Ko Takitimu tōku waka
Ko Takitimu tōku maunga
Ko Aparima tōku awa
Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi
Ko Ōraka Aparima tōku rūnaka
Ko Takutai o tē Tītī tōku marae
Nō Tuatapere ahau
Ko Ōraka tōku tūrakawaewae

Kia ora koutou katoa, after many years as recreation manager for the Southland YMCA, I was looking for another challenge. With a strong connection to Ōraka Aparima through my parents Thomas and Daphne Dallas, grandparents John Dallas and Agnes Maika Neera and my great- grandfather William Dallas sailing into Riverton with Captain Howell and marrying Motoi Toi, a local Māori woman. Alongside the challenge I was seeking, this was the opportunity to get closer to my roots and Māori heritage. I consider myself a fun person and have a wide range of interests.

I especially enjoy spending time with my wife Lorraine, our daughters, their partners and our two beautiful mokopuna at our whānau home in Ōraka (Colac Bay). I once described myself as a family-orientated sport and fitness fanatic, now I’m a whānau-orientated sports spectator/supporter.

Please drop in for a coffee any time you are passing through our beautiful rohe. Hei konā, Riki Dallas.

Riki Dallas.

Riki Dallas.