Felicity McMillan.

Felicity McMillan.

The team at Arowhenua Whānau Services are pleased to welcome Felicity McMillan.

Ko Aoraki te maunga, ko Waitaki te awa, ko Kāi Tahu te iwi. Ko Lloyd tōku Pāpā, ko Liz tōku Māmā, ko Neihana rāua ko Irihapati aku tamariki. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia ora, my name is Felicity McMillan, I am the new hub co-ordinator/project manager based at Arowhenua Whānau Services. My role will be promoting Arowhenua Whānau Services in our local rohe and organising Kā Toi Maori o Aoraki – FLAVA Festival for 2014.

I was born and raised in Temuka and whakapapa back to Arowhenua through both the Waaka and Russell whānau. I have two beautiful and busy tamariki, Neihana and Irihapati, with my husband Nathan Meagre. look forward to the exciting challenges of my new position with Arowhenua Whānau Service.

Soccer training camp

Te Teira Kahu Rehe (right) at the soccer workshop.

Te Teira Kahu Rehe (right) at the soccer workshop.

Ko Aoraki te mauka
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Kāi Tahu, ko Moriori ngā iwi
Ko Aaron rāua ko Marie ōku mātua
Ko Ana rāua ko Kera aku tēina
Ko Te Teira Kāhu Rehe Donaldson ahau
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa

In December, I went down to Dunedin with some of my South Canterbury team mates and got to spend three days at a soccer training camp with former All White and LA Galaxy player, Andrew Bowens. It was a hard-out three days of soccer skills and drills with 70 other soccer lads from Otago, Central Otago, North and South Canterbury plus Andy’s crew of under 17 lads helping out.

The best part was competing in a mini world cup tournament on the last day and getting in the team that came second. I also had the honour of being named Andy’s player of the tournament and I get to keep this really cool trophy plus a new soccer ball. My goal is to be just like Andy Boyens and play soccer nationally and internationally. Nā Te Teira.

Outreach programme

The first of three Outreach programmes based at Arowhenua Marae was held on 25 March. The programme is an opportunity for whānau to make an appointment with Inland Revenue, Ngāi Tahu Law, or Māori Land Court to help with any queries you have.

Appointments can be made by contacting the marae office on 03 6159646. Two further programmes will be held at the marae between 11am-2pm on 29 July and 25 November. Be quick to make an appointment.


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