Rā whānau

Rāpaki celebrated three major birthdays in August and the weekend of 5 October.

Hori Briggs turns 80.

Hori Briggs turns 80.

Hori Briggs turned 80 and his whānau came together from Australia and the North Island to celebrate the special event over a period of three days. On his special day, everyone gathered in the whare tipuna where they sang waiata and told stories of his early life in the South and North Islands, before moving to Australia – and later, returning home. His years at sea have put him in good stead as, at 80, he still holds his position as a customary fisheries officer. Over the three days, Hori could be found sitting with a smile on his face, as he sat watching and listening to his mokopuna and whānau.

Rima Subritzky celebrated her 84th birthday with the ladies from the Rāpaki Māori Woman’s League. Aunty Rima said “I have had a marvellous day with a large chocolate cake and lots of happy wishes.” This was the first meeting the ladies have had back at Rāpaki since the earthquake. The women have missed meeting at Rāpaki, and are pleased to be back. It was a special day for all.

Other birthdays:
Hori Briggs, Rima Subritzky and Max Korako celebrated their birthdays along with Huia Guthrie, Charmaine Lee, Pip Rakena, Rachael Rakena, Kena Rakena, Honey Barlow and Ray Kamo.

Nuk and Chris Korako celebrated the 21st birthday of their eldest son, Maximillian Tutehounuku Manihera Korako, with Max’s three younger brothers and eighty whānau and friends at Rāpaki Marae.  Max’s older cousin, Carlo flew in from Brisbane to join the family festivities, which went well into the night.

Although Max’s only surviving grandparent, Derek Willard, was not able to make the journey due to his health, there were many good wishes from across the Tasman.

The afternoon was warm, the hāngī was delicious and the young ones danced well into the early hours.  Although born in England, Max has grown up in Rāpaki since the age of three and between university and work, still lives in the family home at Rāpaki.

Nuk and Chris say they are very lucky to have four fine young men and a very close and caring extended whānau, with aunties and uncles their sons can look up to.

Nuk Korako and son Max.

Nuk Korako and son Max.

Max celebrates with his mum, Christine Korako.

Max celebrates with his mum, Christine Korako.