Tēnei te mihi ki te whānau whānui o Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Your feedback is needed on our draft language strategy which, when finalised and adopted, will become an important foundation for our rūnaka and hapū as we move into the next phase of our journey as Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. Feedback is needed from everyone, but in particular we encourage younger members to think about the future they want and whether this draft language strategy will help to achieve that. Once we have collated feedback, we will consider what further input is needed. The key question: do you share the long-term vision of the draft strategy? If not, what is your long-term vision for te reo Māori for our rūnaka and on our marae? [Read more…]

Ngā pūtea Māhaki mātauraka

Our Komiti Mātauraka wishes to announce that we have a range of scholarships available. Applications are now being accepted for the following pūtea tautoko. Application forms can be accessed via the rūnaka website or by contacting the office.

Whaia te mātauraka

Secondary boarding school scholarship
These scholarships are open to Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio registered students attending secondary boarding school (especially Māori boarding schools), who meet a set of criteria aimed at demonstrating commitment to kaupapa Māori, our rūnanga, hapū and iwi. An application pack can be accessed via the rūnanga office. Applications close 31 March 2017. [Read more…]

Graduations are emotional events, as graduates found at the Otago Polytechnic in conjunction with Capable NZ and Pre-Māori and the main graduation ceremonies held from 8 – 10 December. Our congratulations go to Ōtākou members, Michelle Taiaroa McDonald and Paulette Tamati-Elliffe who both graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Management Strategic Management with distinction; and Natalie Karaitiana in Bachelor in Applied Management and Māori Organisational Leadership with distinction. [Read more…]

Felicity McMillan

Ko Aoraki tōku maunga
Ko Waitaki tōku awa
Ko Uruao tōku waka
Ko Arowhenua te marae
Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi
Ko Kāti Huirapa tōku hapū
Ko Tarawhata tōku tupuna
Ko Arowhenua te marae
Ko Te Hapa o Nui Tireni te wharenui
Ko Liz rāua ko Lloyd ōku mātua
Ko Neihana rāua ko Irihapati aku tamariki
Ko Nathan Meager taku whaiāipo
Ko Felicity McMillan ahau
Kei Waipopo tōku kāika
Nō reira
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou tēnā tātou katoa. [Read more…]

Tell us a little about yourself:

Hi My name is Jack Virtue (Kāi Tahu). I was born and raised in the central North Island on our family farm on the outskirts of Taumarunui. I got a Cadetship at a training farm in the Hawkes Bay called Smedley Station. This was a two year practical work Cadetship where I learnt so many things, from chainsaw work to all things general farm-work in the first year. The second year was working with the stock on the property. Learning stockmanship, breaking in horses and dog training. Most days involved saddling up your horse and riding to work to achieve the objectives given for the day. [Read more…]

Thank you

I would to thank Ngāi Tahu iwi and my rūnanga o Moeraki for the financial support over my four years of study at Auckland University. I’m happy to report that I graduated with first class honours in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree this year. Your support fed me and motivated me when things got tough during those years. It reminded me that I was not doing the degree just for myself but also for the people that encouraged and helped me achieve my educational goal. I hope it will encourage others that may follow in my footsteps one day. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou, Ngaumu Jones.

Ngaumu Jones, recent graduate with first class honours.

Ngaumu Jones, recent graduate with first class honours.

Rūnanga general meetings

Meetings are held bi-monthly. Before each meeting there is a whānau hui to discuss what whānau would like for the next whaka whanaungatanga weekend and any other whānau aspirations. The next rūnanga meeting will be held 10.30am, 26 November at Moeraki Marae following the whānau meeting.

  • November Whakawhanaungatanga – 5 and 6 November
  • Christmas celebrations-more details when these have been finalised

Annual general meeting

A reminder that the annual general meeting for Te Rūnanga o Moeraki Inc will be held on Sunday 27 November at the marae. It would be great to see many whānau come and tautoko the kaupapa. Accommodation is always available at the marae for whānau who wish to stay for the weekend. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Update from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Rep

Last month, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu had the remainder of its Papatipu Rūnanga aspirational goals presentations. Moeraki presented in August. And all presentations are available on the Ngāi Tahu website. The Moeraki presentation is available as both video and PowerPoint from the office. Pre-TRoNT teleconferences are held on the Wednesday before the hui. The next one is on Wednesday 16 November at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome – whether you just want to listen or comment as well. The TRoNT report goes out with the rūnanga general meeting papers. If you are not on the email to receive these, please contact the office and ask to be added to the list.

