Kia ora whānau,

Over the last month the office and executive have been busy organising and attending various hui, some of which have been held in the marae. As March approaches our thoughts are on the forthcoming tītī season. We wish whānau who are going to the islands a safe and bountiful journey.

Department of Conservation (DOC) hīkoi maumaharatanga

DOC organised a hui to visit culturally significant sites and to acknowledge and bless the deed of recognition interpretation panels in the Murihiku area. It was also seen as an opportunity to strengthen the working relationship between iwi and DOC. The trip included an element of local history and an insight into projects undertaken by DOC in Murihiku. Whānau who attended had a most enjoyable time.

Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and ask all members to make sure they keep us informed of any changes to their contact details. It’s important for us to have accurate information so we can let you know of any opportunities, or forthcoming events that you may be interested in. Please note that our new email address is: [email protected]

Whānau days

You will note from the schedule of general monthly meetings published last month that we’re planning bi-monthly meetings with whānau days in between. The purpose of this is to have whānau-based activities.

Visitor to our rohe

Pictured on the right is a visitor to the North Beach in Riverton. This feisty, little creature had come ashore to moult. It had clearly been in the wars, as it only had one leg. It is a Tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguin) and was moved by a DOC team member to higher ground away from the dangers of dogs on the beach.