Kia ora whānau,
The past month has been a hectic one with a diverse range of activities taking place or being scheduled for the forthcoming month. Earlier on in the month we hosted a large delegation of Ngā Puhi kaumātua at Takutai o te Tītī Marae. This was a great afternoon where many old friendships were rekindled and stories told. The marae was also used as a base for the final water monitoring hīkoi which took place over the weekend of 8-11 April. A more detailed report of this hīkoi will follow in next month’s issue. A group from Verdon College will also have a noho marae later in the month.

Over the next period we will host another Kī o Rahi tournament at the marae. This Kī o Rahi tournament is a follow-on from the one we had last year.

Last year’s tournament was a huge success and was embraced by so many schools that the rūnaka purchased Kī o Rahi sets and distributed them to schools within our rohe.

As you can see, there are many current and future opportunities available to whānau. So if you or your whānau are interested in becoming more involved in the work of the rūnaka please do not hesitate to contact us here at the office for more information. If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last month or have new additions to your whānau, congratulations – we wish you all good health and prosperity for the year ahead.


We are always looking for volunteers to help out with the variety of projects and commitments that we have. There are many diverse roles that we need help with, some of which include; representation on boards or appointment panels, helping with bird transfers, to assisting at the marae or working in the nursery or the wetlands among other things. If you are keen to play a more active role within the rūnaka please contact us here at the office to discuss the options.

Contact details

We are progressively updating our membership database to improve the quality of our information. So if you or any of your whānau have moved house or changed email address or phone numbers then please let us know as soon as possible.

Communication with whānau

We are looking at ways to improve our communications with whānau and as such we are exploring different mediums to get the word out there about what is going on. Generally, we are seeking to limit the volume of email traffic we generate.

One of the things we have done is to create an opportunities page on Facebook. This page will carry details of any opportunities for our members such as details of scholarships, bird transfers, vacancies for representatives on various boards and much more. The link below will take you to this page.

In the interim we will continue to send you emails, however if you no longer wish to receive emails please let us know.