Kia ora whānau. 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.

Congratulations to the kapa haka group, who were rewarded for all their hard work and effort during rehearsals with an awesome performance at Te Atakura. This event was greatly enjoyed by all who made the trip.

The past month seems to have flown by and with Christmas just around the corner we wonder where the year has gone.

Over the past month executive and staff have been engaged in a number of activities in addition to their ongoing hui commitments, such as the marae visit from Thornbury School, the Greats and Grans afternoon tea held at Takutai O Te Tītī Marae and the heritage walk, which celebrated 125 years of the Milford Track. Staff, in addition to their office tasks, have been busy preparing for the forthcoming annual general meeting and putting together the annual report.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with school visits, the marae vegetable garden and any kitchen tasks. So if you think you could help with any of these activities we would really like to hear from you.