Notice of owners

This is to give notice to all persons who descend from the original landowners of the Kaiapoi Māori Reserve 873, who therefore have the right to be buried in the Te Urutī Cemetery (section 101).

Due to the heavy use and uncoordinated activities of our urupā, please refer all questions over usage and burial to our newly nominated trustees via the office of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga.

Meeting of owners and trustees

1906 Māori Land – Alton Block 4 Section 6
The purpose of this meeting is the election of new trustee’s and the proposed salvage of dead standing and windfall Rimu trees.

Date: 29 April 2017
Time: 1pm
Location: Kaiapoi Club Level 2 Room 3, 113 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi
Contact: Wiremu Hopkinson 03 3276621 or 0273659382

Well, here we are again into another fabulous year – although 2016 was a great year when you think back. Condolences to all who have lost loved ones, keep smiling and all will end happy for you! Aroha mai. Now to some gossy. Yes, I had a wonderful Christmas as a matter of fact, don’t remember much about Christmas Day, but that’s another story. I hope you all had a good Christmas, I bet you all did – children and all. All put on the weight, preparing for winter.

Timua launched her CD recently, but she will tell you about it. It would be nice if you all wrote pānui to include in Te Pānui Rūnaka, it would save me plenty. So as the weather is blowing up a storm outside, I think that will be enough for now.

You have three chances in life.
Choices – you must make a choice
Chances – take a chance
Changes – to change your life
Luv ya all, till next time. KKK.
Oh, cousin Charlie, I’m a year older now
(49 reversed, not bad eh).

In February 2016, I visited the property with members of my family. I saw that the property was in poor state. I know this was out of character of the lessee. On 1st June 2016 I wrote to the Māori Trustee the Responsible Trustee requesting information on the poor state of the property. No response was received. A second letter was sent to the Trustee requesting a meeting of owners to establish new Trustees.

The Trustee did not respond to my letters but did call a meeting of owners which was held in July 2016. The minutes of that meeting have not been made available.

My recollections of the key points are:

• The lease ended in November 2015.
• The lessee received a discounted rate on his lease in order to bring the property up to a good state of repair.
• The lessee has not paid the rent on the property for the final five years of his lease.
• The lessee has not maintained the property leaving it in a poor condition.
• The Māori Trustee has not informed the owners that the lease had terminated.
• The Māori Trustee did not know that the rent had NOT been paid.
• The Māori Trustee had not been aware that the land was NOT being maintained.
• The Māori Trustee had requested 12 months to recover the money owed and remedy the situation.

The following matters remain unresolved from the meeting of owners:

• The cost of bringing the land to an acceptable state at termination of the lease.
• An explanation of the breakdown in the relationship between the Responsible Trustee and the lessee.
• An explanation of why it took five years for the Māori Trustee to notice the rent was NOT being paid.
• An explanation as to why the Māori Trustee had not ensured the property had degraded to its current poor state.
• A plan to maintain the property in the interim period.

We request that an informal meeting of owners is convened to discuss the issues over the property:


First Meeting
Venue Date Time
160 Tuahiwi Rd 27 November 2016 11.30 am

Second Meeting
Venue Date Time
Tuahiwi Marae 22nd January 2017 1.30 pm

June Kemp 03 313 8509
Denise Hamilton 03 313 1256
Mahara Te Aika 03 424 1993

Hohepa Huria Reunion – Tuahiwi Marae

11-13 November
Friday 11 – Pōwhiri 3pm
Saturday 12 – Kaiapoi Pā visit and hāngī
Sunday 13 – Urupā visit and Service 10am

Tent and caravan sites will be available on the marae. There is also billeting available. Please contact Sharon Davey for information on: 03 327 4507.

Please indicate the number of attendees from your whānau, as we need to make arrangements for catering requirements.

Hohepa Huria Reunion pre-registration form
Number of adults: $50 per person
Number of children: 14 and under free
Cheques payable to ‘Huria Reunion’

Please send registrations to;
S.Davey, 12 Bracebridge Street, Kaiapoi 7630 or
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Join us at ‘Huria Reunion 2016.’
Registration Due before 31 August.

