[Published in E Mara E Pānui 22 December 2016]

Ngā kohinga kōrero o te wā, nā Tony

Tēnā koutou katoa.  My first six weeks as CEO has been busy, exciting, challenging and enlightening all rolled into one. It’s been a bit like trying to drink water from the bottom of the Haruru Falls.  I've met a lot of wonderful people and look forward to building strong relationships and meeting other people who share similar goals and a common vision that the sacred house of Ngāpuhi stands firm.

Some of the highlights of the past six weeks include:

-       Speaking at the NZ Drug Foundation hui in Kaikohe

-      Supporting Ngāpuhi kaumātua and kuia at the Whakatō Mauri ceremony for the He Tohu Exhibition in Wellington

-       Attending Takiwā hui and meeting our people

-       Attending the Iwi Chairs Forum and being impressed with the influence and support that Ngāpuhi has at the table

-       Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi achieving ISO Accreditation

-       Formalising an official strategic partnership with Victoria University, to assist Ngāpuhi into and through higher learning

-     The staff from the Rūnanga and Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services making Christmas hampers, and sharing the wonderful Christmas spirit with whānau and tamariki who are less fortunate.

Next year, an important focus will be building trust and unity amidst diversity, as it will be foundational for sustainable success.  Developing a strong economic base will also be an important enabler for the growth and development of a vibrant, healthy, prosperous, culturally strong and well-connected iwi.

With another Christmas almost upon us, I acknowledge those who have passed on and continue to be with us all in memory and spirit.  

For my whānau and I, Christmas is more about Christmas 'presence' rather than Christmas 'presents'.  The presence of our children, our extended family, and our friends and the presence of God entering human history in the form of a child brings a depth of joy and happiness that is priceless.  

I wish to express my best wishes to Ngāpuhi whānui for a safe and joyous Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Mā te Atua koutou e manaaki, e tiaki, e arahi i roto i te hari, i roto i te koa, i roto hoki i te aroha o tētahi ki tētahi.

Noho ora mai


[Published in E Mara E Pānui 25 August 2016]

Pakanae Marae welcomes new Police Recruits

Te Tai Tokerau Police and Pakanae Marae welcomed two Police College graduates to the Mid North on Monday 15 August. Two officers who had recently moved to the area, their families, police support staff and senior officers accompanied the new recruits.

The powhiri provided an opportunity to acknowledge the new police officers who will be working in the Hokianga, Kaikohe, Moerewa and Kawakawa area, to build and promote engagement, particularly with whānau, hapū and marae throughout the Mid North.

Some of the kōrero shared on the day included:

"Great that the Police come in the front door before they start working in the community, please continue to do this."

"I joined the Police to help people, have a safe community for our children."

"Acknowledgments for the difficult job the Police have in keeping our Community safe."

"Continue having a relationship with Taumata, and kuia/kaumatua together we will have better communities for our Mokopuna to live in."

"Reminder to the Police that even if they are dealing with a lot of Māori within their work, that 96% of Māori families are leading positive pro-social lives."

"That we all have the responsibility to keep our communities safe for all that live within them. Together we can achieve this."

"The day was a great success and the start of building local relationships."

"This is an awesome way to welcome our partners like this and a great way to meet the local community."

There are two local Police and Community Advisory Groups in Kawakawa and Kaikohe. The groups meet monthly and discuss local issues with Police Sergeants, Kaumatua and Community representatives.

For more information contact your local Police Iwi Liaison Officer, Paul Tipene.


2016 Local Government Elections 

M.M. Parks Charitable Trust is encouraging local Māori, Pacific and other ethnic groups to put their hands up to stand for election in the Far North District Council (FNDC) 2016 Triennial Election and is happy to support anyone who is interested.

Chairperson Willie Maihi said, “Come to the table, let us know who you are so that we may be able to support you.”  Willie's email is willi.debbie@slingshot.co.nz or phone 0210334507.

Nominations for elected positions will open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2016.  New Zealand citizens enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand) are eligible to stand for election.

Those eligible to vote are resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes.

For more election information please visit the FNDC website or contact the electoral office 0800 922 822.  

Ngāpuhi Riders in Iron Run 2016

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from all over New Zealand and the world rode into the Bay of Islands in March for a two-day motorcycle festival. 

Jason Witehira, director of Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company, was one of many Ngāpuhi riders who participated in the event, celebrating all things Harley. 

“My brother, sister in-law, son and myself rode around together.  My wife and another son were our support crew.”

The Iron Run in its second year saw thousands of bikers roaring into local towns with spectators cheering them on.

Jason said that they won three events in the Show and Shine exhibition, “It was pretty cool.”

“I also won People’s Choice and Best Custom.  My son Henare won the Best V Rod.”

The event hosted two days of entertainment including demonstration rides, live music, food and drink stalls and an art and craft market.

“I feel the event generated some great income for the region.”

The Harley-Davidson Iron Run 2016 was an opportunity for motorcyclists to enjoy and experience Taitokerau.

“I gave my whānau Ngāpuhi oil skin vests for Xmas and we all wore them around on our trip – showing our pride for Ngāpuhi.

[To grab your own Ngāpuhi oil skin vest, click here - sorry, Harley Motorcycle not included.]



Ngāpuhi students pursue post-graduate qualifications

Over 250 Māori - many currently in leadership roles have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Business in Māori Development programme through the University of Auckland. 

On March 19, a large group of excited intakes, including four kaimahi from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi, met at Kohewhata Marae in Kaikohe to follow in the footsteps of those before them and pursue higher learning and knowledge through the university.

Auckland Unversity’s Ivan Moss said to the gathering that "it was the start of a great day and the start of a great journey. 

“We are extremely excited about bringing this programme back to Northland,” said Professor Kevin Lowe.

Anaru Kaipo was excited like most, to be able to learn new knowledge and skills that could help him to assist his marae, hapū and whānau. 

“This programme is important for the development of our people – the Māori economy,” said Associate Professor Mānuka Henare.

“He kaupapa tika, he kaupapa tapu. He kaupapa mo te mana o Ngāpuhi.”

Classes will be delivered by the University at the Learning Centre, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.

Nau Mai Haere Mai - Papakainga Development Information Hui

Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi O Ngāpuhi warmly invites you to an information hui about Papakainga Development.

Come and hear presentations by the Māori Land Court, Far North District Council, Te Puni Kōkiri, and The Māori Housing Network and participate in important discussions about Papakainga Development.

Light refreshments will be provided.

When:             Tuesday 23 February. 10am - 1pm

Where:            Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi O Ngāpuhi Conference Room, 16 Mangakāhia Road, Kaikohe.

To Register:    Please register your interest with the Hapū Development Coordinator Kara George on 09 401 5530 or


Community Comes Together to Manage Forest Pools

Te Mauri o Waihou, a community group formed to manage a popular picnic area - Forest Pools, made a big splash in the weekend.  Located on the edge of Puketi Omahuta in Waihou Valley, the opening day of the new-look Forest Pools celebrated the unveiling of a handmade welcome sign and new facilities.

Official opening proceedings and karakia by local resident Minister Jenny Henare, made mention that Forest Pools is a special place in need of special care. 

DoC Ranger Dan O’Halloran has been working with the group for six months, since talks relating to vandalism and theft first began.

The group has been working really hard in the last four months to get things moving. Tania Pene – Iwi Development Leader from Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi says, “working within tight timeframes is no easy task, but the group has a forward plan that they are focused on, and are on track to get things done before the summer holidays begins.” 

Around 50 supporters attended the ‘Whānau Day’ held at Forest Pools last Saturday. The weather held off, allowing everyone to enjoy themselves and have heaps of fun!  A yummy BBQ, bubbles, fun games and activities kept the kids busy and entertained, including a visit from their very own Hanakoko (Santa).

The Group have rescheduled the mural painting activity for Saturday 19 December, where local kids will help street artist “Chile” to paint the newly built toilet facilities. 

“The group is committed to keeping Forest Pools a safe and clean area for everyone to enjoy, says interim treasurer Tui Barnett, and we ask visitors to respect the new kaupapa of no camping, no dogs and no alcohol or drugs.  That way everyone can enjoy Forest Pools!” 


Kaitiakitanga and Natural Resource Management

Wai Māori (Freshwater), Te Ture Whenua Māori (Maori Land Act) and Marine Protected Areas were the key topics discussed at the Iwi Leaders Group Regional presentation held in Kaikohe last week.

Hosted by Te Rūnanga-Ā-iwi O Ngāpuhi, the presentation provided an update to iwi regarding the agreed work plans that were supported at the previous hui held in August this year. The presentation also outlined the next steps for the ILG (Iwi Leaders Group) propose as they progress towards achieving the goals Ngāpuhi and other iwi have identified pertaining to water, land and marine areas.

Iwi technical advisor, Willie Te Aho said that although good progress has been made on the agreed work plans further work and consultation is required to reach a place where hapū and iwi feel are confident the needs of our people are being heard, and satisfied.

The ILG was formed to advance the rights and interests of iwi in relation to important issues facing Māoridom, through direct engagement with Senior Government Ministers.  The ILG are very clear that although they represent more than 40 Mandated Iwi Authorities of the National Iwi Chairs Forum, they will not usurp the mana of individual hapū and iwi who wish to engage directly regarding the issues that affect them.

A link to recent presentations is available here

CEO Allen Wihongi said “it is important for all Iwi, but particularly for Ngāpuhi to be involved in these discussions and debates. I am pleased that the Rūnanga was able to host such a large audience to discuss what this means for Ngāpuhi.

Summary reports of the regional hui are to be presented at the Iwi Chairs Forum taking place at Hokitika in December.


Ngāpuhi Rūnanga overcomes challenges to post a $1m net surplus

Te Rūnanga-Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi had a profitable year Acting Board Chair Carol Dodd reported at its recent Annual General Meeting.

“This has been achieved for all Ngāpuhi, as we pursue our vision that ‘the sacred house of Ngāpuhi stands strong’,” said Mrs Dodd.

Over 100 people heard at the annual hui, held this year at Hiruharama Hou Marae in Te Tii, despite challenges over the past 12 months and without treaty settlement funds, there was an increase in Total Group Assets to $51 million and Group Net Surplus of $998k.

Mrs Dodd said the outstanding results were achieved through prudent asset, investment and cost management, and represents Rūnanga’s efforts to manage funds responsibly and in the best interests of Ngāpuhi.

Among the financial highlights for Te Rūnanga-Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi in the 2014-2015 year were: Group operating expenses reduced by $840k and an operating profit of $725k for the Group, compared to the operating deficit of $113k in 2013-2014.

The results representing the Group, includes Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi (the Rūnanga), Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services and Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company (and subsidiaries). 

In July this year Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe joined the Rūnanga Group, rebranding as Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi and bringing to fruition one of the social aspirations the Rūnanga has had for many years, to provide quality health care and support to Ngāpuhi.

Overwhelming support was given to Raniera Tau as he presented his report from the Rūnanga’s 2015 Annual Report. Mr Tau said it was important for Ngāpuhi to settle all historical grievances against the Crown for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He also reminded everyone of the support given by Ngāpuhi, for the loan facility made available to the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority.

“This investment for Ngāpuhi is critical to help bridge the shortfall in crown funding and, despite misinformed comments by media, this facility has been independently audited and reported annually, with 90% of all funds provided, already paid back to the Rūnanga.”

Mr Tau also said the Rūnanga Group’s results were outstanding. 

“With the support of our people, we have brought the Rūnanga through difficult times and budgeted deficits to achieve a $1 million net surplus in 2015, and are well prepared to manage Ngāpuhi assets into the future”.

Mrs Dodd said “balance sheets provide a fiscal view of organisational performance, but the most important aspect of these results was the increased ability of the Rūnanga to invest in hapū and marae development initiatives, cultural events, tertiary scholarships and sponsorships.

Mrs Dodd was humbled by the level of vocal support at the meeting.  

“The messages of encouragement shared on the day provided further endorsement that the Rūnanga Group is performing above expectations and fulfilling their responsibility to lead the spiritual, cultural, social and economic growth of all Ngāpuhi”.

Mrs Dodd said the Te Rūnanga-Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi independent auditors had given the group an unqualified audit report, for the 15th consecutive year. 

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi Annual General Meeting

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi Charitable Trust hereby gives notice that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 31 October 2015, at Hiruharama Hou Marae, Te Tii.  The whakatau is at 9.30am.


1. Minutes of AGM 2014

2. Chair's Report

3. Chief Executive Officer's Report

4. Financial and Audit Reports

5. Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company Ltd Report

6. Announcement of Group Two Election results

No reira, nau mai, ahu mai, haere mai.

Rāniera T Tau

Chair, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi

Breakthrough for Te Pa o Kaikohekohe

Due to new developments for Te Pa o Kaikohekohe, the Maihi Memorial Park Charitable Trust is now seeking assistance from the Northland Regional Council (NRC) and Whangarei District Council (WDC).

Trust Chairman Willie Maihi said the Trust has engaged with NRC and WDC as they have the knowledge and expertise to enable the Trust to move forward with the safe site issues on the Kaikohe landfill site.

The Trust was given a tour of the Pohe Island landfill site by John Langsford (WDC) and Ivan Botica.  Mr Botica has been the caretaker for the Pohe site for 26 years.

“The information shared by John and Ivan was mind blowing and very useful in regards to the Kaikohe landfill,” said Mr Maihi.  

“There are three buildings on their landfill and fields for soccer. What we were able to see was the simplicity of how the engineers have applied their methods with regards to the consents processes.”

Willie said the next meeting is with NRC Hazardous Specialist Expert James Mitchel who has offered his services to assist the Trust with methane gas issues, should there be any.

“Our goal is to still work with the Far North District Council while gathering the information required to perform the safe site programme.”

“The Trust has made great in-roads in a matter of weeks thanks to the NRC and WDC." 

Ngā mihi

Willie Maihi, M.M.Parks Charitable Trust

Talking About Violence is a Hard Conversation

Raising awareness about violence saw 50 people march down the main road in Kaikohe today (July 23).

One of the organisers of the march, Hone Mihaka, said it is important to highlight the anti violence messages and challenge communities to do something about it.

“Raising the awareness around sexual violence, domestic violence… and all these other forms of violence and they all have a result: 569 people committed suicide in the past year and I know 80% of those who committed suicide did so because of some sort of violence,” said Hone.

“You can reform people who are sexually violent or physically violent, but you can’t bring back people from the dead.

“569 people committed suicide – more than twice the road toll – and nobody’s talking about it.”

Hone said the challenge is for other communities to tackle the issue as well.

“This isn’t just a Ngāpuhi problem. Sexual violence is violence. Violence has no ethnic, sex or racial agenda… the greatest friend inside our communities is our silence and lack of courage to say no! We’re done with that.”

