Awarua Synergy at Te Rau Aroha Marae

The Awarua Synergy team hosted Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell and Māori Party officials at Te Rau Aroha Marae on 27 January, where they checked out the energy-efficient solutions installed over the years by Awarua Synergy. This started with replacing old fan heaters with heat pumps, LED lighting and installing a solar system and a small wind turbine. The Māori Party are very keen to follow the marae and rūnaka energy efficient installations. For more information and photos please go to Awarua Synergy’s website:

Tio and Tītī season

The Tio and Tītī seasons have commenced. Let’s hope both prove bountiful for the harvesters and to those that partake in these wonderful delicacies, yummy.

Annual general meeting

All members are welcome to attend Te Rūnanga o Awarua on Sunday 6 December at 10am at Te Rau Aroha Marae.

Boat launch

On a windy, cold spring day, the Bluff Coastguards launched their new rescue boat. The day started with a viewing of the new boat at 9am, followed by a pōwhiri and lunch for the manuhiri at Te Rau Aroha Marae.

After lunch, the official opening and blessing took place, and during this segment Tā Tipene O’Regan spoke on behalf of the Awarua community. [Read more…]

Just a reminder to everyone that next year’s Waitangi Day celebrations will be held on 6 February 2015, at Te Rau Aroha Marae. There will be a number of proposed activities for whānau to participate in, so mark your calendars. For further details about our Waitangi Day celebrations, please contact the office, or keep an eye on the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu website. It will run press releases as they become available.

William Pike Challenge award

Tamahou, Nephai, Kye and Te Rau Aroha will be participating in the William Pike Challenge Award and received their information packs from William Pike when he visited us at Arowhenua Marae recently.

The whole school listened to William’s inspiring story about how, in 2007, he was trapped on Mt Ruapehu when it erupted, and how he subsequently lost his leg. He told the students he had to decide whether to let this event hold him back or rise to the challenge. He chose the latter and not only did he return to the outdoors but he is now inspiring young people to do the same. [Read more…]