Congratulations to Matteo Pohomare Koroheke Brennan, 14, who had an excellent year in 2015 with sporting, academic and personal achievements.

Matteo, (Ngāi Tahu – Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Arawa) is a student at St Bede’s College in Christchurch and teina to Maui Brennan.

Matteo, is the bass player in the St Bede’s, seven member Jazz band, which received a bronze award at last year’s Jazz Quest. He also played in the winning team that won the U14 Mainland Football Championship.

Academically, Matteo received excellence in English, languages, religious education, social studies, the arts; and he was first in his year group for music, Spanish and te reo Māori.

Well done Matteo, your whānau are proud of you and all of your achievements to date.

Matteo Pohomare Koroheke Brennan.

Matteo Pohomare Koroheke Brennan.

Sporting and academic success

Simone Pitama, (18) was the recipient of the CPIT Foundation Rakatahi Award, and along with nine other Māori and Pasifika students, she recently travelled to Auckland to watch the Oprah Winfrey show.

Simone is an all-round achiever. She also received an award from Rangiora High for being the student who most contributed to te reo at her kura.

She is a fan of sports and has played netball, volleyball and basketball. Her other passions include kapa haka.

Simone, who has lived in Rangiora all of her life, often spends time at Tuahiwi Marae and within the marae community.

In an article in the Northern Outlook, published on 23 January 2016, Simone said, “When there’s a funeral (at the marae) I’m definitely in the kitchen helping prep food and trying to take care of people. There’s also te reo workshops…I always try and get to a few of those, to keep up with my te reo and to network with everyone as well.”

Simone also received a First Foundation Scholarship and as part of her scholarship she is working at Spark. She says she will be studying accounting and commerce at university.

Congratulations to you Simone – your whānau and hapū are proud of you.

Writings by Lesel Flutey

There it is stuck in my mind
The very thing I thought I’d left behind
It sticks like glue and hardens like clay
All the things I had no courage to say
Now it’s another day and I am doing my best
But I really need to get this off my chest
I know life is too short to hold a grudge
It does me no good when this won’t budge
I’m going to open up like a budding flower
Need to speak my truth & take back my power
So here is my courage, the softening of the clay
I choose to remove the glue and here is what I’d say

I can’t change the past and need to let this go
I need to move forward to help me grow
No longer needed in my life you can’t stay
I wish you well and send you on your way
I learnt to forgive this started with me
I’m thanking you for setting me free
Because I’m not the person I used to be.
Nā Lesel Flutey.

She can sing, dance and show herself bare
She has a lot to offer and a lot to share
Under the roots of an ancient Grandmother tree
There’s hidden knowledge for those who go in and see
The roots are spread wide, long and thick
It started with a seed and grew real quick
Instinct and intuition our ancient coding found
The energies of earth deep within the ground
Embedded within that we carry deep
The roots of experience for us to keep
If we understand ourselves we understand our kin
The strong roots of generations entwine within
Always memories forgotten at one point or another
Stored in our DNA like the ancient tree the Grandmother.
Nā Lesel Flutey.

Ngā Uri o Metapere ki Arahura

Well, what a fantastic whānau hui that was.
Uri o Metapere Ngawini Barrett spent Show Weekend on the West Coast absorbing as much Ngāti Waewae kōrero, whakapapa, whakawhanaungatanga and kai as we could, and we loved every minute of it. We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip over the hills to Arahura, where we had the chance to reignite our flames with the ahi kā.

Reading over the evaluation forms the highlights for our whānau hui were:

  1. Seeing our whare tūpuna, Tūhuru, staying on our marae and learning about the kōrero of those who adorn the marae
  2. The ‘I Spy’ game and the awards night
  3. Looking for pounamu along our awa, Arahura
  4. Learning about our whakapapa and our connection through Tāua Metapere to the West Coast
  5. Intermingling with our Arahura whānau, particularly the crack-up kaumātua who I know had a wonderful time with us too.

