Kia ora koutou whānau.

To all the whānau that are now a year older this month a huge congratulations to you all. I hope you all had a great day, cheers. To all the new mums and dads who have a new member of their family, a very huge congratulations to you all, and the great-granny’s, cheers guys.

A big hello to our whānau who are in Australia, the North Island and far away overseas if you get Te Pānui Rūnaka, a very big hello, ngā mihi aroha kia koutou katoa whānau. I hope you are all keeping in contact with your whānau.

What’s been happening at the marae? Lots of little hui, cruising along, a lot of good things are in the pipeline.

One of our whānau members has brought in a story about her father. Many of us know him as Uncle Rongo or Rongopai and he has always been associated with the Tītī Islands. He was a character, he loved his family, and nothing would stop him from going to the Tītī Islands. A lot of our whānau who are still going there in their 70s and 80s never shy away from hard work. Thank you Merania Spencer – there’s a lot more about this man but you would need a book. Cheers Spencer whānau, arohanui.

Well, that’s it from me take care. I hope you are all warm and if you are not, make sure you get hold of family — stay warm kā pai. Waihōpai Rūnaka sends big love to you all — arohanui whānau. Kā kite. Nā Squirrel on the Hill. Mauri ora.