Kia ora whānau,

What an incredible run of weather we are experiencing here in the deep south – a stark contrast to the monsoon type conditions experienced further up the country. How nice for tamariki to have weather like this during the school holidays! This warm spell has also been a boost to many of those in the farming community over the busy period of calving and lambing. It’s also great to see the cafes, restaurants and shops getting a bit of trade after the winter hiatus.

As holidaymakers begin to appear at cribs during weekends digging out lawnmowers, surfboards, bikes and flounder nets, local communities are starting to buzz. It’s great to see so many people out on the water surfing, boating and swimming and generally enjoying the sunshine. Please keep safe on the water, and if you are boating, know the boating safety code. Make water safety a priority for you and your whānau – learn to swim, wear and use the right safety equipment, learn survival skills and most importantly keep your loved ones, especially young children, close.

The last month has seen us putting the finishing touches to the annual report which is to be presented at the annual general meeting and is due to be distributed at the end of the year.

We also hosted the Tē Ara Whakatipu group at Te Kōawa Tūroa o Takitimu before they set off on their journey. This venue was also used for a wellness programme which was run by Ngā Kete.

A big shout out to the Ōraka Aparima kapa haka group who gave a wonderful performance at the Murihiku Polyfest. What a great effort. The team practiced very hard for this event and produced a very polished routine. Well done everybody who has contributed to this kaupapa –your time and all of your hard work is much appreciated.

Throughout September Takutai o te Tītī hosted a whānau holiday programme, we also had the general monthly meeting which ran alongside the Ngā Taonga programme. We have several bookings for next month and It is lovely to see so many people visiting our beautiful marae.

As you can see we have many diverse things going on. So if you or 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, we wish you all good health and prosperity for the year ahead.