Ngā mate

Our aroha goes out to the Manawatu whānau with the loss of two tamariki this year, Mahuri Manawatu aged five years and Xavier Clifford (Australia) aged eight months. Also to the Mason whānau for the loss of Lani Mason, and the King whānau for the loss of Ted. To everyone who has lost a loved one this year arohanui to you all.

He pēpi

Congratulations to all the new parents and grandparents, who have welcomed a new member to their whānau this year. I’m sure they are bringing you lots of joy.

Rā whānau

To all our whānau who reached a milestone this year with a special birthday – rā whānau ki a koe.

Rā whānau ki a koe:
Rawinia Te Wani 16 December (17) and Haiti Te Wani 23 December (15).


Congratulations to whānau who celebrated a special anniversary or graduation this year.

We know Jacqi and Garry Te Wani celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary – congratulations.

To Hannah Laugessen Mitchell – Māori graduate from the University of Canterbury received her Bachelor of Science – congratulations.

To Ethan Wells (Ngāi Tahu / Ngāti Kuia) who has just been made head boy at Waiuku College, Auckland. Ethan is excelling with excellence in the majority of his subjects. Congratulations keep up the good work.

Ethan Wells.

Hosted at Takahanga Marae

Over the year we have hosted many school groups and universities including; Kaikōura High School, Suburban School, Lynton Down, Woodbank, Montessori Preschool, Kaikōura Primary, Nayland College, Middleton Grange, Amberly School, Nelson College, Unlimited, Avonside Girls, Kura Whakapūmau, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the University of Canterbury and the University of Waikato. We have also hosted other rūnanga, hapū and whānau, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ecoquest, Nols, the Tasman Mako’s, Canteen and the Kaikōura Police.

Te Atakura 2012

This year Te Atakura was held during the Hui-ā-Iwi. To all our whānau who participated and supported us – thank you.

Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi 2012

Congratulations to Te Taumutu Rūnanga and all who participated in the preparation of Hui-ā-Iwi. Everything ran like clockwork and this allowed for our taonga to be expressed and shown in a proud and exciting display of exhibits and craftsmanship provided by wānanga and workshops on site. Tūmeke! To witness Te Atakura in its purest form with each rōpū representative of their respective marae was a very special blend of past and future (old and new) ka mau te wehi. The kai selection was just too much. It’s just as well there was no eftpos available, e hika mā! and then there was the kaumātua lounge, what a lovely place to chat and have more cake − beautiful.

Finally to the sweet sounds of Paranui o Whiti, the many miles travelled between Ōtautahi and Kaikōura has in many ways paid off, whanaungatanga for one, thus re-establishing our whānau link to Te Waipounamu.

I commend the knowledge and diligence of our kaiako and caregivers Maani, Te Haere, Ahi and Jamie. You have taught and embraced our rangatahi and oldies in tikanga Māori, while still being actively involved in readiness for Matatini 2014.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou,
Nā Reihaia Haeata.

A big thank you

To all our volunteers from our kitchen and to our various committees including our executive committee – thank you for all your hard work over the year, it is very much appreciated.

Te Pānui Rūnaka

If any whānau want to share a special occasion, birthday, anniversary or pānui for Te Pānui Rūnaka next year. please contact the office of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura to submit your announcement or notice.

To all our whānau Meri Kirihimete. Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.