Kia ora whānau, we hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break and were able to spend time with your whānau over this period.

Over the last month we have seen a number of hui take place at Takutai o te Tītī Marae including the combined rūnaka hui, the whaikōrero and Te Reo Māori Strategy hui. On top of this we have had two school visits, one from Te Anau School and the other from Northfield Mount Hermon School in the United States of America.

It has been a very busy and exciting time, especially so as it’s the tītī season. If you or any of your whānau are interested in helping out in any capacity or volunteering your services we would really like to hear from you. Please contact us here at the office for further information.

If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions to your whānau, congratulations and here is wishing you all, good health and prosperity for the year ahead.


On Friday 13 March, our rūnaka member, Joe Wakefield graduated from Te Kura Matatini ki Otago/Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Applied Management degree majoring in Māori Organisational Leadership.

Joe was one of 14 people who were part of the Ngāi Tahu cohort who successfully passed their respective degrees through Capable NZ, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, and Te Tapuae o Rehua. Congratulations to Joe and to the other Ngāi Tahu graduates, well done to you all.

Joe and Ann Wakefield on the graduation day.

Joe and Ann Wakefield on the graduation day.

Whaikōrero hui

Over the weekend of 28-29 March, our tāne, Gary Davis, Renata Davis, Kyle Davis, Teone Sciascia, Raniera Dallas and Joe Wakefield continued on their journey of learning and upskilling themselves in the art of whaikōrero.

Nā reira e te taumata kōrero, ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa mō tā koutou mahi taumaha nei ki te whakamana te pā harakeke o Ōraka, Aparima hoki.


As hinted last month we are looking at ways to improve our communications with whānau and we are exploring different mediums to get the word out there about what is going on.

We hope you will take time to visit our ‘Opportunities’ Facebook page. This page carries details of any opportunities available to our members such as details of scholarships, bird transfers, board vacancies and much more.

These links will take you to the pages:

In the interim we will continue to send you emails, however if you no longer wish to receive emails please let us know.