Maia e, maia e, maia e te tūpuna
Maia e te Kāhui – o ngā – ariki
Maia e te Whi-whi-a-Rongo
Piki mai rā, kake mai rā
Ki te taha o te wai nui, ki te taha o te wai ora
Kai tū te Rake ki uta, Ka whaka ki-ki Kawhaka kaka.
Tihei Mauriora

E ngā mana, e ngā reo o te rā nei
Mai i te hiku o Te Ika, huri noa huri noa.
Tae atu ki te Upoko o te Ika whakawhiti atu
Ki Te Waka a Māui, ki Rakiura te Punga o te waka
Tēnā koutou katou.

Tēnā rawa atu i runga i ō tātou tini aituā
O ia marae, o ia marae, kua Whetūrangitia,
Kei te mihi atu, kei te tangi atu
Rātou, te hunga mate ki a rātou
Tātou te hunga ora ki a tātou
Tēnei anō tātou katoa.

Salvation Army bridge programme

Hokonui Rūnanga, Calvin Community Church and Gore Counselling Centre are hosting the Salvation Army bridge programme. This is a pilot alcohol and drug treatment programme being held in Gore. This is the first time the highly regarded programme has been hosted here. Our Hokonui Rūnanga Health and Social Services Trust worker Terry Stott will be hands on with this programme and will offer alcohol and drug rehabilitation to people in need. The pilot started on 8 November and took 20 people in the first round. There has been a lot of interest shown in the programme. If you would like any more information regarding the bridge programme, please go to or feel free to contact the office to speak to Terry Stott.

School holiday programme

Hokonui Rūnanga, Te Iho Awhi Rito Social Services and Mataura Marae teamed up this year to offer school children a three-day holiday programme. More than 170 children enrolled. It was a gold coin donation for the children and the three organisations covered all the other costs. We would like to thank the following organisations for supporting the programme; Mataura Youth Centre (The Bunker) and The Gore Youth Trials Programme. The three-day holiday programme included arts and crafts, swimming and ki o rahi.

School holiday programme.

School holiday programme.

Ki o rahi in Gore

We have recently purchased our own ki o rahi game set. This sport has been well received by youth in Gore and we have had two successful game days so far. We teamed up with Shontelle Dixon from Sports Southland, who is teaching the kids how to play.

Rangatahi playing ki o rahi.

Health days

Last month we celebrated Ross and Vera Melvin’s 50th wedding anniversary. Ross and Vera are two of our Health Day clients, Ross arranged for this to be a surprise for Vera and invited some of the couple’s friends and family members to Health Day for the occasion. It was very nice for the other clients and staff to be able to celebrate such a wonderful achievement. Health days will be coming to an end for the year in December with the client Christmas breakup on 13 December. We start again in February next year.

Ross and Vera Melvin celebrate their 50th anniversary at health day.

In March Health Days will hold an open day for people in the community to come along and see what we do on a health day. More information will be supplied closer to the time. If you have any whānau or friends that you think would enjoy coming along, please contact the Hokonui Rūnanga office to discuss.

Martial Arts

Our tamariki martial arts club is still running strong and we have around 20 tamariki who come along. Two weeks ago we had grading day for all the kids and every child moved up a belt or received a tip for their belt.