Te Puna Ngahuru 2024

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Cover photo credit: Jody Bennett

Rārangi Ūpoko

Tūiri te manu he para rau rere

Whakaomaoma ki tua o Kōhanga-te-rangi

I riro te tangata i te mārakiraki, i riro te tangata i te mātongatonga

I riro te tangata i te marangai, i riro te tangata i te māuru

I riro i tōna pou whakairo ki

tua o te moana tōrino

Ka uhiuhia ki te wai o nonokura,

Tāia, whiti ana ki te pō uriuri,

ki te pō tangotango,

Ki te kupenga nui o Taramainuku....

Tākiritia te Tini o Taramakau

ka rere,

ka rere hei whetū rikiriki

Ki te tāhūhū nui o Ranginui

e tū nei

Kau ana Rehua

Ko Puanga kei runga, ko Maru kei raro

Tēnei te aranga o te Tau o Puanga e… hai

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau o Ngāti Tama

It is at this time of year, from the end of ngahuru / autumn through to the end of hōtoke / winter, that iwi across the motu look to the night sky for guidance and inspiration. It is a time where we come together as whānau to reflect on the year that was, and the year ahead, and we will acknowledge the rising of Puanga and Matariki. We hope that you can take some time with your whānau to enjoy each other’s company and embrace our traditions.

We are pleased to present whānau with another edition of Te Puna, our source of key updates, insights, and stories from whānau, trustees and our Ngāti Tama office team. Within this edition we showcase and celebrate the achievements of our whānau, reflect on our Hui-ā-tau held at Whakatū Marae in February and our participation in Te Ipukarea at Waikawa in March. It is always encouraging to see whānau keen to participate in these events and we along with the trustees and staff enjoy spending time together with whānau and strengthening our relationships and connections to our rohe.

Ngahuru has provided some much-needed recovery and preparation time for the office team after a busy summer hosting events for whānau and with another busy summer ahead of us. Some things to look forward to include our Hui-ā-tau in December in Mohua / Golden Bay and wānanga to support cultural development Ngāti Tama members. We have shifted our Hui-ā-tau from February to December in the hope that it makes it more accessible for whānau, especially those who will also need to travel for Te Matatini. At the conclusion of Te Ipukarea in March 2024, Te Ātiawa handed over the mauri to us and we are looking forward to hosting the next Te Ipukarea. Watch this space for more information as our planning for the event progresses.

We are also excited to share with whānau a new housing opportunity through Hāpai and Ka Uruora – Te Piringa mai ki Te Aro in Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington. You can read more about this opportunity in this edition of Te Puna and we encourage interested whānau members to apply via Ka Uruora.

In this edition we acknowledge the passing of Archdeacon Andy Joseph, moe mai rā e koro, and we welcome our associate trustees and directors. It is heartening to see the high-level of interest from whānau who wish to contribute to the governance of Ngāti Tama.

Nā māua ko Butch, me te aroha nui ki a koutou katoa.


Hui-ā-Tau and Wānanga Whānau

15-16 FEBRUARY | 2024 | WHAKATŪ

A weekend of whakawhanaungatanga and connection with our whenua.

Day One - It began with a pōwhiri whereupon approximately a hundred iwi members and whānau were in attendance.

Due respect was paid to those who’d passed in the last year or so, and a table was set up for whānau to place photos of their loved ones, to be remembered throughout the weekend.

Upon the completion of the pōwhiri and kai whakanoa that evening, everyone was invited back into the pouwhare for karakia and whakawhanaungatanga (introductions). This gave whānau new to this experience, the opportunity to introduce themselves, offer some insights into their whānau connections to Ngāti Tama and indulge the audience in some friendly banter and fun. The evening was enjoyed by all which set the scene for a wonderful weekend ahead.

Ngāti Tama Whānau - Whakatū Marae
Fred Te Miha, Johannah Kātene and Moetū Tuuta sharing a laugh together.

Day Two - began with karakia and preparation for a busy day. Breakfast was had, the marae tidied, lunch was packed and the vans were filled to the brim with smiling children and contented parents. We travelled to Wakapuaka, where Ānaru conducted the mihi whakatau with support from members of the Wakapuaka 1B Trust. The Wakapuaka 1B Trust chairperson, Taku Pārai, extended a warm welcome as well and the formalities were concluded with a response and waiata from the whānau.

The group then made their way down the beach to the Haua cemetery to acknowledge the final resting place of our ancestors including Ngārongoā (Hūria Mātenga) and her husband Hēmi. It was very solemn but memorable and conducted with ceremony befitting the occasion. The visit coincided with the launch of the bilingual resource booklet and historical account aptly named ‘Wakapuaka’, which has been made available to whānau, schools and local groups.

One of the highlights of the trip was the visit to Cable Bay where Tasman Bay Guardians provided a snorkelling experience for all age groups, including our pahake (senior iwi members). The day was capped off with a sumptuous barbeque lunch and salads.

Day Three - saw the Hui-Ā-Tau (AGM) take centre stage in the pouwhare Kakati, where whānau were given an insight into the internal workings of the Ngāti Tama board and their achievements to date. At the end, they were given the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on certain issues raised during the hui. The children were well catered for with games and activities on the marae proper, while the adults attended the hui.

At the completion of yet another successful AGM, everyone went home well fed, watered and a little more enlightened than when they arrived. They had met long lost relatives, made new friends and acquaintances and began enduring connections with the promise of returning at the end of the year, with more whānau members, to do it all again.



Friday 6th - Pōwhiri 5pm (Onetahua Marae)

Saturday 7th – Significant site visits (TBA)

Sunday 8th – AGM (Tākaka Primary School)

He huinga tāngata, He koanga ngākau

PHOTOS: Whānau at the Hui-ā-Tau (Whakatū Marae) and significant site visit - Wakapuaka and Rotokura (Cable Bay)

Te Ipukarea 2024

1-2 MARCH | 2024 | WAIKAWA

Te Ātiawa o te Waka-ā-Maui hosted Ipukarea this year in Waikawa.

Ngāti Tama had 62 whānau members taking part in our teams this year which included mixed netball, euchre, golf, tamariki, rangatahi and mixed touch, waka ama, e-games, tug-o-war, kaumātua olympics and many more.

Our whānau stayed at the Wairau Holiday Park in Waitohi (Picton) and some AirBnBs. Tamariki were well entertained as the facilities at the park included a pool and playground, where many hours were spent.

Te Ipukarea, as usual, was another great event and Te Ātiawa did an amazing job hosting. Their manaakitanga from the pōwhiri to the poroaki didn't go un-noticed. The inclusion of new sports such as mussel shucking, e-games and tug-o-war were an awesome addition for our whānau.