E kore te puna aroha e mimiti ki a koutou Ngāti Waewae. Nei rā te mihi a ngā uri o Metapere Ngawini Barrett ki a koutou te ahi kā o Arahura.

Our whānau together outside Tūhuru.

Our whānau together outside Tūhuru.


(Title by Barbara Bowen and Rosa Gillespie)

When the golden dawn streams in as light
Shadows of the dark have no need to fight
Each with their own purpose no wrong or right
Like the sun and moon – Day and night

What we carry around and choose to let go
If it’s not respected how do we grow
Don’t look for sufferings that bring you low
Be like the tides that – Ebb and flow

We all have our obstacles we need to face
Needing to distant and have our own space
And if in doing so we find wisdom and grace
Then the start and finish – A different place

It doesn’t matter how heavy the load
It’s our responsibility to carry down the road
And when we’ve released then nothing owed
Time to move on to – The next episode

With so much chaos that’s happening around
We can get so caught up our emotions are wound
For those that are caught in the battleground
We are here – And in love we surround

The dark will keep coming it’s not a threat
The peaceful warriors have no regret
They rise above and offer the sunset
In words of remembrance – Lest we forget.
Nā Lesel Flutey.


Congratulations to Maui Uenuku Rakei Ora Brennan (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Whakaue-Te Arawa) who has once again had a successful academic year at St Bedes College, Christchurch. He is 17-years-old and is in year 12. Maui is tuakana to Matteo Brennan who is a year nine at the same school.

Some of Maui’s academic achievements for 2015 include excellence in religious education, economics and English; and first in music (level 2). He also gained merit marks in accounting and mathematics. In addition, he was awarded first place for music and religious studies.

Maui also succeeded in some of his extracurricular activities. He performed for the Fourth Order quartet, which won the South Island Barbershop Championship 2015 – they also placed fifth at Barbershop Nationals. He also formed the St Bede’s seven-member jazz band, which went onto receive a bronze award at Jazz Quest. In addition, Maui played in the chamber music group, Follow the Lieder, which qualified in the South Island Chamber Music finals. Well done Maui, your whānau are proud of you.

Maui Brennan.

Maui Brennan.

Mother Earth

(An excerpt from, Lethals Insights)

My feet dig deeper into mother earth
I feel her distress like she’s about to give birth
From side to side I feel her sway
Like she is mad and has something to say
Upon her heart I place my ear
I need to listen need to hear
Thump thump the beats are very strong
Thumping too fast something feels wrong
I begin to massage to ease her pain
Her tears come down it begins to rain
I soak up her tears by rolling on the ground
Every inch of my being I know we are bound
I taste her tears within my mouth
While acknowledging East, West North and South
I let her cradle me in her breast
The rain stops, it’s time for a rest
I tell her my concerns, she kisses my hands
She whispers in my ear, a mother understands.
Nā Lesel Flutey.

Hāhi Rātana wānanga

All are invited to attend our Hāhi Rātana wānanga to be held on Sunday 8 November at Tuahiwi Marae. At 11am we will begin with whakamoemiti and this will be followed by shared kai at 12pm.

The wānanga will start at 1pm and the purpose of this hui will be to learn the history of the hāhi, to recruit āpotoro akonga, āpotoro wairua, āpotoro rehita, āpotoro āwhina and kātipa, band players and new members for the choir; and above all to have fun.

To end the day we will have dinner at 6pm and it will be a shared boil up. Please bring enough kai for two not 22 and we can sample the different types of boil up.

If you would like more information please contact Aroha by email: [email protected] or text: 021 880 678.
Nā Aroha Reriti-Crofts.

Ratana Star

Tawera Ahu Whenua Trust

On Saturday 7 November, the Tawera Ahu Whenua Trust will be holding our annual general meeting at 10am at Tuahiwi Marae. We are looking for more trustees so all members of the Tawera Ahu Whenua Trust are encouraged to attend. Any queries should be forwarded to Aroha Reriti-Crofts (secretary) at: [email protected] or text: 021 880 678. Pānui on behalf of Charlie Williams (chairman).

