Rā whānau

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating a recent birthday.

Marae news

The Waihao Marae has had a variety of community groups visiting this month. We held our bi-monthly whānau meeting, conducted pōwhiri and catering for the American guests at Headford Propagators, hosted the ladies from Lower Waitaki Garden Group (who I should note all congratulated Maurice on his wonderful scones). Sam then ran a tamariki and rangitahi wānanga and we also held a kaumātua council meeting at the marae.

Te reo classes

Term two classes have commenced. We have had a very positive response from both whānau and the local community to these and we currently have over 20 signed up.

Karanga wānanga

The first karanga wānanga held on 29 April was a great success. Future dates are listed below (please note the additional date for August):

  • 27 May – 29 May
  • 24 June – 26 June
  • 29 July – 31 July
  • 21 August – 22 August.

These wānanga will be presented under the korowai of Te Wānanga o Raukawa and will be led by Whāea Suzy Waaka of Arowhenua.

Marae development

We have gained council building consent for our portacom offices and so hope to commence this project as soon as possible. We will have a progress update for the next issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka.

Rūnanga information

Our next whānau hui will be held on Sunday 12 June at 1pm. There will be kai from noon. We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and photos to the office. Enquiries to Te Rūnanga o Waihao: phone: 03 689 4726 or email: [email protected]