As Puaka rises in the east signalling new beginnings and heralding the arrival of Matariki, many of our whānau are acknowledging and celebrating the completion of studies and the new beginnings these may bring.

In April, Joe Wakefield graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Management from the Otago Polytechnic along with whānau members, Vicki Ratana and Vania Pirini.

In May, his sister Maatakiwi, along with cousins, Victoria ‘Tori’ Campbell, Ariana Stevens, Fern Whitau and Nate Anglem graduated from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa with a Level 7 Diploma Te Reo Māori in Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi. [Read more…]

As Puaka rises in the east signalling new beginnings and heralding the arrival of Matariki, many of our whānau are acknowledging and celebrating the completion of studies and the new beginnings these may bring. [Read more…]

Wairewa tuna

On the night of 16 April, the pou tuna or the large female tuna that is the tohu entered the drains and signified the closing of the tuna season – a practice that has been handed down from our tīpuna. We would like to thank all the fishers who received permits and returned their numbers for the year. If you still haven’t returned numbers for a permit, could you please do so as soon as possible. Nā Wairewa Tangata Tiaki. [Read more…]

Tēnā tātou katoa, tini whetū ki te raki, mau tonu, mau tonu. Whatu karokaro ai te takata, karo noa, karo noa, ka oti atu. Nei te mihi ki a rātou kā manu pirau a Tāne, kātahi anō ka riro i te rika kaha o aituā, nō reira koutou rā, moe mai rā, okioki mai rā. Ki a Taua Nancy Robinson haere atu rā e te whatu kura o Takaroa, moe mai, okioki mai, e kore rawa koe e warewaretia. Ka tāhuri te ihu o tōku waka ki a tātou kā konohi o rātou, tātou kua pae mai nei i te tae ao, tēnā koutou i ruka anō i ō koutou āhuataka maha. [Read more…]

Ko te mea tuatahi e mihi ana ki te whānau o Makō ki Wairewa.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa tauira and Ngāi Tahu kairaranga were privileged to be invited out to Wairewa Marae early this month for a pā harakeke harvest at the pā in Little River.

A closely woven group of keen weavers and whānau travelled out to stay four nights, and took part in many traditional practices of raranga including cleaning and harvesting, preparing and of course weaving the beautiful harakeke grown on the pā. [Read more…]

On a beautiful sunny day in October, some of our whānau spent time out at the marae – weeding the garden, fixing fences, cleaning gutters, painting chairs and giving our tekoteko, Pūraho and our koruru, Makō, a clean and a coat of paint before summer. Thanks to Simon Developments for the use of the scissor lift. Tau kē whānau. [Read more…]

Over Labour Weekend, a group of young men descended upon Puari Pā, Koukourārata, for the Te Tohu o Tū taiaha wānaka.

It was a four-day wānaka and the boys were taught karakia and history and they learnt the taiaha do’s and don’ts, and more importantly about whanaungatanga and kotahitanga. Ko au ko koe, ko koe ko au. Liam Dacombe, Hone Hurunui and Te Kaio Cranwell all enjoyed themselves. [Read more…]

Kelly Barry has been named Young Event Professional for 2014 at the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals.

The NZAEP awards recognise events that have positively impacted New Zealand, its regions or local communities. The national winners were announced at the 2014 NZAEP Event Awards dinner held in Christchurch in August. [Read more…]

Rebecca Lake (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu) has been named in the New Zealand Secondary School Under 16 representative football team, to tour Thailand in July.

Rebecca, the daughter of Tony and Sara Lake of Kaiapoi, has been selected in a squad of 18 players and is one of two students from Canterbury. The team will undertake a tour of Thailand in July, including games against the Thai national team. The tour is envisaged as a development step for players in the build-up to the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan 2016. [Read more…]

Around Matariki and Puaka, I often get asked to talk about taonga pūoro so I thought I would share a little bit about flutes from here in the south. The flute most often heard these days is the kōauau, a short tube with (usually) three finger holes and played in a cross blown way across the open end. This method gives the player a great range of sliding scale very similar to whistling. Therefore it can actually be played quite well without the need to use the finger holes once the skill has been mastered. As most of the chants of old had a range of only three or four notes, three finger holes were ample. [Read more…]

Over the last five years, Te Roto o Wairewa has shown signs of improvement, with improved water quality, which has enabled macrophytes (aquatic plants) to flower for the first time in many years. The species that has flowered in the lake is Myriophyllum triphyllum, which is known to have high aesthetic, wildlife, and fisheries value. Tim Davie, Environment Canterbury Surface Water Science Manager, said the growth is a sign of a stable lake environment with improving water quality. “Macrophytes grow in lakes along the margins where their roots can reach the lake bottom but in shallow lakes such as Wairewa they can grow almost anywhere. [Read more…]

Hui rūnaka

Our next rūnaka hui will be held on 3 August, 5 October (AGM) and 7 December.

