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Te Kōtuku Hōtoke 2017 Issue 09

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Chairman’s korero


Trust Board elections coming up


AGM attracts big crowd


From the CEO’s tepu

10 Ngā Ara Mātua - our pathway for achieving greater economic, educational, social and cultural outcomes FEATURES

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New tohu reflects the aspirations of tupuna


Te Pae o Waimihia redevelop marae


IronMāori makes a splash in Taupō

20 Tāmariki reading and literacy improves NEWS 21 Genesis Energy makes way for increased Tūwharetoa representation 22 Kaumatua tour new marina development 23

Greater fishing opportunities in Lake Taupō

24 Te Ariki's office opened 24 New lake safety bylaw





TST appoints new General Manager


Marae get health and safety training

27 New snow machine enables Whakapapa to open early

Cover page: Pictured: Waiora Rogers (Ngāti Ruingarangi, Te Rangiita), entrant in IronMāori Taupo-nui-a-Tia 2017 event

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Fisheries performs well despite challenges


Westport scholarship offers opportunities

29 Tiaki ngā wai – help protect our waterways. Check, clean and dry! COMMERCE & ENTERPRISE 30 Increased focus and attention on commercial operators 30


Events on Taupō Waters

NGĀTI TŪWHARETOA TREATY SETTLEMENT 31 Settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims reached NEWS BITES 32 Strategic relationship with Victoria University formed 33

Funding initiatives – help is on hand!







Chairman’s Korero Mai te Awa a te Atua Ki Tauhara Ki Tongariro IronMāori came to townPuta in March, a big splash, and is set to atu kimade te Tonga return to Taupō in 2018, such was its success and popularity. Ngāti Tūwharetoa whānui, tena koutou, tena tatou. Welcome to our Hōtoke 2017 edition of Te Kōtuku. Ngati Tuwharetoa Comprehensive Claims A significant milestone for Ngāti Tūwharetoa has been the conclusion of Crown Treaty negotiations to achieve the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Deed of Settlement. The Deed represents the final settlement of all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Tūwharetoa resulting from acts or omissions by the Crown prior to 21 September 1992 and is made up of a package that includes an agreed historical account, Crown acknowledgements and apology, cultural redress and financial and commercial redress. The Deed of Settlement was signed at Waitetoko Marae on Saturday, 8 July 2017. At the outset, I wish to acknowledge Te Ariki, Ta Tumu te Heuheu. Sir Tumu has remained steadfast in his commitment, time and resolve to see Ngāti Tūwharetoa’s historical Treaty claims settled on behalf of the iwi. As anyone involved with Crown Treaty negotiations knows, the process is complex, long and arduous. The Crown’s resources are virtually limitless. The negotiators have the difficult task of attempting to fulfill the aspirations and expectations of individual hāpu, marae and people. Relationships can become strained. 4 – Te Kōtuku

At the end of the day, there needs to be finality if we are to move forward and continue to build our people and capability for the future. During our 91 year history since the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board was establishment in 1926, the Trust Board has always supported the advancement of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, including the settlement of our Treaty claims. We supported the establishment of the Tūwharetoa Hāpu Forum in 2003 – as the body of delegated hāpu representatives formed to oversee the settlement through its Negotiation Team. We acknowledge Ngāti Tūwharetoa whānau who participated and voted during the ratification vote. Our Strategy and Focus Through our Ngā Āra Matua Strategy, the Trust Board continues to support the educational, health, economic and social strengthening and growth of the iwi to build a smarter, more prosperous Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Find out more about what we have been doing inside. We’ve increased capacity to support more marae capital works projects. We continue to work collaboratively with the Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust and the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust to achieve greater efficiencies and shared outcomes. We are also beginning to see positive results as the reading and engagement skills of our tāmariki improve as a result

of their participation in the Pause, Prompt, Praise programme we comanage with local kura. Commercial In the months ahead, the Board will be focussed on advancing Ngāti Tūwharetoa’s interests, particularly in relation to the use of Tāupo Waters by commercial operators. Our commercial subsidiary, Taupo Moana Group Holdings is making reasonable progress and due diligence in relation to a number of local tourism projects aimed at increasing our profile and competitive advantage. We are looking forward to the developments in this new and exciting space. Conclusion Finally, I would like to encourage you to take the time to ensure that we have your current postal information. The Trust Board elections are coming up later this year – it’s important your details are up-to-date on our register. That information is used by the Returning Officer to mail voter packs to eligible voters. I trust you and your whānau enjoy this issue of Te Kōtuku. Ngā mānaakitanga, John Bishara Chairman

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 Sports

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the Board John Bishara Chairman

Hon Georgina te Heuheu Deputy Chairman

Maria Nepia

Tiwana Tibble

Tangonui Kingi

Shane Heremaia

Judy Harris

Te Kanawa Pitiroi

Heemi Biddle

Danny Loughlin

Trust Board

elections coming up It’s not only a general election year for Aotearoa, but also an election year for the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. The Returning Officer will begin advertising the nominations in October, with voting happening during December. If you are a registered and are eligible to vote, it is very important that we have your current postal address. Voting packs are mailed to the last 6 – Te Kōtuku

postal address we have on our database for you. If you are not yet registered and are eligible to, you can do this online at If you need to update your existing details, please contact us as soon on (07) 386 8832 or email

