Pā picnic

On 6 February, 80-100 whānau gathered down at the pā field for our annual picnic. Matua Eli Weepu started our day with a karakia, and then the fun began. The sun was beaming down on us, everyone was covered in sun block and our kaumātua were all under shade. Everyone loved being together for a good catch up and a fun-filled day. [Read more…]

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Henare Te Aika-Puanaki and Rhea Waretini would like to announce their new pēpi, Te Maiaorere o Ngā Whakaaro Tiki te Aroha Te Aika-Puanaki Waretini (Maiao for short). He was born on 10 April weighing 6.3lbs. He is a great moko for Teresa Te Aika and first moko for Lynne Te Aika. He is a healthy young boy and was an early gift as he was born a month before his due date. His iwi are Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Kahungunu. [Read more…]

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae would like to congratulate all our whānau who have had babies over the holidays. I apologise if I have missed any other baby news.

Big ups to the wee cuzzie Jake Meihana and his partner Kelsie May Hibbs on the arrival of their special boy, Nixon Brett Hibbs-Meihana, who was born at Greymouth Hospital at 3.08am on 28 December weighing 7lb 9 oz. He is a new moko for Mellisa Jane Clarke, Brenden Hibbs, Sue Meihana and Joe Mason. [Read more…]

Rugby league contract

Danny Levi.

Danny Levi.

Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Waewae descendant Danny Levi, has signed with National Rugby League club (NRL) Newcastle Knights.

Danny is the great-grandson of Raymond Lousich and his father is Daniel Levi (Snr).

Danny started playing rugby league for the Randwick club in Lower Hutt and also played in representative Orca sides.

In 2013, he signed a contract with Newcastle Knights and was made captain of their Holden Cup under 20s side. Danny, the youngest player (now aged 18) in the team, led the Knights to the 2014 minor premiership and later he was named in the 2014 Holden Cup team. To cap off his NRL year, the Knights extended his contract for a further two years from 2015. [Read more…]

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A big congratulations, to proud parents Terangia Kaya Mason and her partner, on the safe arrival of Kaya Latoya Mason born 24 September, weighing 3160 grams.

A big mihi goes out to Kaya’s tāua and pōua, Donna Mason and Tyrone Tainui, and also great-tāua and pōua, Jillian and Donald Mason, and Selena Tainui. [Read more…]

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Hohepa Timms Gray, 8lbs 8oz was born on 15 August – a son for Myra Timms and Shannon Gray; mokopuna of Major and Angela Timms.

Twins Seth and Paisley Smith Horton, were born 11 August, to Steven Horton and Kate Smith; mokopuna of Jackie Timms.

Tini King, a baby girl was born on 22 August; a mokopuna for Suzzane King.

To Rangi Clayton and Ally Williams, congratulations on the birth of Mania Ramana Mahuri-Hemi Williams-Clayton on 30 June. [Read more…]

Fusion holiday programme

On 7 July, we ran our school holiday programme again. We had around 30 tamariki at the marae waiting to see what we had planned for the week. We enjoyed a cruisy morning of introductions and yummy kai, and in the afternoon Uncle Joe Mason came to run a karaoke competition with the kids. Our kids have lots of talent – as we found out that day. [Read more…]

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Nau mai haere mai ki a Kaitatea Leith Hepi. A second son for Tom and Leiani Hepi, born on 15 February, weighing 6 pound 10 ounces. He is a little brother for Kahurangi and new moko for Jeff and Carol Reardon and Tom and Airini Hepi. [Read more…]

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Nau mai, haere mai ki Nixon Brent Paitoto Condon, a first beautiful son for Nikki-Leigh Wilson-Beazley and Hayden Condon, who both hail from South Westland. Nixon arrived on 6 November weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces.

He is a very special first moko for Kara Edwards and Terry Beazley, and the late Brent Mahuika. He is also the first mokopuna tuarua for Helen and Ian Rasmussen, and Joe Edwards. [Read more…]