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Congratulations to the Kenneally whānau on the recent birth of Xander James Kenneally. He is the youngest of Anne (née Crengle) and Les Kenneally’s six grandchildren. Xander was born on 22 February 2014 and is the son of Anton and Grace Kenneally.

Xander James Kenneally with his mother Grace.

Xander James Kenneally with his mother Grace.

Rā whānau

If you have celebrated a birthday recently we trust that you had a great day and celebrated in style.

Shona Fordyce at her 70th birthday with her son Gregory and daughter Carolyn.

Shona Fordyce at her 70th birthday with her son Gregory and daughter Carolyn.

Shona with her sister Reina Guise, who is 87 years young and her brother Royd Crengle, who is 79.

Shona with her sister Reina Guise, who is 87 years young and her brother Royd Crengle, who is 79.

Rugby success

Riki Davis, son of Tane and Leanda Davis plays rugby for Alhambra – Union premier grade. He is pictured here playing against Zingari – Richmond winning the game 23 – 15. Riki has a degree in physical education, and a post-graduate diploma in public health. Riki is currently employed by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Dunedin as a kaitiaki.

Riki Davis.

Riki Davis.


We hope you are all keeping warm and wintering well. Welcome back to whānau who have returned from the Tītī Islands. We hope the season was kinder to you than last year.

This month has seen a number of events and hui taking place at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae and other places throughout our rōhe. These events have included rock art monitoring, bird transfers, the mahinga kai regional forum, the whale stranding debriefing and several others.

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the varied projects and commitments that we have. There are many diverse roles that we need help with, from assisting at the marae to working in the nursery or at the wetlands. If you are keen to play a more active role within the rūnaka, please contact us here at the office to discuss the options.

Did you know we are now on Facebook? To contact us via Facebook please follow this link: http://www.facebook.com/OrakaAparimaRunakaPanui

Rock art monitoring at Takahē Valley

Dave Taylor, Rangimaria Suddaby and Kyle Davis took part in the recent rock art monitoring hīkoi to the Takahē Valley. The purpose of this mahi was to monitor and map the rock art shelter. It had been four years since this site had been monitored. The site was photographed and the co-ordinates mapped. This allows for a comparative assessment of the site to be made with existing records. This data helps the team identify erosion and deterioration of the site.

Dave, Rangimaria and Kyle Davis at one of the rock art sites.

Dave, Rangimaria and Kyle Davis at one of the rock art sites.

Kākāpō transfer

A big mihi ki a koutou. I had the honour of welcoming the most beautiful manu to our rohe. I also took my husband, Heydon with me as a surprise.

We met the Kākāpō Recovery Team of John, Leigh and Jo at the plane. The chick travelled in a cat cage and my husband and I got to carry the cage to the DOC car. Leigh has been with the chick since it was first seen in its egg. She has been an excellent kaitiaki. These kaimahi are doing a great job

We travelled to the depot and after taking our shoes off and donning a pair of white overalls, we sanitized our hands and were permitted to enter the quarantined area. In this area there were pens set up for the manu. E hika. There were two male manu asleep in one of the enclosures.

I got to take the little girl out (Heather’s chick from Hauturu o toi) and mihi, kōrero and karakia to her. Then she found her way around her pen and had a titiro at one of the boys next door and he woke up. She loved the moss-covered branch and the coprosma berries.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take my camera with me but we won’t forget our experience for a long time. This meeting was an honour for Heydon and myself and a big mihi ki a Daryl Eason and his team for this great experience. Nā Rangimaria Suddaby.

Tax advice

Members of the Inland Revenue Department will be at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, 175 Palmerston Street, Riverston on Thursday 21 August and Thursday 18 September from 11am to 1pm, to offer help with income tax, Working for Families, child support, IRD numbers, business taxes, student loans and Kiwisaver. To make an appointment, please contact Kelly on 03 948 4093.

Development of a Te Reo Māori strategy

Calling all Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka whānau and members for expressions of interest from rūnaka, whānau and members who would be interested in coming together to meet and discuss what our rūnaka and whānau visions and aspirations are, in relation to learning and speaking te reo Māori, whether it be at home or on the marae. If you are interested then please contact Joe Wakefield on 021 832 137 or on email at [email protected]

We welcome contributions form whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute please send your news and stories to us at [email protected] or phone 03 234 8192.