Ngā mate

To all our whānau suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnanga extends our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating birthdays this month.

Te Rourou Whakatipuranga o Awarua

Located on the grounds of Te Rau Aroha Marae and overlooking Bluff Harbour, Awarua Rūnanga has the southern-most marae-based bi-lingual early childhood education centre. The centre is staffed with three fully-trained kaiako (bachelor of teaching endorsed in early childhood education) and two experienced kaiāwhina (one is in their second year of early childhood education training).

The staff and management committee are dedicated and passionate about providing high quality programmes that build and extend tamariki learning and confidence. Their unique local curriculum is based on Te Ao Māori and affirms the tamariki heritage and language.

The centre is open from 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and is open to tamariki aged from three months to five-years. The centre offers kura kaupapa i mua (a bicultural before school programme) for three and a half to five-year-olds, on Mondays and Thursdays. Centre closures are for three weeks over the Christmas period and statutory days.

If you are looking for childcare that provides a caring and culturally stimulating environment then contact the centre’s kairuruku/coordinator, Trish Kerr on: 022128866 or text: 0273888266; or email: [email protected] to find out more about the 20 free hours for over three-year-olds and enrolment.

Kaumātua Christmas dinner

Te Rau Aroha Marae will be holding a Christmas dinner for Bluff senior citizens on Wednesday 2 December at 12.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Bluff Community School kapa haka group.

If you live in Bluff and would like to come along and catch up with your friends, share some festive fare and entertainment, please contact Jacqui or Sharon on: 212 7205 by 23 November to confirm your attendance for catering purposes as numbers are limited.

Pānui contributions
If members have an item they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu please contact Tina on: 03 212 6029 or email: [email protected]

Membership database

We are constantly updating our membership database and have found that many members’ children have had children of their own who need to be registered. If you are one of these people we encourage you to contact us on: 03 212 6029 or email: [email protected] to request registration form/s. NB: If your enquiries relate to registering with Ngāi Tahu please contact the Whakapapa Unit on 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting the rūnanga on the above number or email address.

Thanks to Te Rūnanga o Awarua for securing funding from the Ngāi Tahu Fund for the korowai weaving wānanga that was held at Te Rau Aroha Marae in late June.

Korowai weaving tutor Maata McManus from Ngaruawahia provided the tuition for some very eager students. Maata brought with her, experienced helpers Annie Rewharewha and mokopuna, Aaaliyah and Jayden Abraham.

Our first wānanga saw two students start on their whānau korowai and 22 students started the journey with a short korowai. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

To all our whānau, suffering the loss of loved ones at this time Awarua Rūnanga extends all our love and sympathy.

Rā whānau

Happy birthday to all of you celebrating birthdays this month.

Get well

Last month, when we were experiencing good old Jack Frost at our marae kitchen our cook, Sharon Malofie slipped at her back door and broke her arm. Unfortunately, Sharon is out of commission for about six weeks. Rest up and we will see you back at work when your arm is all better.

Pānui contributions

If members have an item of interest they wish to share with te whānau o Ngāi Tahu please contact Tina on 03 212 6029 or email [email protected]

Membership database

We are constantly updating our membership database and have found that many members’ children have had children of their own who require registering. If you are one of these people, we encourage you to contact us on the details above to request registration form/s.

We also encourage those members who have changed residential or email addresses to update their details by contacting us at the rūnanga.

NB: If your enquiries relate to registering with Ngāi Tahu please contact the Whakapapa Unit on 0800 524 8248.

Awarua Rūnanga.

Awarua Rūnanga.

With the New Year approaching many people will set their New Year resolutions – what an opportune time to set some te reo goals. Kia Kūrapa ki Awarua will be the first beginner to intermediate wānaka of the New Year – Friday 30 January (5pm) until Sunday 1 February (2pm). Kia Kūrapa is a safe, supportive learning environment for all learners. Led by pou reo and kaiako from the Aoraki Matatū programme. Kick start 2015 and your te reo with this wānaka. [Read more…]

A Ngāi Tahu conservation wānanga is being held on 12-14 March at Te Rau Aroha marae, Awarua / Bluff. If you want to attend and have not already registered follow the links on the Ngāi Tahu website (http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/Ngai-Tahu-Whanui/Natural-Environment/wananga.php) or email Elya Ameriks at [email protected]. Numbers are limited.

Kia Kūrapa is a weekend of te reo Māori wānaka for those who are at beginners and intermediate levels. Areas of focus at this wānaka are te reo me ōna tikaka, Kāi Tahu waiata, mōteatea and the kōrero of Kā Roimata (the daughter of Te Maiharanui) and the link between Te Tai o Mahaanui and Awarua tio. [Read more…]

Tiny Metzger – 80th Birthday

On Sunday 2 September, one of our renowned and much loved Bluff kaumātua, Tiny Metzger, celebrated his 80th birthday with an informal lunch at Te Rau Aroha.
Tiny is the eldest of two children born to Nicholas ‘The Fox’ Metzger and his wife Mouru/Caroline (née Haberfield). [Read more…]