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Rā whānau

Edward Phillips, son of Tania Piripi, turned 21 on 25 August.

The following are also celebrating birthdays: Kahu Phillips, Mariata Laffey, Herewini Banks, Henry Couch, Linda Gennell, Catherine Stuart, Evette Lee, Wayne Rhodes and Paula Hutana.


In May this year, Ramari’s sister, Kellee, exchanged marriage vows with her sweetheart Ian Aldridge, at the historical St Stephen’s Chapel, Parnell. It was a small, intimate ceremony officiated by Kellee’s grandpa, Reverend Brown Turei. A dinner reception followed at the Mecca Stonehouse, Mission Bay.

In the bridal party were maid of honor, Maria Duncan, best mate of the groom, Augie Moate, flower girl, Kaylani Duncan, and page boy and ring bearer, Te Aoturoa Taukiri. Attended by friends and whānau from Te Ika a Māui, Te Waipounamu and Australia. Kellee and Ian will continue to live in Auckland and their Rāpaki whānau wish them all the best, as they continue their journey through life together as husband and wife.

Rāpaki trustees

At the Christchurch Māori Land Court on Thursday, 4 July, the Rāpaki Marae Trust (Rāpaki Māori Reservations) replaced Donald Couch, Mata Hana Toko Rehu, Te Whe Ariki Hutana, Tutehoununku Korako, Henry Tamatea Couch and Philip Patrick Hutana with Mariata (Ata) Couch, Te Whe Phillips, Douglas Fallon Herewini Couch, Rewi Couch, Rima Nani Riria Tikao Subritzky, David Tikao and Herena Stone as trustees.

Whānau notices – free certificate in tikanga course

Would you like to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Māori world view, values and beliefs?  Would you like to be more confident in your interaction with others, like Māori patients, families or those who are working in a kaupapa Māori way?

If you answered yes, then the Certificate in Tikanga could be what you are looking for. The level 3 course is offered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and is free for Canterbury District Health Board employees.  Study activities will be a combination of face-to-face learning, group work, tutorials, self-directed and/or directed learning and marae stays.

It is an 18-week course with classes held on Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm at Community and Public Health, 310 Manchester Street. The first class starts on 6 August. There are also four marae stays (6pm Friday night until 1pm Sunday afternoon).

Course contents:

  • Hapū/iwi development and basic te reo Māori
  • Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Te reo Māori me ngā tikanga – introduction to language and protocols
  • Values and beliefs systems
  • Whakaaro Māori- (thoughts) as expressed in nga korero o nehera and whakataukī (stories, proverbs and songs past and present)
  • Aotearoa New Zealand – world views, the influence of the media, and the role of te o Māori
  • Pōwhiri and whakatau
  • Contextual studies – tikanga Māori within a selected environment

For more information, and to express your interest, contact Annie Davey (email [email protected] or phone  03-3786769) or contact Brenda Heke at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (phone 353 6550; email: [email protected]).