Rā whānau

Adrian Tainui
Troy Tauwhare
Rikihana Hutana
Ashlee Wickett
Josh Tamainu
Aaron Tauwhare.

William Russell (Bill)
Ursula Tainui
Alan Tainui
Aleigha Ngaamo
Tihou Messenger-Weepu
Ruihi Tumahai
Justice Tainui
Toa Makapelu
Naomi Tainui
Derek Tainui
Tuari Tainui
Mitchell Currie.

A massive rā whānau to everyone not mentioned (as I don’t have your birth dates).

A special congratulations

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae would like to give a very special congratulations to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon. Tā Mark has been awarded a knighthood, Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to Māori and business. This is indeed a great honour, and we wish to acknowledge the long years of service, the commitment and dedication which has seen the awarding of such an honour.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae Electoral College and Appointed representative to the board of Ngāi Tahu

Congratulations to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae newly appointed electoral college – Ben Hutana, Papakura Tainui, Barbara Vaea, Violet Russell, and Theresa Rooney.

Ngāti Waewae are pleased to announce Lisa Tumahai will remain the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae representative to the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Māhinapua Treetop Walkway opening

Ngāti Waewae were part of the opening of Māhinapua Treetop Walkway. A dawn ceremony was held to bless the site and an official opening followed that afternoon. It was a wonderful day shared with Kāti Māhaki, Hokitika Primary Kapa Haka group, Department of Conservation, Mayor Maureen Pugh, Neil Wade (director of Treetops), Shane Abel (managing director of Treetops), the working team at Treetops and many others who gathered to enjoy the day.

Spiral staircase to the 40m high platform.

Cutting of the ribbon for the official opening.

View to Lake Māhinapua.

Marae development

The second stage of Arahura Marae wharekai is coming along nicely. Whānau are getting very excited each time they visit.

Rūnanga and kaumātua dinner

Two days before Christmas, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae held their combined rūnanga and kaumātua Christmas celebration with their tamariki and mokopuna.

The tamariki got an early visit from Santa Claus, Waewae style. Thanks Santa, or should we say Uncle Frank (Waewae chairman, Francois Tumahai).

Santa aka Uncle Frank.

Kaumātua dinner.


Our kaumātua were quizzed on Arahura Pā history, we played Waewae style ‘It’s In The Bag’, prizes were handed out and lots of laughs filled the room.

Fusion Dance Crew

Fusion Dance Crew wānanga will begin for 2013 in the April school holidays. A reminder pānui will be sent out to whānau.

Kapa haka

Waewae kapa haka is held every Friday starting from 15 February 6pm-7.30pm at Arahura Marae. Nau mai haere mai whānau!

Ngāti Waewae kapa haka group performing at Hui-ā-iwi 2012.

Updating contact details

Whānau, if you would like to update your details, or just want to be on the mailing list, please contact the office by email, [email protected] or call 03 755 6451.

Alternatively our postal address is PO Box 37 Hokitika and our physical address is 1 Old Christchurch Road, Arahura.