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AGM attracts

big crowd Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board Chairman, John Bishara, was pleased to see more than 450 whānau attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting which was held on 17 December 2016 at the Wairakei Resort hotel. John advised the hui that the Trust Board has continued to work hard to deliver on its responsibilities under its kaupapa, Mahi ki te Rangatira. The Board’s priorities during the 2015/16 reporting period included the delivery of existing and new social, economic, educational and

environmental opportunities for Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Chairman also reported a positive financial performance, “our overall financial performance has remained positive with our net assets increasing from $58.2 million in the 2014-15 financial year, to $59.2 million during the 2015-16 financial year.” Want to know more? You can read or download a copy of our Annual Report for the Year Ending 30 June 2016 via our website

Our net assets have increased from $58.2m in 2014-15 to $59.2m in 2015-16


Ngāti Tūwharetoa registered


total charitable distributions to Ngāti Tūwharetoa whanau, marae and organisations

1,121 $150K $60m $350K

education grants and scholarships to support students and learners to support marae development projects insurance cover across 28 Tūwharetoa marae to support Tūwharetoa cultural, leadership and sporting initiatives Te Kōtuku – 7

From the

CEO’s tepu I concur with the opening remarks of our Chairman, John Bishara, in acknowledging our Ariki, Ta Tumu te Heuheu for his leadership in finalising our historical Treaty of Waitangi Settlement. Along with the Board, I look forward to working with the leadership of Te Kōtahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa to progress the collective interests of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. I am now two years into my CEO role and am as excited today, as when I first started. I love the opportunities and challenges that come with this mahi. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I am fortunate to be able to spend a lot of my time out and about in the rohe, talking and working alongside our whanau,

hapu, marae and communities. I attend as many events as I can to support our engagement and mahi. No two days are the same. I’m proud to lead this organisation and contribute to the development and aspirations of our iwi. My small, but dedicated, team of kaimahi are absolutely committed to serving Ngati Tuwharetoa and do a great job, with limited resources. We are constantly looking to improve our service delivery and introduce new initiatives that will deliver more effective and meaningful services to you, our whanau. To end, recently, I appointed two new members to our team. Lauren Fletcher, is our new Projects

Coordinator for the Genesis Energy and Mecury Mitigation funding programmes. Te Mahau Kingi is our new Manager – Communications and Strategic Initiatives. Read more about them below. I will introduce you to other staff in coming issues. No reira e te iwi, ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa. Topia Rameka Chief Executive

NEW KAIMAHI Projects Coordinator – Genesis Energy & Mercury Mitigation Programmes


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Lauren Fletcher has been appointed Project and Funding Coordinator to support the Genesis Energy and Mercury Mitigation funding programmes which are managed by the Trust Board. Lauren comes to us from Genesis Energy where she previously held the role of Environmental Coordinator for the past seven years. In her time at Genesis Energy, Lauren worked on securing third party agreements and resource consents and brings a depth of transferrable knowledge and skills to us.

her whanau. Her interests include cross-fit and power lifting, where she is a member of the Turangi power lifting group. She also enjoys multi-sport events such as IronMāori. Lauren participated in the 2017 IronMāori Taupō event held in March and will be taking part in the IronMāori duathlon for wāhine being held in September. A busy mum to a young pepe, Lauren is also undertaking extra mural study toward a diploma in environmental management.

Lauren spent nine years in Sydney, Australia, before returning home to

Email: or (07) 386 8832

Lauren’s hapū are affilitaitons include Ngāti Turangitukua and Ngāti Kurauia.

Project Coordinator – Natural Resources

KEVIN EASTWOOD Kevin Eastwood has been appointed Natural Resources – Project Coordinator to aid in the development and delivery of projects within rohe. In his last job, Kevin worked at the University of Waikato as the Māori mentor coordinator within the Faculty of Science and Engineering for five years before starting his new position with the Trust Board in March. While at Waikato University Kevin helped Māori students navigate the university system to become successful for themselves and their whanau. Previous to starting tertiary study as an adult student, Kevin held several positions where he got to work with people from many walks of life. He also has a keen interest in the youth and, while only new to Taupō, has started coaching at Taupō nui a Tia College. Kevin has relocated to Taupo from

Hamilton with his wife and 14 year old son, while his 21 year old son is working in Auckland. Once settled into the area he is looking forward to enjoying the outdoors more often by doing more hunting and fishing. Kevin is a qualified freshwater scientist and high school biology teacher with a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Teaching (both from Waikato University). Next year he is aims to restart his Masters of Science which he hopes will be on a topic Tūwharetoa will find beneficial. Kevin’s hāpu affiliations include Ngāti Pākehā and Jamaican. His wife and children whakapapa to Ngāti Tūwharetoa through Whanganui Bay and Mōkai. Email: or (07) 386 8832

