Kia ora whānau, well spring has finally arrived and in the words of Anne Bradstreet, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

From a management perspective the focus has been on financial planning for the forthcoming year and formulating and updating our policies and procedures.

The executive and our representatives have been busy attending different hui and servicing the external positions they hold on various boards.

An extremely informative kanakana hui was held at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff with whānau from Murihiku, Taranaki and Wanganui. It was inspiring to listen to whānau stories and memories of this treasured mahinga kai species. It was also good to listen and share ideas on customary harvesting techniques and of course recipes.

We certainly hope the whitebaiters among you are enjoying a prosperous harvest, and to those of you who are gardeners, it’s time to get cracking as the growing season is nearly upon us. It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.

If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions to your whānau, congratulations and very best wishes for the year ahead.

General monthly meetings
The remaining general monthly meetings for 2015 are to be held at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae are as follows:

  • 11 October (annual general meeting)
  • 8 November

All members are welcome to attend the general meetings, so please feel free to come along and find out what is happening. If for any reason these dates change we will notify whānau as soon as possible.

Representative and alternate positions

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka Inc have concluded their process for the election of the appointment komiti and are now calling for candidates for the positions of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative and alternate.

All nominations are to be in writing and received by the office no later than 5pm Thursday 8 October. For further details on criteria please contact the rūnaka office on 03 234 8192 or email us at [email protected]

If you know of anyone else who may meet the criteria and may be interested in either of these positions, please pass this information on to them.

Please note anyone wishing to apply for or have voting rights for this position must be a member of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. The final day for registration was Friday 19 August.

We received five nominations for the appointments komiti. The nominees are:

  • Jane Davis
  • Betty Rickus
  • Teina Wilmshurst
  • Stewart Bull
  • Muriel Johnstone.

Thank you to these people who put their names forward for this position.

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Volunteers wanted

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the various projects and commitments that we have. There are many diverse roles that we need help with including representation on boards or appointment panels, helping with bird transfers to assisting at the marae or working in the nursery or the wetlands etc. If you are keen to play a more active role within the rūnaka, please contact us here at the office to discuss the options.


We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute please send your news and stories to us at [email protected] or phone 03 234 8192; or 0800 234 8192.

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