Kapa haka inspiration

“Tahupōtiki, taku tupuna, hoki wairua mai arohaina e………..” There is a saying that the kūmara never speaks about its own sweetness but this kūmara is going to acknowledge her two older sisters, Jenny Buchanan and Reimona Crofts for their kaha and māia to throw themselves amongst the wolves and stand in a competing team for the Waitaha Regional Kapa Haka competitions. [Read more…]

Well, here we go again, just a wee bit of gossip to start with. First of all my sister, Glorianna Hill, Susan, Joann Melodee, Panapa, Whaitiri, Peter and Joan Hills – our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Ipiha, who has gone to join his cousins, Jumbo and Danny. “Party on boys. Also to the whānau of Anaru Matthews, our deepest sympathy to you all.

Tuahiwi has had a very busy week, what with hail stones, rain, then the very hot days, but don’t moan cause everything is ka pai. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Kia ora koutou katoa – just a little joke first
On the day that Johnno passed away, it was the second anniversary of my baby Danny-boy’s death.
So I rang Lizzie to tell her of this
So she said, Uncle Danny has opened the pearly gates for Uncle Johnno,” so I said
“Aunty Rua did the karanga”
“Ramari and Hori did the waiata”
“Aunty Biddy the catering”
“Jum, Danny Ernie the liquor”
So what a lovely whānau hui they had. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Michael Crofts has recovered from his three-week hospital stay since the Tuahiwi School 150th reunion. He and his wife Joan flew home to Melbourne on Saturday 23 November. Michael celebrated his 74th birthday with whānau and friends at Tim’s place.

The final Healthy Day at the Pā

The final Healthy Day at the Pā for the year was held on Friday 29 November and will begin again in January 2014, on the last Friday of the month, beginning at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Bring enough kai for two, not 22. A review of Te Kaupapa o Te Haahi Ratana was presented on Saturday 30 November at Tuahiwi Marae. Nā Aroha Reriti-Crofts.

Rā whānau

We had a magical day on Saturday 28 September, when my big sister Reimona Crofts hosted a wonderful morning tea for our kaumātua at the Crofts homestead in Tuahiwi to celebrate turning sixty on 23 September.

The morning was filled with lots of nibbles, laughter and singing as our tāua, pōua and whānau enjoyed listening to cousin Charlie Williams’ melodious voice. The evening was just as magical as we were treated to a hāngī dinner prepared by loving hands. A big thank you to everybody who helped to make my sister’s day a wonderful one.  You are truly an inspiration sis and my children and I were so privileged to be able to come home and join you in celebrating such a milestone. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Happiest of 21st birthday wishes to the 1992 Crofts kids. This year our whānau have celebrated five 21st birthdays and we’d like to send a big mihi to each and every one of you:

Jack Crofts 11 January, Tehuia Bennett 25 February, Reriti Tau 11 April, Thomas Leota 28 April, Hana Reriti-Jones 20 June.

Each spent their birthdays with whānau and friends in Wellington, Taumarunui, Tuahiwi, Perth and Auckland.
Love to you all, Ngā Uri O Metapere. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Happy 80th birthday Ila Wikitoria Cleone Crofts Bennett Howse – born 19 May, 1933. Hope you have a great day Mum. Love always, Tini, Daniel, Iola, Michael-Francis, Adam and Josephine. [Read more…]

Destination Rapanui

In November 2012, Kate Souness (Ngāi Tūāhuriri), joined the crew of Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, as part of the Waka Tapu voyage. This is her account of her journey. My name is Kate Souness. I’m a descendant of Rawiri Te Marie. My Poppa’s name is Peter Bates and Mum is Ra Bates. [Read more…]

Kung fu fighting

After a successful year at Renwick Tae Kwando Club, Jesse Anne Cain, 16, succeeded in passing her black belt first dan in Nelson. As a red belt, black tip, Jesse won three gold medals last year for patterns and fighting.

In October Jesse won gold for patterns and fighting at the Top of the South competition in Blenheim. [Read more…]

Thanks from the Pohio whānau

It is now two years since we lost Joseph Te Hau Pohio, so tragically in the February 22 earthquake. One life was saved by his action in the earthquake, and in that action Joe gave his life. During this sad time we were helped by so many people, many of whom we never got a chance to thank personally. The visit from Pita Sharples, Mark Solomon and Ngāi Tahu whānau and their waiata and support was much appreciated and will always be remembered. Please accept this acknowledgment as a personal and heartfelt thank you. To the world he was our son – to us he was the world. [Read more…]

He poroporoaki ka tamatoa na matamata

Kā Tamatoa o Matamata, Maraka mai ki Ruka,
E mau ki ō Patu Pounemu,
Kōrero i ōu tohu, te kura takai puni,
Te-toka-tū-moana o kā Toa-Rakatira ki Uta,
Te-toka-tū-moana o kā Toa-Rakatira ki Tai,
Te-toka-tū-moana, i te tukutahi whakarere. [Read more…]

Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Society IncorporatedNotice of intention to call for nominations for appointment committee

Appointment committee nominations
Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Society Incorporated will be calling for nominations for the appointment committee at the rūnanga general meeting on Sunday 9 December 2012. If you would like to be a member of the appointment committee, you will need to attend this meeting and submit your nomination. You can contact the Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Office phone: 03 313 5542, fax: 03 313 5542 or email: [email protected] for information regarding the criteria for nominations. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Kua kotahi tau a Xavier Johnson-Kereru. [Read more…]

CPIT Rakatahi Awards

Congratulations to Ariana Reihana (Yr 12) who was a winner in the Te Rau Tītapu section at the CPIT Rakatahi Awards. This award recognised her excellence in te reo Māori NCEA level 1. These awards are aimed at encouraging and recognising outstanding achievements among Māori students and to encourage positive engagement of Māori learners in education. Te mutunga kē mai o te pai Ariana. [Read more…]

He mihi aroha ki te pā-harakeke o Aunty Kui

Nō te rā tuangahuru o tērā marama tō koutou nā taonga puipuiaki i riro ai i te ringa kaha o aituā. Heoi anō aku mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa o te whānau e mōteatea tonu ana ki a ia, e pania tonutia ana e te kōkōwai o Hinenuitepō. E ai ki ngā kōrero, kotahi ia te waka e here ai te tangata, heoi, koia hoki tērā ināianei kua kawea ki te kapunipuni o ngā wairua, kua tuia ki te pae o maumahara. Ko tōna ariā ka mau tonu ki te rae o ōna tamariki mokopuna, ā, e kore rawa e mate. Heoi anō e Kui, terea to waka i runga i te tai awatea; moe mai rā i tō moenga roa; waiho mai mātou ki muri nei haku ai, tangi ai, huamo ai. [Read more…]