To Waiariki Parata-Taiapa who received the 2012 Kā Pūtea Scholarship. We are delighted to announce that Waiariki Parata-Taiapa is the recipient of the Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Papatipu Rūnaka Scholarship for 2012. Waiariki is studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Otago, studying Māori, Film and Media. He is a very active member of the rūnaka, and is a wonderful mentor for rakatahi here in Ōtepoti.

Waiariki Parata-Taiapa.

Tamariki holiday programme

This school holiday’s programme was once again action packed. It started with a noho marae for the older tamariki. The activities at the noho included learning a new haka and it was a chance for the older ones to reconnect and to prepare for the arrival of the younger tamariki.

Thursday’s weather was blustery and cold to begin with, which nearly managed to derail plans of a day on the water with waka ama and paddle boards. The entire rōpū had lunch down at the boat club on the foreshore and then a group of enthusiasts lined up at the rūnaka office for a briefing before heading out on the water. The sun suddenly came out and the afternoon turned into a pleasant one. That evening, tamariki 10 and over were treated to a very special event, an after dark kiwi spotting tour at the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary.

Sue Hensley, head tour guide of Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary talking to
rakatahi about how to recognise kiwi sign.

A bus travelled down to the Ecosanctuary in Waitati in time for a talk and video by one of the tour guides. We were then escorted through the top part of the Ecosanctuary to the kākā breeding station, where we experienced the delights of feeding time. Around 12 kākā were spotted doing their ‘dusk thing’ and we even saw six kākā flying overhead! A rare sight indeed. We walked back to the visitor centre for some kai and then, with the use of special solar torches, we headed back out to see if we could spot kiwi. Although we didn’t actually spot kiwi, we were treated to the callings of both kiwi and takahē and we all agreed that we had been truly blessed by the experience.

The programme finished at 2pm the next day and both tamariki and rakatahi left the marae with lots of new experiences to share.

A rare group shot of the whole rōpū.

Hui-ā-Iwi rūnaka information stall

The rūnaka has agreed to have an information stall at Hui-ā-Iwi to publicise our resources and to sell some merchandise. We need volunteers to help for approximately one hour during the day on Saturday. If you would like to assist, please let me know at the office at [email protected]. Thank you!

Rūnaka newsletter

Four times per year we distribute a newsletter for rūnaka members. It’s a detailed and colourful publication and we want to attract more member involvement. So many wonderful things are happening out there but you may think that the small achievements that happen in your whānau are not worthy of printing in the pānui. We disagree! We are particularly interested in tamariki or rakatahi getting out there and doing great things, at school, in clubs, at home, on the marae. Photos are always welcome and it is important that we are able to show others what can be achieved by Ngāi Tahu Māori. So, think of the rūnaka newsletter next time you hear of someone who deserves a mention. Articles are accepted at any time. If you don’t receive a copy of the pānui, either electronically or in the post, please do let us know so we can add you to the list.

Annual general meeting, rūnanga meeting and the triennial elections

The annual general meeting will be held on the morning of Sunday 4 November and will be followed by the triennial elections and the rūnaka meeting. All members are welcome.

Rūnaka haereka part two

Watch out for news of a follow up hīkoi in January next year. We will be in touch to let you know the journey and dates, and how to get on the waka.