Pōwhiri for new Southland/Otago Police District Commander

The new Police District Commander Paul Basham was welcomed onto the marae on 28 February. It was heartening to hear the commander attempt so much of his speech in te reo Māori and we anticipate a strengthening of calibre and depth of leadership for Otago/Southland.

Pōwhiri for new Otago Police District Commander

Archaeological update

Local enthusiasts led by archaeologists Shar Briden (independent) and Rachel Wesley of Ōtākou have retrieved further historical finds at Papanui Inlet. The Papanui waka was recovered in October 2014 and many other artefacts have been found since 2007. Coastal erosion continues to reveal more relics. There are protections in this area to reduce vehicles and fossicking.

Summer Pops Tour

Our thanks go to the award-winning classic Māori show band, the Modern Māori Quartet for providing tickets for kaumātua to attend their Summer Pops show in the Dunedin. Together with the NZ Symphony Orchestra the MMQ sang their way through their ‘garage party’ demonstrating their wit and amazing harmonies. A great night, thank you Modern Māori Quartet.