Motoitoi Reunion 2014

Planning is underway for a reunion of the descendants of Motoitoi, for Easter 2014. Please pass this on to any whānau you think may be interested. We welcome any ideas for the time together, based at Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Email Nicola Taylor [email protected]

Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi

The general consensus from members of Kāti Huirapa about the Hui-ā-Iwi was that it was fantastic, wonderful, fun – a lovely way to catch up with whānau. Definitely going to the next one! Thanks so much to the blue shirts. This from our reporter on the spot:

“Free cockle fritters. Yay! Kapa haka was good, weather was great and catching up with people too. There was lots of free stuff, everyone was having fun, and the whitebait! On the last day there was an area for kids to hang out and next time if my cousins are there it will be even more fun.”

Liam Matapura Ellison, age 12.

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka information stall at Hui-ā-Iwi, Lincoln Event Centre.

University of Otago science wānanga

On 12 November 40 rangatahi from nine Dunedin high schools arrived at Puketeraki Marae along with their teachers and University of Otago staff for three days of exploring the concept of what university life is like. The primary objective of the University of Otago science wānanga is to enhance achievement and engagement of Māori in science and health sciences.

Topics included an investigation into the skinks and tuatara populations, human physiology and traditional Māori sports. It’s the second time this year the wānanga has happened and the rūnaka was delighted to be able to host this inspiring hui. The students participated in research at Macraes Flat and Ōrokonui Eco Sanctuary as well as various activities around Huriawa Peninsula.

We acknowledge the support of the partnership between University of Otago and Industrial Research Limited (IRL) Māori Internship Programme, Hikohiko te Uira and the Wānanga.

Rangatahi on Huriawa Peninsula as part of the University of Otago science wānanga.

Migration haerenga

This is a reminder that the haerenga is happening in January but actual dates and other details are yet to be confirmed. Please contact the office to register your interest as soon as possible and to receive updates.

Office opening next year

The rūnaka office will be open on 7 January 2013 at the usual time 9am. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Email [email protected] or phone: (03) 465 7300.