Kia ora e te whānau o Murihiku me ngā Papatipu Rūnaka tēnā koutou katoa.

To all whānau having birthdays this month, congratulations and, if you are having a little pēpi congratulations and aroha nui.

Another month is over and we have had the normal run of hui at the marae, ie: Department of Conservation, iwi, schools, Government and a rūnaka meeting etc – it’s been all good.

Some of the whānau are into the Cricket World Cup and we are all excited for the Black Caps but the majority of our whānau were waiting patiently for Te Matatini in Christchurch. It’s all over but what can I say.
Let me say the Waihōpai whānau were very thankful to be able to attend Te Matatini 2015. Thank you to the Ngāi Tahu Fund for helping us get there – thank you all so much.

From a personal point of view it was awesome. From the whānau, we send nothing but aroha to all the volunteers who put themselves out for the month leading up to and after it all – what a job well done, aroha nui to you all. VIP tent personally I don’t put people above one another and it would have been good to see more of our rūnaka kaumātua. A huge thanks to my cuzzy Vanz and her team of awesome helpers for looking after the kaumātua from Waihōpai and iwi katoa, big hugs aroha nui. We had a wonderful time in Christchurch, and the accommodation was great. Nā Squirrel on the Hill.