Kia ora koutou whānau, well what a good Hui-ā-Iwi that was. There was lots happening throughout the weekend and there were plenty of people around. Lots of catch-ups, hellos and overall it was just great to see whānau.

Big thanks to Ōtākou, Puketeraki and Moeraki for doing a great job hosting. There was a lot of hard work, sweat and tears, but they did it and I am so proud – aroha nui to you all from Waihōpai Rūnaka/whānau.

Things must go on, I’m in Christchurch at a Community Law Māori Caucus hui at Rehua Marae for the week.

While we were away, the marae was being used by the Multicultural Council noho – excellent.

The marae has been moving along steadily with different hui and of course we are now getting into the meaty part of the marae redevelopment, so we are moving on whānau.

It will nearly be Christmas when you read this. We wish you all the best for Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please look after one another, we need to see your smiling faces again next year.

Huge congratulations to whānau with a new member in the family and happy birthday to one and all who are getting older (you’ll catch up to me soon).Our whānau who have lost a loved one – our deepest condolences to you all aroha nui. Remember to speak kindly to everyone and love your whānau heaps. That’s it from me whānau. Cheers for the year. Nā Squirrel on the Hill.

Some Te Rūnanga whānau who were kaimahi at Hui-ā-Iwi.

Some Te Rūnanga whānau who were kaimahi at Hui-ā-Iwi.