Te Puna Pānui of Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu, Issue 2, December 2017

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Issue #2, November 2017

Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust

P O Box 914

Nelson 7040

Ph. 03 548 1740




• Christmas Message

• Staff Farewells & Welcomes

• New Grants Programme

• Taonga Profile

• Kai Tahi Event

• Call for Expressions of interest

• Eel wānanga

Te Pito Kōrero

Ngā mihi aroha kia koutou te whānau o Ngāti Tama i roto i nga āhuatanga o te wā Kirihimete me te taenga mai o te tau hou. Ko te tūmanako mo tātou kia hari pai ngā whare katoa me ngā kakara pai ka puta i ngā kīhini. Me te pukukata kaha ka puta i ngā kokonga o te whare. Haere pai ki runga i nga rori me ngā haerenga katoa. He mihi nui rawa tenei kia koutou mō te awhi me te tautoko ki a matou ngā kaimahi. Me mahara tonu tātou, mei kore ko koutou, me kore ko matou. I mahi tahi ai tātou katoa ki te hāpai i ngā wawata, me nga whainga o Ngāti Tama whānui. Nō reira, tenei ngā mihi e kore e mutu

Welcome to our last pānui for 2017, in this our second issue of Te Puna Pānui we hope to update and inform you our whanau on what’s been happening in and around the Ngāti Tama iwi sphere, so we hope you enjoy reading our pānui.

Christmas message

As we near the end of another year, The Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Board & Staff extend our love and gratitude to all our whānau. Your untiring support, encouragement and strength has allowed us as Ngāti Tama whānaui to further build on the dreams and aspirations of our tupuna and the upcoming generations of Ngāti Tama leaders.

Our hope over the festive season is that your homes are filled with love, with laughter and the tantalizing aromas of Christmas and New-year feasts. May you travel safely in your journey’s and return with precious memories.

No reira Meri Kirihimete, ma te atua hei manaaki.

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Tama Korero

Farewell to Frans van Boekhout & Renee Thomas

It is with best hopes and wishes that we bid farewell to two of our Ngāti Tama office staff.

Frans van Boekhout General Manager

Frans has been with us for just over 18 months, during his time with the trust his contribution towards the development and growth at operations level has been immeasurable. Frans has decided to slow life down a little and looks forward to moving in to his new purpose built whare (home). E te rangatira, nei ra te mihi kia koe.

Renee Thomas – Senior Accounts Administrator

It has been a great privilege to have Renee as a staff member here at the Trust. Being a Ngati Tama iwi member, her appointment sufficed iwi ideals and long-standing preferences to have our own whanau working for their own iwi. Although this is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another for Renee, we wish her every great success in her future endeavours. Renee leaves us having started her own small business and continues to work towards achieving her entrepreneurial goals and aspirations. Ngā mihi aroha kia koe Renee.

New Resource Management Manager

2018 will see our new resource manager Kura Stafford join the Ngāti Tama operations team. Kura is a familiar face around Ngāti Tama as she has most recently been a Cultural Trust board member. Kura will bring with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the environmental and resource management sphere. Kura has been manager of local Tiakina Te Taiao before heading to her most current role as Project Manager with Ngāti Maniapoto Māori Trust Board. We look forward to welcoming Kura to the team in the new year.

Te Taiao o Te Ao Māori Ki Mohua Project

Skies were clear, the sun shining with a gentle gust of Mohua wind upon our faces. This set the scene for the first initial Te Taiao Ki Te Ao Maori Ki Mohua Project hui. It was Sunday 5th of November when Ngāti Tama whānau met at Onetahua Marae to discuss this kaupapa.

This project is a joint initiative between whānua ki Mohua & Ngāti Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu Cultural Trust with the project itself being funded through Te Pūtahitanga. The Project aims to enhance kaitiakitanga of Mohua across all spectrums of Te Ao Maori me Te Taiao. This first hui was to gain input from whānau on Kaupapa kōrero for future wānanga to be held in the new year.