He admits it’s a hard conversation to have.

“You have to start somewhere. The largest waterfall in the world started with a raindrop. That’s what we’re doing today. Hopefully this will start a flood throughout our land.”


Wages Up; Unemployment Down

Associate Minister of Finance, Hon Paula Bennett said if we don’t get home right it will be a constant battle.

“I really felt that to make change in peoples lives in vulnerable New Zealanders and disadvantaged New Zealanders, that unless we got housing right, we are constantly going to be chasing domestic violence issues, addiction issues.  I just looked at it and thought home matters so much.”

Budget 2015 includes $70 million for social housing.

The Minister said looking ahead the average wage is going to go up, and its forecasted to keep rising.

She said, “we see an increase in jobs coming on and that sustainability in business confidence going up.”

Speaking at the Taitokerau Post Budget Workshop in Kaikohe yesterday (July 8), the Minister said that while the dairy sector faces challenges, prices took a hit as recently as last week, and we are feeling the effects at the moment, other industries like tourism are growing incredibly well. Nearly 3 million visitors a year is an all time high.

Other sectors like meat, kiwifruit and citrus have picked up and are seeing really sustained growth. 

“Tourism is above dairy in its growth and its export ability.”

She said a lot of work has been going on across government to ensure that farmers, particularly in the dairy sector, are getting the right support to help them weather the harder times.

“The other area growing incredibly fast is the ICT industry, and thinking about where those jobs are next, and where we want to see our young people working and whats best for them.”

From welfare to health, through to the justice sector and education, the Minister is responsible for the $52 billion social sector spend. The whole Government spend is about $75 billion. In this budget health is allocated an extra 400 million, and there is an increase spend in superannuation.  A $790 million package has been allocated to reduce hardship among children in the country’s poorest families. It offers parents both support and an incentive to move from welfare to work.

Investment in Northland, includes the District Health Board receiving and extra $80 million over 4 years and new Education intiatives such as additional places for the Youth Guarantee Trade Academies. 

$13 million has been tagged to help Māori land owners improve productivity and almost $210 million is being invested into extending the roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband.

She said the Government will make a surplus in 2015. New Zealand has a strong fiscal position internationally.

“There comes a time, as we’ve seen in Greece, where you have to stop spending more than what you earn.”

Update: Post Budget Workshop presented by Hon Paula Bennett

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi invites you to attend a Post Budget Workshop presented by Hon Paula Bennett on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 1.30-3pm (Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi, 16 Mangakahia Rd, Kaikohe)

The Workshop will cover:

* Budget narrative - the policy story that underpins the numbers

* Snapshot of the Budget 2015 through an Iwi/Māori Lens

* Analysis of Budget 2015 - assessing the opportunities and alignment with Iwi aspirations

For catering purposes could you please indicate if you are able to attend or not and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.  RSVP anaru.kaipo@ngapuhi.org or phone 027 555 0449. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mauri Ora

Opening of new wharekai Te Tawaka, Whakapara Marae

Te Tawaka was opened and blessed on Saturday, May 30. Everyone had worked tirelessly to clean, landscape, concrete the pathways and dress our new wharekai ready for this special occasion. Throughout the week leading up to the event, the weather was intermittently fine or wet; so we also had to contend with mud and water.

Fortunately on the morning of the opening, 5.30am the weather was mild and misty. The kaumatua who performed the karakia were Hone Sadler (Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Moerewa, Ngāpuhi) and Anaru Martin (Ngāti Whatua, Te Uriohau, Ngāti Rango, Ngāpuhi)

During the mihi Pierre Lyndon, Sonny Tau and Te Raa Nehua spoke on behalf of Ngati Hau. Replies were from kaikōrero including Ngāti Kahu O Torongare, Ngāti Hine, Tainui, Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau, Ngāti Moerewa, Te Waiariki, Ngāti Korora and Ngāti Takapari. Many Ngāpuhi hapū were represented. We also had our Māori Anglican Ministers in attendance over the weekend, Canon Arthur Hokianga, Tu Panapa and Haki Parata.

The kuia that unveiled the name plaque was Doreen Anderson: the two puhi were Nirvana Manihera and Maia Crutcher.

Te Tawaka has three stained glass windows that were made in 2013 and put into storage until the building was completed. The windows were made by one of our whānau, Kathy Shaw.  Our church and wharenui also have windows made by Kathy. 

The cooks and workers out-did themselves with the hangi and kai that was presented for the first meal in the new wharekai. They worked all night to prepare the kai at a neighbouring homestead. The hākari was served on time at 8.30am.  The food was beautifully cooked and tasted delicious.

We acknowledge the funds provided by ASB Charitable trust and Lotteries to build the wharekai and to Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi for funding that helped purchase our new tables and chairs.

Many people have worked hard to fundraise over the last five years to help pay for the wharekai; whānau in New Zealand and overseas. We appreciate all the support we have received from our whānau and friends.

Na Dale van Engelen

Whakapara Marae Chairperson

Ngāpuhi Marae Financial Literacy Wānanga

Needs versus wants was a common issue for participants on a recent financial literacy workshop.

The workshops are collaboration between the Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) and the Whānau Ora collective Te Pu o Te Wheke, with support from the Commission for Financial Capability.

MWDI Chief Executive Teresa Tepania-Ashton said she was a little surprised that needs versus wants was such a common issue, but added the strategies to manage finance needed to become an everyday conversation.

“It’s the foundation about how we should be thinking about managing money well,” she said.

“But really it affirms we need to have more of these conversations amongst ourselves, at a marae level, whānau, hapū and iwi to find solutions and come up with a common language.”

Teresa said the great thing about programmes like the Financial Literacy Workshops were the accessibility to resources and skilled facilitators that were empowering for all involved.

“These are conversations you can have in the home, and it’s crucial we do. Not only with our own tamariki, but the mokopuna too.

“It’s important we begin to get savvy with money; what’s right and wrong, and make money work for us, not the other way around,” said Teresa.

The Project Manager for Te Pu o Te Wheke, Pam Armstrong, said it’s never too late to learn about financial literacy.

“There’s some fundamental principles around financial literacy that will make a difference in our lives. For example, wants versus needs,” said Pam. “We think we need everything even though it doesn’t fit in our budget.”

There were 17 participants in last week’s (26 May) Financial Literacy workshop held at Kohewhata Marae over two days.

Winding Up TOKM "Short Sighted"

Ngāpuhi could end up being the biggest winners or the biggest losers in a proposed major shake up of Māori fisheries organisation Te Ohu Kai Moana (TOKM).

Wellington barrister Tim Castles recently released the review he had undertaken on behalf of TOKM. Some of his proposals currently being talked through with iwi up and down the country include abolishing TOKM, reviewing how the Māori quota is managed and strengthening iwi’s hand in the management of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (AFL).

Representatives of the Iwi Working Group – a committee working through the Castles recommendations – met with Mandated Iwi Organisations from the North this week in Kaikohe.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said abandoning TOKM completely is very short sighted when Māori are in the business of fishing forever.

“If we as Ngāpuhi agree to devolving TOKM we could potentially be $10m better off, but I think that’s short sighted,” he said.

“We will still need a body to represent and advocate for Māori fisheries issues in policy and legislative changes. No single organisation is better able to do that for Maori than TOKM.”

Sonny said abandoning TOKM would also disadvantage smaller iwi. Smaller iwi will stand no show of fulfilling advocacy roles with wider industry operators who constantly try to undermine Māori Fisheries Settlement entitlements.

He said he supported the idea of reducing the size of a TOKM like entity and the suggestion it should provide administrative support to its affiliates, Te Putea Whakatipu and Te Wai Māori Trust.

“There’s also a proposal to remove the layers of bureaucracy around AFL and make them more accountable to their shareholders which is us. We [Ngāpuhi] have the largest stake in AFL with a 20% shareholding,” said Sonny.

The review is a legislative requirement of the Māori Fisheries Act 2004. A special general meeting of TOKM has been called for June 4 to consider the Iwi Working Group’s recommendations following consultative hui with iwi. These recommendations will then be voted on by all iwi across the country.


Ngāpuhi Kaumātua and Kuia Wānanga on Sensitive Topics

Ngā kaumatua and kuia of Ngāpuhi acknowledged a myriad of issues are contributing to Māori suicide rates.  The group are meeting at Kaiwaha Marae near Omapere to tackle suicide, organ donor and cremation issues.

The chair of the group, Kuini Matene, said families were under pressure in a rapidly changing society.

Kaumatua Joe Matene said other issues facing whānau included the exclusion of whānau from burying their loved ones in family cemeteries because of the stigma attached to suicide.

A number of stories were retold of whānau encounters with suicide.

In 2010 there were 104 Māori suicide deaths.  The Māori youth suicide rate is 2.5 times higher than that of the non Māori youth (17.7 deaths per 100,000 people).

The hui continues to Saturday.


Papakainga Template Unveiled

A model for Ngāpuhi papakainga housing development was unveiled at the weekend (March 21).

The Kaikohe-based Omapere Taraire E and Rangihamama Trust has been working with Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi to build a pilot home for papakainga housing in Kaikohe.

Trust Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said the trust had been planning for more than two years to build papakainga housing on its land in and around Kaikohe.

He said the opportunity to build the pilot home came about as a result of government discussions with the rūnanga to develop social housing for Māori.

“We saw the opportunity and took it and the associated risk. We’re stoked with the outcome,” said Sonny.

Construction of the house has tested a number of relatively new construction elements in order to keep costs at a minimum, including steel framing.

Sonny said the four-bedroom pilot home is ready to be applied as a template for Ngāpuhi papakainga projects.

“This house is high quality and comprises efficient insulation components and robust construction elements in turn providing longevity,” he said.

“In addition it has been delivered below the indicative budget, thus competing with housing franchises. Where possible we have also engaged local tradesmen.”

He said the outcome is a good model for quality, robust housing for Ngāpuhi.

“The work involved in taking second hand Housing Corporation houses and getting them up to scratch isn’t worth it compared to this. We don’t need to be second hand people when it comes to housing.

“Our people can look forward to quality housing, quality living with an affordable price tag.”

The trust plans to build 15 more homes in total on trust-owned land in coming years to house whānau.

“There’s still a lot of work to do before we can offer whānau these homes, but it’s the start of the dream that fits with all the aspirational work the trust is working on for its people,” said Sonny.

SWiS Student Leadership Conference (March 26, 2015)

"Growing the leaders of today's world - developing their skills to help them and their fellow students in school is the key message of the conference," said Social Worker in Schools (SWiS), Midge Palmer.  

The leadership conference is an annual event hosted by the SWiS team at Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services.  Over 100 students from Kawakawa, Waima, Kaikohe West, Mangamuka, Te KKM o Taumarere, Otangarei, Waikare, Rawene, Pakaraka and Omanaia took part.

SWiS team member, Rene Hapeta, thanked the guest speakers, Georgia Halliday, Stacee Tarawa, Jayden Joyce and Te Arahi Carrington, and sponsors, Westpac Kaikohe, Mac Donalds Kerikeri, Kiwifresh Kerikeri, Midnorth Police, ACC, SKIP, Social Sector Trials and Kawakawa Primary School, for supporting the kaupapa.

Waimate North School Site Handed Back to Te Whiu

Waimate North-based hapū, Te Whiu, are the new joint managers with the Department of Conservation of the former Waimate North School site.

Currently tenanted by the Kaikohe Christian School, Te Whiu has been appointed by the Department of Conservation to manage and control the education reserve.

The ceremony to mark the handover was held at the weekend, with Te Whiu representatives and a delegation from the Kaikohe Christian School and Department of Conservation. Maori Party Co Leader Marama Fox and New Zealand First MP Pita Paraone, and a number of hapu members who were ex students at the school also attended.

Te Whiu Hapū Incorporated Chair, Te Rau Arena, said although a small step, it was a significant milestone step going forward for Te Whiu hapū.

The status quo remains in place with the Kaikohe Christian School leasing the property to December 2016.

“There are opportunities for Te Whiu that we need to explore and plan for over the next 12 months, as well as talk to the current tenants,” said Te Rau.

The hapū has been in talks with the Department of Conservation for the past 3 years. Te Rau said the handover was in part recognition of Te Whiu’s mana whenua status in Waimate North.

“Our people have lived on this land, worked the land and been fed from this land since I can remember,” he said. 

“In close vicinity to the school is our urupa, marae, and Maori owned land which is still in ownership of Te Whiu descendants.

“With Tiriti settlements on the horizon Te Whiu stands ready.”

The Celebration Trust set up a satellite campus of the Kaikohe Christian School in Kerikeri in 2005 under a short-term arrangement.

Trust spokesman Mike Shaw said after consulting with Ngāti Rēhia representatives it decided to buy a property in Kerikeri to house the Kerikeri-based school once the short-term arrangements were completed.

However the Trust ran out of capital to complete the project in Kerikeri and after a chance meeting with the Waimate Christian Campus Trust, moved the satellite school on to the site at Waimate North.

Mike said the Department of Conservation was considering removing the vestige status as an education reserve until they came along.

He said talking to Te Whiu about the future of the site was the right thing to do.

“We considered that the right thing to do, under the spirit of Te Tiriti, was to cancel the vesting and the site be handed back to the hapū,” said Mike. “ This could not be done because of the Treaty claims process. The compromise offered by DoC was for the vesting to be cancelled and the control and management be given to Te Whiu Hapū Inc.”

Mike said it will be business as usual for the school, and the start of a new relationship with the hapū and hoped to sit down soon with Te Whiu.


Treaty Settlements Key to Future Investment

Iwi settlements loom as the source for realising future investment opportunities for Māori in Northland the Minister of Māori Development, the Hon Te Ururoa Flavell said.

The Minister was on hand to launch the He Tangata He Whenua He Oranga – an economic growth strategy for the Tai Tokerau Māori economy in Kerikeri yesterday (February 4).

Speaking at a meeting of the Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Chief Executives Consortium, Te Ururoa said while iwi will decide how to channel settlement resources to benefit their people,

Treaty settlements would play a significant role in changing economic conditions for Māori in Te Tai Tokerau.

“Taitokerau Māori leaders are charged with leading a new conversation. They will be the voice and champions for communicating the Māori economy as a powerful force in Northland’s future growth,” the Minister said.

Te Ururoa said the government’s business growth agenda centred on ensuring economic development was happening in the regions and his job was to remove the barriers and was why he initiated a review of the Te Ture Whenua Act.

New legislation would be introduced later this year to allow Māori landowners to use their land more productively.

In Te Tai Tokerau, Māori are 30 percent of the total population and 23 percent of the Northland workforce.

