Kia ora Tanya,
Wow, I had to think back a little bit to remember that. It was a fantastic occasion for the whanau. Here is our group bank account:

Account Name: Ngā Manu Hou
Account Number: 38-9023-0403241-00
Nā Cory Ratahi


Kia ora koutou
Ki te pei?
I am sorting out some paperwork for the Writers Festival and realise we never gave you a koha after the wonderful mihi you gave at our 2020 event.
Better late than never! Can you please provide a bank account for your group and I will arrange that.

Nga mihi nui

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Kia ora Karis,

Thank you for the follow up. I’m so sorry but I cant get enough of our group to commit to a performance in Easter. I really would have loved to have been able to support this time, but I just cant confirm that we will have enough people.
Thank you again for the opportunity and apologies that we could not get enough people.

Aku mihi
Nā Cory Ratahi


Kia Ora Cory,
Karis here from the Wakatipu Music Festival – We met last year as I was the Stage and Production Manager’s apprentice and I am happy to reintroduce myself this year as the Official Operations Manager 😊

We loved having the Waiatatia group open for the festival last year and I am reaching out to you to see if the group may be interested in a full performance slot? This would run under the community performance showcase which runs on Saturday and Sunday afternoon of Easter weekend. I have attached a little more information below:

Community Showcase: A performance slot (15-25 minutes either Easter Saturday or Sunday)

Community Performance Dates/Times: 16 + 17 April: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Soundcheck in Performance space: A 15min slot on Sat 16th April between 9:00am-12:00pm if needed

Performance Space: Queenstown Memorial Centre, performing on the ground floor in front of the existing stage (festival decision due to acoustics). Audience “in the round” in the stalls as well as tiered audience seating.

Tech: The Festival’s classical performances are acoustic, but we understand there are modest tech requirements needed for jazz and other genres. We are planning for 2xhand handheld mics, 3x condenser mics and an amp as well as a sound mixer on site.

Payment: Volunteer based, however a small Koha will be provided for each group

World Premiere of a new work specifically written for the Festival

In partnership with SOUNZ, the Festival has commissioned a wonderful NZ composer, Lucy Mulgan, to create a work that is orchestrated specifically for the diverse ability range of the Festival’s community of artists (e.g. easy, medium and hard – individual parts for high, medium and low instruments with a SATB vocal element). This work will be distributed to the local community’s musicians in late February so that all interested musicians can prepare their part and participate in an en mass rehearsal and performance on the final day of the Festival. Please let us know if you would like to be included

Rehearsal Date: Monday 18 April Approx 9:00am-11:00am
Performance Date: Monday 18 April Approx 1:00pm
*Lucy will be preparing practice videos to help individuals prepare their parts*

We would love to have you all involved again this year, please have a think and let me know if you have any questions 😊

Kia Pai t ō rā whakatā!
Ngā Mihi,
Karis Vernon
Operations Manager

Please see attached minutes for the committee meeting – 11 Dec 2021

Action points from the meeting:
• Cory to provide contact for Kathleen for poi for Remarkables theatre
• Alexa to provide some wording to Cory for a busking poster
• Alice and Alexa to assist with funding application for Hikoi

Tēnā koutou,
Here is the link to download the Constitution and Rules for Ngā Manu Hou o Whakatipu.

Here is the link to download the Certificate of Incorporation of Incorporated Society.

Here is the link to download the confirmation of Charities Registration.

Kia ora anō koutou!
A quick pānui to let you know that, with the approval of the committee, we purchased a new sound box for the group.

The urgency for the purchase was to use it for the mihi and waiata tautoko this Friday for the Remarkable Theatre event opening.

The sound box is a Blue Ant X5, and is powered by rechargeable battery, allows two inputs (microphones and/or guitar) so it will be perfect for any group performances outdoors.

Also, this sound box is available to be used by members for any use (personal use included). So now that we have it, we may as well put it to use. Obviously group events take priority 😀


Moatarau koutou,
Sad, but expected news that the Waitangi Day event planned for Sunday 6th at Earnslaw Green has been cancelled. The good news is that we will still receive a koha for our group. Email below from Janey.