It was a great start to the project with plenty of whanaungatanga (kinship) and kōrero flowing.

New Alumni & Success Programme

It is with great pleasure that we announce a new Trust initiative called “’Te Rōpū Angitu’’ . This initiative has been set up for all Ngāti Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu current & past students from all levels Whether you are involved in tertiary studies, vocational studies, trades training, apprenticeships or a year 13 high school student, this is an all-encompassing alumni & success kaupapa. The intention is to foster and grow our future leaders of tomorrow Through Te Rōpū Angitu we endeavour to:

➢ Engage or re-engage with whānau who have received an educational grant from Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust.

➢ Grow and foster alumni whanaungatanga to Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu Trust.

➢ Provide a forum for alumni to showcase acquired skills sets to the wider Tama whānau.

➢ To provide cadetship, employment or contracting opportunities to Te Rōpū Angitu members as a first choice, when and where applicable.

➢ Early engagement around succession planning for Ngāti Tama Ki Te Waipounamu Trust future.

If you are a year 13 high school student, current or past tertiary student, involved in any trade training, vocational or apprentice scheme please contact us to join. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook to keep informed on future events and opportunities.

Scholarship Recipient

Cultural Taonga Profile: Whale Jawbone

Approximately three summers, ago three Sperm Whales came aground at Rototai just out of Takaka, Mohua. Due to a Memorandum of Understanding that the three Iwi of Mohua have with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and because Rototai is a populated area, DOC used a boat to tow the Whales to Farewell Spit. There they were handled appropriately including having their jaw bones harvested and cleaned over several months. After that lengthy process was complete one jaw bone was gifted to each Manawhenua Iwi.

Our bone can be found in our reception area at the Ngāti Tama office Recently students from Golden Bay High School along with Robin Slow constructed a purpose-built stand to display this Taonga. The Totara wood base intrenched with local mohua seashells and Pounamu was sanded and donated by kaumatua John Ward-homes. We thank all those who had a hand in helping to build this display base for our taonga.

Kia ora whanau.

Ko Parapara te maunga.

Ko Pariwhakaoho te awa.

Ko Tokumaru to waka.

Ko Ngāti Tama me Te Āti Awa ko Te Waipounamu ngā iwi.

Ko Onetāhua te marae.

No Mōhua ahau.

Ko Bevan Billens, rāua ko Judith Meihana ōku kaumatua.

Ko Geoffrey Benge rāua ko Bronwynn Billens ōku mātua.

Ko Jozef Benge ahau.

I chose to study political science and international relations at Victoria University because I wanted to gain a better understanding of why so many people in Aotearoa are treated so badly by society. Pursuing my studies with this in mind led me to discover that the situation is much worse than I had initially realized.

This work was the hardest thing I have done in my life. The workload was exhausting, but what really made it hard was the combined weight of the emotional labour that comes with dealing with the horrific content of political philosophy, much of which is dedicated to justifying the abject poverty created by capitalist systems, and the living conditions students are subjected to in Aotearoa. Without the support of my friends and whanau there is no way I would have completed my degree, so I would like to thank Ngāti Tama from the bottom of my heart for the financial support that I received over the past three years. The pressure relieved by being given the freedom to pay off bills and restock the pantry when a Ngāti Tama cheque arrived in the mail was priceless. Thank you.

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Kai Tahi

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. On the 24th of February 2018 we will be holding our first Kai Tahi event. These Kai Tahi events are informal gatherings for any Ngāti Tama whānau to come along korero, katakata (laughter) and catch up over Kai.

There is no cost in attending and we hope to make these events a regular feature on our calendar. During the warmer months we will be hosting Kai Tahi around the Ngāti Tama motu (areas) so that whānau can learn more about the different significant area to us.

