On the sporting front

Congratulations to Tuhawaiki McDonald and Hemi Williams, who have been selected for the Marlborough Under 13 representative rugby team. Prospective Tasman Makos for sure – sorry Mr Blackadder.

Also a big shout out to Tapiha Allen, who came second in the shot put at last month’s South Island Secondary Schools Athletics championship in Nelson. He is now able to compete at the national event in Dunedin in December. A fantastic achievement Tapiha. We look forward to bigger things in the future – if not in 2016, then maybe the 2020 Olympics.

Champion shotput winner, Tapiha Allen.

Champion shotput winner, Tapiha Allen.

He pēpi hou

Navarah Sapphire Mihi Taukiri, born at home in Brisbane on 14 May 2013 to Ramari Turei and Riki Taukiri. A cherished daughter, treasured moko, niece and cousin, Navarah will grow up under the watchful eyes of her two big brothers, Te Aoturoa and Trayvahn. Congratulations, kā mihi aroha ki a koutou.

Rangatahi tumeke outdoor camp

On the 19 July Rangatahi Tumeke held their second outdoor camp in Te Ākau Tai Toka (the Catlins). Ten Ngāi Tahu rangatahi, aged 10–16 , attended and many of their whānau came to tautoko and manaaki us with different activities. Without their support and encouragement none of this would have taken place. He mihi atu ki ngā whānau me ngā kaimahi i tērā wiki.

The hīkoi started at Te Rau Aroha Marae with a mihi whakatau before we travelled to Tautuku Youth Adventure Camp, where we were based for four days.

We had exceptional weather, which allowed us to make great use of our time. Rangatahi enjoyed a range of activities including waka ama, gathering wai kōura, eeling, trout fishing, camping in tents and organising camp fires, flying fox, confidence courses and a climbing wall. We also completed some plant pest control at the local nohoanga site at Waikawa.

Ō koutou āhua rangatahi mā. Kia kaha kia manawanui ki a koutou – and we would like to thank the Ngāi Tahu fund for their contribution. And thanks too, to Awarua Rūnaka, The Ngāi Tahu Fund and whānau for their on-going support for this project. Nō reira, tēnā koukou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa. Tīhei Mauri ora Steph Blair and whānau.

Rangatahi taking time out on the water.

Rangatahi taking time out on the water.