One year ago the community, tangata tiaki, researchers and rūnaka members met at Puketeraki Marae to kōrero about aspirations for the Waikouaiti River after receiving Waimāori Trust funding to carry out surveys regarding the mauri of the river. One year on, the results of the research have been collated into a report that makes a number of recommendations regarding the restoration and connections to the river. While the river is in a moderately good state of health, there are clearly some opportunities for improvement. The full report is available online at After feedback from the latest hui, stage two of the restoration project is about to begin.

To get involved, contact Justine at the runaka office: [email protected].

Data gathering on the Waikouaiti River.

Data gathering on the Waikouaiti River.

Pānui to owners of Maranuku B

(Māori freehold land)
(Also known as Te Karoro B – Glenomaru Blk IV Pt Sec’s 47 & 49)

We refer to the previous pānui in the March and May 2016 editions of Te Pānui Rūnaka. We advise that the application is being made to the Māori Land Court to confirm the variations Rona Williamson is seeking to her occupation order over part of Maranuku B. The first variation is an increase in size from 1200m2 to 8000m2. The proposed increase in size means the occupation order will include the current site and extend down towards the coast including the area below the roadway into Maranuku B. Secondly, Mrs Williamson is seeking an order that the occupation order can be transferred to a Whānau Trust and will last for the lifetime of the Whānau Trust. Prior to the April meeting, three objections had been received. All those present at the April meeting supported the variations that Mrs Williamson is seeking. Following the meeting, one further objection was received. [Read more…]

An owners meeting for the above section of Māori freehold land has been set down as follows:

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2016
Venue: Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre Board Room, Level 1, 258 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Time: 1:30pm

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the following:

Partition – Huia Collings shareholding [Read more…]

Pānui to owners of Māori freehold lands known as Waikouaiti Blk XII Sec 80 and Otago Heads Native Reserve Lot 15D (Maggie Karetai Estate).

A meeting will be held for the owners of the above two sections of Māori land. The purpose of the meeting is to amend the Waikouaiti Blk XII Section 80 Ahu Whenua Trust (currently established over Waikouaiti Blk XII Section 80) to also include Otago Heads Native Reserve Lot 15D. Most owners in these two sections descend from Teoti Kerei and Maggie Taiaroa. [Read more…]