Kia ora whānau,
Lots of exciting things have been happening within our portfolios this month. With all portfolios populated and their budgets approved for the next financial year, it’s really great to see all wheels in motion.

Cultural portfolio
A handful of our tāne have begun regular whaikōrero wānanga. Feedback indicates they are thoroughly enjoying their sessions and knowledge sharing.
A digital archiving wānanga is confirmed for Sunday 10 November at Ōnuku Marae, beginning at 10.30am. Our Ngāi Tahu archiving experts will assist us with this project, helping format the best procedures and format for preserving our taonga.

Environment portfolio
This team has been busy attending various environmental hui on our behalf, including Tuia and Waterzone committee meetings, as well as attending the court hearing in relation to waste water/sewerage treatment within our harbour.

Some members have also visited Ōrakei Marae to gain insight into their magnificent produce gardens, how these have been implemented and the traditional gardening methods that are used.

Economic portfolio
Many hours have been invested in planning three small business models for a Mahinga Kai Cultural Park. Ōrakei Marae was also visited in relation to this project. We are looking forward to the presentation of the completed models in due course.
We also recently attended Te Ohu Kaimoana Conference in Kerikeri, where we enjoyed lively presentations on the Māori economic industry.

Social portfolio
We have agreed to partner with other rūnanga to produce a DVD resource for school groups, to be used as a learning tool for understanding specific tikanga and kawa prior to the groups visiting our marae.

Important dates:

  • Sunday 13 October Rūnanga meeting including executive election
  • Sunday 27 October Whenua-Fest
  • Sunday 10 November Digital archiving wānanga
  • Sunday 8 December Rūnanga meeting.