[Publishe in E Mara E-Panui 31 January 2019]

CASE Space Camp Expedition for Ngāpuhi student

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 24 January 2019]

Ngāpuhi's Rising Star Composer

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 30 August 2018]

Ngāpuhi taitamariki have courageous conversations at Te Ara Moana

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 23 August 2018]

Te Kotuku Kapa Haka: Our journey to the Nationals

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 9 August 2018]

Discretionary funding recipient represents her kura and rohe

"Ngā mihi ki a koutou,

I would like to thank the Rūnanga for accepting my application for the discretionary funding in which I applied to attend the 2018 National Area Sports tournament where I represented my kura and rohe for the following codes: Ki-o-rahi, Netball (A), Basketball. Our tournament was held during the first week of the term 2 holiday break in Christchurch.  Throughout the week we played Central, Top of the South and the Bottom of the South. These were not easy teams to play against - we all played hard but fair. The selectors were out and about everyday, scouting all the sports codes. I was selected for the North Island Netball (A) team and by the end of the tournament I was selected for the 2018 NZ Netball A team. Once again I would like to thank you for contributing towards the costs to make it possible for me to attend this tournament.

Nāku noa,"

Hinemoa Shelford-Garland

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 24 May 2018]

Thesis to be presented at Indigenous Health Conference

"Kia ora,

My name is Lizzie Strickett and I am Ngāpuhi. A few years ago when embarking on my Masters in Māori Public Health, I was fortunate enough to have been given support by the Rūnanga in my first year of study. I am pleased to inform you that after having completed this thesis, which explored Māori women's experiences in pregnancy, it has been selected to be presented at PRIDOC conference in Hawaii. I would love the opportunity to give back to Ngāpuhi and offer my thanks for this support.

Ngā mihi,"

Elizabeth Strickett

(2016 Scholarship Recipient)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 17 May 2018]

Scholarship gives extra kaha to continue

"Tēnā tātou te iwi o Ngāpuhi

Please accept this thank you as a token of appreciation from my whānau and I for the generous scholarship awarded towards my education. Being a student residing overseas, I am faced with the responsibility of making a minimum contribution towards my student loan and this pūtea has helped me do that. It is organisations such as the Rūnanga offering these opportunities that lighten the load and give our people the extra kaha to continue through the hurdles towards making the future better for Māori. 

Ngā mihi maioha,"

Emma Carter

(Bachelor of Arts)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 10 May 2018]

2018 Ngāpuhi Scholarship recipient committed to best health outcomes for Māori

"Please accept this letter as a thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for awarding me the scholarship of $1000 for 2018. I feel very blessed to have received the scholarship - it has enhanced my commitment to helping Māori experience the best health outcomes possible. The passion I have for Māori health will be in the forefront of my mind when applying for nursing positions at the end of this year - my final year.

Ngā mihi nui."

Danica Turner

(Bachelor of Nursing)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 12 April 2018]

Ngāpuhi academic teaches engineering in China

"Kia ora,

I have now been teaching in China, Shijiazhuang, for the past month and have been loving the experience. I just wanted to let the Rūnanga know how much I appreciate their support. I feel very blessed to have the backing of whānau and friends while my family and I are living overseas and all that it entails. So far, I have taught just under half a semester at Hebei University of Science and Technology and it is going smoothly. At the beginning of each lecture I teach all my students a new Māori word which has been great. All the students now greet me in Māori and are becoming more excited about engineering. I can't wait to share more of my experiences and expect to have many more before we return home. The conference I plan to attend at the end of May is coming quickly and I will report more about the outcome of that in the future.

Thank you again for all the support.

Ngā mihi," 

Mahonri Owen

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 5 April 2018]

Sportsmanship makes Australian School Basketball Nationals more special


[Published in E Mara E Pānui 29 March 2018]

Ngāpuhi ki Rarotonga U15 netball team win their division

"On 29 December 2017 our Ngāpuhi ki Rarotonga U15 team travelled to Rarotonga for the Netball in Paradise tournament and represented their iwi well. Not only did they wear their Ngāpuhi tribal gear with pride and look mīharo, but the girls played their hearts out and managed to win their division. With our team being made up of Māori girls from all around the motu; Taipa, Paihia, Moerewa, Rawene and Auckland, our netball trip to Rarotonga was an amazing opportunity for our players to be a part of. After months of training we went into the competition not knowing what to expect but really wanting to do as well as we could. We had five games over four days and through determination and team effort we came out undefeated. Our team, management and supporters were all proud to bring the trophy for winning the U15 Netball in Paradise back home to Aotearoa. Aside from netball, the players had gained new friendships, more confidence in themselves and one another as a team, and a huge sense of pride of what they had achieved on and off the court. Our Rarotonga trip is one the girls can hold dear to their hearts.

This is a letter to give a huge mihi for the sponsorship and support we received from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. All koha given was gratefully received and did not go unnoticed. Our t-shirt, hats and bags were worn with confidence; we had many compliments on the way our team looked! The putea we received went towards our kai; one of the most important things (besides the netball). Nō reira, tēnei ngā mihi maioha, ngā mihi aroha ōtira ngā mutunga kore ki Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, nā koutou i tautoko mai, nā koutou hoki ēnei taonga mai ki a mātou nō te rōpū ko Ngāpuhi ki Rarotonga kia anga whakamua ai, kia angitū ai. E mihi ana. Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā rā koutou katoa.

Nāku noa,"

Tahlea Fong



[Published in E Mara E Pānui 22 March 2018]

Ngāpuhi whānau compete at Māori Basketball Nationals

"Kia ora

I would like to thank you for sponsoring my children and husband to participate in the National Māori Basketball at Rotorua in Janurary. The all had a ball. Also thank you for the contribution to the Ngāpuhi Under 15's boys team of which my second son Manaia was part of. The competition was very fierce and very competitive but at the end of the day they all had fun. Our other children Orewa and Marley played for Rakaipaaka teams and their dad Aaron was in the Mens team. Thanks again for your contribution. We really do appreciate it.

Ngā mihi"

Kimberley Murphy

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 15 March 2018]

Young Ngāpuhi siblings represent Taitokerau Touch

Kia ora

Thank you so much for the funds to assist our tamariki to get to their representative tournaments for Te Taitokerau Touch. Henare and Jordan-Lee made us all proud not only by their efforts on the field at the Northern IPS Touch Tournament (Rotorua) but by their conduct off it also. Henare played for the Taitokerau under-12 boys team and they were very competitive in their grade - they learnt lots. Jordan-Lee played for the Taitokerau under-10s Elite Mixed team which went through the tournament unbeaten to collect the Gold medal - this was awesome. Their sister Tahlia played for the Taitokerau under-18 girls team. Their tournament was played in very wet conditions and they ended up coming 7th. Tahlia's talent has been recognised and she has been asked to attend the Touch NZ under-18 Youth Cup World trials in April. We are very proud of all our tamariki and are grateful for the support from the Rūnanga.

Kind regards,

Jason, Rachel, Tahlia, Henare and Jordan-Lee Parangi.

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 22 February 2018]

Dispute Resolution Law a highlight for Ngāpuhi Scholarship Student

"Thank you so much for the Ngāpuhi Education Scholarship I received for 2017. It was a great help to me. My third year of studying law and social sciences was definitely a step up from the two previous years, and I continued to learn a lot through the five law papers and one history paper that I took. One of the highlights of the year was the dispute resolution law paper as it had a more practical focus. Initially I was not looking forward to this paper because of the public speaking aspect, but I found that I actually enjoyed the three oratory assignments that consisted of interviewing clients, negotiation and advocacy. This year I am working on fourth year law and more social science papers.

Ngā mihi anō"

Simone Dowling

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 8 February 2018]

Young Ngāpuhi hockey player getting closer to 'Black Sticks' goal

"Kia Ora,

In December last year I flew to New Plymouth to attend the New Zealand Under 18 Men’s Development Hockey Camp. This camp was for an elite squad of the 27 best under 18 hockey players in the Country. The camp was six days long, with a mix of fitness testing, trainings and games. Earlier in the year I also attended the New Zealand Specialists Drag Flicking Camp. This was an elite camp with only 5 of the best drag flickers in the country. We spent four days in the Hawkes Bay training. These camps have really helped me develop my game and bring me closer to my goal of playing for the New Zealand men’s hockey team, the Black Sticks. Thank you very much for the discretionary funding, it really helped with the costs of these two camps.

Ngā mihi"

Callum Olsen

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 1 February 2018]

Young Ngāpuhi Entertainer wins Junior Country Music Award 2017

"Thank you for approving the discretionary funding for Serenity Grace to attend the New Zealand Country Music Awards in October 2017. Serenity Grace performed two songs at the event, ‘Let er Rip’ by the Dixie Chicks and ‘Go Rest high on that Mountain’ by Vince Gill.  We were overwhelmed when she won the 2017 New Zealand Country Music Award Entertainer of the Year for the Junior section title. Following her win Serenity Grace was inundated with performance requests and we are only just managing to come up for air. As always we are very proud of her and hope that she will pursue a career path related to her talents.

Ngā mihi"

Hinerangi Nielsen

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 21 December 2017]

Ngāpuhi Scholarship Recipient graduates with First Class Honours

"Ngā mihi to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. I graduated at the University of Waikato Marae on 11 December with a Masters of Education, First Class Honours. The title of my thesis is 'In what ways do the perceptions of connectedness of Māorl students in Altenate Education secondary schools affect their self-efficacy within the learning environment.' Further to this, last month I was invited to present at the University of Waikato Research Symposium on my research 'Connectedness - Voices from the Gutters. I have also been accepted to present my findings at the Hawaii University S.T.E.M and Education Conference next year in June."

Katrina Lemon

 [Published in E Mara E-Pānui 7 December 2017]

Proud Ngāpuhi basketball combo

"E te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, ka nui a māua mihi ki a koutou. My son Malachi and I are very grateful for your sponsorship and making it possible for both of us to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Basketball Pacific Jamboree in Australia. There was lots to gain from this experience. Malachi has grown immensely as a basketball player and I was able to further develop my skills as a basketball manager and coach. We were very proud to represent our Ngāpuhi iwi.

Ngā mihi tino nui"

Terynne Mills-Barber raua ko Malachi Dunn


[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 30 November 2017]

Ngā Moko a Rāhiri

"E te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, ka nui ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa. On behalf of Ngā Moko a Rāhiri, we would like to thank the Rūnanga for sponsoring us with the white Ngāpuhi t-shirts that we wear with pride at all our functions and events. Ngā Moko a Rāhiri have a busy schedule next year with many performances and a trip to Australia for a cultural exchange with the Aboriginal people of Australia to be planned. 

He tika te kupu. Ngāpuhi te iwi nui o te motu. Me whakaiti me whakaiti me whakaiti.

Ngā manaakitanga,"

Dr Te Manaaroha Rollo


[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 16 November 2017]

R Tucker Thompson voyage a pathway to a Navy career

"Kahupora is 14-years old and attends Kaikohe Christian School. She is an active member of the school kapahaka group and also plays basketball. She enjoys practical learning experiences and projects that involve hands-on learning. Kahupora is interested in becoming a medical aid in the Navy. When we saw the R Tucker Thompson (tall ship) youth development voyage around Northland advertised on facebook we saw it as an opportunity to support Kahupora's career aspirations; the whānau encouraged her to apply. Her application was successful and she embarked on her voyage last month. We would like to thank the Rūnanga for providing discretionary funding to assist Kahupora to go on the voyage. The experience of a lifetime benefited Kahupora - she learned about sailing, gained life and leadership skills and built her self-confidence.

Ngā mihi nui,"

Lee Mason

(Kahupora's mum)

[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 9 November 2017]

From Aotearoa to USA for Mega Crew Dancer

"Tēnā koutou,

We wanted to say a big Ngā Mihi to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngā Puhi for your continued support and sponsorship of our daughter Taimania Pupuke who was awarded the Discretionary fund back in July 2017. Taimania travelled to USA with her dance crew in August and placed 10th in the World in the mega Crew division. It was a tough competition with many amazing mega crews from around the world and we are proud they placed 10th considering their dance crew average ages are 14-18yrs, and they competed against adults. Our whānau are always grateful for the funds that help our kotiro get overseas, to do what she loves (dance) and represent our country, our people, our iwi, whānau and hapū.

Kia ora,"

Amiria Pupuke

[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 2 November 2017]

Representing whānau and the community

"The Christchurch Men’s’ team travelled to Invercargill for the annual New Zealand Men’s Netball Nationals in September 2017. The team had previously won 18 consecutive ‘A’ grade titles in the last 20 years and had hopes of regaining the honour in 2017.  This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Men’s National Championships, a code which continues to develop a strong presence in New Zealand. Although Christchurch had very convincing wins through the round robin stages in the lead up to the grand final, they lost the final to North Harbour who have now won the title for the last four consecutive years.

Dallas Harema was an integral member of the team and as a senior player brought a lot of much needed experience. He hopes to return in 2018 and has also been selected to trial for the New Zealand Men’s Team who will compete in the Trans-Tasman tournament against Australia next year.

Dallas is very thankful to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the support he received in order to play this sport at a level he exceeds in, knowing he also represents his whanau and community.  

Naku Noa,"

Christchurch Men’s Netball

Management Team

[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 26 October 2017]

Proud young wahine represent Taitokerau

"Kia ora,

I write to thank you on behalf of the Northland U13 Girls Collier Hockey Development team for Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi O Ngāpuhi sponsorship funding.  You helped make it possible for these young girls to travel to Rotorua on 5-7 October 2017 to represent Taitokerau. After three long days of games I am delighted to inform you that we came home with the trophy although we do have to share it with Canterbury. The girls won all their games in the pool play and were up against Canterbury, in the North Island vs South Island final. It was a highly contested game and after 50 minutes of play the final whistle went and the score was nil all.  Both teams gave it everything. Canterbury gave it their all on attack but just couldn’t get it past Northlands strong defence. It was decided by the girls that they would like to go into overtime and see if a winner could be determined that way but even after two 5-minute periods of extra time with player drop offs, the teams could still not be separated.  In the end both teams were happy to call it a 1st all draw and share the trophy. We once again thank you kindly from the bottom of our hearts for your awhi."

Evania Laybourn

(Team Manager and 16 very proud young wahine.)

[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 19 October 2017] *follow-up story

Looking forward as Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu ki Murihiku

"Ko mātou nei ngā uri hekenga o ngā hapū o roto i a Ngāpuhi. Ahakoa kei tahaki raro i te Waipounamu nei mātou e noho ana, e mau tonu nei mātou ki tā mātou nei Ngāpuhitanga. Ko mātou nei a Ngāpuhi Whānui ki Murihiku, e tū atu rā, e mihi atu nei ki ngā iwi katoa e noho tawhiti atu i ngā haukāinga, ki a koutou hoki ngā ahikā o mātou haukāinga ki te Taitokerau, a, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Our roopū 'Ngāpuhi Whānui ki Murihiku' has since doubled in numbers and we are now planning for our next inter-iwi/community event - Hākinakina - Iwi Tū, Iwi Ora, which will be held in early 2018. We are looking forward to organising wānanga around te reo o te kāinga, te tikanga o te kāinga hoki kia mau tonu nei mātou ki tā mātou nei Ngāpuhitanga. Thank you again Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for your tautoko of our roopū. We looked amazing in our Ngāpuhi t-shirts at Whare Tū. We all feel so proud of our Ngāpuhi Whānui ki Murihiku - it was a privilege and an honour to wear our t-shirts."

Na Raiha Johnson  

(Raiha Blair - He uri nō Panguru)


[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 5 October 2017]

United Ngāpuhi Whānui ki Murihiku* 

"E rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa.

