Ka mihi aroha

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnanga extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all of you who are celebrating birthdays this month.

Belated congratulations

Arohanui to staff and management at Awarua Synergy Ltd, an entity of Te Rūnaka o Awarua, for the belated congratulations on winning the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Award – for making business pay. It was an award that they received at the KUMA Māori Business Network hui, held in Te Anau in early September.

General manager, Sumaria Beaton and operations and business manager Jason Harrison, were both on hand to accept the award from Tā Tipene O’Regan.

KUMA works in the Otago and Southland regions to support and develop Māori business networks and as a member of seven years, Awarua Synergy has utilised the group’s business networks to gain experience and help with possible expansion into the insulation and solar heating industry in Central Otago.

Sumaria said the award was a great boost for staff who had faced a challenging couple of years. In recognition of the success, auditor of Awarua Synergy Ltd, Crowe Horwath, shouted morning tea for all the staff. Once again congratulations. What a great achievement.

The award and Southland Times newspaper article.

The award and Southland Times newspaper article.

From left, Awarua Synergy Ltd staff, Tyrone Cranston, Maree Wilks, Emil Rahiti and Dayna Kaio.

From left, Awarua Synergy Ltd staff, Tyrone Cranston, Maree Wilks, Emil Rahiti and Dayna Kaio.

Nurse-led clinics

Te Kākano nurse-led clinics, run by Awarua Whānau Services, started recently around Murihiku. Clinics for Bluff residents are being held at Te Rūnaka o Awarua on a monthly basis with Nadine Goldsmith, a registered nurse.

The services offered are: tamariki ora checks, rangatahi checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist, access to a dietician, helping you to develop a health plan to meet your goals, helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs.

They will work with other health providers (e.g. your GP or local hospital) to enable the best care for you.

The last Bluff clinic for the year will be on held on Wednesday 17 December between 10am-4pm. Please drop in to see Nadine if you have any health queries. No appointment is required and the service is free of charge.

Iron Māori

On 1 November, a team of Kāi Tahu wāhine took part in the quarter Iron Māori event at Pandora Pond, Napier.

Jackie West (Awarua Rūnanga) ran 10.5 kilometres, Abby Hamilton (Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Ōnuku Rūnanga) biked 45 kilometres and Donna Gemaries (Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Ōnuku Rūnanga) completed the swim. Ka mau te wehi.

From left, Abby Hamilton, Jackie West, Donna Gemaries.

From left, Abby Hamilton, Jackie West, Donna Gemaries.

Membership database

We are currently updating our membership database and have found that many members children have had children of their own who require registering. If you are one of these people we encourage you to contact us on 03 212 6029; or email [email protected] to request registration form/s.

We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.

Pānui contributions

If members have anything of interest they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu, please contact Tina on 03 212 6029 or email [email protected].