Here Te Pana Young (née Huria)

26/3/1927 – 24/5/2016
“Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu”
Aunty Biddy was precious to her whānau, our whānau strength and link to the past.

On the morning of 24 May our Aunty Biddy slipped away to join her tūpuna, siblings and husband leaving behind her children Larry, Adrianne, Dianne, their husbands and many mokopuna.

Aunty Biddy grew up in Port Levy and Woodend and often shared many childhood tales with us all. One of my favorites is her telling us about catching the ferry back to Port Levy to stay with Aunty Lil for the school holidays. Aunty Biddy has touched the lives of many and was always ready with the home baking and a cup of tea in her fine china when we all visited.

Our stories of Aunty are endless, however I believe this poem explains what an impact Aunty has had on her whānau and many friends. The whānau would like to express their thanks to all the support received over this time.

The Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says,
“Grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, and the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.”

Moe mai, moe mai rā Aunty Biddy
Aroha nui Aunty Biddy’s whānau.

Aunty Biddy.

Aunty Biddy.

Congratulations

Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden
Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden was a finalist in this year’s 2016 Green Ribbon Awards, in the Kaitiaki Leadership Category.

This category recognises outstanding kaitiaki leadership and demonstrated commitment to empowering iwi/hapū/whānau to take action to restore or sustain the mauri of te taiao.

Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden.

Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden.

Charles Crofts
Former Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Charles Crofts has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Māori.

Charles is a former Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere who played a pivotal role between 1993 and 1996 in seeing through the most critical stages of the Deed of Settlement.

Charles was then an integral member of the team of principals mandated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, to manage the negotiation process and was personally charged with maintaining tribal cohesion during negotiations.

Charles Crofts.

Charles Crofts.

Pānui contributions

I’m sure there are stories out there that whānau would like to share. Please email these along with photos (ensuring that you provide names of those in the pictures) to: Koukourārata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz. Just a reminder that if you are going to submit photos, they should be high resolution (300DPI) or bigger, which means the file size will be about 100 KB or bigger.

Letter to Koukourārata B4 tonight

“Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao mārama”
= The language is the heart to understanding.
Kia ora koutou katoa whanauka o Koukourārata,
Kā mihi aroha, kā mihi manaaki, kā mihi mana tapu, kā mihi tapu mana ki kā rakatira koutou katoa e ora ana ki kā rakatira koutou katoa kua mate, ki a Cora Te Aroha Wereta/Watkins/Duncan tuakana, taina, tuahine, whaea, tāua, tō māua māmā.
Haere, haere, haere atu rā.

Nō reira
Ka piti hono tātai hono
Te huka mate, ki te huka mate
Te huka ora, ki te huka ora
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, kia ora tātou katoa.
“Ka ora te reo ki te kōrerotia” = The language will grow if it is spoken. Submitted by Pita Watkins

Ngā mate
Our heartfelt aroha goes out to the whānau of Aroha Duncan who passed away unexpectedly in January and Linda Grennell who passed away in February.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan

Born and named Cora Te Aroha Wereta on 10 October 1937 at home in Port Levy – Koukourārata. The youngest born to Poihipi and Merimatahaere Wereta and a
loving sister to Gloria Raureka, Rua, Jim, Matapi, Tokerau, Walton and Meri.

How do you begin to write a life-long connection to uphold mana and love of a “Mum?”
How do you express the utmost respect, a connection that an individual held in so many aspects of life?

To start to explain the continued new and old relationships made within our time of mourning.
These will provide pathways into our future. It’s like mum’s destiny of distinctive pathways to sustain relationships/whānau was naturally imposed. Reflecting on her birth in her Port Levy whānau home, it gives reason as to why her effortless connections bloomed.

She was born the pēpi, tuahine, within mana whenua. Mum connected with all her whānau and friends, often being the West Coast connection for whānau holidays and breaks away.

Once connected she let the natural pathway of self-determination evolve and if that meant you walk through her door again so be it if it was you living your journey, she still wished the very best for you.

Graceful in her presence and still graceful in her passing. I cannot give my mum the writing of her life she deserves. All I can do is continue to hold her in my heart. It is to you the reader, to reflect on how our mum, tāua, gran, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend impacted on your journey, to share in your thoughts and love in your own space that fits for you.

Mum is buried in our urupā in Port Levy, with her mother, Meri Wereta, her sister, Matapi, and brother, Jim, surrounded by whānau. With the best view and sunrise in her place of birth. To forever rest at home.
Nā Gina-Lee Duncan.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan.