This year Ngāti Tama won the euchre, tug-o-war and came second in the netball. One of the best years we’ve had so far.

We always welcome more whānau into teams. As we are hosting next year, we would love to get a bigger representation of Ngāti Tama whānau taking part, therefore if you have tamariki in particular, who don’t do or like sport, bring them along anyway to join in the fun, meet lots of new people and there’s always plenty of kai!!

We received the mauri from Te Ātiawa for the next festival and look foward to hosting everyone next year in 2025!! We are starting to plan now and if you are interested or can help out in anyway, please keep an eye out for our future communications regarding this - particularly in roles such as coaches and managers.

Tēnā tātou katoa.

Iyla La'auli receiving the mauri from Te Ātiawa for Te Ipukarea 2025 to be hosted by Ngāti Tama in Whakatū.
The hard working teams taking part at Ipukarea 2024.

Water Conservation Order Celebration


Back in September 2023, the Environment Court granted Te Waikoropupū Springs the highest level of protection, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to preserve this taonga.

On Friday, 8 December, Ngāti Tama whānau and friends gathered at Waikoropupū Springs to commemorate this remarkable achievement.

The announcement of the Water Conservation Order (WCO) by then Environment Minister David Parker was the culmination of a decade-long battle led by Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust and Tākaka resident Andrew Yuill. The enduring commitment of the community and iwi members played a pivotal role in securing this momentous recognition.

The celebration on 8 December included karakia and waiata and Margie Little, Kura Stafford, and Andrew Yuill shared

insights into the ten-year process, paying homage to those who have passed and played a crucial role in securing the WCO.

Following the formal proceedings, a shared kai took place at Molly B's in Pōhara, coinciding with the celebration of Te Ahu Rei's 65th birthday, Cultural Manager at Ngāti Tama. Waiata remained a significant part of the festivities, with Te Ahu bringing out the guitar, and whānau singing together throughout the night.

Ngā mihi to all those involved – this historic achievement reflects a shared commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Te Waikoropupū Springs, ensuring its legacy for generations to come.

Photo credit - Naomi Aporo

ora te wai,


Te Here-ā-Nuku | Making the Tenths Whole

Here’s the latest on this important kaupapa to hold the Crown to account to make good on the Nelson Tenths.


The High Court decision is expected to be delivered before the end of August. It will outline the remedies to be returned to the customary Māori owners of the Nelson Tenths Reserves, which may include the return of whenua, and/or compensation for the economic and cultural losses suffered.

It was incredibly disappointing to see that the Government allocated $3.6 million of taxpayer funds in this year's Budget to appeal the High Court's decision, even though it has not yet been issued.

The Budget allocation is designated for Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations. It follows the $5 million allocated last year to contest our claims in court.

We know that resolving this case is in the best interest of all parties and, despite this move from the Government, we maintain our hope for a positive resolution. We used the Budget announcement as an opportunity to reiterate our request to meet with Hon Judith Collins, the defendant on behalf of the Crown, kanohi ki te kanohi, to reach a constructive outcome, rather than continuing with costly litigation.


As the decision approaches and we look to the future and the opportunities offered by a resolution to this matter, we have expanded the working group who are steering this kaupapa.

The Working Group is working together for the collective wellbeing and benefit of Ngā Uri – those people who are direct descendants of those tūpuna identified on the Native Land Court List 1892. Its overarching purpose is to support the work of kaumātua Rore Stafford, as well as working behind the scenes on the development of a new entity that will receive and manage what the court will ultimately determine as an appropriate remedy.

We’ll share more information and introduce the members of the group in our next communication.


As part of our strategy to keep this kaupapa front and centre of the Government’s mind, we have been working to show that the Government’s ongoing failure to resolve the case is a breach of the human rights of the customary Māori owners.

Recently we welcomed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mr Calí Tzay, to our rohe. His visit started at Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka and continued around a number of sites of significance to the case, including Kaiteretere.

The understanding and knowledge that he gathered will be useful as we continue to remind the Government of their international obligations regarding human rights in relation to our case.


There will be a number of hui in the coming months for our whānau to stay updated and hear about next steps, this will include some initial thinking around a potential framework for the development of a new entity that will be established to receive any remedies awarded.

Meantime, please follow the Te Here-ā-Nuku | Making the Tenths Whole social channels - this is where news of the decision will be shared.





Image courtesy of Wakatū Incorporation. Photo credit: Melissa Banks

Eruera Te Rauhihi - 'Old Charlie'

Research supplied by Wakatū Incorporation

As part of Te Haere-ā-Nuku | Making the Tenths Whole, we are actively working to bring our whānau back together. We're regularly sharing information about Tenths tūpuna on our channels.

Please consider joining us on Te Here-ā-Nuku Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Ngāti Tama Kōrero


16 MARCH - 30 JUNE | 2024 | SUTER ART

On the 16 March, Ngāti Tama supported the launch of the Suter Art Gallery's 125 year celebration. The karakia ceremony to open the proceedings and the celebration of serving the local community for 125 years was led by Hēmi Sundgren and Shane Graham. It also included the launch of the three exhibitions at The Suter 'ARTrageous', 'Still Life... In the Old Genre' and 'Let's Face It' including the 'Wreck of the Delaware' by Sally Burton.

In the week prior to the celebration a contingent of iwi members and whānau were present at the Suter to oversee the preparation of the Lindauer portrait of Hūria Mātenga for the exhibition. The formalities included addresses by the director of the gallery Julie Catchpole and the mayor Nick Smith.




On a crisp but beautiful morning on 4 June a small team gathered to bless the new interpretation panel at Pokororo on the banks of the Motueka Awa.

Sited up the Motueka Valley alongside Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, the panel shares pūrākau of the origins and the importance of the Motueka Awa to Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa o Te Waka ā Maui, and Ngāti Rārua. Iwi representatives were present to celebrate alongside representatives from the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust, Tasman District Council and the Motueka Catchment Collective.

The panel is sited at a notable landmark on Tasman's Great Taste Trail, the Pokororo Swingbridge. A special feature of the panel is the artwork designed by Hēmi Sundgren - CEO of Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust.




Early on Saturday 6 April, as the sun rose over the moana, representatives of Ngāti Tama, along with representatives from several other Te Tauihu iwi, gathered to welcome the arrival of four waka hourua into Kaiteretere.

This marked the beginning of Te Hau Kōmaru and its third national festival.

We welcomed Kahu Rōpata, Hōhepa Solomon and whānau who were charged with transporting the mouri 'Maungaroa' to the biennial festival venue.

According to tradition, Maungaroa is the anchor stone of the waka Matawhaorua which was commanded by Kupe.