The combined asset base of Māori trusts, incorporations and other Māori entities in the North was estimated at $2.4b and at $730m Te Tai Tokerau Māori account for 13 percent of the total Māori value added GDP in the region.

The report says the for further development includes:

A large proportion of Māori are still employed in low paid, low productivity industries
Per capita income is lower for Māori in Te Tai Tokerau compared to the rest of Northland and Māori in the rest of New Zealand.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said the report provided an important framework to guide Māori development.

“Whether that be at whānau, hapū or iwi level,” said.

“Some of us have quite literally taken the bull by the horns and started working with both government and non government agencies to forge a new pathway because we know we can do this stuff and thankfully we have the political impetus that supports that.”

Sonny agreed with the Minister’s summation that Treaty settlements are the source of future investments.

“That doesn’t mean this government or any other future government can abdicate its responsibilities to Māori as taxpayers, but it means we can take the future in our own hands and change what it may look like instead of clinging to the apron strings of the government,” said Sonny.

Development of the strategy has been supported by the Te Tai Tokerau Iwi Chief Executives’ Consortium which includes Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi, Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri, Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa, Ngāti Wai Trust Board and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whatua.

Mokonuiarangi Calling Ngā Whānau

Mokonuiarangi Marae needs help, and lots of it as it approaches its DIY in March.

The Utakura-based marae, near Horeke in the Far North, has been selected as one of seven marae to feature in this year’s season of the television series Marae DIY that airs on TV3.

Mokonuiarangi Marae Co-ordinator, Kere Kaihe, said with work set to begin on the marae’s DIY on March 12 the committee working on the project needed the commitment of both the whānau and any volunteers it could muster.

“We need qualified builders, plumbers, bricklayers, electricians and painters who can commit to this project for four days straight,” she said.

“We know we have them within the whānau, but it’s connecting to them that’s the difficult part.”

The DIY includes some major works for the four-day project. Including:

  • Putting a roof on the dining room, recladding the exterior and interior walls;
  • Building a disabled toilet facility;
  • Repairing the walls and repainting the ablution block;
  • Landscaping around the marae atea and the car park.

Kere said the DIY organisers are optimistic the whānau and local community will rally to help out.

“While the primary function of the marae is around the whānau connected to it, we’ve also been involved in some community collaborations like the waterways project that has extended the walls of Mokonuiarangi to be inclusive.

“Every marae has a role to play in the development of the communities they reside. Mokonuiarangi is no different,” said Kere.

Further information can be found on Facebook. Search Mokonuiarangi Marae DIY.

The Hub Festival, 7-8 March 2015, Kaikohe Aerodrome, Kaikohe

The inaugural festival hosted by Maihi Memorial Parks Charitable Trust together with the Ardmore Tiger Moths and the NZ Warbirds Association will include spitfire flights costing $3000-$3750 for 30mins, live bands, food stalls and an air show.

Taitokerau schools interested in having a stall (ten free stalls have been allocated) - please contact the Far North District Council for licensing details if you intend to sell food. Schools are also invited to participate in the Hub Festival's attempt to set a national record for the most number of mokopuna and tamariki performing kapa-haka.

Funds raised from the festival will go towards the development of Te Pa o Kaikohekohe. Organisers are looking for coordinators/management group to assist in the running of this event such as coordinating a Māori kite and international kite flying display. For more information contact Willie Maihi, MM Parks Charitable Trust Chairman on 021 0334 507.

Former PM says Tribunal Reports Have No Bearing on Settlement

Former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger, said Waitangi Tribunal reports had no influence on the ability to settle Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims.

Speaking at the urgent hearing into the Tūhoronuku mandate being held by the Waitangi Tribunal in Waitangi this week, Mr Bolger said he disagreed with the assumption that taking claims through the Waitangi Tribunal had an influential role on the ability to settle claims.

Citing his experience as then Prime Minister with the Ngai Tahu settlement, Mr Bolger said the South Island iwi had been through the Waitangi Tribunal hearings process but didn’t feel like it was making any progress on settlement.

He said Ngai Tahu leader Sir Tipene O’Regan took it upon himself to find a pathway forward for the South Island iwi through direct negotiations with the Crown.

“Tipene knew the enormous burden he was taking upon himself in order to move the issues forward,” said Mr Bolger.

In 2012 Mr Bolger was hired by the Crown to mediate the differences between factions of Ngāpuhi.

He called a hui at Whitiora Marae which he said was tense for the first part of the day. During the lunch break he took it upon himself to mediate with the various factions in order to find a way forward.

However he said the goodwill was broken by a “young lawyer” who failed to pick up the nuances of the mood of the meeting.

“Factions can only move as fast as the factions allow,” he said.

“There was an opportunity [at the hui] for the groups to dissect their differences. I suggest we take the mokopuna into our hearts and ask is this what we want for them.”

The former Prime Minister’s comments struck a chord with Te Kapotai kaumātua Sonny George.

“What he said was to the point, honest and straight answers to the questions he was asked,” said Sonny.

Sonny said he was disappointed the groups opposed to Tūhoronuku had no “plan b.”

“It’s all objections but they’re [groups opposed to Tūhoronuku] not offering any other roads out of it,” he said. “It’s a lawyers picnic and there’s still doesn’t seem to be any end to it.”

Ngāti Moerewa/Ngāti Rangi kuia Winnie Leach said she supported Tūhoronuku because she believed Tūhoronuku was the best way forward.

“This is the way for us to go,” she said. “There’s so many hapū and I can’t see the government going to each individual hapū to settle the claims.

“Tūhoronuku stood by the people and I believe they’ll still stand by the people and that people and Ngāpuhi will be their driving force.”

Tainui spokesman Tukoroirangi Morgan also gave evidence at Wednesday’s hearing based on a report he wrote for the Government in 2012 about attempts to set up a settlement body.  Tūhoronuku Chair Sonny Tau labeled the report an “insult to the mana of Ngāpuhi.”

Ngāpuhi kaumātua Wattie Erueti said it wasn’t Tainui’s business to tell Ngāpuhi how to conduct its affairs.

“I feel sorry for Kotahitanga [Te Kotahitanga o Ngā Hapū Ngāpuhi]. They send Waikato here to talk for them and for me who is Ngāpuhi through and through, I’m not interested in his talk,” said Wattie.

Tūhoronuku kuia representative Nora Rameka of Ngāti Rēhia said it was obvious groups opposed to Tūhoronuku had struggled with the idea of moving forward.

“The issues are the same,” she said. “The difference is that people haven’t accepted there are changes that have been made [to the Tūhoronuku mandate] in order to move forward.

“People need to be honest and you have to pay tribute to Tūhoronuku’s leader – who I opposed in the early years – who has kept Ngāpuhi together. Without his kaha this wouldn’t have come about,” said Nora.

Ngāpuhi kaumātua and kuia at the hearing. Wattie Eruera (middle). Former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jim Bolger. 

Te Pahi's Stolen Medal Returns Home

The medal stolen from Ngāpuhi rangatira Te Pahi has returned briefly to its descendants.

A ceremony was held in Papuke, on the Purerua Peninsula overlooking Te Pahi Island, at the weekend.

Representatives from Te Papa and the Auckland War Memorial Museum joined hands with descendants of Te Pahi’s from the Whangaroa hapū of Ngāti Rua, and the Purerua hapū of Ngāti Torehina, to oversee the return of the medal.

Descendants of the slain Ngāpuhi chief re-discovered the taonga - lost for more than 200 years ago – when alerted to it being auctioned in Australia earlier this year.

The engraved silver medal was given to Bay of Islands chief Te Pahi by Philip Gidley King, the third governor of New South Wales, in 1806.

It was auctioned in Sydney - reportedly for A$300,000 ($325,000NZD) – and bought in a successful joint bid by Te Papa and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

A shared guardianship relationship will be arranged between the two Museums and descendants of the Māori chief Te Pahi.

Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Torehina kaumātua, Hugh Rihari, said bringing the taonga back to New Zealand brought closure to the pain and suffering that his people had endured for the past 204 years, following the medal’s loss in the attack on Te Pahi’s islands, Motu Apo and Roimata.

The medal is displayed (above). To the right the medal is brought on to Papuke by Arapata Hakiwai of Te Papa.

Round One Funding Deadline Looms

The round one deadline is looming for a new fund targeted at making Kaikohe’s youth community’s dreams become reality.

The Aspirations Fund was was established to support Kaikohe taitamariki to participate in events which celebrate their succcess.

The fund is one of the initiatives promoted through the Kaikohe Social Sector Trials, which brings together Kaikohe NGOs, iwi, youth and community interests, and a number of government agencies and local government to address the issues facing young people in Kaikohe.

The Kaikohe Social Sector Trials Youth Coordinator, Kihi Ririnui, whose work is focused on coordinating youth experiences and activities through the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan, said the fund provided an opportunity for local youth to develop their own ideas and planning for projects.

“This fund allows our youth to be the change in this community,” she said. “To leave an impression and learn a little bit more about themselves and why they exist in this community.

“The good thing about this fund is it allows them to be their own boss without having to hustle and flow.”

There will be at least four funding rounds by July next year, with the first funding round closing on Friday, November 28.

Kihi is also facilitating a series of IDEA workshops aimed at helping young people develop ideas into projects, and bringing projects to life.

Further information is available by clicking here.

Caring for our Cultural Heritage and Taonga

Hinerangi Himiona (above)

The purpose and place of our cultural heritage information and taonga is often well placed within our hearts and minds but less so within the long list of important things to do and care for within our busy and demanding modern lives.  Hence the title of this article. It is one thing to care about something; it is entirely another thing to provide and apply the necessary care to it.

Hinerangi Himiona is a qualified archivist and researcher and has worked in the cultural heritage sector (Libraries, Archives and Museums) for over 20 years.

Her mother hails from Te Ahuahu, Ngāti Hineira, Te Uri Taniwha and Ngāti Korohue and Ngāti Ueoneone and Ngāti Tautahi.

Her father from the home of the sweetest kina in the land, Wainui, of Ngāti Ruamahue.  Hinerangi and her husband moved back to Tai Tokerau just over 10 years ago to be active participants and contributors to their whānau, marae and iwi.  She calls it walking the talk.

Sometimes there isn’t a clear pathway because it has become covered over with lack of use or sometimes the path hasn’t even been cut yet, and in order to keep walking into the future we need to use the information and tools available to us to cut some new tracks.

Hinerangi has found that by far the most challenging aspect of helping people to care for and manage taonga today is encouraging them to care for and manage the relationships between people and places.  She says, “Taonga, whether they be carvings, korowai, photos, tokotoko, whakapapa or maps are all things that represent a connection to our past, to who and where we have come from and therefore who and where we are obliged to head to.”

Taonga are physical things that have that side of things that need caring for, but what is the use of having a nicely cared for artifact when the people who say they care for it, don’t know or care for each other?

For Hinerangi the importance of caring for taonga is less about the physical aspects and more about the caring for, strengthening human relationships with each other and our kainga, the places where the home fires burn.

She goes on to say: “It is a natural human condition and need to long for a sense of belonging, of connection to people and place.

“As we all know over the past two centuries we have become increasingly disconnected from the knowledge and experience of who and where we have come from, our sense of identity, whānau and community has weakened.

“Sometimes we rely heavily on the elusive mana we expect to be present in taonga and we invest emotionally in the need to possess and own the remnants of our past, to help us make sense of who we are - perhaps an attempt to fill the void of unanswered questions about who am I, who do I belong to and where do I come from?”

So while the technical expertise and knowledge of how to care for the physical aspects of taonga is of great importance and is an area that Hinerangi has trained in, the recovery, restoration and revitalisation of the purpose and place of taonga within our revitalising identities is an aspect that has gone undetected and under invested in for many years.

Hinerangi believes it is an area that must be talked about, explored and rediscovered as the outcomes from these activities are the very foundations upon which our whānau, marae, hapū and Ngāpuhi identity will and can be rebuilt.

Throughout her career, Hinerangi has worked with many marae, whānau, communities and claimant groups, researching, recording and learning how to care for and manage taonga and cultural heritage information.

Recently she has been working closely with three Māori community groups in Ngāpuhi exploring the issues, challenges and opportunities new digital technologies such as digital photography, physical versus digital versus cloud storage have to offer.

“There are so many new technologies, tools complete with bells and whistles available to us today. While these are all very relevant and useful for us, we must be sure we have explored and answered key questions like why are we doing this, who is to benefit, why, how and when.

“Perhaps one of the biggest questions to answer is how is cultural heritage information and taonga relevant today?

“Once these questions can be addressed the right tools to do the job can be chosen and applied.

“We need to be careful not to be captured by all the mod cons, flashing lights, i-devices and what nots. These are only tools to help us do what is most valuable and important to us so lets get that part right first.”

Over recent months Hinerangi has worked alongside the Hapū Development team at Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi to put together a Taonga Conservation workshop that will be held at Tauwhara Marae next weekend Friday, October 10 to Sunday.

There have been a number of these conservations workshops over the years and this will be last of its kind in Ngāpuhi for the next couple of years at least. 

The weekend will begin on Friday afternoon with a number of short presentations from some whānau who are working on specific projects to do with taonga from their areas and there will be an opportunity here to share and discuss some of those tricky issues around kaitiakitanga versus ownership, our taonga that are no longer in our possession and some of the tikanga around tapu and noa.

Also we will hear some korero about some organisations who can provide advice and assistance in our area. For example the Hapū Development team at Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi, Heritage New Zealand and Te Papa National Services.

All of Saturday there will be three workshops:

  1. Digital photography - looks at aspects of and theory behind capturing good quality photographs. Participants are invited to bring a collection of photographs, objects and or documents that may be used in the workshop, and may bring personal cameras along for a discussion session on how to get the most from your equipment.
  2. The second workshop is on paper conservation. This workshop will include a seminar on the fundamentals of preservation, information about how to assess your taonga and treasures, and a practical exercise to make a protective box or folder.  So whānau are encouraged to bring a small object, folder or book they would like to make a special box or enclosure for.
  3. The final workshop is on wood conservation and will focus on the basics of wood conservation.  There will also be some site visits locally to look at some of the conservation works that have been done over the years by conservator Dean Whiting.  This workshop will be useful for anyone who has an interest in woodcarving and sculpture.

There is a suggestion that this kaupapa might see the establishment of a semi-formal group that will support each other on their taonga projects to get some of them completed.

There is still some space available for people or groups who will find this information interesting and useful.  We are most interested in attracting people that will learn, share and use these new skills.

If you are interested there is a $30.00 per person fee for the weekend.  Accommodation and all meals will be provided.

For all registrations and payments contact Tara on 09-401 5541 / 027 555 3853 or tara.rawiri@ngapuhi.org

 Kia ora rā.