All I need do is put it out there
Can’t help where my hearts at, got to follow this through
I’ve asked the universe to see what they can do
I wish I knew for certain and I wish I knew a date
For certain things to align I guess I have to wait
I know the why, but the how I have no clue
Would be nice to think my call, was pushed to the front of the queue
Only when this manifests will this for me be real
My intentions are totally pure they know how I feel
Be careful what you ask for, I didn’t even think
Isn’t it different when it comes from the heart link
If in my wildest dreams this happened rather swift
Must be for my highest good to give my soul a lift
What stopping me now, there are a few things
I’m asking the universe to help pull a few strings
Forever grateful.
Nā Lesel Flutey.

More news from the marae

Kia ora, hello, how are you all? Neat, I thought you were…My condolences to all who have lost loved ones.

Where will I start, I know…glass dishes – it’s not good enough, we still have not received any of them back, so I hope whoever has them is feeling guilty.

We recently went up to Te Papa for our Matariki weekend and what a lovely weekend it was. All the youngies, oldies and those in between enjoyed themselves, and of course I am one of the youngies (I wish).  [Read more…]

He pēpi

Henare Te Aika-Puanaki and Rhea Waretini would like to announce their new pēpi, Te Maiaorere o Ngā Whakaaro Tiki te Aroha Te Aika-Puanaki Waretini (Maiao for short). He was born on 10 April weighing 6.3lbs. He is a great moko for Teresa Te Aika and first moko for Lynne Te Aika. He is a healthy young boy and was an early gift as he was born a month before his due date. His iwi are Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Kahungunu.

Thank you all for the kind wishes and congratulations.

Baby Te Aika-Puanaki Waretini.

Baby Te Aika-Puanaki Waretini.

Baby Te Aika-Puanaki Waretini 2.

Rā whānau

On 13 May, we celebrated the 90th birthday of Aubrey Pohio affectionately known as Uncle/Pōua Bob. He spent his special day at lunch with his youngest sister Meri Jacobs, followed by a visit from his two nephews Clifford and Todd Jacobs (sons of the late brother, Henry Jacobs).

Clifford Jacobs said he was always there to help dad and asked for nothing. Todd Jacobs spoke of how Uncle Bob had always lived and been close to them all their lives – usually within walking distance. “He misses our dad a lot too as they did a lot together.” It was a joyous day enjoyed by all and I’m delighted to say that he was happy, healthy and in high spirits. Here’s to plenty more birthday celebrations for you Uncle Bob. Nā Reriti Tau.

From left, Todd Jacobs, Bob Pohio and Clifford Jacobs.

From left, Todd Jacobs, Bob Pohio and Clifford Jacobs.


Congratulations to Anneke Topia for her achievements in the Southern Lights Salon Culinary competition. Anneke made Michelle Phillpott’s tomato soup with cheesy cherry tomato scones and scored a mighty bronze award. On behalf of the entire pā, we send you our congratulations and we look forward to having a taste of your award-winning kai at the next hui; especially when Reriti is back in town. Good luck with your future endeavours of becoming a chef, and smashing the competition next year with a gold as well.

Anneke Topia (front row left) with fellow award winners and colleagues.

Anneke Topia (front row left) with fellow award winners and colleagues.

The award-winning tomato soup and scones.

The award-winning tomato soup and scones.

