Tātou ki te Whutupōro

He kaupapa whakaora reo te kaupapa ‘Tātou ki te Whutupōro’. Nā Kotahi Mano Kāika i whakatū. Ko te kaupapa matua, kia noho tahi kā whānau reo Māori ki te mātakitaki whutupōro, ki te hono atu ki whānau kē i ruka i te whakaaro o te reo Māori hai reo whānau. Nāia kā mihi ki kā whānau i eke ki tēnei waka. Nō te Rāhoroi mātou ko kā whānau reo Māori i haere ai ki te whutupōro. I tūtuki mātou ki Te Huka Mātauraka. I peita konohi, i kai parehe, i whakarite rauemi mātou mō te pakaka o te tau. Ahakoa i eke panuku te kapa Crusaders, i eke takaroa ko te reo Māori. [Read more...]

Kia ora whānau o Kāi Tahu

What a beautiful weekend we had at the Valley for the Te Rūnanga hui, on the Friday and Saturday and great weather for those who went on the boat trip on Sunday. The weather was absolutely superb the whole time and those who were present seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves at the Valley.

Some rūnaka members and our great office staff had been up prior and ensured the buildings were tidied for all, they even painted one of the rooms which looked great. [Read more...]

Our kaumātua fieldtrip to the Ōraka Aparima rohe involved visiting the Templeton Flaxmill Heritage Museum, Te Hīkoi Southern Journey heritage attraction and the local RSA. A great day out for all involved.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Kā mihi aroha

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnaka extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this month.

Annual General Meeting

The Trustees of Te Rūnaka o Awarua would like to extend an invitation to members and invite them to attend the Annual General Meeting at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff, on Saturday 8 April 2017, starting at 1 pm.

Melbourne Fashion Festival

Our congratulations go to Amber Bridgman who has been invited to show her work on the Global Indigenous Runway (GIR) at the Melbourne Fashion Festival on 18 March. GIR features Australian Aboriginal, NZ Māori, Native American, First Nations and Pasifika designers. Amber’s Melbourne collection is titled ‘Te Ao Mārama/Into the World of Light’ with designs incorporating feathers, piupiu and screen-printed images. Check out her Kahuwai Facebook page.

Kā mihi aroha

Our aroha goes out to whānau who have lost a loved one recently. In particular, the passing of Komene Cassidy’s sister.

It is also a year since Marty Taiaroa drowned and many of us joined Janece, Teone and Michelle for his unveiling.

Top left: Edward, Teone Michelle and Janece and her whānau listen as Tia Taiaroa leads out with full support from Les and Erena performing the Tahu Pōtiki haka. Top right: Teone acknowledges Spud Robson, fisherman from Jacksons Bay who found Marty. Bottom left: Unveiled, the headstone of Teone Te Matenga Taiaroa. Bottom right: Whānau and friends at the unveiling.

Top left: Edward, Teone Michelle and Janece and her whānau listen as Tia Taiaroa leads out with full support from Les and Erena performing the Tahu Pōtiki haka. Top right: Teone acknowledges Spud Robson, fisherman from Jacksons Bay who found Marty.
Bottom left: Unveiled, the headstone of Teone Te Matenga Taiaroa. Bottom right: Whānau and friends at the unveiling.

Ōtākou website

Feel free to browse through our website. Any whānau wishing to book the marae for functions can now do so online at www.otakourunaka.co.nz.

Ōtākou members news

Ōtākou office welcomes your whānau or personal news for including in Te Pānui Rūnaka. Please send your news items, such as, achievements in sports, education or anything else of community interest, pēpi hou, memorials, kupu hou and photos to [email protected] Your photos must have captions and names of people in the photo. Thank you.

The second Wānaka Tukutuku was held in our weaving room 3 – 5 March, with 14 wāhine and one tāne present. Most of the weavers had attended the November hui which made the time together more relaxed. Our three new members were very excited to meet up with us all – two were from Wānaka and one from Milton.

The plan now is to do a harvest on the West Coast to gather kiekie later in the year. I have also had an offer from a local weaver to teach piupiu to our rōpū, which covers a lot of skills to learn in the making of same. [Read more...]

