A walk with whānau

On behalf of our whānau, a big thank you to Wendy Heath-King, Tewera King and all the Waihao Marae whānau, who made us feel so welcome on our stay at your beautiful marae.

Thanks also to the group that entertained us with all their beautiful waiata. We travelled from Te Tairawhiti (Gisborne) to Bluff on a ten-day haerenga, staying first at Waihao. While there, we visited the headstone of our tupuna Horomona Pohio. Our journey then took us to Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki. We also spent a couple of days visiting Moeraki Boulders and Uenuku Marae. From there we made our way down to Te Rau Aroha Marae at Bluff. Some of our members also visited Ruapuke Island. We thank you all very much and hope to see you again in the future. Arohanui te whānau Akuhata-Brown. [Read more…]

Thanks from the Pohio whānau

It is now two years since we lost Joseph Te Hau Pohio, so tragically in the February 22 earthquake. One life was saved by his action in the earthquake, and in that action Joe gave his life. During this sad time we were helped by so many people, many of whom we never got a chance to thank personally. The visit from Pita Sharples, Mark Solomon and Ngāi Tahu whānau and their waiata and support was much appreciated and will always be remembered. Please accept this acknowledgment as a personal and heartfelt thank you. To the world he was our son – to us he was the world. [Read more…]