Ngā mate

To all our whānau suffering the loss of loved one at this time, Waihao Rūnanga extends our deepest sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating recently. Special mention to our executive secretary, Ivy Johnston.

He pēpi

Our congratulations to all whānau who have welcomed a pēpi.

Morven School

Our local Morven School has celebrated the end of an important era in the Morven community history with a school reunion that coincided with the school’s closure. Waihao Marae assisted the school in making this a successful occasion.

Marae visits

Students from Glenavy School and Waimate High School visited the marae in February as part of learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. Approximately 50 Year 8 Waimate High School students and staff assisted whānau with harvesting and preparing raupō for future repairs to our mōkihi.

We would like to thank Wes from Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust and Sophia from Working Waters Trust for assisting us in this project.


We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka. If you wish to contribute, please send your news and/or stories to the office.

The marae office is currently updating the whānau database. You will receive either a letter or an email about this in the near future. Please respond to these and provide the information required to assist in this project.

Appointments committee

The following people were successful in their application and have been appointed to the appointments committee: Ian Brunton, Lex Brunton, Graeme Lane, Jennifer Thomas, Dave Thomas, Martyn Smith and Dardanelle McLean-Smith with Martyn Smith being elected as Chairperson.

TRoNT nominations

Te Rūnanga o Waihao
Applications are invited for the positions of Waihao Rūnanga Representative and Alternate to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. For information and application forms please contact Ron Donaldson, on behalf of the Appointment Committee Chair: Email: [email protected] Ph: 03 689 4726.

Applications must be submitted by close of business on April 9.

School blessing

On Sunday 31 May, Te Taumutu Rūnanga kaumātua and rūnanga members assisted with the official opening of the next stage of the new buildings at Te Kura o Te Tauawa, Halswell School.

Halswell school was significantly damaged after the September 2010 earthquake and Te Taumutu Rūnanga has worked alongside the school to assist  in incorporating cultural aspects into the design of the new school. [Read more…]


Sarah Thomas must be congratulated for her graduation from Otago Polytechic, where she was awarded her Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management at the end of 2013.

The award ceremony for Māori graduates took place at the Sargood Center at Logan Park on 5 December and was opened by Huata Holmes. After the presentations graduates, whānau and friends enjoyed kai. [Read more…]

Henry Davis-Te Maire in Hyde Park, London.


Ngā mate

Henry Joseph Kira Davis-Te Maire 1945-2012.

Born the eldest of four to Harry and Mary Davis-Te Maire, Henry was raised on Māori Road at Waihao. He joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in 1961 as a mechanical engineer (stoker) and saw war service in Malaysia. [Read more…]