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Tēnā koutou katoa.

After being lulled into a false sense of security by an early spring, a weather bomb hit and “kua tau anō te wā Makariri,” winter returned in full force – in fact it felt colder than the winter we just had. But what a difference a day makes. Today the only traces of the wintery blast are the leaves, overturned outdoor furniture and the fresh snow resplendent on Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

On the rūnanga front, members have been kept busy with hui and representative duties. Our Wero Mātauraka-Spring Reading Challenge is underway, although it’s too early to tell whether we have increased the number of entries this year.

Waiata practice has been attracting the usual participants but we have already seen the positive results in the strength of our waiata kīnaki in support of our kaikōrero. These will continue to be held from 4.30pm-5.30pm every Wednesday.

Haast Hollyford Road consultation

The submission time for feedback in relation to the proposal to build a road linking Haast to the Hollyford will be extended to allow further time for members to provide feedback.

As advised last month, in order to establish the rūnanga position in relation to the proposal, we are inviting members to submit and/or participate in the consultation process. Whānau should contact the office to receive information and a copy of the map.

Those who are unable to attend the hui will be able to send a written submission simply advising if they are for or against and stating the reason.

Submissions will close on 30 October and will be collated and ready for a hui to be held in Hokitika in November (date to be advised). The rūnanga position will thereafter be formulated and agreed upon and shared with members.

A map of the Haast Hollyford area.

A map of the Haast Hollyford area.


As advised last month, we are currently upgrading our website including adding a members-only access section that whānau will be able to log into. At this stage our website is out-of-date and will not be fully updated until the upgraded version and required changes are made.

We are also exploring options for replacing Ka tangi te kōkō and how we should utilise Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you have any news to share, please forward it to the office along with any photos (attached as a separate jpeg).

Our long list of members who have not updated their contact details has not reduced and we continue to receive returned mail. We need to ensure your email address is up-to-date, so that we can continue to forward pānui, news and updates to members. Please contact the office either by email or phone to update your details, or if want to discuss anything else.

Our website is www.makaawhio.maori.nz; Face book page, makaawhio.blogspot.co.nz; Twitter: @makaawhio; phone 03 755 7885 or 0800 955 007; email [email protected] or [email protected]

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.