We have had yet another full on month here on Poutini. We have hosted several groups at our marae and over Easter, whānau gathered to celebrate a milestone birthday and christening.

Ngāi Tahu Property and some of the Ngāi Tahu Farming team spent time with us on 16 March walking over land we have leased at Makaawhio before heading back to our marae for a hui and kai.

We are excited by the prospects this land offers us. Historically, this block, known as Karaki, was where Kāti Māhaki lived, when they moved inland from Makaawhio Pā, so it’s great to have finally secured a lease for it.

ANZAC weekend will be full-on, with our Hui Rūnanganui, a farewell dinner, a film evening, a life celebration and our ANZAC Day service. If you are in the vicinity we will be at the marae for the whole weekend.

Paul Wilson points out the boundaries of our Makaawhio farm to Ngāi Tahu Property chairman Barry Bragg.

Some of the Ngāi Tahu Property team arrived in style at Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae after an aerial inspection of Ngāi Tahu Forests.