Our kaumātua fieldtrip to the Ōraka Aparima rohe involved visiting the Templeton Flaxmill Heritage Museum, Te Hīkoi Southern Journey heritage attraction and the local RSA. A great day out for all involved.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Kaumātua at Templeton Flaxmill Museum.

Te Ara Reo Māori

This year in partnership with the Southern Institute of Technology the Hokonui Rūnanga is hosting the Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori for staff and whānau. We are all enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and awesome opportunity to kōrero Māori together.

Staff and whānau Te Ara Reo Māori class.

Staff and whānau Te Ara Reo Māori class.


With students starting back, many schools in the area hosted pōwhiri and it was a very busy time for some of our kaumātua and whānau supporting them. The effort put into welcoming the new students and staff at the schools was fabulous and it was a great platform for our rangatahi to showcase tikanga and be inclusive of the whole school.

Pōwhiri at St Peters College Gore. From left: Kate Nicholson, Vanessa Edwards, Leora Edwards, John Rogerson, Tailah Robinson, Terry Stott and Grace Rogerson.

Pōwhiri at St Peters College Gore. From left: Kate Nicholson, Vanessa Edwards, Leora Edwards, John Rogerson, Tailah Robinson, Terry Stott and Grace Rogerson.

First aid training

It was time to refresh or learn basic first aid at the rūnanga this month.

Terry Stott and Melissa Dennis practicing at First Aid training.

Terry Stott and Melissa Dennis practicing at First Aid training.

Hokonui celebrated Children’s Day on 5 March with over 1200 tamariki and whānau attending the free community event. Activities included: ice skating, swimming, face painting, water fights, pony rides and sausage sizzles.

The Hokonui Rūnanga ran a successful stall and the stencilled tā moko face painting was a big hit as well as the poi making station. Over 200 poi were made at the event, it was awesome seeing the tamariki lining up for their tā moko. [Read more…]

Kai ora whānau we have had another very busy month and great to see all of our kaumātua and health services underway. Don’t forget the Kā Pūtea grants and scholarships for our tertiary students are open until 28 April. Check out www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities or if you require support or further information give Colleen a call at Hokonui Rūnanga 03 208 7954.

Application for Hokonui Alternate Representative

Hokonui Rūnanga invites applicants for the position of Hokonui Alternate Representative to
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Applications must be in writing and meet the application criteria of Hokonui Rūnanga Electoral Process.

Attention: Netta Mackintosh, Chairman – Appointment’s Komiti, PO Box 114 – Gore 9740 Email: [email protected]

Applications must be received by Friday 31 March 2017 5pm. Please contact the rūnanga office for a copy of the application criteria.

Kaumātua health days

Health days have started for the new year. These run every third Wednesday and include health promotions and a range of different activities designed for kaumātua.

They will be held on 15 February, 8 March, 29 March, 19 April. For any further information please contact the office.

Housie at the last Kaumātua health day.

Housie at the last Kaumātua health day.

Kaimahi hui

At the end of last year Hokonui Rūnanga held a function for staff and whānau. Here are a few images from the day.

From left: Terry Stott - John Rogerson - Percy Robinson.

From left: Terry Stott – John Rogerson – Percy Robinson.

From left: Corban Williams, Tau-tau Murchie - Pasty Murchie.

From left: Corban Williams, Tau-tau Murchie – Pasty Murchie.

Hokonui Runanga Staff.

Hokonui Runanga Staff.

Te Kākano – Nurse-led clinics

Nurse-led clinics can provide a range of services including tamariki and rangatahi ora checks, cervical smears, sexual health checks and contraception advice, pregnancy testing, weight monitoring, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, heart, diabetes and breathing checks to identify your risk of illness, access to a podiatrist or dietician – helping you know who and what is available to meet your health needs. These clinics are free of charge, strictly confidential and you can just turn up on the day – no appointment necessary.

