Paterson whānau visit

Te hokinga ki te kainga
We recently had the pleasure of welcoming home Rawi Paterson (son of Wiki Paterson née Ellison) and members of the Paterson whānau, including his late sister Sally Bannister’s daughters and whānau. Rawi and the whānau, many of whom are based in the Napier area, spent several days getting reacquainted with special people and places before gathering at Hui te Rangiora Church and urupā for an unveiling. It was a time filled with laughter and tears, reminiscing and plenty of singing — all the ingredients of a successful visit.

The Paterson whānau gathered at Puketeraki Marae.

The Paterson whānau gathered at Puketeraki Marae.

Tamariki school holiday programme

Another fun-filled tamariki school holiday programme is taking place at Puketeraki marae 20-22 July.

To register the interest of your tamariki please email Aroha Ellison at: [email protected]

Roiti Whānau Trust

Annual general meeting
Venue: Karitāne Old School (Te Taumata o Puaka), Grimness St, Karitāne
Date: Saturday 6 August
Time: 2pm
Contact details: Jenny Smith 027 811 3291
[email protected]

Anzac Day

In line with the rūnaka commitment to attend local Anzac services, Bruce Ritchie and Matapura Ellison attended the Waikouaiti service on 25 April. Bruce Ritchie laid a wreath at the memorial plinth, beautifully created by Myra Tipa, Aroha Mules and Justine Marshall. For Bruce it was a time to remember his parents, aunts and uncles who have passed on.

Bruce with the wreath at the memorial plinth.

Bruce with the wreath at the memorial plinth.

Meeting date change

The RGM was scheduled for 29 May but has now been moved to 26 June. The meeting will start at 11am and there will be a shared lunch.

Rūnaka General Meeting reminder

Our next rūnaka general meeting will be held on 29 May, 11am at Puketeraki Marae. There will be a shared lunch.

Funding and scholarships

As well as four categories of charitable funding you can apply for with the rūnaka ($300 maximum per application) there are also scholarships available for rakatahi.

See our website for details and to download an application form:

Wai Ora Project update

He Pātaka Wai Ora Project is nearly complete. We have finished the data collection and analysis and we are now working on the publication of the online environmental guidebook, which will be available to members and community by the end of April. Using the beautiful bird illustrations of Derek Onley, and utilising the services of a team of freshwater experts, the guidebook will inform future efforts to restore and enhance our awa, in complement to our recently granted mātaitai. We are moving in the right direction for our future generations with our long-term vision for the Waikouaiti.

Wānaka Series 2016

The next wānaka weekend is 6-8 May. If you wish to attend please let the rūnaka office know by emailing Justine at: [email protected]

Correction from March edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka

The 20 pou designed and constructed by Ta Whakaea Hou rakatahi were installed at the waka landing site, on Māori reserve land at the Coast Road/McLachlan intersection not Orbell’s Crossing. Apologies for any confusion.

Ngā mate

Our matriarch, Dorothy Te Mahana (Mahana) Walsh, previously Smith (née Te Tau), has begun her long heke or journey, to her Hawaiki pā Māmoe. Mahana was our oldest living lady and a true wahine taua and rangatira.

On behalf of her beloved Puketeraki whānau, I pass on our sincere condolences to her whānau spread around the world. Mahana was a complete mother figure, a staunch member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, the Mothers’ Union, a member of countless community groups and a strong kaumātua.

We will all miss her advice, aroha, cheerful smile, sparkling eyes, and her ability to recall the past. She was a reliable authority on tikanga Māori. She spoke with clarity on iwi matters, showed total commitment to her own whānau, and the wider hapū.

Our hearts ache terribly for this gentle lady. Pūmau ki te Atua.
Forever with the Lord. Nā, David Ellison, Upoko.

Dorothy Te Mahana Walsh. August 7, 1923 — February 15, 2016

Dorothy Te Mahana Walsh, 7 August, 1923 — 15 February, 2016. 


Robyn Walsh
We would like to give special mention to Jen and my team here at work – Te Taumatua (Iwi Engagement and Identity), who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and were such a huge support to us.