On the same day Oi Manawa was unveiled, a small rōpu of Poutini Kāi Tahu carried a precious taoka to the pōwhiri for Te Matatini. Our kaikōrero, Upoko rūnanga Pīhopa Richard Wallace, spoke first on behalf of Poutini and Waitaha. While Waitaha Kapa sang the waiata tautoko, they took a very long walk across McLean Park Stadium in Napier to present a brand new taoka for Te Kairangi o Te Reo ā Tuhi  – Written Te Reo Excellence, jointly sponsored by Poutini Kāi Tahu –
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio. [Read more...]

Kia ora, my name is Jah-vana Lilley I am the co-ordinator for Hīkoi Waewae. For those of you that don’t know, we are a walking/tramping rōpū based on Te Tai Poutini. During our hīkoi we will be learning mātauranga Māori, whakapapa, tikanga, karakia, te reo, ngā hua o te ngahere and Māori place names. Our aim is to reconnect with our whenua by walking in the footsteps of our tūpuna to regain a sense of connection and belonging. Experience wellbeing through developing fitness and spending time in our natural environment, breathing clean fresh air and disconnecting from technology.

Every Monday we go walking, depending on the weather as we don’t want to put anyone at risk. We have completed over 20 hīkoi including one overnight tramp and we are planning a second. We have an amazing dedicated group that varies in numbers from week-to-week. If you would like more information or to join in on a hīkoi or two then add our Facebook page “Hīkoi Waewae” and flick me a message or email us at: [email protected] we are always keen for new faces to join in on our awesome initiative.

The rūnaka re-opened on 16 January and it’s been a bit quiet in regards to marae hui, but no doubt the office has been busy. Waihōpai, Ōraka-Aparima and Hokonui had a hui on Sunday 29 January at Murihiku Marae celebrating Tā Mark Solomon’s farewell.

What a great leader – a very humble man – thank you very much Tā Mark for taking us all on a fantastic journey of growth for Kāi Tahu, Kāti-Māmoe and Waitaha. You have done your mahi with honour and integrity. You have upheld your mana and your whānau mana as well.

Waihōpai whānau wish you and Lady Maria all the best for the future arohanui to you both. [Read more...]

Coming Events

Treaty commemorations
By the time this February pānui goes to print, Waitangi Day will be all done and dusted. Tracey Potiki worked tirelessly to create a great programme with the steering komiti and office staff especially administrator, Nic Hedley. Also Pete Asher – groundsman, Toni Evans – cleaner, kaimahi teams, whānau members and Department of Conservation Coastal Otago office working bees have done a great job to prepare for the big day. [Read more...]

Wātene Māori were a presence in the Octagon on New Year’s Eve. Crowds were well behaved with only a couple of incidents. The Wātene Māori have supported some tangi over this season and were on traffic control at the Ngāi Tahu Treaty commemorations on 6 February. [Read more...]

Nurse-led clinics

Nurse-led clinics can provide a range of services including tamariki ora checks, rangatahi checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist or dietician – helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs. [Read more...]

Katrina Whiu

Korihi te manu
Takiri mai te ata
Ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea
Tīhei mauri ora
Ko Aoraki tōku mauka
Ko Waitaki tōku awa
Ko Tākitimu tōku waka
Ko Kāi Tahu tōku iwi
Ko Kāti Huirapa me Ruahikihiki ōku hapū
Ko Arowhenua me Ōtākou ōku whenua
Ko te Hapa o Niu Tīreni me Tamatea ōku whare nui
Ko Eru (Ned) Russell tōku pōua nō Ōtākou
Ko Katherine Ngahine Russell (née Solomon) tōku tāua nō Arowhenua
Ko Eru (Joe) Russell rāua ko Judy Simeon ōku mātua
Ko Adrian tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Te Rangihau taku tama
Ko Atawhaia taku tamāhine
Ko Katrina Whiu ahau [Read more...]

Sean Bragg is over half way through his two-year internship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has already contributed to many important kaupapa across the iwi.

He relishes the opportunities and recognises the unique position he is in.Sean grew up in Bluff and acknowledges he will always keep that connection strong.

“I was always involved with things happening at our marae. When I was younger a new meeting house was built in Bluff and it was cool to be part of that space and see it all happen. Bluff will always be home, I take it with me wherever I go.”
Sean recalls finishing high school without having any concrete decisions about his future.

