Kaimahi hou

Kia ora whānau, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new office manager for Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, based in the ‘Tower’ at Wigram.

Previous to taking up this position I was employed by Inland Revenue for 11 years as a collections officer – collecting taxes which enable each and every one of you to drive on our roads (albeit broken for those in Christchurch) and utilise facilities such as healthcare and schooling.

I was born in the Waikato and for the first five years of my life I was brought up by my nana (Ngarangi Davies née Taute). My iwi is Tainui, my hapū is Ngāti Korokī Kahukura and my marae is Maungatautari.

I have been married to Carl for 24 years and we have two daughters, Shira who is currently working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as a contact centre advisor and Sharnecho who is a student at Hillmorton High School.

I am fortunate in that I live in our wonderful bay of Port Levy, so I see and hear a lot of what’s going on around the place.

I hope to promote an ‘open door’ policy, so if there is anything I can help you with, please drop me a line, give me a call or better still, call in. If I don’t have the answer to your query, I will endeavor to find it. There are so many whānau from the rūnanga who I don’t know but hope to meet. Nā Marion Crofts.

Postal ballot and nominations

The rūnanga has been without a full-time office administrator for a number of months, so there was a delay in notifying our rūnanga members about the postal ballot for the Koukourārata Representative and appointment committee.

On my first day I didn’t have access to the records, so Jacqui Burling-Claridge kindly stepped in to help and I can’t thank her enough. Those appointed to these positions will be confirmed and notified and announced to our rūnanga in due course.