On 22 April, Dame Margaret Bazley and her fellow commissioners from Environment Canterbury visited us at Ōnuku Marae for a hui. This will be Dame Margaret’s last visit to Ōnuku in this capacity. It has been a real privilege over the years to host the commissioners, as it has strengthened the relationship between ECAN and Ōnuku. [Read more…]

Wāhine hui

On Saturday 31 October, a rōpū of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka wāhine got together at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae to discuss issues pertaining to wāhine.

We had a good turnout, it was a beautiful day and we still managed to get the mahi done. Thank you to those who turned up and offered their thoughts, advice and expertise.

Discussions included, marae tikanga, tangihanga, kitchen and kai, and accommodation. We were fortunate to have our kāhui kaumātua on hand to offer advice and guidance. We managed to capture the four kaumātua in this photo.

From left, Muriel Johnstone, Shona Fordyce, Jane Davis and Betty Rickus.

From left, Muriel Johnstone, Shona Fordyce, Jane Davis and Betty Rickus.

The Tour of Southland

The Tour of Southland cycle race had a starting stage in Riverton. There was a sizeable turn out from the community to watch this fantastic event, as the riders battled the elements on their way up the coast. The stage ran from Riverton up over the punishing Black Mount Hill through the Jericho Valley and into Te Anau. The strength, endurance and courage shown by these athletes is incredible. The race is often run in punishing conditions and when cyclists come over the Black Mount Hill they are reaching speeds in excess of 90kph.

Riders on their way past the marae office.

Riders on their way past the marae office.

Computer course

On Saturday 14 November, Southern REAP ran a Computing Confidence for Beginners course at Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. In this photo you will see our member, Lynley McKay and tutor, Kirsty Bowden (Focus) checking all is in order before the day started.

The rūnaka opened our doors for this community-based course to be run at our tari. From all accounts it was successful with all registered participants enjoying the relaxed and friendly atmosphere we offered – not to mention the fantastic outlook over the estuary.

Participants learnt heaps, had fun and are keen to engage in more computing courses in 2016. If you are interested in attending courses run by Southern REAP, please ring Janine on 0800 111 117.


Upcoming office hours

The office will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22 December and re open at 9am on Monday 11 January 2016.

Ā hea: Friday 20 November – Sunday 22 November Kai hea: The Dunedin Town Hall.

E te tī, e te tā, karaka mai, maraka mai. Hui-ā-Iwi is just over four months away and we are all getting excited. Where has the time gone, nē? We hope that you are all busy planning your trip to Otago and have got your accommodation sorted.

Plans are really coming together for Hui-ā-Iwi 2015. Hosts for this year’s festival – Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki are in preparation mode, and they are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the deep south for this special event.

Whānau and festival-goers, rest assured there will be something for everyone – young and old. Sing-along with the talent on the town hall stage, participate in wānanga, listen to kōrero on different Ngāi Tahu kaupapa, relax in the break-out zones, feast at the kai stall or browse the market stalls for taonga. Activities, especially for tamariki, rangatahi and kaumātua are confirmed, so there will be something for everybody who attends.

We are also running bus and walking tours throughout Hui-ā-Iwi. These tours will showcase the city as it is now, and as it was. Whānau can also take time to explore and visit Dunedin’s museums and library and art gallery under their own steam.

Venue location

The venue for Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 is smack-bang in the middle of Dunedin. We have booked the Dunedin Town Hall complex and the Octagon, which are both at the heart of the city. The town hall complex is big, bright and warm, with state of the art technology on every floor.

Dunedin Town Hall.

Dunedin Town Hall.

Performers and stall holders

Our programme is full of opportunities to showcase your skills and brilliance. We know Ngāi Tahu has talent – we want you to get involved. Performers are starting to register, so kia kūrapa whānau and make sure you are the one holding a wānanga or one of the acts on-stage. If you are keen to contribute or have a stall at Hui-ā-Iwi get in touch with us. Application forms are on our website or email [email protected]

Funding news

Exciting news whānau – The Ngāi Tahu Fund have announced a special Hui-ā-Iwi funding round for those with whānau cultural projects in mind. Applications up to the amount of $30,000.00 will be considered by the Ngāi Tahu Funds Committee, so get your ideas to them by Friday, 14 August and let’s see if they can help to support your kaupapa. Phone 0800 KAI TAHU (0800
524 8248) for application details.

