Memataka – membership database

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ekari taku toa he toa takitini – A single person cannot match a combined force. Nau mai tauti mai ki Wairewa. We wish to extend a warm welcome to new members and to ask you to encourage any whānau not registered to do so. It is also important that you encourage one another who are registered, to update us with any change of details as they occur.

We have increasing numbers of rejecting emails and returned post. Stay up-to-date with what’s happening, and notify changes by emailing the rūnanga office at [email protected]

Annual tuna heke hui

The annual tuna heke hui was held on Wednesday 11 December at Wairewa Marae. The mahinga kai kōmiti members are: Riki Nicholas, Iaean Cranwell and Charles Zimmerman. This hui will be followed up in 2014 with mahinga kai hui in June and December. We look forward to seeing whānau, who are keen to be involved, at those meetings.

Uta – contributions

Te kopa iti a Raureka – the small purse of Raureka. Even if it is small we really appreciate your contributions for Te Pānui Rūnaka. Please email any photos and information as it comes to light. Births, deaths, weddings, achievements, something you want to share. We can’t promise that we will be able to include everything but we will do our best. Again please email [email protected] or post a hard copy to Wairewa Rūnanga, PO Box 2845 Christchurch 8013.

Working bee

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

Only Aunty Polly and Maire Kipa attended this working bee and they worked until 2.30 am Sunday. Kā mihi nui ki a kōrua. Let’s get more whānau at the next one. It’s a great way to meet whānau, get to know one another, and for tamariki to play with their cousins. Don’t be shy, come out, even if it is just for a few hours. If you haven’t connected much with your marae in the past, a working bee is a great time to start. With rights come obligations, and this is a good way to show you are keen to contribute and be part of something special.

Wairewa Ka Pūtea scholarship

Congratulations to Alvina Edwards who is the recipient of the Wairewa Kā Pūtea scholarship.

Meri Kirihimete

E te whānau Meri Kirihimete. Wishing you all a safe and happy festive season. There are two big events planned for next year – Waitangi Day and Matariki. We are hoping to work on these with the local community. It would be great to have as many whānau on board and involved as possible, so watch this space or contact the office (email [email protected]) if you would like to part of the working group. Kā mihi ki a koutou katoa.