Rā whānau

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating birthdays this month.


We would like to extend a proud mihi to our tama, Te Rautawhiri Mahaki Mamaru-O’Regan for winning second place at the He Huatau Auaha – National Creative Writing Competition.

The competition is run by Te Ipukarea at AUT University, in Tāmaki, Te Rautawhiri and another school mate from Te Kura o Roimata – Woolston Primary, (who won her age group category), were flown up to receive their awards and prizes in August.

It was an honor for Te Rau to be presented his award from judge, Dr. Wharehuia Milroy, and also to have the chance to celebrate with another special pōua, Dr. Timoti Karetu. Te Rau competed against 42 other entries from around Aotearoa, so he was extremely pleased with his placing and his prize – an Ipod Touch.

A big thank you to the wonderful and inspiring teachers at Te Kura o Roimata and the organisers at Te Ara Poutama, AUT University. Nā Hana O’Regan.

From left, Dr. Wharehuia Milroy, Te Rautawhiri Mahaki Mamaru-O’Regan, Hana O’Regan and Dr. Timoti Karetu.

From left, Dr. Wharehuia Milroy, Te Rautawhiri Mahaki Mamaru-O’Regan, Hana O’Regan and Dr. Timoti Karetu.

First curator Māori

Congratulations and welcome to Migoto Eria, our first Māori curator for Otago Museum. Her past museum experience and understanding of kaupapa Māori will not only assist our Papatipu Rūnanga marae relationships but it will also help the museum staff with future developments.

Porete-Pollett whānau

I intend to sell Moeraki Reserve Township Block XVI Section 34. This section is 0.2428 hectares in size. It is Māori freehold land and I am the sole owner. The council confirms it has buildable rural zone status.

To comply with Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993, I am offering the first right of refusal to all Porete whānau and their descendants. The quarter-acre section is in the second kaik as you drive  into the Moeraki Township Reserve, before the bridge and cribs. Access is from the right side of the road.

The section is in a tidy condition and has a sloping contour with sea views. The source of the small Kawa Creek is in the centre of the section and there are no close neighbours. The Government valuation is $45,000 and I will accept offers from $42,000.

For further enquiries please phone Koa Whitau-Kean 03 439 4746, either early in the  morning or in the evening.

Whānau identified

In last month’s issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, we featured this photograph, sent in by Koa Whitau-Kean, hoping that whānau would be able to identify the two girls.

“Kia ora whānau, this photo belonged to my tāua. Her mother was Jane Lovett Gregory a descendant of Pura and also Elizabeth Edwards. The two wāhine shown here are thought to be her Rakiura cousins. I would like  to identify them if possible.”

Rosemary Taiaroa (Goomes/Spencer whānau) of Rakiura has identified these girls as being Lena Spencer (née Smith) and her cousin Wai Poko. Lena is a cousin to Rosemary’s father.

Lena Spencer (née Smith) with her cousin Wai Poko.

Lena Spencer (née Smith) with her cousin Wai Poko.


Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Inc. is looking for someone to fill the role of kitchen coordinator and cleaner at our marae located in Moeraki.

The marae is used on a monthly basis for rūnanga meetings and on other occasions for visits by schools and groups, for the running of hui, and by groups of whānau.

The person we require would need to be fit and healthy, reliable, trustworthy, flexible with their time, and have a good work ethic.

A full job description is available on request from our office coordinator, please email [email protected] or phone 03 439 4816.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae to the rūnanga office by Friday 5 December.