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Kaimahi and volunteers

We are now looking for people to volunteer at Huiā-Iwi. We need people to mind the venue, help with car parking, performance and programme assistants, kaimahi for the hākari – the list goes on. There are some fun roles on offer, so if you’re keen to help out email Kitty today: [email protected] To keep up-to-date with more Hui-ā-Iwi information look out for the next issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, visit the Ngāi Tahu website; or our Facebook page. Feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Ka topa taku manu i ruka Aoraki e karaka atu ana he mihi, he owha ki kā aroaro mauka huri noa i te motu. Nō reira, e kā manu korihi, e kā manu korokī, tēnā koutou katoa.

Liz Kereru and Piri Sciascia on behalf of Ngāi Tūāhuriri are calling a practice in preparation for the Te Matatini 2015 pōwhiri.

The details of the practice are: [Read more…]

I, Myra Tipa, am calling a meeting of owners of block 16 Moeraki Reserve to be held at Moeraki Marae on Saturday 31 January at 2pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to ask the trustees to give us a rundown of the said block to inform the owners of the blocks current status, and also to review the trustees and replace them if necessary. I do this because I have never had any information of this kind since I became an owner 40-plus-years -ago. [Read more…]

The Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, KHRkP Trust and Puketeraki Ltd annual general meetings will be held at 10.30am sharp on Sunday 2 November at Puketeraki Marae.

It will be followed by the rūnaka general meeting. At 2pm we will hold a director election meeting to confirm the appointment of director – rūnaka member – for Puketeraki Limited. Lunch will be catered by the rūnaka, so please let us know at the office if you wish to attend.

If you have any WWI memorabilia, we invite you to bring it along, as we will be setting up a display on the day acknowledging those who fought and died in the Great War. The marae is available if you and your whānau wish to stay on the Saturday night but please let me know. Nā Justine.

Nau mai, haere mai all Ngāi Tahu artists, all disciplines.
Paemanu Wānaka Toi will be held from 4pm Thursday 27 November to 2pm Sunday 30 November at Rāpaki Marae, 37 Rāpaki Drive, Lyttelton, Christchurch.
Waged $60, unwaged $40. Book your marae mattress (limited to 40) or arrange your own accommodation. [Read more…]

Ngāi Tahu ki Tāmaki Makaurau

Ngā mate
Jacqueline Edwards lost her mokopuna, Costello Xan Kane Edwards, at just five days old. The whānau took him home to Ratana Pā, where he is sleeping with his Great Nanny Mamae. He is not suffering anymore and he is now at peace.

Good wishes
Bones Risseto is unwell and has been in Middlemore Hospital. We wish him well for a good recovery.
Arohanui Papa Bones.

NT ki Tamaki Makaurau


Print off a copy and colour it in for your chance to win.

Print off a copy and colour it in for your chance to win.




This month we are running a colouring competition for tamariki. The winning entry will feature as the front cover of our December Te Pānui Rūnaka. The winner will receive a $50 Whitcoulls voucher. Please send us your best colouring-in efforts, along with your full name, age, hapū affiliations and your phone number. Please send your entries to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, P.O.Box  13-046, Christchurch before Tuesday 3 December.

Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust

It’s been an incredibly busy month for the Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust and Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Centre. In February the trust hosted French archaeologist and world authority on cave art, Professor Jean Clottes, during a visit to the Aoraki district. Starting with a pōwhiri at Arowhenua Marae, Professor Clottes spent four days in the field visiting rock art sites with trust and Te Ana staff and local rūnanga members. Stressing that “he was here as a student, not a teacher” Professor Clottes was eager to learn about the relationship that rūnanga have with the sites in their takiwā, and was impressed with the efforts of the trust to record and protect these taonga. [Read more…]

Ōnuku Rūnanga Incorporated Society wishes to inform current and potential members of the Rūnanga of its intention to conduct a vote for the purposes of electing the members of the Ōnuku Rūnanga Appointment Committee. Once elected, the Appointment Committee will be responsible for appointing the Representative and Alternate Representative of the Rūnanga to represent the interests of the Rūnanga at meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Our Appointment Committee consists of seven members. If you would like to be a member of the Appointment Committee, you must meet all the relevant criteria, including having attended three (3) consecutive meetings in the twelve months prior to the rūnanga meeting on 14 April 2013.  An exception to this is when a signed, dated written apology been received and accepted as set out in rules for Ōnuku Rūnanga Incorporated Society.

