Rere a waimihi a Koukourārata ki a koutou katoa. A very busy start to the year, which looks like it is not going to let up; With a new strategic direction we have comings and goings and buildings going up and coming down. A very exciting time for all.

Ngā mate

Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata would like to extend our heartfelt aroha to all of our whanauka who have lost loved ones over the past month. Nō reira koutou o te huka wairua haere atu rā, moe mai rā i kā peka o tō tātou nei ūkaipō. Mā te Atua koutou katoa e manaaki e tiaki. Āpiti hono tātai hono rātou ki a rātou ka moe, āpiti hono tātai hono tātou te huka ora ka noho, pai mārire.

Tūrou Hawaiki

As the rūnanga moves in a new strategic direction, we say farewell to our kaihautū, Maatakiwi Wakefield. She joined our rūnanga in 2005 following the disestablishment of the then Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation. We have been fortunate to benefit from her many skills and talents over the past 10 years; her contribution has been valued. Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata wishes her well with her future endeavours.


Many thanks to our roving reporter, Jasmine Hesp for her story contributions. If you have stories for Te Pānui Rūnaka please send them to the rūnaka office (contact details can be found at the back of this newsletter).Without your stories we can’t submit a column, so we look forward to hearing from you.