Manager – Communications and Strategic Initiatives

TE MAHAU KINGI Te Mahau Kingi has been appointed Manager – Communications and Strategic Initiatives to oversee the Trust Board’s communications activity and strategic intiatives. Specialising in corporate communications and public affairs, Te Mahau was born and raised in Turangi. He is the eldest son of the late Hemi Kingi, and mother, Margie, who still lives in Turangi. A qualified legal executive, he grew up at Kuratau and Waihi and schooled at Kuratau School, Pihanga Primary and Tongāriro High School. Te Mahau was Senior External Relations Advisor to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development before joining the Trust Board. His other most recent roles include Communications Manager for Auckland’s Independent Māori

Statutory Board and Corporate Communications Advisor for Unitec Institute of Technology. Te Mahau spent two years with the U.S. State Deparment at the American Embassy to New Zealand and served in NZ Embassies in Pretoria (South Africa) and Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) over a six year period during his time in the diplomatic service with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Te Mahau’s hapū affiliations are Ngāti Turumakina, Ngāti Turangitukua and Ngāti Te Mahau. He enjoys current affairs, innovation, running, whānau and being dad to his 13 year old daughter Aroha, who attends Marist Girls’ College in Auckland. Email: or (07) 386 8832 Te Kōtuku – 9

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Strategic Focus Areas



Natural Resources


Ko Tūwharetoa te iwi

Whai hua, whai rawa

Ngāti Tūwharetoa live as Tūwharetoa

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are prosperous and innovative

Kaitiaki o ngā taonga tuku iho

Te Reo Māori Ngāti Tūwharetoa whānau regularly speak te reo Māori in the home. Tikanga/Ahurea Ngāti Tūwharetoa history and tikanga is captured, maintained and practiced. Marae/Ahi Kaa Ngāti Tūwharetoa are connected and committed to marae. Hau kāinga are supported and thriving.

Strong Engagement Whānau and learners are engaged and supported in education. Quality Provision Education providers are proactive and responsive to Tūwharetoa learners. Pathways Whānau deliberately plan and achieve pathways for prosperous futures.


strategic priorities • D  evelopment of Optimal Governance Structure • Protect and Advance Tūwharetoa's Water Rights • Collaboration with Strategic Partners 10 – Te Kōtuku

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are stewards of our natural resources Matauranga me ngā Tikanga o ngā Taonga Tuku Iho Ngāti Tūwharetoa assert and exercise rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga over our natural resources. Mana and Rangatiratanga Ngāti Tūwharetoa are active in the sustainable utilisation of our resources. Sustainable Utilisation of Natural Resources Ngāti Tūwharetoa protect and enhance our taonga for future generations.








Health & Wellbeing

Connect & Engage

Commerce & enterprise

Te mauri o te oranga

Tūwharetoa ki te Kāinga, Tūwharetoa ki te Ao

Creating commercial development opportunities and returns for Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are safe and well

Tamariki and Rangatahi Ngāti Tūwharetoa tamariki and rangatahi are healthy, engaged and active. Whānau Ngāti Tūwharetoa have strong whānau relationships and cultural identity and are healthy and safe. Kaumātua Ngāti Tūwharetoa kaumātua are healthy, socially active and share their cultural knowledge.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are active and global thinkers Connected Ngāti Tūwharetoa are connected to each other, to their community and the world. Active Participants Ngāti Tūwharetoa actively participate in iwi and the community.

Manage all funds prudently and actively. Build long term wealth and revenue streams. Leverage employment and social outcomes from commercial investments.

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New tohu reflects

the aspirations of tupuna

The Trust Board has a new tohu following a decision by the Board to return to the original wishes of the founding Trust Board members.


Board Chairman, John Bishara, says it was a straight forward decision at the end of the day. “The record shows that the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board in 1926, under the leadership of Paramount Chief, Hoani te Heuheu, resolved that the Board’s monogram include, quite simply, a picture of Mount Tōngariro with Taupō Moana in the foreground.”

2 Nga Awa Depiction of the importance of the various tributaries, surrounding streams, rivers and waterways that flow into Taupo Moana.

Over the years, at some point, the Crown and a Union Jack were added to the logo - this practice was a sign of those times. “Our decision to change the logo, in effect, honours the original wishes of our founding tupuna,” says John. With help from graphic designer, Lance Ngata, the new tohu was designed to incorporate the original elements the founding Trust Board members envisaged while at the same time modernising the tohu to project a professional image in a digital age.

The new tohu incorporates elements which acknowledge Tōngariro and Pihanga maunga, the importance of Taupō Moana and the various tributaries which flow into the lake. 14 – Te Kōtuku

1 Nga Maunga Tongariro and Pihanga Maunga = acknowledging local kōrero and iwi pūrākau.

3 Moana Pūhoro kōwhaiwhai used to acknowledge the faces acting to initiate movement in Lake Taupō. ‘Turbulent’ forces such as hydraulic gradients, wind stress, and factors that cause horizontal and vertical density gradients. 4 Nga ika kahukura Mangōpare kōwhaiwhai used to acknowledge the wild nature, strength, resilience and importance of the Taupō Fishery. 5 Tuku Iho Historical significance – the year the Tūwharetoa Maori Trust Board was established. 6 Ahua Circular in form, sharing aesthetics and connecting with the original monogram used from 1926 to 2016.

