Kia ora koutou Waihopai whānau, me ngā whānau o ngā rūnaka katoa. To all the whānau who have a new one in their household, a big congratulations to you all, wherever you are. And many happy returns to all the birthday whānau this month.

Well whānau, we haven’t been too busy this month – just the normal everyday things happening here like Thursday roasts, tāua cards afternoon, kapa haka for the over 55s and the a visit from the Kotahi Mano Kāika team.

We have two tikaka wānaka coming up and other little hui as well.

A few of my old school mates will be hitting the retirement age this month and next year, the same for the 1948+ brigade. There’s lots of stuff happening on the marae, right up to Christmas, so we’ll all be busy.

Kia ora Ngāi Tahu whānau in Te Ika a Maui and over the ditch. Hope you are all well and you are not forgetting your whānau here in Te Waka a Māui.

So whānau, which do you prefer the South Island to be called – Te Waka a Maui or Te Waipounamu (bearing in mind the North Island is Te Ika a Maui).

It’s getting exciting now for whānau and children, as Christmas is just about here.
Well, got to go now. I look forward to next month’s pānui. Take care everyone and remember, whatever you do today, try to make somebody smile or laugh.

Nā Squirrell on the Hill.