To all the birthday people this month I hope you all had or have a wonderful, wonderful day – arohanui. To any whānau who have added a new pepī, congratulations – arohanui to you all.

Did you all enjoy the Hui-ā-Tau at Arowhenua? We did at Waihōpai; we had lots more people than last time and everybody enjoyed themselves, A big thank you to our tāua me pōua, who took time out of their busy lives to come up and be surrounded by Ngāi Tahu whānau – ngā mihi aroha – and also to the young ones who came up as well. Awesome guys. Also a big thank you to our electric man, Rodney. Thank you once again for your expertise in setting up of the sound system and pushing the questions through.

Last but not least, the cooks did a fantastic job. Well done Team Waihōpai.

This week we have a graduation for the Southland College of Education teachers’ training school. We’ve also just finished another tikaka wānaka in the Invercargill Prison – well done Team Waihōpai.

We have lots of end of year meetings happening and on top of that, it’s just about Christmas. Boy-o-boy time flies when you don’t want it to. Well that’s all from me folks, take care, look after yourselves and your whānau. Arohanui Kāi Tahu whānau. Te Ika a Maui me Te Waka a Māui. Merry Xmas to you all. Nā Squirrell on the Hill.