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Te Pae o Waimihia

redevelop marae One of the major focusses of Te Pae o Waimihia over the past year has been a commitment to fully fund the redevelopment of hapū marae. Te Pae o Waimihia are proud to be able to fully fund the redevelopment of Pakira Marae and Tutetawha Marae. The Trust has also recently supported the refurbishment of the kitchen at Nukuhau Marae. Pakira Marae A significant event for 2016 was the official closing of Pakira Marae on 8 October 2016. Following the closing ceremony, Pakira Marae and the wharekai were removed to make way for a brand-new marae complex for Ngati Tutemohuta.

Pictured: The redevelopment of Pakira Marae taking shape.

The removal of the old Pakira Marae was carried out under strict protocol to ensure that the mana and wairua was upheld.

The removal of the old Pakira Marae was carried out under strict protocol to ensure that the mana and wairua was upheld. Wi Tawhai (Project Manager) along with Tom Sando (Quantity Surveyor) have been working together with the Pakira Marae Project Team to ensure that the new complex is compliant, built to spec and within budgets.

Pakira Marae is currently still under construction and hopes to be completed by October 2017 with the opening ceremony scheduled for labour weekend. Tutetawha Marae Tutetawha Marae Trustees are currently working through development plans and hope to have proposed timeframes (for the closing of marae and the commencement of new developments) to hapū over coming weeks. Nukuhau Marae At the end of 2016, Te Pae o Waimihia supported the completion of the Nukuhau Marae kitchen upgrade. Nukuhau Marae now have a fully functioning commercial kitchen that can cater to larger numbers of manuhiri. (Acknowledgement: Te Pae O Waimihia for sharing this korero and pikitia. Thank you to Ngā Pae o Waimihia for sharing these kupu and pikitia)

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makes a splash in Taupō

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IronMāori came to town in March, made a big splash, and is set to return to Taupō in 2018, such was its success and popularity. The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board was delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor IronMāori and bring this iconic event to Ngāti Tūwharetoa for the very first time. Held on 18 March, IronMāori Taupōnui-a-Tia attracted strong interest and participation - 650 entrants, many travelling from afar, took part in the 20 km cycle, 600 swim and 10 km run.

650 entrants, many travelling from afar, took part in the 20 km cycle, 600 m swim and 10 km run.

IronMāori was founded in 2009 by Heather Skipworth and Missy Mackey (together with their husbands, Wayne Skipworth and George Mackey) and has grown in popularity over the years to become a respected multi-sport event which continues to attract an increasing number of followers, including non-Māori, who support Te Kōtuku – 17

Taupō was by far the largest and most popular of our regional events held to date

– we typically get around 300-400 entrants where an event is being held for the first time somewhere new.

However, for IronMāori Taupō-nui-a-Tia, we almost doubled that, with 650 entrants. This is absolutely terrific for our first time in the rōhe. Another highlight was seeing such a large number of whānau participating in a multi-sport event like ours, for the very first time. It was just awesome to see this. – Heather Skipworth

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the kaupapa of leading healthier, more active lifestyles. Heather and her small, but committed team, were absolutely wrapped with level of interest and support shown by Ngāti Tūwharetoa and the local community. The day opened with a mihi and karakia by Tūwharetoa kaumātua Te Kanawa Pitiroi and a race briefing from Heather. Kaumātua were hosted in a dedicated tent and there was both IronMāori and Tūwharetoa merchandise for sale. A number of people, including visiting tourists, who asked about entering, unfortunately had to be turned away because the event was a sell-out. The Trust Board congratulates the IronMāori team for a well-run event, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa tāmariki, rangatahi, pakeke and kaumātua who either took part as an entrant, or who cheered on whanau from the sidelines. Trust Board CEO, Topia Rameka,

was also very happy with the day “the IronMāori kaupapa supports and encourages our whanau into healthy and active lifestyles – these align with our Ngā Ara Mātua strategy and one of our core pou - Te Mauri o te Oranga; Ngāti Tūwharetoa are Safe and Well. This sort of event and its kaupapa are a natural aligned to our mahi and objectives, so it makes sense to establish relationships with movements such as IronMaori.” Topia adds that there is strong support to see IronMāori Taupo-nuia-Tia return next year. “Our team will be working behind the scenes with IronMāori to put plans in place for the future. We are hoping that we can accommodate a larger number of entrants, perhaps up to 1,000. We’d also like to encourage Tūwharetoa whanau and entities to become more involved in providing healthy kai as part of the kaupapa on the day." Find out more about IronMāori Te Kōtuku – 19


Reading and Literacy improves Pause, Prompt, Praise (PPP) is a student reading programme delivered by the Trust Board at local schools and within whānau homes to help make a real difference in the lives of Tūwharetoa students. PPP is a reading strategy designed to improve the reading and literacy skills of akonga (student learners) through supported one-on-one reading sessions. Since 2015 the Board has been working closely with Taupō-nui-aTiā College, Tauhara College and Tōngariro School to support the implementation and delivery of PPP. The ten week programme is open to all students at all reading levels and provides students with three sessions a week of one-onone reading support at school and within the home. In school akonga are supported by kaitautoko (mentors) who are Year 13 students trained in the PPP method. Within the home, whanau members are trained and supported to read with their tamaiti. There are currently 30

akonga across the three colleges ranging from Years 7 to 10. The Trust Board’s Education Coordinator, Raina FerrisBretherton, is pleased with the progress being made, and the results to date, “By the end of 2017, we will have actively engaged and supported more than 135 Māori students in the rōhe since starting the programme in 2016. We have first-hand feedback from rangatahi and whanau about how PPP has helped to improve their reading ability, literacy, self-esteem and overall confidence.”

