Ka mihi aroha

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnanga extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those who are celebrating their birthday this month.

Ngāi Tahu Reo Awards

Congratulations to Bubba Thompson a recipient of this year’s Te Pā Whakawairua – Kāi Tahu Papatipu Marae Reo Champion Award – a recognition for his reo initiatives and development within the environments of Te Rūnanga o Awarua and Te Rau Aroha Marae. Ka mau te wehi.

Kia Piki te Ora Hui

In May, Te Rau Aroha Marae was the venue for the National Māori Suicide Prevention Hui, organised by Leoma Tawaroa from Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu. The three days were well attended and topics discussed were: How do we engage in suicide prevention – at iwi, individual and leadership levels?

The hui had a number of keynote and guest speakers, but one particularly interesting speaker was Mike King, entertainer and founder of ‘Key to Life’. Attendees said that they could relate to Mike’s kōrero as he drew from personal experiences. Rod Bartling from the Ministry of Health presented the NZ Suicide Prevention Action Plan that outlines the government’s $25 million four-year plan to battle one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the developed world.

Te Rourou Whakatipuranga o Awarua

Te Rourou are close to starting the back part of their playground that has been in the pipeline for some time. The playground will reflect the community they live in and will be project-managed by Trish Kerr and Andria Cross. Trish and Andria are asking for whānau to support and assist them with a working bee to help tidy up and prepare the playground for this work. If you are interested, Trish and Andria can be contacted on 03 212 6026.

Rangatahi tumeke

Kia ora te whānau whānui o Ngāi Tahu. It’s time soon, for our next rangatahi tumeke camp in the Catlins (Te Ākau Tai Toka). If you are Ngāi Tahu and aged between, 13 and 17, we want to hear from you. Be quick rangatahi mā, as there are only ten spaces to fill. The dates are Friday 26 July until Monday 29 July. We start and finish at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff.

For registration forms and further information contact Stephanie Blair on 027 281 5708 or alternatively email [email protected]

Registrations are required by 15 July. The team looks forward to meeting you and making your experience one to remember. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Rūnanga administrator

Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Tina Mitchell tōku ingoa.
Ko Piwakawaka, ko Taranaki ngā maunga
Ko Waimamaku, ko Urenui ngā awa
Ko Mahuhukiterangi, ko Tokomaru ngā waka
Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Mutunga ki Tarananki me Wharekauri, ko Ingarangi ngā iwi
Ko Te Roroa, ko Ngāti Hinetuhi, ko Ngāti Kura ngā hapū
Ko Waimamaku, ko Urenui, ko Whakamaharatanga ngā marae.
Nō Motupohue ahau, engari ka noho au ki Waihōpai ināianei.

I recently started working part-time for the rūnanga as the office administrator. My work history includes working for Inland Revenue Department, the Māori Land Court, Te Puni Kōkiri and WINZ.

I am in the office at 12 Bradshaw Street, Bluff from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 2.30pm. You can visit me at the office, or you can telephone me on (03) 212 602 or mobile 027 525 7055, or alternatively you can email me on [email protected]
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.

Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and have found that many members’ children have had children of their own who need to be registered. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to contact us on (03) 2126029 or email [email protected] to request registration forms. We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.

Rūnanga business

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories. Please send any news and photos to [email protected] or telephone 03 212 6029 or alternatively visit our office at 12 Bradshaw Street, Bluff anytime.