Te Puna Pānui o Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu, Issue 1, August 2017

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Issue #1, August 2017

Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust

P O Box 914 Nelson 7040 Ph. 03 548 1740




 Te Pito Korero

 Annual General Meeting Hui

 Ngāti Tama Staffing Capacity Grows

 The Battle to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs

 Tama Cultural Developments

 New Tama Asset Holding Company Chairman

 Cultural Property Profile

 Pateke (Brown Teal) Released

New “TE PUNA” Newsletter

Tuhia ki te rangi, tuhia ki te whenua, tuhia ki te ngākau o ngā tangata, ko te mea nui, ko te aroha, tihei mauri ora.

Nau Mai, Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust are proud to introduce our new quarterly newsletter Te Puna. This newsletter is intended to keep our Ngāti Tama whānau informed and up to date on the latest news, korero and upcoming events. We also wish to celebrate achievement at all levels so if you have anything you want share with the Ngāti Tama whānau please send it in!

Te Pito Korero

Following the AGM on 24 June 2017, the Board of Trustees re-elected Anthony (Butch) Little as Chair and Nicola (Nikki) Jones as Deputy Chair. The other Trustees are Leanne Manson, Diane Strong, Andrew Stephens, Fred Te Miha and Margie Little.

The Trustees are currently working on strategic forward planning for the future

They are committed to safeguarding Ngāti Tama ki te Tau Ihu, protecting the environment and growing assets with the goal of providing a better future for all Tama whānau.

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Tama Korero

Annual General Meeting

There was an excellent turn out of iwi members for the Trusts 4th AGM, held on Saturday 24th June 2017. At this year’s AGM two rohe based trustee positions were up for election. There were three nominations; Jane du Feu, Fred Te Miha and Margie Little. After voting closed, Margie Little and Fred Te Miha were the successful candidates. They will continue their mahi for a further three years with the Trust.

There was vigorous debate around the proposed changes to the Trust Deed by one member, which would have reduced the rohe positions from four to three and increased the general positions from three to four. It was also proposed that Trustees serve no more than 9 years in total on the Board. Both resolutions were lost.

Kaumātua reminded the members that the Trust was set up in this way to ensure that trusteeship was held strongly within the rohe. There was also a desire to have Trustees on the Board who carry the knowledge of Ngāti Tama iwi history, pre-and post-settlement

Ngāti Tama Staffing Capacity Grows

With four full time staff and two casual part-time staff the Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu office is abuzz. General Manager Frans van Boekhout along with the Board have recognised that as we move further into the post treaty settlement era the demand for Te Tau Ihu Iwi involvement on a whole is increasing

Local & regional authority, mining consents & permits, treaty legislation requirements, internal processes & policy, cultural projects are only a few jobs that Tama staff handle daily and this requires a well organised operations team.

The Battle to Save Te Waikoropupū Springs

On 13th March 2017 Ngāti Tama were in court to seek a judicial review to challenge the resource consent to take groundwater for commercial gain from our Wāhi Tapu Te Waikoropupū. This was due to the fact that the Tasman District Council granted an extension to Kahurangi Virgin Waters Ltd in 2013, despite our objection lodged in 2012. On 30th May 2017 the Judge ruled in our favour and ordered the Council to reconsider the water consent. On 5th June, the Environment Minister Nick Smith announced he had accepted our application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) over Te Waikoropupū along with the aquifers which feed it. This resulted in a special tribunal appointed on 17th July to consider the application. We’re expecting the next step to be a call for public submissions in September with hearings scheduled for later this year and a decision to follow in 2018. Then on 4th August, the Tasman District Council notified us of their decision to extend the lapsing date for the resource consent to Kahurangi Virgin Waters to take groundwater from our taonga for bottling. As we work our way through all the twist and turns of this journey, we’ll continue to keep you informed.

Ngāti Tama Office Staff: (top picture from left to right) Narissa Armstrong (Administrator), Heather Carter, Chrissy Randall, Renee Thomas (Senior Accounts Administrator), Frans van Boekhout (General Manager), Mane Tahere (Cultural & Communications Manager)
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Tama Cultural Development

There has been a growing desire in recent years within the trust to increase capacity and capabilities towards providing more cultural benefits to our members. In June, this year we made a huge leap forward by employing the new Cultural & Communications Manager, Mane Tahere.

This is a significant development for the Cultural Trust. One of the focus areas for Mane will be around revitalization projects and increasing benefits for our membership. Mane has started working on a range of cultural projects some of which you will be fully informed of very soon. These include “Kai tahi” an informal get together for Tama whānau to enjoy whanaungatanga as well as upcoming wānanga or Te Reo Māori initiatives and much more. As Mane settles in this will become an exciting space to watch and we encourage you all to participate in any or all upcoming activities.