Good Afternoon Cory,
I have met with Jan and discussed the viability of running the public Waitangi Day event in Red and it’s unfortunately not possible in the location and with the capacity constraints.

We understand that you have put in lots of work and practice to help bring this event life and we appreciate this. We would like to offer you a koha of $200 to use as a gratitude for your pre-work for the event. Please let me know if you will accept this and we will transfer to your nominated bank account.

It will be a quiet Waitangi Day this year but it’s a great reason to spend time with our whanau on what should be a lovely summer day.

…Can I book you in for next year?

Nga mihi and feel free to contact me anytime.
0274 380 715

Request from Robyn at Happiness house for hāngi support for neighbours week on 27 March. I will get more info closer to time about what our involvement might be. Waiata performance etc. I have also put Robyn on to Ned, Darren and Tupu for better hāngi support.

Hi Cory
We are planning an event for Neighbours week 18th – 27th March.
We want to collaborate with Red Cross (volunteers) and as the theme is connecting through Kai, we are planning to have a hangi.
Did you want to be involved?
We haven’t set a date and are happy to work in with you for a day within the 21 – 25th March.
Please let me know asap. Thanks.
Kind Regards

Happiness House
Queenstown Community Support Centre
4 Park Street , Queenstown
p.034426531, f.034413561
Happiness House Queenstown Community Support Centre

Request from Lee-anne Lines for us to do a Mihi, Karakia and waiata tautoko for an event closing at the Lakeland Christian Camp, Kelvin Heights.

Starts at 1:45pm on Friday 11th Feb. Wear SDs with pounamu. Waiata tautoko – if only few people, then Purea Nei. If more, then Ko te Waipounamu (or Te Iwi e).

The $250 koha given for the opening is also for this closing event.

Request from Lee-anne Lines for us to do a Mihi, Karakia and waiata tautoko for an event opening at the Lakeland Christian Camp, Kelvin Heights.

This is planned to start at 4pm on Waitangi Day. So no pressure to attend this one, but anyone who can will be appreciated. Because its Waitangi Day, and very close timing to the Earnslaw Green event, they dont expect a big welcome group. Worst case, just a kaikōrero and one other to waiata tautoko will suffice.

Wear SDs with pounamu. Waiata tautoko – if only one or two people, then Purea Nei. If more, then Ko te Waipounamu (or Te Iwi e).

There is also a closing event to do on the 11th which I will create another event for.
Lee-anne has pledged a $250 koha. So its worth the effort for Ngā Manu Hou.

In relation to the Activities in a Public Place application for Busking – Community group performing Maori songs.

Our team has considered your request and the application to operate Busking – Community group performing Maori songs has been accepted.

This email acts as your permit to operate as an Activity in a Public Place, if requested this email must be presented. Your permit number is PPL22/0012 this expires on 22 January 2023.

Please ensure that all of the conditions stated below are complied with when undertaking activities in public places.

The pop up stall must be:
· at least 50m from another stall
· at least 3m from any residential, retail or commercial premises unless the stall holder has permission of the owner/occupier of the premises to stand at a closer distance.

The pop up stall holder will not:
· obstruct pedestrian flow
· use an amplified sound system
· have signage no larger than 0.5m2
· have a structure no larger than 2m2
· behave in a manner that in the reasonable opinion of a Council officer causes or is likely to cause an injury or nuisance to any person or damage to any property owned or controlled by the Council
· argue, intimidate, insult or abuse the public
· trade within 200m of the area designated for an event authorised by Council
· Stay in one location for more than one hour (you must move at least 50m from your location each time)
· Will not return to the same location within a 12 hour period.

The Activities in a Public Place Bylaw can be found at link below as well as a map of where you are permitted to operate the activity.

Bylaw –

Map -

If you have any queries regarding the above information, please get in touch on or (03) 441 0499.

Kind regards

Alex Murdoch