Hunter Albany Tauwhare born 31 July.

He pēpi

Matariki Tumahai is very happy and excited to announce the birth of Hunter Albany Tauwhare. Hunter is another gorgeous mokopuna to add to Matariki’s whānau.

Hunter arrived into the world on 31 July at Redcliffe Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, weighing in at 8lb 13 ounces.

Hunter is the first child for Aaron Tauwhare and Kerrie Jones. A wonderful bundle of joy. Congratulations to the whānau.

Rā whānau

Chantal Tumahai 2 September
Karleshea Tauwhare 7 September
Marlon Price 11 September
Chris Lewis 17 September
El-Alamein Meihana-Whittle 16 September
Kereopa Ria 16 September
Irai Weepu 19 September
Mikayla Tumahai 20 September
Kupe Tauwhare 22 September
Tania Tauwhare 22 September
James Campbell 24 September
Moana Lee 25 September
Tamaki Tumahai 26 September
Chelsea Meihana 26 September
Awatea Tauwhare 27 September
Terita Mason 28 September.

Kiwi experience

Poutini environmental manager, Francois Tumahai and consent officer, Chantal Tumahai were invited up to Stockton Alliance coal mine to check on kiwi in the area. They were lucky enough to go out with MBC Environmental Services and Solutions flora and fauna supervisor, Sonya Roxburgh and Solid Energy’s environmental approvals manager, Robbie Blankenstein. They tracked kiwi to do health check-ups and to check the that tracker was working; so they don’t lose any kiwi.

They tracked a kiwi for hours. Through the bush, across creeks and rivers and down gullies until they finally arrived at the kiwi borrow. The kiwi they were tracking was a male, and too fast for anyone to catch.

Both Francois and Chantal were gutted they didn’t get to see the kiwi up close. Next thing, Sonya dove into the kiwi burrow with only her feet hanging out at the end. As she started to crawl out Chantal noticed that she had caught another kiwi.

This kiwi, a female around four years-old and weighing 3.5kg was a new one to add to the Stockton kiwi family. Both Francois and Chantal said there are no words to explain the experience.

Kia Toa South Island Māori Netball Tournament Teams

Whānau from both Ngāti Waewae and Makaawhio joined together to make midget, junior and senior netball teams named Kia Toa for the tournament in Rangiora on 15 September. Rangiora hosted this year’s Pitama Cup, South Island Māori Netball Tournament. The day’s event begins with a team march, followed by the netball games and ending with a banquet for prizegiving and kapa haka.

A big mihi to all whānau who made this possible. Your generosity, positivity and support will always be appreciated. Thank you for making it possible for Kia Toa to attend this exciting event. Whānau watch this space for results in the next edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka.

Kia waimarie, kia manawanui, kia kaha koutou, me haere pai koutou katoa.