Tupuna Matauranga Exhibition Opens in Kaikohe

Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services' Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) team is hosting a two-day art exhibition starting today (October 9).

The exhibition is an annual event that begun four years ago and promotes the work of students the SWiS team works with throughout the Mid North region.

The exhibition is open today and Friday at the Kaikohe Memorial Hall.

Ngāpuhi Invited to Weekend Wananga on Ngāpuhi

Ngāpuhi katoa are being called to a weekend wananga at Otatara Marae starting September 19.

The wananga is the brainchild of Kaikohe-based Angela Harding who has called on her uncles and aunties to help out.

The idea is to retrace some of the old Ngāpuhi waiata and relearn them, along with te reo Māori, in a marae environment.

“You don’t need to look far to see our marae are losing or have lost our kai korero and kai karanga,” she said.

“All I’m trying to do is provide an environment and opportunity to recapture some of those, learn them and pass them on in a non threatening way.”

Amongst the guest speakers are Dr Patu Hohepa, a recognised linguistic expert, and Rereata Makiha, a former broadcaster and cultural advisor. Both men whakapapa to Te Mahurehure.

The marae noho has been made possible with funding through the Mā Te Reo fund hosted by Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori. RSVP to Angela via email at angel.harding@hotmail.com. There are limited places available for the wananga.

Māori and Iwi Say No to Bay of Islands Marine Reserves (August 7, 2014)

Māori and iwi fish representatives combined to send a clear message to promoters of a marine reserve in the Bay of Islands they wouldn’t support the idea.

Individual fishers, lobby groups and representatives of iwi and hapū gathered under the umbrella of the Hokianga Accord and met in Paihia today (August 7) to consider the idea of the Bay of Islands marine reserve being promoted by Fish Forever.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said a marine reserve would prohibit Māori access to gather kai moana and fish.

“With marine reserves you can’t go out and get your kai when you want,” he said. “On the land we can practice our traditions of gathering food when we want.”

Sonny said a better solution was a mataitai reserve where the tangata whenua manage all non commercial fishing by making bylaws. A mataitai also gave locals the ability to keep the commercial fishers out of a given area.

“The fact for our iwi and hapū is that when you lock up a place like that forever [put in place a marine reserve] you move the fisheries pressure point from that to other areas,” said Sonny.

“The fish don’t know where the boundaries are [for marine reserves]. Just because you say it’s a marine reserve doesn’t mean the fish know its boundaries.”

Greenpeace representaive Mike Smith supported Sonny’s comments, even though he noted he had seen firsthand the benefits of marine reserves.

“There was a time when I was young with a family and I couldn’t afford to feed my kids and I had to rely on the sea. It’s the difference between your kids eating or not,” said Mike.

“The last thing we want to be doing is criminalising our people because it doesn’t work.”

Waitangi resident Albie Apiata said he had seen a lot of bad practices, especially by commercial fishers and chartered boat operators.

“It hurts,” said Albie. “The commercial operators and the charter boats exceed the bag limits for the sake of overseas tourists and then when they’re finished or can’t eat what they’ve caught they dump it in our water.”

“Four years ago we told Fish Forever not to shut our cupboard [access to the sea]. If you do that then you better have another cupboard,” he said.

“Our people don’t want our cupboard shut down.”

Ngāti Kuta and Patukeha representative Jackie Rewha said a comprehensive mana moana fisheries management plan was in place in Te Rawhiti, including a rahui in Maunganui Bay.

Fish Forever spokesman Vince Kerr said marine reserves were not new and had been supported by other iwi, including Ngāti Porou and Ngai Tahu.

Their proposal is to establish marine sanctuaries in Waewaetorea Reserve and Maunganui Bay.

He said marine reserves slowly increase productivity in the natural ecosystem.

“So the ocean floor resembles that that existed thousands of years ago. Even though there’s displacement coming out of the marine reserve, the productivity outweighs the displacement... it’s like throwing a turbo charger under the environment where restoration can take place.”

Bay of Islands marine reserves were necessary to return the area to its natural state and replenish the marine biodiversity.

Fish Forever’s objective is to protect approximately 10% of the enclosed waters in the Bay of Islands as a network of no-take areas.

Albie Apiata (far left), Jackie Rewha (middle) and Vince Kerr talking about the proposed Bay of Islands marine reserves.

New Judge Welcomed to Te Tai Tokerau (August 6, 2014)

Recently sworn in Måori Land Court Judge Miharo Armstrong was welcomed at Te Rerenga Paraoa Marae in Whangarei yesterday (August 6).

Judge Armstrong, 35, was sworn in at the weekend in Rotorua, but will sit in Te Tai Tokerau for a one-year term.

His initial focus is to assist with the workload of the Måori Land Court and the Waitangi Tribunal following the retirement of Judge Andrew Spencer last year.

Prior to his appointment Judge Armstrong (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) was a partner in Aurere Law in Rotorua. In his practice he has had extensive experience with the Māori Land Court, Māori Appellate Court and Waitangi Tribunal, as well as in the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Judge Armstrong (centre above) is welcomed at Te Rerenga Paraoa Marae in Whangarei yesterday (August 6, 2014)

Changes to Māori Land Legislation gets Provisional Support (August 4, 2014)

Plans to introduce changes that will make it easier for Māori landowners to develop under utilised Māori land has been given provisional support by Ngāpuhi.

About 150 Māori landowners and trust representatives met with Government and Iwi agents at Kohewhata Marae near Kaikohe on Monday (August 4) to discuss changes to the Te Ture Whenua Māori land legislation being proposed by a Government review panel.

In essence the Government appointed review panel found there were too many legal impediments to Māori land development and recommended new legislation be enacted that empowered and assisted Māori land retention, but that also made it easier to be developed for economic benefit.

The principles behind the proposed legislation are:

  • Tikanga Māori guides matters involving Māori land
  • Māori land endures as taonga tuku iho by virtue of whakapapa
  • Owners of Māori land have a right to develop their land and take advantage of opportunities to develop their land.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said in some cases majority shareholders in multiple-owned Māori land blocks were being held to ransom by the minority.

“The problem is that people that carry their shares around in their finger nails tend to dominate the others and that’s where the process is wrong,” he said.

Sonny said new legislation would open up new opportunities for Māori landowners.

Hokianga kaumātua John Klaricich urged the panel to consider funding issues related to the development of Māori land in their deliberations.

“If there is to be utilisation it has to have revenue to support that,” John said.

Ngāpuhi lawyer Mere Mangu said multiple owned land didn’t need another layer of legislation across it.

“There’s lots of enablement that has happened under the Act (Te Ture Whenua Māori),” she said. “We shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water in doing this review.

“The act enables, but my problem is as part of that enablement process they bring their own tikanga.”

The Iwi Chairs representative at the hui, lawyer Willie Te Aho, said the Iwi Chairs, led by Sonny, had made significant progress on pushing for changes to the legislation; changes he said Māori landowners would have struggled to make individually.

“I can’t get the kind of traction Rānera’s (Sonny) got,” Willie said.

“But through the Iwi Chairs forum we managed to get some movement and what I’m asking you for is your support to go to the next step.”

One of the review panel’s advisers, lawyer Linda Te Aho, said there are lots of “interconnecting” issues that needed to be considered hand-in-hand as part of the review.

“So we can develop Māori land but it takes resources to develop,” she said.

“What we’re trying to do is is within a limited framework, but we want to make a difference.”

There are 27,137 blocks of Māori land is under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act, comprising 1.42 million hectares , or around 5% of the total land in New Zealand.

It has been estimated that up to 80% of Māori land is under performing for its owners. In many cases this is because of structural issues which stem from the existing legislation.

A study prepared for the Ministry of Primary Industries suggested the benefits of improving governance and management of Māori land could be huge, increasing output by up to $8 billion and creating up to 3600 jobs over a decade.

Te Ture Whenua Māori Hou Engagement Hui@Kohewhata Marae, August 4, 2014

Kia ora koutou
Ka mihingia o taatou tini mate.  Mai Turanga nei haere ake ra ki Tunohopu ki Kirikiriroa, puta noa ki te motu whanui.
Please find attached the final full presentation for the upcoming hui starting on 4 August 2014.  This presentation will be taken as read – and further copies will be made available at each hui.
For the Iwi component of the presentation, I have added in the productivity slides that were presented to Ministers Finlayson and Nathan on 25 June 2014.  Only 3 slides have been added to that presentation:

  1. An Iwi summary;
  2. A profile of Maori land (trusts, incorporations, land per region etc);
  3. A resolution:  “That the participants at this Ture Whenua Maori Engagement Hui support the Ture Whenua Maori Iwi Leadership Group, their engagement with the Crown on legislation, policy and resourcing and their next steps for increasing the productivity on Maori land”.

The format of the hui will be that the Chair will open.  The full presentation will be taken as read. The Crown and Iwi presentation will take 15 minutes at most.  Then the focus will be on questions arising from the presentation.  There will be no other kaupapa. 
Whanau are welcome to contact me by e-mail with any questions prior to the hui in your rohe.  Otherwise text me and I will call you back when I am free (I am coordinating the media and broadcasting for the Secondary Schools National Kapa Haka festival being held here in Turanganui a Kiwa). If I can’t answer it then I will flick it on to the Crown’s technical team to respond.

I look forward to seeing those people who are attending the hui.
Ngā mihi
Willie Te Aho
Mobile:  021768462

The powhiri starts at 9:30am.

Click here for the Hui Presentation

APEC Comes to Learn from Ngāpuhi (July 31, 2014)

Māori agribusinesses are on show this week to the international community as delegates from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries visit New Zealand.

The APEC representatives visited Northland yesterday (23/07/2014), including a site visit to the recently developed Rangihāmama dairy unit in Kaikohe.

Omapere-Rangihāmama Trust Chair Rāniera (Sonny) Tau said the visit was an important relationship builder for Māori organisations.

“They were here to forge a relationship with tangata whenua o Ngāpuhi and to see how we developed our grossly under utilised whenua,” said Sonny.

“Also to see what sort of assistance we had and how the government is assisting Māori with developing for the future.”

The APEC delegates were from Peru, Indonesia, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director General, Ben Dalton, said the APEC group faces similar issues to rural economic development in their home countries.

“Food security is a common APEC challenge with increasing demands and a need to focus on sustainable productivity,” said Ben.

“MPI’s Māori agribusiness programme is a tangible example of the government’s partnership approach, which has successfully resulted in the sustainable productivity of primary sector assets that Māori own.”

Alicia Ilaga, Director Policy and Planning, for the Philippines Department of Agriculture, said she was interested particularly around the financial issues.

“In my country they don’t give you bank financing without collateral, especially land or fixed assets,” she said.

“I also believe in Rangihāmama’s strategy of sharing aspirations. I mean, we from development agencies, should know the people and know their aspirations because we might have the best intentions, but if it is not something which the people don’t want then it’s useless.”

Sonny said there were a number of lessons from the Rangihāmama development.

“First of all, the organisation must have suitably qualified people to lead the development,” he said.

“Strong leadership is a critical factor with the leader building the business strategy and vision, understanding that vision and getting buy-in from shareholders and beneficiaries alike.

“Get good financial backing and or partners to assist with financing the development and don’t get cold feet and try turning around half way through your development... make the hard calls and own them,” Sonny said.

The APEC delegation stops for a photo outside Kohewhata Marae near Kaikohe.

Star Studded Cast Coming to Whangarei as part of Matariki (July 31, 2014)

As part of the Matariki Festival Whangarei 2014 Te Rehia Theatre company are proud to bring highly acclaimed stage show Hoki Mai Tama Mā to Whangarei.

Hoki Mai Tama Mā brings cast whanau members to the stage in a story that’ll put a smile on your face and maybe even a little tear to your eyes.  This new medium, known as Mata Kōkako, explores the interface of Modern Māori Theatre, traditional performance such as Kapa Hakaand the historic art form of Commedia dell’Arte (Italian comedy).

Set in WW2 Italy and modern day rural Aotearoa, Hoki Mai Tama Mā premieres specially carved Maori masks for the first time in theatre. 

Directed by Gerald Urquhart (Shortland Street), Hoki Mai Tama Mā moves between the day of Matariki New Year celebrations in modern day rural Aotearoa and WWII Italy following Tama (Rawiri Jobe from Step Dave) who has just returned from Italy with his Koro (grandfather). Armed with Koro’s diary from the war and the earthy logic of their best friend and neighbour Nuku (Regan Taylor), long held secrets are revealed and we learn the true meaning of forgiveness and family.

Other cast members include Amber Curreen (Shortland St, Koreromai) playing Bella/Morehu and Ascia Maybury who plays Patricia/Puhi (Step Dave, The Almighty Johnsons).

If you are booking on behalf of your marae or whānau, kuia and kaumātua come for free!  Just email terehiatheatre@gmail.com to get the tickets put aside.


Ngā Manu Mātui o Whangaroa Dress Rehearsal (July 18, 2014)

All whānau and the public are welcome to attend Ngā Manu Mātui o Whangaroa’s dress rehearsal for our National Secondary Kapa Haka performance on Sunday the 20 July 2014 at the Kerikeri Turner Centre, 2.30pm.

Entry is a gold coin. All contributions will help our contingent of 70 members and supporters to travel to and from Gisborne on the 25 July – 2 August 2014. 

Pewhairangi Māori Tourism (July 10, 2014)

Focused on the development of Māori Tourism in the Bay of Islands local operators, offering activities from guided waka tours to bathing in hot springs, and guest speakers from the Far North District Council and Northland Inc. attended a whānaungatanga dinner at Waitangi.

"We as Maori have been in the business of connectivity for a long time - through our whakapapa we connect," said Guest speaker Wiremu Tane of Te Tii (Waitangi) B3 Trust.

Hapū Development Leader and Master of Ceremony Mariao Hohaia said the theme from the kōrero that night was about what they are going to do now that is significant for their tamariki and the future. 

Mr Tane said, "We have an obligation to care for our heritage so that our mokopuna will carry on the kaupapa of sustainabiliy."

"Moving forward, we have a great opportunity to come together to support one another, and become significant and visible to influence sector development," said Mariao.

The tour operators were invited to be part of the Pewhairangi Māori Tourism Group, the first planning meeting will be held later this month.

Marae reconnecting with Whānau (July 3, 2014)

The development and introduction of marae communication tools and a communication plan was the focus of the second two-day workshop at the weekend.  Marae from Waiomio to Hokianga attended the training facilitated by the Rūnanga, to look at how best to use tools like social media and websites to support the implementation of their communication plans. 

"The tools we developed to share at the workshop are for supporting marae capability, to inform and engage with whānau and grow their capacity," said Hapū Development Leader, Mariao Hohaia. 

