Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou. Nei rā te mihi matakuikui o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou.

Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoakī ki a rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu, rātou kua hīkoi atu ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna ki tua o te ārai. E auē koutou, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki ā rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa.

We have had a mixed bag weather-wise here on Te Tai o Poutini with Tamanui-te-rā blessing us with his presence, heavy rain and even a touch of makariri to prevent us from becoming complacent.

It’s been pretty quiet on the whitebaiting front, with no reports of the bait running and people reporting only catching enough for a feed. I expect that will have changed by the next edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka.

On the office front, we have switched across to the Ngāi Tahu computing system, which means we have new email addresses. We have retained the old email addresses, but ask that you change the contact details for Rachael and me to: [email protected] and [email protected] as we plan to cancel the xtra email addresses by the end of the year.

Membership register

This is to confirm that in line with the notification made about closing our register to new members (from 19 August 2013 until and including 22 September 2013), our register was reopened from 23 September. All applications for registration received during the closure period are being processed. If you wish to test your eligibility for membership of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, please go to www.makaawhio.maori.nz and to the Whakapapa Registration page.


We have a number of wānaka and hui coming up over the next few months, so please save the dates and mark your calendars. Nau mai, haere mai.

Hākari kaumātua

Invitations have been posted to our registered kaumātua and a tono sent out for kaitautoko and kaimahi to help
us on Saturday 7 December. If you have some time on the Friday night, Saturday and/or Sunday to help out with preparations for the dinner – an event our kaumātua look forward to – contact us on 0800 955 007.


We are currently reassessing our waiata sessions and will advise in the new year how we intend to proceed.

Hīkoi whakapapa

We will be taking a bus trip on 17-19 January 2014 to complement last year’s hīkoi to Waitaha. This time we will be a little closer to home. Mark the dates in your calendars and book a seat now.


Our next edition of Ka Tangi te Kōkō should be making its way to your letter boxes soon.
We welcome contributions from whānau, so please send any news and photos to [email protected] or post a hard copy to PO. Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

In addition to our quarterly newsletter, you can keep in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening through our website;
www.makaawhio.maori.nz, Facebook, our blog: makaawhio.blogspot.co.nz or twitter: @makaawhio or pick up the phone and give us a call on 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007.

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.