Kia ora koutou,
Thank you to everyone who came along to the working bee at Tuamātene on Sunday. The place is looking great thanks to a lot of hard mahi by whānau, particularly the washed cladding of the Wharekai. The new roof on the Wharenui should be done this week and the Wharekai floors are being sealed and polished today. We are looking forward to breathing new life into Tuamātene when we open the Wharenui on Sunday, 8 June. Everyone’s welcome, please let the office know if you are coming as we will be serving breakfast. We’ll be meeting at 6.30am. The other big event last week was an RHL/RIL hui with Directors. This meeting tended to focus on progress with projects, financials and opportunities that need further investigation.
Our flagpole is finally being replaced in the next couple of weeks. I appreciate that it has been awhile since it was damaged in March however good things sometimes take a little time especially if you are dealing with insurers and flagpole makers.
Following a recruitment process last month, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Corey Hebberd as Kaiwhakahaere Rawa Tauhokohoko – Commercial Property Manager. Corey comes to us from a role at Marlborough Lines in the team supporting property, procurement and fleet management, and will commence at the end of June. He is well qualified and bringing the role in-house will offer many advantages. I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to APL Property for the work they have done in managing our properties to date and who have supported us since Settlement. We will continue to work with APL on various projects.
As a result of Corey’s appointment, we are looking to appoint a new secretary to the Board of Trustees and Directors. This is an important role in the operation of the Rūnanga. One of the main duties is to set the agenda and run board and trustee meetings. They are responsible for guiding the meeting to clear outcomes for management to carry out. The role reports to the Chairs and requires corporate governance experience. Please contact me if you have an interest in this role.
This week, we are meeting the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to progress Stage 2 of Woodbourne airbase. We have started planning for the AGM and there is a very full schedule of Wānanga in June to organise. Please don’t forget Anton Matthews Fush and Chup Night at Ūkaipō next Tuesday, 28 May, 6pm – 8pm. Kai will be available from 5pm. You will need to book on Eventbrite website if you plan on coming so that they have enough kai. It’s going to be a great evening.
Kia pai tō koutou rā