The PPP method is based on the following structure: Pause G  iving the student a chance to self-correct a mistake Prompt I f necessary, prompting the student and offering help Praise G  iving the student praise for positive behavior and self-corrections Research shows that one-to-one reading at both school and home positively affects student achievement when a student is equipped with welldeveloped literacy skills early on. It prepares a student for greater learning and provides a student with the selfesteem and confidence to progress their education. The learning environment is also important and wherever possible the reading sessions are always held in an environment that is conducive to learning. Want to know more? Contact Raina Ferris-Bretherton (07) 386 8832 or

Pictured: Trust Board Kaimahi, Raina Ferris-Bretherton (centre) with akonga students and kaitautoko (mentors) at Tōngariro School 20 – Te Kōtuku

Genesis Energy

makes way for increased Tūwharetoa representation

Following a review, Genesis Energy and Ngāti Tūwharetoa have agreed that all management and delivery functions of the Ngati Tuwharetoa – Genesis Energy Committee will now be fully managed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa. This is a significant step forward in Ngati Tūwharetoa’s relationship with Genesis Energy and we congratulate Genesis Energy for being bold in their thinking. The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee was established following an agreement reached in 2000 between Genesis Energy and Ngāti Tūwharetoa to mitigate the ongoing impacts of the Tongariro Hydro Power Scheme. Under the original agreement, the Committee’s membership provided for the appointment of three (3) Genesis Energy representatives and three (3) Ngāti Tūwharetoa representatives. Under the terms of the proposed variation to the agreement, Ngāti Tūwharetoa will now take up all the seats on the Committee with the transfer of the full responsibility for the Committee’s work to come under the umbrella of the Trust Board. The Committee’s objectives include: • Monitoring the resource consents held by Genesis Energy • Distributing mitigation funds to Ngāti Tūwharetoa to address issues raised during the re-consenting process, and • Looking at opportunities for Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Genesis Energy to enhance the ongoing relationship as it relates to Genesis Energy resource consents.

The proposed variation was endorsed by Ngāti Tūwharetoa at a hui-a-iwi held at Korōhe Marae on 15 March 2017. The hui approved: • Supporting the new operational model • Supporting the replacement of Genesis representatives with more Tūwharetoa representatives • Allowing the existing Tūwharetoa Committee representatives to serve for a period of three years to ensure the preservation of institutional knowledge during the transition • Supporting holding an election for up to two (2) new Tūwharetoa members to the Committee • Supporting the Trust Board to execute the Variation to the Mitigation Agreement to give effect to the new operational structure and governance of the Committee Committee Chairman, Te Reowhakakotahi Wall, said “I am very happy with the progress the Committee has made over the years and with the variation proposed by Genesis Energy being fully supported by Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Committee sees the variation as another step towards self -determination of Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Tūwharetoa.”

New Tūwharetoa representatives elected Two new Tūwharetoa representatives were elected to the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee at an election hui held at Hirangi Marae on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. The two new representatives are Mandie Brown (Ngāti Te Maunga, Ngāti Parekaawa) and Te Ngaehe Wanikau (Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāti Turumakina, Ngāti Turangitukua and Ngāti Kurauia). They will join the existing members of the Committee – Te Reowhakakotahi Wall – Chair, Maria Nepia and Heemi Biddle for a three year term. Thank you to everyone who attended the election hui to tautoko. Congratulations to Mandie and Te Ngaehe. Find out more

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Kaumatua tour

new Marina development “It is also a delight to welcome back kaumatua and whanau, particularly from the three local hapū we have been working closely with - Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Te Rangiita – and to give people an update on our progress,” said Philip. The new marina has over 150 berths and was redeveloped following the deterioration of the old marina. Interest in the berths has been steadily growing. While the new marina is set to receive its first boat next month, Philip says a formal opening ceremony will happen once landscaping and car parks have been completed. This is expected to happen within the next few months, and before the end of the year. Pictured: The new marina development takes shape.

Kaumatua were recently given a tour of the new marina development at Motuoapa on a beautiful winter’s day and were impressed at the rate of progress since the site blessing happened just over twelve months earlier. Led by the Taupō Harbourmaster, Philip King, the tour provided an important opportunity to update kaumatua on the construction. “At this point in time, we are very pleased with the way the construction is going. We are on track to receive our first boat into the new marina next month, in July.” 22 – Te Kōtuku

Trust Board CEO, Topia Rameka, also attended the tour and said “the new marina development is a major improvement on the old facility and will become a significant asset for the community.”