Participants learned how to build and manage a website and a Facebook page so their marae can effectively communicate with whānau.

Mariao said the workshop is for all marae who want to use communications to reconnect with their people and increase participation.  As a result of the interest in the May and June workshops, a third workshop has been scheduled later in the year.

Pehiaweri Marae: Pehiaweri Hub (June 26, 2014)

PehiaweriHub was recently launched at Pehiaweri Marae.  The marae connecting community hub has projects and activities happening at the marae on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis.  

"The projects and activities are numerous and varied, providing differing impacts and outcomes for the community as well as the marae," said Community Hub Manager Les Wakefield.

Les said the dynamic interaction between community and marae continues to be enriched. This relationship is furthered through the growing interest, enjoyment, experience and knowledge sharing from and to the marae with external providers and participants.

He described the marae as the canvas upon which a rich, innovative and creative tapestry of colours, shapes and images continues to change as the relationships with the community develop.

"The hub is for the community - to support the improvement of their health and wellbeing."

Les Wakefield and Mike Kake


Ngāpuhi CrossFit Teen aims for World Champs (June 12, 2014)

'Determination is not driven from past mistakes, it is driven from the self believing that is developed when you can defy the impossible'

Sixteen-year-old Alannah Rihari has been chosen to represent New Zealand in the Teen Gauntlet World Championships for CrossFit at the International Brand X Competition in California, United States.  The Kerikeri student has only been doing CrossFit for five months but says she is already ranked as number 1 in the world. 

"This is my opportunity to make all believers and supporters of me proud as well as showing the world that I can make our little nation proud. The importance of this is very high as it is a major stepping-stone to my career as an athlete."

A fundraising campaign to help get Alannah to Calfifornia next month includes a garage sale on June 15, a sausage sizzle on June 22, a fun run on June 29 and a team competition on July 20.


Whānau Ora Whānau Navigators (June 5, 2014)

On 27 May, Whānau Ora Collective Te Pu O Te Wheke hosted the first Tai Tokerau Navigators Hui at Kohewhata Marae. Organiser Pam Armstrong said, "Each of the navigators play an important role in the work that is being done across Tai Tokerau.  It is quite significant that they all came together."

Navigators from the four collectives (Te Pū O Te Wheke, Te Tai Tokerau Whānau Ora Collective, Te Hau Āwhiowhio o Ōtangarei and Ngā Ripo) support engagement with whānau to achieve their goals and are crucial in helping them to develop a plan to address their needs and help them access a range of services.

The hui provided an opportunity for the Whānau Ora practitioners to share best practice and to give feedback about the development of a navigator workforce resource to be used for training throughout the Tai Tokerau collectives.

"The navigator role is going to be one of the key things that perform transformation within the organisations."

Navigators were invited to attend a workshop in early July.


Ngāpuhi Basketball Talent (May 29, 2014)

Ngāpuhi continues to supply the country’s leading basketball talent, with ex Rosmini College student Tohiraukura (Tohi) Smith-Milner being recruited by the University of New Mexico.

Head coach Craig Neal said Tohi, a 6-foot-9-inch forward, will join the Lobos as a freshman from Auckland, New Zealand.

“We are really excited to have Tohi joining our program,” said head coach Craig Neal. “Tohi comes to us with good size at 6-feet-9-inches and 240 pounds. He is a versatile player who can play inside with his size but can also step out and shoot three’s. We are fortunate to sign him after being the first program to recruit him. He will join us later this summer after trying out for the New Zealand national team in June.”

Smith-Milner comes to the Lobos after a decorated career at Rosmini College where he helped guide the team to a national championship in 2011 while appearing on the all-tournament team. He was also the national tournament MVP in his senior season, which saw him score 49 points and grab 15 rebounds in a game against Rangitoto College.

The forward was a member of New Zealand’s U-20 and U-18 national teams and will try out for the full national team in June for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain.

The New Mexico Lobos are coming off a 27-win season last year as they became the first program in Mountain West history to win three-straight conference tournaments.

Tohi is Patuharakeke-Ngāti Manu on his mum’s side.

Tohi Smith-Milner

Danny Kopa: back from competing in Australia (May 29, 2014)

Northland Mounted Games rep Danny Kopa has completed a month of international competition in Australia, returning home with credible rankings.

Recently (May 17-18) the 17-year-old Kaikohe teenager competed in an individual competition in Albury, New South Wales, where he finished fifth out of 24 competitors.

A month earlier in April, Danny competed in a pairs’ event in Wentworth. He and his partner finished 11th in that event.

Danny said the events were fiercely competitive.

“I was the only Māori boy in the competition and proud of it,” he said.

“I want to thank all the people, organisations and businesses that sponsored and believed in me. I would not have been able to attend any competitions without [their] help.”

The Northland Mounted Games Association will host the Five Nations Competition from December 5-7 this year at the Kaikohe AMP Showgrounds.

The five nations are New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and South Africa

Danny in action in Australia  Danny in action in Australia   


Pipiwai Love It: Dust Hate It (May 15, 2014)

The Pipiwai Titoki Road Action Group is saying the dust problem in Pipiwai is no longer a dust problem it's a health hazard: they want Pipiwai road to be sealed.

During a 23-day air quality-monitoring period last March, the action group found that the dust contaminant PM10 exceeded acceptable levels nine times. PM10 particles become entrapped in your respiratory system - sticking to the sides of airways or travel deeper into the lungs.

Independent experts agree there is a big dust problem that needs to be addressed by the local authorities.  Neither the Northland Regional Council or Whangarei District Council agrees with the experts.

The locals took to the streets of Whangarei recently to vent their displeasure, leading a march highlighting the issue. One of the action group's organisers, Puti Tipene says they'll keep pushing the matter until they get a satisfactory result.


2014 Te Tai Tokerau Secondary Schools Kapa Haka (April 17, 2014)

Twenty-five schools from Kaipara to Kaitaia participated in the 2014 Te Tai Tokerau Secondary schools Festival hosted by Rodney College from April 15-16. 

The original vision for the festival conceived in 1976 by parents and staff of Opononi Area School for students in Hokianga has grown to encompass all the secondary schools throughout Te Tai Tokerau. 

"The last time Rodney College hosted this event was in 1981," said Festival Manager, Michelle Nahi.

The festival is an opportunity for students to come together in a non-competitive celebration of culture and art through kapa haka.

Michelle said the school, staff and students were excited.  "The support and sponsorship from the community and local businesses has been huge.  Everyone will be looked after."

For the last 38 years the festival has provided many memorable experiences and continues to celebrate the talent of Tai Tokerau taitamariki.


Rodney College                                  Northland College                           Te Wharekura o Kaikohe


Okaihau College                                             Kerikeri High School


Follow your dreams (April 3, 2014)

16-year-old Ngāti Kawa and Te Mahurehure student Arumia Lawrence was recently invited to speak at the Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) Leaders conference at Kawakawa Primary.

The year 12 Kaitātaki Taitama Wahine for Te Wharekura o Kaikohe said she has a passion for kapa haka and music. "From when I was a little baby."

Arumia said to the students to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  "I may not be the best singer - I still sing because I love it and it has opened doors for me," she said.  "I have performed on cruise ships. Gaining this kind of experience is the best thing to me."

Recording a waiata with Maisy Rika has been one of her musical highlights.

In 2013 Arumia was second in the Māori Women's Welfare League National Speech Contest. This year the good all-round student has been selected with her netball team to travel to Rarotonga.  With confidence in her skills and abilities the young wahine spoke of her dream to become a teacher. "Follow your dreams don't let others take them from you."


Rangihama Provides Template (March 22, 2014)

A model for unproductive Māori land was unveiled at the weekend with the official opening for the Omapere-Rangihama Trust (ORT) dairy production unit in Kaikohe.

Both government and non government agencies have been working closely with the Trust for the past two years to transform 278 hectares of Māori-owned land from grazing to high-productivity dairy farming.

ORT chair, Rāniera (Sonny) Tau, said the venture would not have been possible without the support of its shareholders, and the partners who became involved.

“It’s our commitment to the shareholders that before we look for investment anywhere else, we’ve got to look for some benefit locally to our shareholders that’s more than just about scholarships,” Mr Tau said.

The partners in the project include the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Te Tumu Paeroa (the Māori Trustee’s office) and the BNZ.

The Māori Trustee, Jamie Tuuta, said the initiative is a model for success and collaboration.

“It’s a model of what can be achieved when you have strong leadership, vision and the support of shareholders,” he said. “Hopefully other whānau will see what can be achieved when we come together.”

MPI’s Deputy Director-General, Ben Dalton, said the farm would be the template for Māori landowners who wanted to reap benefits from unproductive land.

Mr Dalton said for a long time Māori land had been unproductive, but this model would bring some long-term commercial and social benefits to Māori landowners.

“I make no bones about the reason we’re supporting it is because if you can get another nine of these in the area, it means you’re getting an extra $25 million into the area. That’s not social welfare money, or treaty settlement money, but belongs to the beneficiaries,” said Mr Dalton.

“So you can spend the money, as you desire without having to beg or borrow from the Crown. 

The BNZ’s Northland Managing Partner, Sam Johnson, said the bank needed to be a part of Māori land development in the North.

“As a bank we had to do things differently – it [the project] didn’t tick all the boxes – but it came through and we’re proud to be supporting it,” he said.

The initiative aims to establish 550 cows, 230,000 kgMS dairy business in Kaikohe. Initially the herd will comprise 450 cows, growing to 550 over three seasons.

Production is budgeted at 180,000 kgMS in year one, rising to milk solids totaling 230,000 kgMS from year three of the development.

Milk production targets in the top 5% for Northland is 1100-1300 kgMS per hectare.


Northland whānau get help to make sense of their dollars (March 21, 2014)

Eighteen Ngāpuhi community workers who have completed a pilot financial literacy training programme will be recognised at a special graduation ceremony in Paihia on Friday.

Funded by the Māori Women’s Development Inc, the specially-designed programme was arranged by the Fin-Ed Centre (Financial Education and Research Centre), a joint venture between Massey University and Westpac.

The group of community workers, including those from Whānau Ora, now have the skills to teach whānau in their community how to improve their financial wellbeing through budgeting, debt management and tracking their spending.

Fin-Ed Centre director Dr Pushpa Wood, who also facilitated the training programme, says the response to the course has been extremely positive.

“This has been one of the most rewarding teaching experiences of my career – the feedback has been truly positive and the reflective journals that were sumbitted at the end of the course show some real life-changing shifts in attitudes and actions,” she says.

“One of my favourite notes came from a community worker who said spending diaries had been a real eye-opener for the whānau she worked with. More importantly, she said the small changes they made after seeing what was being wasted are still in place today.”

Māori Women’s Development Inc chief executive Teresa Tepania-Ashton says, as a last resort micro-finance entity, her organisation understands the importance of developing basic financial literacy skills.

“Financial literacy empowers whānau to make good financial decisions, this programme is about equipping them with the skills that can change their lives.”

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāphui general manager Allen Wihongi, whose organisation is the lead agency within Te Pu O Te Wheke Whanau Ora Collective, says the pilot programme addressed an area of need within the community.

“One of the key strategies both our local organisations have is to build capacity within our whānau, hapū, marae and iwi. Part of that is building their knowledge base around financial literacy to help them keep good books and to understand what is going on in the domestic and global economy around them and how it impacts on them at home.”

The training course was based on the Fin-Ed Centre’s Certificate in Facilitating Personal Financial Management, which is designed for people who want to improve their skills in delivering financial literacy to others, but who do not want to undertake a full degree or diploma porgramme.

Dr Wood says both the content and delivery model were customised to include more face-to-face teaching time and to recognise the special cultural needs of the Ngāpuhi community. Each community worker was required to work with three whānau as part of the programme, and each will now take their knowledge out into the community by working with others.

It is hoped the financial literacy programme will be rolled out in other communities around the country and the Fin-Ed Centre and the Māori Women’s Development Inc are already in discussions with a number of organisations.


Danny Kopa (March 27, 2014)

Kaikohe, Matawaia, Tautoro 17-year-old teenager Danny Kopa has been selected as the Northern Representative for the New Zealand Mounted Games team to take on the Aussies in Australia in April.

Danny's place in the team has just been confirmed and he has less than three weeks to raise over $1000 to get him to the Australian Pairs Championship in Wentworth from April19-20. 

He said he's very excited at the prospect.

"I've been riding horses for 3 years and competing in mounted games since I was 14-years-old.

"I know it's not rugby but man, I wouldn't do anything else.  I love this sport," Danny said.

Mounted games is a branch of equestrian sport in which very fast games are played by people of all ages on ponies up to a height of 15 hands (60 inches, 152cm).

They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another.

There are many different games in the sport with quirky names like bang-a-balloon and litter lifters.

"I get funny looks from people when I tell them what I do, but the opportunity to represent your country is huge," he said.

Should you wish to donate to Danny's fundraising effort, his bank account number follows: Kiwibank 38 9011 0872913 00 (please use mounted games as reference).  Contact details: Norma Kopa 021 167 3221 or 09 405 2057


Launch of the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan (March 17, 2014)

The Kaikohe Youth Action Plan was launched at Northland College on Monday 17 March.

Manuhiri were welcomed with haka and beautiful waiata, and a young orator performing a whaikorero for the College.

Manuhiri included MP Mike Sabin, Eru Lyndon, Regional Commissioner for Work and Income, who is also the Chair of the Social Sector Trials Advisory Group, and many other members of the Advisory Group.

Also in attendance were the Chief Executive of Youth Horizons Trust Cath Handley, the General Manger of Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services Liz Marsden, and the Executive Manager of Otangarei Trust Te Ropu Poa. These community leaders represented the contract holder joint venture - Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki.

MP Mike Sabin took the opportunity to deliver a copy of the Action Plan to students from Northland College affirming the Action Plan’s focus on opportunities and outcomes for youth in Kaikohe.

Project Manager Brennan Rigby attended the launch also, and is looking forward to seeing the wide range of Action Plan programs and projects being put in place in Kaikohe.

The community workshop on reducing youth offending was held the next day.  "Over 30 people attended and contributed to the kaupapa," said Mr Rigby.

"Youth and community input is the basic building block of the Kaikohe Youth Action Plan as it informed the actions and strategies which have now been committed to."

A second similar forum to build on the workshop, has been set for April. 


SWiS Leaders Conference (March 20, 2014)

He was born in Kaikohe, lived in Auckland, cut out a successful 10-year career in broadcasting, has made good out of living and breathing te reo Māori, and came back to Kaikohe from where he runs couple of businesses.

Quinton Hita, or Q as he used to be known, was a guest speaker for the Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) leaders conference at Kawakawa Primary today (Thursday, March 20).

