Te Rarawa Relay for Life 

Twenty-nine teams of 293 runners/walkers crowded in for the first Te Rarawa Relay for Life in Ahipara.  Hundreds of whānau supported locally and online with the $20,000 fundraising target exceeded.  Not only was it exceed, it was tripled.  More than $60,000 has been raised with donations continuing to be tallied. 

We have all been touched and impacted by ‘mate pukupuku’ - cancer.  Our very own ‘Whaea Hine’ was the longest survivor and cut the ribbon to launch the event, with more than 20 survivors taking to the track to do a lap of honour.  The lap of honour is in acknowledgement and celebration of all cancer survivors.   

“Our iwi and community have responded through the fires, evacuations, earthquakes and further evacuations, as well as Covid lockdowns.   in the mix,  Te Rarawa, Te Hiku community spirit shone brightly to create a most memorable event for all who participated and support,” says Phill (Hoddy) Murray. 

“Thank you to our organisers extraordinare – Amy Tepania and Amelia Marsh and all of our whānau and community that made this event so magical,” says Hoddy. 

 Photo (left to right): Amelia Marsh, Amy Tepania and Paulette Montino - Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa

The Cancer Society kaimahi from Wellington and Whangārei were amazed at the community spirit.  They commented that often Relay for Life events fade at the ¾ mark, but that Te Rarawa Relay for Life if anything got re-energised. 

Twelve hours on, still going strong, a candle light ceremony with a lap of hope was in honour of loved ones lost to cancer, that lit up the Te Rarawa Rugby Club field.  The final hour was to support fighting back, and fighting to find a cure. 

The $60,000 plus raised goes to the Cancer Society to tautoko the: 

  • whānau who attend supportive care programmes  

  •  distances volunteers drive to treat whānau  

  • nights whānau stay in accommodation  

  • cancer research. 


Te Rarawa stands with whānau and cancer survivors to  

  • Celebrate our survivors 

  • Remember those we have lost 

  • Fight for a cure.