Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou!

I raro i te maru o Aoraki, nei rā te mihi matakuikui o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou katoa!

Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā mate hūhua o te wā. Ki a koutou kua hīkoi atu ki tua o te ārai, kai te mihi atu, kai te taki atu. Haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie.

Rātou ki ā ratou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa!

Whitebait season has opened here on Te Tai o Poutini and on cue the rain has been falling. A bit of rain never deters a handy fisherman. Everyone is looking forward to their first feed of whitebait. However it’s a bit early in the season for a big haul.

We continued to be busy; and we have a few events coming up over the next few months. By the time you read this, our rūnanga hui-ā-tau and special meeting, planned for Saturday 22 September will have happened. Also the Māori Land Court hui set for 23 September at the Bruce Bay Hall would’ve been held.

We have also started our electoral ballot process to choose our Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative. The process calls for the nomination of members to sit on the Makaawhio Appointment Committee. They are responsible for selecting our representative.

Makaawhio Appointment Committee

We have received enough nominations to fill the seven positions available for the committee and as a result will not require a postal ballot process to be carried out.

The Makaawhio Appointment Committee members are;
Paul Madgwick, Stuart Barr, Terry Scott, Nola Tanner, Jackie Douglas, Kathleen Scott and Marie Mahuika-Forsyth.

Waka ama

As summer approaches whānau are back out on the water paddling. See below whānau getting back into waka ama.

Wānaka waiata

The weekend of 31 August to 1 September, a waiata wānaka was held at our marae. Around 20 members attended and sung, ate and enjoyed whakawhanaukataka.

Another Mātaitai Reservation approved

We are really pleased to advise that another of our applications for Mātaitai Reservation status has been approved. Our fifth succesful application for an area on the coastline of Ōkārito has now been gazetted. There is still more work to be done in respect to managing the reserve, but the status will allow a management mechanism to change quota rules if required through application to the minister.


Before closing, we have a couple of ways for you to keep in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening. Try our website: www.makaawhio.maori.nz or friend our Facebook page. Contact can be made by email: [email protected] or phone; 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007. We also have whānau email groups, so if you want to be added, contact the office.

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki.
Mauri ora!