“A summer role came up to host the manuhiri at Dart River Safaris in Glenorchy and I saw it as an opportunity to get a foot in the door.”

In 2014, the royal couple, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited New Zealand and included a trip to Shotover Jet in their itinerary, Sean was selected to join the trip as a local rangatahi from Southland,
“I got the opportunity to meet the royal couple – I felt really privileged to be selected and that really sparked the desire to work for Ngāi Tahu. I wanted to give something back for the opportunities I was receiving.”
His Internship placement started with the Whai Rawa team in June 2015. He then moved into the GIS Mapping team, where he contributed to work on the cultural mapping of Southland and Bluff, learning about the cultural history behind place names of his childhood.

During his time with TahuFM he was involved with planning and worked with the developers of TahuFM’s new app that allows listeners to stream the station live from anywhere in the world.

More recently, he took his first trip to Rotorua with the Ngāi Tahu Tourism team to attend TRENZ (New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism event), where he helped with the virtual reality equipment. [Read more...]

Kaiwhare 14D1 Ahu Whenua Trust

An application has been made to the Māori Land Court in Christchurch to terminate the Ahu Whenua Trust known as the Kaiwhare Blk II No 14D Sec 1 Ahu Whenua Trust. This trust was constituted over the Māori Land Block known as Kaiwhare No 14D1 which lies north of Kaikōura near Mangamaunu.

The Trust currently has only one temporary trustee whose trusteeship period has now lapsed. They are not seeking reappointment. If no expressions of interest from potential trustees are received, the Court will terminate the trust. [Read more...]

E te uri o Hine Raukatauri, e te rika rehe, te rika tōhau nui.
Hoea tō waka ki te pae o maumahara, hai taumarumaru i tō mātou aroha mutuka kore. Waiho mātou tō tira e taki hotuhotu nei.

On 31 August the world lost an exceptional woman, precious whanauka and darling friend. To name just a few of her accomplishments Tracey was a musician par excellence, a scholar, a teacher, a NZ kayaking representative, a Coast-to-Coaster and a VSA and Raleigh International volunteer. A true citizen of the world she embraced all people, cultures and languages. It was especially moving at Tracey’s service when Pōkarekare ana was sung firstly in Timorese (Tracey had learned enough of their language to teach a group in Timor-Leste) and then in te reo. [Read more...]

Last month these images were published on the back page of Te Pānui Rūnaka requesting information or names about their location and people in the photographs.

The images are part of the Ngāi Tahu Collection at Macmillan Brown Library, and the information attached to the images told us that the photographs were taken at a hui held at Te Maungungu Marae, Hutt Valley in 1979 which was convened by the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board to set up the Māwhera Incorporation.
[Read more...]

Tēnā tātou e te whānau whānui o Ngāi Tahu e paruparu ana ōu rikarika i te whenua pai e mahi ana te papa e whāngai i ngā iwi katoa o te Ao.

Over the past months few months, Whenua Hou have been going through many changes including the occupation of Eyre Lodge by our Whenua Kura students. These students have taken up the wero of learning the Jedi ways of dairy farming from our amazing Ngāi Tahu Farming team.

In July we held a whānau event where our Whenua Kura tauira prepared and cooked a hāngī for our Whenua Hou community. [Read more...]

Te Tapuae o Rēhua is pleased to feedback the success of Te Ara Raukura, a partnership between Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Tapuae o Rehua and seven secondary schools in eastern Christchurch.

Raniera Dallas, Community and Whānau Champion, Te Tapuae o Rehua, says this programme is an evolution of traditional rangatahi training.

“The programme reaffirms our values and ensures we create pathways for young Māori to develop into leaders. The programme aims to create a pathway similar to those used by our ancestors,” says Raniera.The programme is a leadership initiative for Year 9 and 10 rangatahi in eastern Christchurch aiming to connect tauira and whānau to culture, language and identity. The tauira are accountable to each other and have the opportunity to meet later in the year to share their progress with peers, identify changes they have made, help each other to develop and create new goals. One of the recent students in the programme said “we learnt that It doesn’t matter where you started off, you can do whatever you want” and that “even if you started from the bottom you can make it to the top”. “The programme is in its first year of development and we hope to secure further funding next year to allow us to expand the programme to the wider community,” says Raniera. [Read more...]