The anchor is kept temporarily at Te Papa in Wellington and is returned to its current storage facility at Te Pātaka in Porirua.

Festival co-chairperson Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr said, “It’s really significant to be able to bring the festival and all these waka hourua to Te Tauihu, to continue our mahi of protecting and bringing awareness to kaupapa waka.”

Following formalities many whānau were able to enjoy a close up encounter on the waka as part of the public open days held.

Scholarship recognises a lifetime of service


For almost 25 years, Moetu Tuuta has served his iwi and community with pride. He is honoured to be recognised with the Janice Manson Memorial scholarship for 2024.

Moetu’s whakapapa connects him to Taranaki through Ngāti Mutunga and to Te Tauihu o te Waka a Maui through Ngāti Rarua, Te Ātiawa, and Ngāti Tama iwi. His colleagues in the Ngāti Tama office encouraged him to apply for the scholarship, which is awarded in partnership with Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).

The scholarship is named in honour of Janice Manson, who was a prominent Iwi leader within Te Tauihu and served as a Māori advocate on the academic council of NMIT. NMIT acknowledges the impact her leadership had on the institute and commit to memorialising her contribution.

A respected stalwart of the local community, Moetū has sat on various boards and committees over the years, including those overseeing Ngāti Tama marae affairs, the local museum, and environmental issues.

His current mahi includes being an iwi monitor, which involves checking development sites for taonga or items of significance for Māori.

“My iwi is my driving force,” he says. “If I have the resources to do it, I want to help. In the past there wasn’t much pūtea (money) but we tried to get strategies in place to help with revitalization and protection.”

Moetū is currently studying te reo Level 1 and Level 2 at NMIT.

“I left school at 15 in 1972 and I never had the introduction to te reo. But I’m learning it now,” he says. “It’s been the best decision. It will be something I'll keep doing for the rest of my life. I'm always learning.”

Moetū says NMIT is more than just a place to study.

"It’s like having another family. I enjoy the kaiako (teachers) – they explain things well, they welcome everyone and make sure everyone is respecting each other. I’ve got to know my classmates really well. We have fun together.”

“My iwi is my driving force. If I have the resources to do it, I want to help."
Article written by Jody Bennett (Communications Advisor - Te Pūkenga) Photo credit: Jody Bennett

Not one to simply attend class, Moetu has become a big part of the wider whānau at Te Toki Pakohe (the Māori learning centre at NMIT). He usually comes in well before class to help the team to set up for class.

“It’s also about helping the others. I do whatever I can,” he says. “I’m a morning person so I get up early on kura days. I like to get everything ready.”

Soraya Paki Paki, NMIT Curriculum Area Manager said the kaiako (teachers) and ākonga (learners) feel lucky to have Moetū studying with them in Te Toki Pakohe.

“He adds a very special presence and helps keep our whare warm,” she said.

His fellow ākonga also enjoy having Moetū in class, saying he is “knowledgeable, warm, wise, and passionate about his reo,” and “He ngākau māhaki tōna (he is humble).”

Receiving the scholarship was a humbling experience for Moetū.

“I’m not one to be in the limelight, I try to stay out of it really. I was a bit overwhelmed! Everyone came from the Ngāti Tama office and took pictures. I'm a bit whakamā (shy). I was glad I didn’t have to do a speech!”

He ngākau māhaki tōna

Janice is of Ngāti Tama descent. She was a committed advocate of cross-cultural partnerships and an active promoter of the arts, particularly Māori visual culture. She was directly involved in supporting exhibitions by local Māori artists at the Suter te Aratoi o Whakatū Art Museum, as well as the annual exhibitions of children's art based on Māori themes and designs, produced by Nelson Kauapapa Māori Arts Inc of which Janice was a life member.

Janice was on the NMIT Academic council and for 15 years was a resource teacher for Māori in the Nelson region - later becoming Chair of the Ngāti Tama Trust overseeing preparations for the Trust's Waitangi Claims hearings.

Iwi, hāpu and whānau were a large part of her life and concerns. She chaired Te Rōpū Manaaki (the Iwi Safer communities Council) and was a member of the Crime Prevention Unit. She was a stanch advocate of strong well-informed and successful development initiatives for Māori in the region.

Janice was a busy, warm and involved person, feeling deeply about people and issues, she is sadly missed and fondly remembered by her whānau and the many hundreds of people she touched and changed in a life cut too soon.

Ngāti Tama trustees, staff, whānau and friends, at the scholarship ceremony to tautoko Moetū.





Recently we celebrated a significant milestone, Fred Te Miha's 80th birthday at the Hotel Nelson. It was so great to see Fred relaxed and mingling with his whānau and friends in a beautiful setting. The kaimoana was outstanding with many people asking for the recipe to the seafood chowder and the birthday cake.

As Butch Little said in his speech, Fred is one of life's characters who leaves a lasting impression wherever he goes. An avid hunter, collector and farmer who reminded Butch of iconic personalities like Barry Crump, Albert Steptoe and Old MacDonald. However above all, Fred is a staunch Ngāti Tama advocate. He has a wealth of knowledge and played a significant role in leading Ngāti Tama through the Waitangi Settlement process to ensure our mana was upheld. A rangitira in every sense.

We thank Fred for sharing a night in wonderful company. It seems there must be something in the water in Motueka, because Fred doesn't seem to age. He has already invited us to his 90th birthday in 2034!

Friends and whānau of Fred's gather to celebrate his 80th birthday

Upcoming Events



This four-day event is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whānau and the masses of passionate kapa haka fans throughout the world.

Ngāti Tama whānau taking part in kapa haka regionals

Two mokopuna of Mataaria Te Waari and Ngāhui Te Rei stood at the Taumata Rau regional kapa haka competitions in Palmerston North recently. Taarewa i-te-rangi (20 years) and Te Koomuri Aroha (15 years) both performed for their rōpū Te Tū Mataora and will represent the Manawatū region at Te Matatini in New Plymouth next February.

They are both grateful recipients of education grants received from the Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust during their time at Mana Tamariki Kura Kaupapa Māori in Palmerston North. Te Koomuri Aroha is currently in Year 11.

Other whānau members taking part are Te Pūoho Stephens and Hāpai Cameron performing for Te Kuru Marutea and Tūroa Stephens performing for Taumata o Apanui.

