Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Panui

 6th July 2018

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Kia ora koutou

Only a couple days left until us parents get bombarded with bored and whining kids  -Keep your chins up folks we all in for the long haul;  Why not bring them out to Otakou for a; Picnic on the porch, a walk around the pa, or why not stroll along Te Rauone beach, or fish off the Monarch wharf. Don't forget you can also; Go for an expedition through the Harington Point tunnels, a drive over to Papanui Inlet, or a walk to the pyramids just to name a few free activities in the Kaik. Whatever you and the whanau chose to do, be safe!

What's been happening at Ōtākou Marae

Taking the time to keep flaunting the improvements that continue at Ōtākou Marae, watch this space for our new garden going in along side Hakuiao. 

 New pathway along side Hakuiao. Watch this space for new garden!

New pathway along side Hakuiao. Watch this space for new garden!

 New path to Garden shed

New path to Garden shed

Visits from John McGlashan and Portobello School 

We have been very lucky to have a few School visits this term. Last panui saw Taieri Beach School. This time, John McGlashan and Portobello  School graced us with their presence. Our Kaitoko, Taikawa Tamati-Elliffe, tautoko John McGlashan with taiaha lessons...

John McGlashan School

While Portobello School held their final school assembly, for the term, at Ōtākou Marae followed by afternoon tea for the teachers, students and their parents. It was wonderful to watch the tamariki warm Tamatea with their school achievements and their activities outside.



 Debates and Shapes! 

Debates and Shapes! 

 Yummy wa kai!

Yummy wa kai!

 Wa takaro

Wa takaro

 The tamariki did not let the chillier end of the day spoil their fun!

The tamariki did not let the chillier end of the day spoil their fun!



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He Waka Kotuia

A massive mihi to He Waka Kotuia for what can only be described as the most impressive performance EVER!  The pride we felt watching the live stream was enough to bring you to tears.  The hearts of us all were beating so hard we crashed the live stream which you could feel the reverberation throughout Te Waipounamu!

On behalf of us all at Ōtākou we salute every rakatahi that make up He Waka Kotuia including those that were reserves. To Komene, Paulette, Ange and Cherie – ka mihi aroha ki a koutou

 Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa 2018

Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa 2018

Kia ora koutou Wahine

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 Police are currently looking for – in a positive way – Maori women that need or want to get their Learners Driver’s Licence.

They may be previously forbidden or suspended drivers and need support, or someone that just hasn’t got round to sitting their Learners due to many barriers like cost, education, support and not knowing how.

This is a free course which will be facilitated by Methodist Mission in collaboration with Police.

We need names please whanau, so help spread the word!!

For more information contact;

Senior Constable Toni Wall
Kaitakawaenga - Iwi/Pacific Liasion Officer | Otago Coastal Area (Dunedin/Clutha/Oamaru) | New Zealand Police
P   +64 3 471 4888  Extn: 33088   |   M   +64 21 191 5069    |   E
Dunedin Central Police Station, 25 Great King Street, Dunedin, Private Bag 1924, Dunedin

Safer Communities Together

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Whakapapa talk at the Hocken

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Whakapapa Talk at the Hocken
Jacinta Beckwith, Kaitiaki Mātauranga Māori
Megan Vaughan, Hocken Researcher Services
Nau mai, haere mai! Join us for a kōrero on key resources for whakapapa research.
Come half an hour early for kaputī prior to the kōrero. All welcome.
Hocken Library Seminar Room | 90 Anzac Avenue, Ōtepoti Dunedin
Wednesday 18 July, 2018

 Group in ceremonial dress at the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-1907. Hocken Photographs Collection. James McDonald. Box-289-002.

Group in ceremonial dress at the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-1907. Hocken Photographs Collection. James McDonald. Box-289-002.

Te Mātāuru ki Te Reo Tukutuku

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Tēnā anō tātou,

Te Mātawai Investment – Te Mātāuru ki Te Reo Tukutuku

(Round Closes 5pm, Wednesday 25th of July)

He matakahuki, he reo tukutuku! - The stitch that binds and connects te Kāhui ā reo tukutuku and the stitch woven across generations thus ensuring it’s sustainability.

The four reo sectors covered by this funding are;

  • Te Hapori – Community
  • Te Pāpāho – Media
  • Te Mātauranga – Education
  • Te Hunga Noho Tāone – Urban Māori.   

The fund will achieve its desired outcomes by;


  • Fostering new and innovative approaches that may not have been tested but could potentially be ‘gamechangers’.
  • Identifying initiatives and events that have been successful in growing and nurturing te reo
  • o   Ensuring projects connect whānau and communities ensuring intergenerational growth and sustainability
  • o   Supporting initiatives that develop language revitalisation planning capability and capacity
  • o   Supporting and growing cross-sector approaches that build local capability, improve ‘reach’ into communities and development of new projects

Please follow this link for further information about Te Reo Tukutuku Investment Plan.

