Kai ora whānau we have had another very busy month and great to see all of our kaumātua and health services underway. Don’t forget the Kā Pūtea grants and scholarships for our tertiary students are open until 28 April. Check out www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities or if you require support or further information give Colleen a call at Hokonui Rūnanga 03 208 7954.

Greetings from Hokonui Rūnanga,
It has been a busy few months here at Hokonui, we have had many groups and organisations make use of our new complex for various hui.

Otago/Southland men’s hui

We recently hosted this hui at our complex, it’s always a pleasure to assist with hui like these. New Zealand is one of the worst countries in the world for family violence – we need to step up and make a change. Men from all walks of life are invited to attend the hui which will focus on how men can take leadership to reduce and prevent family violence in our whānau, our communities and our region. For more information you can visit www.familiesfreefromviolence.org.nz or phone 0800 474 1121.

Chinese Consul-General visit

Jin Zhijian the Chinese Consul-General made a promotional trip to the Hokonui region and visited our rūnanga along with the Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks and their respective entourage. We were grateful to have the kapa haka group from Longford Intermediate to help welcome them as well as international students from local high schools.

Kohera rā
Kohera e
Tutapa mai nuku
Tutapa mai whiti
Kia rongo te pō
Kia rongo te Ao
Kia pātata mai tō hau manawa
Ki tōku arongo manawa
Hai puta ki te whai ao
Ki te Ao mārama
Tihei mauri ora
Anei te rōpū kaitiaki o Hokonui e mihi atu nei,
Ki a koutou e noho mai nā i ngā wāhi o te motu
Mai i te Rerenga Wairua, tae rawa atu ki Rakiura te punga o te Waipounamu
Tēnā koutou katoa
Otirā, ngā mate, e hinga mai nā, e hinga atu rā, ki Rakiura, tae noa ki te Reinga, waiho rātou kua nunumi ki te pō, kua rehu atu ki te rua
Haere, haere, oki oki moe mai rā.
Tātou te hunga ora, te kanohi ora
Ki te kanohi ora
Anei te whānau o Hokonui Rūnanga
e mihi atu nei e tangi atu nei
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

We would like to take this chance to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and good blessings for the New Year. We would also like to thank you all for the support and help that you have given this year during our rebuild. We look forward to starting the New Year in our new complex.

Building update

After a long year of planning and building we are just about finished. We should be completed by the end of this working year. We have made considerable changes in expanding our building, so we can be of better service to our whānau and community.
Once the building is finished we will put new photos in the pānui for everyone to see. We are getting excited here at Hokonui, as we near the end of this project and start next year fresh.

Hokonui Rūnanga appointments

Hokonui Rūnanga invites applicants for the positions of the Hokonui representative and the alternate representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Applications must be in writing and meet the application criteria of the Hokonui Rūnanga electoral process.

Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 2 November. Please contact the rūnanga office for a copy of the application. Please address any correspondence to: Netta Mackintosh, appointments committee chair, PO Box 114, Gore 9740; or email: [email protected]

Greetings from us all here at Hokonui Rūnanga. It seems the months are flying by too fast, it’s hard to believe it is August already.

We have had some icy frosts the last couple of months here in Gore. Our pond even froze over for a couple of days – it wasn’t strong enough for human ice skating but our boy Zac managed to get out on it for a skate. [Read more…]

Tihei Mauriora

Tīhei uri uri, tīhei nako nako
Ka tau hā whakatau. Ko te papa i raro nei
Ka tau hā whakatau. Ko te rangi i runga nei
Auē, eke panuku eke Tangaroa
Whano, whano hara mai te toki
Haumi e, hui e tāiki e
E ngā mana e ngā reo. E nga karangarangatanga
Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā tatou katoa. [Read more…]

Kia ora and greetings from everybody at Hokonui Rūnanga. We hope you all had an enjoyable and safe Easter break.

Rā whānau

We celebrated Netta Mackintosh’s 90th birthday last month with staff/volunteers and kaumātua from health days.

We are very lucky to have Netta as part of Hokonui Rūnanga team. We hope you enjoyed your get-together Netta.

Netta blowing her candles out.

Netta blowing her candles out.

Complex update

We have received approved resource consent and building consent, so we are excited to inform everyone that within the next couple of weeks demolition will start. It feels like it’s been a long time since we had the fire in May 2014, but we cannot wait to start the rebuild. The rebuild is expected to take around seven to eight months to complete. We will keep you all updated with progress reports as the building goes along.

Rā whānau

We would like to take the opportunity to wish one of our kaumātua, Netta Mackintosh a very happy 90th birthday. Netta has strong whakapapa links to various Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnaka.

She has been an active member of Hokonui Rūnanga for well over 20 years and during this time Netta has held various portfolios including the Otago District Health Board, Otago Museum, trustee for our Hokonui Rūnanga Health & Social Services Trust, as well as being our Secretary. Netta was also involved with another past executive member the late Dr Peter Snow ( Tapanui Flu ) in getting the West Otago Health Services established in Tapanui. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Gordan (Old Man) Selwyn Stephens
A mighty tōtara has fallen, in the forest of Tāne Mahuta. All those who sheltered beneath his mana, under his care and protection will always remember him with much love and respect.