Congratulations

In early August, Environment Canterbury was delighted to welcome new Commissioner Elizabeth Cunningham, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Donald Couch earlier in the year.

Elizabeth has the full support of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and is excited to be back at Environment Canterbury, having served as a Councilor from 2004-2007.

A lifelong commitment to the health sector, and in particular advocating for the improvement of Māori health, has seen Elizabeth devote herself to serving many communities at a local, regional and national level.

For Elizabeth, it is impossible to separate health and the environment, “If people don’t have clean air and clean water, and we’re not safeguarding our natural resources for future generations in the spirit of kaitiakitanga, how can we have good health,” she says.

Much progress has been made at Environment Canterbury in recent years, and Elizabeth has already observed many changes from her term as a councilor. “The current organisation is listening and it’s exciting to see community stakeholders involved, especially through the Zone Committees,” she says.

“The Commissioners are working hard for the best interests of Canterbury and it’s a privilege to be part of this exceptional team of people. I’m looking forward to what we’re going to achieve together in the next 12 months.”

Story courtesy of Environment Canterbury.

Elizabeth Cunningham.

Elizabeth Cunningham.

Pānui contributions

If there are any good news stories from within the whānau that you would like to share, please email me and I will be more than happy to submit them for publication.

Just a reminder that if you are going to submit photos, they should be high resolution (300DPI) or bigger, which means the file size will be about 100KB or bigger.

Calling for alternate representative nominations

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata invites applicants for the position of alternate representative for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Applications must be in writing and meet the application criteria of the Koukourārata Electoral Process. Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 14 January 2016. Please contact Marion Crofts, Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata for a copy of the nomination form and criteria. Contact details: 71 Corsair Drive, Wigram. Phone: 03 365 3281 or email: koukourarata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Well whānau, we are one step closer to commencing the build of the new whare wānanga.

The building consent has been approved and Cadigan Construction Limited has laid the new foundation for the generator and gas bottles. With this in mind, the marae will not be available for hire until further notice.

Tūtehuarewa Marae is on the map. In late October-early November, we had signage erected just past the church as you come off the Purau-Port Levy hill.

The official signage. Photo supplied by Sharnecho Crofts.

The official signage. Photo supplied by Sharnecho Crofts.

Koukourārata distribution list

I recently sent an email to whānau for whom we have an email address so I can start a Koukourārata distribution list.

If there is anything of interest going on in the bay, I plan to use this form of communication (as well as Facebook), to let everyone know. If you would like me to add you to this list, please drop me a line at: Koukourārata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Contributions

I would also like whānau to let me know if they have any goods news stories they would like to be added to the rūnaka magazine. Please email news and pictures to Koukourārata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Jetty repairs

Yes, you’re seeing it right – work to repair our wharf will commence in early to mid-September.

Even though the wharf is only partially closed off, the whole wharf will be closed for approximately five weeks while repair work is being carried out.

The jetty.

The jetty.

New whare wānanga

Here is the artist’s impression of the new whare wānanga for which building will begin in the near future.

Impression by Peter Dunbar, architectual designer.

Impression by Peter Dunbar, architectual designer.

Facebook

Did you know that we are on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/terunanga.okoukourarata

Office number

Sorry, got my fingers in a muddle. The number should read 03 365 3281.

Contact details

Overtime, I intend to update contact details for our rūnanga members, so can you all please take the time to email me on Koukourārata@ngaitahu.iwi.nz with this information. Here are my contact details: 03 365 2381;71 Corsair Drive Wigram 8042; PO Box 3187 Christchurch 8140; or email Marion.crofts@ngaitahu.iwi.nz Aroha nui ki a koutou, Marion.

Thank you

A big thank you to Doug Timothy and Ricki Lewis for clearing the rubbish from the paddock adjacent to the creek, along with starting the big job of burning the huge piles of wood from the downed and cut trees. [Read more...]

Connection to land vital for Whānau Ora

Over 70 people gathered at Tūtehuarewa Marae at Koukourārata (Port Levy), Banks Peninsula on Saturday for the launch of a new venture Te Wānanga Taiao o Koukourārata that will support Koukourārata whānau to develop land enterprises through a market garden concept.

The close relationship between whānau and whenua (the land) provides the foundation for the new model of whānau health and the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Wai Pounamu are showing their support by investing $237,000 in the first stage of the initiative. [Read more...]

