August Pānui, 2019 August 2019

Trustee election

Following an earlier call for nominations, commencing on August 16, 2019, iwi members will have the opportunity to vote for two (2) Tarakaipa Hapū Trustee positions on the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts.

Voting papers and information on candidates will be sent to your registered address by Electionz in the coming days. If you do not receive your voting pack by August 23, please call Electionz on 0800 666 031.

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Hui-a-Tau – Register now

Hui-a-Tau – Register now

Keep September 21 and 22 free whānau, and join us in Blenheim for a jam-packed weekend, including the iwi Trusts’ annual Hui-a-Tau, or AGM. 

We’ll start the weekend with a day-trip to a special wāhi tāpu, Rotoiti, where we will reconnect and have a chance to walk the whenua. After lunch and some time on the water, we’ll head back to Blenheim and get ready for Hākari, to be held at Ukaipō in Grovetown on the Saturday night.

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Marking milestones

*Credit: Keelan Walker/Loud Noise Media*  

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From the chair

From the chair

Kia ora koutou

The Te Tauihu Iwi Chairs met late last month and agreed on the next steps toward establishing protocols for how Taonga Tūturu recovered in Te Tauihu would be dealt with. This was the first hui after the Māori Land Court ruling in July last year. All iwi were supportive of agreeing on a process rather than going through litigation in the Māori Land Court each time taonga is found. The next step will be the scheduling of a two-day wānanga in early September, in Nelson, where each of the eight iwi will take a rōpū of up to eight people to work through the detail. If this mahi is of interest to you and you would like to be involved, please contact the office and let them know. Once dates are finalised, we will make contact re next steps. (Note that we will pay transport and accommodation costs for the two days).

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Up close: Tyrone Bird

Up close: Tyrone Bird

Learning the unique stories that underpin our kōrero o mua (history and traditions) is something Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō rangatahi Tyrone “Whero” Bird enjoyed most when he joined the 10th Mana Rangatahi wānanga.

“It was great to meet all the cuzzies and learn about some of the history and the practice of wearing tipare kawakawa over the eyes as a sign of respect to Kupe when passing the place of his historic battle,” Tyrone says.

Accessing Māori stories is something Tyrone, is passionate about.

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Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

This photograph is thought to have been taken at Okoha circa 1910. From left, are Harota Packer (nee Pou Hemi), Ina Waaka (nee Hemi Whiro), who is seated, and at right is Maehe Wirihana (nee Pou Hemi). We are unsure who the small child is sitting on Ina’s lap.

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Kia ora Hokitika!

Kia ora Hokitika!

Descendants of Te Ahuru Mahuika, young and old, from the Grey District and Westland recently gathered at Hokitika for a Whakapapa hui. The gathering included a presentation and kōrero about some of our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō tūpuna including Puaha te Rangi, Mata Nohinohi, Mahuika 1 and Hoani and Heni Mahuika and their children and their strong associations with Kawatiri in Te Tai Poutini.

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Tuna harvest

Tuna harvest

As we start to feel spring on the doorstep, it’s time to prepare for the iwi’s annual customary tuna harvest to Rotoroa in the Nelson Lakes. Each year, we take a wānanga to the lake to practice the tikanga of harvesting tuna in preparation for the Hui-a-Tau. This year, the harvest will take place on Saturday, September 14, returning to Blenheim on Sunday, September 15. It is open is all iwi members and is a great way to learn more about our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga.

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Job Opportunity: Projects and Operations Manager

We have started the recruitment process for a Projects and Operations Manager, a new position created to help rollout a number of new initiatives, including the Pāhi development and execution of the Trust’s revised Education and Environment strategies. 

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Well done Leila-Jane

Well done Leila-Jane

This is Leila-Jane Poutini from Whanganui, ready to perform at the 73rd Hui Aranga held in Hawera earlier this year. Leila-Jane is the daughter of Teremai Potaka-Osborne and Wayne Poutini and granddaughter of Eva Suter and Tamati Potaka-Osborne. Leila is 7 years old and has been performing since she was 4. She belongs to the Saint Peter Chanel Club, which was formed at Kaiwhaiki Pā, Whanganui many years ago. This year her group performed in the Mokopuna section at Hui Aranga and took out first place in the competition! Ka mau te wehi!

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Project Moturoa

We are on the lookout for rangatahi aged 18 to 24 who may be interested in enrolling in next year’s Project Moturoa Kaitiaki Whenua programme, which is designed to build iwi capacity within conservation and environmental forums. Delivered by NMIT and DOC, the Nelson-based programme offers national qualifications as well as opportunities for placements and support to find related employment once the course is finished.  If this sounds like you, or one of you whānau, please get in touch with the office to find out more.

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