When: Saturday 24th, February 2018

10am – 3pm

Where: Wakapuaka (Delaware Bay) end of Maori Pa Road Places are limited to 30 people, so it is important to RSVP. *These events are weather dependant The rain day for this Kai Tahi is Sunday 25th, February 2018

For more information or to RSVP please contact the Tama Office

New Grants Programme for Ngāti Tama Whānau

The Ngāti Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu Cultural Trust are now pleased to introduce our reviewed grants programme for Ngati Tama Iwi members.

We believe the new structure of financial grants encourages and supports all aspects of academic pathways and non- academic pathways. There are also provisions for a new discretionary type fund called the Manaaki Grant.

The Manaaki Grant is to financially support registered members for any major or significant whānau events, achievements and or sporting events.

Parents (for 17 years and under), tertiary students & adults can apply for:

➢ Pre-school grant: up to $50 per year

➢ Primary school grant: up to $100 per year

➢ Intermediate school grant: up to $200 per year

➢ Secondary School grant: up to $300 per year

➢ Tertiary degree education grants: $1000 per year

➢ Postgraduate scholarship: $2500 one off

➢ Non-degree, Poly-technical courses/trade training: up to $500 per year

➢ Manaaki Grants: up to $500 per year

To apply for grants, you will need to be a registered iwi member of Ngāti Tama. Members are then encouraged to fill out the new application forms (available on request from the office) and return it to the Ngāti Tama office. From 2018 all grants (excluding the Manaaki grant) will have an open and close date for applying. These dates are:

Round 1: Opens January 1st – closes March 31st, 2018

Round 2: Opens July 1st – closes September 31st,2018

Manaaki Grants are open all year round

The applications will then be processed by staff before being presented to the Cultural Trust Board for consideration. It is important to note that grants are not guaranteed and are accepted or declined in accordance to our grants policy. All applications are assessed on a case by case basis.

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Ngāti Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu Cultural Trust Board

The Ngāti Tama Ki Te Tau Ihu Cultural Trust Board was set up as a charitable entity to provide benefits for Ngāti Tama iwi members. The intention is to hold and administer funds for the cultural, social, educational aspirations of the Ngāti Tama iwi.

Expression of interest are currently being called for by any persons whom may be interested in sitting as a trustee on this board. Persons interested would need to meet the following criteria.

➢ Be a registered Ngāti Tama Adult Member, 18 years or older

➢ Has not been convicted of any dishonesty offences under the Crimes Act 1961 or companies Act 1993

➢ Has not been disqualified from being an officer under section 16 of the Charities Act

Whānau who may be interested are asked to submit your curriculum vitae and a cover letter explaining your interest, to the Ngāti Tama office. Appointments will then be made by the main board.

Ngāti Tama’s representative announced in new aquaculture company

Toni Grant, one of three Directors on Tama Asset Holding Company, has been appointed by the Trust to be their representative in the new AMA company at the October 2017 Board hui. Toni is an experienced commercial director with considerable knowledge of the complexities of managing the collective iwi assets in aquaculture and fishing. She also represents Ngāti Tama’s interests on two other entities, Tui GP (mussel lines) and Kotato Limited (inshore and deep-sea fishing leases).

The AMAs are the Golden Bay and Tasman Bay Aquaculture Management Areas created in 2004 to give each of the eight manawhenua iwi a combined total of 20% of new aquaculture space as part of their Deeds of Settlement. The eight IAO’s (Iwi Aquaculture Organisation) have agreed to form a new company to further develop their allocation of aquaculture space and will now liaise with the Tasman District Council to gain resource consents.

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust, through TAHC, will continue involvement in the on-going development of the AMA’s for the benefit of future generations.

Eel Wānanga

Mana Whenua Ki Mohua held their very first eel wānanga on the weekend of November the 11th. With a great turnout from our rangatahi and parents much learning and fun was had by all.

Participants learnt traditional knowledge and methods of how to hunt sustainably and care for our tuna.

Mana Whenua Ki Mohua is a collective of three Iwi Ngāti Tama, Te Ᾱtiawa and Ngāti Rarua.

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