We had a great time at the Whānau Day at Pukatea on Waitangi Day last week. Although the temperature was a bit cooler than what it has been everyone had a good time catching up. It was good to see the tamariki running around together having fun. Special thanks to Trustees Calvin Hart and Rik Palatchie who manned the BBQ all day and kept everyone fed.
There was a fantastic crowd at Te Pātaka o Wairau last Tuesday. The market seems to be growing and becoming more popular due to the hard mahi of the organising committee. It was a beautiful, hot evening and I was a bit envious of the kids who were swimming in the fountain. The best part of the night was seeing Uncle Howard Sadd being presented with a taonga and acknowledged for his contribution to the Marlborough community, this was well deserved.
This year’s first “Kanohi ki te Kanohi” hui will be held at 6pm on Thursday, 28 February at Ūkaipō. I would like to invite a guest speaker to come along and kōrero. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or topics you would like to learn more about.
Work on the development in Horton St started on Thursday last week. Given the significance of the site, Wayne Abbott has been acting as our cultural monitor during earthworks, however, at this stage, there have been no signs of anything being exposed.
It looks like another hot week in Blenheim. The ground conditions for those fighting the Tasman fires must be very difficult. Today they are focussing on identifying and tackling fire hotspots. It was good to hear that some Wakefield residents were allowed to return to their homes last night, however, they need to be prepared to evacuate if the conditions change. If you know of any of our iwi members who require assistance, please contact the office. For regular updates and more information check out the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement/.
Finally, for those of you who are wondering why the flag’s not up outside Rangitāne House, the flagpole was damaged over the weekend. We are looking into repairs or a replacement with something more sturdy.
Mā te wā