Sunday, 7 September 2014

Poutini moana, Poutini whenua

Waewae and Makaawhio, together as Poutini Ngai Tahu, pose on the beach after the official opening - with the 'Punakaiki' driftwood sign erected specially for the occasion, in the background, right alongside the start of the Pancake Rocks.

Today marks the official opening of five marine reserves along Te Tai o Poutini - 160 square kilometres of inland coastal seashore, permanently protected by the government in a similar way to scenic reserves on land.

To mark the occasion, Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae and Te Runanga o Makaawhio came together as one as Poutini Ngai Tahu, to help with the launch by the Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith, with a representative 'unveiling' at Punakaiki this morning.

The Poutini Ngai Tahu paepae - Makaawhio Upokorunanga Richard Wallace, left, Tutoko Wallace, Makaawhio chairman Paul Madgwick, Ngati Waewae chairman Francois Tumahai, Neville Tahuaroa (Makaawhio), Khan Paniora (Makaawhio), Henare Mason (Waewae). Te Rua Mason (Waewae) had just stepped out.

During the powhiri, the Department of Conservation presented each runanga with ataahua, large framed photographs - Okarito Lagoon for Makaawhio, and the Punakaiki coast for Waewae.

The marine reserves are: Kahurangi and Punakaiki in Waewae rohe, and in Makaawhio rohe, Waiau-Okarito, Tauparikaka and Hautai.
Makaawhio Tumuaki Susan Wallace, with DOC South Westland manager Jo Macpherson, alongside the marine reserve marker post erected at Punakaiki. Similar posts have been erected at all five reserves.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Back in the old schoolyard

Jacobs River School after a tidy up from our working bee last weekend.
The Jacobs River School reunion weekend (Waitangi Day weekend, Friday 6 February and Saturday 7 February), just got bigger. As well as hosting the reunion at the school, marae and Bruce Bay Hall, we will also have a wananga to tautoko the paepae, i.e. whaikorero, karanga and waiata. So please put a ring around this weekend on your calendar and nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!

Note: the school reunion is informal, but promises to be lots of fun with plenty of reminiscing and celebrating. There are no registrations or registration fee, just give us an indication of who and how many for catering purposes. Free accommodation at the marae, but please let us know in advance. Contact Helen Rasmussen at the Haast supermarket or Susan and Rachael at the Runanga office.

Come on all you Wilsons, Mahuikas, Rochfords, Cadigans, Tauwhares and Bannisters who made up 90% of the school roll for so many years! This is your chance to reminisce and wander around the old schoolyard!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Jacobs River School days

The school's been closed for nearly two years, and is now the property of Te Runanga o Makaawhio for future business opportunities. Meantime, the maintenance is ongoing and so we had a working bee at the weekend to get it back in ship-shape condition, including rebuilding the fence around the swimming pool.
Kahurangi Wilson-Mahuika, left, and Jeff Mahuika repairing the school fence, with Te Owai's whare behind.

Here, the fence repairs are under way, with a backdrop of Te Owai's whare. This historic whare has stood just over the back fence of the school, since the early 1900s, and was once part of a cluster of whanau houses at the Karaki ("the clucky") after they moved off the Old Pa to be closer to the new main road. Of course, this is all Maori land, section 855.
Tutoko Wallace and Jeff Mahuika had an audience as the fence went up.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Moe mai ra, e Toihi

On Saturday, a van load of whanau travelled to Blenheim to farewell Taua Toihi McFadyen, known to all as 'Toish'. Toihi, daughter of Jack and Kate Fluerty of Nelson Creek, died after a long battle with cancer. Jack was the son of cousins, Toihi Te Koeti and Bob Fluerty. Toihi Te Koeti was the daughter of the great Te Koeti Turanga and grand-daughter of Tutoko, while Bob Fluerty's grandfather was Tutemakohu - Tutoko's brother.

When we re-gathered as a Runanga with the big hui at Bruce Bay in 1988, Toihi was there. When we held our Runanga meetings in those early days, Toihi was there, and when we started building our marae at Mahitahi in 2004, Toihi was there, spending many, many hours helping to weave the beautiful tukutuku panels that adorn our ancestral house. 

Now that Toish has joined the 'great majority', we look forward some day to welcoming her kawe mate to our marae. Haere atu ra, haere, haere, haere.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Makaawhio to Gloriavale

Walter Mahuika, Johnny Minto, Elaine Williams, Eileen Hutchison, Neville Tahuaroa and Kevin Mahuika - at Gloriavale this week.

See Gloriavale on tv last week in all its glory? Well, our kaumatua were among the hundreds who had an enjoyable day out at the Gloriavale Christian Community, way in the back of Nelson Creek at Lake Haupiri, on Wednesday during the weekly kaumatua outing. They were treated to an afternoon of music and pantomime, plus a three-course meal - all free. Gloriavale runs a series of these free concerts and meals for the West Coast community every two years.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Makaawhio, then and now ...

We've had this fabulous photo of a Ngati Mahaki group at Makaawhio for many years, and thought at the weekend it was time to update it! Ana, Ngati Mahaki in the early 1900s and 2014 ... This photo was taken from the 'Karaki' (or 'klucky'), which was the next kainga after Tikapu at the Old Pa. The Karaki was a collection of little houses and huts very close to the present day Jacobs River School, when the main road was first put through and the Old Pa was abandoned.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Our famous beach!

Marie Mahuika, left, Upokorunanga Richard Wallace, and our tamariki Hariata Russell and Karera Wallace - proud as punch with our new sign, just opposite the marae.

It's official - Bruce Bay beach is confirmed in the AA's Top 10 of New Zealand's most loved beaches! You can keep the Gold Coast and other overheated beaches - our beach is tops in natural beauty. And the namunamu are bigger and meaner! 

For accuracy sake, strictly speaking this is officially mapped as Maori Beach, reflecting the fact that it is Maori Reserve 782 and has always been occupied by our people. A lot of the land has gone to sea, but the boundaries haven't moved an inch, so what's there now - beach - is ours! Sandy Beach is the name given to the northern half of Bruce Bay, i.e. towards the Makaawhio awa.