We are planning a workshop for whānau in 2017 in relation to Papatipu Rūnanga aspirational goals – watch Te Pānui Rūnaka for further details. If you want to contact TRoNT rep, Karen Coutts, please contact the office to be put in touch.

The new office block was officially opened on the day of the annual general meeting by our eldest kaumātua Ivy McGaughey who was supported by upoko Tewera King and whānau. Our office staff will be shifting into their new space this month. We’ve also had new curtains installed and a fresh coat of paint in both the wharenui and dining rooms. We have received many compliments on how lovely the marae is looking. [Read more…]

Te Kura o Te Paroa from Whakatāne

On 8 October Arahura Marae welcomed Te Kura o Te Paroa from Whakatāne. It was a lovely afternoon spent with them, the waiata they sung was just beautiful. From here they travelled south to Franz Josef and further south then over to the east coast of the island. The kura usually do an annual hīkoi overseas however this year decided to travel Te Waipounamu.

Rūnanga business

Rūnanga hui every second Sunday of each month 11am-3pm. Enquires to Te Tari o Arahura phone: (03) 755 6451 or email: [email protected]

We welcome contributions from whānau for Te Pānui Rūnaka, so please tell us your stories by sending any news and photos to: [email protected] or phone: 03 755 6451. Or visit the tari anytime between 9am-3pm weekdays.

Puna Pūtea o KMK

KMK funding is available for all registered Ngāi Tahu individuals, whānau and cluster groups who want to develop their Māori language. The next funding round closes on the 28 October. For application forms or more information, check out our website: www.kmk.maori.nz.

Contestable Funds

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What He Toki course are you doing?
I am doing He Toki Stage 1 Carpentry at Ara.

What drew you to the He Toki programme?
I had studied construction at school and thought I wanted to go further with that, so I signed up.

What school did you go to?
I was at Papanui High School, I was one of the Deputy Head Students.

How did you find out about He Toki?
I was actually just looking around on the internet for apprenticeships and came across He Toki. I thought better get some skills first as it makes it a lot easier in the trades if you have a bit more experience.

Are you enjoying the programme?
Yeah it’s good, all the boys and ladies are good. Its full on but it gets easier and easier. I would say I am on the right path.

Are the tutors good?
Yeah it can be full on – they are firm but fair.

Would you recommend He Toki?
Yeah definitely it’s a good pathway for people to go on.

Tawera Warren.

Tawera Warren.

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The Ngāi Tahu Fund was established to vitalise, strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahutanga.

The next funding round is now open and applications close on Friday 31 March 2017. For fairness to others, we will not be accepting any late or incomplete applications.

What we look at funding:

  • The Fund focuses on supporting cultural projects around:
  • Whakapapa – kinship
  • Tikanga – protocols and customs
  • Te reo – language
  • Mahi toi – creative expression
  • Whenua – landscape, place and locality
  • Mahinga kai – customary food gathering, species protection and restoration
  • Ngā uara – values and beliefs
  • Ā kāinga, ā hapū, ā iwi – community engagement and participation; and
  • Mana tangata – self-determination and self-confidence.

[Read more…]

We have now distributed 179 packs to whānau. The feedback from those receiving these packs has been so positive, we figure sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some of our Ngāi Tahu pēpi enjoying the contents of their packs.

Nau mai e rea kia mihi atu tō iwi ki a koe. Weaving the newest strands of Tahu.

Sebastian Lardelli.

Sebastian Lardelli.

Benjamin Thomas.

Benjamin Thomas.

Louie Anglem.

Louie Anglem.

matauranga logo

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu recognises the importance of providing our tamariki with support to achieve. This can be a challenge when our sector is in need of more te reo Māori speakers who are proficient teachers.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is aiming to provide professional learning and development opportunities for teachers of Ngāi Tahu and Māori descent. In order to offer these exiting opportunities – we need your help to identity these teachers.

We are looking for teachers who are currently employed in a school, kura or ECE. These positions can include full-time, part-time, casual relief, teacher aides and resource teachers of learning and behaviour.

