Ngā mihi aroha

Hoea Makawhuia, ki te Moana o Whakarepo e,
Titirohia, Teera te Uira, Hihiko i te Raki,
E rua waahi ana ra, ra ruka Te Ahupatiki e,
Mauka-Whakaruruhau o Ngati Irakehu-nui-tonu,
Kaaore ia nei, Ko te Tohu-o-Te-Mate,
I raro ra, ki te Puna-Moana o Te Taniwha-Tiipua Na……..
‘Te Wheke’
I raakona ki reira, a Uru-Raki-Wheke, a Uru-Raki-Papa,
E riri ana i waho, Paku te Whenua, katata te Papa i ruka nei”

You often walked alone, that was your choice.
In conversation you revealed many examples of study.
You chose an existence neat and tidy without a partner.
When in a specific mood and chosen environment,
you often recalled stark insightful memories upon the battlefield.
Yours was the battlefield of anger, comrades remembered.
Your reunion with them, a deserved moment, earned.

E te Matua, join Taupori o Tu, our illustrious Toa-Rakatira,
Bring him home, this is our land of the brave
Rest in peace.

Taakoto mai ra, e te Tumomo Toa-Rakatira,
Aku Matua-Keke Na te Whanau O Tikao,
No Opukutahi tae noa ki Te Rapaki o Te Rakiwhakaputa.

Tony Tikao – Loved by your whānau and comrades.
Served with Honour and Courage in Borneo RNZIR (TOD). The Republic of South Vietnam 161 Battery RNZA.

Rā whānau

To all of you who are celebrating Spring birthdays in September, very best wishes for the year ahead.

Whakaraupō Carving Centre Trust

Whakaraupō Carving Centre were approached by the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Spinks from Burnham Military Camp to ask if we would restore their waharoa on the 2/1 battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIF) parade ground. This was a delicate task because most of the waharoa needed replacing and restoration. Work was also sped up due to the tragic death of the soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

After a few sleepless nights, the waharoa was returned to its former glory and once again took pride of place upon the parade ground. It was a great honour for the Carving Centre to complete this mahi and to play a part in the farewell ceremony of our fallen soldiers.

E moe rātou i raro te korowai o te Atua.






Red CERA says

Although it was always a possibility, staying in the red was dissapointing news for three Ōmaru Road families. Now six west side whānau are in the red. Even now that the waiting is over, it doesn’t lessen the impact of being told living back in your own home, on your own land is definitely not an option.

Water, water, water

Peter Couch describes the scene as a collaborative effort between Rūaumoko, Tāwhirimātea and Tangaroa.

We have had lots of rain in recent weeks, causing more slips, fast flowing streams and lots of water under foot. Pictured here is one slip that has taken a huge chunk of coastline. Similar slips are occurring along the length of our foreshore.