Wānaka series 2016

It’s another year to pick up the exploration of whakapapa and history for Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. 

This year, we’ve planned a series of four, two and half day wānaka with the first one being held in Bluff, 26-28 February.

The next wānanga is planned for 8-10 April, followed by another one in early May (6-8 May) and concluding with the final wānaka in late October (28 -30 Oct).

The wānaka series will build on the story of Kāi Tahu migration into this area and further south as well as look in more depth at the people and settlements/kāika around our local area and into Dunedin.

February’s wānaka saw us on an exploration of Kāi Tahu migration, interaction and occupation of the areas south of Puketeraki into Murihiku. Bluff/Murihiku will be the base for this wānaka.

In April, we will return to Te Waiateruatī and the Arowhenua area before heading back to sites of significance in the Waitaki catchment and back to Matakaea (Shag Point). 

In May, we will be based at Puketeraki Marae as we recap on our earlier expedition around the East Otago bight and into the western side of Otago Harbour. This is a crucial wānaka as we seek to settle to our own satisfaction the kōrero of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka in this area and into Dunedin. 

Finally, for the 2016 wānaka series, at the end of October we will return to Kaiapoi to follow several concurrent threads. One thread will see us follow the pathway of Te Ruahikihiki focusing on key encounters he and his people were involved with and we will also seek to understand the movement of hapū out of Kaiapoi Pā with a particular focus on Kāti Huirapa.

The wānaka series will help inform kōrero for the whakapapa of the whare (interior whare adornment discussions) but it is intended to be particularly relevant to those who are building their understanding of hapū as well as whānau whakapapa. 
Let us know if you want to join the 2016 Rūnaka wānaka series from April and indicate if there are any wānaka that you know you won’t be available to participate in, by emailing or calling the rūnaka office: [email protected] or 03 465 7300.

Twelve months after being selected for the New Zealand U18 Water polo team to compete at the FINA Women’s Youth Water polo World Championships in Madrid, Spain, Grace Tobin was selected to represent New Zealand in the FINA Women’s Junior Water polo World Championships held in Volos, Greece in August 2015.

Grace, 18, lives in Auckland, where she is a year 13 student at Kristin School. [Read more…]

The final whakapapa wānaka for the year was held at Puketeraki Marae on 3-4 October. The challenge of thinking about what whakapapa and history we want to see depicted inside our whare tupuna, Huirapa has highlighted the need for clarity and kōrero to support individual and whānau preferences. [Read more…]

The next whakapapa wānaka will be held on 2-3 October at Puketeraki Marae. It will run to our usual format of starting with kai around 6pm on the Friday and finishing around 3pm on the Saturday.

The main kaupapa of the wānaka will be continuing to advance the kōrero of whakapapa to be included in the interior of our wharenui, Huirapa. [Read more…]

The Tame Parata Scholarship awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 31 October at Puketeraki Marae. This will be a special event to recognise the achievements of our rakatahi. Keep an eye on the rūnaka website for more details as they become available. Tā Mark Solomon is our special guest and he will be presenting the scholarships. All members are warmly invited to attend.

Ngā mate

To whānau who have suffered a bereavement or sickness in their whānau – kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. Within our immediate community, Lani Greene died recently as a result of a tragic accident south of Ōāmaru. Our thoughts go out to the Greene family as they come to terms with Lani’s passing.

Representative applications

Applications are invited from members of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki for the positions of rūnaka representative and alternate representative to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tāhu.

The position description and nomination form are available on request from the rūnaka office. Phone 03 465 7300 or download the form from the rūnaka website www.puketeraki.co.nz on the vacancies page.

The appointments committee are: Roger Wyeth, Tamatea Smith, Kiri Fraser, Khyla Russell and Lynette Carter.

The completed nomination form, along with a statutory declaration and information requested to support the nomination must be sent to: Appointments committee, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, 121 Grimness St, C/- Karitāne PDC, Karitāne 9440.

Applications are to arrive no later than 5pm on 9 October.

Exhibition opening

Kāti Huirapa Upoko, David Ellison, was the opening speaker at an exhibition of Sir F Truby King’s books at the University of Otago’s Hocken Library.

Sir Truby, famous for his championing of children’s health through the Plunket Society, was a long-time resident of Karitāne, having had a holiday house there. David, who had a personal relationship with Sir Truby through his father, Mutu (the first Plunket baby), spoke movingly of the admiration that the Ellison whānau had for Sir Truby’s work and for the man himself.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

From left, Colin Ellison, Ros Ellison, Kate Pollock, David Ellison and Pam Hill at the exhibition opening.

