Stewart Bull recently accompanied Department of Conservation (DoC) staff and others on a mission to locate a stone adze on Stewart Island.

A hunter discovered the adze lying in the bush while on a hunting trip to the island. The hunter managed to draw a picture of the adze and had mapped its location by GPS. He later passed the information onto DoC who in turn advised local iwi of the decision to retrieve the adze.

Stewart Bull, who was involved in the search, said it would have been an impossible task to locate the adze again if it wasn’t for the hunter. When the adze was finally located, Stewart performed a mihi and karakia. [Read more…]

On Monday 24 November, members of Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka went to Te Hīkoi Museum in Riverton/Aparima, to greet Rangi Te Kanawa, from Te Papa Museum.

Rangi was in Riverton helping with the assessment and restoration work that had to be carried out on hand woven korowai, made by local Māori up to 150-years-ago. These korowai will be displayed in an exhibition that starts in December 2015. [Read more…]


Savanna Steele recently took part in the 2013 First Nations Touch Tournament in Gold Coast Australia in October 2013. She also competed in the NZ Maori Nationals and even though her team didn’t do as well as they wanted she had some personal success, as she was selected to represent New Zealand again in the New Zealand open mixed touch team. She has also been selected for the Under 16 youth team. [Read more…]

Kaitiakitaka kiwi

As part of our kaitiaki responsibilities, we have been supporting a number of initiatives aimed at saving the very rare Haast tokoeka and rowi (Ōkārito brown kiwi) from extinction. Operation Nest Egg (ONE), managed through the Department of Conservation, has been one such initiative where eggs are taken, hatched in a specialised facility and then taken to predator-free islands until they are big enough to fend off predators such as stoats. At this point the majority are returned to Ōkārito (Rowi) and Waitoto Valley (Tokoeka). A further initiative requires kiwi to be taken to other islands to establish back up populations.

Late last year, Kahurangi Wilson-Mahuika had the privilege to accompany some of our manu taonga, Haast Tokoeka, from their home in the Waitoto Valley in Haast  to Fiordland. Over a three-day period, he helped to release kiwi chicks onto Centre Island in the middle of Lake Te Anau and Rona Island in Lake Manapōuri, captured other older birds from both islands and took them down to Rarotoka Island in Foveaux Strait to be released.

The receiving rūnanga was Ōraka-Aparima and so the team were joined by kaumātua and environmental champion, Stewart Bull.

This was the first time that Kāti Māhaki had a member involved in the entire program in this part of the country.

Kahurangi with kiwi and Ōraka Aparima kaumātua Stewart Bull.

Kahurangi with kiwi and Ōraka Aparima kaumātua Stewart Bull.

Kāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou
Nei rā te mihi matakuikui o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou. Nei rā hoki kā mihi o te Tau Hou. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ki a rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu i kā mate huhua o ia whānau, ia hapū, ia iwi, nei rā te mihi poroporoaki ki a koutou. E auē koutou, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Moe mai koutou i te rakimārie. Rātou ki ā rātou, tātou anō ki a tātou. Tēnā anō tātou katoa. [Read more…]

The restoration work on Rarotoka has taken big leaps forward. A new roof was put on the main house last year to go with the new roof we put on “house three”, and next we’ll be working on the spouting on both. Here are Stewart Bull and Phil Fluerty putting up freshly painted fascia boards before the spouting goes on. It’s looking great.

One of the aspirations for the island is to increase the tītī population, so we planted a lot of tūpare last winter. Tūpare forest is the natural breeding habitat for tītī. We’re experimenting with plant protectors to help tūpare survive their first year in windy areas. So far, it seems to be a big success with good growth and high survival rate. In a few years, we hope this forest and trees we’ve already planted will attract more tītī.

From left: Stewart Bull and Phil Fluerty.

Experimenting with plant protectors.

We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break and that you are now back into the swing of things ready to meet the challenges of 2013.

If you have enjoyed a birthday in the last while, got married, had a celebration or had new additions to your whānau, congratulations. Here is wishing you all good health and prosperity for the year ahead. [Read more…]