He pēpi

Nau mai ki te pēpi hou a Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann (Kāti Huirapa/Kaikōura) rāua ko Kerry Castell-Spence. He kōtiro e 6.2 pāuna. Ko ia te mokopuna tuatahi a Katharina Ruckstuhl.

Runaka executive officers announcement

The Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka annual general meeting was held on Sunday 4 November. It was also time for triennial elections, we are pleased to announce the executive committee members for the next three years:
Matapura Ellison – chairperson
Tama Smith – deputy chairperson
Phillip Broughton – treasurer
Ria Brodie
Marama Preddy
Hinerangi Ferrall-Heath
Katharina Ruckstuhl
Lyn Carter
Elsie Ellison.

Appointments committee announcement

Applications for the Rūnaka representative and alternate representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu close on 28 November. Meanwhile, we have confirmed the members of the appointments committee. Six names were put forward so there was no need for an election. The successful candidates are Brendan Flack, Ben Te Aika, Kiri Fraser, Haines Ellison, Ron McLachlan and Phyllis Smith.

Ōtepoti to Puketeraki epic paddle

On October 30 in perfect weather conditions, our group left the Fire In Ice Waka Club at 6am in Ōtepoti, bound for Karitāne. The first scheduled stop was Aramoana Beach. Here we changed three of the crew and continued on to Warrington Beach. Again a quick kai and a further change of crew and we began the last paddle to Karitāne. What a hoe!

Nā Geoff Ockwell.

The ‘crew’- back left to right; Waiariki Taiapa-Parata, Geoff Ockwell, Georgia Bell, Georgie-Rae Flack. Front left to right: Arleen McLaren, Jacob Moore, Hori Barsdell, Tom McFarlane and Brendan Flack.

Waka ama

Twilight paddling has started in Dunedin at the marina behind the Forsyth Barr Stadium. For those who are interested in being part of this kaupapa, nau mai haere mai.

Training dates:
Friday paddle – 5.00pm
Saturday paddle – 9.30am
Sunday paddle – ‘social ‘ 10.00am.
Men’s paddling – Monday, Wednesday, 5.15pm
Women’s group paddling – Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm
All equipment is provided. Please contact Justine at the office on 03 465 7300 or [email protected] for more information.

Tuatara translocation to Ecosanctuary

With a sense of awe the rūnaka oversaw the translocation of 44 tuatara to Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary in Waitati. The reptiles came from Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sounds. It’s the furthest south tuatara have been free to roam in over 100 years.

The tuatara were given by the northern South Island iwi Ngāti Koata, and tribe members attended a ceremony at Ōrokonui to mark their arrival. This was followed by a noho at Puketeraki Marae with rūnaka members and Te Rūnanga representatives Mark Solomon and Ranui Ngarimu. By the time this publication goes to print, the population will have increased again with a further translocation from Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, north of Wellington.

Tuatara blessing at Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary.

Composting workshop

Recently the rūnaka hosted a composting workshop run by Michelle Ritchie from Organic By Design. The rūnaka has a large (expanding) vegetable garden thanks to the wonderful efforts of our ground staff, in particular, George Meikle. We are committed to growing and harvesting our own kai for hui at the marae and to provide for local kaumātua. As such we felt it was pertinent to get some instruction on how to retain the nutrients in the soil because of the large number of vegetables we are starting to harvest. We learned how to build a ‘hot heap’, composting waste using bokashi bins as well as a brief look at worm farming. It was a very useful day, no thanks to an outside temperature of about 7 degrees!

The cold composters left to right: Elsie Ellison, Matapura Ellison, Justine Marshall, Michelle Ritchie (tutor), George Meikle and Brendan Flack.

Taiāpure committee annual research evening

On 5 November the East Otago Taiāpure management committee held its third annual research evening at the marae. Students working within the Taiāpure had the opportunity to talk to the community and other interested parties about their research. It was a wonderful turnout of people who care about what is happening in the local marine environment, in particular, the work that is being carried out to re-seed the area with captive bred juvenile pāua. Thanks to Chris Hepburn for his efforts in getting these twenty thousand pāua for us. This project is a (rare) positive action in a fishery where most of our work is based on reacting to outside threats and influences. We plan to involve anyone who wishes to participate in the re-seeding process, and see it as a community event, and we hope to have the pāua in the water in the next little while.
Additionally, the rāhui that was placed on the Peninsula foreshore in 2010 has been extended for a further two years, which is great news for the fishery.