If more than seven people apply to be on the Appointment Committee then we will need to hold a vote to decide who makes up our Appointment Committee. Those people who have established their entitlement to vote under the Rūnanga constitution by 5pm on Friday 12 April 2013 will be able to vote.

Ōnuku Rūnanga Incorporated Society will seek nominations for the Appointment Committee at the Rūnanga General Meeting on Sunday 14 April 2013. Nominated members must be present at this meeting to qualify for an appointment to the Committee.

Members of the rūnanga who have previously been registered are encouraged to ensure that their contact details as held by Ōnuku Rūnanga are correct. You can contact the Ōnuku Rūnanga Office Telephone: 03 960 3476, Fax: 03 965 3188 or Email: [email protected] for information regarding the criteria for nominations.

Family names would be Thomas, Simon and Flint. This is to ascertain ownership rights of the Jacobs River Hundred: Sections – 67, 68, 70A, 70B, 71, 72, 73 and 74.

Please Contact Anne Thomas-Whippy (secretary)
Ph: 03 216 5556.

Or write to: 189 Regent Street, Heidelberg, Invercargill, 9812.

Rā whānau
Ruby Laugesen 12 August.

Summah Laugesen (first on the left) with her Kirkwood Intermediate classmates. The poster Summah worked on is on the left.

Kelly Laugesen’s granddaughter, Summah Laugesen, designed and painted a poster (with a classmate), which was chosen to be displayed at the International Children’s Peace Art Festival. The festival was held during the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea. The summit was attended by 53 leaders from around the world including the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama and New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key. Tau kē (well done) Summah.

The latest edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka is now online. For second time this year, all 18 papatipu rūnanga have contributed to the issue! Tū meke anō koutou!

Inside Te Pānui Rūnaka, catch up with Ngāi Tahu events and stories happening in your area.

Over on the Coast, Makaawhio whānau presented pounamu pendants to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, to be distributed to all 326 members of the New Zealand Olympic and ParaOlympic teams.
In Ōtautahi, Rāpaki hosted a cultural festival for Matariki. Away down south, whānau share their Tītī Islands stories. See inside for more.

• Makaawhio whānau present pounamu pendants to the New Zealand Olympic Committee pg 4
• Rāpaki whānau celebrate Matariki with a cultural festival at the pā pg 8-9
• Whānau compete in the Waitaha Kapa Haka Competition pg 12,13,15,16 and 40.
• Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi update pg 31
• New! Ngāi Tahu Road Show dates pg 36.

The inaugural exhibition for Ngāi Tahu weavers opened on 4 April at the Canterbury Museum with eight artists contributing 30 pieces.


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The Easter weekend Te Tohu o Tū wānanga will be held at Te Awhitu Estate, Pohau Road, just past Ngāti Moki marae in Taumutu.

Although this kaupapa has been going for 23 years, the organisation Te Tohu o Tū, will be celebrating their 10th birthday at this wānanga.

The wānanga will run from Thursday 5 April until Monday 9 April.

Over the weekend participants will be under the tutorage of Huata Martindale and Te Mairiki Willams.

At the wānanga participants will learn mau rākau (taiaha), haka, karakia and, as well as these traditional practices, they will learn about self-discipline, self-respect and personal wellbeing.

The kaupapa is 100 per cent alcohol, drug and smoke free.

This wānanga is also being used to commemorate and pay respect to our whānau and previous tutors/members who have since passed away. Kawe mate Sunday 8 April at 11am. And there will be a whānau day on Monday 9 April starting with a pōwhiri at 11am. All are welcome to watch and celebrate our attendees success.

For more information and a registration form please contact Huata Martindale on 027 826 5885 or look up Te Tohu o Tū on Facebook and leave a message.

Please register your interest as soon as people. It is first in first serve basis. The wānanga cost $80 dollars.

Registrations close on Friday 30 March. Please include the full payment. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Send registrations to:

Te Tohu o Tū

c/o Tina Kokiri, Po Box 33105

Barrington, Christchurch 8244.