Kia ora whānau

Nau mai, haere mai Manawa Robert Hiwi Pe’a, a new mokopuna for Heydon and Rangimāria (Couch) Suddaby and son of Ellen (Suddaby) and Mark Pe’a.
Born on 17 June, 2013, Manawa has whakapapa links to Rāpaki, Ōraka and Awarua. He is seen here with his uncle Glen Suddaby.

If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions to your whānau congratulations and very best wishes for the year ahead.

Rūnanga news

As the days begin to lengthen, we welcome spring and daylight saving. Kōanga brings fickle weather that causes havoc for farmers, gardeners and whitebaiters alike. Daffodils begin to show and there are signs of new life all around, teasing and daring the gardeners amongst us to get out and plant. Enjoy this beautiful season and the celebration of new life it brings with it.

It has been a busy month again for executive and staff. The lease at Te Kōawa Tūroa Takitimu has been finalised and signed, and the office upgrade has been approved. The consents have now arrived for the upgrade and it is hoped that the work on this project can commence soon.

The waka ama and kapa haka groups have been busy fundraising and practicing for their forthcoming trips to Kaiteriteri and Christchurch.

In the coming month we are due for more visits to Takutai o Te Tītī Marae from local primary schools. These visits serve as a good way of promoting cultural awareness and tolerance, and they are greatly enjoyed by tamariki and staff who attend. If you would like to help out in any way at these hui then please contact us here at the office.

Whaikōrero wānanga

The date for our first whaikōrero wānanga has been confirmed and will be held at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae, Colac Bay on Saturday 30 November to Sunday 1 December at 10am This will be a noho marae so we can stay over on the marae on the Saturday evening and we will leave after lunch on the Sunday.

The whaikōrero wānanga is open to all men (both Ngāi Tahu and non-Ngāi Tahu) belonging to our widespread family of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka,  who wish to learn and understand more about whaikōrero. For further details please contact the office or email [email protected]

Membership update

We are progressing well with our update of the membership database and are currently working through the anomalies that have been highlighted by the alignment with the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu whakapapa database. Can we please ask that you ensure all whānau contact details are kept up-to-date? If you are eligible to register with us and wish to do so please contact us at the office for the application forms.


Takutai o Te Tītī was the venue for the recent KUMA (Te Kupeka Umaka Māori Ki Araiteuru) hui, which is the Otago Southland Charitable Business Trust, and is now recognised as one of the most successful Māori Business Networks in Aotearoa. This hui was attended by Tā Tipene O’Regan and Joe Hariwira.

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