Archive for October, 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Posted by:

The Executive have endorsed the forming of a Rangatahi committee. Those interested should please submit your expression of interest to the office by the Fri 10th Nov  2017.

It is hoped membership of the committee will comprise of:

  • 5 rangatahi members
  • 2 facilitators who have experience with rangatahi engagement and governance experience.

We are looking for rangatahi who wish to sit on the rangatahi committee for Waihao runanga. This will be the space for rangatahi to determine their own aspirations and the aspirations of other Waihao rangatahi in alignment with the objects of Te Runanga O Waihao Inc. This includes wellbeing, cultural, educational and employment aspirations. We are looking for innovation, creativity and the motivation to develop plans for engagement for rangatahi.

The Executive welcome whānau members from throughout NZ as technology will allow for distance participation in meetings. For rangatahi applicants please outline 1 aspiration you have for Waihao rangatahi in the future.

Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Posted by:

Meridian Energy staff members Jeff Page (Environmental Strategy Manager) and Kelvin Jopson (Station Master) gave Waihao whanau a tour of the Waitaki Power Station.  The tour began with Kelvin  outlining the history on the Station,  which was constructed in 1934 during the depression.  The history of the workers and the creation of the social welfare benefit system resulting from this was an interesting addition to the technical facts around the construction.

Jeff gave an overview of the environmental projects which Meridian and the Runanga  are collaborating in completing, including Trap and Transfer and  Pukaki visitors centre as well as other initiatives.  Jeff and Kelvin explained  how the Elver trap and transfer  work and showed whanau the traps at the base of the dam as part of the tour.

The Runanga would like to thank Meridian Energy for facilitating this very enjoyable and informative day. Check out the gallery for more photos.

Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Posted by:

Whānau are reminded to pencil in Saturday 2nd December for the rūnanga Christmas Party.  This year we will be joined by whānau from Moeraki.

Venue: Waihao Marae
Commencing: 12pm

For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 20th November
Ph. 03 689 4726

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted by:

Waitaki Dam Excursion

The event is a collaboration between the Rūnanga and Meridian Energy . Meridian owns and operates seven hydro stations, six within the Waitaki hydro scheme. Meridian have offered through consultation with Rūnanga to take whānau on a guided tour of one of the working dams ( Waitaki ). The purpose of the tour is to explain how the dams generate electricity, their impact on the environment and wildlife including tuna.

Schedule of Events for Saturday 28th Oct 2017

  • Whānau to meet at Waihao Marae no later than 10am or make their own way to the Waitaki Dam arriving at 11am
  • Travel in convoy using Rūnanga vans to Waitaki (arriving 11am)
  • Introductions
  • Work Place Health and Safety brief (Meridian Staff)
  • Inside Waitaki Dam or Trip to Aviemore Dam
  • Discussion on Environmental Collaboration
  • Lunch by the river will take place as appropriate
  • Depart (3-3.30)

Due to seven (7) flights of stairs needing to be traversed, those with any mobility issues will be limited to top only tours. All ages and fitness/mobility levels will be accommodated for.

Please RSVP The office so transport, Meridian Staff and lunch numbers can be arranged

Friday, October 13th, 2017 | Posted by:

We took 15 tamariki and rangatahi up to Aoraki in the Term 3 holidays. We did lots of mahi with Andrew Oliver from D.O.C. The tamariki learnt about stream health, the predators in the Aoraki National Park and how to identify plants and what their medicinal uses are. We also had a tour of The Hermitage to inspire our rangatahi about mahi in the hospitality industry. We went to the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre and watched a 3D movie about the Ngāi Tahu legend of Aoraki and a documentary about Sir Edmund Hillary. We went on the Glacier Explorer and learnt about glaciation and icebergs. We had a fabulous time getting to know each other and our maunga.