TOP: Te Koomuri Aroha and Taarewa i-te-rangi (seated extreme left and right)

MIDDLE: Te Pūoho Stephens and Hāpai Cameron (behind)

BOTTOM: Tūroa Stephens (Photo credit - Erica Sinclair Photography)



Nau mai ki Te Tauihu! We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the rohe. The countdown is on. For session times and tickets available now... online from https://tickets.ticketspace.co.nz/tickets/nga-kapa-haka-kura-tuarua-o-aotearoa


The Nelson City Council in collaboration with Ngā Iwi e Waru o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui, is organising the annual celebration starting with a Mākete Pō (Night Market) including a range of kai, light art displays as well as Māori arts and crafts. The evening will conclude with a concert involving local musicians, with the main act being Maisey Rika.

He Ranga Kōrero

Aspects of the language and culture

“He waka eke noa”


Online through zoom

Dan Solomon


Recent appointments

Tēnā koutou e te iwi,

Ko Arihia Kauhoe tōku tūpuna

Nō te whānau Rei me te whānau Manuirirangi ahau.

I am honoured and humbled to serve as an Associate Trustee alongside the Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Board, where I can support the mission and values of Ngāti Tama, working towards positive outcomes for our whānau whānui.

Moving to Te Tauihu in 2020, my first connection with Ngāti Tama sparked a journey filled with warmth and welcome.

Overcoming initial anxieties, my whānau and I immersed ourselves in various iwi kaupapa, leading to a deep sense of belonging. My experience with Ngāti Tama has been defined by manaakitanga and aroha, inspiring me to ensure others feel the same sense of welcome and appreciation. I am committed to honouring the legacy of our tūpuna by striving for a positive future for generations to come.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

Ngā mihi maioha. Dan Solomon




Kia ora tātou

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Wharepapa te maunga

Ko Mahitahi te awa

Ko Ngāti Tama, ko Te Āti Awa ōku iwi

Nō Māpua ahau

Ko John Mitchell rāua ko Hilary Mitchell ōku mātua

Ko Luke Mitchell tōku ingoa

It is a great honour to be appointed as an Associate Director of Tama Asset Holding Company. My main objectives for the time of my appointment are to learn as much as I can from our experienced and highly successful Board, to support them in their endeavours and specifically to understand how to construct and maintain a financially and environmentally sustainable investment portfolio.

Since September 2022 I have been serving on the Ngāti Tama Audit and Risk Komiti under the leadership of Phil Sparks, which has been an excellent introduction into the workings of the Trust and associated entities. We are very fortunate to have both a strong leadership team and highly capable and professional staff.

My day job is with Te Pēke o Aotearoa (BNZ) working as a Pricing Manager for business lending, managing pricing policies and supporting our national distribution networks. The BNZ has been supportive of my work with Ngāti Tama and is a leading company for Māori participation in the workforce.

I am married to Cindy and we enjoy living in the village of Māpua. We love animals and are currently looking after four cats, 20 tūī, a weka, blackbirds, sparrows and hedgehogs. In my spare time I paint landscape-based abstract pictures.

In 2024 I started learning Te Reo Māori with Te Ataarangi. This is a really important part of my journey in Te Ao Māori – a journey that started in my mind many years ago listening to the stories and whakapapa as told by my parents, and became real with Ngāti Tama.

Recent appointments

Hoani Tākao



Senae Mitchell



Kia ora e te whānau, I am excited at the opportunity of being an Associate Trustee. The kaupapa that this role represents aligns with my passion for positive outcomes, specific to our people of Ngāti Tama. To be an Associate Trustee for an organisation I have a connection to give me a greater purpose. I not only represent myself but my whānau who I feel greatly supported by.

The kaupapa Ngāti Tama is involved in aligns with my values which are intrinsic to us as Māori. Key values that lead me in my day-to-day life, which begins in my home with my whānau. I am a family man, a proud husband and father, my wife and I have five children. We are fortunate to be living in Te Tauihu which I feel very connected to. I enjoy engaging in kaupapa that grows my connection and learnings, specifically in kaupapa Māori spaces. I am a sports fan, more so a spectator and supporter for my tamariki these days. While in this role I will be learning, building relationships, and gaining knowledge from an inspiring Board, kaimahi and the wider whānau of Ngati Tama. Reciprocity is important and I look forward to offering my services in any way, shape or form that aligns best with the kaupapa.

He mokopuna taku iti, he mokopuna taku rahi. I am a descendant so I must remain humble, I’ll also have descendants so what I do is important Ngā mihi. Hoani Tākao.

Nāu te rourou, nāku rourou ka ora ai te iwi

I te taha o tōku pāpā he uri tēnei nō

Tākaka ki Mohua tōku papakāinga tūturu

Ko Parapara tōku maunga

Ko Pariwhakaoho tōku awa

Ko Tai Tapu tōku moana

Ko Tokomaru tōku waka

Ko Onetahua tōku marae

Ko Ngāti Tama tōku iwi

Ko Terry Mitchell tōku pāpā

Ko Māui Mitchell rāua ko Doreen Small ōku mātua

Ko Niwa rātou ko Kainoa ko Arama āku tamariki

Currently I reside in Bay of Plenty at the pictuesque Pukehina Beach. I am a mother of three young adult sons and an Occupational Therapist working as an Equity Program lead in the primary health sector.

My expertise lies in hauora, supplemented by extensive experience in Board governance, community fund clinical assessment, and the development and delivery of culturally responsive clinical training.

My aspiration during my time as an Associative Trustee is to develop knowledge and skills required for future Board membership. I look forward to the opportunity to support our current Trust in developing and maintaining an organisation that continues to strengthen our Ngāti Tama whānau, resources and overall long term direction of the Board.

It is an honour to represent my whānau through the Associative Trustee role and I believe my various skills, experience and dedication will allow me to contribute positively to the Trust whilst fulfiling a personal vision to contribute back to our iwi and the future of our tamariki.

Archdeacon Emeritus Andy Joseph QSM

19 FEBRUARY 1928 - 29 MAY 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Andy Joseph 'Uncle Andy' peacefully at home surrounded by his loving whānau.


Ka tanuku! Ka tanuku!

Ka tanuku te tihi o Moketapu ā hā hā!

E kapo ki ngā whetū. E kapo ki te marama.

E kapo ki te ata o taku raukura ka riro nei.

E te koroua Ānaru, e te Ātiriīkona o ngā pononga, e te rangatira o te iwi.

E te kāwai whakaheke o Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Maniapoto me Ngāti Rārua.

E pā, ‘nei rā tō hoa pūmau, ō tamariki me ō mokopuna e haku ana, e tangi mōteatea ana i tō hinganga.

Kauria rā te moana nui, kia piki ai koe ki te kāinga otinga mōu.

Archdeacon Andy Joseph, a revered kaumātua in Nelson, has passed away at 86, leaving a profound legacy of service and leadership spanning over 40 years. Known for his caring spirit and ability to unify, Uncle Andy received the Queen's Service Medal in 2014 for his dedicated community work.

