Kia ora whānau, ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

Rā whānau

Congratulations to the “Magnificent 7 plus 1” from the Manawatu whānau, who all celebrated birthdays during July – Shanae, Pania, Victor, Te Rina, Hana, Kieren, Melanie. And just who is the plus 1? Well it’s Ned, who just snuck in on 31 July. Also during July, the angels could be heard singing atop of Tapuae-o-Uenuku as Koha Hawke, Te Hiria Manawatu and Nakutira Kahu also celebrated. Kicking off August is Adan Te Huia followed by Matai and Jahdia McDonald, Grace Manawatu and Kim Kahu.

Waiata from Ngāti Kurī

A CD/DVD is to be produced featuring waiata written by Ngāti Kurī, and for Ngāti Kurī, so for those of you out there who have material you would like included, could you please contact either Adan Te Huia at the office of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura (phone 03 3196523) or Henare Manawatu (phone 021 905724).

Marae development

Construction will begin soon on our new wharekai. See our photo below for a sneak preview. Regular updates on building progress will follow.

The plan for the new wharekai.

The plan for the new wharekai.

Whānau contributions

We welcome contributions for Te Pānui Rūnaka from all whānau, so please send us any stories, whānau news or photos you wish to share.

Marae bookings

Although bookings have been fairly quiet, we had visits from two educational groups, the Kaikōura Play Centre and Kaikōura Suburban School. Their visits coincided with Matariki and it was a privilege to have them base their mahi around our marae. We look forward to the continuing use of our marae by all kura in the Ngāti Kurī rohe.

“Who’s Who” at Takahanga Marae

Watch this space for featured articles in future issues of Te Pānui Rūnaka, as to “Who’s Who” at our marae. Read about who keeps our marae grounds in such a pristine state; and find out about those who work tirelessly on the various committees that we have formed. Plus those involved with health, education, the environment and much more.

Keeping kids in school

Our local high school has appointed Rosie Clemett as attendance officer. The most important aspect of Rosie’s job will be whānau liaison and her main aim is to keep our tamariki at school. We congratulate the high school for adopting this new initiative and wish Rosie all the best in this role. We are confident that whānau will give her all the support they can.

Ngāi Tahu reo awards

Congratulations to Victor Manawatu, a recipient of this year’s Te Pā Whakawairua – Kāi Tahu Papatipu Marae Reo Champion Award. This is a recognition of his reo initiatives and development for Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Takahanga Marae.