Gold for softball sisters

By |2018-01-25T10:08:25+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Iwi, Pānui|

It’s an exciting time for our young and upcoming softballers. The U19 national softball tournaments were held at the beginning of January in Christchurch (Boys) and North Harbour (Girls). Playing for reigning champions Hutt Valley, sisters Mikayla and Caitlyn Lewin went all the way to a Gold medal with a win over Wellington in a tense final. [...]

Keala steals the show

By |2018-01-26T06:37:11+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Iwi, Pānui|

Boxing Day saw the New Zealand release of “The Greatest Showman”, a musical about the life of American showman PT Barnum starring Hugh Jackman and supported by our very own Keala Settle. More accustomed to the stage than the big screen, Keala has been singing on Broadway since 2011 in musicals such as Priscilla Queen [...]

Young baseballer on the rise

By |2018-01-24T11:00:19+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Iwi, Pānui|

Cooper Grant (front) lays down a wero to the opposition. Nelson Heat baseballer Cooper Grant has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Baseball Confederation of Oceania U15 Championships in Auckland. The winners of this tournament will represent the Oceania region at the U15 World Cup in Panama. The 14 year old [...]

James Nicholas “Cappy” McDonald II 10/3/1927 – 9/12/2017

By |2018-01-24T09:43:08+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Iwi, Pānui|

Named after his father, on the 10 March 1927, James Nicholas McDonald II was the first born to James Nicholas I “Manny” MacDonald and his wife Helena (Horina) Isabel neé Phillips in Blenheim. Brothers Haua Detoma “Mugwi”, Iwingaro Milton “Iwi” and sister Isobel Helena Olympia followed over the next eight years. In 1935 at the [...]

Tuiti Makitanara (Sweet MacDonald) 8/8/1874 – 24/6/1932

By |2017-09-20T18:39:23+00:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: Pānui|

  As we head into the 2017 General Election, we thought it was timely to look back at our own Member of Parliament – Tuiti Makitanara or Sweet MacDonald as he was known.  Born at Havelock, Marlborough, on 8th August 1874 Tuiti was the second child and eldest son of Teoti (George) MacDonald and Rina Puhipuhi [...]