Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou katoa. Nei rā te whakamiha o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou katoa. Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā mate huhua mai Muriwhenua ki Rakiura tae noa atu ki kā motu kē o te ao. Ki a rātou katoa, kua hika mai, kua hika atu, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Haere koutou ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna ki tua o te ārai, moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou.

Tēnā anō tātou katoa, like the rest of the country, we have been dealing with the remnants of the nasty Aussie weather and the prospects of another dose of rain courtesy of Queensland’s weekend storm. It’s a good thing Poutini was made for rain. Despite a couple of wet patches, Tama-nui-te-raki has blessed us with his presence and Aoraki has been glorious.

Last month, we commemorated not only the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign landing but also the 20-year anniversary of the Cave Creek Disaster. Both sobering events, that impacted heavily not just here on the West Coast but beyond. E auē, nei rā kā roimata takiwā mō koutou i hika. Haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie.


Congratulations to Eva Scott-Keen, who recently graduated with a Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management from the Queenstown Resort College.

“I started my course in October 2012 in Queenstown. We had classes for six months with some choice activities like mountain biking, bungee-jumping, hiking and white water rafting, to name a few. We then went out on our internships, where I was placed in Franz Josef at the Glacier Guides company. The work there was so awesome that I decided to stay a little longer over the summer of 2013-2014. I graduated in March 2015.

“Mum, dad and my whānau helped me so much, so big ups to them. I am currently working in Hokitika and spending time with them until I find another job, move, or travel,” she says.

Eva is now qualified with a Diploma in Management, specialising in adventure tourism.

Eva with her proud parents, Waikohatu Scott and Will Keen.

Eva with her proud parents, Waikohatu Scott and Will Keen.

Cave Creek commemoration

Upoko Rūnanga, Venerable Richard Wallace participated in the service marking the 20th anniversary of the Cave Creek Tragedy held at Tai Poutini Polytechnic Campus in Māwhera on April 28. The service included kaikōrero from the Department of Conservation (DoC), polytechnic staff and whānau members, who continue to feel the impact of the disaster 20 years on. The service was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial garden dedicated to the 13 outdoor education students and the DoC officer who died in the April 28, 1995. Kia mihia, kia takihia.


Mark your calendars. If you need more information, please contact the office. Nau mai, haere mai.

Waiata Makaawhio
We will be restarting our weekly waiata sessions on Tuesday evenings starting with a shared kai at 5.30pm.

To accommodate numbers we will be holding our hui at Poutini Waiora in the downstairs boardroom. Nau mai, haere mai.


As noted last month, we are about to do a mail-out to members. If you have moved or want to check if we have your correct contact details, address, phone number and email address, please contact us on 0800 955 007 as soon as possible.

We are keen to ensure our database is completely up-to-date and to find out from members what type of information you want to receive so we can customise our email groups and consider others options to keep everyone up-to-date.

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Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.