Kia ora koutou whānau,
Well time flies when you are having fun, whānau will be away to the Tītī Islands and just like that they will be home again and it will be May. Not forgetting our succulent tio as well, yummy tītī and tio.

Murihiku Marae has been having all sorts of hui and different meetings – all good too. Lots of little but essential things have happened like our kaumātua went to see the Māori Quartet and they very much enjoyed it – it was a good night out. We have our community garden going well, some teething problems but otherwise all ka pai and some whānau are being given fresh vegetables grown at Murihiku Marae and it’s a good relationship between us and the community. Excellent job! A big shout out to all our whānau overseas and those that are living away from Murihiku, tēnā koutou ngā whanauka mihi aroha we hope you are all well, cheers whānau. To all the whānau that have had new pēpi congratulations from Waihōpai whānau and the same for all our birthday whānau – a big congratulations to you guys as well. And most importantly to our whānau that have lost a loved one since our last kōrero. Waihōpai sends their condolences and aroha to you all aroha nui.

It’s time for me to hang up my pen for another month and get on with my mahi. Listen folks take very good care of one another arguing and fighting is not good, hugs and laughter are better ka pai. Nā Squirrel on the Hill, hei konei rā Waihōpai Rūnaka.

Murihiku Māori Warden and volunteers at the World Shearing Champs in Invercargill.

Kaumātua at Hilton High Tea.

Kaumātua at Hilton High Tea.

Kia ora whānau, I hope you are all well and rested and looking forward to an exciting year ahead. This summer has had its moments – for a start, we have hardly seen the big yellow glow in the sky and when we do it’s blowing a gale. But that’s the way it goes – rain, gales and very little sun. Let us be thankful that we are alive and can enjoy whatever the weather gods send especially here in the southern isles – live and let live and enjoy whānau time.

Nō reira, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa to the whānau that have lost a loved one, Waihōpai sends their condolences and aroha to you and your whānau, aroha nui. Also a huge congratulations to whānau that have a new addition aroha nui to you and your new pēpi. Cheers whānau. Lastly to all the whānau who have had a birthday over the break, a big congratulations to you all and hope you had a great day.

Sol Somerville

Sol Somerville attended TOA Sports (Sports training and Indigenous culture) at Ara Institute of Canterbury and was awarded the top student for 2016. Sol is planning to complete a Certificate in Fitness this year at Ara. He is the grandson of the late Sue Somerville and the son of Niels Somerville and Kim Lowe. [Read more…]

The rūnaka re-opened on 16 January and it’s been a bit quiet in regards to marae hui, but no doubt the office has been busy. Waihōpai, Ōraka-Aparima and Hokonui had a hui on Sunday 29 January at Murihiku Marae celebrating Tā Mark Solomon’s farewell.

What a great leader – a very humble man – thank you very much Tā Mark for taking us all on a fantastic journey of growth for Kāi Tahu, Kāti-Māmoe and Waitaha. You have done your mahi with honour and integrity. You have upheld your mana and your whānau mana as well.

Waihōpai whānau wish you and Lady Maria all the best for the future arohanui to you both. [Read more…]

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.

Welcome back Cyril Gilroy who has been in Australian the past four weeks visiting whānau and catching up with friends. Congratulations to those whānau who have recently had birthdays and celebrated significant events. If you email [email protected] we would love to put these in the next pānui with any photos.

Appointment Committee

Congratulations to the following whānau appointed to the Waihopai Rūnaka Appointment Committee:

  • Donald Mowat
  • Dorothy Dawn Wybrow
  • Ora Barron
  • Ailene Stehlin
  • Sandra Stile

The committee has commenced its work regarding the appointment of the Waihōpai Rūnaka Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative and Alternate Representative and we will notify you of the outcome in due course.

Papatipu rūnanga aspirations

The whānau had a great visit to Christchurch to support the Waihōpai Papatipu Rūnanga Aspirations Group (PRAG) presentation. It was fantastic to see the vision and current work being done by all our Papatipu Rūnanga. For the whānau that weren’t able to attend I recommend going to the Ngāi Tahu website and watching these videos. For Waihōpai we will be referring back to these aspirations on a regular basis at our hui.

