Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou
Nei rā te mihi manahau o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou. Nei rā hoki kā roimata takiwai o te hapū nei ki a rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu, rātou kua hīkoi atu ki te taha a 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.

Te wā kirihimete is fast approaching and as usual it has been extremely busy – and it’s unlikely to be slowing down anytime soon. No wonder they refer to this time of year as the “silly season.”



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.

Hui rūnanganui-executive meetings

Our 2014 hui schedule is still a work in progress, however, we have firmed up our first hui which coincides with the anniversary of the opening of our marae. The hui will be held on Saturday 25 January at our marae, with an overnight stay planned. Members are welcome to attend, but should RSVP for catering purposes.


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

Hīkoi whakapapa

Planning is well underway for our hīkoi whakapapa on 17-19 January, here on Te Tai o Poutini. The hīkoi will take us from Hokitika to Jacksons and back. Mark the dates on your calendar and book a seat now.

Makaawhio annual picnic and sports day

Join us on Waitangi Day at Woodstock Domain, Rimu for our annual picnic and sports day. It’s always a really great day of fun, competition, whakawhānaukataka and kai. Nau mai, haere mai.

Wānaka rakatahi-mahika kai

Mark 21-23 March on your calendar now. More details will follow in the New Year.


Apologies to our members who have been waiting for our final edition of Ka tangi te kōkō, which was to have been sent by now. We are still planning to send it but it will be closer to Christmas. We welcome contributions from whānau, so please send any news and photos to [email protected] or post a hard copy to
P. O. Box 225, Hokitika 7842.

In addition to our quarterly newsletter, you can stay in touch, catch up on news or keep abreast of what’s happening through our web page: 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 phone 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007.

Rūnanga office hours

Our office will be closing on Friday 20 December and will reopen on 6 January 2014. Before closing, I would like to extend our seasons greeting to you all on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and to wish you all the best for a joyous, peaceful and safe holiday season. 

Kia tau te maukāroko ki ruka i te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki kā tākata katoa. Let there be peace and tranquility on earth and goodwill to all people. He mihi manahau, he mihi matakuikui, he mihi mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa. Cheerful, joyous, Christmas and New Year greetings to all. Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.