The weeks are closing in, as we get closer to the opening of our whare tipuna. Members of Ngāti Waewae Rūnanga will soon find a list of teams on our Facebook page. We’d like you to select which team you’d like to join to ensure our opening day runs successfully. The teams will include catering, cleaning and car parking.

We put the call out to you all now and hope all whānau travelling home will arrive on Sunday 16 November as we start our busy week of mahi, or at the latest Wednesday 19. We plan to hold waiata wānanga every night leading up to the opening on the Friday. The time has flown by and we are finally going to see the moemoeā of our elders come to fruition.

The official opening is on Friday, 21 November. The dawn ceremony (blessing) is to be held at 6am, with the official marae opening pōwhiri to be held at 10am.