“Part of our investment strategy is to one-day own and operate these facilities so we are very pleased with the high-quality development taking place” The tour began with a welcome by Danny Morehu and karakia by kaumatua Jim Maniapoto. Kaumatua later enjoyed hot soup at the local café. Want to know more? Follow progress on the Harbourmaster’s Facebook page LakeTaupoHarbourmaster or (07) 378 7176

Pictured: The old marina, before the re-development got underway

greater fishing opportunities in Lake Taupō

The new fishing season gets underway on 1 July and will see a few changes, including a bigger fish quota. Together with the Department of Conservation, the Trust Board recently announced changes to the Taupō Fishery. The changes follow the 2013 Taupo Sports Fishery Review, the main changes are: • Increasing the daily limit of trout from three (3) to six (6) • Reducing the minimum trout size to 35cm from 40cm • Increasing the age of a child from 16 to 18 years

• Adding new Senior and Family licence classes • Reducing stream mouth fishing restrictions from 300m to 200m Trust Board Natural Resources Manager, George Asher, sees the changes as being positive outcomes for Ngāti Tūwharetoa whanau. “Increasing the age range for the child category, for example, is a good thing – it will increase opportunities for our tamariki and rangatahi to enjoy fishing on Taupō Waters.” Want to know more? Visit

proposed changes

 6 trouts/bag


18 yrs

min. trout size

age of child


new license classes


stream mouth fishing

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Te Ariki's

office opened Ngati Turangitukua Charitable Trust have recently renovated their complex on Turanga Place in Turangi which houses the Office of Te Ariki Taa Tumu Te Heuheu. The blessing of the newly renovated Office block, Te Kapua Whakapipi, was led by kaumatua, Jim Maniapoto and Te Kanawa Pitiroi. The new office will provide support to Te Ariki to continue the work of Ngati Tuwharetoa.


Lake safety bylaw

New safety rules have been introduced in an effort to increase water safety measures on Lake Taupō. The Lake Taupō Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017 came into effect on 12 April 2017. The new bylaw makes it compulsory for lifejackets to be

worn in all vessels of 6 metres or less and requires the skipper to carry at least one form of communication. The change means that, whereas it was previously optional to actually wear lifejackets while onboard (you still had to carry the correct number and correct sizes of lifejackets for every person onboard) the new

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bylaw now makes it compulsory to actually wear a lifejacket in all vessels of 6 meters or less in length whilst “making way” – this refers to when the vessel’s propeller / impellor is rotating, when the sails are up or when you are paddling your waka or kayak. The changes were introduced by the Department of Internal Affairs which administers the Lake Taupo Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017 through the Taupo Harbourmaster. For more information contact the Taupo Harbourmaster Office Tel (07) 378 7176 or visit

Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust appoints

New general manager

Greg Stebbing has been appointed to the position of General Manager, Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust (TST) following the recent departure of Dylan Tahau. Greg has been closely involved with TST since early 2012 when he was a member of the Investment Committee and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. In these roles Greg was very instrumental in

re-establishing a solid financial platform for the trust to move forward with and in the completion of the purchase of the crown properties available to TST through the CNI Settlement. Following 38 years working in the timber industry corporate environment, Greg brings a wealth of industry and commercial experience to his new role. Dylan Tahau has taken up a new role with the Taupō District Council as Strategic Relationships Manager, however, he remains a Trustee. Find out more about TST

The Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust holds the financial resources acquired from the Central North Island Treaty of Waitangi settlement. We manage and administer a trust fund so that our iwi members get maximum benefit from Tūwharetoa forests and investments. The trust plays an advisory role and is responsible for allocating funds to our five forest hapu cluster trusts.

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Marae get

Health & Safety training

Korowai Āwhina o Nga Marae o Ngāti Tūwharetoa was formed with marae representatives in March 1998. The Trust Board has recently provided trustee workshops, health and safety training, and is currently working with Waihereora Limited to provide CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) training to all marae. Once the CPR & AED training is completed all marae will receive an AED unit.

The training was also recently highlighted by Monash University, one of Australia’s leading universities based in Melbourne. Want to know more? Contact your Marae Secretary. Korowai Āwhina meetings are held on a bimonthly basis. We email hui information to Marae Secretary’s in advance.

Korowai Āwhina brings together our marae to share information and provide an avenue for marae to access support and training. The long-term vision for Korowai Āwhina is to improve the wellbeing and operations of Tūwharetoa marae. Hui are held bi-monthly and are well attended by marae whānau, committee members and trustees.

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new snow machine enables Whakapapa to open early

There’s been a lot of activity happening on Mt Ruapehu during the past few months, but not of the volcanic kind. A new cutting-edge snowmaker has been installed by skifield operator, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL). The snowmaker will see Whakapapa’s Happy Valley ski field blanketed in pristine white snow a month earlier than usual and in time for the opening during the Queens Birthday holiday weekend in June. The machine, a Techno Alpin SF210 All-Weather snowmaking system, cost $1.7 million and can produce a whopping 210m² of snow on a daily basis in temperatures up to 25°C. RAL CEO, Ross Copland describes the machine as a “game changer”. Ngāti Tūwharetoa representatives recently joined Prime Minister, Bill English, and other guests on Ruapehu maunga at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the first $20 million investment at Whakapapa Ski Area. It is part of an overall $100 million reinvestment programme being undertaken by RAL.

