Kia ora whānau
Already another year has flown by – and a much more settled one for those of us in Canterbury! The year gone has been one of planning and re-structuring for us at Ōnuku. Our portfolio management system is well into operational mode and we already have some exciting developments within our rūnanga for 2013. At the end of the year we will see George Tikao step down as our chairperson, although he assures us he will maintain his strong interest in the incorporated society! Many, many years (17) of blood, sweat and tears, certainly have not gone unnoticed uncle – another few years and you might even get a gold watch! Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, portfolio teams, staff, contractors and executive for all your mahi this past year.

He pēpi

Hayley Ameriks and Luca Eli Ameriks-King.

Hayley Ameriks and Eli King had their firstborn (Luca Eli Ameriks-King) on Monday 12 November, weighing 8 lb 8 oz, Luca is a healthy, beautiful wee tāne. Moko to Debs Tikao and Great-Moko to George and Lois Tikao. Luca is already enrolled and going to get his $60 new-born distribution by being in Whai Rawa before his first birthday (message from Uncle David).

Finlay Nolet has had a cracker of a year with his rugby.
Firstly by starting the training season early to prepare for a well fundraised trip to Sydney. The tour was hosted by the Mossman club who organised a few games for the boys. The boys had a fantastic trip and Finlay was named over all tour most valuable player.

Finlay plays for our Upper Clutha rugby football club, this year in the U13 grade. He was selected early on to represent Central Otago in their U48kg rep team. He was then selected for the Otago U48kg team as vice captain. Being in these teams means a lot of commitment, as we live in Central Otago and there is a lot of travelling involved. They had training every weekend mostly in Dunedin, also Alexandra, Balclutha, Waikouaiti, let’s just say a lot of miles covered.

Finlay with his Otago Rugby Union Rugby team.

The final South Island tournament was held in Lincoln on 1 and 2 October. There was a great turn out of players and supporters. Our Otago team did well, with a win against Southland, draw with Canterbury Metro and sadly a loss to the overall winners on the day, Nelson Marlborough. The two Otago teams U65kg and U48kg won the fair play award for both sections.

The highlight of the day for us though was for Finlay to be the only boy from Central Otago, and one of two boys from Otago to be selected for the South Island team. They don’t get to play as a team but have the kudos of being selected and now will be on the rugby union talent list.

So watch this space.

From proud parents
Dawn and Greg Nolet.

Marae bookings

Noho marae are already filling up for 2013. If you are planning noho with us in 2013 please contact the office.
Office details:
Phone: 03 960 3476
Mobile: 021 816 359 (Liz)
Email: [email protected]

Meri Kirihimete to all – enjoy your holidays, look after each other and safe travels.