Kia ora koutou. This month we were pleased to be able to celebrate rūnaka chairman and upoko, Michael Skerrett’s Queen’s Service Medal award. We had an afternoon tea for Michael at the marae on 28 March, a couple of days after Michael and his whānau went to Auckland to officially receive the QSM. A huge range of the community were present and made this day very memorable for Michael and his whānau. Again congratulations to Michael on this significant achievement. It is good to celebrate such positive things happening at our marae, rūnaka and iwi. Also thank you to everyone who made the day a success, especially Ora Barron and Marcia Te Au-Thomson, and the ringawera. [Read more…]

Tēnā koutou te whānau o Waihōpai, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa ngā whānau o Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, me Waitaha, mauri ora. There’s not much happening on the marae at the moment due to extensive toilet and kitchen renovations. We have managed to hold some hui for example tītī hui, wedding hui, and some smaller. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou e te whānau ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa. Firstly let me say a big thank you to my whānau from Auckland, Rachel, Shaun, Merrilyn and partner and Debbie and Chris, thank you for making the effort to come to the first Hui-ā-Iwi, wonderful to see you all, well done Shaun and Chris. [Read more…]

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Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa, ngā whānau o ngā rūnanga arohanui. Has this year gone quick or what? Next month the big Christmas is upon us, boy oh boy, no wonder I have no hair, haha. Anyway we have been busy here on the marae with different hui. Our upoko had his 70th last month with a very good turnout, even Elvis was in the house. [Read more…]