Applications for the next round of funding for the Ngāi Tahu Fund will close on Friday 29 September 2017. For fairness to others, we will not be accepting any late or incomplete applications.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund was established to vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

Areas we support:

The Fund focuses on supporting cultural projects around:

  • Whakapapa – kinship
  • Tikanga – protocols and customs
  • Te reo – language
  • Mahi toi – creative expression
  • Whenua – landscape, place and locality
  • Mahinga kai – customary food gathering, species protection and restoration
  • Ngā uara – values and beliefs
  • Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation; and
  • Mana tangata – self-determination and self-confidence.

How much we fund:

  • He kaupapa iti – small projects for individuals (up to $5,000)
  • He kaupapa nui – medium projects for legal entities only (up to $30,000)
  • He kaupapa nui rawa – (over $30,000) – a written expression of interest should accompany all large/transformational applications, please contact the Fund’s team in advance if you intend to submit a large project. *Only available for legal entities.

The full criteria for accessing the Fund is contained in the application form, which can be downloaded from our website:

The Fund’s team are available to meet with you to work through the application process, or feel free to contact our Fund’s Advisor, Morgan Lee on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or email: [email protected]



Kāi Tahu ki Otago Ltd/ trading as Tūmai Ora Whānau Services has long had a mantra that motivates and mobilises their whānau to believe in themselves and make the change they need to see in their lives. That mantra is ‘in growing kai, we are also growing whānau’. Their recent project for transformation is called Ruia. It is an initiative developed to engage whānau in Ōāmaru and raise the profile and activity at Te Whare Koa Marae.

The intent of Ruia is to grow relationships by producing healthy kai and healthy whānau within their community. Of course words are not enough on their own. The hard work has gone in to not just establishing a māra kai at Te Whare Koa Marae but also to put the work into consultation to ensure the benefits are available to all. [Read more…]

Oranga Pāmu has been undergoing some changes recently, with a restructure on the way, to make sure we are best serving the Te Whenua Hou community. Renata Hakiwai has stepped down as the Chair of Oranga Pāmu, to allow the community to take the lead in further growth. He will remain a mentor to the Interim Chair, Catherine Dawson, through the transition.

Oranga Pāmu was the initiative of Renata Hakiwai, who dedicated himself to engaging with the community of Te Whenua Hou and leading the committee as Chair, to establish its role in the community. Renata has been key to the success of Oranga Pāmu and has left it in a good position, as an integral part of the Te Whenua Hou community. Oranga Pāmu would like to thank Renata for the time, skill and effort he put into the community of Te Whenua Hou. [Read more…]

Tātou ki te Whutupōro

He kaupapa whakaora reo te kaupapa ‘Tātou ki te Whutupōro’. Nā Kotahi Mano Kāika i whakatū. Ko te kaupapa matua, kia noho tahi kā whānau reo Māori ki te mātakitaki whutupōro, ki te hono atu ki whānau kē i ruka i te whakaaro o te reo Māori hai reo whānau. Nāia kā mihi ki kā whānau i eke ki tēnei waka. Nō te Rāhoroi mātou ko kā whānau reo Māori i haere ai ki te whutupōro. I tūtuki mātou ki Te Huka Mātauraka. I peita konohi, i kai parehe, i whakarite rauemi mātou mō te pakaka o te tau. Ahakoa i eke panuku te kapa Crusaders, i eke takaroa ko te reo Māori. [Read more…]

Early March, the Archives team travelled to Dunedin to visit the Hocken Library and the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. At the Hocken Library we had the opportunity to work through collections held at the Hocken and discuss how we can continue to work more closely together. The Toitū Otago Settlers Museum invited our team to work with museum staff and Bill Dacker to assist with Bill’s collection of photographs. We would like to thank staff from both the Hocken and Toitū for their manaakitanga and their willingness to continue our positive working relationships with both institutions. [Read more…]

2016 distribution $108 to all members

We’re delighted to advise that those whānau who were Whai Rawa members in 2016 will receive a distribution of $108* before 31 March 2017, and if applicable, any matched savings and Newborn Distribution*. If your newborn pēpi was registered as a Whai Rawa member during 2016, and before their first birthday, this distribution will be paid at the same time; $100* – an even bigger incentive to join them up early.