There is a clinic held in Gore and Mataura on a monthly basis:

Gore clinics
Mon 13 Feb 10am-4pm
Mon 6 Mar 12pm-6pm
Mon 3 Apr 10am-4pm
Mon 1 May 12pm-6pm
Mon 12 Jun 10am-4pm
Mon 3 Jul 12pm-6pm

Mataura clinics
Mon 20 Feb 10am-4pm
Mon 13 Mar 12pm-6pm
Mon 10 Apr 10am-4pm
Mon 8 May 12pm-6pm
Mon 19 Jun 10am-4pm
Mon 10 Jul 12pm-6pm

E tū women in leadership

Some of the lovely woman from E tū are holding their first Women in Leadership hui for the year at
Hokonui Rūnanga.

Women in leadership rōpū 2017.

Women in leadership rōpū 2017.

School workshop support

These fantastic one-hour workshops for whānau will be delivered during the first term of school. Look out for dates in school newsletters.

They are designed to support learners and whānau to feel confident with their academic choices and will focus on planning and discussion of NCEA requirements and expectations of learners undertaking L1, L2, L3 qualifications. They are designed to empower whānau and schools with communication of aspirations and goals.
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Contact Colleen for information and support regarding your tamariki/rangatahi education needs. We can explore the options together:

  • Advocacy
  • Whānau education action plans
  • Learner support funding for extra tuition (pending eligibility)
  • Learn how you can be involved and make a difference in improving outcomes for your children at home and school
  • Support information for schools, BOT’s, Community and Government Organisations
  • NCEA information and support.

Colleen Te Au, Kaitoko Mātauranga, Community Development and Education Hokonui Rūnanga phone 03 208 7954 or 0278679129.

Colleen Te Au, Kaitoko Mātauranga.

Colleen Te Au, Kaitoko Mātauranga.

In mid-August Gore hosted the Girls’ U18 ice hockey competition, with the Toronto Leaside Wildcats coming over from Canada. Because of the number of people, we offered our rūnanga facilities to host both teams so they could bond over meals. It was fun to be involved with this group and all the girls, coaches and helpers were a treat to have around. [Read more…]

Greetings from Hokonui Rūnanga,
It has been a busy few months here at Hokonui, we have had many groups and organisations make use of our new complex for various hui.

Otago/Southland men’s hui

We recently hosted this hui at our complex, it’s always a pleasure to assist with hui like these. New Zealand is one of the worst countries in the world for family violence – we need to step up and make a change. Men from all walks of life are invited to attend the hui which will focus on how men can take leadership to reduce and prevent family violence in our whānau, our communities and our region. For more information you can visit www.familiesfreefromviolence.org.nz or phone 0800 474 1121.

Chinese Consul-General visit

Jin Zhijian the Chinese Consul-General made a promotional trip to the Hokonui region and visited our rūnanga along with the Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks and their respective entourage. We were grateful to have the kapa haka group from Longford Intermediate to help welcome them as well as international students from local high schools.

We are having our first kaumātua health day back up at the rūnanga in May. After nearly two years of being hosted by the Salvation Army here in Gore it’s a great feeling to come home. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gore Salvation Army for the use of their facilities and for hosting our Kaumātua Health Days. We may not have been able to keep these days running if it weren’t for the support from the Salvation Army and their staff/volunteers.

Nurse-Led clinics

These are also being run back on site here at the rūnanga. The new clinic room that we added during the rebuild is being used to its full potential. [Read more…]

This year our tamariki rōpū have decided to get together and start fundraising to help koha for a camp they are planning at the end of this year. So far the tamariki have had a great time getting together and doing a car wash and sausage sizzle. It is amazing to help guide and watch them come together to reach a common goal. Krystal and Mere are very proud of the commitment the kids are showing and cannot wait to get to camp with them. [Read more…]