Hui-ā-Iwi 2015 update

We are still looking for energetic helpers from the 20-22 November in Dunedin to help us make Hui-ā-Iwi special.

Tasks will include setting up displays and performances, directing traffic, meet and greet, runners, and general hospitality. There will be no food preparation or cleaning up to be done.

We have places at Puketeraki Marae if you are coming from up north and need somewhere to stay. Please contact Justine at the office to let us know. There will be a kaumātua group staying for three nights but there is plenty of room for more, as long as we all respect our need to accommodate each other’s personal requirements. You will need to self-cater as our team will be at the Dunedin Town Hall for the duration of the event.

Taiaha wānaka

A taiaha wānaka was held at Puketeraki Marae from 31 July to 2 August.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Tamariki in the early stages of their performance at the taiaha wānaka.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

Rongomaitawhiti Parata-Taiapa and Piripi Matthews talking to the young warriors.

Rūnaka general meetings

Our 2014 rūnaka general meetings will be held as follows: Sunday 9 March; Sunday 25 May; Sunday 24 August; and Sunday 2 November will be a combined meeting and annual general meeting

Website and merchandise

Our website is now live and we hope you get lots of useful information from it. If you have any photos you would like added to the gallery, please email them to: [email protected]. If you click on Shop you can view some of the merchandise we have had printed with our new logo. [Read more…]

The Roiti Whānau Trust general meeting will be held on Sunday 13 October 2013 at 2pm, at 2 Harbour Tce, Careys Bay, Port Chalmers. The agenda will include discussion on the future of the homestead, the financial report and general business.

If you have any additions to the agenda please send to the above address. If the response to the meeting of owners and potential owners is more than can be accommodated at Careys Bay, we will find another venue.

RSVP to Phyllis Smith on (03) 472 8909 by 8 September.

Matariki at the Marae Wearable Arts Show

Entries are open for the Matariki at the Marae Wearable Arts Show on 5-6 July. Have you thought about what you are going to create? Don’t leave it too late or you may miss out. You must have your entry in by 5pm on Friday 14 June; and you must be available to present your garment with your model on judging day, as well on both evenings of the event (Friday and Saturday). You can download your entry form from www.puketeraki.co.nz.

Oil education hui

Hui have been organised for Ngāi Tahu whānau wanting to know more about the oil industry. The intention of these hui is to increase awareness in regard to the oil industry for Ngāi Tahu whānau.

Where: Puketeraki Marae
5 Apes Rd, Karitane
When: Saturday 24. [Read more…]

Oil education hui

Hui have been organised for Ngāi Tahu whānau wanting to know more about the oil industry. The intention of these hui is to increase awareness in regard to the oil industry for Ngāi Tahu whānau. [Read more…]

When: 8 December
Where: Scott Hall, Harwood.

Hana Kōkō, bouncy castle, BBQ, and we need to win the Te Wera/Moki cup back from our Puke whanauka!! Save the date 8 December, come on whānau, contact the office with names of tamariki that will be attending so Hana Kōkō doesn’t leave anyone out … Keep an eye out for more details in the weekly pānui.

If you or a member of your whānau has moved, please contact the office so we can update your details. Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou will be running another election early next year for the appointment kōmiti to select our representative and alternate to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. We invite all potential members to register with the rūnanga to participate in this process. Please contact the office for further information on eligibility and registration forms.

When: 2-5 October.
Once again we are making plans for a special Spring tamariki hui at Puketeraki Marae. Please call the office for registration forms or email [email protected] if you require further information.

The programme is for tamariki between the ages of five and 17. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Numbers are limited to 40 so please make sure you register as soon as possible.

Twilight paddling has started in Dunedin at the marina behind the Forsyth Barr Stadium. For those who are interested in being part of this kaupapa, nau mai haere mai.

Training dates:

  • Friday paddle – 5.00pm
  • Saturday paddle – 9.30am
  • Sunday paddle – ‘social ‘ 10am.
  • Men’s paddling – Monday, Wednesday, 5.15pm
  • Women’s group paddling – Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm.

All equipment is provided. Please contact Justine at the office on 03 465 7300 or [email protected] for more information.

Rūnaka annual general meeting and general meeting

The rūnaka annual general meeting is being held on Sunday 4 November at Puketeraki Marae (time to be confirmed). It will be followed by triennial elections and the rūnaka general meeting. If you don’t receive a copy of the annual report, please contact the office so you can be put on our postal distribution list.

Upcoming dates

Visit from Dean Whiting 25–27 September for restoration work on the wharekura carvings.
Rūnaka general meeting 7 October starting at 10am.

Email Rachel at [email protected], if you have any stories, pānui, news, or photos you wish to share with our wider whānau.