New state-of-the-art Sunkid Carpet surface lifts are also part of the new works and will double the lift capacity and eliminate queues. Two of the new lifts will feature Perspex dome enclosures to provide shelter on windy days. “Investment of this scale is not just significant for the Ruapehu District - ‘New Zealand Inc’ also benefits from the re-emergence of dual world heritage listed Tongariro National Park as a premier international destination,” says Ross. Whakapapa is set to open on 3 June and will be the first, and only ski area in Aotearoa, to have the new allweather snow making system. RAL will also be re-launching Night Skiing on the slopes of Happy Valley and Whakapapa’s lower mountain until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights during the ski season. For more information check out

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performs well despite challenges

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust was held on 1 April 2017 in Taupo with close to 100 whanau in attendance.

General Manager, Danny Loughlin, was pleased with the attendance and outcomes from the hui, “we’ve now been in operation for ten years and continuing to make good progress. The shortage of deepwater vessels is starting to have an impact in terms of returns, however, the trust has performed well and remains profitable.”

Key results for the group:

A key highlight of the AGM was an address given by Tūwharetoa Fisheries Holdings Limited (Asset Holding Company) Chairman, Nathan Reid (Ngati Ruingarangi). Nathan has a very good depth of industry knowledge and explained the ongoing changes and challenges that were being faced in the industry.

During the year the Trust also increased their focus on the protection of Māori fishing rights and fishery settlement provisions and completing work associated with the Māori Fisheries Review.

Income $1,093,815 Expenses


Grants $394,620 Operating Surplus


Total Equity

$25 Million

Visit to read the full 2016 Annual Report.

Westport scholarship

offers opportunities

The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust is keen to see more Tuwharetoa whanau get into the fishing industry and create a career pathway. One avenue to help achieve this is through Te Ohu Kaimoana’s Westport scholarship grant. This is open to applicants between ages 16-30 years. 28 – Te Kōtuku

Under the Westport scholarship, Te Ohu Kaimoana covers the course and accommodation costs of the 10 week long training course which is run in Westport in the South Island. Students undertake industry training programmes and achieve national certificate qualifications. While the scholarship is administered by Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Ngāti

Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust can help with other costs associated, where students have been successful in being granted a scholarship. To find out more about the school go to and for grant terms and conditions visit

Tiaki nga wai –

help protect our waterways STOP THE SPREAD Check, clean and dry!

Protecting and maintaining the water quality of Taupō Moana remains a kaupapa of paramount concern for Ngati Tuwharetoa and we are committed to helping educate the community and lake users about the important need to check, clean and dry all equipment before it is used in our waterways and on the lake.

It’s very important to check, clean How to Check, and dry all footwear, vehicles, Clean and Dry: bicycles, equipment, wet PLAYGROUND FROM THESE PEST HELP fishing TO PROTECT YOUR 1. C  heck – check all gear / equipment suits, and other items before and remove any visible algae entering and when Spotted it? moving Take abetween photo andor report pest sightings to weed waterways. BO 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732). This is to stop the spread of invasive 2. Clean - If your gear has not been Rem exotic plant and fish species. dry for at least 48 hours, then clean BEF with a 5% detergent solution and Find out more at soak for at least 1 minute. Che




3.   Dry - Drying is an acceptable alternative method, provided that ALLIGATOR WEED HORNWORT all equipment is completely dry to the touch, inside and out, and then left dry for at least another 48 hours.

Spotted one PROTECT of these Pests? HELP TO YOUR PLAYGROUND FROM THESE PESTS Invasive algae, can be invisible and transported on a single drop of water, will affect fishing.

Invasion algae, a risk to all lakes, will affect recreation, fishing and water filters.

Help to protect your playground from these pests, take a photo and report pest sightings to 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732).

Invasive plant, spread by a single fragment of plant, will affect fishing and recreation.

Present in Lake Taupō, clogs the waterways, is spread single fragment of plant.

Spotted it? Take a photo and report pest sightings to 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732).


Present in Taupō, eats native species, reduces water quality, affects fishing and recreation.


Invasive algae, can be invisible and transported on a single drop of water, will affect fishing.


Present in Lake Taupō, clogs the waterways, is spread by a single fragment of plant.


Present in Taupō, eats native species, reduces water quality, affects fishing and recreation.


Invasion algae, a risk to all lakes, will affect recreation, fishing and water filters.


Invasive plant, clogs waterways, degrades habitat for native animals and plants.


Invasive fish, degrades water quality, affects fishing and native plants and animals.


Invasive plant, clogs waterways, degrades habitat for native animals and plants.


Invasive fish, degrades water quality, affects fishing and native plants and animals.


Invasive weed, prevents native plants from growing, poisonous to stock.

Invasive plant, clogs waterways, prevents other plants from growing, affects recreational users.


Invasive plant, spread by a single fragm plant, affects native plants, animals and


Present in Lake Taupō, clogs the waterways, is spread by a single fragment of plant.


Invasive weed, clogs waterways and shades out native plants, is spread by fragments.


Invasive reptile, eats native species, long lived. Don’t release pets into the wild.



Invasive weed, clogs waterways and shades out nativ plants, is spread by fragments.


Invasive reptile, eats native species, long lived. Don’t release pets into the wild.

Invasive plant, spread by a single fragment of plant, will affect fishing and recreation.



