Ngā mate

We would like to acknowledge the passing of three whānau connected to the hapū; Andy Hamilton, Te Whe Phillips and Judith Wilson (née Rakena) passed away through the month of May. We send prayers of peace and strength to their families through this time.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office

We will remain on the south side of the marae for a few more weeks. We are still expecting the main service providers (Chorus) to prepare the selected new office space with the appropriate cables before the Ngāi Tahu BIS Team can come in and make the relevant connections to the network. In the meantime, we are also utilising the resources of Lyttelton Library for administration services. It has been exhausting on our resources and time for the last two months and will be another month before we are happily settled into the new office premises.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Nā mate

I would just like to acknowledge the recent passing of Elaine Couch and wish Uncle Doug and all his family peaceful wishes through this time.

The update on the marae is as follows:

Bushnell Builders have been working productively on the wharekai. The final poroporoaki prior to demolition was held on Monday 18 April and was attended by a handful of whānau. Please watch this space for some photographs collected in next month’s Te Pānui Rūnaka.

The previous taonga room within the marae is still hosting office space for both the general manager and the office manager until the space is available for the Ngāi Tahu business services team in conjunction with Delta (phone company) have the office space wired for use. This is possibly going to be the end of May or mid June 2016.

We are currently taking public marae bookings for day-hui only, noho bookings will be by the end of August. However, it is case by case depending on the construction going on with the wharekai.


Next month we will announce the lucky recipient of the Mobil Oil offer to sponsor a female from Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke to a Leadership and Capacity Building course at a five-week seminar in Indonesia. The trip will be all expenses paid. That lucky person will engage in a course facilitated by the world-recognised Plan International USA. The invitation was a result of our relationship building with Mobil Oil and is offered to selected guests across the world. This is a great honour for us as only one other Māori position was offered in New Zealand.

Health portfolio

World Smokefree Day 31 May – we are hosting a kaumātua/whānau 2km walk in Hagley Park. Everyone is welcome and there will be shared kai afterwards at Rehua Marae and the Rockers of Ages will not only be walking but entertaining with awesome voices.

Sign up for the free ‘Healthy Home Improvement Plan’ (insulation, heating, lighting, ventilation and glazing).

Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre brings you a great range of courses including: family inclusive training, grief, loss and trauma plus courses on relating well to men who attend health services and understanding and managing children’s anxiety. These are worthwhile training courses and run professionally.

Christchurch is on the agenda in June (tentative) for the next Protecting our Mokopuna seminar. Another kaupapa you are welcome to contact the office for more information about.

Mark your calendars

Funding Rounds Open: Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke: Criteria and grant applications are available from the office. Applications close on 31 March and 30 September.

Aroha mai, for this being quite a brief report. I will endeavor to provide a lot more information next month.

The portfolio reports

Staff from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu recently spent time at Rāpaki during their noho marae.

Staff participating in a harakeke weaving wānanga.

Staff participating in a harakeke weaving wānanga.


A Māori kaupapa services and community providers list has been created from the earlier health day hui and is readily available via this office, please email [email protected]. It was a well-received day with a variety of health issues covered.

Rāpaki Pā kids

We are proud of the rōpū who come and utilise the marae for all levels of learning as we know our environment is conducive to happy, healthy and successful outcomes. I am personally looking forward to sharing news of a hui held here, which focused on the migration of the Takitimu waka. My father bought his whānau from Pirirākau/Ranginui to hear to stories of that journey – maybe I’ll share that next month.

Again, many thanks to all the whānau and manuhiri who come out to mahi and facilitate hui on the marae and engage with the tikanga and kawa practices.

For any booking information, please contact the office on 03328 9415. Nā Cushla Dwyer, Rāpaki office manager.

From left, back row: Mariata Couch, Pamela Couch, Maria Couch, Teacher, Billy Hutana. From left, front row: Henry Couch, Suzy Rehu, Johnny Rehu, Moeroa Tauwhare, Melville Rehu.

From left, back row: Mariata Couch, Pamela Couch, Maria Couch, Teacher, Billy Hutana. From left, front row: Henry Couch, Suzy Rehu, Johnny Rehu, Moeroa Tauwhare, Melville Rehu.


Congratulations to Doug and Elaine Couch, who recently celebrated their 60th Diamond Anniversary.

The happy couple.

The happy couple.

Office hours

The office will be closed from 24 December until 11 January 2016. From all the staff at Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, we wish you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Kia ora whānau and welcome to another month of Te Pānui Rūnaka. I would like provide you all with an update on what has been happening within our hapū by identifying the current portfolios that exist. This will then mean that I can report a little on each kaupapa as the months go by.

