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Rātou ki a rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa.

Thankfully, the water restrictions have been lifted and the water levels in water tanks have been restored. Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and our mauka ariki are looking spectacular, cloaked in hukapapa and there is definitely a nip in the air, but the weather remains warm and the sunsets have been spectacular.

It has continued to be busy here on Te Tai o Poutini, with some exciting developments on the horizon.

On the wharemahi front, we are thrilled to welcome Rachael Forsyth (Mahuika) to our small team of kaimahi in the newly created role of kaituhituhi kaiāwhina, providing secretarial support and services to our nine komiti and rūnanganui (executive). Rachael has worked with us when she was contracted as our Makaawhio digitisation coordinator, working with whānau and the rūnanga to digitise and archive old records and photographs. Nau mai, haere mai e te whanauka.

Earlier this year we refreshed our logo and it now features as part of the signage we have erected at our wharemahi. This should make finding us much easier. If you are in Hokitika, you will find us at 56 Brittan Street, across from Cass Square – look for our logo.

Refreshed logo takes pride of place at our wharemahi.


NZ Olympic committee
On Friday 26 April, we hosted the NZ Olympic and Para-Olympic committee members at the marae. It was a follow-up to last year’s hui when we handed over taoka pounamu, crafted by Jeffrey Mahuika, for Olympians, Para-Olympians and their kaitautoko. We shared kōrero and heard about the successes of our athletes.

Hui rūnanganui executive meetings

You can check out hui rūnanganui dates for 2013 at www.makaawhio.maori.nz, click on the calendar. On 18 May, the meeting will be held at the marae, starting at 9am. Members are welcome to attend, but should RSVP for catering purposes.

Wānaka marae

Mark Queens Birthday in your diaries now. We will be running a wānaka marae, which will incorporate workshops for tāne (whaikōrero) and wāhine (karaka), kōrero whare tīpuna and waiata. A fun-filled weekend of learning and whanaukataka at our wonderful marae. Register now.

Hīkoi whakapapa

Mark 23-25 August in your calendar. We will be taking a bus trip to complement our hīkoi to Waitaha last year. This time we are planning to take in the sights and kōrero a little closer to home in South Westland so book your space now. See Ka Tangi te Kōkō for more information.

Jeff Mahuika places one of the pounamu on Dave Currie, as upoko Richard Wallace prepares to do the same with Duane Kale.

Hīkoi whakapapa, at Kaiapoi Pā.


In addition to our quarterly newsletter, there are now a few ways for you to 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 twitter: @makaawhio.

We welcome contributions from whānau, so please send any news and photos to [email protected] or post a hard copy to PO Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

Membership database

We have an increasing list of returned mail and rejected email addresses. Members are encouraged to contact us on 0800 955 007 to check your address, email address and contact details are up-to-date.

If you prefer email, send through your name and 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.

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