Saturday 19 November 2016
Ko tēnei te karaka ki kā mauka whakahī o Kāi Tahu. Nau mai, hoki mai ki Hui-ā-Tau 2016, ki Koukourārata.

9.30am Event opens to whānau
10.00am Mihi Whakatau

REPORT BACK: 10.30am – 10.55am

10.30am MC Introduction/house keeping
10.35am Te Rūnanga Report Back
10.45am Ngāi Tahu Holdings’ Report Back
10.55am Manawa Kāi Tahu launch

OPEN FORUM: 11am – 12pm

12.00pm PRAG Report + Q&A
12.20pm Rangatahi Presentation – Te Pōkai Ao + Q&A
12.40pm Rangatahi Presentation 2 – Te Kākano o Te Tōtara Leadership Programme + Q&A


KAI: 1.15pm – 3pm


There will be a ferry available from Lyttelton to transport a limited number to and from Koukourārata.

Places will be allocated on a first in first served bases. To book a space on the ferry please email: [email protected] with your name.

Boat: Fiordland 1
Depart: Lyttelton 7.30am
Pick up: Koukourārata 4.00pm

Car parking

At the end of the tunnel turn left onto Noriwch Quay. Park anywhere on Norwich Quay and walk over the bridge and follow the footsteps on the pavement to Black Cat ferries. It is a casual five minute walk.

Where: Located on B Jetty, Lyttelton Harbour but clearly marked on the pavement.

Parking in Koukourārata
The road around the marae will be closed on the day and a traffic management plan will be in place directing whānau to the allocated parking area.

Live Stream

Ngāi Tahu whānau can watch Hui-ā-Tau from anywhere in the world with the live stream beginning at 10am (NZT) on

Live Stream Hubs
Hui-ā-Tau hubs will be set up to watch the live stream in Invercargill, Dunedin and Hokitika. The hubs will be open from 9.30am with the live stream beginning at 10am.

Invercargill Hub
Te Rau Aroha
Cnr Henderson and Bradshaw Streets

Dunedin Hub
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
258 Stuart Street, Dunedin 9016

Hokitika Hub
Arahura Marae
1 Old Church Road

Open Forum

Whānau can register questions for Open Forum by emailing: [email protected]

Tu Te Huarewa


Letter to Koukourārata B4 tonight

“Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao mārama”
= The language is the heart to understanding.
Kia ora koutou katoa whanauka o Koukourārata,
Kā mihi aroha, kā mihi manaaki, kā mihi mana tapu, kā mihi tapu mana ki kā rakatira koutou katoa e ora ana ki kā rakatira koutou katoa kua mate, ki a Cora Te Aroha Wereta/Watkins/Duncan tuakana, taina, tuahine, whaea, tāua, tō māua māmā.
Haere, haere, haere atu rā.

Nō reira
Ka piti hono tātai hono
Te huka mate, ki te huka mate
Te huka ora, ki te huka ora
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, kia ora tātou katoa.
“Ka ora te reo ki te kōrerotia” = The language will grow if it is spoken. Submitted by Pita Watkins

Ngā mate
Our heartfelt aroha goes out to the whānau of Aroha Duncan who passed away unexpectedly in January and Linda Grennell who passed away in February.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan

Born and named Cora Te Aroha Wereta on 10 October 1937 at home in Port Levy – Koukourārata. The youngest born to Poihipi and Merimatahaere Wereta and a
loving sister to Gloria Raureka, Rua, Jim, Matapi, Tokerau, Walton and Meri.

How do you begin to write a life-long connection to uphold mana and love of a “Mum?”
How do you express the utmost respect, a connection that an individual held in so many aspects of life?

To start to explain the continued new and old relationships made within our time of mourning.
These will provide pathways into our future. It’s like mum’s destiny of distinctive pathways to sustain relationships/whānau was naturally imposed. Reflecting on her birth in her Port Levy whānau home, it gives reason as to why her effortless connections bloomed.

She was born the pēpi, tuahine, within mana whenua. Mum connected with all her whānau and friends, often being the West Coast connection for whānau holidays and breaks away.

Once connected she let the natural pathway of self-determination evolve and if that meant you walk through her door again so be it if it was you living your journey, she still wished the very best for you.

Graceful in her presence and still graceful in her passing. I cannot give my mum the writing of her life she deserves. All I can do is continue to hold her in my heart. It is to you the reader, to reflect on how our mum, tāua, gran, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend impacted on your journey, to share in your thoughts and love in your own space that fits for you.

Mum is buried in our urupā in Port Levy, with her mother, Meri Wereta, her sister, Matapi, and brother, Jim, surrounded by whānau. With the best view and sunrise in her place of birth. To forever rest at home.
Nā Gina-Lee Duncan.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan.

Aroha Hinetaumai Duncan.

Jetty repairs

Yes, you’re seeing it right – work to repair our wharf will commence in early to mid-September.

Even though the wharf is only partially closed off, the whole wharf will be closed for approximately five weeks while repair work is being carried out.

The jetty.

The jetty.

New whare wānanga

Here is the artist’s impression of the new whare wānanga for which building will begin in the near future.

Impression by Peter Dunbar, architectual designer.

Impression by Peter Dunbar, architectual designer.


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Office number

Sorry, got my fingers in a muddle. The number should read 03 365 3281.