If you know of any who fit this mould, please encourage them to take advantage of these opportunities by contacting Andre Konia: [email protected]

The Kā Pūtea Scholarship panel met in early June to award the 2016 Kā Pūtea targeted and general scholarships.
The table below lists the 22 scholarships awarded ($1,500 per scholarship). The remaining scholarship applications have been sent to Papatipu Rūnanga, who will each allocate up to $1,500 (this may be split between more than one recipient).

For further information about these and other grants please call 0800 524 8248.

ka putea recipients 2016

Kia ora. My name is Hape Ki Tuarangi. I’m a recipient of Te Uru Rangi scholarship and a recent graduate at Enspiral Dev Academy in Wellington. Here is a little bit about my background, whakapapa and future ambitions.

I’m 25 years-old and te reo Māori is my first language. I was born and bred in Ōtaki. I attended Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Wharekura and Whare Wānanga. I have two children, who are also following in my footsteps and currently attend kura. For the past five years, I have been the Moodle Administrator/Developer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa – the Māori tertiary institution here in Ōtaki. During that time, I have been fortunate to learn from the likes of Antony Royal, who has been a mentor to me. I have helped set up and maintain a learning management system, along with a handful of other I.T projects. [Read more…]

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka members hosted nine Aparima College students and support staff for a lunch at Takutai o Te Tītī Marae. Rangimaria Suddaby, Lynley McKay and Riki Dallas have been involved in a responsive writing programme, arranged by the college during term three. The programme was the first time the pen-pals have met each other. Once the introductions were exchanged we were able to further discuss each other’s interests. It was great to find out two of the students have connections to the Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. This programme was also assisted by Stewart Bull and Rebecca McKay, and has seen vast improvements in the students’ writing and confidence. It will continue for the rest of the term and into the future. [Read more…]

Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka congratulates Theresa Pankhurst (mokopuna of Marjorie Manaena née Gutzel, and descendant of Mere Wehikore and James Leader of Aparima) who graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (double major in human genetics and molecular pathology) and is now on the road to completing her Masters of Clinical Immunology. She is currently doing an internship with Volpara Health Technologies, working on a project looking at creating a stable measure for temporal changes in mammographic breast density. She hopes to better understand how breast density could be a surrogate biomarker of breast cancer. We wish Theresa all the best for her further studies. [Read more…]

Mokopuna Reo recently visited Fale Pasifika Pre-school based at Waimātaitai School, to share culture, kai, waiata and laughter. All practiced together for ‘Te Korohi o te Pēpi’, and everyone enjoyed watching all the pre-schools participating at the event.

Also, we have been practising for the opening ceremony of Te Hapa o Niu Tireni. We are looking forward to being back in the whare. Our mokopuna reo babies were crying and sobbing asking us: ”Why are they breaking our marae?” Pātai tuarua? “Kai hea kā heihei?”

We went with the Tamariki Ora Holiday wānaka which included three fun-filled days. [Read more…]

Our daughter, Tanya Filia recently graduated from Massey University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Māori Education with distinction. Tanya also has a Diploma in primary teaching and a Bachelor of Education, and was until recently, the principal of Kohukohu Primary School North Hokianga. Her Kāi Tahu whakapapa on her father’s side is to Takaroa Makutu (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri) and Peti Huntly. Takaroa Makutu was the son of Te Karue who was prominent in defending land rights at Tua Marina (Wairau Incident).

Tanya is heavily involved in her local marae, hapū and rūnanga. As her parents, we feel her achievement is of extra special significance because during her studies she was (and is still) recovering from a grade 4 brain tumour operation. Tanya has had to travel regularly from her home in Ōmāpere, Hokianga for aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Auckland Hospital. Although Tanya lives with her whānau in Te Tai Tokerau she is fiercely proud of her whakapapa and her Kāi Tahutanga. Nā Wayne and Alecia Robinson.

From left: Tanya’s husband John Filia, Tanya Filia and daughters Carinza (right) and Willow (in front).

From left: Tanya’s husband John Filia, Tanya Filia and daughters Carinza (right) and Willow (in front).

The rūnaka held its annual Reading Challenge for Kāti Māhaki tamariki in the July school holidays. Each completed entry form received a book as a gift for participation and the two major prize-winners were Amy Scott and Kaea Mahuika-Davies.

Congratulations to all participants – you all did such a fantastic job.

Prizes ready to go to our participants and winners.

Prizes ready to go to our participants and winners.