As kaumātua for Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, and Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Uncle Andy tirelessly promoted Māori cultural awareness. His compassionate service extended to Queen Mary Hospital in Hanmer Springs, where he supported patients facing addiction.

Beyond official duties, Uncle Andy engaged deeply with various groups, emphasizing service and the use of personal

gifts for community benefit. Nelson Mayor Nick Smith hailed him as "a great leader and true gentleman," recalling his pivotal role during crises like the Christchurch earthquake.

While mourned by his whānau and community, Andy Joseph's life is celebrated for its profound impact on Nelson and beyond. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched with his kindness, wisdom, and commitment to others.

E te whānau, e kui Rāmari, tēnei mātou e tangi atu nei i te ngaronga o tō tātou pāpā a Ānaru. Kia tau mai ngā manaakitanga o te runga rawa ki runga i a koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Moe mai rā e Koro, e au ai te moe.

Our Vision


Our place, our people, our destiny

Our Mission


Success will depend on each of our contributions

Our Values

TŪ RANGATIRA - Courage, determination, growth

AKONA KIA TUPU - Learn, teach, evolve MANA TIAKI - Restore, protect, sustain AROTAHI AI TĀTOU - Collective, unified, inclusive












Our reo journeys

How did my learning journey begin?

I tipu ake mātau ko aku tungāne i Tokoroa. I taua wā, he kaiako taku kōkā, he kaitaraiwa taraka taku pāpā. I a mātou e tipu ake ana i Tokoroa, karekau he kōhanga reo, karekau he kura kaupapa Māori.

Ahakoa i mārama pai ōku mātua ki te reo Māori, ehara tō mātau kāinga i te kāinga reo Māori anake, hāunga rā ngā wā i tae mai ōku kuia ki te nohotahi ki tō mātou taha, me ō rāua arero Māori. Engari, he kāinga reo rua tō mātōu kāinga. Kāre au i te paku mōhio he rerekē tō mātōu kāinga ki ērā atu kāinga o te ao, nā te mea he maha ngā kāinga reo rua i tō mātau hapori: Māori mai, Kuki Airani mai, Hāmoa mai. Waimarie katoa ahau ki te tipu ake i tēnei momo taiao.

Who has contributed most to my reo journey?

Nā tōku tipuna kōkā a Hēni Henderson (nee Paenga), nō Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Konohi hoki, tōku reo. Ko te reo Māori tōna reo tuatahi. Nāna taku reo i poipoi. Hāunga rā i a ia, ko ētahi o ōku kaiako i te kura tuatahi, ko Nanny Wassy Poumako tērā, ko Matua Bob Gray tērā. Nō Whanganui a Matua Bob, nō Te Arawa a Nanny Wassy. Nā rātōu, i rongo au i te reka o te reo o te awa o Whanganui, o Te Arawa waka, o Ngāti Porou whānui. I te kura tuarua o Hato Hōhepa i Ahuriri i akongia e au tēnei mea te wete reo. Whuuu, kātahi te akoranga hou ko tērā. Ko Miss Kingi tērā i whakaakongia ngā ture wete reo ki a mātou. I tēnei rangi tonu, ko ia tētahi o aku tino pou mō te reo.

Riaana Rāmeka

Ko Parapara te maunga

Ko Pariwhakaoho te awa

Ko Te Waikoropupū te puna wai

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Onetahua te marae

Ko Rāmeka Te Ketu rāua ko Te Ketu Rāmeka

ōku tīpuna

Ko Ngāti Tama ki te Tauihu te iwi

Tēnā tātou katoa

What have been the most significant challenges in mine/ my whanau’s learning journey?

Ko te mea taumaha ki au, ko te kimi i tētahi ao reo Māori. Ko te tūmanako kia kimi hoa reo Māori au i taku wāhi mahi, ki aku karapu hākinakina ki te hapori whānui hoki. Engari, atu i te kōhanga reo, te kura kaupapa, te wharekura hoki, ruarua noa iho ngā tāngata reo Māori i taku ao.

Why is Reo so important to me? To us?

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori!

Ahakoa kei te ora tonu te tangata kore reo Māori. Ki te whakatō te reo ki roto i a ia, ka puawai tōna ao ki taumata kē.

Ehara nō ngāi Māori te hē mō te tata matenga o tō tātou reo rangatira, nō te Kāwanatanga kē. Engari, ko tō mātou mahi ināianei, kia mahi tahi tātōu ki te whakarauora i te reo mō ngā uri whakaheke. Kei roto kē te reo i a tātou. Ki te kore tō tātou reo, me pēhea tātou? Koinā te take mō te whawhai mō te reo. Ehara mā mātōu anake. Mā ō tātou uri.

What does “Tama Tū ki te Tauihu, Tama ora ki te ao mean for you and your whānau?

Ki a au nei. Ko te Tauihu tō mātou tūrangawaewae. Kei reira te tuakiri o tēnei peka o tōku whānau. Ki te tū pakari tātou ki tō tātou whenua o te Tauihu, kia tū pakari ai tātou ki ngā tōpito katoa o te ao, hei kanohi mō te iwi. Ko tō tātou whenua, me ō tātou marae te punga kia whakatō mai i a tātou ki te kāinga, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa ki hea.

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko wai au?

Ko Parapara te maunga.

Ko Te Taitapu te moana.

Ko Pariwhakaoho te awa.

Ko Tokomaru te waka.

Ko Onetahua tōku pā.

Ko Ngāti Tama rāua ko Te Āti Awa ki Te Tauihu ōku iwi.

Ko Ngāti Te Whiti te hapū o Te Āti Awa.

Ko tēnei tōku whānau.

Ko Te Amohau Waari-Homu rātou ko Fred Lee, ko Kay Hanson me Kenneth Pember ōku tūpuna.

Ko Moana Pember rāua ko Jim Pember ōku mātua.

Ko Kingi Mathews rāua ko Elizabeth Mathews ōku hungarei.

Ko Kristen Mathews tōku hoa rangatira.

Ko Bailey rātou, ko Kayla, ko Quiana, ko Devon, me Tori āku tamariki

I tipu ake au i Kāpiti engari ināianei

e noho ana au ki Pae tū mōkai i Te Wairarapa.

Ko Greg Pember ahau.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Greg Pember

How did my learning journey begin?

Our reo journey was truly sparked by a South Island holiday, a strong spiritual feeling made us feel at home, and when we returned to the North Island, we felt we belonged in the south, this is where we will now spend all of our holidays until we find a suitable home in the South. Ever since our first South Island visit, we decided to immerse ourselves in everything to do with Māori. We both neglected our Māori side most of our lives, so this felt like a fresh start for us and it opened up a whole new world.

