Administrative professional day

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka staff were recently privileged to attend the administrative professionals day held at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill. The day consists of a luncheon and a celebrity guest speaker. In previous years we have seen the likes of Kevin Biggar of first crossings fame, Josh Emmett and Robyn Malcolm. The speaker this year was none other than respected television journalist Mike McRoberts. Until recently Mike was presenting the News Hub programme with Hilary Barry. He is possibly best known for travelling to the world’s most dangerous destinations to cover disasters and armed conflict.

Mike gave the audience a fascinating insight into the what life is like of the front line of various war zones. He also spoke very frankly about the challenges he has faced most recently in the workplace with the resignation of Hilary Barry. It is clear that Mike is a principled man who cares very deeply for his friends and colleagues. He was a truly inspirational speaker and took the time to walk round the tables speaking to as many people as he could.

Flag poles

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka now have flag poles at both the office (175 Palmerston St, Riverton) and at Takutai o te Tītī Marae. The New Zealand flag and The Tino Rangatiratanga flag were flown at Takutai o te Tītī Marae during the Kī o Rahi tournament.


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, from representation on boards or appointment panels and helping with bird transfers, to assisting at the marae or working in the nursery or the wetlands. 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 are exploring different mediums as to how to get the word out there about what is going on.

We have created 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.