Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hangi Sth Westland style

This is how it's done at Mahitahi - fist-sized waitai (white stones off Maori Beach) are heated in the traditional way, then the basket positioned on top. None of this railway iron business! Then everything is carefully covered with sheets and clean sacks, packed down with soil and left to cook. This hangi was put down by our rangatahi as part of a wananga. And the verdict? Ask the 50-or so whanau who turned up and licked the plates clean!

Makaawhio movies

A film crew interviews our Tumuaki Susan Wallace inside Kaipo for the documentary Beneath New Zealand, to air on Prime Television at a later date. The doco explores New Zealand geology, including a Maori perspective, and in this respect Makaawhio was invited to provide the creation stories of Aoraki and Ka Tiritiri o te moana (Southern Alps), and Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (Franz Josef Glacier).

A Makaawhio koha at Gallipoli

Wayne Costello casts the aotea and waitai into the Aegean Sea at North Beach, Gallipoli. This is just around from Anzac Cove. Note the distinctive 'Sphinx' landmark in the background and the Anzac Day site infrastructure.
A little of the mauri of our awa Makaawhio is now tumbling in the tides of the Aegean Sea at Gallipoli on the very beach where four of our WW1 soldiers from Makaawhio Pa fought in 1915. 

Department of Conservation South Westland services manager Wayne Costello was part of the Gallipoli 100-year commemorations last month at Anzac Cove, and took up an invitation from Makaawhio deputy chair Kara Edwards to carry a memento of Makaawhio with him to remember our men - a small aotea from the awa, and waitai from Maori Beach at Mahitahi. We are grateful to Wayne for so generously honouring our war heroes.

The Makaawhio men who fought at Gallipoli were Pahikore te Koeti and three of his nephews, Kinihe Katau, James Bannister andTuhuru Bannister.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Our Gallipoli men

Barbara Vaea and Marie Mahuuika point out the photo of their Great Uncle Pahikore (Butler) te Koeti, after the blessing of a Westland Gallipoli exhibition at the Hokitika Museum last night. It features photos of all four of our Makaawhio men who fought at Gallipoli 100 years ago - Kere Katau te Naihi, Jim Bannister, Tuhuru Bannister and Pahikore te Koeti. The exhibition opened last night with a blessing led by Poutini Ngai Tahu, and opens to the public at 1pm tomorrow, Anzac Day. Meanwhile, Department of Conservation South Westland manager Wayne Costello is in Gallipoli right now, and has carried with him on our behalf, two stones from Makaawhio rohe - aotea from the Makaawhio River, and waitai (white stone) off Maori Beach, Bruce Bay - as a tribute to leave on the beach where those men landed with such trepidation  on April 25, 1915.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Mick and Nan Te Koeti, blacksanding on Maori Beach, Bruce Bay 1965. Makaawhio Point is in the  distance. Below: Brendon Wilson (in piupiu) and Sam Tainui, dressed for the occasion at the Hokitika centennial in 1964, outside the replica Hudson and Price General Store in honour of the town's European pioneers.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Relay for Life 2015

The Makaawhio tent, with 'sleeping quarters' behind.
The kai sales table did a brisk business.
Great turnout of whanau for the Relay for Life Cancer fundraiser in Hokitika tonight. For 20 hours from 4 o'clock this afternoon, walkers in 30-minute blocks are walking continuously around the Westland High School grounds. Big mihi to all our walkers - especially those doing the graveyard shift early in the morning when no one else wanted to do it! - and also to the many other supporters who have been helping with our kai sales.
Taua Marie Mahuika doing laps with Rohatai and Charlotte.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Our own head guide

Shout out to Kahurangi Wilson-Mahuika, our very own Ngati Mahaki head guide on the Ngai Tahu Tourism Whakatipuwaitai Track. Not only our first guide - that is, since the Rangatira Tutoko himself! - but also the youngest. Here he is on his second trip as head guide. Tumeke!