Manawa Hou

Two of our rakatahi attended Manawa Hou at the beginning of the last school holidays. Both Zane Houlahan and Te Anawa Waireti-Rangi thoroughly enjoyed themselves and brought home with them increased confidence, and strengthened and renewed connections. Thank you to everyone that helped to make Manawa Hou such a memorable experience!

Scottie Productions filming at Ōnuku.

Wiremu Tainui sporting our new kapa haka uniform.

Movie set at Ōnuku

Our marae looked like something off a movie set recently, with Scottie Productions filming a feature piece on Ōnuku Marae for their whare taonga series. Over the course of three days, the crew captured interviews with Melany Tainui, Riki Pitama, James Robinson and Jymal Morgan. Thank you whānau for the time and preparation that was put in to create this fantastic resource for us. Te kapa haka o Ōnuku performed in the sun outside Karaweko, entertaining our kaumātua and the film crew alike. The best-looking group they’d seen reportedly, who will be hitting our screens in March 2013. Kia ora whānau who came to perform, awhi to us and represent Ōnuku.


Josh Little (son of Donna Tainui, moko of Wi and Kyra Tainui) was selected for the Canterbury Country Rugby Union U65kg team. He proudly represented his whānau at a number of tournaments including those in Geraldine and Nelson, preludes to the South Island Primary Schools Tournament held at Lincoln, where they made the final. A great season. Awesome mahi Josh, keep up the good work. We are all very proud of you. Kia kaha, kia manawa nui, e tama.

Josh Little playing for the U65kg Canterbury Country team.