On behalf of the Ngāpuhi whānau ki Murihiku roopū based in Waihopai Murihiku, thank you for the Ngāpuhi t-shirts. Last month our roopū participated in a community event in Invercargill called 'Te Whare Tū, Te Whare Ora'. The event celebrated marae, iwi, whānau and the wider hapori and expressed these connections through the medium of kapa haka. The theme for Te Whare Tū, Te Whare Ora, is a call to action to strengthen a strong cultural identity in the prevention of suicide. This was the first time a Ngāpuhi roopū based in Murihiku has taken part in this event; we performed a small bracket of purely Ngāpuhi waiata on the ātamira. The kaupapa of Te Whare Tū, Te Whare Ora provided an opportunity to engage more whānaunga to become part of the group and to reconnect our whānau to their whakapapa. Thank you for the sponsorship of the Ngāpuhi t-shirts. When we attend and support events like this, we can stand proudly and united as Ngāpuhi Whānau ki Murihiku.

E kore e mutu ngā mihi"

Raiha Johnson

(Ngāpuhi ki Murihiku Whānau)

[Published in E Mara E-Pānui 21 September 2017]

Azra and Kaylah receive MVPs

"Kia ora,

W have returned from AIMS and our boys and girls did very well and exceeded expectations. Azra was able to place 3rd out of 60+ teams and Kaylah was able to place 5th out of 28+ teams from New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Australia. Both Azra and Kaylah received the Maeroa Intermediate team MVPs. 

Thank you again for assisting these two to attend the tournament. Kaylah now prepares to attend U13 Girls Basketball Regional Tournament where she is representing Waikato. Azra has been selected to join the New Zealand U15 National ID Camps. Our big girl Jayzelee is preparing for Secondary School Basketball Nationals to defend their title from last year. I will keep you posted on their progress."

Myzpah Waihi 

(Azra and Kaylah's mum)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 14 September 2017]

Tobias goes through to the Top 8

"Kia ora

On behalf of Tobias Witehira, I would like to thank you for supporting him to attend the U15 National Basketball Tournament. Tobias played for Tasman and their aim was to reach the Top 8. They won three of their pool matches and lost one game to Hawkes Bay, so they surprised everyone (including themselves) and did go through to the Top 8. Unfortunately with Dunedin in a State of Emergency because of the flooding the finals had to be moved to John McGashan College. Tasman played against Hawkes Bay in the final - it was an epic game. Tobias scored the last two points to tie the game at full-time. They went into overtime and Hawbes Bay came out winners, 84-81. To come second out of nineteen teams is an amazing feat for a team that comes from four different regions to represent the Top of the South (Tasman) and only trained together for three months. Thanks again for your support of Tobias - it was really appreciated.

Ngā mihi nui."

Susie Witehira

(Tobias's mother)

Tobias and his sister, Pippa Lulu

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 7 September 2017]

Te Kahui Wahine - the back bone of Te Pihopatanga

"This letter of appreciation is on behalf of the Reverend Ginny Henare, Mrs Hepetema Kaka and myself, the Reverend Mihiterina Cribb. We each received discretionary funding from the Rūnanga to subsidise our travel and accomodation costs to attend the 2016 National Biennial Conference for Te Kahui Wahine o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa in Palmerston North. As the theme of the hui was 'Wahine Toa', we studied the Biblical character 'Abigail'. Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu was present to show his support of Te Kahui Wahine. At the last conference he acknowledged our rōpū as a network, being the 'backbone' of Te Pihopatanga. The next hui in 2018 will be in Waitangi and hosted by Taitokerau.

Noho ora mai, na"

Reverend Mihiterina Cribb

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 31 August 2017]

Tu Kaha comes back a better person and basketball player

"Tu Kaha and his team 'Capital City Basketball' arrived back in Aotearoa last month after spending three weeks in Las Vegas on a basketball tour. The team entered three major tournaments and made the playoffs in two of them. In one of the tournaments they were upgraded to the next age group which was tough but the boys went to work and earned some respect from the older teams. The exposure and experience has definitely been an eye opener for all of these rangatahi. Meeting Steven Adams, our very own NBA player and boxer Joseph Parker, while were in Las Vegas was a privilege. We were invited to a special VIP training session with Joseph at his gym - he even gave an inspirational speech which helped the team win their next couple of games. We would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for helping Tu Kaha reach this milestone in his basketball journey so far. He has learnt so much and has come back a better person and basketball player. Tu Kaha has been invited back by his coach to play in this same tournament next year.

Nō reira tēnei te mihi nunui ki a koutou mo tō koutou nei awhi.

Mauri ora


Te Whānau Cooper me Tu Kaha 

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 24 August 2017]

Winning in sport is GREAT. Winning in life is the GOAL.

"Kia ora tātou

Just sending out a huge thank you to you all for supporting our taitamariki. The U14 Ngāpuhi Tama/Kōtiro Poitukohu (Basketball) Squads competed at the International Indigenous Youth Basketball Tournament in Kaitaia last week. Their journey began during the school holidays with a Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services funded marae camp which not only prepared them for the huge sport stage, but also prepared the taitamariki to represent themselves and their people culturally. This was evident during powhiri, hākari and on the marae where they were able to share their culture and their ways with everyone - especially their sister and brother teams Toa and Teina Samoa whom they stayed with at Kareponia Marae. It was a beautiful week of tikanga Māori, tikanga marae, whanaungatanga and Ngāpuhitanga. A comment was made as to how the taitamariki would do things without being told or asked, like preparing their own lunches, dinners and desserts etc... we credit the marae holiday programmes for their confidence in and around the marae and community. Both our teams made the semifinals - 17 players of the 19 Ngāpuhi are all first year players. Being able to compete at this level is a credit to the coaches work and their own natural abilities. The sport and the successes of the taitamariki in the tournament was second to the cultural experience they had during their 6-day stay, that included a day of traditional Māori games, a tournament trip to the Cape, travelling with the First Nations Team from Canada, a cultural performance concert, a trip to the Aurere to be with Matua Hector Busby and all the life-long relationships and friends they formed off the court. Winning in sport is GREAT. Winning in life is the GOAL. Again, thank you everyone from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services for making this all possible for these young people - future leaders. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you,"

Melvin Rameka

Senior YJ Mentor - Parirau Team

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 10 August 2017].

5-days of Rugby League for Anthony

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rūnanga for awarding my son Anthony Solomon the discretionary funding that helped to reduce the financial burden for my family. It was truly a great honour for him to be selected as a recipient. Anthony was invited to join the Metropolitan West School Sport Team that competed in the 10-11 years Rugby League Invitational Carnival in July at Bundaberg, Queensland. The Met West Team played 5-days of Rugby League. They won the grand final, the single relays and team relays. This is the first time in 60 years a team has won all three events - an amazing outcome for our boys. Without the assistance of the Rūnanga my son would not have been able to compete in such an amazing event so thank you again.

Kind regards,"

Lisa Brown

Anthony is in the middle

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 3 August 2017]

Enabling opportunities for young Ngāpuhi

"I would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for helping me attend this year's 'Aspiring Leaders Forum' in Wellington. It was an honour to attend as a delegate. I have been to many places and many conferences but this event has a very special place in my heart. It has really helped my personal development as a young Māori woman and deepened my self-discovery. Sometimes we are so busy thinking about our professional development that sometimes we forget about ourselves in the process while trying to look out for others. This experience continues to mold me as a young leader as I carry on along my journey. I look forward to sharing this experience with others and I hope that in the near future we can get more young people from our communities attending this forum because it really is life-changing. I am so proud to be Ngāpuhi. I love sharing the fact that I have you guys backing me in everything I do - enabling opportunites for young Ngāpuhi such as myself. Again - thank you.

Kia ora"

Jacqueline Paul

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 27 July 2017]

A new level of basketball for Caelym

"Kia ora

I want to take this opportunity to thank my iwi for assisting with funding Caelym's trip to the New Zealand National U15  Basketball tournament in Dunedin last week. Your contribution allowed him to experience a completely new level of basketball and that has encouraged him to lift his game for next year's tournament. His passion and focus for basketball has only intensified since he has come home - but he understands that getting good grades in his school work is just as important.

Kindest regards"

Allyson Lesley-Armstrong

(Proud mum of Caelym Armstrong)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 20 July 2017]

Ngāpuhi athlete selected for U14 Basketball NZ Development team

Due to Alana's outstanding performance at the U14 National Talent Camp earlier this year, she was selected for the Development team to tour Melbourne in June. Alana said she loves to play basketball - her other sporting achievements include being selected for the NZ Basketball Academy tour of Las Vegas and the Michael Jordan camp in 2016. In 2015 she was awarded the Hustler Award and was a representative for the Girls Basketball Association U13 Nationals. "I will continue to develop my skills and hope to represent my iwi with pride."

Ngā mihi

Alana Paewai

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 13 July 2017]

Trans-Tasman Cup for young Ngāpuhi siblings

"Thank you to the Rūnanga for your contribution to Kai and Anahera's ongoing competitive golf-playing development. In May they achieved some great results at the Barnwell Golf Course in Sydney. Kai and his partner won their games; Anahera and her partner won their match. We are looking forward to the Australian Open in January next year, which is likely to be at Riverside Oaks Gold Resort, Sydney. The months leading up to the Cup competition - participating in the South Island U19s Tournament, the Club Pennants and NZ Golf Order of Merit Events - contributed to how well Kai and Anahera played. Playing at the international tournament level gives them the opportunity to test themselves against world class competition.

Kind regards"

Dan Koni

(Proud father of Kai and Anahera)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 29 June 2017]

Proud Ngāpuhi representing New Zealand in China

"Thank you for supporting me. Having decided to do the Great Wall of China Marathon as a challenge and to also prove to my daughter Raiha that you can do anything you put your mind to, I trained hard and as often as I could for 52 weeks. There were 88 kiwis that took part in the marathon - we called ourselves the 'Influence Crew'. Although I didn't complete the tortuous 35 kilometres in the 6 hours cut-off time - I did finish it, in 7 hours and 4 minutes. I am extremely proud of my efforts and so are my family and friends. I set out to be the best role model for my daughter Raiha and to show her how hard work, commitment and more hard work pays off. I am extremely proud to be a Māori nō Ngāpuhi who represented New Zealand at this event.

Ngā mihi nui ki te Rūnanga mo te tautoko."

Cautney Kemp

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 22 June 2017]

Ngāpuhi descendant speaks at Indigenous Design Symposium in Canada

"I can't express how thankful I am to have been able to receive the discretionary funding. I am absolutely humbled by the support from my iwi. What means more to me is the fact that you have been able to see the potential that I have to really instigate change and serve our community. I was blessed to be able to have the opportunity from 19 May to 5 June 2017 to travel with Ngā Aho and Te Matapihi to Canada and USA. This included an Indigenous Housing Tour and The RAIC Festival of Architecture conference - Indigenous Design Symposium. To have the opportunity to speak at this symposium was one of the most amazing experiences in my life thus far. Being able to whakapapa back to Ngāpuhi on an international stage first and foremost has grounded me both physically and spiritually. I would not have been half way around the world to share my knowledge without your support. The funding that the Rūnanga has invested in me has highly contributed to my personal development as a young Māori woman and leader. I will continue to share my experiences and knowledge with other young leaders as I serve the next term as an Auckland Youth Advisory Panel member for Papakura and complete my honours degree in Landscape Architecture.

Ngā mihi,"

Jacqueline Paul

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 8 June 2017]

A long journey for a worthwhile kaupapa

"Kua tau mai ngā manaakitanga o te runga rawa ki a tātou te iwi. He mihi kau ake ki a rātou mā kua hoki tau ki tua okioki ai. Ki a tātou e ora nei ana, tēnā tātou katoa. The Whirinaki Toiora Trust, Rangatahi project and Script to Screen would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the funds made available to be able to support the launch of 'Natalie' our short film presented at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. The hui was held during Queen's Birthday weekend. The funds provided, enabled our group to witness the coming of age of our own young director Quianna Titore of Omanaia. Her directorship allowed 'Natalie' to receive a prestige's award for Māori film makers, where competition is at a peak. The journey was long but the kaupapa was worthwhile and we hope to continue to allow our taitamariki more opportunities to show their unique talents. So, this is a big thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for making it happen.

Ngā mihi"

Bill & Hirini

Whirinaki Toiora Management Team

[Published in E Mara E Pānu 1 June 2017]

Taitokerau given the honour to welcome the British and Irish Lions

This year Taitokerau have been given the honour to provide the official Pōwhiri for the British and Irish Lions Rugby team at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Sunday 4 June.The team only travels once every 10 to 12 years and the last time they visited Aotearoa they were welcomed in Rotorua. Mori Rapana, Cultural Manager for the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, said he was asked to pull together the pōhiri, including coordinating the 500 warriors, taua, kaikaranga and kaihoe who will be involved in the event. "This kaupapa is huge for Ngāpuhi. The pōhiri items include Te Ngeri a Kawiti, Tutungarahu, Ngāpuhi e and haka pōhiri." Practices started at the beginning of last month. "As well as being able to show our Taitokerautanga to the world, this kaupapa also gives us the opportunity to revive some of the old haka and ngeri. Thank you Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for providing sponsorship to support the kaupapa.

Ngā mihi"

Mori Rapana

Cultural Manager, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 18 May 2017]

Training pays off for Ngāpuhi Kenpo student

"Tena koutou, 

We (Haelyn's whānau) wish to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi personally for the Discretionary Funding she received recently which assisted her to travel and compete at the Kenpo 5.0 Oceania Tournament held over the weekend 13-14 May 2017, in Cambridge. Kenpo is a mixed martial art system that focuses on self defence - learning never stops. Haelyn did exceptionally well and we are very proud of her. She trained hard over the last few months and this paid off for Haelyn. She achieved first place in forms and sets, and came second in sparring. We are very grateful and appreciative for your support that has helped Haelyn get one step closer to her goal of competing at the Worlds in Las Vegas in 2018.


The Ngaia Whānau

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 10 May 2017]

Ongoing encouragement from the Rūnanga paramount to PhD student's progress

"Dear whānaunga,

I am writing on behalf of myself and my whānau, to express our deepest gratitude for being awarded the Ngāpuhi Doctoral Scholarship 2017. It is an absolute humbling experience to receive this support from my iwi. As an emerging academic, the teaching and learning journey within the formal tertiary institution has not been without its challenges. To have the ongoing encouragement of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi has been paramount to my progress. This award and financial support has come at such a significant time for our whānau. The money received will have a determining role in my now being able to complete my PhD research and submit my thesis by the end of the year. Thank you so much. This scholarship will also tautoko the families for which my research connects, providing an important reciprocity between communities. Thank you again for your acknowledgment. 

Arohanui ki a koutou katoa."

Tia Reihana-Morunga

(2017 Ngāpuhi Scholarship Recipient)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 4 May 2017]

Ngāpuhi Scholarship will contribute to further research endeavours for iwi

"E ngā rangatira, e ngā pou e hiki ana i te mana o Ngāpuhi, tēnā koutou katoa. Ko au tēnei e mihi whakawhetai ana ki a koutou o te poari e whakaae ana ki te tautoko i tēnei uri nau. Ka tū whakaiti au kei mua i te aroaro i toku iwi, tihei mauritau. It is with great humility and appreciation that I humbly accept the generous financial support that Te Rūnanga has given me to complete my PhD studies. This support will help no end to ease the final few months and will also contribute to further research endeavours to give back to my iwi. Please call on me to koha back to the rūnanga particularly in my areas of interest, being education, Kaupapa Māori research and working to create positive transforming change for Māori women, mothers and whānau.

I roto ano i te mihi."

