Wāhine hui

On Saturday 31 October, a rōpū of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka wāhine got together at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae to discuss issues pertaining to wāhine.

We had a good turnout, it was a beautiful day and we still managed to get the mahi done. Thank you to those who turned up and offered their thoughts, advice and expertise.

Discussions included, marae tikanga, tangihanga, kitchen and kai, and accommodation. We were fortunate to have our kāhui kaumātua on hand to offer advice and guidance. We managed to capture the four kaumātua in this photo.

From left, Muriel Johnstone, Shona Fordyce, Jane Davis and Betty Rickus.

From left, Muriel Johnstone, Shona Fordyce, Jane Davis and Betty Rickus.

The Tour of Southland

The Tour of Southland cycle race had a starting stage in Riverton. There was a sizeable turn out from the community to watch this fantastic event, as the riders battled the elements on their way up the coast. The stage ran from Riverton up over the punishing Black Mount Hill through the Jericho Valley and into Te Anau. The strength, endurance and courage shown by these athletes is incredible. The race is often run in punishing conditions and when cyclists come over the Black Mount Hill they are reaching speeds in excess of 90kph.

Riders on their way past the marae office.

Riders on their way past the marae office.

Computer course

On Saturday 14 November, Southern REAP ran a Computing Confidence for Beginners course at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. In this photo you will see our member, Lynley McKay and tutor, Kirsty Bowden (Focus) checking all is in order before the day started.

The rūnaka opened our doors for this community-based course to be run at our tari. From all accounts it was successful with all registered participants enjoying the relaxed and friendly atmosphere we offered – not to mention the fantastic outlook over the estuary.

Participants learnt heaps, had fun and are keen to engage in more computing courses in 2016. If you are interested in attending courses run by Southern REAP, please ring Janine on 0800 111 117.


Upcoming office hours

The office will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22 December and re open at 9am on Monday 11 January 2016.