Secondary school kapa haka

Drilled choreography, expressive faces and passionate voices were witnessed by anxious onlookers as secondary schools from around Canterbury competed to represent the Waitaha region at next year’s National Kapa haka Secondary Schools Competitions. Toi Huarewa (Whānau Tahi combined) placed first, Linwood College were second and Papanui High School combined third. It was heart-warming to see mokopuna who whakapapa to Rāpaki in the lines competing. It was also a proud moment for Tāua Reihana Parata to see her mokopuna, Waiariki Paraone up on-stage after he was named kaitataki tane 2015.

Waiariki Paraone.

Waiariki Paraone.

Te Poho o Tamatea funding

Te Poho o Tamatea has met and administered its September funding round. The next submissions will be held in March 2016.

Acknowledgements to guests

As the office manager and general daily operations person of the marae, I would like to give thanks and appreciation to all those who come on to the marae and respect the venue, its buildings and all the policies that come with it – along with the practice of good kawa and tikanga.

It has been absolutely warming especially to see that my ‘Auahi Kore/No Smoking’ rules have been respected. Manuhiri have been absolutely wonderful adhering to the practice and signs here at the marae. Also, anyone who has ever considered the Quitcard Programme all material and support can be provided, just ask us the office.

We have received positive feedback from all schools, and their children and teachers alike are enjoying the programmes being offered to them on arrival. Also, it’s great seeing the healthy kai display, which promotes healthy options at pōwhiri – with little or no sugar options and no added salt to the kai provided. Nā Cushla Dwyer.

Member contributions

If members have an item of interest they wish to share with the whānau of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke please contact: Cushla Dwyer, Rāpaki office manager at Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc, 37 Rāpaki Drive, PO Box 107, Lyttelton, Whakaraupō Banks Peninsula. Call: 03 3289415, or 021748747; or email: [email protected]

Executive committee nominations
Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Executive Committee are calling for nominations from eligible rūnanga members by public notice and in Te Pānui Rūnaka for the appointment committee and new registrations for the rūnanga roll. We are also requesting rūnanga members provide current contact details.

For all forms and further information please contact Cushla Dwyer, Rāpaki office manager – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc, 37 Rāpaki Drive, PO Box 107, Lyttelton Whakaraupō Banks Peninsula. Or call: 03 3289415, 021748747; or email: [email protected]

Hui news
In September, we held our annual general meeting where we identified our committees and members. We would like to welcome Elaine Dell on-board as the new secretary and thank Christina Henderson for all her mahi in the role over the previous years.

Thank you
It has been highly encouraging to see our manuhiri being respectful of the new ‘Auahi Kore’ (No Smoking) signs up around the marae (resources and help is available for those who are interested in the Quitcard). Also, soon we’re looking to fully utilise our māra kai beds to establish better sustainability.

Ngā mate

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Susie Amoamo Rehu this month but she is home in Rāpaki at her final resting place.

Rā whānau

Belated August birthday messages to: Tutehounuku Korako, James Oliver Korako, James Manihera Dwyer, Shane Laffey, Josh Barlow, Paula Rakena, Felicity Phillips, Tārewa Pakau- McGregor, Rangimarie Takurua, Mamae Sheddon, Dudley Couch, Benjie Guthrie, Reihana Parata, Mamae Warnes, Ria Deacon, Te Ariki Tamatea Pokai Whenua and Joseph Walton.

Our September birthday wishes go out to: Isabelle Dwyer, Henry Dwyer, Kellee Tūrei, Charmaine Lee, Pip Rakena, Rachael Rakena and Honey Barlow.

Couch whānau in Vancouver

Three branches of the Couch whānau were represented at a recent whānau barbeque in Vancouver. Rosalie (Rosie) Plaskett, daughter of Bill Couch, and her daughter had returned from a cruise to Alaska. Rewi Couch (moko of Tog Couch) with his wife Marilyn were in town to help their daughter Nepeya settle in at her course at Vancouver Film School. Donald, son of Arthur Couch, and wife Dorothy are in Vancouver for the northern summer. Donald’s son Peter and wife Leanne along with their children, Evan, Maren and Oliver hosted the barbeque. Also present were Donald’s daughter, Katherine, her husband, Ian and their children, Kalan, Kara and Kirianne. [Read more…]

Vacant position

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke has a vacancy for an administration manager. This is a full-time position based at Rāpaki Marae, commencing in July. The successful applicant will be responsible for the office and administration of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc affairs and will report to the general manager. A job description will be made available on request. If interested, please contact Kopa Lee, general manager on 021 917 305.

Rā whānau

Uncle Ray and Aunty Mary Kamo had a special gathering with their children and mokopuna (Sam and Elan are missing in the photo) to celebrate a milestone birthday for Aunty Mary.

Uncle Ray and Aunty Mary send their aroha to whānau.

The Kamo whānau at their special gathering.

The Kamo whānau at their special gathering.


Waiariki Paraone was selected as the head boy for Linwood College 2015 at the school prize giving last year.

