On Saturday 13 June at 10am, the trust deed for Te Poāri a Pukekura was signed at a ceremony at the Royal Albatross Centre. This is the joint management group for Pukekura, made up of the rūnanga members, Korako Karetai Trust, Dunedin City Council, and the Department of Conservation, and it is the culmination of many years of work.

The date is an auspicious one – the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by Korako and Karetai on the HMS Herald, just off Pukekura. [Read more…]

The Korako-Karetai whānau held a wānanga at Ōtākou over Labour Weekend. Over 60 whānau attended and the weather was lovely. Tawhiri Matea held off until just after we all left.

Whānau participated in whakapapa and harakeke workshops, while tamariki played in the beautiful grounds of the marae. Alan Harnett came along to teach us a thing or two about bone carving. The tamariki were fascinated and stoked when Alan presented every one of them with their very own taonga. Thanks Alan.

The food was amazing, kōura (crayfish), pākirikiri (blue cod), tuna (eel) and some very delicious heihei (chicken). Debbie Williams along with Gail and Justin Thompson, were the most skilful and good humoured ringa wera – an example to us all. [Read more…]