Kerepeti Paraone and his mum, Ripeka Paraone (née Parata), had every reason to celebrate on 18 December 2013, when they both graduated from the University of Canterbury.

It was a very proud day for Reihana (Aunty Doe) Parata to witness her eldest child and eldest mokopuna graduating on the same day. Kerepeti graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Māori and Spanish. His mother, Ripeka graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration nearly 30 years after achieving a Bachelor of Education.

Kerepeti and Ripeka would like to thank Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for the grants and scholarships over the years. He mihi arohanui ki ngā tāngata katoa i tautoko i a rāua kia eke ki te taumata.

Kerepeti Paraone and his mum, Ripeka Paraone (née Parata).

Kerepeti Paraone and his mum, Ripeka Paraone (née Parata).


Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated is currently reviewing its constitution.

The first hui was held at Rāpaki on Saturday 22 February. Both Rūnanga Executive and Reserve Trustees sat together at the head of the table with the facilitator for the day, Chris Ford, general counsel of Ngāi Tahu Te Rūnanga Group. Whānau who knew the importance of this hui travelled to Rāpaki to have input into the discussion.

It was a successful hui which was followed up by another on 16 March at Rāpaki. Te Poho o Tamatea Charitable Trust has a modest pūtea for the purpose of providing funding for charitable purposes to whānau who whakapapa to Rāpaki.

Applications close 31 March and 30 September 2014 and forms are available from the Rāpaki office
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