along with Amelia Taylor (cultural monitor) attended the site during the first excavation period a year ago.

The rūnanga will contribute art work for the whānau room as well as a cultural gateway. The hospital and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura had to upgrade the power supply which worked well with the timing of our new wharekai.

The rūnanga also gave the contractors permission to use our driveway for access to the site.

The new facility will be great for Kaikōura and although the old hospital holds many memories for whānau, we all look forward to the new hospital that will have breath-taking views from the mountains to the sea.

Trengrove Architects Ltd artist impression of the centre.

Trengrove Architects Ltd artist impression of the centre.

The original hospital facility.

The original hospital facility.

Rūnanga member, Brett Cowan and project mananger, Tim Fahy.

Rūnanga member, Brett Cowan and project mananger, Tim Fahy.

Brett Cowan leading rūnanga members and members of the Kaikōura community.

Brett Cowan leading rūnanga members and members of the Kaikōura community.

Marae bookings

Takahanga has been buzzing over the last month with plenty of bookings. We have had received bookings from Kaikōura High School, the Hurunui District Council, representatives from China hosted by Whale Watch, the Kaikōura Information Centre, members from the University of Florida, the Manawhenua Working Party, Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology, the Ahu Whenua Trust, the University of Canterbury, Te Puni Kōkiri and Braugher College.

Thank you to those who have kept our paepae warm. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Board field trip

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representatives, Gina Solomon and Amelia Taylor attended the Nelson/Marlborough Conservation board hui which was followed by a field trip to the Abel Tasman National Park.

We took a boat to the park from Kaiteriteri Beach and stayed overnight at the Anchorage Hut, a spacious 34 bunk hut built in 2013.

One of the Department of Conservation (DoC) support staff talked about ‘good nature’ – 24 self-resetting traps that are being used by Project Janszoon and Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust to control rats. Each gas-powered trap will reset itself up to 24 times.

One morning we walked along the golden beach at Anchorage to see where Motueka High School students have planted a range of dune species for dune restoration.

Another boat ride and walk brought us to Onetahuti Bridge. This bridge and boardwalk were completed in late 2013, allowing all-tide access across the Richardson Stream. The bridge has been built to reflect the design of a waka. It’s a wonderful example of working together with mana whenua to incorporate symbolic elements into the park infrastructure.

Minister Nick Smith attended our board meeting in Motueka and Minister Nicky Wagner attended the field trip with the Nelson/Marlborough DoC board.

The board at Anchorage Beach.

The board at Anchorage Beach.

The group visiting the Onetahuti Bridge.

The group visiting the Onetahuti Bridge.

Minister Nicky Wagner and a DoC staff member.

Minister Nicky Wagner and a DoC staff member.

Keeping te reo alive

One of our education pou leaders, Rawiri Manawatu has been successfully holding weekly te reo classes at the marae.

We are proud of Rawiri’s achievements and his drive and passion to keep the language alive. He has a strong rōpū of 35 people who have been attending ranging from pēpi to rangatahi and pakeke to kaumātua.

Rawiri has a humble and encouraging approach when teaching, which is reflected in the positive feedback from the participants who have been attending the classes.

Ka mau te wehi Rawiri.

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – For us, and our children after us.

Call for nominations

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Inc is calling for nominations for directors for Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Ltd (charitable company). Elections will take place at our Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Ltd shareholder annual general meeting on Sunday 11 October at 10.30 am, Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura. All enquiries are to be directed to Gina Solomon, secretary of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Inc, phone 027 516 1715; or email ginaandsteve@xtra.co.nz

Green Ribbon Award winners

Te Korowai members and supporters have been celebrating after being named the winners of the 2015 Green Ribbon Award for protecting our oceans and coasts.

The award winners were announced on Thursday 4 June at the Beehive by the Minister for the Environment and Minister of Conservation.

Te Korowai was a finalist for the third year in a row and our hopes were high. This year marks 25 years since the establishment of the awards and more than 170 individuals and groups have been recognised as part of the Green Ribbon Awards since their inception in 1990. [Read more...]

Ngā mate

Born in Ōaro in 1922, Cyril Kerei Keepa (Gray) died peacefully on 7 May 2015.