Tama Smith
The Smith whānau would like to extend a big thank you to all those who shared their aroha, their awhi and their mahi with us. Their efforts made this tangi so memorable for all of our whānau whānui. Aroha nui ki a koutou.


In February’s edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka we wrongly reported on the birth of Kawiti (not Kawhiti) Parata-Taiapa. Kawiti was named after his epitomes Ngāti Hine tupuna ‘Te Ruki Kawiti’. Kawiti was born on the 31st December, not the 29 December. Apologies to the Parata-Taiapa and Tutbury whānau.

Wānaka series 2016

It’s another year to pick up the exploration of whakapapa and history for Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. 

This year, we’ve planned a series of four, two and half day wānaka with the first one being held in Bluff, 26-28 February.

The next wānanga is planned for 8-10 April, followed by another one in early May (6-8 May) and concluding with the final wānaka in late October (28 -30 Oct).

The wānaka series will build on the story of Kāi Tahu migration into this area and further south as well as look in more depth at the people and settlements/kāika around our local area and into Dunedin.

February’s wānaka saw us on an exploration of Kāi Tahu migration, interaction and occupation of the areas south of Puketeraki into Murihiku. Bluff/Murihiku will be the base for this wānaka.

In April, we will return to Te Waiateruatī and the Arowhenua area before heading back to sites of significance in the Waitaki catchment and back to Matakaea (Shag Point). 

In May, we will be based at Puketeraki Marae as we recap on our earlier expedition around the East Otago bight and into the western side of Otago Harbour. This is a crucial wānaka as we seek to settle to our own satisfaction the kōrero of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka in this area and into Dunedin. 

Finally, for the 2016 wānaka series, at the end of October we will return to Kaiapoi to follow several concurrent threads. One thread will see us follow the pathway of Te Ruahikihiki focusing on key encounters he and his people were involved with and we will also seek to understand the movement of hapū out of Kaiapoi Pā with a particular focus on Kāti Huirapa.

The wānaka series will help inform kōrero for the whakapapa of the whare (interior whare adornment discussions) but it is intended to be particularly relevant to those who are building their understanding of hapū as well as whānau whakapapa. 
Let us know if you want to join the 2016 Rūnaka wānaka series from April and indicate if there are any wānaka that you know you won’t be available to participate in, by emailing or calling the rūnaka office: [email protected] or 03 465 7300.

Rā whānau

Rā whānau ki a Stan Gilmore who celebrated his special day on Friday 11 December. Stan lives in Hamilton. His whānau in Kāwhia send him best wishes and they love him very much.


Nei rā te mihi ki a koe e te kaihana. Ko koe tētahi tāne hūmārie, ngāwari, mōhio hoki kei waenganui i a tātou.

A huge mihi to our awesome Puketeraki cousin, Te Hau Pounamu White, for receiving first class for his honors dissertation titled, ‘Te Ao Māori i te Ao Tōrangapu: Politics and the Māori Worldview in the 21st Century.’

You’re the real MVP koro. Aroha tino nui ki a koe bro. Nā Te whānau ki Ōtepoti.

Te Hau Pounamu White.

Te Hau Pounamu White.

Director appointment process

In January, we will begin the process of appointing a director, who is a rūnaka member, for our company, Puketeraki Limited. Please contact the rūnaka office if you are interested in applying for this appointment.

Combined rūnaka Christmas party

It’s time to start thinking about the Christmas party we share with Te Rūnaka o Ōtākou. This time it’s at their place, so watch out in the next Te Pānui Rūnaka and on our website as more details come to hand. As usual there will be an appearance from Hana Kōkō, which is of course a highlight for tamariki.

Messages from Hawaii

As we write this, we are waiting for a postcard from Aroha Ellison, who is currently in Hawaii with the Hawkes Bay Te Taitimu Trust. The trust sent a small rōpū there to work with youth from Kona for 14 days. We can only imagine how much fun they are having. Check out Te Taitimu Trust on Facebook when you read this to see what mischief, oops, mahi they got into over there.

