Kia ora whānau, I hope you are all well and rested and looking forward to an exciting year ahead. This summer has had its moments – for a start, we have hardly seen the big yellow glow in the sky and when we do it’s blowing a gale. But that’s the way it goes – rain, gales and very little sun. Let us be thankful that we are alive and can enjoy whatever the weather gods send especially here in the southern isles – live and let live and enjoy whānau time.

Nō reira, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa to the whānau that have lost a loved one, Waihōpai sends their condolences and aroha to you and your whānau, aroha nui. Also a huge congratulations to whānau that have a new addition aroha nui to you and your new pēpi. Cheers whānau. Lastly to all the whānau who have had a birthday over the break, a big congratulations to you all and hope you had a great day.