Na Hinekura Smith

(2017 Ngāpuhi Scholarship Recipient)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 27 April 2017]

New role for Ngāpuhi graduate at Victoria University

"Ko Puhanga Tohora te maunga

Ko Punakitere te awa

Ko Hokianga to moana

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Ngāti Ueoneone te hapū

Ko Okorihi te marae

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Nikora te ingoa tuarua o tōku kuia

Ka Tayla Cook taku ingoa

Tēnā koe,

I would like to send a huge mihi to you and the whānau of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. I was a member of the 2014 pool of successful applicants for a Ngāpuhi Tertiary Scholarship, and I would like to thank you for supporting my studies as I am not only graduating next month, but I have also gained a role at Victoria University of Wellington. It was through this pūtea that I was able to knuckle down and get the grades I needed to finally walk away with my tohu next month. I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Māori Studies with a minor in Māori Resource Management. I have just started my new role as Kaitakawaenga Māori (Māori Liaison Officer) to help transition whānau into the tertiary space at Victoria. I was reflecting over the long weekend and was unsure of what follow-up you awesome people get to hear from the investments you make in us as rangatahi, so I thought I would send this through. I hope to come home to help whānau expand their potential and maybe look into tertiary as an option. With the awesome news of our relationship growing with Victoria University through the signing of the new Taihonoa programme, I am definitely looking forward to increasing Ngāpuhi success. Thank you again whānau, and let me know if you need anything from me and I will try my best to come home to help out. Until then, I will help my nan (Meri Scott-Ritchie nee Nikora) execute her job description of being an awesome Nanny (yes, she preserves fruits, makes pickle, gardens, knits and weaves) at our homestead near te wahi o te marae o Okorihi.

Ngā manaakitanga"

Tayla Cook

(Kaitakawaenga Māori, Victoria University of Wellington)

​[Published in E Mara E Pānui 20 April 2017

28th Māori Battalion Memorial Bowls Tournament

Opononi Bowling Club hosts the 28th Māori Battalion Memorial competition in association with the Hokianga Memorial RSA every year as a way of paying tribute to those who have passed on and to honour their last survivors. Frank Barnes, of the RSA and organising committee says, "Now that the National Association of the Māori Battalion no exists, this tournament is our way of keeping alive the memory of our many gallant soldiers. The support of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi with this event is very welcomed. Thank you."  

"I leave you with a quote from Lieutenant-General Lord Freyberg who said 'No infantry battalion had a more distinguished record, or saw more fighting, or, alas, had such heavy casualties as the Māori Battalion.

Kia ora."

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 13 April 2017]

Ngāpuhi triathlete competes in Australia

"I competed in the Gold Coast Triathlon last weekend and I ended up 22nd in the Open Elite Womens race. I had a really good swim and an okay bike and run. Racing at this level is a really good experience for me - it's fun too. I am looking forward to the next competition. Thank you Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for awarding me the discretionary funding - I appreciate your support.

Thank you." 

Natasha Bowyer

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 6 April 2017]

Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu Touch Teams to compete at World Masters

The Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu Touch Masters teams are made up of the Mens 30 years plus, Womens 27 years plus and a Mixed 40 years plus team. They applied to the Rūnanga for sponsorship funding to help them meet the costs of attending and competing at the World Masters in 2017 to be held in Auckland later this month. Tour manager Jade Wihongi said the World Masters are where talent and skill are identified and New Zealand teams are selected. "It's a pathway for all our rangatahi and pakeke to strive for excellence in a sport highly regarded in our country. We thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for your consideration of our application - your assistance in supporting our players to the exposure they deserve on a world stage is hugely appreciated.

Ngā mihi"

Jade Wihongi

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 30 March 2017]

Hātea Kapa Haka - Te Matatini 2017

"We would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the sponsorship funding that helped get our roopū to Te Matatini 2017 in Heretaunga. This sponsorship contributed to paying our costs which included travel, accomodation wānanga over six months and kākahu. A special thanks also to Janelle Beazley for her support with the application. Hātea continues to uphold te mahi a Rehia a Tane Rore and are proud to have represented Taitokerau at Te Matatini 2017.

Ngā mihi"

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 23 March 2017]

Using technology to preserve cultural knowledge and stories 

"Tēnā koutou e te Rūnanga,

In 2015 I was successful in obtaining a scholarship in support of my academic studies. I would like to send my thanks to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the study support provided to complete my Master in Technology as a software developer. Whilst I was notified early last year, the results were finalised at a recent graduation. Since then I have moved on to PhD studies, majoring in virtual reality and the construction of indigenous digital artefact mapping and preserving cultural knowledge and stories. I hope this knowledge and expertise will be used by the iwi one-day to preserve our future heritage. 

Once again thank you for the ongoing support."

Kevin Shedlock

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 16 March 2017]

2017 NZ Tag Football Nationals for Ngāpuhi Sportswoman

Rachel Panapa plays for the Canterbury Women's Tag Football team. Last month they went to the NZTFI Nationals in Auckland. She said that it was an awesome experience to be a part of the tournament and a privilege to be with a team that displayed great commitment and determination.

"A big thank you for the discretionary fund I received from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. The funding assistance allowed me to participate and attend the competition." Being part of the tournament and the team also enabled Rachel to connect with whānau. "My cousin was a member of the team - I was able to connect with her and her side of the whānau in Auckland." 

"My goal for 2018 is to attend the nationals and possibly even participate in the Tag World Cup being held in Queenstown."

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 9 March 2017]

Supporting Ngāpuhi kapa haka whānau at Te Matatini 2017

"Tēnā koutou Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi,

The Kia Ngawari Kapa Haka Club (representing Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui) would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the funding to help support Ngāpuhi whānau within our kapa haka roopū. The sponsorship putea enabled them to attend and participate at Te Matatini 2017 in Heretaunga. To be able to perform at Te Matatini and other events can sometimes be a financial struggle and we are grateful for the help this funding has provided. It was an awesome (and first time) experience for many of the kaihaka within the roopū and gave everyone a wider view of the level of kapa haka throughout Aotearoa. With Te Matatini being held in Te Tau Ihu (Nelson) in 2025, we were also able to get a scope of the magnitude of preparations involved in hosting the event. Te Matatini showcases our talents and our culture, not only to Māori but to the rest of the world.

Ngā Mihi Nui"

Esekiah Faauli

(Kia Ngawari Kapa Haka Club)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 2 March 2017]

Observations of Secondary Circulation Around Curved Open Channels and Coastal Headlands

Dr Peter Russell received a Ngāpuhi Scholarship in 2008 for his PhD studies in Oceanography at the University of Otago. He said he was grateful to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the award of a Ngāpuhi Scholarship.

"It was a great honour to receive this award and I am thankful for the assistance it provided towards completing my PhD". 

Dr Russell's research investigated the way water flows around bends or rivers, estuaries and coastal headlands. "The nature of this flow has important environmental and ecological consequences, such as mixing of pollutants in rivers and estuaries and up-welling of nutrient rich waters at coastal headlands. 

I feel privileged having the opportunity to pursue a career in Marine Science and thank the Rūnanga for its support of my studies.

Nāku noa, nā"

Peter Russell

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 23 February 2017]

Young Ngāpuhi  touch player represents Counties Manukau

Dayna McNally was selected for the Counties Manukau under 10-years girls touch team for the 2016/2017 season. Dayna's mum, Jade said that the team have three tournaments - the main one, the Inter Provincial Series tournament, is in Rotorua. "Families of the girls in the team are required to organise and fund their own transport, accomodation, food, touch fees, training uniform and boots."

Jade said the assistance that Dayna received from the Rūnanga has helped their whānau in a huge way. "Thank you for considering Dayna as a recipient of the discretionary fund. 

Kia ora"

Jade McNally

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 16 February 2017]

Exploring the Holistic Nature of Rongoā Māori Healing

In 2010 Dr Glenis Mark received a Ngāpuhi Education Scholarship for her PhD studies in Health Psychology through the School of Psychology at Massey University.  Dr Mark acknowledged the Rūnanga's financial support and presented a copy of her PhD thesis in appreciation. Titled 'Rongoā Māori (Traditional Māori healing) through the eyes of Māori healers: Sharing the Healing while Keeping the Tapu', Dr Mark explains that her research explored the nature of rongoā Māori healing because it is an inherently Māori cultural healing method that is able to address the physical, cultural, whānau, mental and spiritual dimensions of health and illness. 

"I was very grateful to receive the scholarship all those years ago.

Ngā mihi"

Dr Glenis Mark

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 9 February 2017]

A fantastic Waka Ama experience 

Charleston and Masonryvilla Te Rore are members of the Tāmaki Waka Ama Club. In January they competed in the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Lake Karapiro. Their father Maeu said that it was a fantastic experience for his sons and a privilege to be part of this wonderful event. "On behalf of my sons and our whānau we would like to give a huge thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the funding received. I would also like to express how grateful and appreciative we are of the work you do with providing this opportunity for my sons. Also a big thank you for being part of and helping to create great memories for Charleston, Masonryvilla and our whānau.

Ngā mihi"

Maeu Utufua Te Rore

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 2 February 2017]

From student to teacher

"E mihi ana ki a koutou katoa

My whānau and I would like to thank the Rūnanga for the scholarship I received last year as it enabled me to complete my studies. I have since attained a beginning teacher position in the junior bilingual class at Kaikohe East School.


Michelle Hudson-Stevenson

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 19 January 2017]

Ngāpuhi Rotary Exchange Student proud to showcase her culture

"Tēnā koutou katoa, 

I have just completed my final school year as a Year 13 student at Te Kura Hourua ki Whangārei, Te Kāpehu Whetū. I held the position of Pouarahi (head prefect) and completed Level 3 subjects in Māori, English, History and Media Studies. My passion is te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, kapa haka and oratory. I have participated in Ngā Manu Kōrero Regionals from 2012-2016 and have been blessed to receive the Tā Himi Henare taonga in 2015 and the Kahutiaterangi Waititi taonga in 2016. This year I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to become a New Zealand Rotary Exchange Student to Switzerland - I leave this month (January). I am both excited and nervous yet fully understand that the exchange will broaden my perspective on life, grow my independence and help lead me toward choices in my career path. I intend to share our language and our culture with the Swiss people to help them gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori. I am a proud wahine of Ngāpuhi origins and I look forward to blessing the Swiss people with our reo, waiata, mōteatea, poi and of course haka. 

I am absolutely grateful for this chance to be travelling the world at such a young age, blessed with an amazing and supportive family and with the knowledge that God and my tūpuna will constantly be looking over me. Thank you for your support and the Ngāpuhi kākahu. I will proudly wear the Ngāpuhi kākahu in Europe to generate conversations about where I come from and who our people are.

Nō reira e te iwi, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Ngā mihi - Auf Weidersen,"

Hineira Tipene-Komene

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 22 December 2016]

Ngā Uri a Tuteauru Haka Wars 2016 a huge success

"We would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for your sponsorship towards "Haka Wars 2016". From the feedback we received the event was a huge success and a day to remember. With your contribution we were able to secure a stage and sound system. This gave our event a professional element that lifted the performance of each kaihaka.

Thank you Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi once again.

Naku noa,"

Eddie Morunga

(Chairperson, Ngā Uri a Tuteauru Kapa Haka Ropu)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 14 December 2016]

Ngāpuhi Law and Commerce student to graduate

"Tēnā koutou Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi,

My whānau and I would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the scholarship I received this year, enabling me to pursue my Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics and Finance). I am proud to say that I will be graduating from Victoria University of Wellington this December.

Ngā mini nui,"

Kohe Ruwhiu

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 8 December 2016]

Ngāpuhi netball player competes at Netfest Gold Coast

"Tēnā koutou Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi,

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your awhi and financial support in helping me attend the 'Netfest Netball competition' held in Gold Coast, Australia 2016. As this was my first netball experience travelling and playing outside of Aotearoa, and staying away from my whānau, it gave me a broader outlook of international levels of netball.

Our Bubz team worked hard in representing Taitokerau - the competition level was extremely high. We made it to the semi finals in which we played Majic (the top team) unfortunately we lost the game and were unable to play in the grand final. Overall we placed a proud 4th!!

My experience in this tournament has given me more motivation to follow my dream of representing Aotearoa one day as a Silver Fern. Once again thank you for your support - I hope to get the opportunity to represent Ngāpuhi playing netball again.

Ngā mini"

Kacey Potae

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 1 December 2016]

Kataia Squadron Cadet aspires to become a Doctor

Florince Hughes, a year 9 student attending Te Kura o Opononi Area School, is a member of the No.64 Squadron Kaitaia. Florince received discretionary funding to travel with her Unit to Wellington in September for a variety of experiences, including visiting the Te Papa and Pukeahu Museums to be immersed in the Gallipoli and WW1 displays. The trip provided an opportunity for Florince and her squadron to learn about other cultural and academic activities that are available to them outside of their home environment. Florince said learning about different cultures and gaining new skills supports her development and aspirations to become a general practice doctor.

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 24 November 2016]

An investment in Thaliah Harahap's career goal to become a Paediatrician

Thaliah was chosen to attend a five-day Silicon Valley (USA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics boot camp, in October. The programme is run in conjunction with Stanford University. Thaliah is a Wharekura student and her dream is to "follow the footsteps of doctors" by working hard and focusing on her school work.

Grateful for the discretionary funding she received, Thaliah said it is an investment in her goal to becoming a Paediatrician. "As a doctor I can help those who are sick and those who can't help themselves."

The boot camp provided Thaliah an opportunity to see what it's like to be a medical professional, what equipment they use and learning about the research they have undertaken. 

"There is nothing in this world that will change my mind about my career choice and not a thing that will stop me on my road to success."

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 17 November 2016]

Ngāpuhi double degree student and touch rugby athlete aims to represent New Zealand again

Sean Law is studying for a double degree (a Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology and Business) at AUT and plays touch rugby. In 2015 he represented the New Zealand Touch Blacks in the Open Men's grade at the World Cup and was selected for the Trans-Tasman series against Australia in April 2016. Sean was also invited to attend the Touch Blacks training camp in October

He said the camp provided a pathway for him to achieve his aim of representing New Zealand at the next world cup in 2019, however as a student the costs involved had become quite difficult to deal with.

"I applied for the discretionary funding assistance so that I can continue on being a committed New Zealand representative of the Touch Blacks. Thank you Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for your support."

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 3 November 2016]

Huge sporting achievements for Hamish McKechnie

"Kia ora,

I  just wanted to update the Rūnanga about Hamish's progress in hockey this year as it has been a good one for him. He played in the U21 NZ Māori Men's team in Hamilton against the U21 Queensland State Men's team from the 29th Sept - 2nd Oct. Although they lost both of the games they played it was a good learning experience for Hamish. He also played in the National Māori hockey tournament over Labour weekend at North Harbour stadium in Albany for the Northland Māori Men's team. He was named junior player of the tournament and was also named in the NZ Māori men's hockey team. Earlier this week Hamish was also selected for the the National Junior Black sticks Development squad which is a huge achievement for Hamish and the other young Northland players who were chosen for this squad. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for supporting Hamish over the last couple of years as it has contributed to his progress and achievements to date. 

Ngā mihi"

Anna Henare

(Proud mum) 

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 27 October 2016]

Hockey tournament a great experience for young Ngāpuhi goalkeeper

"Tēnā koutou Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. Thank you for supporting me. I have just returned from the 2016 Under 13 Girls Collier Hockey Tournament.  I was selected for the Horowhenua U13 hockey team and I am the goalkeeper. We came 20th out of the 24 that competed in Hamilton. This is the first year I have played competitively; it was a great experience playing so much hockey in one week."


Rose Manners 

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 13 October 2016]

Ngāpuhi student helps basketball team win the NZ Secondary School Champs

"Thank you so much for the support and discretionary funding for our daughter Jayzelee.  Her St Peters Cambridge Senior Premier Team won the SAS NZ Secondary School Nationals. Jayzelee was the youngest of the team and played a huge role in the game assisting her senior team mates. She has been selected for the NZ Basketball Elite Camp and will be inducted into the NZ Basketball programme as a result of her involvement with NZ Koru Basketball.

Thank you again for your support and we appreciate all that you have done this year."