Also thank you to Tina, Alice and all the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu team who showed the whānau around Te Whare o Te Waipounamu and spoke with them on different aspects of their work – we greatly appreciated your time and knowledge.

Ōreti Beach memorandum

Waihōpai Rūnaka is pleased to partner with the Department of Conservation, Environment Southland, Invercargill City Council, Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand Police, and the Southland District Council, in establishing a Memorandum of Understanding for Ōreti Beach management. This is a significant piece of work that outlines the roles and responsibilities each party has in relation to the management of Ōreti Beach and clarifies the management roles of the parties that have a statutory interest in Ōreti Beach.

Papatipu rūnaka scholarship

Congratulations to Deborah Paterson who is the recipient of the Waihōpai Rūnaka Papatipu Rūnaka Scholarship 2016. Deborah will be studying towards a Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University next year and we wish her all the best for this.

Marae events

We have been fortunate to host a range of hui at the marae. We have had a 21st birthday, schools, government agencies and kapa haka groups. We have a very busy October calendar and will include photos of some of these in next month’s edition.


We are currently looking at social housing options in Invercargill and working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on this. The first step is to gain an understanding of whānau in our rohe and we are looking at developing a profile of qualitative and quantitative information to get clarity around the real needs in Waihopai in relation to housing. We will keep you updated.

The Ngāi Tahu Road Show at Ascot Park was well attended by Murihiku whānau. Whānau appreciated the time and discussion – many thanks to the organisers at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Michael Skerrett presenting to whānau at the Murihiku Road Show.

Michael Skerrett presenting to whānau at the Murihiku Road Show.

Jaleesa Panirau and Arapata Reuben registering whānau with the Whakapapa Unit at the Murihiku Road Show.

Jaleesa Panirau and Arapata Reuben registering whānau with the Whakapapa Unit at the Murihiku Road Show.

Kia ora koutou ngā whānau, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa, ngā mate o ngā whānau haere, haere, haere atu rā. Waihōpai whānau send their deepest and sincerest condolences to whānau who have lost a loved one in the last month. Aroha nui, te rangatira, te kaumātua, Monty Daniels haere, haere, haere atu rā. The mighty tōtara has fallen but the seeds have grown and the mana of Monty Daniels carries on. Aroha nui Kā and Daniels whānau. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou whānau.

To all the whānau that are now a year older this month a huge congratulations to you all. I hope you all had a great day, cheers. To all the new mums and dads who have a new member of their family, a very huge congratulations to you all, and the great-granny’s, cheers guys.

A big hello to our whānau who are in Australia, the North Island and far away overseas if you get Te Pānui Rūnaka, a very big hello, ngā mihi aroha kia koutou katoa whānau. I hope you are all keeping in contact with your whānau.

What’s been happening at the marae? Lots of little hui, cruising along, a lot of good things are in the pipeline.

One of our whānau members has brought in a story about her father. Many of us know him as Uncle Rongo or Rongopai and he has always been associated with the Tītī Islands. He was a character, he loved his family, and nothing would stop him from going to the Tītī Islands. A lot of our whānau who are still going there in their 70s and 80s never shy away from hard work. Thank you Merania Spencer – there’s a lot more about this man but you would need a book. Cheers Spencer whānau, arohanui.

Well, that’s it from me take care. I hope you are all warm and if you are not, make sure you get hold of family — stay warm kā pai. Waihōpai Rūnaka sends big love to you all — arohanui whānau. Kā kite. Nā Squirrel on the Hill. Mauri ora.

Kia ora whānau,
Well here we are again another month gone and it’s getting closer to Christmas, yay! (Yeah right I hear you say).

We have had a few hui recently here at Murihiku Marae. South Alive are a group of people working to make South City Invercargill a beautiful place to be and it’s looking really good too, next time you are in Invercargill go to South City and enjoy — cheers whānau.

Child Youth and Family Services held their meeting here. We have a good relationship with Child Youth and Families Services and have been having great kōrero over the three years this has been taking place. Invercargill City Council staff came up to Murihiku Marae for their cultural experience and really enjoyed it too.