He was a special kaumātua, dad, granddad and great-granddad to all his moko, husband to Pat, trusted friend and a special uncle to many.

He was the last of the 14 siblings of Henare Kerei Keepa (Harry Gray) and the graceful and lovely Mahalla (Ali Grace Norton) to leave us.

Apart from time spent in the Pacific during WWII, Cyril spent nearly all of his working life in Westport, mainly in the transport and fishing industries, where his five children Dennis, Ken, Tony, Janice and Dale were born. [Read more...]

Congratulations

Sharon Hillier pictured with colleagues, Robyn Wallace and Vania Pirini at their recent graduation ceremony where all three received their degrees in applied management.

It’s a wonderful achievement and acknowledgement of their skills, knowledge and the mahi they have undertaken over the years.

From left, Sharon Hillier, Robyn Wallace and Vania Pirini.

From left, Sharon Hillier, Robyn Wallace and Vania Pirini.

Rā whānau

On 20 November, James Avery, aka Rangi Te Angiangi Martini Thoms, celebrated his 85th birthday with whānau.

His twin moko Pania and Ben Ryan-Avery also celebrated their 21st birthday on 25 November.

James Avery with his wife Martha Avery.

James Avery with his wife Martha Avery.

Ka mihi aroha

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura extends our aroha and sympathy to all our whānau suffering the loss of loved ones at this time.

Rā whānau

Congratulations to everyone who celebrated birthdays this month.

July: Reimana Kiriona-Clarke, Mataupiraka Stirling, Vanessa Norton-Sadler, Victor Manawatu, Jasmine Solomon, Tini Solomon, Pania Manawatu, Hana Manawatu, Martin (Ned) Manawatu, Ricky Timms, Anita Marie Ruhe, Lisa Kahu, Louisa Murray, Anna Taylor, Sallyanne Clemett, Corey McGregor, Alan Rae, Atawhai Murray and Cecelia Fletcher. [Read more...]

He pēpi

We welcome the arrival of new pēpi Manaia Manawatu Williams. Manaia is the first son of Ali Manawatu Williams.

Rā whānau

We hope that all those who had birthdays in June and July had a wonderful celebration. In June: Kaiya Solomon, Moana Manawatu, Lisa Ratahi, Maani Stirling, Rebecca Wixon, Ann Martin, Manaia Manawatu, Mary Murphy, Tasha Te Heuheu, Joel Laugesen, Dallas Stevens, Dyanna Stirling, Tim Manawatu Snr, Tuhawaiki McDonald, Maru Manawatu, Rachel Hickey, Ross Sadler, Nicole Allen and Karen Timihou. And in July: Reimana Kiriona-Clarke, Mataupiraka Stirling, Victor Manawatu, Louisa Murray, Anna Taylor and Pania Manawatu. [Read more...]

Ngā mate

We wish to acknowledge the passing of Echelon Gavin of Ngāti Kurī, who passed away on 19 June. Echelon is a descendant of Tame Norton and Tangitu. Our aroha is with the Gavin whānau. E moe e te tāua.

He pēpi

Katea Karakia Ripikoi-Thompson i whānau mai i te 10 May, an 8lb baby girl born at Waitakere Hospital in Auckland to proud parents Kama and Aidan Ripikoi-Thompson and big brother Malek-Tawana; and mokopuna of Rosalind Gemmell-Ripikoi and the late Sharland Ripikoi (Rip).

Katea is the second great-grandchild of Moana and Henry Gemmell. Nau mai haere mai e te mokopuna. [Read more...]

Ngā mate

We, the Jacobs whānau, ngā mokopuna me te whānau katoa of Mangamaunu, wish to acknowledge our dear cousin Elaine, kua mate ia. Elaine was the wife of Mike Tickell, mother of Karaitiana, Leianne and Sheree, and the daughter of Gladys and Joseph Cuthers nō Manaia te motu o Rarotoka, kua mate rāua. Takoto mai Rereao takoto te rangimarie i runga i tō waka. Moe mai i tō moenga roa. Haere atu rā Nā Moana Gemmell.

