A big congratulations to whānau who have had babies, and to those who have had birthdays.

Waihōpai also sends their deepest condolences to whānau who have lost loved ones – Arohanui.

Kia ora whānau, here we are again. Another month is up and now we are in number nine – three more to go. How time flies. We have been pretty busy here on the marae and at the rūnaka. We had a great overnight stay from Te Wharekura o Arowhenua – all 100-plus of them and they were very pleased to take part in our Thursday roast lunch. It was a busy day with people everywhere and a performance from the school.

We also hosted a land hui and the Ngāi Tahu Roadshow, which all went very well. Mateka and myself were very privileged to be part of a movie shot in Dunedin with whānau from Otago – Victoria and the young gun Spanish Māori idol, Tumai. We had a great three days in Dunedin and we were well looked after by the film crew, which was ably led by Jamiee Poipoi, the director. And we have another one coming up on Murihiku Marae on 30 September – photos will be coming in the next pānui.

Well folks, not much else to report. A big hello to all our whānau who live in the North Island, in Aussie and around the world – aroha nui to you all from Waihōpai Rūnaka whānau. We’re still waiting for news from you all – don’t be shy; and everybody, let’s share some recipes. Ka kite anō – see you next month. Whānau, take the time to smile and give your family hugs. It makes for a wonderful day. Leave the work and other stuff at the door so you can enjoy yourselves. Nā Squirrell on the Hill.