James Hargest College kapa haka group had an excellent noho marae. There was plenty of noise coming from the group. The Otago/Southland campus also had a noho marae for their cultural training and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

We had a visit from the (hopefully) new Mayor of Wellington, Mr Mick Leggett, his wife Emily and their daughter Maddi.

Remember whānau it’s not hard to say “I love you” — stand up against violence. Kia ora to our Waihōpai whānau outside of paradise. I hope you are all well, let us know how you are and send us some photos please.

Nō reira ngā whānau ki te whānau o ngā mate, aroha nui, aroha nui, aroha nui our deepest condolences for your loss Waihōpai Rūnaka whānau. Ngā mihi aroha,
ki a koutou katoa.

Nā Squirrel on the Hill.

Rodney Trainor and his team of whale bone cleaners that were looked after by Waihōpai Rūnaka.

Rodney Trainor and his team of whale bone cleaners that were looked after by Waihōpai Rūnaka.

Invercargill City Council staff at the marae for their cultural experience.

Invercargill City Council staff at the marae for their cultural experience.

Marcia, Tiaki and Jodi at graduation.

Marcia, Tiaki and Jodi at graduation.

Waihōpai Rūnaka Incorporated

Notice to Intention to Hold a Postal Ballot
Waihōpai Rūnaka Incorporated (“the Rūnaka”) wishes to inform current and potential members of the Rūnaka of its intention to conduct a postal ballot for the purposes of electing the members of the Rūnaka’s Appointment Committee. Once elected, the Appointment Committee will be responsible for appointing the Representative and Alternate Representative of the Rūnaka to represent the interests of the Rūnaka at meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Please note only those people who have established their entitlement to be members of the Rūnaka and are registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu before 5pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2016 will receive voting papers for this postal ballot. All persons eligible to become a member of the Rūnaka are encouraged to apply to be registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Members of the Rūnaka who have previously been registered are encouraged to ensure that their contact details as held by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are correct.

Appointment Committee Nominations

Waihōpai Rūnaka is also calling for nominations for the Appointment Committee and you can contact the Waihōpai Rūnaka Office Telephone: 03 216 9074, Fax: 03 216 9916 or email: [email protected] for information regarding criteria and nomination forms. Written forms and requirements are to be received by the Waihōpai Rūnaka office before 5pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2016, to: Waihōpai Rūnaka Office, PO Box 7017, Invercargill 9812.

Here are some photos from our recent rūnanga activities.

Winsome and Michael Skerrett attending Relay for Life.

Winsome and Michael Skerrett attending Relay for Life.

Bayley Skerrett’s graduation with her parents Kane and Tania Skerrett.

Bayley Skerrett’s graduation with her parents Kane and Tania Skerrett.

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Kia ora koutou whānau,

Waihōpai has been really busy with uplifting a whale and spending lots and lots of hours cleaning and still doing mahi on our taoka. Our main man Rodney Trainor has been very busy cleaning and keeping the mahi going with the help of our esteemed whale expert Ramire. Good job.

Child Youth and Family Services, Barnardos and other community services are all interested in getting things right from a tikanga perspective and that’s great. The marae has had Hedgehope School here for a three-day stay, and numerous other hui, so we are a slowly moving along, however whānau still lots to do. [Read more…]

Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa whānau, welcome to Te Pānui o Waihōpai Rūnaka 2016.

It’s been a long time whānau. I hope you all had a wonderful break and you are all well.

I have come to the conclusion that you can only do some things well when you are 65+ and there are other things you cannot do anymore and reality sets in. So it’s about pacing yourself now and enjoying life. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou whānau, well what a good Hui-ā-Iwi that was. There was lots happening throughout the weekend and there were plenty of people around. Lots of catch-ups, hellos and overall it was just great to see whānau.

Big thanks to Ōtākou, Puketeraki and Moeraki for doing a great job hosting. There was a lot of hard work, sweat and tears, but they did it and I am so proud – aroha nui to you all from Waihōpai Rūnaka/whānau. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou whānau, we were all looking forward to Hui-ā-Iwi in Otago. It was a great four days (we went up on Thursday 19). Waihōpai whānau enjoyed seeing other whānau and catching up with everyone.