 Quinton said he learnt at an early age the strategic advantages of speaking te reo around his family.

 “I grew up around my nanny and I learnt at a very young age that if I spoke Māori they would spoil me, and that’s all the motivation I needed,” he said.

 These days Quinton spends most of his time running a horse trek business near Kaikohe – Lake Omapere Horse Treks.

 He said it makes sense because he loves animals and spends a lot of time on horseback with his kids and so decided to make a business out of it.

 Quinton still keeps his hand in with broadcasting, running an Auckland-based production company – that employs up to 30 people - from his home in Kaikohe.

Some of his career highlights include an acting role in the movie Crooked Earth, producing last year’s successful Māori boy flick Mt Zion, and being one of the original presenters in ground breaking te reo-focused television programme Mai Time.

 He is married with six children.

 The leaders conference is an annual event hosted by the SWiS team at Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services.

 Over 100 students from Kawakawa, Waima, Whangarei, Taumarere, Kaikohe, Umawera, Okaihau and Waikare took part in the conference.


Guest speaker Quinton (above), with some of the participating schools.

Mataitaua Opens Wharekai (March 15, 2014)

The open-for-business signs are up again at Mataitaua Marae.

The marae’s wharekai was opened at the weekend (March 15, 2014) nearly eight years after fire destroyed the dining hall in 2006.

About 300 people braved the wet conditions for the opening of the wharekai near Horeke, that was marked with a blessing ceremony.

The local hapū have been reliant on Mokonuiarangi Marae to host events since the wharekai was burnt down.

Since the fire locals had been working on raising the money to rebuild the wharekai and wharepaku, assisted by funding from the ASB Community Trust and the Lottery Grants Board.


TRAION Chair Sonny Tau (above) leads guests on to Mataitaua, while Tau Kopa (above) leads one of the prayers.

E Tu Whānau - Hui A Tane (March 6, 2014)

Over 60 tane, aged between 25 to 80 years attended the E Tu Whānau Hui A Tane held in Paihia on 6-7 March. The conference organised by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi and Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa provided a forum for tane to discuss and explore their values and beliefs about their roles and whānau well-being. The hui encouraged them to take responsibility and positive action in their communities - supporting their whānau to thrive. The tane talked about leadership in their whānau, hapū and iwi, being accountable for their actions and promoting E Tu Whanau values. Iwi Leader and keynote speaker Naida Glavish said, "Wā tātou tane need support from all of us."  The hui looked at what whānau, hapū and iwi, free from tukino and flourishing with aroha, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga would look like.  Māori Practitioner Haare Te Wehi of Waitomo Papakainga in Kataia said, "If we want our whakapapa to be safe - then we've got to start with our rangatahi. If we want our whānau to be the best they can be - then we have to do some hard work."

Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Wai Māori (March 5, 2014)

Ngā Kaitiaki o Ngā Wai Māori: the caretakers of freshwater rivers and tributaries - a pathway to return the essense of life to the waterways, was set up in 2012.  It was formed by Ngāpuhi hapū: Ngati Hau, Ngati Kahu o Torongare, Te Orewai, Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau and Te Kumutu who were concerned about the declining eel populations and water quality of their rivers.  Tania Pene, Hapū Development Coordinator (Natural Resource Manager) facilitated their 5 year strategic plan.  “The Rūnanga is there to provide support and guidance to the roopū - we are working alongside them,” she said.

Members of the group, with students from local schools, members of the community, National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) staff and Tania worked together last week as part of the ongoing tuna monitoring programme at the Wairua River Hydro Station.   

With work on the North Power station involving the dewatering of the canal connected to the river, the groups were able to enter the water to catch, record and release migrating tuna.  Hoori Tuhiwai from Korokota Marae, who manages the elver trap and transfer operation said there are approximately 6500 elvers in every kilogramme he releases upstream.


Students catching tuna.                             Wairua Hydro Station canal                       Tuna monitoring in the canal

Omapere Taraire E & Rangihamama X3A Ahu Whenua Trust Educational Scholarships 

The scholarships are now open to all ORT descendants of registered shareholders and beneficiaries aged 16+ years.  Application forms can be downloaded from www.omapere-rangihamama.com  Applications close on 31 March 2014.  If you have any queries please contact Ayla Walker at the trust office on 09 405 3551.

Waima Flood Mitigation Works Hui (December 12, 2013)

Last year, as part of the Waiora Hokianga project, Northland Regional Council met with the Waima community to discuss the concerns of flooding in the area.  Priority areas for work were identified, including the Waima River SH12 Bridge and the Otatara Marae Road bridge. A report was also done on the potential risk to the Waima Urupa leaving it vulnerable to erosion. 

A hui to discuss the proposed works at the Otatara Marae Road bridge will be held at Otatara Marae, Saturday 14 December 2013, 10am-12pm. We have a small window of opportunity to hui, ask questions and get the mahi completed before the summer months end. The Waima community have endured many floods over the years leaving this small community vulnerable and reliant on their own, sometimes for days.

Safe Sleeping for Pēpi (December 11, 2013)

Protecting babies from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) by being smoke free, following safe sleeping practices, placing babies on their back (face up) every time they sleep and breast feeding are the key messages that were presented recently by health experts and speakers at Whangarei Terenga Parāoa Marae.  

Keith Gell of Wakawhetu National SUDI Prevention for Māori, said focusing on these four areas will make a difference   

"It's about making sure that every sleep for our babies is a safe sleep," said Public Health Nurse, June Hilton-Jones.

The SUDI Prevention Pilot for Taitokerau was launched earlier this year. 

Jacqui Westren of Northland District Health Board said a key component of the pilot was to offer wahakura waikawa (woven korari baby beds) as a safer sleeping option for babies to Mums identified with risk factors (sleeping with babies and smoking) for SUDI.  

Master weaver Cassandra Moar gave a demonstration and workshop to assist other weavers to complete their baby beds.


Cassandra Moar                                           Wahakura Waikawa

Supporting Communities

Last week Whakapara Marae and the local community met with manuhiri John Krey, Catherine Delahunty and TIm Howard to discuss their Puhipuhi mining concerns. 

With their focus on supporting communities against mining, Tim Howard of Mine Watch Northland and Green Party MP Catherine also held two Tai Tokerau public meetings in Whaingaroa and Whangarei. 

Catherine said their intention was to make people aware, not to alienate them.

"The impacts of an underground mine is as serious as an open cast mine," said Catherine.

John Krey, from Bulga, New South Wales shared his story of how their community managed to prevent mining company Rio Tinto from expanding into their town.

John said one out of every six children from a nearby mining valley have developed asthma. 

"The dust is killing our kids." 


Tim Howard, John Krey & Catherine Delahunty             Catherine with Whakapara Marae Whaea

Mau Taiaha Grading at Rewa's Village (November 16, 2013)

On Saturday, November 16, the sound of haka, chanting and rākau was heard throughout the whole of the Kerikeri basin.  “People were coming to Kororipo Pā to see what all the commotion was about,” said founding member of Te Kōhao Tū Taua o Ngāpuhi (Ngāpuhi School of Māori Weaponry), Kipa Munro. “These sounds have not been heard here for a long time.”

Following a visit earlier this year to Rewa’s Village in Kerikeri, it was decided that a group of 25-30 Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu Mau Taiaha students would undertake their grading on Kororipo Pā, concluding 12 months of training in the Akonga (beginners) and Poutahi (level 1 students) in ancient Māori weaponry.

“Through weekly trainings and monthly wānanga students learn various foot movements, taiaha movements, the use of the taiaha and te reo Māori me ōna tikanga,” said Kipa.

Prior to the grading, the students were given kōrero on the significance of the Kororipo Pā to Ngāpuhi, and the role that Hongi Hika and Rewa had in shaping the whole Kerikeri basin area. 

“Kororipo transliterates to meaning swirling waters,” he said.  “It was also refered to  the kōrero and debate that was held on the pā.  Many Ngāpuhi chiefs would gather there.”  Kipa spoke about how the discussion and debates would swirl around.  “Prior to the departure on their engagements south, Ngāpuhi came together at Kororipo to discuss their strategies.  Following their campaigns Ngāpuhi would then return to the pā.”

“Visiting significant historical sites, climbing our maunga, swimming in our awa and doing all the mahi on the marae atea, is truly what the mau taiaha kaupapa is about,” said Kipa.

He said that for the first time in 25 years of holding mau taiaha grading, the students chose to wear traditional kakahu such as piu, mārō, head-dress and body-dye.  “This was to honour the signficance of their grading being held on Kororipo Pā.

The gruelling five hour final exam was faciliated by himself, Ross Smith and Beau McGee - three highly ranked Tai Tokerau ancient Māori weaponry exponents.  It included a 5 kilometre run along the Kerikeri bypass towards Rewa’s village, across Te Awa o Ngā Rangatira and back to Kororipo Pā.  “Knowing that Kororipo was a Ngāpuhi pā site uplifted the students throughout their grading.”

The students were presented with their respective tipare at Tauwhara Marae; with the traditional head-dress identifying their individual levels of achievement.  Kipa said mau taiaha training helps to develop leadership skills in students, they gain knowledge in te ao Māori and it gives them a sense of belonging and pride in being Māori.

He said the mau taiaha grading is going to become an annual or bi-annual event.  It will be held on either Kororipo Pā, within Rewa’s Village or in the Kerikeri basin area. “Near to the river - Te Awa o Ngā Rangatira - the highway that joined east to west, where many rites and rituals were performed by our tūpuna. 

“It was great to see the reaction of people that Saturday,” said Kipa.  “Māori finally have a visible presence again within the Kerikeri basin.”

Mau Taiaha, Mau Rākau classes have started in Rewa’s Village and are held every Wednesday evening starting at 5.00pm.  For further information contact Rewa's Village, 09 407 6454 or email info@rewasvillage.co.nz


Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. Consul General James E. Donegan was recently in the north to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and Ngāpuhi. The appointed Consul at the time, 1838, was James Reddy Clendon of Okiato Point and Manawaora [Man o war] Bay. Clendon signed the 'Whakaputanga' as a witness and also acted as a witness to 'Te Tiriti' signatories. He later served as a magistrate in the Hokianga.

Captured in the picture with the Consul is well known Hokianga Kaumatua Mr Whetu Naera a direct descendant of JR Clendon, along with Robert Tito and other local kaumatua. The occasion has been commemorated with a coin, one of which was presented to Clendon House and the other to the Waitangi National Trust.

Waikare meets with Whānau Ora Minister (October 29, 2013)

The Waikare community met with Whānau Ora Minister Tariana Turia this week to discuss the community’s aspirations moving forward.

The local marae, lands trust, rūnanga, kohanga and kura have banded together under the umbrella of the Waikare Community Trust to map a strategic pathway forward that explores business and investment opportunities, access to trade training and employment programmes, and a community enhancement strategy that is holistic in approach.

At the heart of the plan is getting government buy-in to nudge key central and local government agencies said Waikare Community Trust spokesman and Waikare Marae kaumātua Joey George.

“We have issues with our roads,” he said. “They’re not safe and they’re dusty and everyday 70 of our kids have to endure the possibility they won’t make it home such is the state of our roads.

“We’ve approached the council and they put us on their 10 year plans every 10 years. We’re sick of waiting and have placed the onus on the government because these are whānau ora issues.”

After a welcome and site visit to a local state housing block, the Minister was given an overview of the community’s strategic plan and flown around the area by helicopter.

The Minister has undertaken to coordinate a meeting with Waikare representatives and government agencies such as the Education, Housing and Social Development Ministries.

Whānau Ora Minister Tariana Turia (left) and Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Sonny Tau at the Waikare hui.

Celebrating Arai-te-uru (October 12, 2013)

Manuhiri, members of the community, kaumatua and kuia gathered last Saturday (October 12, 2013) to unveil the new interpretation boardwalk and plinths at Arai-te-uru Recreational Reserve, Omapere. 

Local Hone Taimona said it is a "place to go and be nourished - to acknowledge our past."

The plinths were dedicated to the memory of those who gave their time and lives to form the traditions and the history of Arai-te-uru and Te Wahapu o Hokianga.

"It is wonderful to be here to celebrate, respect and honour the significance of this site," said Conservation Services Director Chris Jenkins.

The ceremony was followed by a hākari at Pakanae Marae.

The new plinths with kaumātua John Klaricich in the background.

Ngawha Marae: Te Whakaohonga Ake 2013 (October 10, 2013)

He powhiri tenei kia haere mai koutou ki te whakaaranga ake o to matou tupuna whare 'E Koro Kia Tutuki', a, ki te whakapuare ano hoki i nga whare hou kua hangaia ki runga o Ngawha Marae.

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakanui i te whakaaranga ake o te tupuna whare, 12 October 2013, Dawn Ceremony, 5am.  Please RSVP numbers attending to assist with preparations for catering.  Contact Pam Tane, secretary on 09 405 9837.

2013 Te Putea Whakatupu Conference 

David Springgate is on a mission. One that led him to this year’s Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Futures Conference at Waitangi earlier this week.

David is the Senior Vice President of Operations and the Chief Performance Officer for Nana Development Corporation, a native Alaskan-based company with a land base of 36,000 sqm actively involved in the oil, gas and mining industries.

He was one of the guest speakers at the conference organised each year by Te Putea Whakatupu.

Te Putea Whakatupu Chair, Richard Jefferies, said David gave a mind blowing presentation on the scale and potential for indigenous-based businesses.

“They have a tribal base of 14,000 members and they’re generating wealth and employment not only for their people, but indigenous people around the world, and as Māori by bringing David here we’re starting to join that conversation,” said Richard.

As well as looking at the global picture, the conference looked internally at New Zealand and key sectors like agriculture and fisheries, and took a look at where those industries are now and heading into the future, as well as the opportunities for Māori within those.

Richard said with opportunities opening up in industries like mining, it was appropriate for the Trust to facilitate discussions within Māori, but also looking at indigenous models throughout the world.

“It’s appropriate for us to encourage dialogue among ourselves,” he said.

An interested participant at the conference was the Head of Māori Development at the Icehouse, Shay Wright.

The Icehouse is an ideas factory and investment generator for small to medium sized businesses and intiatives.

Shay said the biggest obstacle for Māori organisations is politics.

“It’s easy to see why,” he said. “Whenever you have a collective governing body there’s always conflict because of the different backgrounds they come from, ideologies etc and what we’re noticing in the programmes that we running for Māori organisations is that we provide a platform for the leaders to acknowledge where they are and identify the things holding them back and a process to move forward.”

Icehouse’s Māori Development Team has worked with 300 Māori organisations and Shay said while he’s surprised politics is such a big issue, the gains made when Māori worked through the issues was significant.

