Combined Christmas

As per tradition, Kāti Huirapa and Ōtākou will get together to celebrate the festive season. This time, we will be heading down to the beautiful Karitāne Foreshore, on Saturday 13 December. Information will be posted on our website: regarding the programme. Please let the office know if you want to come and celebrate with us and remember, the tamariki are what make this event so special (especially the looks on their faces when Hana Kōkō turns up).

Kaumātua luncheon

Local kaumātua enjoyed an outing to the Dunedin Casino, Southern Cross Hotel in September. A big thank you to Marewa Preddy and Hinerangi Ferrall-Heath for all their mahi, to make this a special occasion.

This was Joan Ellison’s first visit back to the Southern Cross (formerly The Grand Hotel), where she was a cook in the kitchen many years ago. Unfortunately a tour of the kitchen was not an option. Planning is already in the pipeline for the next outing.

Te Matatini waiata wānanga

A group of about 25 people enjoyed a lively and entertaining weekend, at the Te Matatini waiata wānanga, which was held at Puketeraki Marae on 4-5 October. We wish to thank the great tutors, Elizabeth Kereru and Maani Stirling for their inspiring teaching. We hope to have a follow-up. Dates to be confirmed.

Te Matatini will be held 4-8 March 2015, at Hagley Park in Christchurch. We have booked holiday park-type accommodation for helpers. Please contact the office if you are interested in being a ‘working’ part of the festival.