Who has contributed most to my reo journey?

Te Wānanga o Raukawa has been the biggest help in our reo journey, alongside Te Ahu and Jasmine hosting the monthly zoom sessions where we felt included, but not pressured to participate. These have been very enjoyable to attend. Meeting the Ngāti Tama Board of Trustees felt intimidating at first, but we soon realised how loving, caring and helpful everyone on the team was and still is.

What have been the most significant challenges in my whānau’s learning journey?

Having enough time to work together as a family and learn more, faster. And finding the appropriate funds to learn what our ancestors did and passed on to the younger generations. We are trying to incorporate it into our daily lives to ensure our children and grandchildren can value these taonga and continue these traditions for many more years to come.

Why is Reo so important to me? To us?

Honestly, it never was to us. We think many people get this huge sense of, now is the time for my journey, to reconnect, to embrace who we are and where we truly come from. Each step along the way has made us feel more in touch with our Māori side.

What does “Tama Tū ki te Tauihu, Tama Ora ki te ao mean for you and your whānau?

For my whānau and I, our home is in Te Tauihu, no matter where we are. Our ancestral roots in Te Tauihu hold a profound significance for us. When we visit, we feel enveloped in a sense of belonging and love, connecting us to our heritage and grounding us no matter where life takes us. Te Tauihu isn’t just a place on a map, its where our hearts call home.

"Te Tauihu isn’t just a place on a map, it's where our hearts call home"

Melissa Luke

As a child I was privileged enough to be raised whilst my maternal great grandparents were still alive. They were fluent in the reo and active on marae including Maraeroa and Takapūwāhia, where the reo was always spoken in their home. My parents lived with them as young teenage parents and so the language was around me from birth. I attended Maraeroa kōhanga reo in the mid 80’s with my brother, alongside my Koko who was the caretaker of the kōhanga and marae grounds.

My disconnection happened when my parents bought their first house in Takapūwāhia, which seems a bit contradictory. Although raised around my marae and in the pā, many of my grandparents and parents’ generation did not speak the reo. My great grandparents passed when I was 9 and 14 and the link to the language and our connection to the wider whānau left with them. Moving to the Kāpiti Coast at age nine further disconnected my whānau from the language and the only

connection to the reo for me, was through school kapa haka and when we went back to the marae.

As an adult I moved back to Porirua and my reo journey ignited again through my love of whakapapa and history. As I learnt more about my whānau and whenua connections it became important to me that my daughter Stacey, was also connected. Most of the kaupapa initiatives I knew about at the time were rangatahi focussed, and so I lived vicariously through what she learnt. Seeing my daughter come home invigorated with all this knowledge made me envious and so I started my first reo night classes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa under the tutelage of Hori Paa. In hindsight, I wasn’t quite ready, as I still felt disconnected in the sense I had to learn where and who I came from, so I only completed level 2 of that journey. I wanted the reo to mean more to me than the spoken word.

Covid came around and with the extra time I researched more of my whakapapa and started sharing my learnings. My aunty Ngāwaina took notice and added me to a whānau Facebook page where I met my cousin Īhaka Griffin who encouraged me and my whānau to connect to our Te Tauihu iwi. Being able to connect in person to the whenua and the wider whānau, participating in iwi wānanga, attending AGMs and other kaupapa like the Wakatū wānanga, Ahikaa and the Ngāruahine wāhi tapu wānanga. Having other iwi opportunities present themselves, plus accepting a position in a Māori kaupapa driven workforce, Ngā Poutoko Aromatawai Māori at NZQA where the reo is prominent – my reasons why I should learn the reo started to align. Knowing myself and where I come from better gave me the drive and reasons to learn.

I am currently enrolled in Te Ataarangi which I attend with my daughter and am enrolled in Te Pōkaitahi Reo. I’m lucky to have the support of my work whānau who encourage the reo to be spoken every day, and who teach me to embrace my mistakes and to keep learning. Being able to have conversations with my partner’s daughter who attends Kura Kaupapa Māori is good practice for me as well. I try to take advantage of as many kaupapa as time will allow and encourage my daughter to participate as well. Surrounding myself with likeminded people is important to my learning journey.

"... find your why and own it"

There was a noticeable shift when I started learning about my whakapapa, whenua and reo, as it grounded and humbled me and made me feel stronger. Knowing what I know now pushes me to provide at least a base for future generations. My tip for anyone on their journey is find your why and own it. Make mistakes and learn from them, use all the support available and kaua e whakamā - something I’m still learning to overcome.

Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo 2024

This is an excerpt from the presentation given by Te Ahu Rei at the Te Kaiaotanga o Te Reo symposium in Waiharakeke on 30 May 2024.


Ko te tapa ingoa ki ngā wāhi, ki ngā taonga me ngā tāngata ngā kaupapa e titi kaha nei ki te ngākau. Here are some issues around naming places, taonga species and people, that I’m very passionate about.


Have you ever wondered how our place names have evolved? Perhaps through misunderstanding due to not knowing the Māori. Language, has led to mishearing and consequently

mispronouncing the name? Also consider the ‘Taranaki linguistic footprint’. Namely the Taranaki dialect, using the ‘glottal stop’ or dropping the ‘h’ like ‘haere mai’ becomes ‘aere mai’ and 'whakarongo' becomes 'w’akarongo'.

Maybe a combination of these factors has led to our current situation as we strive to make sense of these insights into our shared history.

Hei whakaarotanga ake mā tātou – tirohia te whakapapa. Here are some examples of place names for your consideration.


MAHITAHI Ma’ita’i Maitai Maitai to work collaboratively

WAIMEHA Waime’a Waimea Waimea weak, tasteless, insipid water

POUHĀROA Pou’āroa Pahaara Pōhara low tide mark, calm sea

WHAKATŪ W’akatū Wakatū Wakatū establish

KAITERETERE Kaiteriteri Kaiteriteri a company of travellers by sea

RIUWAKA Rīwaka Rīwaka hull of canoe

MĀRAHAU Māra’au Marahau Marahau cultivations

WAIKOROPUPŪ Waikoropūpū Waikoropūpū effervescent waters

WHAKAPOUNGA W’akapounga W’akapoaka Wakapuaka unknown?

W’akapouaka (Whakapouaka – Ngāi Tahu dialect)

Given the examples above, one can appreciate how these local place names have undergone significant changes from their original spelling and their meanings may have been lost over time. One can also see from the examples, how a misplaced

macron, can make all the difference to the spelling, and consequently the pronunciation and meaning of a place name. We need to be more vigilant, if we’re going to prepare a foundation for the future generations.