To the whānau who have lost a loved one our deepest condolences go out to you and your whānau – arohanui.

There has been a bit happening in the south and the marae has been quite busy. A number of our whānau are getting ready to graduate from various tertiary institutions around the country – well done to you all.

Christmas is nearly here and it is a busy time of the year for everyone.

This is just a short report so I hope you all take care. Meanwhile, babies are being born, people are getting married and heaps of people are celebrating their birthdays. So congratulations to you all from the whānau at Waihōpai Rūnaka and a big hug and hello to all our who are away from Murihiku/Waihōpai – cheers to you all.

Well whānau, it was great to see you all at Hui-ā-Iwi.
Nā Squirrel on the Hill.

Kia ora whānau, well here we go again…another month gone and we are all happy.

Christmas is just around the corner whānau – not long and Santa will be climbing down the chimney. But before that happens we still have lots of mahi to do. We are looking forward to Hui-ā-Iwi in Otago – ka pai.

There have been lots of small things happening on the marae including the normal hui as well as a visit from the Child Youth and Family Services, who came to talk to the iwi. I thought it was good. [Read more…]

Kia ora koutou, time is flying and it’s spring now – yeah it’s time to spring clean, not for me though.

We’ve had hui on at the marae: local schools kapa haka practice for the Hautonga competition. South Otago School had a noho marae and they were all very good to have on the marae. Police, housing and also the wharekai redevelopment project that’s being led well by Raewynne Evans; and we are getting into the exciting part of it now. [Read more…]

Kia ora whānau, I hope you are all fit and well and no one has the dreaded flu bug that is going around. Sadly some of our whānau are very māuiui at the moment and it’s not good, especially when there’s nothing you can do about it. All we wish is that they all get well soon – arohanui to you all.

Murihiku Marae has been steady with bookings which is good. Our normal hui have been good too, lots of hui at the marae, i.e. Child Youth and Family Services, prison interviews and programmes. The Otago/Southland combined hui was good.

It’s August, so let’s hope the weather improves. I had new whānau members – some of my long lost whānau visit me. It was great to see them as well as get pictures of whānau.

Well whānau, this is pānui is short but Waihopai are thinking of you all and wish you all the best to those who are or have had birthdays and babies – a huge congratulations to you all arohanui xx.

Take time out whānau to sit, listen and talk to each other, for what we miss today we may never gain tomorrow. Nā Squirrel on the Hill. [Read more…]

Ngā mate haere, haere, haere atu rā. Our deepest condolences ki te whānau o ngā mate, aroha nui, aroha nui, aroha nui.

Kia ora koutou Waihōpai whānau me ngā whānau whānui o Kāi Tahu – I hope you are all well. Another busy month for all of the rūnaka no doubt.

Waihōpai has had its moments. There is plenty going on with heaps of hui-land meetings, a water meeting, schools, and the Matariki breakfast is coming up but also lots of external meetings as well. [Read more…]

Scholarships and grants

Waihōpai Rūnaka has established grants to assist Waihōpai registered whānau members in the following areas:

  • Pūtea manaaki
  • Kaumātua hardship grant
  • Waihōpai Rūnaka education scholarship

These are small one-off annual grants that will provide some assistance for whānau. For further information please phone Jess or email the office on 03 216074 or [email protected]

Kia ora koutou whānau, ngā mate o ngā whānau, haere, haere, haere atu rā, our deepest condolences to our whānau who have lost a loved one this past month – aroha nui to you all.

We have been reasonably busy having had a two day education hui here on the marae –‘Building on Success.’ A holiday programme was run by our facilitators for young ones during the second week of the school holidays, that was all good too.

Lots of other interesting things have been happening like the movie premiere that we ran at the marae, that was great too. We also went to the Bluff marae to support the pōwhiri and mihi. It was great to be in Bluff; hope to have some good photos in next the pānui.

I’m looking forward to meeting Prince Harry with other rūnaka representatives from here in Murihiku and Sir Mark and Sir Tipene.

That’s it from me – short and sweet. Don’t forget kids to give your mum and dad some hugs because they need it and same goes for you mums and dads. Aroha nui to you all. Nā Squirrel on the Hill. Ps – I had a roasted tītī last night Karl.