Myzpah Waihi 

(Proud parent)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 6 October 2016]

Masters Degree Scholarship Recipient to graduate in December 2016

"Kia ora koutou

I wish to formally thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for approving my application for a scholarship for complete a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 2015. I will graduate on 13 December 2016 with a Masters in Educational Leadership with First Class Honours at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae. The work that I completed for this degree included a 60 point dissertation on Tikanga Māori which has been invaluable for my personal and professional development as a Ngāpuhi wahine. Thank you.

Ngā mihi

Tracey-Lee Parry

(University of Waikato)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 29 September 2016]

Scholarship for PhD studies greatly appreciated

"Rau rangatira mā,

Katahi ka nui te mihi mahana ki a koutou mō tō koutou manaaki mai ki ahau.

I am writing to express my sincere thanks for the PhD Scholarship you awarded me this year. It has been a difficult time for me financially and I greatly appreciate your contribution towards my studies. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope to ensure that my research is of value for Māori and that we see a positive shift in Māori education and health outcomes.  I will be in touch regarding my progress.

Ngā mihi"

Zoe Ngāhuia Bristowe

(Otago University)

[Published in E Mara E Panui 22 September 2016]

Ohaeawai School Yr 5 & 6 students say 'Thank you'

A group of 60 year 5 & 6 students acknowledged the support of the sponsorship funding provided through the Rūnanga, for helping them raise enough money to go on their ski trip in August. They (with their parents) had been doing lots of fundraising like having discos, selling firewood and pine cones and a sausage sizzle every Friday but needed extra help.  

Ohaeawai School is decile 3 school 10 kilometres from Kaikohe and over fifty percent of the students are Māori.  Many live in Kaikohe and travel by bus to the school.  The ski trip is held every second year (since 2000) giving students the opportunity to experience the snow and mountains. Most of the students had never been south of Auckland or seen snow.

Ka pai koutou, we're really happy you enjoyed yourselves, and appreciate the cool photoboard!

 [Published in E Mara E Panui 15 September 2016]

Helping young Ngapuhi siblings reach their golfing goals

"On behalf of Kairangi and Anahera, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Runanga for the financial support they have received this year to assist them in competing in the Trans-Tasman Cup in Sydney early this year.

Kairangi and Anahera both qualified to represent New Zealand after their successful season competing in the US Kids Golf Tournaments, held in Auckland, last summer, where Anahera won the Under 7 girls division and Kairangi finished second overall in the Boys 8 division.  They both hope to qualify for the New Zealand team again to play Australia in next year's tournament.

In the meantime the kids continue to fundraise to meet the costs involved in participating in these events by selling raffles, collecting pine cones from local golf courses and farms, as well as selling free-range eggs they gather from their hens.

Thank you for your generous support in helping Kairangi and Anahera reach their golfing goals and we look forward to hopefully working with you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely"

Dan and Liz Koni (parents of Kairangi and Anahera)

[Published in E Mara E Panui 1 September 2016]

Supporting Taimania Pupuke to pursue her hip hop dance dreams

"Tena Koutou,

I wanted to say a great big thank you very much for approving my discretionary funding application and supporting me to pursue my dreams. 

In August 2016, after winning the Junior division (under 13 years) of the National Street Dance NZ competition, I along with my dance crew (Bubblegum) set out for Las Vegas, Nevada to represent New Zealand and compete at the Hip Hop International Dance Championships.

We qualified in last place for the finals and with nothing to lose we decided to throw caution to the wind and change a substantial amount of our routine. After our performance all we could do was sit and wait.

After each of the finalists from all the divisions had performed then came the results.  To our complete and utter surprise we had managed to move up three places into 3rd, receiving the bronze medal. We were all completely overwhelmed with joy and fully satisfied with what we had achieved.

Thank you again for supporting me on this journey and helping to make this possible. This is just the beginning for me and I hope that with your support I will continue to follow my dream.  I am proud to be Ngapuhi and hopefully have made you all proud.

Nga mihi nui rawa atu,"

Taimania Pupuke (Bubblegum Dance Crew Captain 2016)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 25 August 2016]

Ngāpuhi Rangatahi Rugby 7s Ambassadors

"Ngā Kakano Hei Tiaki Trust received funding from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi to assist with the costs for seven Ngāpuhi players to attend an International Rugby 7s Tournament held in Victoria BC, Canada in July 2016. Our tour was a great success. The U14s team came away with 1st place in their division.  The U16s team came 3rd.  The tour was a mix of rugby, sightseeing and cultural experiences.  We were invited to attend a First Nation rugby camp at a private school, Shawinigan Lake with the Thunder Rugby Academy.  Here we had our first cultural exchange.  We sang waiata and the boys did the haka - Ara Ngāpuhi and Tika Tonu. The tour was of benefit to our players, they were great ambassadors for NZ, for Ngāpuhi and for rugby. They proudly stood and spoke Te Reo, showed pride when they were doing the haka, and happily shared a little bit of what it is like to live in the Hokianga. The players have lifelong memories of the tour and realise that they can go out into the world, feeling proud of where they are from, knowing what they have to offer to people everywhere regarding our Māori culture."


Ngā Kakano Hei Tiaki Trust 

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 18 August 2016]

Discretionary recipent selected for NZ Touch Rugby Academy

"Thank you to the Rūnanga for sponsoring our daughter, Lexous Tau-Riwhi. The funding she received helped to go towards her fees for the Waikato Rep Touch Tournament in Christchurch. Good news - Lexous was selected for the New Zealand Touch Rugby Academy that will be held in Rotorua. So a very big thank you to all from us.

Kind regards,"

Tracey Tau

 [Published in E Mara E Pānui 11 August 2016]

Scholarship was a life source

"Tēnā koutou katoa,

It is with great sincerity that I write this letter to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for their kind contribution and opportunities towards helping me reach my ultimate goal.  I can proudly acknowledge that the scholarship I received was a life source that contributed towards my successful attainment of a Bachelor Degree in Applied Social Services.  I am looking forward to the prospect of being able to share my skills and knowledge with my whānau, hapū and iwi should they be required.

Ngā mihi nui,"

Rhema Norman

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 4 August 2016]

An opportunity to showcase Ngāpuhi hockey talent and skills

"Tēnā koutou,

Ka tuku mihi mahana ahau ki a koutou ngā mema o Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi.  On behalf of myself and my whānau, I would like to thank you for the funding that you contributed towards my 2016 Northland U18 Hockey Tournament costs.

Our Northland U18 Men's team played in the National U18 Men's Hockey tournament in Palmerston North from 10-16 July. We did not place at the tournament but it was another opportunity for us to represent our rohe and showcase the talent and skills we have in Taitokerau.  It also enabled myself and my team mates to develop our hockey skills by playing against the best players in our age group from all over Aotearoa.

Once again I wish to express my gratitude for the funding support you gave to me so that I could attend this tournament.

Ngā mihi"

Hamish McKenzie

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 28 July 2016]

Ngāpuhi discretionary recipient has unforgettable Shanghai experience

"Tēnā koutou e Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi,

He mihi ana ahau ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko me tō āwhina ki ahau.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Rūnanga for the discretionary grant that I received in April 2016.  It helped me, a chaperone and five other students attend the 12th Annual Shanghai International Youth Interactive Friendship Camp that happened from 12 to 21 July 2016, in China. We experienced Chinese culture by visiting Zhujiajiao Ancient water town, Shanghai Disneyland and Shanghai’s Natural Museum, we had a home stay with a chinese whānau, did an orienteering course through Shanghai, tried different kai (can’t name them), bartered in the markets, rode quad pedal bikes and many other activities that are too numerous to mention. The climate was hot 36 degrees at 5.30am, eventually reaching 42 degrees. We grew to love air con!

We took thousands of photos and we made many friends that we are communicating with now through Wichat & Facebook. I would like to mention that we had to promote New Zealand, being Maori; I did a short mihi, waiata tautoko then performed 'Ara Ngapuhi', I can tell you we were the favourite crew to be with for the rest of the camp.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, you have made it possible for me to have an experience that I will never ever forget. It was a trip of a lifetime and I was fortunate enough to be invited back to China to attend my home stay host's father’s birthday in 2017.

Thank you very much for your assistance.


Wiremu Hoppi Kakarana

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 21 July 2016]

Taitokerau Touch team win Gold

"On behalf of the Tai Tokerau Touch Under 13 Mixed Elite team we would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for your support of our team during the recent representative season culminating in the team winning a gold medal at the Touch New Zealand, Northern Interprovincial Series held in Rotorua, Anniversary weekend 2016.

The team went through the tournament undefeated including the close yet exhilarating final, winning 6-5 against the highly favoured Counties Manukau team who were the reigning champions for the previous three years.

The team worked hard through the months leading up to this tournament committing to weekday and weekend training, Tri Series tournament in Auckland, let alone their own club team and module trainings and games.  The maturity and discipline shown by these individuals were a credit to them and made for an exceptionally strong team unit.

These characteristics shown by our rangatahi where many hold connections to Ngāpuhi indicate that our people are in great shape and if support for their development continues, then we can only be excited on what possibilities lay in wait for these young people.

Once again, on behalf of the Tai Tokerau Touch Under 13 Mixed Elite Team, we take this opportunity to thank you for your awesome support of our team and continued support of Ngāpuhi Rangatahi.


Jackson Katene, Coach

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 14 July 2016]

Ngāpuhi win Open Mens V6 1500m at World Va'a Champs

"On behalf of my younger brother Sean and myself, I would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi for the discretionary fund we received earlier this year to assist with our trip to the World Va'a Sprint Championships on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.  

Sean and I went to Australia to compete over a week in to separate Va'a World Championships. The first three days of the event was a World Elite Va'a Sprint Champs - this event was made up of one representative team from each country.  Both Sean and I were selected for the Aotearoa Elite mens V6 1500m team and the V12 500m team. Our team placed third in the V6 1500m final. 

The last four days of the event was the World Cup Va'a Sprint Championships. Our Nga Hoe Horo club 'Herberts on Tour' was one of 6 teams from Aotearoa that qualified in January to compete in the Open mens V6 500m and V6 1500m. Our team was very successful.  We won the Open Mens V6 1500m and placed third in the Open Mens V6 500m.  

Thank you again,

Ngā mihi nui,"

Conan Herbert

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 7 July 2016]

Proud Ngāpuhi to attend World Indigenous Law Conference

"Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, tēnā koutou katoa,

This year's World Indigenous Law Conference is to be held in Irvine and hosted by the University of California in October.  The theme for the conference is focussed around rights, responsibilities and resilience: An international discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence.  The Conference provides for a myriad of learnings specific to indigenous peoples.  While the content of each seminar differs reflecting each participant countries unique laws and history; the themes resonate closely with issues for Māori and Ngāpuhi specifically.  Attendance at the Conference will enable an insight into the jurisdictional changes, legal process and experiences of other Indigenous nations that could potentially help provide understanding and information for the changing Ngāpuhi social, legal and political environment in the future.

The assistance received from the Rūnanga is going towards the costs associated with the Conference. It will be an honour to attend not only as Māori but as an uri of Ngāpuhi.

Nāku noa na,"

Alana Thomas, Solicitor

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 30 June 2016]

Young Ngāpuhi weightlifter has an awesome week at Oceania Games

"Tēnā koutou katoa,

A huge thanks to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the discretionary grant that supported me to attend the Oceania Games in Suva Fiji earlier this month with the NZ Olympic Weightlifting Team.  I had an awesome week lifting and supporting all the other lifters in the NZ team.  I was stoked to come home with a gold medal in the Youth 58kg category and a silver medal in the Junior 58 kg category - a huge improvement on my youth bronze medal at the 2015 Oceania Games.

It was an exciting experience to compete alongside international lifters that will be going to the Rio Olympics later this year. I am focussed on my goal to break some NZ records in the remainder of my last year as a youth lifter. My next major competition is the North Island Championships in July and then the National competition in October 2016.

Ngā mihi nui for your tautoko.

Mauri ora,"

Te Kohuroa Riripeti Maarara Kawiti

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 23 June 2016]

Proud Ngāpuhi documentary maker attends Cannes Film Festival

"Kia ora,

I am a proud Ngāpuhi descendant always looking for ways and opportunities to give back to my people and represent my culture.  I would love to set a good example within rangatahi and show them that anything is achievable regardless of age and where you are from.  To be a 20 year-old Māori woman showing a short film, made by myself and a film partner, at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Festival de Cannes, I feel like I am proving that point.

I give my everlasting gratitude to the Rūnanga for helping to fund my trip to Cannes, to making my dream career really happen.

Nāku noa, na"

Annabelle Dick

[Published in E Mara E Pānui 16 June 2016]

Ngāpuhi student's Post-Grad journey nearing completion

"Tēnā koutou e Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi,

He mihi ana au ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko me te āwhina mai ki ahau.

I take this opportunity to thank the Rūnanga for the scholarship I received in 2015 as I started my journey to complete the Post-Graduate Diploma in Business-Māori Development.  This is my final year of study and look forward to continuing to contribute my skills and knowledge to Otaua Marae and my whānau.

Ngā mihi"

Friday Rountree

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 9 June 2016]

Successful PhD completion for Ngāpuhi student 

"Tēnā koutou,

Nei rā te mihi maioha ki a koutou, toku iwi.  It is with humble heart that I wish to acknowledge and thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the scholarship I received to assist me in completing my PhD.  Your valuable assistance made the journey considerably easier.  Ka nui te mihi!

Nāku iti noa"

Nā Maureen Muller

('Whakatipu Te Pā Harakeke: What are the success factors that normalise the use of Māori language within the whānau?' is the title of Maureen's thesis for her Doctor of Philosophy in Māori Studies.)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 2 June 2016]

Once in a life-time experience for year 13 student

"I would just like to thank the Rūnanga for the support in helping me to attend a five day leadership course at The Hillary Outdoors Pursuits centre in Turangi with Okaihau College, held from the 18th to the 22nd of April.

It was a once in a lifetime experience where we were put to the test through thrilling adventure based activities such as hiking through the Mangatepopo stream, rock climbing and abseiling on Mount Ruapehu as well as Sea Kayaking on Lake Taupo and Caving.

Without your help this wouldn't have been possible.  Thank you for adding to my experience as a year 13 student at Okaihau College in 2016.

Ngā mihi"

Keani Erstich-Coles

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 26 May 2016]

Young Ngāpuhi women persevere to win gold medal at Canoe World Champs

"On behalf of the Mitamitaga o le Pasefika Va'a-alo Canoe Club Junior 19 Girls Team Angry Teddie Bears, we would like to acknowledge Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the financial assistance we received towards our 2016 World Va'a Sprint campaign.

This was a very successful campaign for our girls who won the Junior 19 W12 500m race receiving a Gold medal and the title of World Champions.  They placed 5th in the W6 500m which gave them a world ranking of 5th and NZ ranking of 3rd cutting a whopping 10sec off their New Zealand qualifying time.

This group of young Ngāpuhi women got to experience the rewards of what six months of hard work, belief, commitment, determination and perseverance can amount to, the ultimate goal of success - World Champs!  The experiences they gained not only from competing but from mingling with other competitors and being apart of their culture will be memories for life. The girls have a new respect for the sport they are so passionate about.

Once again thank you.

Sam Moe, Pani Trent, Kalaia Heta, Zane Heta, Eden Collier and Nikita Henare (Team Angry Teddie Bears)  

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 12 May 2016]

Netball Fever on the Gold Coast

"Words cannot express how grateful I am to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the grant I received in 2016. The opportunity to represent our kura at the International Netball Tournament Gold Coast Australia in April was an amazing experience.  We played our best netball over a 3-day event and the competition was fierce and competitive.  Although we never won the tournament, the thrill of competing in such an event was overwhelming.   We mixed and mingled with other players from all around Australia and secured life time friendships. Once again thank you for supporting this kaupapa.