Ka Uruora is excited to announce an exclusive housing opportunity for our uri – Te Piringa Housing Development, nestled in the heart of Wellington CBD.

This development comprises 20 newly refurbished, modern units, including 16 one-bedrooms and 4 two-bedrooms. Available shortly for eligible iwi members - who will enjoy significant rental rebates, ranging from 10% to 30% off the market rent depending on household incomes, through Ka Uruora.

Eligibility criteria:

• Must be a registered Ngāti Tama or participating iwi member

• Do not already own a home

• Household income requirements (Annual income must be at least $70,000 gross before tax but no more than $110,000)

• Must have completed the Ka Uruora financial literacy course

Check out the website to learn more about Te Piringa: https://www.hapai-property.co.nz/tepiringa

To register for the next Ka Uruora Financial Literacy Course: https://kauruora.nz/sorted-kainga-ora/ or scan the QR code below

Any questions please contact our Pou Tūhono via email: Debra-Lee debra-lee@kauruora.nz Quilla quilla@kauruora.nz

Left: Debra-Lee Wilkie (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Rārua)
Right: Quilla Kiore (Ngāti Maniapoto)

TE URU AHUPŪTEA Financial Education Wānanga

Housing Options

Where to start and what it all means

Money Systems

Setting goals and managing money

Plan for the unexpected Protecting what’s important including insurance, wills and trusts

Spending Money

What influences us, our attitudes and behaviours

Debts and your rights

Ways to reduce debt

Looking Ahead

Making a plan, identifying barriers and putting your plan into action

Money Plans

Using a budget as a tool to achieve your goals

Save Smart

Saving and investing, including KiwiSaver and HomeStart grants Free



Learn the steps you’ll need to take to own your first home. Budgeting, mortgages, deposits and lawyers can all seem overwhelming and out of reach, but with the right advice and some hard work, you might find that you’re closer to achieving your dream of owning a home than you thought.

Financial education is the first step to access our Ka Uruora housing opportunities. Our Financial Education wānanga cover everything from budgeting to mortgage applications. The following elements will be covered throughout the programme (see table left).

The team is currently planning the delivery of these wānanga to commence on Wednesday 10 July at 9am. Sign up now so you are ready when the right opportunity comes along.

If you or your whānau are interested in attending please register your interest here by emailing Debra-Lee or Quilla.

Debra-Lee debra-lee@kauruora.nz Quilla quilla@kauruora.nz




A large-scale mapping project to update navigational charts for navigational safety in Tasman and Golden Bay, led by Toitū te Whenua (LINZ), has provided the opportunity for partners to join together to expand the mapping into important ecological areas, notably the Wakapuaka Taiāpure and Horoirangi marine reserve.

The multi-partners group co-led by Wakapuaka hapū (Ngāti Tama), DOC and Nelson City Council has been created to utilise the information collected by LINZ to undertake a marine habitat mapping project that aims to identify existing areas of biogenic habitat and historical habitat changes to inform co-management decisions.

Financial contributors to the project are Nelson City Council, DOC, Fisheries NZ and Port Nelson.

Marine habitat mapping is providing invaluable information to Government agencies, mana whenua and stakeholders about their local areas improving our ability to make informed management decisions.

NIWA has been engaged to undertake postprocessing of the backscatter data. DOC and NCC will lead the ground-truthing portion of the project, working with mana whenua to gather data.

The Nature Conservancy under Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance have been included in the project to assist with Iwi capacity building and to look at integrating a ‘Phase 2 expansion’ of the project across the Alliance area through the marine workstream.

The DOC local marine reserve ranger, Stew Robertson, will be representing the marine habitat mapping group (including our Ngāti Tama whānau, local and national government agencies, research institutions and NGO).

The four week ground truthing exercise commenced 8 April – 4 May.


Coastal wetlands are vulnerable to coastal development and agricultural use, leading to greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, amenity and resilience loss and limiting their potential as carbon sinks.

With the support from The Nature Collective Aotearoa New Zealand Coastal Wetland Blue Carbon Programme, Ngāti Tama have engaged our mokopuna, tamariki and rangatahi at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Matangi to enable the education on the importance of coastal wetland environments.

The outcome of the project will provide a resource in total immersion reo Māori that potentially can be used in all total immersion kura.


Grants, subsidies and scholarships

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust provides assistance to whānau who are registered with us to promote and enhance social, educational, health and wellbeing, sporting and cultural opportunities of the iwi.


Matariki grant is to assist whānau during the colder winter months. They are OPEN NOW whānau but will be closing soon on the 30th June 2024. If you want a $200 contribution towards your power bill you can apply for a Matariki grant. Payments will be made straight to your power provider and we only accept one application per household per year. Please apply through the Whānau App: https://whanau.ngati-tama.iwi.nz/


If you want support with health-related costs you can apply for a Manaaki grant once every year. The type of costs you can apply for include glasses, medical bills, dental bills, hearing aids etc. Applications are approved on a case-by-case basis by our Grants Kōmiti.


This grant is to tautoko whānau in exceptional circumstances where government services or other support is not available or suitable to meet whānau needs. The Tama Tū grant is available once every year. The type of costs you can apply for vary and approval of your application is at the discretion of our Grants Kōmiti.


For tertiary learners we have the following education grants available: Tertiary grants are available and this year we have different levels of support up to the below amounts depending on how far you are through your studies:

• $1,000 grant for first year, $1,200 for second year, and $1,500 for third (or more) year.

• Apprenticeship/cadetship grants are available of up to $1,000 per grant.


Are you involved in a sports team, have membership/uniform fees or an upcoming sports tournament? You might be able to apply for support via our Sports grant – check out the application to see if you’re eligible and submit your application form.


After feedback from our AGM earlier this year and recognising the barriers whānau face to participate in Tama kaupapa in Te Tauihu, Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trustees have approved a travel subsidy for whānau to attend our wānanga or AGM.

The individual subsidy or whānau subsidy is available to all registered adult (18+) members.

The subsidy amount will be based on where the whānau member is zoned.



Are you planning on or currently involved in a cultural activity? This could be something in the areas of kapa haka, te reo, mātauranga or toi Māori. Or perhaps you’ve got an upcoming art exhibition or performing in a show. Check out our cultural grant application to see if you’re eligible and apply now!


Coming soon! Keep an eye on our website for more information.


The individual subsidy is available to all registered adult (18+) members and tamariki of registered members who would like to attend a Ngāti Tama hui or kaupapa. One subsidy per registered member (and child/ren) per year. Application forms will be available at the hui-ā-tau and wānanga, where whānau must be present to apply. The subsidy will be distributed to whānau bank accounts in the weeks following the hui-ā-tau and wānanga.