Aroha Ellison and Zack Makoare braving the heat in Hawaii.

Aroha Ellison and Zack Makoare braving the heat in Hawaii.

Papakāika housing

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka has made its first foray into papakāika housing, by purchasing the cottage next to the Karitāne Store (which also backs onto the rūnaka office). We have been busy renovating the premises by turning one bedroom into two and giving it a fresh coat of paint as well as some other renovations. The cottage will be available for whānau in need of mid to long-term accommodation to rent from the end of October.

If you want to reconnect with your marae by living in Karitāne and are either on your own, or a couple with or without one child, then please enquire in the first instance by contacting the rūnaka office. The cottage is small, but cosy (with new curtains) and is only a few metres from Karitāne beaches and estuary. Phone Justine on 03 465 7300 or email [email protected]

Our first papakāika at 128 Stornoway St, Karitāne.

Our first papakāika at 128 Stornoway St, Karitāne.

Volunteers needed

We still require young and enthusiastic volunteers to help make our guests welcome and to assist in getting events started and finished at Hui-ā-Iwi at the Dunedin Town Hall from 20-22 November.

You just need to register online as soon as possible by going to: . See you there.

Ngā mate

To whānau who have suffered a bereavement or sickness in their whānau – kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. Within our immediate community, Lani Greene died recently as a result of a tragic accident south of Ōāmaru. Our thoughts go out to the Greene family as they come to terms with Lani’s passing.

Representative applications

Applications are invited from members of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki for the positions of rūnaka representative and alternate representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tāhu.

The position description and nomination form are available on request from the rūnaka office. Phone 03 465 7300 or download the form from the rūnaka website on the vacancies page.

The appointments committee are: Roger Wyeth, Tamatea Smith, Kiri Fraser, Khyla Russell and Lynette Carter.

The completed nomination form, along with a statutory declaration and information requested to support the nomination must be sent to: Appointments committee, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, 121 Grimness St, C/- Karitāne PDC, Karitāne 9440.

Applications are to arrive no later than 5pm on 9 October.

Exhibition opening

Kāti Huirapa Upoko, David Ellison, was the opening speaker at an exhibition of Sir F Truby King’s books at the University of Otago’s Hocken Library.

Sir Truby, famous for his championing of children’s health through the Plunket Society, was a long-time resident of Karitāne, having had a holiday house there. David, who had a personal relationship with Sir Truby through his father, Mutu (the first Plunket baby), spoke movingly of the admiration that the Ellison whānau had for Sir Truby’s work and for the man himself.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 update

We are still looking for energetic helpers from the 20-22 November in Dunedin to help us make Hui-ā-Iwi special.

Tasks will include setting up displays and performances, directing traffic, meet and greet, runners, and general hospitality. There will be no food preparation or cleaning up to be done.

We have places at Puketeraki Marae if you are coming from up north and need somewhere to stay. Please contact Justine at the office to let us know. There will be a kaumātua group staying for three nights but there is plenty of room for more, as long as we all respect our need to accommodate each other’s personal requirements. You will need to self-cater as our team will be at the Dunedin Town Hall for the duration of the event.

Taiaha wānaka

A taiaha wānaka was held at Puketeraki Marae from 31 July to 2 August.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

Hui-a-Iwi accommodation

There will be beds available at Puketeraki Marae for whānau who are coming from out of town for Hui-a-Iwi on 20-22 November. Please get hold of us at the rūnaka office if you want to stay.

You will need your own bed linen, sleeping bags etc and kai, and full use of the kitchen will be available to make meals. There is a group of between 15-20 coming for the Friday night only, so there will be approximately another 20 spaces available that evening and then 50-60 beds for the Saturday night.

The marae is a good option if you want to meet new whānau/whānui and you are coming from up north. It is about 40kms from the centre of Dunedin, where the Town Hall is situated so there is a bit of travel to and from. You will need to take this into account when thinking about whether this is a good option for you.

