Ka mihi aroha

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

Poroporoakī for John Marshall

It is with great sadness and regret we farewell big John Marshall our right hand man in the kitchen, and our mate.

John took it upon himself to take care of a good deal of the big jobs in the kitchen; mincing pāua, shelling crayfish and opening oysters. If he wasn’t processing seafood he was elbow-deep in the pot sink. There was nothing we needed at a moment’s notice that John didn’t have at home. For instance, on one occasion when we were short of space in the kai cooker he disappeared out the door and returned with a homemade model fashioned from a keg which worked wonderfully well.

John liked people and would talk to anyone. In return, people from the oldest to the youngest liked and respected him. He hated to see good food go to waste and would take leftovers to distribute to others in the community who may be in need.Rest in peace John, you will be sadly missed. You have certainly left big shoes to fill in our kitchen.

E te Kahurangi kua whetūrangitia
E te taonga o Tainui Waka
Nāu e te rangatira i manaaki mai i tiaki mai te tini me te mano i runga i Te Rau Aroha.
E kore rawa e wareware āu mahi.
Nō reira e Hone, moe mai rā, moe mai rā.
Okioki atu.
Nā Jacqui, Sharon, Marae kitchen Volunteers and the Marae Kōmiti.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this month.

Tūpuna Kaitiaki for Mātaitai Marine Reserves at Pikomamaku

Bubba Thompson (left) and Tiny Metzger (right) with the first of two Tūpuna Kaitiaki, Tei Tei and Mouru. With financial assistance from the Ngāi Tahu Fund, the Metzger whānau commissioned Bubba to make four Tūpuna Kaitiaki to mark Mātaitai Marine Reserves at Pikomamaku.

Tei Tei and Mouru will mark the boundary of the pāua Mātaitai Marine Reserve and the other two Tūpuna Kaitiaki will mark the boundary of the fishing Mātaitai Marine Reserves. These Tūpuna Kaitiaki will be put in place at the start of the tītī season next year.

Tūpuna Kaitiaki for Mātaitai Marine Reserves at Pikomamaku.

Tūpuna Kaitiaki for Mātaitai Marine Reserves at Pikomamaku.

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