Rā whānau

Chantal Tumahai, Terita Mason, El-Alamein Meihana Whittle, Kaleshea Tauwhare, Marlon Price, Chris Lewis, Kereopa Ria, Irai Weepu, Mikayla Tumahai, Kupe Tauwhare, Tania Tauwhare, James Campbell, Moana Lee, Tamaki Tumahai, Chelsea Meihana, Awatea Tauwhare, Tina Weepu, Maighdlin Hinekoau Jones, Miriama Blacktopp, Miriam Downs, David Downs, Gordon Weaver and Hector Tainui.

80th birthday

Hector Walter Tainui was born 10 August 1933 to Tuhuru and Nikau Tainui (née West). Hector and his wife, Hilda, better known as Uncle Spud and Aunty Tilly, have been married for almost 61 years. They are ngā mātua o ngā tamariki tokowaru, three of whom are deceased. In his early years Hector worked in coal mines, as a bushman, in carpentry, bricklaying and plastering, until he joined the Hokitika Band Mills, where he worked for 32 years before retiring. Not one to be idle, Hector then started working with Bill Russell for our Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga.

Recently whānau and friends from Australia, Turangi, Ōtautahi and Balclutha gathered together to celebrate Hector’s 80th birthday – and what a good night it was. Hector is the last surviving child of Tuhuru and Nikau’s 10 tamariki.

A big mihi and aroha go out to you all from Aunty Tilly and all her moko, mokonui an mokonunui, for all the gifts and carvings you all gave to Uncle Spud, pōua, pouanui, pouanunui.

Uncle Spud celebrating with his great-granddaughter Rititia Lilly.

Uncle Spud celebrating with his great-granddaughter Rititia Lilly.

Arahura wharekai opening

An official opening of the Arahura wharekai took place on 17 August, and a dawn ceremony saw the blessing of the whare, which has been named Papakura. Kaumātua Violet Bradley and Papakura Tainui, alongside puhi Aleigha Ngaamo and Gypsy Rose Delamare, led the opening with kaikarakia Rev. Richard Wallace and kaumātua Ben Hutana followed by the whānau.

We would like to thank all the whānau who helped make this day a success. We appreciate all your hard mahi. Well done whānau.

Chairman Francois Tumahai giving the final speech.

Chairman Francois Tumahai giving the final speech.

Right; Our new wharekai.

Right; Our new wharekai.

Whānau waiting patiently for the delicious cooked kai.

Whānau waiting patiently for the delicious cooked kai.

Best wishes

We finally got to do a formal acknowledgement to Ben Hutana for his mahi with the rūnanga at the opening of the Arahura wharekai.

It was wonderful to have him present so that we could finally do the formal acknowledgement and farewell Ben from his position of employment with Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga. We wish you all the best Uncle Ben and hope to see you recover and get well soon.

Tāua Violet Bradley revealing the name of the Arahura wharekai with kaumātua Ben Hutana.

Tāua Violet Bradley revealing the name of the Arahura wharekai with kaumātua Ben Hutana.

Correction to August addition of Te Pānui Rūnaka

Ngāti Waewae executive and staff acknowledge the awhi, manaaki and guidance of all our kaumātua, the importance of such to us and we are greatly thankful.

We also acknowledge the concerns of those expressed regarding the use of the term upoko in the August edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka.

This was not intentional and was an innocent mistake by one of our young writers. We apologise for any concerns this may have caused and thank our whānau for their wonderful manaaki and understanding.