Notice of annual general meetings

Notice of Ōnuku Rūnanga Inc. Soceity and Te Kāhui o Ōnuku Charitable Company Ltd. annual general meetings. To be held on 9 October, 10am, at Ōnuku Marae. Our general meeting will follow the AGMs.

Agenda items:

  • Appoint an auditor for 2016/17 (for Ōnuku and Te Kāhui)
  • To present and accept the audited financial accounts for the year ending 30 June 2016 (for Ōnuku and Te Kāhui)
  • Approve the annual report of the Officers (for Ōnuku)
  • Election of the dept. chairperson and secretary for Ōnuku Rūnanga Inc. Soc. and dept. chairperson, secretary and treasurer for the board of directors of Te Kāhui Ōnuku Charitable Company.

Nomination forms for all roles will be made available upon request to the office or by emailing: [email protected]. Forms must be returned to the office no later than 5pm on 3 October 2016.

Wharekai opening

In the November issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka, Ōnuku Rūnanga said the opening of our new wharekai would be on 6 February 2016 – the same day as the Treaty Fest – this was incorrect. Ōnuku Rūnanga will be holding a hapū blessing of the new wharekai before the 6 February 2016, then later in the year will be holding a celebration hui of our wharekai. Nā Rik Tainui, chairperson, Ōnuku Rūnanga.

Wharekai opening

This is an invitation to the opening of our wharekai, Amiria Puhirere on 6 February 2016 (confirmed time to come in the next issue of Te Pānui Rūnaka). This will be followed by the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival and a hāngī lunch at 1pm. Nau mai, tauti mai.

Ōnuku news

Ōnuku Rūnanga held their annual general meeting on Sunday 4 October and we would like to inform whānau that Rik Tainui was appointed as chairperson of Ōnuku Rūnanga Inc Soc and Pip Tainui was appointed chairperson of Te Kāhui o Ōnuku Charitable Company.

We would like to congratulate and welcome both Rik and Pip into their new roles. At the same time we would like to thank Donna Tainui and Meri Robinson for their countless hours of mahi, keeping the fires burning over the past few years.

New address

Please be advised the post office box address for Ōnuku Rūnanga has changed. If you wish to send physical mail to us, send it to Ōnuku Rūnanga Incorporated, PO Box 32-116, Linwood, Christchurch 8147.


Bonnie Robinson, daughter of Nige Robinson recently graduated with a Diploma of Floristry.

Bonnie has displayed a natural talent from a young age and today she incorporates a Māori edge in her floral designs. She was one of the top students in her class and after graduating she gained permanent employment with a well-known Christchurch florist. Well done Bonnie, we are all very proud of you.

Christmas office hours

The last general meeting for this year will be held on Sunday 14 December and the office will close on Friday 19 December. [Read more…]


Amber Maree Brierly.

Whānau and friends are very proud of Amber Maree Brierly (a descendent of John Flutey and Merehana Puha), who recently graduated from Massey University, Palmerston North School of Aviation with a Bachelor of Aviation Management.

Amber, 21, who lives in Auckland, spent her last semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida USA on an exchange programme. She chose ERAU, as it is the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace and the only fully accredited aviation-oriented university in the world. [Read more…]

Big ticket items

Saturday 10 May: Strategic Plan 2035 wānanga with Selwyn Hayes (Ernst & Young).
The wānanga will address our current 5-year strategy with the intention for our executive (governors) of our Mahinga Kai Cultural Park to be setting our 10-year strategic plans. Our rūnanga will invite our membership to engage in what we want a 20-year plan to look like. [Read more…]


Kereru Jessie Rogers, mokopuna of Bruce and Polly Rhodes of Ōnuku, has graduated from the University of Canterbury with a diploma in secondary teaching and learning. Kereru (Ngāi Tahu, Tainui, Ngāti Porou), has now relocated to Wellington, where she has taken on a fulltime position teaching te reo Māori at Lower Hutt High School. Kereru would like to thank her whānau, Ōnuku Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu for their support. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