Kohera rā
Kohera e
Tutapa mai nuku
Tutapa mai whiti
Kia rongo te pō
Kia rongo te Ao
Kia pātata mai tō hau manawa
Ki tōku arongo manawa
Hai puta ki te whai ao
Ki te Ao mārama
Tihei mauri ora
Anei te rōpū kaitiaki o Hokonui e mihi atu nei,
Ki a koutou e noho mai nā i ngā wāhi o te motu
Mai i te Rerenga Wairua, tae rawa atu ki Rakiura te punga o te Waipounamu
Tēnā koutou katoa
Otirā, ngā mate, e hinga mai nā, e hinga atu rā, ki Rakiura, tae noa ki te Reinga, waiho rātou kua nunumi ki te pō, kua rehu atu ki te rua
Haere, haere, oki oki moe mai rā.
Tātou te hunga ora, te kanohi ora
Ki te kanohi ora
Anei te whānau o Hokonui Rūnanga
e mihi atu nei e tangi atu nei
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Greetings to all

Tihei mauri ora!
Piki mai rā, Kake mai rā
Ka tau te manu ki tēnei pae
Ka tau te manu ki tērā pae
Koheri – Kohera
Me kimi, me rangahau, kei, tēnei piringa,
kei tēnā hekoa,
Ka ao ka ao, ka ao te rā
Nō reira, e ngā hau e whā, e ngā hapū o Ngāi Tahu, kei konei, kei konā, kei korā
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa [Read more…]

Greetings from us all here at Hokonui Rūnanga. It seems the months are flying by too fast, it’s hard to believe it is August already.

We have had some icy frosts the last couple of months here in Gore. Our pond even froze over for a couple of days – it wasn’t strong enough for human ice skating but our boy Zac managed to get out on it for a skate. [Read more…]

The first step towards building a $15 million retirement village at Bupa’s Gore Windsor Park Care Home site was taken yesterday with the blessing of the land by Hokonui Rūnanga kaumātua Taare Bradshaw.

After the blessing the first sod was turned by Mr Bradshaw, rest home manager Michelle Christensen and rest home resident Gordon Wright. Mrs Christensen said Bupa was planning to build 51 villas northeast of the existing rest home. [Read more…]

After a long year of waiting and planning we have started the rebuild and we are expected to finish in December this year. Our replacement building and new extension are both up and the roofing has been completed. It’s an exciting time seeing everything come together.

Framing inside the complex rebuild.

Framing inside the complex rebuild.

[Read more…]

Tihei Mauriora

Tīhei uri uri, tīhei nako nako
Ka tau hā whakatau. Ko te papa i raro nei
Ka tau hā whakatau. Ko te rangi i runga nei
Auē, eke panuku eke Tangaroa
Whano, whano hara mai te toki
Haumi e, hui e tāiki e
E ngā mana e ngā reo. E nga karangarangatanga
Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā tatou katoa. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Gordan (Old Man) Selwyn Stephens
A mighty tōtara has fallen, in the forest of Tāne Mahuta. All those who sheltered beneath his mana, under his care and protection will always remember him with much love and respect.

A sometimes contentious man, a warrior of strong beliefs who stood tall, lent strength to all those who loved him – truly a warrior of rangatiratanga. [Read more…]

Kaumātua health days

Kaumātua health days will resume again on 11 February. Health days will still be held at the Salvation Army Hall until further notice. We have a lot of health promotions planned for our kaumātua this year along with their usual activities. [Read more…]

It is with sadness that we bid farewell to Bob Gammelin. Bob has been working with the rūnanga for nearly two years, as the student engagement advisor. He and his family have decided to return back to their home in Wyoming, America. Bob has brought a lot to his role and will be sadly missed. He has worked with many students and has had a high achievement rate of success with them. We wish Bob, Liz and their family safe travels and hope to see them again in the future. [Read more…]

We recently had our annual trip to the RSA for lunch. We are onto our second to last kaumātua health day for the year. We are all looking forward to resuming them again next year. [Read more…]

We can’t believe how fast the year has rolled around. It’s been a big year for Hokonui Rūnanga and we cannot wait for next year, so we can start the mammoth task of reinstating the rūnanga. Tenders are out for the rebuild and we expect building to start mid-January.

Office hours

Our office will close on 19 December and will reopen on 12 January. All of the staff and volunteers of the rūnanga would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Take care and enjoy the holiday season.