Ngā Mihi"

Araira Te Huia (Ngāti Kura)

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 5 May 2016]

Honouring everyone who has supported me by being the best I can be

"It is with much gratitude that I give thanks to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for sponsoring me to attend the Northern Roller Mills Rugby Tournament held last year in Whangarei.  Your sponsorship enabled me to attend the event.  It was a privilege to represent my whānau, hapū, peers and region.  

My team was placed equal champions of the tournament, alongside Auckland West.  We were undefeated throughout the pre-season games and the tournament.  Our trip was exciting, rewarding and challenging, especially throughout my personal training and commitment.  As an aspiring young leader, commitment to me was waking up early to attend 5.30am CATUS training at school, three times a week, including my participation in school representative sports like touch rugby, swimming and athletics, then attending Roller Mills training 40 minutes away from home twice a week, including weekend pre-season games, and not forgetting my twice weekly club rugby training (that I managed) plus Saturday matches, in which we were the U13 Champion of Champions.  

Thoughout my gruelling schedule, mum supported me all the way through.  Sometimes as young people we forget what is involved to enable our successes, such as the support of our parents, siblings, whānau, hapū, iwi and kura.  Everyone has played their part in helping me to achieve my goals, and it is my responsibility to honour them, by being the best person I can in all aspects of life.  The opportunity to represent my region and everyone else has certainly begun to open my eyes.

My aspirations for 2016 is to represent Rotorua Boys High School in all sports, like rugby, league and athletics and on an international scale.  I understand if I apply myself, like I did in 2015, this dream becomes possible and not just with my sports but academically as well.  

Ngā mihi"

Taataau Tewhata 

[Published in E-Mara E-Pānui on 28 April 2016]

Generous support of Tai Tokerau U17 Mixed Touch Teams

"Tena koutou,

This letter is to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for their generous support of the Tai Tokerau U17 Touch Teams.  Our team attended the 2016 Junior National Touch Championships held in Christchurch, North Hagley Park on February 12 to 14, 2016.

We won five of our six pool games over 2 days, losing by 1 point to Thames Valley in the sixth game.  Heading to the semi finals our team showed great team spirit going down to Southland in a controversial drop-off with a final score of 7-8.  A testament to their experience the 17s Mixed teams picked themselves up to win a thrilling play-off game against Thames Valley 5-6.  The Tai Tokerau Mixed 17s Team finished 3rd, with unfinished business for 2017!

Touch Nationals is where talent and skill are identified and National teams are selected.  Three members of our team have been chosen to trial for the New Zealand 18s Mixed Touch Team; we wish them all the success they deserve.

Thank you for your contribution towards this campaign.

Ngā mihi"

Tania Papalii

17s Mixed Team Manager

Te Tai Tokerau Touch 

[Published in E-Mara E-Pānui on 21 April 2016]

U13 Ngāpuhi Netball Player at Aotearoa Māori Nationals


"Tēnā koutou,

It is with much delight that I am reporting to update the Rūnanga on the outcomes of my daughter's participation at the Aotearoa Māori Netball tournament held recently in Kirikiriroa. Rangimaaria thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the U13 Tai Tokerau team at the event, further gaining more skills and experiences alongside contributing well as a successful team player throughout the tournament.

Her team did very well and despite not coming away as the overall winners for their age group Tai Tokerau won 'Best Kakahu', 'Best Waiata' and 'Best Playing Uniforms'.

They had some very challenging games but they persevered and did us all proud. A huge mihi to all our girls and the coaches for their outstanding performance at such an auspicious event.

On behalf of my daughter and my whānau we would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the funding support, which allowed Rangimaaria and her whānau to attend and tautoko the teams. We look forward to further interactions and events in the future.  

Naaku noa nei"

Naa Kristina Te Whata

(Proud Mum and No.1 Fan of Rangimaaria Te Arani Waiaatarere)

[Published in E-Mara E-Pānui on 14 April 2016]

First time at Te Tai Tokerau Festival  

Recently the Kaikohe Christian School Kapa Haka team put on a performance to say ‘thank you’ to the Rūnanga, whānau and other supporters for helping them take part in the Tai Tokerau Festival in Otamatea.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi representative, Medina Davis said she really enjoyed the show - everyone did.

"The students were awesome. Their parents were very proud." 

“This is the first time the school has put forward a kapa haka roopu for the festival, “ said Principal, David Rogers.

“Donations give our kids the opportunity to thrive within a positive team environment.  The help given was gratefully appreciated." 

[Publishedi n E-Mara E-Pānui on 7 April 2016]

A Fantastic Year for World Hip Hop Dancer

Samyah Powell is a member of the Sorority Dance Crew.  Her mum reported that 2015 was a trying year for her daughter.

"She moved cities and schools to be able to continue dancing at the level she has come to know and love.  Being away from family and friends meant she has had to grow up fast."  But overall 2015 was a "fantastic year".  "Even though the results for the Varsity division World Hip Hop Dance Competition weren't what they were hoping for  - sometimes the respect from fellow competitors means more than a medal."  (Sorority Crew were pipped at the post by 0.01 points to place fourth.)

"Samyah would not have been able to attend if it wasn't for the Rūnanga's help by accepting her Discretionary Funding application.  For this both Samyah and I are grateful."

[Published in E Mara E Pānui on 31 March 2016]

Thanks from the Priestly twins

"Kia ora Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi

On behalf of the Priestley whanau we would like to give a huge thank you and express our appreciation. 

Due to your donation both Alysha and I were able to attend the 2016 Junior National Touch Tournament in Christchurch - we placed 15th overall.  As a result of your sponsorship we travelled by plane on February 11 and flew home on February 14.

Both us Priestley twins had represented the Waikato U17's Touch Rugby Team.  Growing up, with the influence of our parents, sports was a huge part of our lives.  Being active is second nature to us.  We were encouraged to participate in a variety of sports like netball, touch, basketball, swimming, rugby 7's and athletics.  Though touch is a particular sport we are passionate about.  We would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude for your koha - it helped us gain a lot of worthwhile experience.  Once again we are hugely grateful for the sponsorship funding.


Alison and Alysha Priestley

Annelisse proud to represent Ngāpuhi in America

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for supporting me with the Discretionary Fund.  I was selected early last year to represent New Zealand in the Under 17 World Mounted Games Team Championships which was held in the United States.  After months of travelling all over New Zealand with my pony for training, my team and I were finally ready to make the long trip to Florida, where all our hard work would pay off.

After four days of intense sessions of racing (over 60 games) against teams from all over the world such as England, Wales, Switzerland and Canada,we finally finished up in seventh place.  This competition was a huge achievement and an amazing experience for my team and we were all extremely proud of how we rode and represented our country.

I am incredibly grateful to have had a chance to put on that silver fern and carry the New Zealand flag, representing not only my country, but also my whānau and iwi.  All the support I received made this trip possible, so thank you again.

Ngā mihi,"

Annelisse Olsen

Te Taitokerau 15s Touch Nationals

"Tēnā koutou katoa

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the sponsorship contribution towards our Touch Nationals trip in Christchurch.  All players and officials that attended during the time of the 10th to the 15th of February 2016 throughly enjoyed the experience, which included being part of the the 5.7 earthquake that occurred on February 14 - an experience we will never forget.

I am happy to report on TTT 15s game progress, we placed 5th overall and had 13 strong teams in our mixed grade from all over New Zealand. Our first two games would have been our hardest losing to Wellington and Bay of Plenty.  These two games however were our only losses for the three day tournament.  The team would then go on to have four wins and one draw.  

We thank you again for your kind support.

Ngā mihi"

Te Taitokerau 15s Players and Officials

It was an honour to represent my iwi

"Late last year you sponsored me as I went to Japan to compete on the world stage at the 2015 Kyokushin World Championships (Karate).  I want to thank Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi O Ngāpuhi so much for getting behind me.  It was an honour to represent myself, our country, iwi, hapū, whānau and sport.  It was a huge tournament with the top 42 women from all over the world.  I was in the 11th fight and fought the current 7x World Champion, Anastasiia Kribinova from Russia. I didn't beat her but I gave her a good run.  I fought my heart out and fought the best fight I have ever fought, so I am happy with that.

This year I am aiming for 1st place at the NZ Kyokushin Nationals being held in Wellington, May 21st.  I will then go on to compete in Australia for the Australasian title.

Thank you so much."

Amy Gabb

Scholarship has positive impact on Law and Arts student 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the grant I received in 2015 and acknowledge the positive impact this had on my financial well-being last year.  As I begin my final year of study I am looking forward to the prospect of contributing my skills and knowledge to my wider whānau should they be required.

Kia ora"

Corey Stevens

(Studying for Bachelor of Law and Arts at Waikato University)

He mihi ki te Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi

Tēnā koutou e te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi,

He mihi aroha tēnei ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko me wō koutou awhinā mai ki ahau ki a riro mai he koha mōku ki te utungia taku moni tarewa ki te whare wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT).

E kore rawa a au e warewaretia ki ngā wāwata me ngā moemoeā e wawatatia e ngā tūpuna mātua mō mātua ngā uri whakatupu. Ka mau tonu ahau ki te wairua o rātau mā kua huri tuara ki te ao wairua. Nō reira e ngā mate, haere, haere, okioki atu.

Ka whakahokia mai ngā rārangi kōrero ki a tātau ngā mahuetanga o rātau mā, tēnā tātau katoa.

Kua tāpiri atu ahau wētahi o ngā whakaahua o taku potaetanga me wōku maka o te whare wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT) me te mea nui ki te whakamōhio atu kia koutou kua oti pai taku tohu paetahi otirā kua pahi ahau taku tohu paetahi.

Mō tēnei tau kei te uru atu ahau ki roto i taku tohu paerua mō te kaupapa o te Indigenous Studies ki te whare wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau.

Ko tētahi o waku nei hiahia ki a hoki mai ahau ki te kainga noho ai me te whakapau taku kaha ki tō tātau nei iwi o te whare tapu o Ngāpuhi.

Nō reira e rau rangatira mā tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Hēmi Clendon

(Taurawhiri-Cultural Advisor, Whirnaki CAMHS)

Kohanga Reo says thank you

Tena koutou Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi 

I am writing this letter with great thanks for your generosity and support.  Our tamariki and whānau thoroughly enjoyed their end-of-year haerenga to Auckland.  It was a good time for whakawhanaungatanga as we stayed at Manurewa Marae and met up with some Ngāpuhi whānau.  The āhua was just so welcoming and relaxing which reflected in our tamariki behaviour.  We managed to visit Kelly Taltons, Mission Bay Park and Kids Kingdom - Rainbows End.  Our tamariki had so much fun and were full of excitement and hype but were on their best behaviour which was a bonus.  Thank you for your kindness which helped make our trip possible and gave our tamariki an awesome experience.

Once again, thank you very much.

Noho ora mai

Jasmine Stillwell (Kaiwhakahaere o Te Kohanga Reo o Te Ariki)

A huge help to the Moleni whānau

To Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi 

On behalf of our daughter, Matiria Moleni (Ngāti Tautahi) and our whānau, we would like to thank you for your funding contribution in December 2015.  It is a huge help to our whānau and will help contribute towards paying all known tour costs for a planned Waikato Diocesan Choir Tour that will travel to Sydney, Australia in July 2016.

Matiria will be a wonderful Ngāpuhi representative, to not only for those on the tour but also to the audiences both here in New Zealand and Australia.

Thanking you again.  It is imperative that we acknowledge your support and show our appreciation.

Kind regards

Moana and James Moleni

Ngāpuhi PhD Scholarship recipient Ricky Bell reports back

Tēnā rā koutou ngā rangatira,

Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou mō tēnei karahipi rangatira.  Ko te huarahi i takahia kia tae mae ki tēnei wā he huarahi uaua, otirā he haerenga tūturu.  A te wā, mātou tūmanako tēnei rangahau hei hāpai te ōranga ō ngā iwi tuatahi ō te whenua nei ō Te Taitokerau.  Ngā mihi nunui hoki ki a koutou mō koutou tautoko, koutou manaaki nā koutou awhi mai.  Tēnei taonga he taonga teitei ō te ao mātauranga.  Rite tonu te manu tākiri i te ata, ae rā hoki te haerenga ō mātou whānau kia tū tika ai te whare tapu ō Ngāpuhi.  Kia tika hoki te whakataukī wā ēnei kōrero ō tōku rangatira, tā Hemi Tau.

"Kia tawhiti kē tō haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu.  He tino nui rawa ōu mahi, kia kore e mahi nui tonu."

Nō reira, ki te torongi ō te rā, kei te mihi nui ki a koutou mō koutou korowai, ka haere tonu mātou.

Nāku i runga i ngā mihi ki a tātou, nā

Ricky Bell

PhD Candidate

MManipPhty (Distinction. Otago), PGDipMPhysio (Distinction. Otago), Bhty (Queensland)

Ngāpuhi Hockey Rep winner

"This year I was the Captain for the Wellington Hockey Representative Team at the National Under 15 Premier Tournament held in Dunedin.  Our team won the tournament for the second year in a row."  

"Next year I am hoping to play for the Capital Under 18 Mens team, which is a regional team made up of Tasman Bays, Wairarapa and Wellington representative players.  I also plan to trial for the National Under 18 'Tiger Turf' Team."

"Thank you very much Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for supporting me - I really appreciate your help."

Callum Olsen

Young Ngāpuhi Boxer

Te Kapotai Tohu lives in New Plymouth and attends Spotswood College.  He is also a student in the Fitness Trades Academy at Western Institute of Technology. Te Kapotai is the New Zealand National title holder (unopposed boxer) for 2015 and is ranked eighth in the World for the Junior Worlds Boxing Championship (75 kgs weight category).  One of his career goals is to be a qualified Personal Trainer during the summer holidays. 

His mum Susan Payne said that the sponsorship provided by the Rūnanga for Te Kapotai’s attendence at the 2015 Junior Worlds Boxing competition in St Petersburg, Russia, helped enormously and was well spent on his future.

“Te Kapotai’s dream and aspiration is to be like Joseph Parker and David Nyika.”

Thank you

Susan Payne and Peter Tohu (parents of Te Kapotai)

Fantastic Year for Cedric Curel

"I would like to thank you so much for giving Cedric funds on 18th September to help towards his shooting sport competition at Nationals in Hamilton.

Cedric has had a fantastic year this year:

He finished 1st in the Boy’s for the year – Northland

1st – Point Score – open – Northland

1st – Single Barrel – boy’s – Northland

He was part of the winning team for Northland and also won the Ernie McConnell trophy and came 2= in the Kilwell Inter-School Postal Competition – New Zealand.

His team were Finalist in the Northland ASB Sports Awards and he was an Individual Finalist in these awards

At our Clubs Christmas Shoot yesterday – 60 Shooters took part and Cedric who has only recently became a B grade shooter shot 99/100 targets making him the best Shooter for the day competing with A and AA grade shooters, a lot of the older shooters were commenting on his talent and saying he has the ability to make the New Zealand team one day.

Thank you once again, your funding makes a huge difference to Cedric enabling him to compete at National level.


Cherie McCarroll


Tauraroa Area School Shooting Team

Cedric was supported by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi through its Discretionary Fund

Ngāpuhi Silver Medalist in Waka Ama Championship, Australia

"Tena koutou

I am writing to thank the Rūnanga for the funding I received to help pay for my flights when I competed at the Trans Tasman GubbiGubbi (Australia) Waka Ama Championship in September 2015.  

It was the first time I had competed in Australia and I really enjoyed the experience.  Our whole team did really well in the competition and we all came home with at least one medal.  I came home with four medals in total; I won two silver medals  and two bronze.  It was a successful trip.  

Thank you again for helping me achieve one of my goals.  I really appreciate that you considered my application and helped with funding."

Nāku noa, na

Te Arawa Tumai

Supporting Ngāpuhi Architectural Graduates

“He karere tenei e pa ana ki nga mahi o etahi o nga rangatahi no Ngāpuhi i roto i nga mahi whaihanga whare ki Tamaki Makaurau. 