*Te Rūnanga matched savings and distributions are available to all members under 65 years of age and are subject to RSCT (Retirement Scheme Contribution Tax) deducted at members personal RSCT rate. See the Whai Rawa Product Disclosure Statement for more details at [Read more…]

Kia ora whānau o Kāi Tahu

What a beautiful weekend we had at the Valley for the Te Rūnanga hui, on the Friday and Saturday and great weather for those who went on the boat trip on Sunday. The weather was absolutely superb the whole time and those who were present seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves at the Valley.

Some rūnaka members and our great office staff had been up prior and ensured the buildings were tidied for all, they even painted one of the rooms which looked great. [Read more…]

Our kaumātua fieldtrip to the Ōraka Aparima rohe involved visiting the Templeton Flaxmill Heritage Museum, Te Hīkoi Southern Journey heritage attraction and the local RSA. A great day out for all involved.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Kā mihi aroha

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnaka extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this month.

Annual General Meeting

The Trustees of Te Rūnaka o Awarua would like to extend an invitation to members and invite them to attend the Annual General Meeting at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff, on Saturday 8 April 2017, starting at 1 pm.

Melbourne Fashion Festival

Our congratulations go to Amber Bridgman who has been invited to show her work on the Global Indigenous Runway (GIR) at the Melbourne Fashion Festival on 18 March. GIR features Australian Aboriginal, NZ Māori, Native American, First Nations and Pasifika designers. Amber’s Melbourne collection is titled ‘Te Ao Mārama/Into the World of Light’ with designs incorporating feathers, piupiu and screen-printed images. Check out her Kahuwai Facebook page.

Kā mihi aroha

Our aroha goes out to whānau who have lost a loved one recently. In particular, the passing of Komene Cassidy’s sister.

It is also a year since Marty Taiaroa drowned and many of us joined Janece, Teone and Michelle for his unveiling.

Top left: Edward, Teone Michelle and Janece and her whānau listen as Tia Taiaroa leads out with full support from Les and Erena performing the Tahu Pōtiki haka. Top right: Teone acknowledges Spud Robson, fisherman from Jacksons Bay who found Marty. Bottom left: Unveiled, the headstone of Teone Te Matenga Taiaroa. Bottom right: Whānau and friends at the unveiling.

Top left: Edward, Teone Michelle and Janece and her whānau listen as Tia Taiaroa leads out with full support from Les and Erena performing the Tahu Pōtiki haka. Top right: Teone acknowledges Spud Robson, fisherman from Jacksons Bay who found Marty.
Bottom left: Unveiled, the headstone of Teone Te Matenga Taiaroa. Bottom right: Whānau and friends at the unveiling.

Ōtākou website

Feel free to browse through our website. Any whānau wishing to book the marae for functions can now do so online at

Ōtākou members news

Ōtākou office welcomes your whānau or personal news for including in Te Pānui Rūnaka. Please send your news items, such as, achievements in sports, education or anything else of community interest, pēpi hou, memorials, kupu hou and photos to [email protected] Your photos must have captions and names of people in the photo. Thank you.