If we can assist with advice or review of applications for this funding from the Office or Papatipu Rūnanga please e-mail or phone 0800 Kāi Tahu.

Ngāi Tahu Funds

Te Taumatua – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

15 Show Place, Addington 8024 | PO Box 13-046 Christchurch  8141 | 021 963 766 | 03 974 0122 | |

‘Whāia te iti kahuraki ki te tūohu koe me he mauka teitei’

Aim high for what is truly valuable and don’t let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal.

Generation Zero

Generation Zero

Generation Zero is a youth led organisation with the primary focus of reducing carbon pollution in Aotearoa. They have proposed a new law to achieve this called the Zero Carbon Act. We encourage as many supportive submissions as possible to ensure the best and most ambitious climate law for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Follow the link below to make a submission before 5pm on the 19th of July:

Ka Pu Te Ruha

Supporting Rangatahi Cultural Leadership

Through a newly established partnership, The Ministry of Youth Development and the         Ngāi Tahu Fund are offering an opportunity to fund group projects up to $5,000 to support  Rangatahi Cultural Leadership and creative expression.


To be eligible to apply, your project must align to at least one of the following priority areas:

-  Ārahitaka – Guidance and Mentoring

-  Mana Takata – Leadership and Self-Determination

-  Manaakitaka – Volunteering

-  Kāi Tahutaka – Cultural Identity

Applications will be considered from Rangatahi aged 12- 24 (where the applicant is under 18 years-of-age, the application must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Applications submitted to Ka Pū Te Ruha will be reviewed by a funding panel from the Ngāi Tahu Funds and the Ministry of Youth Development.

Application deadline

Applications are to be received before or by Tuesday 24 July 2018 (NB: No late or incomplete applications will be accepted).

Apply today

To obtain an application form, please contact: or call 0800 KAI TAHU

Creative Vision - Ross Creek Reservoir Refurbishment

The Dunedin City Council will be seeking submissions from artists, designers and/or creative groups to undertake work, embedding art and creativity into a group of projects focused around the restoration of the Ross Creek Reservoir.

We will require an overall creative vision for the Ross Creek Reservoir Refurbishment site. This project will offer exciting opportunities in terms of creative approaches to landscaping, community amenities, pathway treatments, a new pedestrian footbridge and new public artwork, set within this important natural and community environment.


RFP closing date 30 July 2018

If you have any queries regarding this process please contact Procurement Contract Management Advisor, Dunedin City Council

Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards - nominations open

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Keep Dunedin Beautiful 2018 Awards
Call for nominations
Keep Dunedin Beautiful is seeking nominations for its annual awards, to be held on

Monday, 30 July. 

The awards recognise groups and individuals who have contributed to keeping the city beautiful – paying special attention to their adopted spot, demonstrating community spirit or outstanding service. We celebrate the diversity of work happening in the community, from small grassroots activities to larger environmental projects, and encourage people to think of friends and neighbours who are committed to keeping Dunedin beautiful.
The top four winners, including the recipients of the Taylor Community Pride Award and the Pod Award, will receive a prize of between $50 and $100.
The awards will be presented by the Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull and Keep Dunedin Beautiful Chair Jan Tucker.
For more information and to nominate a group or individual, please contact:
Allison Wallace, Keep Dunedin Beautiful Coordinator, 03 477 4000
Nominations close

Emergency Response Information Evening 

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Spark Jump

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Spark Jump helps eligible families with children under 18 learn online at home for $10 for 30GB. It’s a low cost, prepaid internet service for families with children under 18 who currently have no WiFi connection. 

It costs $10 for 30GB of data and you can top-up as you go. A modem is provided free for as long as you’re using Spark Jump.  You’ll be able to comfortably browse the internet and check emails. Spark Jump is designed for learning and it’s great for children to do their homework and for parents and caregivers to access health, government, shopping and job sites. You can watch videos and listen to music using Spark Jump, but the data will be used much faster. You can check how much data you’ve used by logging into your Skinny dashboard.

This is a community focused panui, if you have anything you would like to share within our takiwa please contact Te Runanga o Otakou office.



