Kerepeti Paraone and his mum, Ripeka Paraone (née Parata), had every reason to celebrate on 18 December 2013, when they both graduated from the University of Canterbury.

It was a very proud day for Reihana (Aunty Doe) Parata to witness her eldest child and eldest mokopuna graduating on the same day. Kerepeti graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Māori and Spanish. His mother, Ripeka graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration nearly 30 years after achieving a Bachelor of Education. [Read more…]

Kāi Tahu whānau, tēnā koutou, kai te mihi atu ki a koutou.

Kā mate

Tihau Keith (December 2012)

Dennis William Rakena (January 2013). Ka nui te mihi aroha to our Rāpaki whānau. A big thank you to everyone, especially our Uncle Tog and Auntie Hine Couch whānau, your awhi and tautoko prior to, during and following brother Tub’s poroporoaki was awesome. You were so generous in both words and deeds, and I can’t thank you enough, true whanaungatanga in action, love you all. Nā Elaine Dell on behalf of the Rakena whānau. [Read more…]

Rā whānau

Amos Kamo, Bill Phillips, Mark Phillips, Philip Pohio, Kalani Hepi, Paora Tau, Judith Nowatarski, Maddison Couch, Gavin Couch, Ngarangi Henare Hutana-Waitoa, Marcus Amai, Donald Couch, Phillip Rakena, Ashley Warnes, Kenny Rakena, Lisa Corles, Areta Wilkinson, Sian Kamo and Kopa Lee. To all others of our whānau with birthdays this month, enjoy your day and all the best for the year ahead.
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Rāpaki Marae Trust wishes to call for nominations for trustee(s) for the Rāpaki Marae Trust as pursuant to the Māori Reservations Regulations. All nominees must be resident within the Waitaha / Canterbury region and descend from the Hapū of Ngāti Wheke.

A postal ballot will be sent out to all the members of Te Hapū of Ngāti Wheke over 18 years of age. All persons eligible to become, or vote for, a Trustee are encouraged to apply to be registered as a member with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated. Members of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated who have previously been registered are encouraged to ensure that their contact details as held by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated are correct.

The written forms and requirements can be obtained from the Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office and are to be received by the Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office no later than 28 November 2012.

Also as a reminder, nominations for the Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Appointment Committee are also to be received by the Office no later than 28 November 2012.
Please contact the office for further information and if you have any questions contact;

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke
37 Rāpaki Drive, Rāpaki, PO Box 107, Lyttelton 8841
Telephone: 03 328 9415 Email: [email protected]

Ngā mihi aroha

Hoea Makawhuia, ki te Moana o Whakarepo e,
Titirohia, Teera te Uira, Hihiko i te Raki,
E rua waahi ana ra, ra ruka Te Ahupatiki e,
Mauka-Whakaruruhau o Ngati Irakehu-nui-tonu,
Kaaore ia nei, Ko te Tohu-o-Te-Mate, [Read more…]

The countdown is on! Over 3,800 children are in rehearsal for the 30th Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival to be held at CBS Canterbury Arena from 4-7 September. Seventy groups from Canterbury – including over 50 kapa haka groups – will perform at this year’s celebration.

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud to be associated with the festival, also known as Cultural Festival 2012. Multicultural performances representing over ten cultures will be featured, together with a Visual Art Exhibition and Wearable Art Pageants. Popular MC’s Matai Smith and Sheree Waitoa will co-host the festival again.

Featured in this showcase are traditional and contemporary performances by a record 60 of Canterbury’s most accomplished primary and Intermediate schools. Seven concerts will be held over the four days.

The festival seeks to celebrate and promote cultural diversity and instil in children a sense of pride and excitement in their culture and performance. Tickets are available from Ticketek, adults $15, children 13 years and under $8. Conces sions to participant schools; service fees apply.

Cultural Festival 2012 is a great opportunity to experience an authentic, vibrant celebration of the many different cultures in Aotearoa. Don’t miss this year’s showcase! Check out for more information.