Rā whānau

Kua kotahi tau a Xavier Johnson-Kereru.

Xavier Johnson-Kereru.

I whakaturia te rā whānau tuatahi a Xavier ki te marae o Tuahuru i Te Mahia Mai Tawhiti. I tae atu te tokomaha o ngā kuia, koroua me ngā mokopuna hoki ki te whakanuia. He mea nui tēnei ki a pōua Johno nā te mea ko Xavier tētahi o ana Great-grandchildren. Aroha atu, aroha mai

Nā Shaun and Liz Kereru.


Happy 30th anniversary to Garry and Jacqui Te Wani.

Garry and Jacqui Te Wani.

Tuahiwi Marae update – it’s a pretty big job

The wharenui is looking great; there is a flash new fence on the west side of the wharekai, a new water well, the concrete has been laid in front of the veranda and the kitchen, the rūnanga office has been shifted next to the rūnanga meeting room, the security system is fully operational, the decking has been placed around the mahau, the drain laying finished and the gateway at the northern end of the Soldiers Memorial Fence has been restored. There is still lots of machinery around, it’s all go! (looks great).

Still haven’t been inside to have a good look, however when the sun is shining, you can have a sneak peek through the windows (looks great). Only three of the original builders who started on day one are still here. Some of the others have gone to build Woodend Community Hall or the Kaiapoi Swimming Pool, that’s a big job due to be finished in June 2013.

The wharenui will open on Saturday 1 December. There will not be a waharoa or pou pou put up for the opening, but at a later date these will be erected around the marae.

Love ya, ka kite
Patricia Anglem-Silk.

Pitama Cup – Southern Māori Netball Tournament

Congratulations to the new patroness Barbara Greer, from the West Coast Club Kia Toa. She has taken the position of our late patroness Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan. Good luck Barbara, and don’t give up on the knitting.

Māori Women’s Welfare League

Well, the nationals for the Māori Women’s Welfare League (M.W.W.L) were held at Ōmaka, Blenheim, in the last weekend of September. It was a lovely trip to Blenheim and Te Waipounamu catered for about 700 people. A few funny things happened at the hui – no names but someone went to get dressed for the pōwhiri and found out that she had put her husband’s brand new underpants (still wrapped) in her bag instead of her own knickers (what a laugh!). Luckily our motel was across the road from Countdown. Apart from that it was a very good hui. More details next time!

Love ya, ka kite
Patricia Anglem-Silk.