Nei te rau tāwhiri o Koukourārata
Warm summer breezes (mixed with a few gnarly nor’easters) are starting to make themselves at home in the bay, heralding the slide into the holiday season. Waka ama training has begun and whānau members who are interested should contact the office. It’s a busy time for all as those lawns just keep growing.

Before moving on Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata news, we would also like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whānauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Our thoughts go to you all. Nō reira koutou te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire.

New staff member

A big welcome to Te Aroha Daken, who joins the staff as our casual, on-call caterer and cleaner. Te Aroha, who hails from Whakaki on the East Coast, is married to Arthur Daken. She is a marae girl at heart and we are very lucky to have her skills. We warmly welcome her on board. Since her employment we have received continued complaints that our manuhiri are putting on weight due to her food being so yummy. Her manaaki also extends to our whare which, along with Doug’s ongoing mahi, looks wonderful. Nau mai, tauti mai. Te Aroha.

Marae bookings

Summer is nearly here and our marae bookings are starting to pick up. To save disappointment, please book early. To book the marae, please contact the rūnanga office on 365 3281 or email [email protected]

Te Pānui Rūnaka stories

Many thanks to our roving reporter Brent Ruru for his contribution. If you have stories for Te Pānui Rūnaka, please send them to the rūnaka office [email protected] or phone Adrienne Rewi 0800 524 8248. Don’t be shy; without your stories we can’t submit a column, so we look forward to hearing from you.