Marama Pankhurst Stirling (Charlie) (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) was post-humously inducted into the NZ Marital Arts Hall of Fame on 2 November, in recognition of his personal achievement, dedication and outstanding service to the martial arts community.

“Charlie was a very reserved person. He spoke few words in a low, husky voice but he was a very astute instructor. Charlie travelled to Japan in the early sixties, around the time of the Tokyo Olympics 1964, and trained at the Kodokan (Judo Academy). Technically, he was one of the best in New Zealand at a time when most people outside Japan were learning martial arts very badly from books. His classic Japanese style was passed down to many Judoka (students), who went on to win national titles. In my case, Charlie had a profound influence on my career both in Judo and in life. Those who knew the quiet man also knew his spirit, wisdom and determination for life. He touched many of us in the deep south and we are forever grateful for his contribution.”

As remembered by Ivor Endicott-Davies, chairman Judo Federation Academy Kodokan (Japan) and president of the Judo Federation Academy NSW (Australia). Nā Sakura Marama-Kahutaiki Stirling.

Marama Pankhurst Stirling.

Marama Pankhurst Stirling.

NZMA Hall of Fame award plaque.

From the rūnaka

Meri Kirihimete to all our members, whānau and friends from the executive and staff.
It is hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching and that we will soon be winding down for the festive season. This is a time for us to reflect on the past year and enjoy some relaxed time with our 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.

Over the past month, the office staff have been busy organizing the printing and distribution of the annual report. By now everybody should have a copy of this document, received either electronically or by hard copy. If however, you have not received one they can be downloaded from the Ngāi Tahu website or alternatively, please contact the office for a hard copy.

Riverton Primary School visit to Takutai O Te Tītī Marae

On Wednesday 6 November the local primary school paid a visit to Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. Conditions were perfect and organized outdoor activities were able to proceed as planned. Tamariki were split into groups and spent time at several different activity stations.

Activities included chalk art, native plantings, environmental education, kī-o-rahi, stick games, ukulele and learning about the cycle of the tītī. It was awesome to see tamariki buzzing about from station to station laughing and having fun. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to see the marae brought to life by these fantastic young people.

A big, ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers. Your time and energy is much appreciated and was instrumental in making this day a huge success.

Office hours

Our office closes at 5pm on Friday 20 December and reopens at 9am Monday 13 January 2014.
Have a joyful and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year.