Haley Hooper and I have received scholarships from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi to support our academic journey in Architecture.  We are both working at Jasmax currently and utilising our taha Māori to not only strengthen the work that Jasmax does with Māori around Aotearoa, but also hopefully make a difference for our own iwi, hapū, whānau in the future.

We have recently had two articles published in Architecture NZ, Nov 2015 (attached). The first one is an article on our Māori design roopū here at Jasmax (Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe, Ngāpuhi, Brendan Himona, Tūhoe, Haley Hooper, Ngāpuhi and Elisapeta Heta, Ngāti Wai, Waikato) and describes a few of the things we have been initiating here. The second story is an opinion piece  (Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe) on Māori architecture that references an article written back in 1994 on the position of Māori in architecture.

He mihi poto tenei ki te mihi atu ki a koutou mo te manaaki me te tautoko kua tukua mai e koutou kia maua i nga tau kua pahure. This is a small message of appreciation to acknowledge the recognition and support that the Rūnanga has given us throughout our university study and we look forward to contributing to Te Whare tapu o Ngāpuhi.”

Ngā mihi,

Rameka raua ko Haley

He Mihi Aroha from a Scholarship Recipient x

Kei aku rau piopio, kei aku mōtoi kahotea, koutou e kawe nei i te mana o Ngāpuhi nui tonu. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Shelley Marama Bedggood tōku ingoa, he kaiwhiwhi ahau o tētahi o ngā karahipi i tenei tau.

He whakamōhiotanga tēnei ki a koutou o Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. Kua tūtuki, kua ea ngā mahi. Kua whakawhiwhi atu au ki tōku tohu o Te Paetahi ako whakaako tamariki kura kaupapa Māori, arā, he Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Full immersion Māori mai i Te Wānanga Takiura.

Nā tō koutou whakapono ki ahau e āhei ana au te tū hei raukura mō tātou te iwi, tēnei au ka mihi.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

Tui Bedggood (Whaea), Shelley me Matekino Walsh (Kuia)

Ngāpuhi Tag Football Rep

November 19, 2015

Terry Kimiangatau is part of the Aotearoa Māori Tag Football contingent representing his iwi, whānau and country by playing for the Men's over 30's team. He is thankful for receiving funding assistance from the Rūnanga that will help in achieving his and the team's goals at the World Cup in Australia next month.  

Terry said that the team and their whānau are all extremely proud to be Māori and to be a part of the Tag Football World Cup.  "We are all looking forward to donning our team colours and giving it 100%." "Our journey to and at the World Cup is not just for our love of tag but for our culture, whānau and iwi."

Nāku te rourou, nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

Ngā mihi

Terry Kimiangatau

'Ngā mihi' from Ngāpuhi Scholarship Recipients 

November 12, 2015

Kia ora

I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a Ngāpuhi Masters Scholarship (for my Master of Health Psychology) last year and I am pleased to inform the Rūnanga that I received an A- (conditional grade).  I have sent you a copy of my thesis ('The Influence of Discrimination and Identity on Blood Pressure in Aotearoa/New Zealand) in its present form and will forward another copy following the recommended amendments provided by my markers.

Ngā mihi nui

Nikolas Wilson (2014 Scholarship Recipient)


Tena koe

I am writing because I would like to acknowledge Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the help I received this year.  I am so grateful to have received a Ngāpuhi Scholarship while I study for my Masters of Environmental Studies degree.

Nāku noa nā

Sophia Murphy (2015 Scholarship Recipient)


Kia ora Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi O Ngāpuhi

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for awarding me with the Ngapuhi Scholarship, for assisting me with my Masters studies (Master of Dietetics). This scholarship will be hugely beneficial to support me as I continue my studies throughout this and next year.

I look forward to keeping in touch in the future and in my eventual career as a Dietitian.

Kind regards,

Erin Adams (2015 Scholarship Recipient)

Ngāpuhi's World Softball Umpire

November 5, 2015

Lance Brown said the Men's 2015 World Softball Championship was held at Bob Van Impe and Gordie Howe Ballparks, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  

"The tournament had a leadership group of 40 people, managing a strong contingent of 400 + volunteers all with specific core duties. This meant for an amazingly well organised world tournament."

He said the selection processes are such that only experienced umpires who are at the highest level are selected for the Men’s World Softball level. Similar to the players and teams, umpires are also striving to perform at their very best, to ensure that as service providers to the game, they provide the very best quality service that they can. "We do take on the attitude that being at this level of tournament is a privilege and that we are privileged to represent our country, the softball community and our whānau and friends. We also take on the attitude that being on any game in any position is a privilege, and again like the players and teams, we too are striving to make the playoffs and championship games."

Lance said helping to officiate the Bronze Medal game between Venezuela and Canada was an excellent appointment for him with the winning team to face New Zealand Blacksox in the Gold Medal Game. Canada won 10-0. 

He sincerely thanked Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for the Discretionary Fund support he received which assisted him to attend the softball championships.

Passionate about Netball

October 29, 2015

I’m writing to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for sponsoring me with the Discretionary Fund to attend the Netball New Zealand Championship Tournament in Mt Manganui.

A total of 39 teams took part; there were eight sections. I play for the Whangarei under-17 team and we were in D section competing against Wellington, Habourside, Hawkes Bay and Pukekohe. We won three games out of the four putting us in the top 16.

Our team played Howick Pakuranga on the final day.  We won again and this allowed us to play against Auckland 2 for 13th and 14th position. We lost the game - it was a battle.  We were placed 14th overall in the competition.  Given Whangarei is not a big provincial centre it was a pleasing result.  For most of the players this was their first time at the national tournament. It was an awesome experience and it has improved the development of my netball skills. 

At the Whangarei Netball Prizegiving this year I was awarded two trophies; the first for the Most Promising Collegiate Player and the second for the Best All-Round Goaling Ability. I have also been selected as one of the Finalists at the ASB Sports Awards at the end of this month (October). I am passionate and enjoy Netball and I am proud of my accomplishments so far.

Thanks once again for your support.

Leihana Shelford-Tito


Young Ngāpuhi Muay Thai Kickboxing Champ

October 29, 2015

Christine Jager said the support received from the Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi Discretionary Fund for Crystal Cook was greatfully received.  It assisted her to travel to Thailand to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Muay Thai Kickboxing Championship. 

Christine reported that Crystal won gold and is now ranked number 1 in the world for 12-13 year olds.  She was also presented with the DPE Cup for Best Junior Female boxer.  Crystal has been selected to represent New Zealand again and hopes to defend her title in the 2016 World Championship in Sweden.

Thank you again.

Crystal Cook and Christine Jager


Crystal Cook with her gold and DPE cup

Ngāpuhi Accounting Equestrian 

July 29, 2015

I would like to thank Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi O Ngāpuhi for selecting me as a recipient of the Ngāpuhi Scholarship.  This has been a huge help with the costs of my Graduate Diploma in Accounting.  I have completed the first semester, passing all my papers.  These included Intermediate Management Accounting.  I am also completing an industry project which requires research, benefiting Not for Profit organisations in the Northland Region.

I would also like to thank the Rūnanga for the discretionary funding I received to compete at the Horse of the Year 2015.   


Nancy Te Whata



North Tec Graduation Ceremony, 2014             Horse of the Year Show (Open Final)

Representing Ngāpuhi Worldwide

June 25, 2015

Over the past year I have been working at a Masters level at the University of Waikato.  I have successfully developed a brain controlled prosthetic hand. 

A video of the brain controlled hand can be found here…


The project has been very exciting and has given me the opportunity to have my work recognised internationally.  I have recently submitted a paper to the 2015 world congress on advances in aeronautics, nano, bio, robotics and energy which will be held in Korea this coming August.  The success I have had over the past year has given me the opportunity to learn more.  Attendance at this conference will extend my knowledge and give me the opportunity to represent our iwi in a worldwide context. 

Na Mahonri William Owen (Tau Henare Marae)

Mahonri’s presentation of his conference paper at Incheon, Korea, is supported by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi through its discretionary fund.

Performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

October 22, 2014

To the members of the Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi board,

I really appreciated your support in helping me achieve my dream of dancing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I had an amazing time dancing in the tattoo, it was a fantastic experience and I felt so proud of myself for representing my country.

The tattoo ran for three weeks, but we arrived a week earlier for practices so we could learn the dance and perfect it ready for show time. It was hard work but it really paid off.

The first time we performed at the castle was just jaw dropping. The castle was huge and it made me think, "Am I actually here?" I was struggling to believe it myself!!

It was fun performing with Te Waka Huia and Te Whānau ā Apanui kapa haka groups because it combined two of my cultures. My other favourite parts of the tattoo were all the music and the other performers acts that were also part of the 2014 tattoo. I also loved the pictures that were projected on the castle.

We had to be careful dancing on the castle esplanade as the ground is cobblestone, which isn’t that good for our legs. We had to massage each other and ice our legs if we needed to.

It was such a huge show; with a crowd of about 9000 people a night as well as being televised in the UK and just recently in Australia. I would definitely take the opportunity to do this again if I got the chance as it was a fabulous adventure and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank you again for supporting me I really really appreciate it.

Yours sincerely

Devon Mokaraka



NZ Boys Under 15 Touch Team Tour of Australia

October 9, 2014

Kia Ora, my name is Joseph Taipari. I currently live in Christchurch and am a Year 10 student at Christchurch Boys High School.

Through my fathers whānau I whakapapa to Mangamuka in the Hokianga.

Earlier this year I was selected to represent the NZ Boys Under 15 Touch Team on a tour to the Sunshine Coast, Australia to participate in the Australian Under 18 National Championships.

We stayed in a place called Caloundra which is approximately an hour North of Brisbane. The first thing that hit us was the heat, we knew that this was going to be one of our biggest obstacles if we were going to do well. The first couple of days we trained hard to get us used to the conditions.

Our first game was against NSW. This was a real eye opener and showed us the pace of the game which the Australians play at.

We lost this game 7-6. Over the next few days we were to play many more fast paced games.

Our results were:

  • Vs NSW lost 7-6
  • Vs QLD lost 13-1
  • Vs Tasmania won 11-1
  • Vs ACT won 13-6
  • Vs Vic won 8-7
  • Vs Western Australia lost 12-10
  • Vs NSW Catholic High Schools lost 6-2
  • Vs Brisbane lost 9-5

I would like to thank all those who supported me on my trip, especially my whānau and Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.

Joseph Taipari

Te Uri O Te Aho, Te Uri Kopura, Te Kohatutaka, Ngāpuhi

Wahine Toa Wins A Grade Reserve 2 

September 22, 2014

I am proud to announce that our girls Wahine Toa collegiate netball team have won their grade A reserve 2.

After a long netball season 16 weeks of hard netball competition our girls took to the courts proudly in their new netball uniforms.

Playing in fierce wind and rain storms to play off against Huanui collegiate blue for the championship finals, the girls played their hearts out and gave it their all and triumphed winning 31-13.

Our girls attended the WNC netball prize giving that was held on 19 September 2014 and they were more than surprised and delighted to be awarded with 5 trophies on the night. Wahine Toa Collegiate trophies were awarded for:

  • Preliminary A reserve 2 winners
  • Preliminary runners up  MOST GOALS SCORED in overall senior netball competitions.
  • Preliminary winners LEAST GOALS SCORED AGAINST (best defence) in over all senior netball competitions
  • Championship Winners for A reserve 2 grade
  • Championship winners for LEAST GOALS SCORED AGAINST (best defence) in over all senior netball competitions

Our girls were the only high school collegiate team that received 3 out 4 special trophies that were chosen from the high school grades and the women's grades. So this was awesome to know that our young girls took the awards despite going up against the top women's Northland teams. What an accomplishment.

I would like to say on behalf of the Wahine Toa Collegiate girls, their coach, whānau and supporters, A BIG BIG thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for all your support. It has been a more than successful netball season for our wahine toa girls and they look forward to next years 2015 WNC comps. Thank you
Mauri Ora,

Lauree Hayward-Dodd


Ngāpuhi Paddlers Successful at Waka Ama World Champs

We would like to say thank you to Ngāpuhi for your discretionary funding which helped with costs towards our trip to Rio de Janeiro for the Worlds Sprint Champs in August 2014.

We appreciate your support and were proud ambassadors for our country, iwi and club.

Five of our girls hail from Ngāpuhi as pictured below: Manuka Stirling, Tyla-Jade Pagel, Ashley Pile, Saylor Roi and Kateao Barber-Horne.

Results as follows:

  • J16 Girls, silver, W6 500m & silver, W6 1000m
  • J19 Girls, bronze, W12 500m

Ngā mihi tino nui ki te iwi o Ngāpuhi.

Mauri Ora

Funding Assistance to Travel to Netball Tournament

Tēnā koutou e Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi,

We both wish to thank the Rūnanga for the sports grants we received to assist us in travelling down to the National Area School Sports Tournament, in Whakatu, Nelson held July 4-12 this year and represent the Northland Area Schools Netball Team.

It was a great experience representing Ngāpuhi amongst ngā iwi o te motu. We enjoyed the games we played and the whanaungatanga amongst all those that attended.

Our team did not win the tournament, however Bronwyn made the North Island Area Schools team and was awarded player of the tournament and selected to play in the Trans Tasman Netball Team, scheduled to face Australia, Samoa and Fiji at the Trans Tasman conference being held in Aotearoa in 2015. (Venue to be confirmed).
Nō reira, tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou mō tā koutou nei tautoko mai. Ko te tumanako, mā te Atua tatou e tiaki, e manaaki, kia anga mua te waka o Ngāpuhi,

Noho ora ami

Jasmine māua ko Bronwyn Wikaira.

Photo of NZ Trans-Tasman Team (Bronwyn Wikaira between WA and GA)

Ngāpuhi's New World Champ

Kerikeri teenager Alannah Rihari returned home a world champion after winning an international crossfit competition in California at the end of July.

The 16-year-old won the junior varsity division of the Teen Gauntlet World Championship.

Competing against 50 other teens from around the world, Alannah said she was surprised how well prepared she was for the event.

“The Americans are big on gymnastics and I have a background in gymnastics, so there was more gymnastics than weights and I didn’t struggle with it or the flexibility exercises,” she said.

Alannah said competing at an international event was a great experience which she hoped to repeat in the future.

She said she would be better prepared for the things she didn’t expect.

“Like the weather. It was 45-degree heat with no wind which made the condtitions for competing quite difficult because I’m not used to that kind of heat here in New Zealand. Not even in the North.”

Besides the physical events, the competition also included educational seminars, nutritional classes and coaching on safety.

A relative novice to Crossfit, Alannah has excelled in the sport. In April she placed second in the inaugural ASB Northland Secondary Schools Fitness Challenge and then went on to win the National Secondary Schools competition.

Also in April, she competed in the Teen Gauntlet competition which is a worldwide postal event where athletes from around the world do a workout on the same day and then post their scores up online. She placed second in the world in that event and coupled with her national result she was invited to join the New Zealand team who went to California.

Alannah was supported by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi through its funding streams.


Firearms Safety Course at Kaingahoa Marae


Kia ora e Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi,
I wish to convey my utmost gratitude for the discretionary funding received for our Whakatupato Fire Arms Safety Course held at Kaingahoa Marae 19/07/2014.
Over 50 people turned out for this event even though the weather was atrocious The Firearms Safety course is for members of the public who wish to learn about the safe use of firearms. The course is primarily for new firearms licence applicants who are required to undergo a course of firearms safety training and pass a theoretical test on firearms safety as per Regulation 14 Arms Regulations 1992. The course is delivered by the Mountain Safety Council under contract on behalf of the NZ Police.
Also a special thank you to Tracy Wakeford Northland Fire Arms Safety Training Coordinator and her two colleagues who flew in from Wellington Mike Pyatt National Fire Arms Training Coordinator and Nicole Mckee Fire Arms Programme Manager of the Moutain Safety Council (M.S.C) who delivered an enjoyable and informative course that was enjoyed by all who were in attendance.
Once again on behalf of the Kaingahoa Marae committee and all  who were in atendance thank you, nga mihi ki a kouotou nga whanaunga ma o Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi tena ano koutou katoa.