Te Runanga o Otakou Panui 22nd June 2018

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Kia ora koutou,

Today is the first time for us to step over into the world of Blogging! 
As this can be new to many including the office,  we would appreciate your feedback.
Winter can be a quiet period for the marae, that gives way for us to get stuck into lots of maintenance. Over the last two weeks the office crew have had a scheduled spring (winter) clean out. It was all hands on deck when it came to giving the Hui room beside the office special attention and I can confirm it is looking pretty spesh!
Don't forget if you are wanting one of our exclusive Te Runanga o Otakou hoodies, all sizes $50 each. You must register as  Hapu member first. This is a great initiative to get you and your whanau registered with Otakou. For further enquiries, please contact the office.
Te Runanga o Otakou hoodies front view $50 each
Te Runanga o Otakou Hoodie back view $50 each

Our handymen, Pete and Jon with the help of the PD boys have installed steps down the side of Hakuiao, a work in progress. We appreciate the continued effort of the boys when they come. 

The new Hakuiao steps June 2018


On Thursday 21st June we had a visit from Taieri Beach School, there are only 7 students that attend this school. They're visit was far too short but very sweet, we had the best time with them, hopefully we can share a photo of them in the near future but for now we can share some of their personal messages that they have sent to the office, we hope to see them again very soon!...Here is a couple of the messages we recieved;

1) Dear Taikawa, Sha, Michelle, Natalie and Anne, My name is Ethan and I am the youngest pupil at Taieri Beach School. I am five. I would like to say Thank-you for having us on your Marae yesterday. I liked playing the pu game with T.K and Sha. I had fun
Your sincerely
2) Dear Otakou Marae staff, Thank you for letting us come over to the Marae, it was very fun and exciting.   I liked learning the locations of different Maraes.   I loved the cakes, they were very tasty.  The scones were the most tasty, Thank-you Anne.   I liked the warm welcome song too.   I like learning the history about your Maori culture.  
3) Dear Otakou Marae staff, Thank you for letting us eat the scones,  they were the best ever they are SUPER GOOD YUM YUM YUM  YUM  YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM .I really liked learning the history of your Marae, oh I loved the game pu. Thank you T.K for helping learn how to say Ahitereiria. Thank you T.K, Sha, Michelle, Natalie and Anne
From Harry 


Today we had a visit from Tawhiri Karetai who has come down to prepare his mother's grave for her unveiling on the 30th June 2018, arohanui to the whanau.

To see up and coming events please see our









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If you think you might have the skills and attributes to be a Māori Warden I would love to have a korero with you.

I am looking for you if you enjoy supporting people, have a love for the community they live in, have some spare time to give and have a reasonable fitness level as we patrol a lot meaning there is a bit of walking.

For our younger ones the training, experience and credibility you gain from doing this voluntary mahi sets you in very good stead if you are looking at increasing your employability rating.  It is particularly attractive if you are considering a career in the NZ Police.

If you have a criminal conviction I encourage you to still contact me to see if it will be a barrier as you may be surprised what is still acceptable.





Planetarium show

Discover the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand’s night skies in this special te reo Māori screening.

Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars relates the story of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa, and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features. This screening will be followed by a live exploration of the Dunedin night sky in our 360° planetarium, guided by a Tūhura science communicator in both te reo Māori and English.

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Child (3-18 years): $10 Adult: $15

7pm, Sunday 22 July
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium



Bayfield High School’s Matariki Celebration Fundraiser

All are welcome to this student friendly film festival.
We open the invite to the community and contributing schools in the area.
The Matariki short film festival is at

The Guthrie Pavilion Thursday 28th June 6-8pm
$5 with cheese rolls and refreshments included.





Kia ora

The Annual Yellow-eyed Penguin Symposium is on again for 2018. Please note our change in venue this year to accommodate a larger audience.

Date: Saturday 4th August

Time: 9am - 4pm

Venue: Archway 2 Lecture Theatre

Archway Building on the corner of Union Street East and Leith Walk (look for the YEPT flags along the way!)

University of Otago, Dunedin (map can be found here)

During the day there will be time for all groups who wish to have an opportunity to report on what they have done for yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho during the past year. Please indicate on the registration form if your group would like to report and who will be speaking on behalf of your group. We will try our best to accommodate all requests to present.

The morning session will focus on season reports for monitoring, research, habitat and survey work undertaken over the past year, from community groups in Otago, Stewart Island / Rakiura and Codfish Island / Whenua Hou, Banks Peninsula / Te Pataka o Rakaihautu and the Sub-antarctic Islands.

The afternoon session will allow for longer presentations on relevant issues.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided as in previous years. Registration is staying at $30 per person and the symposium price is budgeted to cover costs only - there is no intention to make a profit.

Registration information

To register, please complete this form indicating your contact details and method of payment. If paying by direct credit, include your name and YEP SYMPOSIUM as the reference. Please note, we can only confirm your registration once you have forwarded your registration fee or made other arrangements for payment, due to catering requirements. 

Please forward this to others in your networks that may be interested in attending.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium.

Kind regards

Sue Murray

Bruce McKinlay

General Manager

Technical Advisor

Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust

Department of Conservation

P: +64 3 479 0011


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