Writings by Lesel Flutey

Mum – Whakaako koe i ahau, nā hiringa me ngākau nui, kāhore he mea e taea
The present spoke it simply said “It’s done”
The future nodded and replied “Here they all come”

There are those that respect the past and aren’t afraid to leap
History and culture will back you up for this runs very deep
We have very strong foundations, the gateway to our strength
The future knows this, for it’s on the same wave length

As generations learn it wasn’t only about the new
But all that came before to help to bring this through
While we give honour and respect to all that have gone
Then the wisdom of the present will help the past move on

To those that gave their precious time, morning, noon and night
Thank you for your vision by bringing the dream into the light
Simple was the little things of so many selfless deeds
And at the very heart of it, was to fulfil the peoples’

Dedication and commitment no matter how big or small
There is never a truer value for those that do for all
With right intentions and integrity, many wonders did spring
Thankful for the amazing inspiration of what this love did bring

To our dearly departed “Hall” you served your purpose well
I would love to read a book on the stories we all could tell

Dedicated to the many whānau.

Mahaanui Tuarua Marae.

Mahaanui Tuarua Marae.

News from K.K.K

Here we go again and this time I only have a little kōrero. My condolences go out to all who have lost whānau.

To start, lots of people have been asking me how long I’ve been involved with our marae, with the catering and what not – well it has been a very long time.

I was still going to school, (well Tāua Hutika thought I was) but it is a long story and I am still here at the new marae. I only do the wharekai tables and go into the kitchen where there are goodies to eat. But it is a long story and I have been there since the age of nine until now. One day I might write about it so watch this space – it will be very scary.

The days have been very busy at the marae and every week there is always two to three hui a day but it is good to be busy.

Also a very big thank you to the author of the piece in last months pānui for “Jumbo.” Luv you all, K.K.K.

Ngā mate

It is with great sadness that the Manihera whānau farewelled their beloved tāua, Myra Manihera, who was affectionately known as Koko Mum.

This great women exemplified aroha and manaakitanga by opening up her home and heart and caring for her 13 children, many mokopuna and countless others.

She was laid to rest on Tuesday, 16 December, next to her husband, Tip Manihera aka Tipi-Lou, Uncle Tip and Koko Dad, at Te Urutī (Tuahiwi Urupā). She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchild, Tahu Pōtiki. [Read more…]

Kaumātua activities

Our kaumātua activities have finished up for the year. Thanks to all those who have come along and participated in our various activities. We look forward to the New Year and some new and exciting activities.


In October, Ash Reihana (Ngāi Tahu -Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Māmoe) competed in a softball tournament in Australia as a member of the New Zealand International Softball Academy (ISA) U15 squad. The group travelled to the Gold Coast, where they trained and played warm-up games for five days. They then flew to Adelaide and played in the U17 Australian Labour Day Tournament where they finished second.

Ash had a fantastic time and would like to thank all his family who made this trip possible for him. He played hard, learnt some great skills and made some awesome new friends. His proud parents were lucky enough to watch him from the side lines.

Congratulations also to Māui Brennan of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, who finished the year by receiving eight academic excellence awards, two certificates for first in his year and an outstanding achievement award. Māui you worked hard, you stayed on the kaupapa and you achieved your goals.

This year his achievements included; coming first in music for his year, accounting first equal, plus excellence in English, mathematics, science, religious education, music, and accounting. He was also the recipient of the outstanding achievement award in recreation and wellbeing.

Ash in action.

Ash in action.

Ash Reihana.

Ash Reihana.

Hīkoi to Kaikōura

On 30 October, we went on a hīkoi to Kaikōura on a bright and sunny day.

There were 14 of us ‘youngies.’ What a day. We left Tuahiwi at 9am after Aroha Hohepera said karakia. We had a lovely bus driver – his name was Paul. The scenery was lovely. Going through Waipara there were acres and acres of young grapevines, and further on there were many acres of black currants. The mountains were covered in the yellow flowers of gorse and broom– it was just a mass of yellow in the background.

We arrived at Mangamaunu at around 11.30am and there were two vans at the bottom of the hill waiting to take us up. We had a pōwhiri then kai. It was such a lovely spread that they gave us. After kai Aunty Phyllis gave us a kōrero about Mangamaunu. Then we went off with the master of ceremonies and we heard all about Kaikōura.

