Friday, 23 January 2015
Our international lawyer
A proud moment for Ngati Mahaki on the other side of the world today! Hokitika born and bred William Michael (Bill) Kelly (only son of the late Shirley and Doug Kelly, and moko of Aunty Nicky, nee Wilson, of Hunts Beach) was today admitted as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-law, New York State. He lives in Singapore.
|Bill Kelly with other legal graduates at the New York State Supreme Court today.|
After leaving the West Coast, Bill graduated from the University of Auckland and the University of Pennsylvania law schools, and so he is also a New Zealand, Australian and English-qualified solicitor. He also completed a master of laws at the University of Melbourne and an MA in Contemporary China studies at the prestigious NTU in Singapore.
Bill added New York expertise to his credentials to better meet the needs of US corporates expanding their businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. His China expertise was featured in the Singapore Straits Times newspaper earlier this month.
Bill’s proud sister, Jackie Douglas, still lives in Hokitika and represents Makaawhio on the West Coast Regional Council and the Ngai Tahu Freshwater Forum.
More whanaungatanga ...
|Pari Mahuika and Edith Tahuaroa at Kumara.|
|Winning team in the Hokitika Sand Dunes Classic - Maria Russell, Julie Zwies, Rachael Forsyth, Kori Mahuika - at the end of the course - the Hokitika River mouth. Maria hit the winning shot - straight across the river mouth to the other side!|
|Rachael Forsyth, Walter and Judy Mahuika, Marie Mahuika-Tahuaroa, Pari Mahuika, Elaine Williams - Hokitka Races.|
|Whanau watch the action at the back-to-front Hokitika Races (the horses race clockwise, rather than the usual anti-clockwise - we like to be different!).|
Time for whanaungatanga
|A few of the wahine dressed up for the occasion at the Makaawhio Mauriora! tent at Kumara: Rachel Forsyth, left, Marie Mahuika-Tahuaroa, Julie Zwies, Maria Russell, Pari Mahuika, Helen Rasmussen.|
Kumara Races, Hokitika Races and Sand Dunes Classic - all BYO kai, drinks and fun. Next to come is the big whanau darts and pool afternoon in Hokitika, competing for fun or for the more serious, for whanau trophies! Watch this space.
|Walter and Judi Mahuika with their daughter Sharon and moko.|
|Ian Rasmussen, wee Paitoto, Rob Wilson, Nikki-Leigh Wilson, Kim Rasmussen.|
As the wife of our Upoko Richard Wallace and the mother of our Tumuaki Susan Wallace, Mere has always been a very hard-working, loyal and faithful supporter of our Runanga on many levels over at least 25 years. Mere has given blood, sweat and tears for our Marae, from the planning to the dozens of building working bees, and in hosting of manuhiri.
Outside of this loyalty to Makaawhio, Mere is faithful to her Church, and has been a Reverend and celebrant for many years - now she's an Archdeacon and of equal standing to Upoko Richard, who is the Archdeacon of Te Tai o Poutini. Now there are two Archdeacons in the one household!
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Kaumatua Dinner 2014
|Sheriff Richard Wallace with the line dancing.|
Cowboy hats, rhinestones and spurs - together with the occasional squaw - were the order of night at our annual Hakari Kaumatua, in Hokitika, yesterday. The country and western theme was a hit with our seniors, who enjoyed the chance to dress up, try out line dancing and sing the night away.
Squaw Helen Rasmussen, aka Pocohontus, took out the line dancing competition with a toe-tapping performance that even outclassed the leaders!
|Rachel Forsyth and Kori Mahuika - guarding the Saloon.|
The highlight of the night, as always, was the hakari itself - this year, starters were Bruce Bay whitebait, Makaawhio venison, followed by the main course, a hangi with the added attraction of a delicious traditional Christmas hot ham - and two desserts!
Thanks to all helpers, especially the Wallace whanau who spent all day cooking, and Marie and Julie-ann for transforming the Wests Clubrooms into a homely 'barn' for the night - complete with a 'Mahaki Jail' and saloon!
Friday, 21 November 2014
Arahura Marae opening!
Ngati Waewae waited 150 years for today's opening of their new marae, and what a proud moment it was for our sister hapu of Poutini Ngai Tahu! The pride and joy at finally realising the dream was palpable on the face of every Poutini Ngai Tahu there today - not only Waewae but Makaawhio also!
The whare Tuhuru is a work of art, and like every wharetipuna so much more. The whakapapa within its walls tells the history of Te Tai o Poutini and connects each and every one of us with this place, this whare. It is a stunning tribute to our tipuna, with the entire south-facing wall devoted to ancestors from South Westland!
|Tuhuru, wearing pounamu earrings, with the tekoteko above carved out of solid pounamu!|
Today was Ngati Waewae's day after such a long, long wait for a proper marae, yet they shared it with Ngati Mahaki in a most generous way by including so many of our tipuna in their whare - Te Koeti Turanga, Tutoko, Taetae, Piro, Karera, Kawaipatiere, Tikina, Te Kou, Wharekai, Maaka ...
We were also honoured to be invited on to the paepae, with upoko Richard Wallace doing us so proud, and also a proud moment to have our son Te Ahu take part in the wero so capably, alongside other Mahaki whanau including Caleb Robinson and Jerry Pu, who also trained the kaiwero. Te Ahu and Jerry also both did the wero at the opening of Te Tauraka Waka a Maui Marae, Bruce Bay, in 2005.
|Te Ahu, third from left in front during the spectacular wero.|
It was therefore our honour as Mahaki to live up to our name today and manaaki Ngati Waewae and the many manuhiri, helping as workers to make the day work so efficiently - despite the best efforts of the rain - and to present the hau kainga with our koha of three giant canvases of historic photos of the old Arahura Runanga Hall, Tairea.
Nei ra, tenei te mihi ki a koutou o Ngati Waewae i o koutou ra whakahirahira, a, te whakatuwheratanga o to koutou wharetipuna. Kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi!