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.

Ruapuke Island Group mātaitai

A hui of interested Ruapuke Island landowners and whānau regarding a proposed mātaitai is planned for Saturday, 4 October at Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff. (Time still to be confirmed).The kōrero is to assess the feasibility of a mātaitai around the Ruapuke Island group. How this kaupapa is to proceed will be decided by the kōrero at the hui.

To find out more about other mātaitai, check out the list on www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Maori/Management/Mataitai/default.htm

For more information on this hui please contact Melvin Cain at [email protected] with ‘Ruapuke Mātaitai’ in the subject line; or phone Melvin on 03 417 8926. (Melvin is Naina Kihau Russell’s grandson, and Kohuwai’s son).

Hokonui Māori Endowment Fund

Applications are invited from tertiary and secondary school students, form three onwards, for the Hokonui Endowment Fund. This is an education fund for applicants who can trace their whakapapa to the original Māori Owners of Rakiura/Stewart Island.

Applications can be obtained from the rūnanga office, or if more information is required you can contact the following people: Christian Fife 03 217 8706; Laina Niha 03 212 8962; Ricky Topi 03 212 8556; Louise Fowler 03 212 8577; Karen Johnson 03 212 7384.

Monthly rūnanga hui

Members are welcome to attend monthly rūnanga hui that are held at Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff at 6pm. In the event the marae is booked for other functions, the hui will be transferred to the meeting room at the rūnanga office at 12 Bradshaw Street, Bluff. The following dates have been set: Monday 4 October and 3 November.

Pānui contributions

If members wish to have an item of interest they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu please contact Tina on 03 212 6029 or email [email protected]

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.