Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou.
Nei rā te mihi matakuikui o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou.

Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki a rātou, kā mate huhua kua hika mai, kua hika atu. E heke ana kā roimata takiwai o te hapū nei mō rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu. E auē! Haere atu rā koutou, haere atu ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna e tatari ana ki tua o te ārai. Haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa.

Te Tai o Poutini has had a mixed bag of weather, with more than a few unseasonably warm days. That’s not to say there haven’t been some fairly good frosts, with news of frozen pipes from one of our whānau further south.

Unfortunately, our hīkoi whakapapa planned for later this month has had to be postponed until next year. We didn’t quite get enough registrations and will now be looking at 17-19 January 2014. Mark your diaries now and please register your interest so that we can get enough members to go ahead with what will be an excellent opportunity to reconnect with our whenua, while hearing, learning and discussing our history, tīpuna and pūrākau associated.

The hīkoi will take us from Hokitika south to Arawhata, taking in the cultural hotspots of South Westland, with an overnight stay at Ōkārito and our marae.
Nau mai, haere mai koutou.

Ka Tangi te Kōkō

Our most recent edition of Ka Tangi te Kōkō was posted out last month. If you are registered with Makaawhio and didn’t receive a copy, it means we do not have an up-to-date address for you. Please phone the office on 0800 955 007 to update your details.


On the wharemahi front, we have just transferred onto the Ngāi Tahu IT system. This means new email addresses for both Rachael and I and of course a new system to become familiar with. However, by the time you receive this edition, any major disruptions should have been dealt with.

Membership register will be closed new members

Members are further reminded that our membership register will be closed to new members from 19 August 2013 up to and including 22 September 2013. Any registration applications received during that time will be held and processed on 23 September 2013 when the register will reopen for new members.


We are about to recommence our weekly waiata after a break for school holidays. Waiata will be held every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm, at the Rata Te Āwhina Trust Rooms in Hokitika. Nau mai, haere mai.


In addition to our quarterly newsletter, there are now a few ways for you to keep in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening. Try our website: www.makaawhio.maori.nz, “friend” our facebook page, read our blog: makaawhio.blogspot.co.nz or twitter @makaawhio.

We welcome contributions from whānau, so please send any news and photos to [email protected] or post a hard copy to PO Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

Membership database

We have an increasing list of returned mail and rejecting email addresses. Members are encouraged to contact us on 0800 955 007 to check your address, email address and contact details are up to date. If you prefer to email, send through your name, the name of any other members in your household, along with your address and contact phone number to [email protected]

Contact can be made by email: [email protected] or phone 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007. Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.