Rā whānau

To all the whānau who are having a birthday soon, we wish you all the best and hope you all have a fantastic day. Aroha mai if I have missed anyone.

Mowena Mason, Javana Watts, Ian Kearns, Zion Meihana-Whittle, Hemi Mason, Danielle Tainui, Selina Tainui, Lisa Tumahai, Jah-vana Lilley, Jack Delamare, Toby Tainui, Mahara Tainui and Sylvia Corcoran.

Lucy Tonihi, Kori Hutana, Rawiti Weepu, Jonlee Weepu, Kerra Weepu, Tailor Weepu, Bill Weepu, Bailey Weepu, Aston Weepu, Shanice Meihana, Shanita Meihana, Zion Meihana-Whittle, Danielle Tainui, Che Weepu, Brooke Parker, Adrienne Tainui, Anaru Tainui Simon, Tamara Liu, Maria Huhu, Melody Huhu, Crystal Mason, Cheryl Desma Mason and Demelza Stuart.


A big congratulations to Ariana Stevens who graduated from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa with a Level 7 Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi.

Ariana is the daughter of Mona and Kerry Stevens and moko of Raymond and Harriet Ferguson. Awesome work Ariana, keep up all your hard mahi.

Also, another big mihi and congratulations goes to Jo-Anne Coakley (Millie) who graduated on Saturday, 23 May with a Level 5 Diploma in Te Ara Reo Māori.

Millie is the pōtiki of Karen Coakley, moko of Hector and Georgina (Tilly) Tainui. Well done kōrua for all your hard work. We hope everything goes well for the future.

From left, Ariana, Aunt Kan and Millie at the graduation.

From left, Ariana, Aunt Kan and Millie at the graduation.

Millie with her diploma.

Millie with her diploma.

Subway blessing

A Subway store finally opened in Hokitika. Ngāti Waewae whānau gathered on 16 May to bless the building, and they were the first ones to walk through and suss out how it all works.

It’s so nice having a healthy lunch instead of the same old greasy pie. I’m sure all the whānau are pleased to see subway.

Our new lunch spot in Hokitika.

Our new lunch spot in Hokitika.


We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos to the email above or phone 03 755 6451; or visit the tari anytime. Nau mai, haere mai – we would love to see your smiling faces.