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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.



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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: manawa.hou@ngaitahu.iwi.nz P: 0800 KAI TAHU | 021 734 831 W:  http://ngaitahu.iwi.nz/whanau/opportunities/manawa-hou/

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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.

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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.


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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.













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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 :   Waihao.Manager@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

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




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The South Canterbury District Health Board have released He Waka Kakarauri which is a model of Advance Care Planning(ACP) based in Māori values. This model facilitates planning for future health and end of life care. Runanga reps on the Maori Health Advisory Committee – Juliette Stevenson and  Suzanne Eddington have requested that whanau review the model.

The He Waka Kakarauri model will be added to the whanau meeting agenda for November. In the meantime  can whanau please direct any question regarding the model to the office and these will be disseminated to Juliette and  Suzanne on your behalf. Please click on the link below to open the He Waka Kakarauri document

He Waka Kakarauri

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Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (TRoNT) Reports submitted by TRoNT Rep Jo McLean are now available on the website. TRoNT reports are accessible to registered whanau members only  after  they login. To view the TRoNT reports follow these steps


  1. Log In
  2. Click on the Minutes and Reports menu in the registered whanau banner
  3. Select the report from – Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (TRoNT) Reports – Jo McLean

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Whanau are invited to register Tamariki for the Aoraki wananga  from the 10th – 12th October 2017. Tamariki will travel and stay at Aoraki under the supervision of Waihao whanau and participate in various activities  including:

• Cultural history of Aoraki and its significance to the Runanga
• Pest and native flora and fauna
• Activities at the visitor centre
• Go on the glacier boats

If you are interested in registering your Tamariki please complete this registration form Aoraki Reg Form  and email to the office


If you would like more information contact the office

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Waihao Chairperson Graeme Lane presented the Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Bevin Joyce with a koha towards the stations new First Response Vehicle. The station has been raising money for a new four wheel drive vehicle and whanau agreed at the last whanau meeting that the Runanga should contribute to this.  The Glenavy Fire Brigade has become just the second in the region to gain its first responder qualification.  Fire chief Bevin Joyce said the brigade attended about 30 or 40 medical calls each year, including a lot of car crashes, as well as general medical incidents.  During the presentation Graeme acknowledge that in the case of a medical emergency at the Marae, the Glenavy fire brigade was most likely to be the first responding unit, and for this reason it was important that the Runanga contribute towards the new response vehicle.