Friday, October 13th, 2017 | Posted by:

Manawa Hou mai i Tuahiwi ki Moeraki

Ngā Tapuwae o Tiramōrehu

December 3-5th 2017 & January 23-27th

E te whānau whānui o Ngāi tahu huri noa I te motu, tēnā koutou. We’re excited to bring you news of our upcoming hīkoi for Manawa Hou- a kaupapa designed to give Ngāi Tahu an opportunity to explore their Ngāi Tahu identity and takiwā, all while meeting cool people and having lots of fun! These hīkoi are a little different to previous Manawa Hou… this year, we are retracing the steps of Matiaha Tiramōrehu, one of our Ngāi Tahu tīpuna. The first hīkoi starts in Waitaha/Canterbury (December), and the second hīkoi reunites us at Moeraki (January). We’ll explore who Matiaha was, where he came from, and what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. If you are keen to attend both hīkoi, then please check out the information below and make sure we have your application by 5pm on Monday the 30th October. (Spaces are limited so late applications may not be considered)

Mā wai? Who is this for ?

We’re looking for rangatahi who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu (we can help you if you’re not yet registered)
  • Are 15-18 years of age (or Y11-13 at school)
  • Are willing to give everything a go
  • Are able to commit to attending both hīkoi (December and January)

Ki hea? Mā hea? Where is it and how do I get there?

The first hīkoi will begin in North Canterbury (near Kaiapoi), Saturday Dec 3rd, 9am. The second hīkoi will begin in Moeraki (near Dunedin), Tuesday Jan 23rd, 12pm. It is likely that there will be vans available for rangatahi who are based in, or able to make their way, to Ōtautahi / Christchurch.  Further details regarding itinerary, start points and transport will be sent out in mid-November, via email, to those who are placed on the hīkoi.    The on-course costs for this hīkoi are entirely covered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, travel to Christchurch will be participants/whānau responsibility.

Ka aha tātou? What will we do?

Together we will  explore who Matiaha Tiramorehu was, and understand how his thoughts and actions impact us today.  These discoveries will happen through:

  • Connecting with one another, and as a rōpū
  • Wandering the whenua/land and hearing kōrero/stories
  • Learning waiata, haka and te reo that relates to Matiaha
  • Giving to the communities that host us

Me aha ināianei? What’s next?

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, cool!!! Click here to fill in an online application and consent form. This must be completed by 5pm, Monday 30th October. If you need to fill in a hard copy of the form them please contact us directly – email and phone details are below. Once all applications are received we’ll be in touch to let you know if you have a place on these hīkoi and to share things like a gear list and draft itinerary. If you would like to nominate a rangatahi to attend Manawa Hou, then please forward them the link to apply directly to them E: P: 0800 KAI TAHU | 021 734 831 W:

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 | Posted by:

Kaumātua are reminded that to receive the Christmas Gift deposit, they must provide the office with their bank account name and details.  This gift will only be made to those registered kaumatua with bank details recorded at the time of payment.  These details will only be accepted in writting (either by email or letter). We encourage all whanau to assist their kaumatua in this task.  If you are unsure if these details have already been provided, please contact the office to confirm.

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 | Posted by:

Over the last three months whānau, led by Sally Reihana, completed a whāriki for Waihao Marae. The materials for this mat were sourced locally and created much interest and participation from whānau.  We would like to thank Sally for the time and effort she put into this mahi.


Monday, October 2nd, 2017 | Posted by:

On the 28th September, Kaumātua travelled to Aoraki for lunch. Although it was an early start, a great day was had by all.  The weather was suburb and many stories were told in the vans and around the lunch tables. It was pleasing that some Waihao Kaumātua from the West Coast took time out of their holiday to join the group for lunch.  The next lunch is scheduled for 26th of October, venue TBA.













Monday, October 2nd, 2017 | Posted by:


The Rūnanga Chairperson called for a hui on the 16th Aug 2017 to examine the current  Waihao Rules dated 2016 (also referred to as Constitution). The purpose of this was to  look at  sections of the Rules and the Financial Management Policy and Procedures 2016 which currently cause identified issues, that hamper the Rūnanga both operationally and from a Governance level.

Registered whanau can review the proposed Rule and Financial Management Policy and Procedures changes that will be presented on the agenda at the 2017 AGM. The document  has four (4) columns:

  1. Rule Change Number – To assit with voting and recording in minutes
  2. Current Rule – how the section reads currently
  3. Proposed change – how the section will read if the change is accepted
  4. Rational – reason the proposed change is being presented

If you have any questions  contact the Manager in the first instance :

How to view –

  1. Registered users will need to Login
  2. Click on the Policy and Procedures menu in the whanau banner
  3. Scroll down to the section that is headed Rules
  4. Click on the link Proposed Rule Changes