Kia ora koutou,
On 17 June 2013 the Blenheim Post Office was renamed and opened as Rangitāne House. This date also marks the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Horahora Kākahu Island in Te Whanganui (Port Underwood) in 1840. To commemorate this occasion a karaka tree was planted in front of Rangitāne House earlier this week with the help of kaumātua and rangatahi, followed by refreshments and whanaungatanga in the foyer of the building. We are still waiting for engineering specifications for the new flagpole so raising the flag was not on the agenda.
In March next year we will be installing a Pouwhenua on the northern side of the new Ōpaoa Bridge as you come into Blenheim. This is a joint project with two other local iwi and will be project managed by Deedee Bancroft.
Last Sunday’s hui on the draft proposal for the Conservation Management Plan for Te Pokohiwi and the Wairau Boulder Bank went well and we have until August to submit on this. We are discussing the best way to make the draft available but in the interim please give the office a call if you would like to review it.
We met with Council last week about improving the landscape at Blue Gum Corner in Rārangi and potentially developing interpretation signage identifying significant cultural sites nearby. We will report back on progress.
The Kura Reo Wānanga at Ūkaipō in a couple of weeks (7-11 July) is proving to be very popular, so please call the office on (03) 578 6180 as soon as possible to register if you or whānau intend going.
This Saturday marks the start of Matariki. Please note in your calendar our Matariki event will take place at 6am, Sunday 30 June, where we will be meeting at the end of the seawall on the Wairau Bar, followed by breakfast at Ūkaipō. If the weather conditions are poor we will meet at Ūkaipō instead.
A reminder that we are looking for volunteers to help out with Te Tapuwaetahi o Rangitāne Festival next Easter. Please call or email the office if you would like to be involved.
Just a heads up, we are planning on an evening meal this year following the AGM (Saturday, 5 October). There will be a separate event for kids in the evening at Ūkaipō. More details soon.
I am away for a couple of weeks on leave from next week and Sarah Lee will be covering for me.
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