Representing Te Tai Tokerau

Tēnā koutou katoa. He mihi rangatira tēnei ki ngā whānau whānui o te ngā motu katoa.

It is with much pride and elation to announce that Ngā Manu Mātui o Whangaroa will be proudly representing Te Tai Tokerau at the up and coming National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition in Gisborne on the 30 July 2014, Pool B.

Established in 2011, our rōpū was named Ngā Manu Mātui o Whangaroa by Hemi Wī Epiha.  Koia te manu ka tīoriori atu i te riu o Whangaroa. 

Our recently formed rōpū, made up of forty students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whangaroa, Whangaroa College, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumārere, Moerewa Primary, Te Kura Hourua o Whangārei and Te Pouherenga Tangata Alternative School, are privileged to be one of three groups (alongside Whangārei Girls and Boys combined and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rāwhitiroa) to represent Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu secondary schools in the bi-annual national cultural event.

To date our rōpu has been privileged to have displayed their talents to many within the local community and nationally via various mediums including the Tai Tokerau Secondary Regional Kapa Haka Competition for the first time (placing 4th), the Northland Super 13 – Contemporary Māori Performing Arts – Competition (placing 2nd). They have also performed for  Iwi Anthems, Te Kaea and Native Affairs.

Ngā Manu Mātui o Whangaroa would like to thank all the whānau, supporters and sponsors including Mahimahi E5 Trust, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-o-Ngāpuhi, New World Kerikeri, Countdown Kerikeri, Himself – The Barber Kerikeri, SWiS, Waitangi Cultural Society, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whangaroa, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Taumarere, Whangaroa College, Moerewa Primary, Te Kura Hourua o Whangārei and Te Pouherenga Tangata.

Batons up tickets are also available for those that would like to support the kaupapa by contacting Tania Ngatai on the following details, 09 405 0203, tarnzngatai@hotmail.com.

Our group will be leaving on the 25 July and returning on the 2 August due to the sheer distance involved.

Mauri ora, mauri tau.

Kristina Te Whata

Born for War

Thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for the discretionary funding I received for my research trip to the United Kingdom in January this year.

I am a school teacher with a military background.  Over the past eight years I have been researching, writing and filming for a series of historical novels (and accompanying documentaries) based upon New Zealand's military history. 

My research website can be viewed at www.tumatauenga.webs.com 

Specifically, in relation to Ngāpuhi, whilst I was in London, I filmed and carried out re-enactments at the Tower of London and the Royal Arsenal, where Hongi Hika visited and I was given tours of the Royal Armoury and the Royal Arsenal.  I also visited the House of Commons, Westminster, where the He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tireni was ratified in 1836.

(The photo below is from a re-enactment of Hongi Hika's time at Queens College at the University of Cambridge in 1820; where he assisted Professor Samuel Lee write the first Maori-English dictionary.)

Thank you for your time and consideration

Yours sincerely

Brent Kerehona (Pukepuke-Ahitapu)

Young Ngāpuhi Jiu Jitsu Exponent

Kia ora

My sincere thanks to the Rūnanga for the discretionary fund my son Munro Elliott-Brooking received.  Munro was able to participate in the New Zealand Grappler Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Tournament in Wellington on Saturday 21st June 2014.

He came away with a Bronze medal for his efforts that day and was also promoted to ‘Yellow belt’ (at training the Monday after) for his successful competitive efforts throughout the year.  I am very proud of Munro and his achievements, and look forward to many more of his successes to come.

Once again, thank you very much for your support.

Yours faithfully

Roslyn Elliot

Taitokerau Leadership Sailing the R Tucker Thompson

E Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi, tena koutou.  Tā koutou tautoko, manaaki hoki, he mīharo maaku.  Kua piki taku ora, taku tu tika, taku humārie hoki.  Arā, tēnā koutou katoa.

The R. Tucker Thompson is a tall sailing ship built by R. Tucker Thompson in the late 1970s and completed and launched in Mangawhai in 1985.

I was fortunate to join a group of Rangatahi from Te Taitokerau for a week of sailing.  There were 12 of us from schools based in Taitokerau - from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Taumarere in Moerewa to Taipa College in the far north, including Hato Paora College.

It was great learning to support one another.  Every morning we had to do chores before the fun stuff started.  The crew were amazing; they helped us to build confidence in ourselves.

Thank you to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi and Far North Holdings Ltd for the opportunity to be part of this experience and for the positive influence it has had on me.

Ngā manaakitanga

Laani Lloyd

Ngāpuhi Basketball Whānau: Aparahama, Tukaha & Ataahua Cooper

He pukenga wai, He nohonga tangata, He nohonga tangata, He puranga kōrero.  Ko te kai a te rangatira, he kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.  Tihei Mauri Ora.  Ko te mihi tuatahi ki to tatou nei matua nui i te rangi.  Koia te timatanga, koia hoki te whakamutunga o tēnei ao.  Me huri ahau ki te reo tuarua.

On behalf of my whānau, I would like to thank the Rūnanga for the support that you gave to us to travel to Tauranga for the Easter Basketball Tournament.  My brother Tukaha was chosen for the under 13's, my sister Ataahua was chosen for the under 10's, and I was selected for the under 15's.  My brother Tukaha's team came 3rd out of17 teams, Ataahua's team was 5th out of 12 teams and my team came 4th out of 23 teams.  Once again a huge thank you for the discretionary funding provided by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.

Na Aparahama Cooper

Bi-Annual General Synod 2014 at Waitangi

Ka nukunuku, ka nekeneke; ka nukunuku, ka nekeneke. Titiro ki nga wai o Tokerau e hora nei me he Pipiwharauroa ki tua Takoto te pai! Takoto te pai! Whiti whiti, tata tata! Whiti whiti, tata tata! He ra taua ki tua Takoto te pai! Takoto te pai!

These are the words that were chanted at the end of the sermon preached by Reverend Samuel Marsden at Oihi Bay on Christmas Day 1814.

As a prelude to the Anglican Church of New Zealand, Aotearoa and Polynesia's celebrations for 2014, the 61st General Synod - the coming together of the whole Church for its Bi-Annual General meeting was held in May at Waitangi.

I wish to acknowledge the sponsorship funding received from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for the Anglican Church's Bi-Annual General Synod.  The event included a powhiri at the Whare Rūnanga and a Eucharist service at the nearby Waitaha Center.  Over 400 people attended including many of the local people who joined in with the General Synod delegates.  Lastly, a service was held in the newly constructed information centre located at Oihi Bay.  The day was warm and emotional for many of our visitors.    

It was with your support that we were able to accommodate the many activities involved in hosting the Bi-Annual General Synod.  Again I wish to thank the Rūnanga for supporting our event.

No reira, ma Ihowa koutou e manaaki e tiaki

Venerable Pitotori (Peter) Naera

Ngāpuhi Gymnast: Aria Rhodes

Kia Ora

My name is Aria Rhodes. I am eleven years of age and of Ngāpuhi descent.!

In October 2013, I was selected to compete for North Harbour at the New Zealand Gymnastics Championships in Napier.

Attending nationals was a long term goal for me. I have been involved in Gymnastics since the age of two, and currently train 15 hours per week.

It was a great experience to compete at nationals and I am looking forward to next year's event. I placed 7th over all in my division and learnt much from the experience.

I would like to express my appreciation of the support from the Rūnanga and the allocation of discretionary funding which assisted in my travel and accommodation costs.

Ngā mihi nui

Aria Rhodes

Ngāpuhi Swim Champ: Callum Prime

Kia Ora,

Just wanted to pass on our very sincere thanks once again for the very kind support provided by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O- Ngāpuhi for Callum's fledgling swimming career.

The week-long 2014 National Age Group Swim Champs in Wellington concluded earlier this month and Callum has came away having performed admirably.  He won two gold medals, one silver and a bronze in his age group, not to mention another four top-10 finishes, to be the pick of Northland's 30-strong team.  Callum picked up golds in the 200m and 400m individual medley at the event, claiming silver in the 200m back and bronze in the 100m freestyle. Along the way he also managed 10 Northland age group records and an open Northland record.

This achievement is as much about the many hours of training Callum puts into his swimming as it is about the fantastic (and much needed) support he received from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi this year and for this we will remain ever grateful.

Callum has some very lofty aspirations for his short and long-term future both with swimming and academically and we look forward to keeping Ngāpuhi abreast of his progress.

With our very sincere thanks once again.

Nga Mihi,

The Prime Whanau


So proud to be Ngāpuhi

The scholarship pūtea I received from the Rūnanga in 2012 helped with my diploma studies in shipping and freight - thank you. To get logistics experience I became a volunteer for Auckland Council Civil Defence in the Waitakere District and I recently received an award for my contribution.

The experience and knowledge I have gained, with support from my whānau and lecturers has encouraged me to enroll in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering - I want to help repair Christchurch City.

Kia ora Ngāpuhi Whānau

By Barbara Peri


Retracing the Footsteps of the 28th (Māori) Battalion

On Tuesday 13th May 2014 Patrick Henare and his fellow cadets of the Leadership Academy of A Company will be travelling to Italia to retrace the footsteps of the 28th (Māori) Battalion and to celebrate the 70th Anniversary Commemoration Event in Cassino, Italy on 19th May 2014.

Patrick is the mokopuna of Samuel and Rose Henare (nee Busby), of Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Kuri.  His Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manu and Ngāpuhi grandparents are Martin and Thelma Connor (nee Davis).

Patrick started his journey with the Leadership Academy of A Company based in Whangarei by joining the Fred Baker Intake in 2011.  His grandmother Queenie Davis (nee Gardiner) is a first cousin to Lieutenant Colonel Fred Baker.  

Three years on Patrick is still at the Academy and studying at Whangarei Boys High School in Year 12.  While Patrick's main focus is education he has always been interested in things military.  

In February our family shared a proud moment when Patrick was promoted from Lance Corporal to full Corporal.

Many of Patrick's whanau from Tai Tokerau enlisted to fight when war broke out in September 1939 in response to calls from Sir Āpirana Ngata and other Māori MPs for an all-Māori unit, the 28th (Māori) Battalion.

The Leadership Academy of A Company will be visiting several significant sights during the Italia tour, including the Cassino Commonwealth Cemetery where over 300 Māori and Kiwi sons lie and Castello di Verrazano, the estate that was used as the Headquarters for the 28th Battalion in World War II.  By retracing the footsteps of their tūpuna who fought alongside the Allies during WWII to liberate Italy in 1944, it is hoped the cadets will appreciate the heavy price paid by the men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion towards providing a better future for Europe, New Zealanders and themselves.

The Leadership Academy of A Company appreciates the support they have received from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.

By Kristi Henare


Patrick Henare

Caleb Vaughan: 2014 Volleyball National Tournament

Firstly I would like to express my grateful thanks to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for helping to fund this opportunity for me.  As this is my last year at Tikipunga High School, this was the last chance for me to be able to represent my school at this national tournament. 

The tournament was held in Palmerston North with a total of 64 boys teams entered.  At the commencement of the tournament, Tikipunga High School had a ranking of 19th.  The first obstacle was to get out of the pool we had been placed in so that we could finish in the top 16 teams. 

We beat Westlake Boys A team in 5 sets, twice coming from a set down, this meant we then had to win 1 of the remaining 2 pool games in order to make the top 16 teams.  After loosing to (the eventual beaten finalist team) Otumoetai in 5 sets, we then went on to beat Aranui convincingly in 3 set to nil, thus ensuring we made it through to the top 16 teams.

We were now in the pool with the number one ranked team Western Heights as well as Orewa and Rickerton.  After loosing 3 sets to 1 against Western Heights, we then beat Orewa and Rickerton to advance to the quarter finals.  In the quarter final match we faced the 2nd ranked team Mt Maunganui and lost.  This meant we played Trident High School for a place in the 5th or 6th play-off.  We lost this match 3 sets to 2, this meant we were playing against Waimea for 7th and 8th.  We won this match in 3 sets and finished the tournament in 7th position.  This is the highest finish of any Northland team at the National Tournament level. 

The experience of attending this tournament cannot easily be put into words.  I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the event and am proud that I was part of the Tikipunga High School team who achieved the best results at this level. 

Once again, thank you so much for the discretionary funding in making it possible for me to participate.

Caleb Vaughan

Helping Young People Evolve (HYPE) Youth Event

Earlier this year the HYPE Youth Advisory Group was re-formed and new members joined the rōpū - leading to the Coast'n Skate Park Event on April 27, 2014. 

Linda Tiatoa, HYPE Youth Advisory Group (YAG) Mentor said the vision of the YAG was to run a free event in Kaikohe that was engaging, vibrant, informative and positive for the local young people.  

"It was a phenomenal success," she said. "Every member took lead roles in facilitating the Coast'n Skate Park event.  This helped to develop their leadership and problem solving skills while working together as a team."

Linda said information gathered from the Coast'n Skate Park event will be used to improve future HYPE events.

The Youth Advisory Group thanked the Rūnanga for helping to sponsor the event. "It made our vision a reality by helping to offset the cost of holding an event in which young people felt they were valued and worth the effort and funding put into it."


2014 National Secondary School Waka Ama Championships: Opononi Area School

Opononi Area School is a popular school at the Rotorua event as teams before us have set a precedence that defines our school as quoted by the announcers “one school to look out for”. We trained three teams to take to the Waka Ama Champs on Lake Tikitapu this year and they exceeded our expectations.

Results may not have been in the champs, 1st, or medals but we celebrate our achievements as if they were. Our J16 girls got off the water from their first 250m race celebrating like they won it.

Our J16 boys transformed our J16 girls into superstars when they were left on the water with each other for their W12 race. We said to awhi them. Look after them. Coach them. Each and every one of them took their role seriously and did what they had to do.

Our J19 boys stepped up and grew and became superstars in their very last race of the week. That showed commitment, resilience and mana. It is this group of boys who proved that the saying “if I put my mind to it, I can do it” is true.

Every trip that we take students on has its own memories. This trip is no different. We would like to thank all our supporters like Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for their grant - everyone who helped us to get there. Our hangi was an awesome fundraiser that could never have been done without the support of whānau and Matai Aranui Marae.  A big thanks to the coaches who gave their time to train the students and for looking after them while they were away. Thank you to Dalton's mum who came to support him while we were down there. Thank you to Charissa and Maria and all their whānau who came down also to support our tamariki and for your haka tautoko on the beach. It was awesome. 

By Jacqui Graham

"If I put my mind to it, I can do it"


Tautoro Titans take on Mini Mod Rugby League

The Tautoro Titans u7’s, u9’s and u11’s teams were excited to play their first game in the 2014 Mini Mod season at Northland College on 6th April 2014. 

Everyone enjoyed the spectacular day and fun was had by all.

Otaua Valley's Rugby League Club are working together with the Tautoro Titans to help with offering positive pathways, fair play and fun for tamariki through rugby league.

The Tautoro Titans who are currently fundraising to purchase playing uniforms and mouth guards for every child, would like to say thank-you to all whānau who have bought sausage sizzles in support of their fundraising efforts.

They are also appreciative of the sponsorship provided by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.  The u7's team have 'Tautoro Titans' printed on the back of their Ngāpuhi t-shirts until they get their playing uniforms.

By Mere (Kopa) Croft

"Rugby League is more than just a game"

Tautoro Titans & Whānau u7's teams


Ngāpuhi Rugby Rep in Hurricanes Youth Tournament

Ngāpuhi rugby player Pouri Rakete-Stones was selected for the Hurricanes Youth Council Under 16 Tournament in Ruatoria, held this year from September 30 to October 3. 