A rousing chant from his proud peers and family made the announcement all the more significant. Waiariki is excited about his leadership role and looks forward to leading Linwood College during his final year at secondary school. Tau kē Waiariki. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

In August, the whānau of Huia Dunn gathered in Masterton to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Huia is the daughter of Riria (Doodie), granddaughter of Pita Paipeta (Rāpaki) and Mereana Tarawhata (Arowhenua) and great-granddaughter of Teera and Teoti Paipeta of Rāpaki.

It was a great occasion and a good excuse for whānau to come together. The whakapapa was available for all to see and everyone was very interested. Our thanks go to the late Pam Petherbridge, who had shared the original whakapapa with us – it is in the shape of a big wheel. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

During August and September, several Parata whānau members celebrated their birthdays. The birthdays began in New Zealand with Reihana Paraone on 9 August, followed three days later by Rangimarie Parata Takurua, who celebrated her 50th birthday on 12 August. While in Greece, Waiariki celebrated his seventeenth birthday with a pool party at the Ionion Star Hotel, Lefkada, on August 20. [Read more…]


Warmest congratulations to Wiremu Clive Stone, who graduated from Waikato University in April, with a Bachelor of Business Analysis (Accounting). Wiremu is the son of Clive and Petina Stone and mokopuna of the late Priscilla and David Stone.

Wiremu started work in February as an accountant with Deloittes in Auckland, after spending the summer working for Treasury in Wellington.

He completed Aoraki Bound in 2008 and was a Matakahi Cadet in 2011. Wiremu also received a Ngāi Tahu scholarship and wishes to acknowledge all the tautoko and encouragement he received from his whānau, hapū and iwi during his studies. His whānau are very proud of him and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. [Read more…]

Wānaka Ora ki Rāpaki

The intended purpose of Wānaka Ora is to provide whānau of Rāpaki with the opportunity to meet to discuss topics that relate to our collective wellbeing on our marae.

To date we have held Wānaka Ora in April, May and July in an effort to find a process to wānanga about tikanga and kawa practiced at Rāpaki. Notes from the Wānaka Ora held 25 May are available by request from [email protected]

An email or post on Facebook will let whānau know when you can request the notes following each Wānaka Ora held at Rāpaki. The next Wānaka Ora will be held during the October school holidays.

Whānau who whakapapa to Rāpaki are encouraged to come along and get involved in Wānaka Ora so you know what is going on and what is trying to be achieved. Nau mai, hoki mai ki tō tātou tūrangawaewae. [Read more…]

Congratulations – Martial arts success

Nik Randle of the Manihera and Paipeta whānau was awarded an advanced honour at a recent national Zen Do Kai martial arts (ZDK) event hosted in Rotorua. The event celebrated 30 years of involvement in Rotorua.

At the end of proceedings on Saturday 1 June, Nik was promoted to 6th degree advanced master (with the honorary title of ‘Koyoshi’), by the Zen Do Kai martial arts organisation co-founder, Soke Bob Jones (a 9th degree professor) of Australia.

Nik obtained his Black Belt in Zen Do Kai in the mid-1980s and has over 30 years’ experience in multiple martial arts disciplines. With the promotion complete, Nik is now one of the highest ranked masters in Aotearoa. Nik says the Zen Do Kai martial arts organisation had provided betterment for a wide range of people from a diverse array of cultures since its arrival in Aotearoa during the early 1980s. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

A group gathered to celebrate Aunty Joyce Hoffman’s 90th birthday – a day she shared with Māui Stuart, who had his birthday the same day.

The party was held at Kiato Riwai Lounge, Rehua following the Waitaha Regionals, where Aunty Joyce presented her sister Hinerua Couch’s Kia Riwai trophy to the winning team, Ngā Manu a Tāne. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to those who celebrated March birthdays: Peter Couch, Christine Korako, Manaia Rehu, Catherine Couch, Meikiwa Princess, Joseph Tyro, Herena Stone, Ripeka Paraone, Reia Martyers, Michael Johnson, Cushla Dwyer, Hana Rakena, Steve Rangirananga, Andrea Read, Aston Rakena and Reuben Couch.

Wānaka Ora

Wānaka/Wānanga for our purposes, refers to a forum or educational seminar that we, as whānau of Te Hapū Ngāti Wheke, have an opportunity to participate in, and to learn what and why particular tikanga and kawa are used at Rāpaki Marae during formal ceremonies such as pōwhiri or tangi. The word ‘Ora’ reiterates what we strive to achieve as a result of having wānaka for example: that cultural practices at Rāpaki are alive, well, safe, and known by as many whānau members as possible. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to those who celebrated a birthday in February: Tahu Rakena, Lynne Veale, Ngahuia Anderson, Areta Waipapa, Marilyn Shirt, Riki Pitama, Ron Dell, David Banks, Dorothy Couch, Puawai Wallace-Swindells, Luana Houghton, Rewi Couch, John Couch and Robert Skeaping (Rāpaki caretaker).