Kia ora whānau,

Another hectic month has flown by which has seen a number of activities take place at Takutai o te Tītī Marae. Our pink ribbon breakfast was a great success as was the Western Schools Ki o Rahi tournament. Verdon College also had a noho marae. During the third week of May we completed some much needed mahi to the houses on Rarotoka. This consisted of removing the old chimneys and open fires and installing new fires. We also did an electrical upgrade and some roofing work. This should make conditions a lot more comfortable for our hard working volunteers.

Our exciting initiative – ngā taonga programme runs for tamariki on the same days as the general monthly hui. The tamariki who attended the first programme really enjoyed the experience. There are many current and future opportunities available to whānau, so if you are any of 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 and here is wishing you all good health and prosperity for the year ahead.

Taurahere group hui

On Tuesday 3 May the first Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka taurahere group (Te Ōraka-Aparima Pā Waho) hui was held amongst Christchurch whānau and staff members from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu who affiliate to Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. This hui was followed by a second, where the group enjoyed kai and presentations on tribal history and mahi taking place on Rarotoka. These were facilitated by Kyle Davis. It was agreed that the group will continue to meet once a month over a shared kai, aiming to organise a hīkoi to Takutai o te Tītī marae near the end of the year.

Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu

This is an excellent venue and has the facilities to sleep 20 plus people. It is situated in the beautiful Jericho valley approximately 40km from Te Anau. There are excellent opportunities for biking, walking, hunting and fishing in the local area. So if you and a few of your whānau or friends would like to stay there, please contact us here at the office for details.

Holiday home in Te Anau

Did you know that we have a comfortable house for whānau to rent in Te Anau? This property sleeps eight and is in the heart of the town. It is within walking distance of all amenities and only a short distance from many of the tourist opportunities the region has to offer. Please contact the office for further details or to make a booking.