Kia ora koutou whānau.

To all the whānau that are now a year older this month a huge congratulations to you all. I hope you all had a great day, cheers. To all the new mums and dads who have a new member of their family, a very huge congratulations to you all, and the great-granny’s, cheers guys.

A big hello to our whānau who are in Australia, the North Island and far away overseas if you get Te Pānui Rūnaka, a very big hello, ngā mihi aroha kia koutou katoa whānau. I hope you are all keeping in contact with your whānau.

What’s been happening at the marae? Lots of little hui, cruising along, a lot of good things are in the pipeline.

One of our whānau members has brought in a story about her father. Many of us know him as Uncle Rongo or Rongopai and he has always been associated with the Tītī Islands. He was a character, he loved his family, and nothing would stop him from going to the Tītī Islands. A lot of our whānau who are still going there in their 70s and 80s never shy away from hard work. Thank you Merania Spencer – there’s a lot more about this man but you would need a book. Cheers Spencer whānau, arohanui.

Well, that’s it from me take care. I hope you are all warm and if you are not, make sure you get hold of family — stay warm kā pai. Waihōpai Rūnaka sends big love to you all — arohanui whānau. Kā kite. Nā Squirrel on the Hill. Mauri ora.

Kia ora koutou whānau, we were all looking forward to Hui-ā-Iwi in Otago. It was a great four days (we went up on Thursday 19). Waihōpai whānau enjoyed seeing other whānau and catching up with everyone.

To the whānau who have lost a loved one our deepest condolences go out to you and your whānau – arohanui.

There has been a bit happening in the south and the marae has been quite busy. A number of our whānau are getting ready to graduate from various tertiary institutions around the country – well done to you all.

Christmas is nearly here and it is a busy time of the year for everyone.

This is just a short report so I hope you all take care. Meanwhile, babies are being born, people are getting married and heaps of people are celebrating their birthdays. So congratulations to you all from the whānau at Waihōpai Rūnaka and a big hug and hello to all our who are away from Murihiku/Waihōpai – cheers to you all.

Well whānau, it was great to see you all at Hui-ā-Iwi.
Nā Squirrel on the Hill.

Kia ora Waihōpai whānau, me ngā whānau o Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha. I hope you are all well, fit and happy. Waihōpai Rūnanga, kia ora to your whānau and to whānau who are in the North Island or overseas, aroha nui.

To all the whānau who are having, or will be having a pēpi, congratulations to you all. Also, to all the whānau who are celebrating birthdays this month have a great time and enjoy it, it’s your day.

To our whānau who are māuiui, aroha nui to you all. Team Waihōpai has moved along slowly this last month. We held various hui on the marae, such as the Kōhanga Reo concert, Te Ao Māori Programme and our 12-week graduation. Awesome, well done team. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou whānau
Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa

How the heck are you all? I hope you are all well and slowly getting over the winter colds and sniffles. Spring is on its way but then it’s summer and then Christmas. I believe we have had a couple of very good hui here on the marae and everything is going well, so that’s great. [Read more…]