It was very interesting – Maurice you were marvellous. I think we would all go on another hīkoi, so let us know when you go again. Thank you very much. My moko Shirley (Lady) said she learnt more on our trip than she did at school. So, once again Maurice and whānau thank you very much. Oh by the way did the kaikōrero manage to get his hat back? Love you all. Nā K.K.K.

Patricia Anglem and Pani Ruwhiu.

Patricia Anglem and Pani Ruwhiu.

Kaumātua enjoying a catch up at Mangamaunu.

Kaumātua enjoying a catch up at Mangamaunu.

Maurice sharing some local history.

Maurice sharing some local history.

Kaumātua outing to Ngāi Tahu Farms

If you haven’t already done so, please call Tania at the office to book your seat on the bus for our hīkoi to Ngāi Tahu Farms on Thursday 27 November. The bus will leave Tuahiwi at 9am – don’t be late. Lunch will be hosted by Ngāi Tahu Property at their offices in Show Place. It will be followed by a visit to some of the Ngāi Tahu – owned properties around the city – an action – packed day.

Kaumātua weekly activities

The final computer sesssion for the year will be Monday 1 December. Please contact Tania in the office to find out what other activities we have planned for December.

Seeking whānau

Kia ora koutou, my name is Alana Smith and I am the daughter of Peter Smith (son of Mary Ferguson). I am trying to connect with family members of Stephanie Scoringe or Elizabeth/Peti Loper. Peti is a daughter of Tieke Teone Loper and Sally Harpur. I am from the line of Koukou, Te Kapa and Hinepunui.

If you have any knowledge or are able to share stories and help me with my whakapapa, please feel free to contact me on 021 309 887 or email me at [email protected].

I would love to meet and connect with my whānau.
Nā Alana Smith.

Ngā mate

Te Ope Tua Toru Echelon Burnham Ellis (née Gavin) was born 22 September 1940 and died on 19 June 2014, at Palmerston North Hospital. She was the grandchild of (Sally) Alice Elizabeth Kemp of Tuahiwi.

It was a privilege to spend the last few days with her. She had utter clarity before going to sleep and waking again in the presence of Jesus; she had an amazing faith.
These were some of her final words, spoken with love, “We must always give honour and glory to His name.” Thank you to the relatives who came from Tuahiwi and for their wonderful support. [Read more…]

Nā te rehe

(By an expert)
As the whakataukī appropriately says, this korowai was made by our aunty, Te Rahui Denny (née Momo), who is certainly an expert at what’s she does. Aunty Rā has carried on the whānau tradition of tāniko weaving for over 50 years and has now found the time to create masterpieces like this one. Nā Liz Kereru. [Read more…]

Kōrero from Reriti

It has now been a week since we buried Pōua, Henare Rakiihia Tau, who passed away in Auckland on Monday 30 June. We brought Pōua home to Tuahiwi on Wednesday 2 July, where he laid in state in our beautiful whare, Maahunui II until laying him to rest beside his best mate David Palmer, who was a part of the ‘A Team’ during ‘The Claim’. [Read more…]

Te Matatini waiata

A wonderful weekend was spent at Tuahiwi Marae over Easter, learning waiata for Te Matatini. I thought they would be waiata I had never heard of, so what a wonderful surprise to find that most were waiata I had heard during my childhood – those written by our tāua, aunties, uncles and parents. How fitting to have these revived, and in their original form. Many thanks, to Elizabeth Kereru for a great weekend, and, to all the tutors for your time, passion and patience, but mostly for the laughter. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou. Nā Jenny Buccanan.

He pēpi

“Tēnei te tira hou” – He mea tino harikoa tēnei, te whānautanga mai a tā māua ko Shaun mokopuna tuatoru. Ko Malachi Bradley Mark Charett King (Kereru).

Another wonderful moment for our whānau, as we celebrate the arrival of our mokopuna Malachi, who was born on 23 April at Hastings Hospital, weighing 9lb 7ounces.

Malachi is another addition to the Kereru, Crofts, Rupene, Ryan and Topia whānau. Arohanui Shaun and Liz Kereru. [Read more…]