Kia ora whānau and welcome to another month of Te Pānui Rūnaka. I would like provide you all with an update on what has been happening within our hapū by identifying the current portfolios that exist. This will then mean that I can report a little on each kaupapa as the months go by.

Secondary school kapa haka

Drilled choreography, expressive faces and passionate voices were witnessed by anxious onlookers as secondary schools from around Canterbury competed to represent the Waitaha region at next year’s National Kapa haka Secondary Schools Competitions. Toi Huarewa (Whānau Tahi combined) placed first, Linwood College were second and Papanui High School combined third. It was heart-warming to see mokopuna who whakapapa to Rāpaki in the lines competing. It was also a proud moment for Tāua Reihana Parata to see her mokopuna, Waiariki Paraone up on-stage after he was named kaitataki tane 2015.

Waiariki Paraone.

Waiariki Paraone.

Te Poho o Tamatea funding

Te Poho o Tamatea has met and administered its September funding round. The next submissions will be held in March 2016.

Acknowledgements to guests

As the office manager and general daily operations person of the marae, I would like to give thanks and appreciation to all those who come on to the marae and respect the venue, its buildings and all the policies that come with it – along with the practice of good kawa and tikanga.

It has been absolutely warming especially to see that my ‘Auahi Kore/No Smoking’ rules have been respected. Manuhiri have been absolutely wonderful adhering to the practice and signs here at the marae. Also, anyone who has ever considered the Quitcard Programme all material and support can be provided, just ask us the office.

We have received positive feedback from all schools, and their children and teachers alike are enjoying the programmes being offered to them on arrival. Also, it’s great seeing the healthy kai display, which promotes healthy options at pōwhiri – with little or no sugar options and no added salt to the kai provided. Nā Cushla Dwyer.

Member contributions

If members have an item of interest they wish to share with the whānau of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke please contact: Cushla Dwyer, Rāpaki office manager at Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc, 37 Rāpaki Drive, PO Box 107, Lyttelton, Whakaraupō Banks Peninsula. Call: 03 3289415, or 021748747; or email: [email protected]