Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office

The new premises are still under construction so we will remain temporarily on the south side of the marae. This month we have focused on bringing everything together for the end of the financial year and next month will focus on the annual general meeting. Stay safe and stay warm through winter everyone. I look forward to updating on some sensational Spring news next month. [Read more…]

Te Ahikaaroa would like to thank our rūnanga, whānau and friends who supported us on our trip to Greece in September. With your support we were able to send a group of 27 performers and nine support crew to a little Greek island of Lefkada, to participate in the 52nd Lefkada International Folklore Festival of Peace. It was a truly amazing experience, something each of us will carry for the rest of our lives. [Read more…]

March 2015 will see thousands of kaihaka with kapa haka enthusiasts in tow, descend upon the Canterbury Plains – Ngā Pakihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha – to enjoy the coveted New Zealand Māori Performing Arts Festival Te Matatini in Hagley Park. [Read more…]

Ariana Tikao (Ngāi Tahu) is the curator of an exhibition at the Turnbull Library in Wellington called Borderland: The World of James Cowan. The exhibition explores the life, work and legacy of the writer James Cowan (1870–1943).

Cowan grew up on a Waikato farm, on land confiscated from Māori, who had fought against the Crown in the wars of the 1860s. The farm included part of the battlefield of Ōrākau, just north of the King Country – a region that remained in Māori control after the war. This environment gave rise to Cowan’s lifelong interest in Māori and colonial history, and to his fluency in te reo Māori. [Read more…]

Te Atakura

Nau mai haere mai e te whānau o Rāpaki ki te tautoko i Te Atakura 2013. Sharlene Pirikahu, Tim Pirikahu and Ripeka Paraone look forward to once again supporting whānau of all ages from Rāpaki, as they stand to represent our marae, our hapū at Te Atakura 2013. Our aim is to strengthen our identity as Rāpaki through songs and haka old and new. Te Atakura is a festival where we can celebrate being from Rāpaki with all our cousins from Ngāi Tahu whānau whānui.

Practices are at Rāpaki Marae on Sundays at 1pm. Check out our Facebook page Rāpaki Marae https://www.facebook.com/rapaki.marae?fref=tsfor any changes to times or days.


Rāpaki Marae.

Whānau, it’s Te Atakura time again. Time to fix those poi, polish those rākau and warm up those korokoro. Practices have already begun in Kaikōura, Taumutu, Ōraka Aparima and with our kaimahi in the office.  Kai ruka noa atu.

Te Atakura will be held at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High School on Saturday, 12 October starting at 9.30am. Te Atakura is about participation, about growing our hapū and rūnanga pride and connection.

It is a non-competitive environment for our rūnanga to learn and perform waiata tira, whakaeke, mōteatea, waiata-ā- ringa, haka, poi and whakawātea.

Rūnanga can choose to do all disciplines, or to just get up and sing one or two songs.  It’s completely up to you. Have some fun. Please let us know at [email protected] if you want to book a rūnanga spot on stage.

Ngā manu tīoriori o Ngāti Wheke.

Ngā manu tīoriori o Ngāti Wheke.

The May rūnaka meeting is on Sunday 19 May; followed by hui on 9 June and 14 July.

Applications for the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative and Alternate Representative Positions

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc. Appointment Committee formally calls for nominations for the Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Representative and Alternate Representative positions to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

The Appointment Committee is tasked with the process of appointing the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative and Alternate Representative in accordance with clause 16(2)(c) of the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996.

Applications open Monday 25 March 2013 and close at 5pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

For an application form, including the eligibility criteria, please call the Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Rūnanga Office on 03 328 9415 to request the application information and forms by post.

Nā Herena Stone
Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc (Rāpaki Rūnanga) Appointments Committee.

Wairewa kapa haka – Te Atakura 2012

The Wairewa kapa haka rōpū has just started practicing for the upcoming Te Atakura. This event was usually held on the last Saturday of the school holidays (third term) in October. But this year the festival will run at the Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi at the Lincoln Event Centre on Saturday 24 November. The kaupapa of this festival is very simple and is at the heart of us as whānau, whanaunga, hapū and Ngāi Tahu. The purpose of Te Atakura is to; provide a focus point for each hapū to develop, nurture, enhance and strengthen the cultural well-being of their hapū, by encouraging whānau of all ages and skill levels to participate in a Ngāi Tahu based kapa haka festival. If you are keen, there is still time, please contact the office and get the details.

Hui-ā-Iwi update Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki

We would really like to know if you’re going to be at Hui-ā-Iwi so we can stay connected during the weekend and so that you don’t miss any opportunity to be with your whanauka from Puketeraki at key times. Let the Rūnaka Office know your name and cell phone contact if you are going to be there.

Depending on where people are staying there may also be the chance to share transport so do stay in touch with the Rūnaka Office, if you are travelling from Coastal Otago to Hui-ā-Iwi.

Rāpaki waiata and kapa haka practices

Get ready Rāpaki whānau! Looking forward to seeing you all – tamariki, rangatahi, tāua, pōua mā at the pā for kapa haka practices, which will be starting up as soon as Ripeka and Sharr give the word.

This year Te Atakura is on Saturday 24 November at the Lincoln Events Centre. Mark it on your calendar now.

Hui-ā-iwi and Te Atakura
When: November 23–25.
Where: Lincoln University
This year we will be taking a rōpū across to Hui-ā-iwi and participating in the hapū kapa haka event, Te Atakura. A first for Te Tai o Poutini, we have started learning waiata and pulling together a programme.

We have held one waiata wānaka, with a further two planned and regular weekly practices scheduled at Hokitika Primary School (Thursdays 4-5pm). Whānau are welcome to come and participate. Once dates have been set for the waiata wānaka, we will let everyone know.

Our accommodation for the weekend will be at Wairewa Marae. We plan to travel by bus leaving early on Friday to arrive in time for the pōwhiri and will return home on Sunday.

Contact Susan Wallace in the office on 0800 955 007 or Kara Edwards 027 683 9020 if you have any questions.