On 21 November, whānau and friends of Linley and Roy Te Keeti gathered to celebrate a significant milestone – their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Dunedin on 21 November 1964. Linley is the twin daughter of Bette Devine (née Cleaver) of Colac Bay. Linley and Roy’s six tamariki, 31 moko, 16 great-moko and whānau send their aroha and congratulations.

Congratulations also to two of our members Rangimarie Suddaby and Lydia Matenga Bull who were both presented with graduation certificates. Only Rangimarie who was able to attend the event. The course was a diploma in Te Arataki Manu Kōrero, which they completed last year. They thoroughly enjoyed the mahi – especially when they learnt about their iwi and several others. I was delighted to be able to attend and support them. Nā Shona Fordyce.

Rangimarie Suddaby at her graduation.

Rangimarie Suddaby at her graduation.

Kia ora whānau, Labour weekend has been and with Christmas just around the corner we wonder, where the year has gone? If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions in your whānau congratulations and very best wishes for the years ahead. Over the past month, the executive and staff engaged in a number of activities in addition to their ongoing hui commitments including, the education hui, the whale stranding hui and the greats and grands afternoon tea. It is with great pleasure that we can finally report that the office upgrade is now complete.

Te Rautaki Mātauraka

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – this is the ikoa of the Ngāi Tahu Education Strategy.

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka recently hosted the ‘last’ of the Papatipu Rūnaka education representative hui. Although we Ngāi Tahu have a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education through the iwi partnership, unfortunately that pūtea is no longer available for continuing Papatipu Rūnaka education projects – nor for our rūnaka representatives hui, or the kaimahi who have given their time and expertise, assisting Papatipu Rūnaka with their elected projects.

Te Rūnanga is now ‘stepping up’ with an education strategy and are committed to Mātauraka Ngāi Tahu for our Papatipu Rūnaka and whānau. The strategy was the kaupapa of our hui held at Takutai o te Tītī Marae, on Friday 17 and the morning of Saturday 18 October.

We were given the paper with the strategies on it and we were able to add the workplan section of it – the how, who and when. Te Rūnanga have held hui around the motu seeking input from whānau. There are four key strategies: to create pathways, prioritise success, provide leadership and promote innovation. Contact your rūnaka office if you would like to read more about the education strategy.

From left, Rangimarie Suddaby, Nola Tipa and Henare Manawatu.

From left, Rangimarie Suddaby, Nola Tipa and Henare Manawatu.

Christmas party

The Ōraka Aparima Christmas party will be held on Sunday 15 December, at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. It will start at 11.30am and will go until 2pm.


We are always looking for volunteers to help us with school visits, the marae vegetable garden, in the kitchen and assorted other tasks. If you think you could help with any of these activities we would really like to hear from you.

Office closure

Please be advised that the office will be closed from noon on Friday 19 December and will reopen on Monday 19 January 2015, at 9am.