Tēnei te mihi ki te whānau whānui o Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Your feedback is needed on our draft language strategy which, when finalised and adopted, will become an important foundation for our rūnaka and hapū as we move into the next phase of our journey as Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Feedback is needed from everyone, but in particular we encourage younger members to think about the future they want and whether this draft language strategy will help to achieve that. Once we have collated feedback, we will consider what further input is needed. The key question: do you share the long-term vision of the draft strategy? If not, what is your long-term vision for te reo Māori for our rūnaka and on our marae? [Read more…]

Aoraki Bound is personal and cultural journey to discover who we are as people, iwi and whānau. Fourteen strangers came together as Kupe watch, we laughed, cried and shared an amazing journey from Anakiwa to Aoraki. Some highlights included meeting and building friendships with some pretty cool people, learning about Ngāi Tahu culture and what it means to be Ngāi Tahu, tramping up Mt Royal and performing ‘Maraka, Maraka! Tahu Pōtiki!’ to the sun rising, sailing through the Marlborough Sounds, staying at marae at Arahura and Arowhenua and hearing the stories of their rohe, tramping up the Arahura River to Waitaiki, Waka ama at Lake Pūkaki and finishing a half marathon. Aoraki Bound runs in February each year and if you are interested in learning more about the iwi this is an opportunity not to miss. We had an 18 year-old and a 67 year-old (Graeme Pepper) so anyone can do it. Aoraki Matatū! Nā Jeffrey Broughton. [Read more…]

Karen continues to provide the rūnanga hui with written reports as a representative. These reports are available on request from the Moeraki office if you do not get them for rūnanga hui.

Pre-TRoNT teleconferences continue but some of the planned dates change due to TRoNT changing some of its hui dates. The Moeraki office will know of any date changes and will also update the rūnanga calendar with changes in pre-TRoNT teleconferences. TRoNT workshop date is still not able to be determined as the kitchen re-development work and dates for that have to be established first. [Read more…]

School shoes

The 2017 school shoe grant has been endorsed by the executive and will run throughout the year. Any whānau member who would like to apply for this grant can request an application form from the rūnanga office.

Meeting calendar

Below is a list of all the whānau meetings scheduled for 2017. Please take time to mark these on your calendar. These whānau meetings will be held from 10.30- 12.30pm, followed by lunch. April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8 (annual general meeting) and November 12.

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and photos to the office.

Enquiries to Te Rūnanga o Waihao by calling 689 4726 or email [email protected].

On 26 Feb we held Whaia te Hauora event of wellness at Aotahi, University of Canterbury. Whaia te Hauora was born out of the whānau that attended the Te Pūtahitanga symposium. There was a lot of good information and ideas around whānau well-being, however there was little action taken by our whānau. From this we took an approach to start connecting with whānau to engage in their own wellness. Whānau enjoyed a seminar run by Brainwave Trust Aotearoa about unraveling the teenage brain – fantastic information on teenagers delivered in a way that everyone can engage and understand. We also had information from the “All right?” Campaign, Victim Support, the 5 Ways of Well-being and Thursdays in Black. All of these are free resources that are available for whānau to access. We hope to run similar events throughout the year. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Waihao Rūnanga extends our deepest sympathy to all our whānau suffering the loss of a loved one at this time.

He pēpi

Our congratulations to all the whānau who have welcomed a pēpi.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating recent birthdays.

Marae news

Garden opening day
The official opening and blessing of the garden was held 12 February following the whānau meeting. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Department of Corrections for the propagating of native seeds. Following the opening, whānau and invited guests enjoyed a kai with fresh veggies from the garden in recognition of their assistance in this project. [Read more…]

Mahara Parekarewa Ana Awhina Tungia, daughter of Awhina Boothman and Tamehana Tungia, was born 9 January 2017.

Mahara is baby sister to Teiria and Rahurahu. Moko of Louise Deer, Great-Moko of Awhina Ana Ruru.

Mahara Parekarewa Ana Awhina.

Mahara Parekarewa Ana Awhina.

The marae had the pleasure of having Waihao Downs School out for an excursion. South Canterbury Museum educators and ‘Well-being and Vitality in Education’ (WAVE) facilitators provided some fantastic activities for the children throughout the day along with Upoko Tewera King and Kaikaranga Wendy Heath. [Read more…]

If we

If we speak words of racism
Then what do we teach
When our young learn
To copy and imitate our speech

If we hide what’s unlovable
How can we face
What’s been hidden
When it’s brought into our space [Read more…]