Ka mihi aroha

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time, Awarua Rūnanga extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this month.

A right royal ride

On a sunny April day in Queenstown, a number of Ngāi Tahu rangatahi had the opportunity to meet the visiting royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Awarua Rūnanga was lucky enough to be represented by three rangatahi – Thomas Aerepo-Morgan, Sean Bragg and Matthew Whaanga and our Upoko Rūnanga, Tā Tipene O’Regan. When asked what the experience was like, Thomas responded: “Felt privileged and honoured to meet Prince William and Kate. Enjoyed the ride on Shotover Jet with my pōua and the kai.”

Me mihi ka tika, ki kā kaiwhakaharere o te iwi o Kāi Tahu mō te tipakotaka i a au kia tū hei mākai mō te iwi nei. I tīmata taua rā ki ruka i te harikoa. Nōku te whiwhi te tūtaki i te tokorua rā.

Thomas Aerepo-Morgan is second from left in the front row in the photo below. Sean Bragg is in the second row on the right behind the driver and on his right is Tā Tipene O’Regan and Matthew Whaanga is in the third row on the left. More photos of these rangatahi with the royal couple themselves can be seen on www.trenz.co.nz

Ngāi Tahu rangatahi jet boating with the royals.

Ngāi Tahu rangatahi jet boating with the royals.


The photographs of the War Memorials for the Great War 1914-1918 and World War II 1939-1944 depict Awarua Rūnanga whānau that served in the war. Only those names that had stars besides their names were killed in action.

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Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and have found that many members’ children have had children of their own that require registering. If you are one of these people we encourage you to contact us on 03 212 6029 or email [email protected] to request registration form/s. We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses, to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.