Kia ora whānau o Ngāi Tahu, the weeks have been pretty busy. Recently we hosted Ngā Ruahine from Taranaki, the Charter Hui and got stuck into our own strategic planning hui. Marae staff work hard to coordinate and attend these events and we would like to join our rūnanga chair, Donna Matahaere-Atariki, to express our thanks to hapū members who involve themselves, giving of their time and talents to help make these events sucessful.

Ka mihi aroha

Our aroha goes to all whānau who have farewelled a loved one recently. May you find peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. Cherish the loving memories forever and hold them in your hearts.

Rā whānau

May enthusiasm be your birthday gift.

Members news

The tītī season started with rough weather but it was good to hear that all our ‘birders’ from Ōtākou got away to the Tītī islands in the end. We trust that everyone was reunited with their gear and we are looking forward to their return.

The annual, Otago Peninsula Challenge took place on Sunday 3 May, at least one sore participant is hobbling around the marae but unfortunately there is no photo to show.

Future events

Hākui exhibition
Planning and preparation is also tracking along for the hākui exhibition. The opening will be held at the Otago Museum on 19 November and it will run for six months.

Hui-ā-Iwi 2015
Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 will be held in Dunedin city and starts on 20 November. Ōtākou member Kitty Brown is the events coordinator and planning is well underway and tracking along nicely.

Rūnaka website

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