Kia ora whānau, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa,well whānau it’s that time again.

A lot has been happening down here in Waihōpai. I have been hui-hopping around the country – to Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill. We have had our normal hui on the marae – general hui, rūnaka hui and te reo hui.

It’s back to basics for us at Te Kōhaka Reo o Murihiku, with the tutors, seven tāua, one pōua, two pakeke and kids as well. Lydia Matenga Bull is taking a few of us for te reo too, so watch this space.

Ōtākou whānau were absolute winners at the opening of their new wharekai, Hākuiao. They looked after everyone extremely well. I didn’t hear one complaint. The food was beautifully prepared and presented too. Well done Ōtākou!

Three whānau from Waihōpai were invited to the KMK Te Reo Awards, held in Ōtākou’s beautiful wharekai, Hākuiao. The presenters, the evening and the great entertainment were well and truly worth ten stars. Thank you Ōtākou and congratulations to all the whānau who won awards – well deserved!

Our Waihōpai upoko went to Japan with our city council recently and by all accounts they had a great time. It was Michael’s first trip away.

Congratulations to all the whānau who have had birthdays in the last few weeks; and a big hello to all the whānau in the North Island and overseas.

Well, that’s it from me,
Squirrel on the Hill.

Love a little, laugh a little, cry a little and remember whānau, play a little. Play has a very important role in our lives so big hugs everybody. Catch ya later.