A sometimes contentious man, a warrior of strong beliefs who stood tall, lent strength to all those who loved him – truly a warrior of rangatiratanga. [Read more…]

We can’t believe how fast the year has rolled around. It’s been a big year for Hokonui Rūnanga and we cannot wait for next year, so we can start the mammoth task of reinstating the rūnanga. Tenders are out for the rebuild and we expect building to start mid-January.

Office hours

Our office will close on 19 December and will reopen on 12 January. All of the staff and volunteers of the rūnanga would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Take care and enjoy the holiday season.

Ngā mate

Hokonui Rūnanga would like to send our thoughts and condolences to all those who have suffered the loss of loved ones during this time.

Hokonui Rūnanga website

You can check out the latest coming and goings of Hokonui Rūnanga at www.hokonuirunanga.org.nz.

Ngā mate

Tīhei mauri ora
Te toto o te tangata, he whenua
Piki mai rā, kake mai rā
Kia tau te manu ki tēnei pae
Ka tau te manu ki tēnā pae
Ko heri, ko hera
Me kimi me tangahau, kei tēnei piringa
Kei tēnā kokonga
Āe koa, he koa
Ka ao, ka ao, ka ao te rā
Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangatanga [Read more…]

Fire damages marae buildings

It was a sad day for Hokonui on 13 May, when our rūnanga buildings caught fire. The fire started out in our workshop at the rear of the complex. The workshop shed backs directly on to our ablution blocks inside the main building so the fire caused major damage to those also. Our kitchen, dining room and staff offices were also affected due to the fire raging through the cellings.

This means that three-quarters of our building will have to be demolished and rebuilt. We have been told by the fire inspector that the cause of the fire was due to a rodent chewing through the wires on the shed switchboard. [Read more…]

The Mataura River Art Project

Last Kaumātua Health Day we went out to Mandeville Gallery to look at the Mataura River Art Project. Community arts worker, Janet de Wagt, worked with 21 primary schools (more than 1800 school children in total)  to create a special art exhibition that celebrates the Mataura River in all its forms.

The students and teachers have worked with a large variety of materials. The displays were amazing to see and a lot of hard work that went into each piece of artwork. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Kā mihi aroha. To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Hokonui Rūnanga wishes to extend all our love and sympathy.

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already into its third month. It’s been a very busy year so far at Hokonui.

Membership registrations

We have a lot of Hokonui Rūnanga membership registrations that have out-of-date contact information attached to them. It’s hard to keep track of everybody and keep everybody informed without the right contact details. If you think you may need to update, please contact the office by either visiting our website www.hokonuirunanga.org.nz or email [email protected]

Nurse-led clinics

As of the beginning of July, we will be holding nurse-led clinics, starting in Gore and Mataura.

More information about these clinics will be available closer to July. They have been secured until July 2017.

Karaka mai manu tītī
Taki mai manu weka.
Tū teitei te mauka nui
Te mauka Aoraki.
Rere atu te wai o Waitaki 
Ki ruka te mania pākihi whakatekateka o Waitaha.
Tū mai Kāi Tahu
Kāti Mamoe
me Waitaha nui tonu 
E tū, e tū, e tū
Tīhei mauri ora
Ka nui te mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa. Hai ārahi i te mahi i tēnei tau, me te whai i te reo Māori. E te hunga mate ki te hunga mate, e te hunga ora ki te hunga ora, tēnei tātou te hunga ora.

Nō reira e te whānau whānui, kia mau kia ita kia kore ai e karo kia pupuri! Kia ora tātou. [Read more…]

Attention owners of Waikawa Block XVI Section 9

The trustees will hold an annual general meeting in Dunedin on 8-9 March, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Edgar Centre, Port Otago Lounge, 116 Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin, 10am-5pm on 8 March and 10am-2pm on 9 March. Trustees request that a RSVP of attendance by beneficial owners is sent to [email protected] by 3 December, 2013.

Beneficial owners will receive details of the draft agenda, any meeting papers, venue and times of the meeting by return email. Could all beneficial owners of the above section please check that their succession rights are registered correctly with the Maori Land Court before 3 December 2013. Nā Alan Garth, Trustee.


Last month we held a ceremony for students who were graduating from the Project K programme.

Project K is a 14-month programme for selected year 10 students, aimed at building their self-confidence and maximising their potential. Project K teaches essential life skills like goal-setting, self-reliance, perseverance, general life skills and teamwork. It also promotes good health and a positive attitude.

This is achieved through four programme stages including an induction, a three-week wilderness adventure, a community challenge, and a 12-month individual mentoring partnership with a trained adult mentor.  Throughout the programme the students are supported to set and achieve their goals.

It was a great night and we congratulate all the students who graduated and wish them well for future success. Many thanks to Mateka Pirini and Tui Puki for the scrumptious catering and help setting up for the event. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Kaumātua Reg Nicholas recently celebrated his 75th birthday.

Reg Nicholas and granddaughter Poppy enjoying birthday celebrations.

Reg Nicholas and granddaughter Poppy enjoying birthday celebrations.

[Read more…]