May Pānui, 2018


Pitopito kōrero


We are growing!

As of May 8, membership of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō had surpassed 3000 people, with 3027 members now registered with us. This represents solid growth since November 2016, when we had 2723 registered members. If you have friends or whānau who are not registered, please encourage them to do so. Registration can be done online via our website at


Ethnography project

We’re working on an exciting project. We want to learn more about the lives of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō members and what matters to you. We want to figure out how to make our interactions with members better so we can be more valuable for you. In the next few weeks, staff and trustees will be reaching out to randomly selected members to ask if they would agree to taking part in this project, which is being run by a company called Empathy. Empathy researchers are keen to spend some time with members so we can better understand what’s important to you and how being a member of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō fits into that. Empathy’s work will happen through either a two to three-hour interactive session, where they spend time with you while you go about your day, or through a one hour conversation somewhere that suits you — like home, work, elsewhere. We’ll bring you more detail on the project in next month’s Pānui.


New Arrival

Nau mai e tama ki te whei ao, te ao mārama nei. The iwi would like to congratulate Kiley and
Donna on the safe arrival on April 18 of their son Hawaiki Tū which means ancestral warrior and ancestral way. 


Learning for life

  • Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō continue to support learning in the following areas:
  • Learner Driver Theory Education
  • Work Readiness
  • Financial Literacy & Lifeskills
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Literacy & Numeracy Upskilling

Please contact the office at or phone 0800 578 900 to find out if these are available in your area. Remember whānau, upskilling takes a little effort but it can bring on great changes in your work and home life.


Education packs

This month six Education Packs have been sent to tamariki starting off on their school journey. Parents, don’t forget to send us photos of your children wearing their Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō backpacks on their first day of school.

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