He pēpi

Congratulations to Ripeka and Jordon on the birth of their baby daughter Emily Sarona Roihana Stirling on 9 April at 4.31 am. Maani and Dy Stirling are very proud Pōua and Tāua. [Read more...]

He pēpi

Nau mai haere mai ki a Kaitatea Leith Hepi. A second son for Tom and Leiani Hepi, born on 15 February, weighing 6 pound 10 ounces. He is a little brother for Kahurangi and new moko for Jeff and Carol Reardon and Tom and Airini Hepi. [Read more...]

Rā whānau

Poihipi Clayton, Tamati Stirling, Tayla Tuki, Makaire Solomon, Haley Baxter, Rachel Neill, Henare Manawatu, Leila Stirling, Murray Posa, John Te Wani, Ricky Muir, Debbie Walford, Tania Wati, Maurice Manawatu Jr and Major Timms.

Summerfest music festival

Once again the team have done a great job organising the Summerfest concert. It was great seeing the rūnanga involved in the pōwhiri; and great to see our hapū offer overwhelming support for our hapū kaupapa ‘no drilling.’

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Society Incorporated

Notice of Special General Meeting (Appointment Meeting) to appoint the Te Rūnanga Representative and Alternate Representative
Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura wishes to provide its members with notice for the Special General Meeting of the rūnanga at Takahanga Marae, Kaikōura on Sunday 15 December.

The Special General Meeting is called by the Rūnanga Appointment Committee to appoint the Rūnanga Representative and Alternate Representative to represent the interests of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura at meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, PO Box 39, Kaikōura 7300. Phone 03 319 6523 or email adan.tehuia@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Poroporoaki for Maurice Manawatu

Maurice Manawatu, a long-serving Ngāi Tahu representative on the Department of Conservation (DoC) board, was farewelled from his role on 8 October.

We had a farewell for Maurice, who has been a board member since September 1998. Many stories were shared among board and DoC members at the dinner. Maurice will be missed as a board member but will always be passionate when it comes to the whenua regardless of his retirement from the board. He will be replaced by Amelia Taylor, who noted that she has “big shoes to fill”. Amelia takes her passion for Papatūānuku very seriously and is looking forward to this new role. [Read more...]

Kia ora whānau, ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

Rā whānau

Congratulations to the “Magnificent 7 plus 1” from the Manawatu whānau, who all celebrated birthdays during July – Shanae, Pania, Victor, Te Rina, Hana, Kieren, Melanie. And just who is the plus 1? Well it’s Ned, who just snuck in on 31 July. Also during July, the angels could be heard singing atop of Tapuae-o-Uenuku as Koha Hawke, Te Hiria Manawatu and Nakutira Kahu also celebrated. Kicking off August is Adan Te Huia followed by Matai and Jahdia McDonald, Grace Manawatu and Kim Kahu. [Read more...]

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Incorporated Society – notice of intention to hold a postal ballot

Closes 5pm, Monday 5 August 2013
Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura wishes to inform all members and potential members of the rūnanga of its intention to conduct a postal ballot. This postal ballot is for the purposes of electing the members of the Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura 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. [Read more...]

Ngā mate

Our aroha goes out to the Manawatu whānau with the loss of two tamariki this year, Mahuri Manawatu aged five years and Xavier Clifford (Australia) aged eight months. Also to the Mason whānau for the loss of Lani Mason, and the King whānau for the loss of Ted. To everyone who has lost a loved one this year arohanui to you all. [Read more...]

Rā whānau

September
Ma-rea Clayton, Rana Poharama, Chrystal Mansfield, Rose Clemett, Ramari Ruhe-Guthrie, Te Auhia Solomon, Che Solomon, Miri Furlong, Te Amo Solomon, Sue King, Tina Smith, Raki Solomon, Hari Manawatu, Rana Edgarton, Justin Solomon, Jackie Te Wani, Mark Solomon. [Read more...]

Meeting notice for Kaikōura Section MR 413

A meeting of the beneficiaries of the Takahanga Urupā, Kaikōura Section MR 413 will be held to elect new trustees.

Date: Saturday 29 September
Venue: Takahanga Marae
Time: 11am. [Read more...]