Waari Ward-Holmes New Director

It was with great pleasure that at this year’s AGM we welcomed Waari Ward- Holmes as a new Director and now Chairman of Tama Asset Holding Company. He brings a wealth of expertise and experience having been involved in many high profile organisations such as Foodstuffs, ASB Trust, Sky City, Farmers and Wakatu Inc (Kono).

Waari Ward- Holmes is also of Ngāti Tama descent, born in Takaka and attended Nelson College. It is great to have one of our own whānau members help to foster and grow our iwi’s goals and aspirations Nau Mai, Hoki Mai e te Rangatira

Cultural Property Profile: Te Tai Tapu

We have strong connection to Te Tai Tapu. This connection transcends time with its spiritual and historical associations. We’re interconnected with the whenua, the waterways and are passionate about our Kaitiakitanga responsibilities. Part of this is protecting what we cherish for the benefit and enjoyment of all, and through the Treaty settlement process Te Tai Tapu was vested jointly in the Trustees of the Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust, the Trustees of the Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust and the Trustees of the Ngāti Rārua Settlement Trust. Then on the seventh day after settlement, the estate in Te Tai Tapu vested in the Crown as a gift back to the people of New Zealand.

In anticipation to the release of our Ngāti Tama Waiata booklet and CD resource for all our whānau, we will be promoting some of these Tama Waiata in our Te Puna Newsletters.


Waikoropupū Waikoropupū

Pupū ake te whenua

Pupū ake ko ngā wai ora Waikoropupū

Ngā puna wai o Takaka

Ngā puna roimata wairua Waikoropupū x2

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We proceeded with this direction believing it was the best form of protection for Te Tai Tapu. The future of Te Tai Tapu is incredibly uncertain due to the looming threat of exploration and exploitation, yet our resolve to stand true to our stance of no mining has not diminished. We’ll continue to do everything possible to achieve 100% protection for this taonga. It is reassuring to know that Ngāti Tama have always remained alert to what threatens Te Tai Tapu.

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Interesting Takahē facts:

Relocating Takahē

At the beginning of August discussions were held to relocate Takahē back into Kahurangi. Our Kaumātua John Ward-Holmes travelled with Chrissy Griffith, Barney Thomas from DOC, Mairangi Reiher for Mana Whenua ki Mohua, Harvey Ruru for Te Ātiawa and Rima Piggott for Ngāti Rārua, to the deepest recess of Te Waipounamu for this kōrero. They talked with the Iwi on the Marae at Riverton and visited the Burwood Takahē centre outside of Te Ānau, where 23 of these rare and beautiful birds will embark upon a journey for the alpine grasslands of Gouland Downs. Due to poor weather this is now planned to happen next year and we’ll keep you updated on progress, because with them is the hope of a new beginning.

- Thought to be extinct until 1948

- A flightless bird lives in alpine grasslands.

- Takahē lay between one and three eggs.

Pāteke (Brown Teal) Released

On the 30th of May 2017, twenty pāteke/brown teal were released into the Abel Tasman National Park, the second mainland South Island site where the rare native ducks can be found.

The translocation is part of Project Janszoon and the Department of Conservation's (DOC) work to restore the biodiversity of the Abel Tasman National Park. The juvenile birds were released after a pōwhiri at the Hadfield Clearing release site on the banks of the lower Awapoto River.

"It is wonderful to have pāteke back in our rohe. We appreciate the support from Ngātiwai, Project Janszoon, DOC, Pāteke Recovery Group and the Pāteke captive breeding network who are all working in harmony for the environment", says Manawhenua ki Mohua representative John WardHolmes.


Reminder Panui

- Re-discovered living in the Murchison Mountains.

- They need to feed nearly all day to gain the nutrition needed.

- On average one chick per breeding pair survives its first winter.

To Sealord & Sanford for their generosity towards seafood for our AGM

Public submissions onthe Waikoropupū springs Water ConservationOrder application will be called for in September, with hearings scheduled for laterthis year.

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Event Coming soon!!

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

An informal lunch (kai tahi) afternoon together for all Ngāti Tama whānau, tamariki mokopuna and kaumātua. Come eat, kōrero and enjoy whanaungatanga

Kaupapa for this event: whanaungatanga

Don’t forget whānau it is important if you have recently moved addresses or changed contact details to update these with the Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust Also, new whānau can register with the Trust by contacting our office.


Ngati Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Facebook

to make sure you stay informed on this event you can contact the office to register your interest.

Details to come soon keep posted to our facebook & website.

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