The tuna heke commenced 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, call 03 377 1513 or email: [email protected] and the permits can be picked up from Rehua Marae (top floor) between 9-4.30pm, Monday-Friday.

Permits will last one week, with a maximum of 200 tuna allowed per person for the tuna season. Permits can be issued in advance, so you can plan ahead and get a permit for the week you plan to go fishing. Only one permit will be issued at a time, and if no catch returns are provided, no new permit will be issued. Nāhaku noa, nā Wairewa Tangata Tiaki: Robin Wybrow, Rei Simon, Theo Bunker, Iaean Cranwell and Wayne Robinson. [Read more…]

Ngā mate

Again the mist descended on Te Upoko o Tahumatā and Te Rōpūake wept silently for her mokopuna George Skipper, who sadly passed away during the past month.

Uncle George will be missed at Poranui where he was well known for rama tuna skills. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Skipper/Kipa whānau and to all our whānau who may have lost a loved one this month.

Nō reira he aha te hau e pupuri nei, he hau nō te whare a Tūkainanapia, he hau e kawe mai nei te karaka a Tahu Kumea, a Tahu Whakairo, ā, ko te hau kaitakata tēnei hau kōheki, hitaratara tōku kiri i te rere o tēnei hau, nei te kākau mahara e taki tou mō koutou. Kāore hoki te aroha e kaikinikini i au, ka timu te tai ki hea? Ā ki Poranui, e rere ana ki te moana. Tāria roa, tē pari mai i waiho mokemoke mai, me he tōroa tīkapa e hāro ana e te Upoko o Tahumatā, tē hoki mai.

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…]

Rangatahi from Christchurch secondary schools attended a two-day Kia Ora Hauora Noho Taiao held at Wairewa Marae last month.

The wānanga delivered science curricular through a kaupapa Māori lens, where rangatahi got the chance to learn about conservation, environmental issues and traditional food gathering practices from local Ngāi Tahu, Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell.

The wānanga encouraged rangatahi to consider taking sciences when making their 2014 subject choices at school and featured a haerenga to the local reserve at Ōkuti, where they identified native plants and learnt about traditional uses, before travelling to the Kaitōrete Spit side of Te Waihora.

Once lakeside, they made their way along the shoreline searching for kakī anau (black swan) nests and were shown which hua kakī anau – swan eggs to gather and which eggs to leave behind.

That evening, they set hīnaki to catch tuna as part of Wairewa’s tracking and monitoring programme and the next day conducted a State of Takiwā survey on the area surrounding the marae. They also experienced electric fishing along the banks of the awa, Ōkana. [Read more…]

Wairewa kapa haka – Te Atakura 2012

The Wairewa kapa haka rōpū has just started practicing for the upcoming Te Atakura. This event was usually held on the last Saturday of the school holidays (third term) in October. But this year the festival will run at the Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi at the Lincoln Event Centre on Saturday 24 November. The kaupapa of this festival is very simple and is at the heart of us as whānau, whanaunga, hapū and Ngāi Tahu. The purpose of Te Atakura is to; provide a focus point for each hapū to develop, nurture, enhance and strengthen the cultural well-being of their hapū, by encouraging whānau of all ages and skill levels to participate in a Ngāi Tahu based kapa haka festival. If you are keen, there is still time, please contact the office and get the details.

Hui-ā-Iwi update Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki

We would really like to know if you’re going to be at Hui-ā-Iwi so we can stay connected during the weekend and so that you don’t miss any opportunity to be with your whanauka from Puketeraki at key times. Let the Rūnaka Office know your name and cell phone contact if you are going to be there.

Depending on where people are staying there may also be the chance to share transport so do stay in touch with the Rūnaka Office, if you are travelling from Coastal Otago to Hui-ā-Iwi.

Rāpaki waiata and kapa haka practices

Get ready Rāpaki whānau! Looking forward to seeing you all – tamariki, rangatahi, tāua, pōua mā at the pā for kapa haka practices, which will be starting up as soon as Ripeka and Sharr give the word.

This year Te Atakura is on Saturday 24 November at the Lincoln Events Centre. Mark it on your calendar now.

Hui-ā-iwi and Te Atakura
When: November 23–25.
Where: Lincoln University
This year we will be taking a rōpū across to Hui-ā-iwi and participating in the hapū kapa haka event, Te Atakura. A first for Te Tai o Poutini, we have started learning waiata and pulling together a programme.

We have held one waiata wānaka, with a further two planned and regular weekly practices scheduled at Hokitika Primary School (Thursdays 4-5pm). Whānau are welcome to come and participate. Once dates have been set for the waiata wānaka, we will let everyone know.

Our accommodation for the weekend will be at Wairewa Marae. We plan to travel by bus leaving early on Friday to arrive in time for the pōwhiri and will return home on Sunday.

Contact Susan Wallace in the office on 0800 955 007 or Kara Edwards 027 683 9020 if you have any questions.

The countdown is on! Over 3,800 children are in rehearsal for the 30th Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival to be held at CBS Canterbury Arena from 4-7 September. Seventy groups from Canterbury – including over 50 kapa haka groups – will perform at this year’s celebration.

Te Puni Kōkiri is proud to be associated with the festival, also known as Cultural Festival 2012. Multicultural performances representing over ten cultures will be featured, together with a Visual Art Exhibition and Wearable Art Pageants. Popular MC’s Matai Smith and Sheree Waitoa will co-host the festival again.

Featured in this showcase are traditional and contemporary performances by a record 60 of Canterbury’s most accomplished primary and Intermediate schools. Seven concerts will be held over the four days.

The festival seeks to celebrate and promote cultural diversity and instil in children a sense of pride and excitement in their culture and performance. Tickets are available from Ticketek, adults $15, children 13 years and under $8. Conces sions to participant schools; service fees apply.

Cultural Festival 2012 is a great opportunity to experience an authentic, vibrant celebration of the many different cultures in Aotearoa. Don’t miss this year’s showcase! Check out for more information.