Members will have recently received our annual report. Highlights for this year include an increase in membership by 1,200;plus members’ savings are now in excess of $35 million. Since inception members have withdrawn over $3 million towards tertiary education, first home ownership and for aged 55+ retirement.

The 2014 annual report is now available to download on the Whai Rawa website at It has been emailed to all households we have an email address for and posted to those who we don’t have an email addresses for.

We encourage you to discuss the report with whānau, especially tamariki and to review the highlights. Individual reports inside the front cover from the Whai Rawa Chair Diana Crossan, and Kaiwhakahaere Tā Mark Solomon are well worth a read.

Kaumātua grants
If you are aged 65 or older at the end of 2014 you are eligible to receive a kaumātua grant in November.  All those we have an address for should receive an information letter by the end of September. If you haven’t received this letter by the first week of October please contact us on 0800 942 472.

Koha certificates
A Whai Rawa member recently arranged a koha of $50 to two (unrelated) Ngāi Tahu tamariki who didn’t qualify for matched savings in the year 2013. The tamariki were chosen at random and are now guaranteed to receive matched savings next year.

If you would like to koha a whānau member with additional savings for their Whai Rawa accounts, for example for an upcoming birthday or Christmas, please contact the office on 0800 942 472.


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