He said capital investment was not a barrier to progress well thought out ideas, even Māori ones.

“There’s more capital than ideas, but you have to have a proposition to attract investors,” said Shay.

The conference programme included keynote addresses from the fishing and agriculture sectors, as well as IT and the media.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Sonny Tau was part of a panel discussion on fisheries as a future industry.


David Springgate                                              Shay Wright

Save Our Snapper 

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chief Executive George Riley described government proposals to reduce the recreational catch of Snapper from nine to three as anathema to Māori.

“Māori won’t be able to afford to go fishing on that basis,” he said. “You’re talking about time, bait, petrol for the boat. What’s the point?”

The Rūnanga hosted a public meeting for the Save Our Snapper (SOS) campaign last week (August 12, 2013) led by fishing lobbyists Legasea. The group is also a member of the Hokianga Accord - a mid North iwi fisheries forum that includes the Rūnanga.

Legasea say a discussion paper put out by the Ministry for Primary Industries aims to cut the recreational catch of Snapper on the coastline from Northland to the Bay of Plenty, which includes the Hauraki Gulf as well as the Coromandel.

The lobby group says at the same time the Ministry is not proposing any cuts to the commercial catch of Snapper.

The group says it is not opposed to cutting bag limits or increasing the minimum size allowed to be caught recreationally. But measures to improve the fisheries stock need to be applied across the board while taking a closer look at commercial practices of fishing Snapper.

“This is the perverse end game of this fisheries quota proposal,” said Legasea spokesman Scott Macindoe.

“Proportional share is the last frontier in this ever evolving story.”

Over 70 people attended the Kaikohe meeting at the Rūnanga office. Former MP Dover Samuels said the proposal was a slap in the face to an impoverished Northland community who were already struggling to put kai on the table.

“The only one I know who fed his whānau on three fish is Jesus Christ,” said Mr Samuels.

Labour frontbencher Shane Jones said the public needed to apply pressure to ensure the message got through.

“You need to send a large and unambiguous message that it’s not fair,” said Mr Jones. “And that it’s a crock.

“Pressure enables politicians to push a sharp stick into the anatomy of the bureaucrats.”

Submissions on the proposal need to be sent to the Ministry for Primary Industries by 4pm on August 23.

For further information visit the Legasea website: http://www.legasea.co.nz/snapper1.php#

New Zealand's main piece of environmental management legislation - The Resource Management Act 1991 - what's all the fuss about?

Te Rūnanga-A-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi will be running a RMA 101 Workshop.  This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to the RMA, that will assist in the capacity building of hapū resource managers, those who are already engaged and those who have an expressed interest in engaging in local or national planning processes. 

It is particularly aimed to assist Ngāpuhi whānau and hapū in exercising Kaitiakitanga in each of their respective areas. 

Find out about the story behind the Act, explore the concepts based on the management approaches, learn about the principles of the RMA, the types of planning documents and explore the different types of resource consent and activity status. We will discuss tangata whenua involvement, participation and statutory requirements. 

DATE:              Thursday 5 September

TIME:              10am - 3pm

VENUE:           16 Mangakahia Road, Conference Room

There are limited spaces. If you, or you know someone who would like to attend this workshop, please register and RSVP to tania.pene@ngapuhi.org or text 027 703 2893 your name, contact details and affiliated hapū or marae.

Tukotahi - Stand as One, United for the Benefit of All

Tukotahi is the umbrella for a group of aspiring local body candidates contesting for places on the Northland Regional and Whangarei District Councils, the District Health Board and Northpower Trust.

Mike Kake, convenor for the group says that at least nine Māori candidates have indicated that they are standing in the local body elections under the umbrella of Tukotahi.  Candidates will contest four wards on the Northland Regional Council, four on the Whangarei District Council and a seat on the Northland District Health Board.

Mike Kake says, "We are pleased with our progress; this is a well grounded group with diverse skills, a focus on the community wellbeing and the environment in which they live."

Tukotahi's goal is to ensure those elected to councils and boards truly reflects the community they represent and addresses their concerns.  

"Our net is still casting, there are still a couple of opportunities out there to stand, but time is ticking by.  From this commitment by these candidates we are looking for the support of our extended families to get involved and VOTE," said Mike.

Tukotahi is planning to launch publicly on Friday, August 16 at a venue yet to be confirmed.

For more information contact Mike Kake on 09 438 6115, 027 478 1105 or email kathrynmike@vodafone.co.nz

Poari Matua Hui at Otiria Marae

Kaimahi and whanau throughout Taitokerau met with representatives of the Kohanga Reo National Trust Board at Otiria Marae on August 9 about the findings of the internal audit carried out earlier this year.  Issues about the training course Te Takaimatua were discussed.  Tina Ratana, board co-chair, said they are working towards getting accreditation for the Te Takaimatua course and focusing on the implementation of the Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendations regarding the Kohanga Reo claim.

1500 plants in 1 hour for Matariki: Reviving the Mauri of our local waterways

Since 2006 Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Rawhitiroa has lead a planting effort along the Waitaua Awa in Tikipunga to celebrate Matariki. This year saw 1500 native plants planted over a 200 metre stretch alongside the Kamo Pony Club grounds. Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhitiroa, Tikipunga High School's year 9's, Kamo Primary School's E Team, and Akerama Marae's NorthTec Sustainable Rural Development Programme were involved. It took less than 1 hour for the 171 participants to get 1500 native plants in the ground. Most of the plants were korari (flax), ti kouka (cabbage tree), whau and titoki which are well suited to wet areas.

The day was organised by the Whitebait Connection and the Kura, and supported by the Northland Regional Council, ASB Community Trust and Whangarei District Council. Nicki Wakefield from the  Whitebait Connection told the crowd on the day “These plants will shade the water and keep it cool for the life in the river, as well as hold back the soil and runoff, helping to stop it getting down into the harbour”. 

Planters and supporters were taught how to 'haka' the plants so they don't get washed away in floods, and after the job was done, everyone was thankful for a sausage sizzle shouted by the kura.

From Hurapaki and Parakiore Mountains the Waitaua Awa flows over the Whangarei Falls into the Hatea River. “This is our river and we are making it healthy” a student from Kamo Primary told some parent helpers.

Matariki Taiao Planting along the Waitaua started seven years ago at Whangarei Falls and has moved upstream every year to shade 1.1 km of the river with over 7000 plants.


Planting demonstration by Matua Buck Cullen                    Planters & supporters at Matariki Taiao Planting Day (Tikipunga)

Photos courtesy of Nicki Wakefield

Impacts of Wild Weather

Beef and Lamb NZ through Federation of Maori Authorities (FoMA) are working to engage with Māori farmers involved in sheep and beef farming in Aotearoa NZ said Lisa Kanawa of the Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO).  Their aim is “to inform our people of the impacts of ‘Wild Weather’ - to assist them to assess risks of climate variability and adapt plans to mitigate the effects of wild weather on their farms.”

The meeting recently held at the rūnanga is one of several engagement hui that the Te Kauta team at Primary ITO is facilitating with Māori throughout the motu.  The hui cover ‘Past and Future’: climate variability from El Nino and La Nina, weather patterns and long-term climate forecasts for the rohe. 

For further information contact Lisa Kanawa at lisa.kanawa@primaryito.ac.nz.



Rūnanga Contributing to Northland's Economy

June 18, 2013

Prime Minister John Key with students from Kaikohe Intermediate.

The Prime Minister John Key said treaty settlements would play a significant role in transforming the Northland economy.

The Prime Minister was in Northland as a keynote speaker at the Northland Economic Action Group inaugural annual hui in Kerikeri, but also visited other parts of the region including a community meeting hosted by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi in Kaikohe.

Mr Key told the Kaikohe meeting the effect of treaty settlements was evident in Ngai Tahu and Tainui who had become major players in economic and political terms.

He said he looked forward to Ngāpuhi achieving similar success from its settlement, the benefits of which would be felt throughout Northland.

Questions the Prime Minister fielded included topics such as foreign chartered fishing vessels, plans for a unitary local authority, boosting the economy in and around Kaikohe and building an international airport in Kaikohe.

Earlier in the day the Prime Minister attended the Northland Economic Action Group’s hui and high on the agenda was mining.

Mr Key said opponents to mining only needed to look at Taranaki, which had the highest wages and low employment.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Chair Sonny Tau said the Prime Minister’s visit was welcome.

“The rūnanga is doing more than its share to stimulate the Northland economy. We’re significant business investors in Kaikohe and Kerikeri, our strategic involvement with key stakeholders is boosting the efforts of marae and hapu working towards self sufficiency, and we’re also the largest Māori social service provider,” he said.

“Ngāpuhi won’t be an attachment to the economic stimuli being promoted by various drivers in the North and we look forward to the government’s commitment to ensure settlement of our treaty claims is prioritised.”

Kerikeri High Celebrates Māori Students Achievements

June 13, 2013

The achievements of the senior Māori students at Kerikeri High School were recognised at the annual Ngā Rangatira ō Matariki awards at Whitiora Marae, Te Tii, last Thursday.

As well as being an opportunity to celebrate the students, it’s an opportunity to consolidate the relationship between the school and the Māori community, Te Tii kaumātua Arena Munro said.

“The school and the Māori community have toughed out some hard times,” said Mr Munro. “But we’ve come through it and the results are the fruits of a collaborative effort.”

In 2004 Kerikeri High introduced a programme called Te Kotahitanga, to target the under achievement of Māori students.

The school’s principal, Elizabeth Forgie, said results in recent years showed a dramatic improvement in the achievement rates of Māori students with 40-50 more Māori students in every 100 passing NCEA level one and two.

“At NCEA level three there’s an additional examination called scholarship and only a few top achievers from each school attempt it,” she said. “Last year Justin Rogers won one of those scholarships putting him in the top 1% in the country.”

In 2005 at NCEA level one and two, 43.2% and 28.6% were the pass rates of Māori students. In 2012 that had increased to 80% at both levels.

Mrs Forgie said that’s got to be good news.

“What’s good for Māori is good for all,” she said. 

Parahaki Marae Whakapapa & History Wānanga @Friday 21- Sunday 23 June 2013

Following on from a successful fundraising market day in May, Parahaki Marae is hosting a Whakapapa & History Wānanga for ‘Nga Hapū o Parahaki Marae’.  The powhiri is at 5pm, Friday 21 June.  Saturday morning begins with Claims, Hearings and Tuhoronuku update presentations.  The Whakapapa & History Wānanga will continue after the presentations through to Sunday.  For more information contact Carol Dodd carol_dodd@igrin.co.nz


Ngāpuhi from across the Tasman...

Zach Ruhe, mokopuna of Wi Kaire Ruhe, is a keen and talented photographer.  The 16 year-old is is exhibiting in 'Places and Spaces' - an exhibition of works by Vincentia High School students opening on June 8 at the Lady Denman Maritime Museum, Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.

“I am very proud of my nephew,” said his Aunt Mel Loe.

Follow this link to the youtube clip Zach made where he talks to his Uncle Hohepa Ruhe about why and how he took the photograph.

                                              Photo: courtesy of Zach Ruhe


New Kaumātua and Kuia for Alzheimers Northland appointed

Since their appointment early this year as Kaumātua and Kuia for Alzheimers Northland, Selwyn and Maria Herewini’s key message to the community 'is not to be whakamā – there is support out there.'  “A lot of our whānau are affected by dementia.”  Alzheimers Northland provides free services for all people - their carers and whānau throughout Taitokerau.  "We want to get the word out to our people that they can help,” said Maria. "They are an awesome organisation - the wairua is there and they walk the talk.”  Along with initiating local Marae visits with their team to provide information and support, Selwyn and Maria have organised a powhiri for the kaimahi on Tuesday 4 June 2013 at 11.30am, at Terenga Paraoa Marae.  “Everyone is welcome,” they said. “Nau mai, haere mai.”  (Please RSVP for catering purposes to Maria on 021 027 30577 or 020 4014 7743)

                                                                 Photo:  Selwyn and Maria Herewini


He Panui Kura Kaiāwhina Te Ataarangi

A 12 month Te Ataarangi Kura Kaiawhina course will commence August 2013 at Taipari, Northcote.
  It is designed for people who are fluent and competent in the Māori Language, who have a passion to pass it on to their whanau, hapū, and Iwi. The method will enable them to become skilled in imparting their language and tikanga to families, workmates, sports teams, communities etc.  The course is in response to the report by Te Paepae Motuhake who traversed the length and breadth of the Country looking at the state of the Maori Language. The overwhelming response from Māoridom was unanimous in that unless the language was spoken in the home, the likelihood of its survival would be minimal.

The course will be one weekend over 12 months, to upskill fluent and competent speakers of Māori to learn the methodology of Te Ataarangi. This will enable participants to practice the language in their homes, teach parents to become competent speakers, and encourage those parents to speak maori in their homes, to their tamariki, mokopuna, and whānau whānui.

For further information, interested parties please contact: Rahera Shortland rahera.s@xtra.co.nz or phone 09-366779 mob: 027 664 2001 


Whanaungatanga Day for Te Pu O Te Wheke

Kaimahi from the Whanau Oa Collective (Te Runanga-A-Iwi-O-Ngapuhi, Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, Hauora Hokianga Health Trust, Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services, Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe Charitable Trust, Whangaroa Health Services Trust and Te Runanga O Whaingaroa) gathered together yesterday at Waitaruke Marae to celebrate the vibrancy of the collective, who they are, where they’ve come from and where they are heading.

Whangaroa Health Services Trust's Garry Ware said the inclusive interagency approach is about “working with whanau for whanau.” 

Photo: Te Pu O Te Wheke kaimahi                                  Photo: Waitaruke Marae


Tautoro Historical Group 'Te Maunga Whakahi Ki Tautoro' @Saturday 18 May 2013, 10.30am

Continuing their journey of learning more history about Tautoro the roopu travels with Wallace Wihongi to Awarua - Te Ururangi Marae & Te Patoa. For enquiries contact Jenny Te Whata, 09 401 2192.  Follow this link for the flyer


Kohewhata Marae Hauora Day  @Wednesday 22 May 2013, 9am-2pm

‘Kia pai te Haa o te Tangata’: People Breather Easier

A very special Community Health and Wellbeing event to help prepare all our Whanau for Winter.

Click here for the flyer or the programme  The powhiri is at 9am.

Contact Kataraina Harawira on 09 405 2227 for further enquries.


2013 Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the seventy-five Ngāpuhi students who have been awarded scholarships to fulfill their potential for academic success, and to encourage them to contribute their skills towards the wellbeing and betterment of Ngāpuhi whānau, hapū and iwi!

