Rā whānau

A big happy birthday to all our whānau who are having birthdays this month. Aroha mai if I have missed anyone.
Ngāti Waewae whānau: Tanya Weepu, Joe Mason, Julie Campbell, Blossom Meihana-Eiffie, Karley Tauwhare, Sue Meihana and Tiare Mason-Couston.


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chantal Tumahai (Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Tainui and Ngāti Whātua) to a fixed-term position as receptionist at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Chantal has come from Poutini Environmental, where she worked as a resource consents officer from 2010. Her other previous employment includes working with Te Waipounamu Māori Heritage Centre as a retail assistant.

Chantal has a passion for performing arts and dancing, and runs her own dance company. It’s going to be sad not to see her smile at our tamariki holiday programmes but Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae would like to wish Chantal the best of luck, and we all hope things go well at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Kiwi release

On 1 April, Ngāti Waewae whānau had the pleasure of releasing two kiwi at St Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti. Our kaumātua named them before they were released, one was named Totoweka and the other was Kōkopu, named after our beautiful taonga that we have here in our rohe.

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Ngāti Waewae whānau gather for the kiwi release.

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Ngāti Waewae whānau during the releasing of the kiwi.


We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories and send any news and photos to the email above. You can also ring us, or visit the tari anytime. Nau mai haere mai – we would love to see your smiling faces.