Special general meeting

In accordance with clauses 6.2 and 8 of the rules of Wairewa Rūnanga Incorporated Society, notice is given that a Special General Meeting is to be held at the Wairewa Marae, Little River on Sunday 6 July 2014 at 10.30am for the purpose of rūnanga /shareholder members to discuss the business of the Wairewa Group entities and the restructure going forward.

Between 3-5 March, a huge āwhā off the east coast of the South Island pushed cold south easterly rain onto Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū and Ōtautahi causing significant flooding and land sliding. This was a 1-in-100 year āwhā. SH75 between Wairewa and Akaroa was closed and there was significant surface flooding in the Little River and Cooptown area. The majority of rain fell in a 24-hour period from 10am on 4 March. Rainfall predictions from the MetService were for moderate rainfall up until the evening of 3 March, when it was upgraded to severe. By this time it was too late to open the lake, which was at 1.80m, due to the 5-6m swells rolling in. [Read more…]

A reminder to whānau that the June rūnanga hui will be held on the second Sunday of the month (8 June) due to Queen’s Birthday weekend falling on the first weekend.


Congratulations to Amy Victoria Lean who has just graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago University.

Amy is the daughter of Michelle and Rodney Lean from Auckland and the grand-daughter of Richard and Margaret Lean (nee Clough), also from Auckland. Amy is now living in Dunedin and working as a physiotherapist in Balclutha. [Read more…]

The tuna season started on 1 February.
The lake is a customary lake and only those of Kāi Tahu descent can hold a permit.

A permit is required if you are fishing for more than six tuna. Permits can be arranged via the Wairewa Rūnanga office, 03 377 1513 or [email protected] and can be picked up at Rehua Marae (top floor) between 9.30am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. [Read more…]

Kā mihi o te Tau Hou e te whānau. There is lots of happening at Wairewa this year. We look forward to new members and seeing the old ones back. Keep an eye on the new website for ways to get involved.

Wairewa Rūnanga website

The Wairewa website will be up and running very soon. You can visit it at

Kā mihi nui to all who supported the website by providing feedback, content and design. A special thanks to Charisma Rangipunga and Riki Pitama for their support in getting the waiata downloaded.
If you are interested in the paper outlining whānau aspirations from the – Unleashing the Potential of Wairewa hui you will be able to download it from the website on the page entitled “whanaungatanga.” [Read more…]

Wairewa executive committee

The Wairewa executive committee has been confirmed as follows:
James Daniels – Te Rūnanga Representative
Iaean Cranwell – Alt Te Rūnanga Representative
Maire Kipa – Chair
John Boyles – Secretary
Riki Nicholas – Treasurer
Executive committee: Charlie Zimmerman, Theo Bunker, Te Aroha Thompson, Iaean Cranwell.

The senior citizens hui started at Wairewa three years ago as an initiative from the local Wairewa community. Wairewa Rūnanga was more than happy to tautoko the community and provide the venue and manaakitanga. This year the hui was held on 17 November at Wairewa Marae.

Anyone of any age is welcome to gather, to meet and greet and share memories of the area. The event tends to attract the 60 plus age group and therefore has become known as the senior citizens hui. Most of the attendees have close ties with the area and many of them have grown up nearby and have known each other their whole lives. [Read more…]

We are building up a library of photographs that we can use on various pieces of communication – the website, our annual reports, pānui and so on. We have many but we also need consent before we can use them. If you have any photos of whānau at the marae, lake, or other appropriate locations and you would be happy for us to use them from time to time, please email them to [email protected]. We will then get in touch with you to organise a written consent.

It would be wonderful to see as many different whānau as possible, so we would absolutely love to hear from you.