On 1 October, Te Taumutu whānau and tamariki were joined on their outing to Ōnawe Peninsula by Ōtākou whānau and students from Te Pā o Rākaihautū.

Pere Tainui regaled people with information about the site and the important historical aspects for Ngāi Tahu – ngā mihi ki a koe, e hoa. We then walked to the highest point. David Perenara-O’Connell pointed out areas on our way up. We passed through three previous gateways and viewed an old-fashioned natural refrigerator. When we reached the top we had the most awesome 360-degree view. [Read more…]

After more than six years of researching and piecing together family history, Virginia (Ginnie) Mayo (Ngāi Tahu), of Little Akaloa, has produced her book William ‘The Carpenter’ from Wiltshire.’

Virginia, who is the great-great-granddaughter of William Gilbert and Heni Te Marino, has written to dozens of contacts over the past six years, many of whom have supplied her with photographs, stories or contact addresses to help with her research.

“It just grew like Topsy,” she says. “I discovered relatives I didn’t even know about.” [Read more…]

Whakaahua Tīpuna/Whānau
Last month Te Pānui Rūnaka published this image on the back page and requested names or information be provided about the photograph, which was titled ‘Māori Kāika, Akaroa’.

Whānau members made contact with us to advise names, which are listed below. Our thanks and appreciation for this information go to Aroha Reid, Raymond Te Aho Barry and Pere Tainui. [Read more…]