Our sympathy and love goes to all those who have lost loved ones.

Yes, Te Matatini was here and what an exciting time it was. I never missed a beat and every day I was down at Hagley Park with Joan. She picked up Aunty June and I every morning and took me back to Rangiora every evening – thanks Joan you are so kind for doing that for us. Also for getting our kai when it was meal time at the VIP tent and for going out of your way and looking after other whānau who would accidently arrive late – thank you Joan.

Te Matatini what a way to go. Gosh if you didn’t go to Matatini you don’t know what you missed – it was awesome. I did some acting and kapa haka years ago, and mind you I was pretty good and so were all the groups. And I’m not telling puru hamiti we were good Te Rōpū Pipiwharauroa under the leadership of Te Ari Pitama. Many a times we were told off for moving our feet or placing the palms of our hands towards the viewers.

There was some great talent at Te Matatini, and the kai –boy oh boy, what a mixture. I never missed a beat there either, cousin Charlie is saying
“I bet she didn’t.”

It was so hot at the pōwhiri but Thursday was also fine and lo and behold it poured with rain until after 1pm. But no one moved. They just sat in the rain for around four hours.

Thursday’s performance saw a big crowd, and what a perfect array of action – beauties of North and South Island on the stage. Awesome. Sunday was an amazing day as well when we heard the final results. The winners were Te Whānau ā Apanui. All is over now till 2017 when the festival will be heading to Ngāti Kahungunu, ‘whoopi’ – I might just motor up for a holiday.

I must say if you want to go anywhere at all and you are a passenger with Joan – please go. You will end up in all the wrong places, but you will get there in the end. She always gets us to where we are meant to be going. I just sat and laughed all the way. It was just good fun.

We hope that Te Rōpū Manutaki enjoyed their stay here at Tuahiwi Marae and that they return home safely. Until next time, keep safe. Love Ya K.K.K.