Kāi Tahu whānau, tēnā koutou!
Nei rā te maioha o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou me kā mihi o te tau hōu hoki!

Nei rā hoki kā roimata takiwai o te hapū nei mō rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu. E auē! Haere atu rā koutou. Haere ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna e tatari ana ki tua o te ārai. Moe mai koutou i waekanui i ā rātou, moe mai i te rakimārie. Haere, haere, haere atu rā.

Rātou ki ā ratou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa!

New Year’s greetings everyone! It was hard to believe, but Friday 25 January marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of our marae. We are only two years away from celebrating the first decade! Mark your calendars now and come join us in 2015!

December 2012 was full on and already 2013 is shaping up to be just as busy!

In December we held our annual Christmas pool party and the next day we went to the Waka Ama Festival at Lake Kaniere. In January we supported our ūpoko rūnanga at the dawn blessing and opening ceremony of the Hokitika Treetop Walkway.

The Waka Ama Festival held at Lake Kaniere.

Annual Christmas pool party.

Makaawhio whānau entertaining at the Waka Ama Festival.

The dawn blessing and opening ceremony of the Hokitika Treetop Walkway. Left to right Susan and Karera, Mere and Richard Wallace.

Ūpoko rūnanga, Richard Wallace, during pōwhiri.

Makaawhio natural resources iwi management plan

We are inviting expressions of interest from contractors to complete our Makaawhio natural resources iwi management plan. The project brief detailing our requirements in relation to the plan can be downloaded from our website www.makaawhio.maori.nz or requested via email to [email protected]. The closing date for expressions of interest applications is 15 March 2013.

Kumara races

On 12 January a rōpū of Makaawhio whānau represented the rūnanga at the annual Kumara Races, an event that draws people from all over New Zealand. Fun, food, frivolity… and some betting were the kaupapa of the day. Whānau enjoyed the whakawhanuakataka in the Makaawhio hospitality tent. There were some winners on the betting front. In the fashion front, Jasmine Forsyth took out the Fashion in the Field Award! Jasmine is the mokopuna of past winner Marie Mahuika-Forsyth.

Tāua Marie Mahuika-Forsyth with her mokopuna Jasmine, winner of Fashion in the Field.

Marae working bee

A working bee was held at the marae over the weekend of 26 and 27 January. The marae and gardens got a spruce up, the wood box stocked and the mara kai marae was worked on a bit. A good harvest of hua whenua, supplemented our kai with carrots, parsnips, silver beet, onions and potatoes providing ample sustenance. Our thanks to all of the kaimahi who participated in the weekend, tēnā koutou!

Hākari kaumātua

(kaumātua dinner)
On Saturday 2 February we held our hākari kaumātua in Hokitika. More than 40 kaumātua from as far away as Wairau and Murihiku gathered together for good food, company and entertainment.

It was a post-Christmas, Christmas party, the hall was decorated in red and gold, with Christmas lights, a tree, and presents for everyone. It was a special evening for our Tai Poutini kaumātua.

All ready for kaumātua to arrive.

Hākari kaumātua.

Dinners ready!

Some of the kaimahi. Ka mau te wēhi!

Pre-dinner hors-d’oeuvres (appetisers) of whitebait, tuna, seafood and chicken/mushroom canapés were served while everyone settled down and caught up. Dinner of chicken, lamb and silverside with stuffing and gravy, potatoes, kumara, carrots, silver beet and peas, followed by meringues and fruit salad, and, steamed pudding, custard and cream made sure everyone was full.

Entertainment and music saw some up dancing, singing, telling tales and jokes, with a lot of laughter! The evening was a huge success and gave us a chance to honour and to spoil our Tai Poutini kaumātua.

Ki a koutou kā kaimahi o te hui, nei rā te mihi nunui! E tika ana kā kupu, nā ōu koutou huruhuru ka rere te manu, e kore kā mihi e mutu!

Hui rūnanga nui executive meetings

Our calendar has been set for 2013 and will be posted on our website. The next hui is set for 16 March starting at 9am. It will be held at the marae.

Relay for life

We once again supported this very important kaupapa. See the next pānui for photos.

Makaawhio Sports Day 2 March

Our annual Sports Day will be held at Woodstock Domain on Saturday 2 March. A day of fun, food and competition, come along and bring your whānau.

When: Saturday 2 March, 10am
Where: Woodstock Domain.

Nau mai, haere mai!

Kids Day 3 March

On Sunday 3 March, Cass Square, Hokitika will be filled with fun things for kids to do! Everything is free and we will once again be manning the basketball hoop game, so come along with your tamariki and mokopuna!


In addition to our quarterly newsletter, there are now a few ways you can keep in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening. Try our website: www.makaawhio.maori.nz, “friend” our Facebook page, read our blog: makaawhio.blogspot.co.nz or follow us on twitter: @makaawhio.

We welcome contributions from whānau, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos to [email protected] or post a hard copy to P.O Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

Membership database

We have a growing list of returned mail and encourage members to contact us on 0800 955 007 to check your address and contact details are up to date.

If you prefer to email, send through your name, the name of any other members in your household, along with your address and contact phone number to [email protected]

Contact can be made by email: [email protected] or phone 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007. We also have whānau email groups; so if you want to be added or need to update your email address, email the office.

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki.
Mauri ora!