Kāi Tahu, tēnā koutou.
Nei rā te whakamiha ki a koutou o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou. Nei rā hoki te mihi poroporoaki ki kā tini mate, kua hika mai, kua hika atu.  Ki a koutou katoa i hīkoi atu ki tua o te ārai, haere, haere, haere atu rā.  Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou, ka huri anō ki a tātou o te ao takata. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

The weather gods have continued to send us a mixed bag of weather here on Poutini. Although there have been some hints of raumati here, with Tamanui-te-raki shining brightly, we have also had more than our fair share of rain, which is keeping everything looking green and lush.

We have had a busy month and it doesn’t look to be slowing down. In February we saw three wonderful kaupapa brought to fruition, with the completion and handing over of a Poutini Taoka to Te Matatini, the unveiling and blessing of Oi Manawa a kōhatu mauri specially sourced from our rohe and gifted to the Christchurch Earthquake Memorial and the blessing and unveiling of Ka maumahara tātou ki a rātou, a kōhatu mauri gifted to the Westland-Hokitika RSA – adding a further link in “He ara roimata”, a trail of tears circling Te Waipounamu and up to Waiouru.

We also spent two days at our marae with the Department of Conservation (DoC) working on relationships, partnership in practice and how we will work together going forward. This led well into planning for the Westland National Park Plan Review which is currently being worked on. This is an excellent opportunity for us to see how the partnership works in reality as we pick up the pen to write the plan with DoC, and guide the journey within the National Park.

He pēpi

Tia Waitaiki Winiata, mokopuna of Marie Mahuika-Forsyth was welcomed into the world early 26 February weighing 8lb 5 ozs by her Mama Amber Forsyth and Papa Kemp Winiata, big brother Khaison and big sister Amara.

Tia Waitaiki Winiata.

Tia Waitaiki Winiata.

Bach for sale

Only for descendants of traditional land owners and hapū members. Peter and Heather Orr wish to offer their bach for sale at a sale price of $130,000.

Expressions of Interest for Lot 1 – DP3882, Block XIV Bruce Bay to be sent to: The Secretary, Mahitahi Ahu Whenua Trust, PO Box 255, Hokitika 7842 or email: [email protected]

Rūnaka website

For those of you who have not had a chance to check out our newly launched website, we invite you to do so: www.makaawhio.maori.nz registered members can access a members only section which allows them to access more information than anyone else visiting the site. All passwords have been emailed and posted out to whānau but if you have not received one yet please contact the office to confirm current address.

e-pānui rūnaka

These are sent by e-mail and can be accessed via a link in the members section of our website. If you have not received a copy please contact the office and let us know your e-mail address and we will add you to our whānau e-mail group. Let us know what you think and make sure you let us know if you have news and titbits to share. This will be a fortnightly pānui, so there will be plenty of room for contributions.


Mark your calendar. If you need more information, please contact the office. Nau mai, haere mai.

Hui Harikoa
To celebrate and acknowledge Tā Mark’s contribution as kaiwhakahaere a Hui Harikoa will be held on the 29 April at Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae.  Arrangements are still being finalised but please note your diary and send us an e-mail if you intend to come.

First Aotea Wānaka
To be held 22-24 April at Te Tauraka Waka a Māui Marae. A separate pānui has been sent with more detail.

Anzac Day
ANZAC Day and the potential launch of the new Kāi Tahu WWI book (launch yet to be confirmed).  This is an annual celebration commencing around 10.30am and finishing around 2pm.

Keeping in contact

Our recent mail outs have resulted in a lot of returned mail, which means our efforts to ensure that our membership database is up-to-date, still needs plenty of work. Members can help by contacting the office and checking we have correct address and e-mail contact details for you, your tamariki and/or your mokopuna.

Facebook: makaawhio.blogspot.co.nz; Twitter: @makaawhio; phone 03 755 7885 email: [email protected] or [email protected] Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki hoki. Mauri ora.