Rere a waimihi a Koukourārata ki a koutou katoa. A very busy start to the year, which looks like it is not going to let up; With a new strategic direction we have comings and goings and buildings going up and coming down. A very exciting time for all.

Ngā mate

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire.

Tūrou Hawaiki

As the rūnanga moves in a new strategic direction, we say farewell to our kaihautū, Maatakiwi Wakefield. She joined our rūnanga in 2005 following the disestablishment of the then Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation. We have been fortunate to benefit from her many skills and talents over the past 10 years; her contribution has been valued. Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata wishes her well with her future endeavours.

Contributions

Many thanks to our roving reporter, Jasmine Hesp for her story contributions. If you have stories for Te Pānui Rūnaka please send them to the rūnaka office (contact details can be found at the back of this newsletter).Without your stories we can’t submit a column, so we look forward to hearing from you.

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata

I hope this warm weather is a sign that we’re in for a nice long ‘hot’ summer, especially given the dismal one we had last year. But Haki Hukapapa and his whānau are still making themselves known so best not be breaking out the summer clothes just yet.

Before moving on, Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whānauka, who have lost loved ones over the past few months. In particular our heartfelt aroha goes to the Teihoka, Wallace-Swindells, Tau and Briggs whānau.

Nō reira takina te kupu tuatahi ki te Aitaka-a-Matariki, koutou i whakakopa kopiopio i te karaka a Tahu Kūmea, a Tahu Whakairo ki te tauawhi a tāua mā, a pōua mā kua riro ki tua o paemahara. Ka pōhara katoa te iwi i ō koutou weheka. Pūkatokato tou ana tō iwi, anō te marama kua karo, kua ara anō, auē he marama ka roku i te pae. He maimai aroha ki a koutou, tēnei te puna wai a kamo, tēnei te puna aroha e kore e mimiti. Nā reira, mā te Ruka Rawa koutou e manaaki, e tiaki, rātou ki a rātou ka moe, tātou kā waihotaka a rātou ka noho, nāia te waimihi a Koukourārata e rere atu nei. [Read more...]

Rere a waimihi a Koukourārata ki a koutou katoa. The year has been a busy one so far. There has been a flurry of activity with the new waka ama, the establishment of pouwhenua at the base of Kakanui Reserve and of course, the purchase of a new truck and the out fitting of the marae. Before moving on Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire. [Read more...]

Ngā mate

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whānauka who have lost loved ones over the past months. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire.

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata

Another month is done and dusted and here we are at the business end of the year. Where does the time go? It’s been a very full year with many comings and goings in the bay. [Read more...]

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata
Warm summer breezes (mixed with a few gnarly nor’easters) are starting to make themselves at home in the bay, heralding the slide into the holiday season. Waka ama training has begun and whānau members who are interested should contact the office. It’s a busy time for all as those lawns just keep growing.

Before moving on Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata news, we would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whānauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Our thoughts go to you all. Nō reira koutou te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire. [Read more...]

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata

Another year is whizzing past and there have been a few changes in the bay as we start preparing for spring – a busy time for all. Hoping everyone is safe and well wherever they may be. Before moving on to Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata business, we would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Our thoughts go out to you all. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire. [Read more...]

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata

Another busy month and with spring starting, there are lawns to mow and gardens to weed. We have to admit it’s been a fairly pleasant winter, as winters go, so here’s hoping we’re in for a nice long, hot summer.

Before moving on, Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Our thoughts go to you all. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei Ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki.

Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire. [Read more...]

Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata

Another year is whizzing by and there are a few changes in the bay, as we start preparing for spring… busy times for all. Hoping everyone is safe and well wherever they may be.

Before moving on Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Our thoughts go out to all of you.

Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire. [Read more...]

Congratulations – Māori trades training student

Sharlane Smitheram Manawatu from Koukourārata started her He Toki ki te Rika (Māori Trades Training) painting and decorating course just four weeks ago and has already been offered a job with one of her work experience providers. [Read more...]

He pēpi – Jordan Te Maihengia Datema White

“Nau mai e taku mokopuna ki te wheiao, ki te ao mārama. I whānau mai a Jordan Te Maihengia Datema White i te 16 o ngā rā o Haratua, 2012, hei mokopuna tuatahi mō Mere Skerrett, nā Rochelle Jamieson rāua ko Te Haimona White. [Read more...]