If you are doing tertiary studies in an environmental field you may wish to apply for this education scholarship of $2,500 awarded once per annum. This scholarship is to honour the memory of John Ward-Holmes. The cloak symbolises John’s sphere of influence

amongst the iwi and the wider community as he worked tirelessly to restore mātauranga to ensure tohorā practices continue, the paepae at Onetahua Marae is maintained and the mana of Te Waikoropupū Springs is upheld. Please see application form for full terms and conditions on our website.


If you are doing tertiary studies in science or history you may wish to apply for this education scholarship of $2,500 awarded once per annum. This scholarship is to honour the memory of Māui John Mitchell. John’s passion and talent for research resulted in the

collated information of Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu tūpuna. John was the inaugural Chair of the Ngāti Tama Trust, and with his wife, Hilary, coordinated the Ngāti Tama Waitangi Tribunal hearing at Wakapuaka and Pōhara. John and Hilary's research has been preserved in the beautiful series of pukapuka – Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough and He ringatoi o ngā tūpuna. Please see application form for full terms and conditions.

To apply for any of these grants or scholarships, please go to: https://ngatitama.nz/grants/

Whānau profile

Waka Ama World Sprint Champs Representative

I have been swimming since I was four months old. There are no better lungs than swimming lungs and they help you with multiple sports. My parents were into triathlon and I did my first one at five years old. When I got to school, I started up netball as my mum played for many years.

As I went into high school I also joined waterpolo and volleyball. Waka Ama was something I more or less, fell in to. My cousin has done it for many years and I was down at her training one day and was politely asked to “get in the boat” haha. Next thing you know I’m going to Nationals and now the Worlds this year are in Hilo, Hawai'i. I’ve had to put other commitments on the back burner for a while to fully commit to waka as this is an opportunity of a life time. I’m super excited.

What do you see yourself accomplishing in five to ten years?

I have always set the bar pretty high for myself and I would love to do Ironman NZ 3.9km Swim, 180km Bike and 42.2km Run. I watched my dad do it in 2016 as well as whānau and friends. I’ve spent many years volunteering there as well.

What strengths do you believe you have that make you a great athlete?

Having a great work ethhic and positive attitude, if you have a positive mindset you can achieve anything.

Rank the top priorities currently in your life?

To train hard, race and play well, to pass my NCEA Level 1 and spend time with my whānau.

Paige Rāmeka

Ko Parapara te maunga

Ko Tākaka te awa

Ko Taitapu te moana

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu te iwi

Ko Onetahua te marae

Ko Paige Rāmeka tōku ingoa

What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school?

I think I listed them all above haha but I love being part of kapa haka too.

Tell us about your most successful season in sports?

Last year I made the Premier A team for netball at school, I qualified for Waka Ama Worlds and I played in the first ever Māori-Pasifika Waterpolo Tournament with my sister Kaea and then qualified for Division II for swimming this year. I placed second in the 100m Breaststroke which was a massive achievement going up against some really tough competition.

Have you got any words of encouragement for our upcoming Ngāti Tama rangatahi/tamariki?

The main thing I would say is to do as many sports as you can and have fun while doing it. You can be competitive without the pressure. Sport teaches you to work within a team environment and disipline. Turn up when its hard, turn up when you're tired. These are life skills too. If you decide to commit to one sport when you’re older, you will always have the advantage of having had multiple skills and this will take you far.

Who was a role model you looked up to growing up in sport?

My Pāpā when he did Ironman. Katy Ladecky (Swimmer USA).

"turn up when it's hard, turn up when you're tired"

Whānau profile

United World Colleges Scholarship Recipient

In June, Kiriana was announced as one of only four secondary students across Aotearoa to recieve a United World Colleges Scholarship.

The scholarship provides an opportunity for Kiriana to attend a UWC school in Norway which focuses on humanitarian values and international understanding.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offered at UWC schools is highly respected by universities worldwide and will provide a rigorous and well-rounded education for Kiriana.

Kiriana departs for UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway in August this year. We wish her all the best with her studies and look forward to hearing how her journey progresses.

Kiriana Little

Ko Parapara tōku maunga

Ko Pariwakaoho tōku awa

Ko Tākaka te awa

Ko Te Tai Tapu tōku moana

Ko Te Waikoropupū tōku Puna Wai Ora

Ko Tokomaru tōku Waka

Ko Ngāti Tama rāua ko Te Ātiawa ōku iwi

Ko Onetahua tōku Marae

Ko Kiriana Little tōku ingoa

What do you see yourself accomplishing in the next five years?

I see myself doing something that makes me happy. I want to finish my secondary schooling in Norway and then go onto further education, hopefully overseas. I love to travel, and I’m really excited to see where such an incredible opportunity will take me.

Have you got any words of encouragement for Ngāti Tama rangatahi?

I just think believing in yourself is the most important thing, and remembering to stay positive. I definitely would not have received this opportunity without huge support from whānau, which I am forever grateful for.

Who inspires me?

My whānau, my mum inspires me through her continued encouragement and support, and my dad through his positive outlook and dedication.

"believing in yourself is the most important thing and remembering to stay positive"


Friday 6th - Pōwhiri 5pm (Onetahua Marae)

Saturday 7th – Significant site visits (TBA)

Sunday 8th – AGM (Tākaka Primary School)


RSVP: Through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NN7PZ7F

EMAIL: If you have any enquiries: jasmine@ngati-tama.iwi.nz


Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust are calling for Expressions Of Interest from registered whānau members for a ... CATERER to cater for our upcoming Hui-ā-Tau and Wānanga Whānau on the 6th-8th December 2024, at Onetahua Marae, Pōhara.

The closing date for submitting an EOI is Friday 2nd August 2024

For more information, please email: jasmine@ngati-tama.iwi.nz


Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust are calling for Expressions Of Interest from registered whānau members for a... PHOTOGRAPHER to photograph our Hui-ā-Tau (AGM) on 8th December 2024. This will be taking place in Tākaka. The closing date for submitting an EOI is Friday 2nd August 2024

For more information, please email: jacinta@ngati-tama.iwi.nzv


Wānanga 1 – Friday 16th - Sunday 18th August 2024

Wānanga 2 – Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2024


1 Can you describe your relationship with karanga/whaikōrero and what experience you have? Have you attended any wānanga on this?

2 Are you interested in being active at our Te Tauihu Marae?

3 Can you commit to both wānanga dates?

Please email any pātai through to: jasmine@ngati-tama.iwi.nz

The closing date for submitting an EOI is Friday 12th July 2024



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