Hi, it’s nearly Xmas but don’t worry because I’m not. It’s me again full of happy news and some not-so-happy news.

The not-so-happy news is that I lost my brother Doug Edwards last month. His ashes were flown south on 18 September. They are resting at his son’s place until my family and sister Gloriana decide upon where his burial will be. He is not in a hurry to go yet, so watch this space.

The other not-so-happy news – would all those who have marae dishes please return to sender or leave outside the office. We don’t have security cameras, so we won’t see who you are. We have quite a lot of dishes missing, so please, can you return them?

On to the happy news. How are you all?

The Pitama Netball Cup was held in Hokitika on 20 September and our own Pīpīwharauroa teams did alright; I’ll leave it to Mel to fill you all in.

Oh and by the way, this was the first time that I had missed a tournament since it started in 1937, because the Pīpīwharauroa concert party started about 1936, I am not quite sure, you may have to ask aunty Lula. I missed this tournament, as my brother had passed and I had a sprained ankle.

The marae has been very busy the last three months, it’s been all go. I have been here for five days as it is the last wānanga of whare pūrākau hui, so I don’t know what I am going to do with myself; any suggestions? (No, cousin Charlie) I know what you are going to say.

Oh I have a new moko-moko-moko and his name is Ngatana Huria Waruwarutu, good eh. Have another four more on the way soon. I have another moko called Koha (he is the oldest so far by one month).

A big parcel sent to me the other week and what do you think it was? It was whitebait and they were still jumping about in the packet; thanks Cherie, luv ya (that is Frank and Clare’s daughter).

Well, it’s frosty this morning but I suppose we will have a nice day.

Oh I nearly forgot – did you see our Tuahiwi All Black, who played against Argentina? Joe Moody (number 17), is Mary Jane and Tony Moody’s son and Noeline and Tasman’s moko, good eh.

Also did you see the other Tuahiwi kid sitting in parliament on his seat in the house? Good on you Nuku. Gosh Tuahiwi breed some clever kids, look at my cousin Charles he’s clever because he won Mere Crofts haha. Luv ya. Cheers K.K.K.