Rā whānau

Lisa Mackey née Russell, Rahera Tainui, Taejana Coulston, Shiana Meihana, Tonihi Paewhenua, Katene Campbell, Tama Coulston, Arama Weepu, Aroha Tainui, Lawrence Price and Eldon Wilson.


Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Hector and Hilda Tainui, better known as Spud and Tilly. They were married in Hokitika on 21 November 1952.
Your devoted children, mokopuna and whānau, wish you a very special 60th wedding anniversary with lots of love, good health and long life.

Hector and Hilda Tainui.

Ex-smoker wins health award

Congratulations to Ned Tauwhare on receiving the Healthy Lifestyle Ambassador Award. Karen Coakley nominated Ned for the West Coast Primary Health Organisation Healthy Lifestyle Ambassador Award, after he quit a 20-a-day cigarette habit. Ned began smoking when he was 12 and made many unsuccessful attempts to quit. “I’d get six months of being smokefree and then things would get tough and I’d go back to it,” he said.

“Some days I could smoke up to 60 cigarettes, just with what was going on in my life.”

Eight years ago he was diagnosed with asthma, pneumonia and emphysema, which forced him to make another attempt, and now he has been smokefree for seven years.

“I’ve had my ups and downs but I haven’t fallen off the wagon.” His message to young people? “Don’t even start. It’s a horrible addiction.”

Whānau would like to express their congratulations to Ned on his success in quitting and receiving this special award.

Ned Tauwhare receiving his award alongside whānau Karen Coakley who nominated him.

New CEO at Westland District Council

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae would like to give a very warm welcome to Tanya Winter, the newly-appointed CEO at Westland District Council. Ngāti Waewae and Kāti Māhaki had the pleasure of welcoming Tanya and her whānau to Hokitika on Monday 17 September.

Welcoming Tanya Winter, new CEO at Westland District Council.

Fusion Dance Crew school holiday wānanga

In the second week of the October school holidays, Fusion Dance Crew along with a few new tamariki had their third wānanga for the year. The crew was made up of 32 Ngāti Waewae tamariki aged three to 13. We did things a wee bit different this time round, introducing the tamariki to kapa haka, where they learnt some new Waewae waiata, haka and tī rākau. The wānanga ran for five days with three different classes – waiata, haka and hip hop. On the final day Fusion Dance Crew performed to their parents, tāua, pōua and other whānau, welcoming them in with a haka pōwhiri.

Tāua and pōua were all so proud of their mokopuna, beautiful waiata and beautiful voices. I would like to thank all the parents and kaumātua that continue to show so much aroha to our tamariki. Thank you for all your support. Also a big thank you to Miriama White and Caleb Robinson for all your hard work with Fusion. Thank you to Nelly Mason for your mean kai and a huge thank you to Hamiria Hutana, this wānanga wouldn’t have happened without you! To Fusion Dance Crew thank you for all your awesome hard work and effort, you guys make me proud every time I watch you perform.

Nā Chantal Tumahai, project leader and hip hop choreographer.

Fusion Dance Crew would also like to give a very special ngā mihi to Chantal, Miriama, Caleb, Nelly and Hamiria for their dedication and commitment to this kaupapa. Keeping it alive and making sure it doesn’t miss our generation. Thank you all very much.

Haka pōwhiri to welcome Fusion Dance Crew whānau into the performance.

Tāua, pōua and whānau were all blown away with the haka our talented young boys performed.

Fusion Dance Crew kapa haka performance.

Solo performance by some of the tamariki. Here is Ethan Thompson with his cool moves.

Tamariki performing Gangnam Style – whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop!

New Zealand Police recognised on the West Coast

On 1 October in Kōwhitirangi, West Coast people assembled for New Zealand Police Remembrance Day. The service began with the national anthem, followed by karakia given by Ngāti Waewae kaumātua Ben Hutana, and Kāti Māhaki upoko Rev. Richard Wallace. Following a tribute and wreath laying by Mayor Maureen Pugh, the names on the New Zealand Police roll of honour and local names were read aloud by two police officers. When the official party left the site they were welcomed into the Kōwhitirangi Hall.

Police officers assembling in front of the memorial stone in Kōwhitirangi.

Police officer reading the roll of honour.

Opening of the Greymouth High School Whare Wānanga

On Friday 26 October, Greymouth High School held a dawn blessing to open their newest building. A group of about 70 people met in the atrium for the whakawātea. And led by mana whenua, Ngāti Waewae, they walked through the carved gateway and up the path to the door of the new whare. The first to enter the new whare were two puhi, Aleigha Ngaamo and Charlotte Russell. They were accompanied by kaumātua, Tāua Violet Bradley, the kaikarakia Ben Hutana and Ngāti Waewae and Kati Māhaki kaumātua, Rev. Richard Wallace.

Rev. Richard Wallace called the whare Akoranga. Akoranga refers to the concept of ako and describes a relationship between teacher and learner, where each learns from the other.

The official opening of the whare.

Descendants of Nihorere Tainui, Tāua Violet Bradley, Puhi Aleigha Ngaamo and Charlotte Russell.

Whānau surrounded by the pounamu called Kahuraki gifted by Poutini Ngāi Tahu to the school. From back left; Matariki Tumahai, Violet Bradley, Karen Tainui, Natalie Winn, Ben Hutana. From front left; Hamiria Hutana, Aleigha Ngaamo, Charlotte Russell, Anika Ngaamo, Maria Russell, Patricia Hutana.