A tribute to Bernice Tainui – This is my song, a serenade to you – Mum

This Sentimental Journey, is a story of a Poor Cinderella who Dreamed A Little Dream of Moonlight and Roses. Among her Souvenirs, a song book, and when A Little On The Lonely Side, this Ukulele Lady would play and sing melodies like Elmer’s Tune … Sometimes while Drifting and Dreaming of her Mother, Mexicali Rose, whose roots where far from The Lights of London on the Long and Winding Road where Irish Eyes Where Smiling she would remember …It’s a Long Way to Tipperary for this Rambling Rose [Read more…]

Welcome to 2014 whānau.
Here are some important dates to remember:

  • 9 March: strategic plan wānanga
  • 13 April: rūnanga meeting
  • 11 May: budget wānanga
  • 8 June: rūnanga meeting
  • 13 July: wānanga
  • 10 August: rūnanga meeting
  • 14 September: wānanga
  • 12 October: AGM and treasurer election
  • 9 November: wānanga
  • 14 December: rūnanga meeting.

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Meri Kirihimete

Another year is drawing to a close and we are looking forward to some winding down time after a busy and productive year.

A fully engaged portfolio management system keeps the office busy, with events such as Whenua Fest, Strengthening Communities, Whaikōrero Wānanga, digital archiving, Mahinga Kai Cultural Park planning and redevelopment plans all on the go.

Our full annual report was published this year including our structures, goals, objectives and Statement of Intent for the rūnanga. It’s a document that those who were involved with can be proud of. [Read more…]

Important dates

  • 1 December – Ōnuku Rūnanga general meeting
  • 20 December – marae and office closes for Christmas
  • 20 January – marae and office opens for 2014.
  • Important dates

    • 20 December: Marae and office close for Christmas
    • 20 January: Marae and office open for 2014

    Kia ora whānau,
    Lots of exciting things have been happening within our portfolios this month. With all portfolios populated and their budgets approved for the next financial year, it’s really great to see all wheels in motion.

    Cultural portfolio
    A handful of our tāne have begun regular whaikōrero wānanga. Feedback indicates they are thoroughly enjoying their sessions and knowledge sharing.
    A digital archiving wānanga is confirmed for Sunday 10 November at Ōnuku Marae, beginning at 10.30am. Our Ngāi Tahu archiving experts will assist us with this project, helping format the best procedures and format for preserving our taonga. [Read more…]

    Introducing our chairperson – Donna Tainui

    Ōnuku Rūnanga recently held elections for our chairperson, following the retirement of George Tikao. Donna Tainui has been elected as our executive chairperson for our incorporated society. Donna is the eldest daughter of Wi and Kyra Tainui, and the mother of Finn, Josh and Maddie.

    Donna is a strong leader at our marae and also within our local community. She is employed as deputy principal at Akaroa Area School, where she was once a student – as are her children today. We know Donna will be an excellent chairperson for us and we wish her well. [Read more…]

    Ōnuku tamariki to feature in Māori Language Week campaign

    This year the kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is Ngā ingoa Māori/Māori names. The co-ordinators of Māori Language Week (1-7 July), have selected just six locations within Aotearoa to showcase. Akaroa was selected on the basis that it is frequently mispronounced. [Read more…]

    We’ve moved

    Our new office is now at: 91 Trafalgar Street, St Albans, Christchurch. Ph: (03) 356 2723 or (03) 356 2723 Fax: (03) 356 2724. Our post office box address remains: PO Box 18-796, New Brighton, Christchurch 8641. Email: [email protected]

    Ngā mate

    Bernice Irene Tainui J.P. QSM
    Ko Makeo tōku maunga
    Ko Waiaua tōku awa
    Ko Whakatōhea tōku iwi
    Ko Takitimu tōku waka
    Ko Ōmaramutu tōku marae
    Ko Tokena tōku matua
    Ka moe ahau i a Hone Te Ruahuanui o Ōnuku
    E waru ā māua tamariki
    Tokomaha ngā mokopuna
    Ko Bernice Tainui ahau. [Read more…]

    Kia ora whānau,
    I trust you have all had a safe and restful holiday and enjoyed our hot summer! Over the Christmas period, a lovely pōwhiri was held for Thomas Millar’s new wife, Belinda and her family. It was a beautiful day at Ōnuku and for the days of festivities that followed before their wedding in Sydney. Congratulations Thomas and Belinda! [Read more…]