Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

Welcome back Cyril Gilroy who has been in Australian the past four weeks visiting whānau and catching up with friends. Congratulations to those whānau who have recently had birthdays and celebrated significant events. If you email [email protected] we would love to put these in the next pānui with any photos.

Appointment Committee

Congratulations to the following whānau appointed to the Waihopai Rūnaka Appointment Committee:

  • Donald Mowat
  • Dorothy Dawn Wybrow
  • Ora Barron
  • Ailene Stehlin
  • Sandra Stile

The committee has commenced its work regarding the appointment of the Waihōpai Rūnaka Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative and Alternate Representative and we will notify you of the outcome in due course.

Papatipu rūnanga aspirations

The whānau had a great visit to Christchurch to support the Waihōpai Papatipu Rūnanga Aspirations Group (PRAG) presentation. It was fantastic to see the vision and current work being done by all our Papatipu Rūnanga. For the whānau that weren’t able to attend I recommend going to the Ngāi Tahu website and watching these videos. For Waihōpai we will be referring back to these aspirations on a regular basis at our hui.

Also thank you to Tina, Alice and all the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu team who showed the whānau around Te Whare o Te Waipounamu and spoke with them on different aspects of their work – we greatly appreciated your time and knowledge.

Ōreti Beach memorandum

Waihōpai Rūnaka is pleased to partner with the Department of Conservation, Environment Southland, Invercargill City Council, Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Police, and the Southland District Council, in establishing a Memorandum of Understanding for Ōreti Beach management. This is a significant piece of work that outlines the roles and responsibilities each party has in relation to the management of Ōreti Beach and clarifies the management roles of the parties that have a statutory interest in Ōreti Beach.

Papatipu rūnaka scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah Paterson who is the recipient of the Waihōpai Rūnaka Papatipu Rūnaka Scholarship 2016. Deborah will be studying towards a Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University next year and we wish her all the best for this.

Marae events

We have been fortunate to host a range of hui at the marae. We have had a 21st birthday, schools, government agencies and kapa haka groups. We have a very busy October calendar and will include photos of some of these in next month’s edition.


We are currently looking at social housing options in Invercargill and working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on this. The first step is to gain an understanding of whānau in our rohe and we are looking at developing a profile of qualitative and quantitative information to get clarity around the real needs in Waihopai in relation to housing. We will keep you updated.