Pouri is the mokopuna of Ngawaka Rakete and lives in Napier.  "I am a member of the Hawke's Bay Rugby Under 16 Representative team," he said. 

Pouri said that he can play anywhere in the front row, although he prefers to play hooker.

"Rugby is my passion and I have been playing since I was 4 years old."

Pouri has played representative basketball before but this is the first time he had been selected to play representative rugby.

"I am proud to have been selected for this team."

Pouri said he appreciated the discretionary funding he received from the Rūnanga.  "It went towards my uniform and tournament costs."   

Ngāpuhi in Russia

"The Sport Accord Combat World Games will better me as a fighter, and also as a trainer," said Janna Vaughan (Te Kapotai).   One of a team of three, Janna was selected to represent New Zealand in Muaythai Kickboxing at the sporting event in St Petersburg, Russia.

Sue Latta, Chairperson of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur said they are proud to have Janna representing Oceania and female Muaythai.

The competition is one step above the world championships and a stepping-stone into the Olympics said Janna.  "This is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to compete at the highest level of my sport."

From competing and development to promoting the sport within New Zealand and world wide, Janna has been involved in Muaythai Kickboxing for 13 years.

"I feel that this event is important not only to better myself in my sporting career but also to show that even though you are from a small country and a small town you can still accomplish big dreams and great feats."

Janna thanked the Rūnanga for the discretionary funding she received.

Fostering Rangatira and Champions

"Our kaupapa is to provide a world that fosters rangatira and champions," said Te Puu Ao chairperson Ralph Ruka.

The Ngāpuhi Waka Ama team Te Puu Ao has been invited to attend the 10th Annual Vaka Eiva Waka Festival this month, in Rarotonga. 

"Te Puu Ao utilises our tikanga of Waka Ama and Kapa Haka as a vehicle to nurture our tamariki mokopuna, taitamariki and whānau," said Ralph.

He said the team has participated in a number of regatta throughout Taitokerau and the motu; their most recent success was winning the open mens 18km Hoe Matariki Race at Parua Bay.

"We have committed to being involved in the Vaka Eiva 'Adopt a School' education programme that is run during the regatta." 

Te Puu Ao have been fundraising since March and are grateful for the sponsorship funding they received from the Rūnanga.

"Our iwi still holds us together and unites us similar to that of a backbone"

"Te Tuara o Ngā Puhi is a netball team comprised of Ngāpuhi players who come from the many different areas of Ngāpuhi and live in different areas of the motu," said team member and organiser Lisa Anne Solomon.

On October 19, 2013, Te Tuara o Ngā Puhi, a team formed over two days via Facebook, played in the 'Iwi of Origin' netball tournament in Henderson. 

The aims of this event was to engage urban Maori in sport, to celebrate Maori participation in sport, to celebrate Iwitanga, and to use this event as a tool to assist in the development of Maori communities.

The team played 5 games throughout the day and won 4 of 5, with 1 loss of three points.  Lisa said Te Tuara o Ngāpuhi were runners up and team member Antoinia Hei Hei was named sports person of the tournament for her amazing shooting skills.

"Even though we didn't win we came together and represented our Iwi and got to meet more whanau which is something we will keep for life."

"On behalf of Te Tuara O Ngā Puhi we would like to thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for sponsoring our t-shirts and making our day all that much more possible.  I think that these tops made us look like a team which made us play like a team - the ultimate winner of the day was whanaungatanga"

"Nga mihi nui mō ō manaakitanga." 


From left to right - Angeline O'Meara, Anthony Solomon, Abraham Ruka, Kevin Bell, Marge Ruka, Antonia Hei Hei, Gabriel Thompson, Charlie Manual. In front - Tayla Shaye Hei Hei and Lisa Anne Solomon (Te Wake).  Missing - Mihiwai Hei Hei

Ngāpuhi Master Athlete

Ngāpuhi sportswoman, Ngawini Pepene is competing in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

At 83 years-of-age the competitive athlete has been taking part in international masters events since she was 50 and still holds nine New Zealand Masters Athletics age-group records for javelin, the pentathlon, shot put and pole vault.

Her whānau and friends are proud and supportive of her achievements.

Ngawini thanked the Rūnanga for the discretionary funding she received to help her compete in the champs later this month.  


Scholarships: Educational Support

2012 Recipient of Scholarship Award


Celia Porter (Masters in Educational Leadership)


I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the financial support towards my Masters in Educational Leadership in 2012.  I have successfully completed this qualification and am now in the process of undertaking a thesis through AUT, Te Ara Poutama faculty for Māori studies in 2013.


Currently employed with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa based in Manukau campus, my role as a Degree Learning Advisor has allowed me to engage with students (in particular degree students) from all works of life.


Thank you again for your generous support.


Celia Porter

2012 Recipient of Scholarship Award


Kellie Martin (Bachelor of Education: Teaching)


I would like to thank your organisation for supporting me and my whanau this year with the award of $1000, it was really appreciated.  I can also inform you that I have now completed my Bachelor of Education (Teaching) and have also obtained employment for 2013 in a local school.


Once again thank you so much for your support.




Kellie Martin


Ngāpuhi Baseball Player Represents

Khalid Gilbert has been selected to be part of the New Zealand Junior Baseball team traveling in October to the Arizona Senior Fall Classic. 

Mum Gwen Gilbert says the tour is a great opportunity for Khalid to play against the best US high school baseball players and be seen by US Universities and Major League Baseball teams.

"Khalid is very proud to be Māori and to represent Ngāpuhi," she said.

Khalid is currently a deputy head prefect at Hamilton Boys High School and is part of the elite 5% on the academic honours roll (and the only Māori).  The whanau are definitely proud of Khalid's talents on and off the sports field.

"We are grateful to the Rūnanga for the discretionary fund Khalid has been granted."

Khalid, shown holding a bat, was on Code recently, a Māori Television Sports Entertainment Show.  Gwen said he was helping with a baseball demonstration and promoting their tour.

"Thank you once again for your support."


                                                                 Image: www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/code


Ngāpuhi Netball Player

Ellie Komene (Te Uri o Hua) and her Senior 1 Netball team at Kamo High School were selected to participate in the New Zealand Secondary Schools UNISS Tournament, in Howick.  The event was held earlier this month. 

Marianne Budd, High Performance Sports Director of Kamo High School describes Ellie as a talented athlete and netballer. 

"On the netball court Ellie is focused and plays to win.  She is fast-paced with a quick reaction time, and has the ability to read play accurately.  As an athlete Ellie is committed and disciplined in her training and preparation.  She demonstrates all the facets of outstanding sports leadership." 

The Sports Director further commended Ellie for the effort and achievement she puts in to her academic studies.

"I hope to use this opportunity to grow further, and be able to contribute back to my whānau, hapū and iwi in the future," said Ellie.  She thanked the Rūnanga for the discretionary funding she received.

Marianne said that the sponsorship enabled Ellie to focus on her training rather than having to worry about fund-raising.

"Regional and National selectors will be viewing the games, and it is hoped that Ellie will be 'ear-marked' by them."



"Nga mihi nui" from Scholarship Award Recipients

2013 Recipient of $1000 Scholarship Award


Shelby Niuloa (Bachelor of Education)


Dear Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi,

I am writing to express my utmost gratitude, to say thank you all so much for gifting me with a 2013 Scholarship.  I feel truly blessed that I am able to receive this award.  Thank you all so much.


Yours sincerely


Shelby Niuloa

2013 Recipient of $1000 Scholarship Award


Courtney Wood (Bachelor of Education ECE)


To Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi,

Thank you so much for my 2013 Ngāpuhi Scholarship Award.  This award will support me in my last year of my Bachelor of Education.


Thank you whānau


Courtney Wood & Davis whānau

2013 Recipient of $2000 Scholarship Award


Hannah Leckie (Master of Water Science Policy & Management)


Tena koe George,

I was delighted when I recently received your letter offering me financial assistance of $2000 from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi.


I hope that my studies in water science, policy and management will be of great benefit to not only Ngāpuhi, but to the environment and New Zealand community as a whole.  I will be sure to send you a copy of my mid-year academic results from the University of Oxford by March 2014.  I will also send you a copy of my final end-of-year results at the completion of my MSc, late 2014.


I just wanted to take the time to say thank you.  I really appreciate the generosity of Ngāpuhi and I will do my best to make you proud.


Ngā mihi nui


Hannah Leckie

2012 Recipient of Scholarship Award


Rameka Alexander-Tu 'inukuafe (Bachelor of Architectural Studies)


I would like to once again thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for awarding me a Ngāpuhi Undergraduate Scholarship for 2012.  I appreciated this gesture of support which helped me greatly last year.  The transition from working fulltime to being a fulltime student was difficult at first, and offered many new challenges.  However, I was able to overcome these and was able to achieve good results throughout the year (see attached academic results).  I will be graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Auckland.


During my (2012) summer holiday break I have been working at Jasmax Architects in Auckland, assisting in the documentation stage (construction drawings) for the new Tuhoe Authority Building (Te Whare Hou o Tuhoe) in Taneatua.  I have also been assisting Dr Paul Tapsell and his team at Te Potiki National Trust in completing their Māori Maps marae research.  Both these projects have been a great learning experience for me, and I look forward to assisting Ngāpuhi in the future.


This year I will be beginning the first year of the Masters in Architecture Professional at the University of Auckland.


Nga mihi nui


Rameka Alexander-Tu 'inukuafe

University of Auckland


2013 Scholarship Recipients say "Thanks"

Recipient of $500 Scholarship Award


Dujon Bettridge (Certificate in Welding, Level 3)


Kia ora,

Thanks ever so much for your financial support.  I have now completed my course and gained employment with Surtees Boats 2005 Ltd in the Bay of Plenty.  This will no doubt help me in the future of starting my own business and helping others.


Naku noa na,


Dujon Bettridge

Recipient of $4000 Scholarship Award


Stephen Pohe (PhD in Freshwater Ecology)


Recently I was awarded a Ngāpuhi scholarship to assist with my PhD research in freshwater ecology.  I would like to thank those involved in the selection process, and of course thank the Rūnanga for this financial support.  For the first component of my research I have a large data collection survey scheduled to commence in October 2013 and the Ngāpuhi Scholarship funds will contribute towards equipment and travel costs of this survey. 


Thank you again for your support.


Yours sincerely


Stephen Pohe

University of Canterbury

Recipient of $4000 Scholarship Award


Raymond Tana (PhD in Biological Science)


Tena koutou

I would like to formally thank the scholarship assessment panel of the Board of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for kindly accepting my application and awarding me the PhD Scholarship of which I am extremely grateful for.


This funding will go a long way to supporting me in the most critical point of this research (final year) and will alleviate a considerable amount of financial stress that often arises towards the end.  As is my obligation, I will provide Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi bound copies of my thesis for their records and acknowledgement in any resulting publication.  This may also act as a reference work for empowering promising up and coming Ngāpuhi science students to undertake higher-level tertiary education in science, a field of which Māori as a whole are poorly represented.  The research information may also be utilised by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi to further support underlying fisheries strategic planning and be utilised as related customary practises technical reports.  I would also be happy to present a general overview of what my research was about, the general findings and end-user perspectives to the Board of trustees on completion of my research as well as volunteer my services (between jobs) as a mentor in any education programmes incentives that Ngāpuhi may run, to promote science or higher tertiary learning to Ngāpuhi students in schools around the Rohe.


This would seem a small contribution, against the contribution of the scholarship, so if there are any aspect with which Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi feel I may be able to contribute I would be more than happy to discuss ways of achieving them.  Thanks again!!


Best Regards


Raymond Tana

University of Waikato


Representing Ngāpuhi at World Dance Champs

Ngāpuhi sisters Ruthy (12 years) and Kaea Pearce (16 years) are representing New Zealand for the fourth time at The World Hip Dance Championships in Las Vegas. 

The girls are traveling over this month with their crews, Bubblegum, Sorority, ReQuest and Royal Family.  Mum Marian Pearce said the crews are the current National 2012 champions and are returning to Las Vegas to defend their world titles.

"For Kaea and Ruthy, Hip Hop Dance is their life. They live it, breathe it and in return it steers them away from trouble."

"Competing against the world's best crews and learning from the best international choreographers is of benefit to Ruthy, Kaea and the New Zealand dance community," said Marian.

"We are extremely grateful for the support the Rūnanga has given."


Ruthy Pearce                                                           Kaea Pearce


Promoting Ngāpuhi in the USA

Hone Mihaka and his wife are looking forward to wearing their Ngāpuhi oilskin vests and riding their Harley Davidson from Los Angeles to Sturgis, South Dakota.  The Taiamai Tours couple is heading to America on a marketing trip to some of the wholesalers who sell New Zealand tour packages.

“This will provide us with a means to promote our iwi in the USA,” said Hone. 

Their hosts in Los Angeles are the Pechanga First Nation’s people and he has a meeting in Hollywood with a film company.  During their six-week trip they are also traveling to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally; Hone was told that over a million bikers attend the event. 

“I thank Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for kindly providing the oilskin vests.”

Image courtesy of www.taiamaitours.co.nz


Focusing on Golf

Ngapuhi's Compton Pikari is 18 years old and concentrating full-time on his golf career.  "This year he's competing in four USA major amateur golf tournaments to further his international experience," said mum Sylvia Pikari.

Compton's Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking is 95 and his achievements include being selected for the 2013/14 New Zealand Development Squad. 

The Te Awamutu based sportsman is currently competing in the Porter Cup Championship in New York.  Compton and his whanau "appreciate the discretionary fund assistance received from the Rūnanga" to help realise his goals.



An Awesome Training Environment

"CrossFit is the second fastest growing sport in the world today", says Ngati Rangi PE Teacher, Tracey Dinielle Stewart.  Tracey received discretionary funding from the Rūnanga to help her compete in the 2013 CrossFit Regional Games in Australia. 

She has been involved in the core strength, conditioning programme and training at Far North CrossFit in Whangarei since it opened in February 2012.

Tracey's performance earlier this year at the Open earned her a spot at the Australia Regionals.  She was the only athlete to be invited from Tai Tokerau and is ranked in the top 10 New Zealand female athletes.

The assistance provided by the Rūnanga was "greatly appreciated."


From NZ to the World: Discretionary Funding Recipients

Following on from their success at the BMX New Zealand Nationals, Ngāpuhi brothers, Rhys, Todd and Connor Halligan have qualifed for the BMX World Champs to be held in Auckland later this month.  Their mother, Lisa Halligan, thanked the Rūnanga for helping her sons "with their National and Worlds dream".  Based in Taupo, the brothers, aged 9 to 16 years, are members of the local BMX Club and BMX New Zealand.  "We see ourselves as role models for others coming through the sport."



Fighting Faster & Smarter

“When fighting taller opponents my game plan is to be fast and smart - that’s the key to winning fights,’ said
Janna Vaughan.
The Kapotai, Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi girl is the current New Zealand Muay Thai Kickboxing title holder for her
weight division and has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Kickboxing Championships in
Russia from September 5-14.
Janna has a Bachelor of Physical Education and works in health promotion “inspiring people to live healthy
lifestyles.” She plays touch, squash and rugby at NPC level.
As a teenager kickboxing for Janna was a good way to channel her anger. “When I contained my anger it
turned into determination, then into passion, then into titles. Through Muay Thai Kickboxing I learned about
discipline and respect for others”.
Whānau and friends from Moerewa and surrounding areas recently gathered together for a Russian themed
evening to celebrate Janna’s success and to fundraise for her trip.
Locals Ned Peita and Laurie Anderson said Janna has put a huge amount of effort to get herself into the top
level of her sport and that they are truly proud of her.
Janna received funding assistance through the Rūnanga’s Discretionary Fund. Details are available on our
website: www.ngapuhi.iwi.nz