Thanks from the Pohio whānau

It is now two years since we lost Joseph Te Hau Pohio, so tragically in the February 22 earthquake. One life was saved by his action in the earthquake, and in that action Joe gave his life. During this sad time we were helped by so many people, many of whom we never got a chance to thank personally. The visit from Pita Sharples, Mark Solomon and Ngāi Tahu whānau and their waiata and support was much appreciated and will always be remembered. Please accept this acknowledgment as a personal and heartfelt thank you. To the world he was our son – to us he was the world.

Aroha nui nā mātou katoa,

Arnold, Joy, Hayley and Max Pohio.

Glimmer Of Hope

A poem written by Wayne McKay dedicated to whānau abroad who were not able to make it to the opening of Mahaanui II at the end of last year.

Glimmer Of Hope
On a far distant land,
Under a twilit moonbeam,
Butterflies dance over sheaves,
Floating like a dream.

Shades of black and a spot of blue,
Shine on tops of cotton,
Drifting toward a star,
The wind has not forgotten.

Wings together will comfort,
Many a long flight,
For a gleam of hope,
Appears a vision through the night.

Waken to a breath,
To face the sun unfold,
Finds to see the gift,
Of a butterfly etched in gold.

With open arms held out,
Wishing not to be apart,
So-forth winds come,
Bringing a new day,
To our hearts.

1996, Wayne McKay.

Aunty Pat’s birthday bash

Well the day has come and gone already. Just as Rik Tau said, waiting for the hundredth. Wishful hoping! But before anything, we had the opening, a tangi, a birthday and a wedding all in one month. Good going eh!

Well everyone, thank you all for sharing the big day with me and my whānau. It was so lovely to see so many relations and friends. Thanks to all my Australian whānau who made an effort to cross the ditch. Also thanks to my whānau who travelled from Tauranga, Te Umu Kaha and Invercargill. I really appreciated the presents, koha, aroha and love you gave to me.

My whānau sure did me proud during the celebration. To all my moko and girlfriends thank you. Even my little six to 11-year-old moko had their jobs to do.

Love to all the in-laws and out-laws, hope all enjoyed themselves. Also thanks to Hilary for the ‘wishing well’, what a great idea. To my wonderful cousin Charlie thanks, luv ya. Also Mere Crofts, Pauline, Frank, Claire, Rik and Glyn. Also love to my two brothers, Johno and Doug. Last but not least congratulations to our two medal receivers in the New Year Honours. So next on the program will be the Easter Bunny. If I left anyone out, I love you, if I forgot, remember I am a year and two months older.

Luv ya all
Patricia Silk-Anglem.

Tuahiwi School 150th Jubilee

Tuahiwi School 150th Jubilee, Labour Weekend 25-27 October 2013. Details for registration will be advertised early in 2013. We would appreciate any old photos you might have. These can be copied on site at school and returned straight away. Please phone 03 3138 521 if you can help.