Rūnaka elections

At the May rūnaka general meeting, it was agreed to hold the triennial elections for representatives to external organisations at the next hui on 30 August at Puketeraki Marae. The move, to separate these elections from the annual general meetings and triennial elections of the executive committee, will allow for more time to focus on the important work carried out by our representatives to external organisations and the responsibilities that are incumbent with those roles.

Current representatives will be approached shortly for their annual reports. All current representatives are asked to consider their availability for another term and rūnaka members are generally asked to consider what areas of representation they might like to be involved with.

A full list of committees and organisations will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Tame Parata Scholarships

The rūnaka has initiated its own scholarship, named to acknowledge the legacy left for us by the Hon. Tame Parata. This year there are two scholarships available to registered members each with a value of $1,000. To find out more about the scholarships and the closing date for applications visit and click on the ‘Learning’ tab.

He Pātaka Wai Ora project

A large and enthusiastic audience turned up for the He Pātaka Wai Ora Project community hui on 14 April. Hui-goers heard about the vision and work of the project to be carried out on the Waikouaiti River over the next 12 months.

Project manager, Brendan Flack gave the attendees, who included the Department of Conservation, the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council workers, rūnaka members, conservationists and the local community, the opportunity to contribute by asking for feedback on several different topics. [Read more…]

Whakapapa hui

A follow-up whakapapa hui to the one we ran on 13-14 March will be held on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May at Puketeraki Marae. Please contact the office to register your interest if you would like to attend. Accommodation will be available at the marae.

Whānau who attended the last whakapapa hui held at the old school complex in Karitāne.

Whānau who attended the last whakapapa hui held at the old school complex in Karitāne.

[Read more…]

Te Matatini 2015

Members of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki recently travelled to Ōtautahi to attend the wonderful event that was Te Matatini. [Read more…]

Taiaha training

Taiaha training run by Waiariki Parata-Taiapa continues in 2015 at the Waikouaiti Events Centre. The training is on Wednesdays from 4-6pm.You will need a broom stick about chin height as well as shorts and good footwear. This is a great way for our men to learn a discipline and the father and son team is always a great way to bond and get to know each other. [Read more…]

Office Christmas hours

The rūnaka office will be closed from midday on Tuesday 23 December and will reopen on Monday 12 January 2015. The rūnaka staff wish you all a wonderful, whānau-filled Christmas and New Year. Meri Kirihimete.

Rā whānau

On 11 December, Stan Gilmore of Hamilton will celebrate his birthday. Nā Hinga mātou ko Lloyd Whiu ko ngā mokopuna tuatahi me ngā mokopuna tuarua.

Rūnanga website

We have been working on personalising our new website some more, so go to to see the slideshow on our home page. If you have any extra special images you would like us to add to the home page, please send them to [email protected]. Please make sure photos are of a high resolution. [Read more…]

Combined Christmas

As per tradition, Kāti Huirapa and Ōtākou will get together to celebrate the festive season. This time, we will be heading down to the beautiful Karitāne Foreshore, on Saturday 13 December. Information will be posted on our website: regarding the programme. Please let the office know if you want to come and celebrate with us and remember, the tamariki are what make this event so special (especially the looks on their faces when Hana Kōkō turns up).

Kaumātua luncheon

Local kaumātua enjoyed an outing to the Dunedin Casino, Southern Cross Hotel in September. A big thank you to Marewa Preddy and Hinerangi Ferrall-Heath for all their mahi, to make this a special occasion.

This was Joan Ellison’s first visit back to the Southern Cross (formerly The Grand Hotel), where she was a cook in the kitchen many years ago. Unfortunately a tour of the kitchen was not an option. Planning is already in the pipeline for the next outing. [Read more…]

General information

If you are a registered member of the rūnaka, you can be added to a number of email distribution lists, including our rūnaka newsletter which is distributed every three months, minutes of executive meetings, rūnaka general meeting, annual general meeting papers and minutes; as well as local or general membership emails about things that are happening in the takiwā, both internally and externally. If you wish to be on one of these lists, please email Justine: [email protected] [Read more…]