Recipients of the $500 Scholarship Award:

Kandis Bettridge (Certificate in Professional Cookery)

Dujon Bettridge (Certificate in Welding, Level 3)

Mark Karaitiana (Diploma in Business)

Andy Bristow (Diploma in Management)

Sasha Bryers (Diploma in Applied Arts)

Evelyn Kana (Diploma in Toi Paematua)

Cynthia Hamel (Diploma in Law)

Daniella Hau (Certificate in Sport & Leisure)

Waimirirangi Stone (Certificate in Health Sciences)

Adrian Harry (Diploma in Business)

Catherine Irvine (Diploma in Sport and Recreation)

Matiu Kapa (Certificate in Outdoor Recreation)

Belinda McGuire (Diploma in Te Reo)

Tipi Golaboski (Certificate in Māori Language Proficiency)

Terereaorangi Wanoa (Certificate in Te Awa Tupapa)

Stewart Gauld (Diploma in Business)

Rangimarie Rihari (Diploma in Pacific Rim Tourism)

Francis Maunsell (Diploma in Management)

John Wilcox (Diploma in Architectural Technology)

Violet Mahanga (Diploma in Te Pokairua, Yr 2)

Joyce Probert (Diploma in Management)

Lybina Rapatini (Diploma in Therapeutic Massage)



Recipients of the $1500 Scholarship Award:

Tamai Williams (Bachelor of Social Science with Honours)

Nukutaurua Jones (Bachelor of Engineering with Honours)

Te Rina Mana-Tukahe (Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching)

Janna Vaughan (Graduate Diploma of Teaching)

Stephen Murray (Post Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise)

Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu (Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science)

Recipients of the $1000 Scholarship Award:

Jessica Reihana (Bachelor of Science)

Melodie Frew (Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching)

Hori Kaa (Bachelor of Science)

Hemi Kingi (Bachelor of Business Analysis)

Rebecca Le Noel (Bachelor of Nursing Pacific)

Jamee Osborne (Bachelor of Nursing)

Kerri Osborne (Bachelor of Nursing)

Yvonne Komene (Bachelor of Poutuarongo Matauranga Māori)

Edward Hakopa-Reti (Bachelor of Poutuarongo TM)

Dana Bolton (Bachelor of Teaching & Learning – Primary)

Amelia Williams (Bachelor of Nursing)

Shelby Niuloa (Bachelor of Education)

Pokai Morunga (Bachelor of Teaching – Te Korowai Akonga)

Leanda Harris (Bachelor of Science)

Robert Diamond (Bachelor of Arts & Education)

Thomas Paterson (Bachelor of Teaching – Primary)

Rebecca Dowling (Bachelor of Health Science – Physiotherapy)

Waimarie Cassidy (Conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Teaching)

Darelle Toki (Bachelor of Nursing)

Tini Walker (Bachelor of Education – Huarahi Māori)

Claire Edmonds (Bachelor of Education – Primary)

Desiree Phillips (Bachelor of Nursing)

Reece Joseph (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery)

Tania Marshall (Bachelor of Education – Huarahi Māori)

Josephine Poutama (Bachelor of Art – Māori Development)

Paraone Payne (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery)

Courtney Wood (Bachelor of Education (Tchg) – ECE

Shona Naera (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery)

Karaiteana Taiwhanga (Bachelor of International Toursim Mgmt)

Ryan Moulton (Bachelor of Law – LLB)

Sheree Stephens (Bachelor of Teaching Kura Kaupapa)

Maikio Riiwhi-Witehira (Bachelor of Education – Teaching Māori Medium)

Waitawa Peepe (Conjoint Bachelor of Arts – Te Reo/Teaching)

Recipients of the $2000 Scholarship Award:

Renee Smith (Master of Arts-Psychology Major)

William Te Rangi (Master of Māori & Management)

Cristalene Bennett (Masters in Business Administration)

Marie Young (Master of Speech Language Therapy)

Renee Wikaire (Master of Science)

Juneea Robinson Silbery (Master of Matauranga Māori)

Hannah Leckie (Master of Water Science Policy & Management)

Rongopai Kira (Master Tahuhu Whakahaere)

Lucia Hotere (Master of Māori Studies)

Bonnie Kake (Master of Architecture – Professional)

Constance Payne (Master of Science)

Anikaaro Hoskins (Master of Landscape Architecture)

Recipients of the $4000 Scholarship Award:

Stephen Pohe (PhD in Freshwater Ecology)

Raymond Tana (PhD in Biological Science)


Tauwhara Marae Contacts List


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2013 Te Rūnanga o Taumarere ki Rakaumangamanga Scholarship Recipients

Ten students have each received $1000 scholarships from Te Rūnanga o Taumarere ki Rakaumangamanga. Established several years ago the scholarship programme provides ‘putea for the future’ said Lorraine Young, takiwā secretary, by supporting and encouraging students studying academic disciplines that will benefit the takiwā and te ao Māori.

Guest speaker and Far North Holdings CEO Andy Nock said the scholarships are a marvelous gift and that ‘we should really invest as much as we can in the community’. 

Takiwā trustee Joe Bristowe wished the students all the best in their endeavours, ‘kia kaha koutou, kia maia koutou’ and reminded them about returning home to help their people.

The 2013 scholarship recipients are:

Raymond Attwood, Ngati Kuta (Bachelor of Education/ Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Waikato, 1st Year)

Tisha Macinnes, Te Uri Karaka (Bachelor of Nursing, NorthTec, 2nd Year)

Kelly Davis, Ngati Manu (Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Arts, Universityof Auckland, 1st Year)

Olivia George, Te Kapotai (Bachelor of Education,Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, 3rd Year)

Ashlee Peacock, Ngati Kuta (Bachelor of Law, University of Waikato, 1st Year)

Loic Quedec, Ngati Kuta (Bachelor of Design, AUT)

Bianca Taylor, Patu Keha (Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland, 2nd Year)

Te Kahuratai Painting, Te Uri Karaka (Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland, 3rd Year)

Maikara Marshall John Painting, Te Uri Karaka (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland, Final Year)

Corey Whitley, Te Uri Karaka (Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Final Year)

Photo: Scholarship recipients, whānau and Te Rūnanga o Taumarere ki Rakaumangamanga 


Kaitaia Wins Adam Blair Tournament

Kaitaia College won the final of the Adam Blair secondary schools competition with a hard fought 22-16 victory over Kamo High.

The two teams went toe-to-toe for most of the match and were locked at 10-all at halftime.

With less than two minutes left, Kaitaia captain Sean Windelborn-Rawiri beat a Kamo defender and raced 30 metres upfield to set up Michael Larkin for the winning try.

In the plate final, Bay of Islands College held of Dargaville High 14-4 in another tight contest.

Whangarei Boys High beat Northland College 58-8 in the play off for third and fourth.

Northland College get ready to rumbleNorthland College's star player Antonius Hepi


Whakapara Marae Stained Glass Windows

On the 2 March 2013 Whakapara Marae unveiled the second lot of windows in a series of stained glass windows in the church and marae buildings. The windows were blessed by Eru Edwards.

Three windows were unveiled in the wharenui Te Ihi o Nehua and they depict three maunga within Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi that indicate the areas where Ngati Hau marae and people are represented; Rakaumangamanga in the north (Omania and Maraenui), Huruiki in the middle (Akerama and Whakapara) and Manaia in the south (Pehiaweri and Te Maruata). They also reference Ngati Hau Tūpuna Hautakowera and Kahukuri, the stories of Papatuānuku and Ranginui, and the people of Whakapara.

The windows were made by artist Kathy Shaw-Urlich a descendant of Whakapara Marae Tūpuna Eru and Te Tawaka Nehua. 

Whakapara Marae Chairperson Dale van Engelen said, "Our marae is very grateful to Creative NZ for the opportunity to have these taonga. Our people will be able to enjoy the stories and the beauty of these windows for generations to come".  

Whakapara Marae Stained Glass Window


2013 Communications Survey: Results

During January this year the Communications Team at the Rūnanga ran an online communications survey to gauge how respondents were accessing and using the communications tools available to them.

From the survey, were the following results:

  • E Mara, the weekly electronic email panui, was identified as the key tool. Followed by the Ngapuhi website and the Runanga Facebook profile;
  • Suggestions to improve communications included:
    • Road shows/information shows in other areas eg Hamilton;
    • Smart phone application;
    • Youtube News.
  • Respondents were glowing, particularly in relation to E Mara. They enjoyed its currency, timeliness, breadth of information and the fact they could choose what they wanted to consume;
  • The age group of the largest respondents to the survey was 41-50 (35%). Followed by:
    • 31-40 (27%);
    • 51-60 (19%).


Pipiwai Residents Kick Up Dust

Pipiwai residents have drawn a line in the sand over the dust caused by logging trucks.
Pipiwai Road resident Poncho Peihopa said it’s so bad he’s prepared to block the road to logging trucks if the council - Far North District - does nothing about it.
The problem has been exacerbated by the long, dry summer with shrouds of dust tainting water supplies and in some cases, infiltrating homes causing residents like Poncho to keep all their doors and windows closed in the hot weather.
“I’m sick of the dust. It gets in my water, even when I boil it. It’s paru and leaves a white film. Luckily the flavour from my tea bag and milk disguises the taste,” said Poncho.
“I’ve had enough. Sometimes my eyes sting like mad, but all I want is this road to be dust free or for someone to [tar] seal it.”
Poncho and his neighbour, Hori Niha, are grateful for the assistance given by the main logging company, Hancocks Forestry Management, who waters the road twice a day to settle the dust.
They say they don’t like talking about blocking roads but feel they’ve been given no choice.
“All we want is the council to factor this into their planning next year. We’ve already missed this year’s budget round, but I don’t think it’s being unreasonable to expect the council to move on this next year,” said Hori.
“If not we’re left with no choice but to take radical action. We’re talking about the long term safety and improvement of health for ourselves and whānau our in the long run.”
The issue has sparked an email war between the Far North District Council Mayor Wayne Brown and Northland Regional Council chair Craig Brown with each pointing the finger at one another.
“How very convenient,” FNDC Mayor Wayne Brown wrote in response to an email from NRC Chair Craig Brown’s email saying the responsibility for the roads was FNDC’s.
“If they would allow us toil spray we would have contractors ready almost immediately,” he continued.
Toil spray is a film made up of recycled oil that is sprayed on dusty roads to alleviate the problem.
It is a short term, cheaper option that has been trialled successfully 10km from Pipiwai Road on Wright Road, another route used by logging trucks.
The residents are set to meet with council representatives tomorrow (Thursday 21 March) at Kaikou Marae at 10am.

Tautoro Historical Group

Following on from their strategic planning hui in January, Te Maunga Whakahī Ki Tautoro recently held their historical group hui at Mahuhukiterangi Marae.  


The Tautoro rōpū was established in response to a call from the whānau to record Tautoro stories and history shared by their kaumātua and kuia, says member Kristina Te Whata.  


Through networking and social media over seventy whanaunga and neighbours attended the January two-day hui.  “A draft PATH plan was established.”


Their guest speaker at the March hui, Wallace Wihongi, shared his historical expertise and knowledge about Tautoro, the origins of the hapū Ngāti Moerewa (Nukutawhiti’s daughter Moerewarewa), traditional cultivation and building practices, the links to Awarua and much more.


“The hui was an ataahua experience for everyone - a valuable opportunity for us all to enhance our awareness of home,” said Kristina.   


The rōpū are planning to visit Ururangi Marae at Awarua in May as part of their Hapu Development initiative. 


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Ngāpuhi has appointed one of its own to head what it hopes will be its commercial powerhouse.

Leigh Auton, the former chief executive of Manukau City Council, will replace Sir John Goulter in December as chair of Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company.

Sir John will continue to chair the tribe’s deepwater fishing joint venture.

Mr Auton has served on the board for five years. He is a director of Auckland Council Property Ltd and chairs mental health service provider Recovery Solutions Trust and subsidiaries. He also consults on local government issues.

Ngāpuhi this year reported a net profit of $6.7 million and growth in assets from $43 million to $50 million.

However, the much of this year’s profits came from a bonus share issue from the tax credits arising from a bonus issue of Aotearoa Fisheries shares, and reimbursement for the costs of setting up Tūhoronuku, the body which will negotiate Ngāpuhi’s historic treaty claim settlement.

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Ngāpuhi Assets Grow 15%

It has been another successful year for Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi with the annual results showing a 15.46% growth in assets over the past year. 

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi chairman, Rāniera (Sonny) Tau, said this was an excellent result, considering Ngāpuhi have not yet had a Treaty settlement and the weak Northland economy. 

He was speaking at the Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi annual general meeting, held today (October 1, 2013) at Whakamaharatanga Marae, Waimamaku. 

Among the highlights for Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi in the 2012-2013 year were:

$6.7million total comprehensive income (net profit) - up $.7million on the previous year
Growth in the group’s assets from $43million to $50million 

Mr Tau said making up the total comprehensive profit figure was $2.8million which was reimbursement from the Government for Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi's financial under-writing of Te Rōpū o Tūhoronuku, the entity mandated by Ngāpuhi for settling all Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances and breaches by the Crown against Ngāpuhi. 

He said this had been a critical investment in Ngāpuhi’s future, with Ngāpuhi overwhelmingly giving their mandate to Te Rōpū o Tūhoronuku. The five-year Ngāpuhi settlement journey was now gaining momentum, with the Government stating it hoped to have settlement negotiations concluded before the end of 2014. 

“Settlement will mean a new era for Ngāpuhi, bringing social, cultural and economic advancement, as well as the potential to transform the Northland economy, just as the Ngai Tahu and Tainui settlements have done for their people and regions.” 

Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings Company has five property investments, the Kaikohe Caltex Service Station complex, Kaikohe Paper Plus as well as three units in the Butler Centre, Kerikeri. 

When pushed on the question of whether Ngāpuhi was looking at investing in locations other than Kaikohe, Mr. Tau stated that “Ngāpuhi are now firmly established in Te Pu o te Wheke (the centre of Ngāpuhi) and investment in other areas is critical.” 

Mr Tau said the Caltex Service Station was performing well, while the global trend to online book sales was affecting the profitability of the Paper Plus store at this time. 

He said the most important aspect of the good result was the increased ability of Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi to invest in Hapū and iwi development, cultural events, scholarships and sponsorships. 

“In the last financial year we invested $400,000 by direct investment plus indirect investment in staff for iwi development, with more than $3.3m invested over the past decade. With this year’s good result, and with settlement on the horizon, we are looking at far greater investment in our people, our marae and our social and cultural organisations in the near future. From these excellent results we are well placed to manage Ngāpuhi Assets into the future.” 

Mr Tau said Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi independent auditors had given the group an unqualified audit report, for the 13th consecutive year.

Ngāpuhi Asset Holding's New Chair Announced

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