Invasive weed, prevents native plants from growing, poisonous to stock.

Invasive plant, clogs waterways, prevents other plants from growing, affects recreational users.


Invasive plant, spread by a single fragment of plant, affects native plants, animals and fishing.

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Present in Lake Taupō, clogs the waterways, is spread by a single fragment of plant.


focus and attention on commercial operators

Collectively, these properties are known as the Taupō Waters.

In 1992, the Crown signed a Deed with the Trust Board which conferred ownership in the Board, on behalf of Ngāti Tuwharetoa, of the beds of Lake Taupō, a number of tributaries flowing into Lake Taupō and the Waikato River from the outlet of Lake Taupō to the Rock of Tia (inclusive of the Huka Falls).

In 2007 a new Deed was signed between the Crown and the Board, replacing the 1992 Deed, and at the same time clarified the property rights attached to Taupō Waters. The Taupō Waters Trust was also established at the same time and the Trust Board is the sole trustee. The Taupō Waters Trust is a special purpose vehicle which is able to issue licences and receive fees from commercial operators operating upon Taupō Waters. As the legal owner, the Trust Board is able to exercise full ownership rights subject to the 2007 Deed. The licencing of commercial operators is consistent with the Board’s strategic priority to improve


on Taupō Waters Event organisers who intend to hold an event on Taupō Waters are also required to obtain approval and a licence from the Trust Board prior to undertaking such an activity. Commercial Manager, Rakei Taiaroa, says there have been more than 20 applications received from event organizers since the beginning of the year. The events range from the prestigious Iron Man triathlon through to IronMaori, 30 – Te Kōtuku

waka ama and national jet ski and swimming competitions. “We are currently in the process of developing a streamlined application process together with Taupō Council’s Destination Great Lake Taupō agency to make the process more straightforward and integrated,” says Rakei. Application forms can be downloaded from

commercial returns from its assets for the benefit of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Since the Taupō Waters were returned to Ngāti Tūwharetoa in 1992 numerous commercial operators have operated freely upon Taupō Waters. Over the past year, the Board has been engaging with commercial operators in an effort to licence these commercial businesses. The number of those businesses licenced is low relative to the number of known operators who are conducting their business on Taupō Waters. As a responsible owner, the Trust Board will be advancing this matter over coming months to a satisfactory conclusion. For more information visit

did you know? Approval is required for the following activities on Taupō Waters:

Events Filming Photography Commercial Business

Settlement of historical

treaty of Waitangi claims reached

Ngāti Tūwharetoa has reached a Deed of Settlement with the Crown to finalise the settlement of all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Tūwharetoa resulting from acts or omissions by the Crown prior to 21 September 1992. The Tūwharetoa Hapū Forum, is made up of representatives from Tūwharetoa hapū and was established in 2003 to negotiate the settlement. Following the initialling of the Deed of Settlement at Parliament in December 2016, a ratification vote saw Tūwharetoa vote to support the deed and to establish Te Kōtahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa as a new post settlement governance entity. The settlement deed includes an agreed historical account, Crown acknowledgements and apology to Ngāti Tuwharetoa and cultural, financial and commercial redress.

The benefits of the settlement will be available to all members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa wherever they may live. The Trust Board has long supported the completion of the settlement of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa comprehensive Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown over many decades. The Board wishes to congratulate the Tūwharetoa Hāpu Forum on its achievement and to acknowledge Tūwharetoa whanau for voting in the ratification vote. Deed of Settlement signed The Deed of Settlement was signed at Waitetoko Marae on 8 July 2017 and was attended by hundreds of whānau and guests.

Picture credit: Moana Maniapoto

Find out more visit

Picture credit: Moana Maniapoto

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Strategic relationship with

Victoria university formed

The Trust Board recently entered into a new relationship agreement with Victoria University of Wellington, one of the country's leading tertiary institutions. The objectives of the agreement are aimed at providing opportunities for both parties to explore research initiatives in areas of mutual interest that will contribute to the advancement of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The agreement also provides scholarship opportunities to financially support Tuwharetoa students studying at Victoria.

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The agreement provides an opportunity for the Board to look at how the Trust Board can engage more strategically, with Tertiary Institutions, and with Ngāti Tūwharetoa students.

providing opportunities, research initiatives, scholarships

Funding initiatives –

help is on hand! Don’t forget that two key initiatives are on hand to help marae, hāpu and whānau with funding initiatives. The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee and the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mercury Development Group are both administered through the Trust Board. Applications for both programmes can be made throughout the year! To apply and find out more visit

Have you got

In October 2002 the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mighty River Power Development group was established as a result of a partnership agreement between Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Mighty River Power. In 2016 Mighty River Power became Mercury Energy and the group is now referred to as the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Mercury Development Group.The Development Group provides support for cultural, educational and sporting initiatives.

any news?

In 2000 an agreement was reached with Genesis Energy to mitigate the ongoing impacts of the Tongariro Power Scheme on Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Ngāti Tūwharetoa Genesis Energy Committee was established as a result of this agreement. The Committee provides support for cultural, educational, health, and environmental initiatives.

If you have special news which is of interest and value to Ngāti Tūwharetoa, we’d like to hear from you! Send us a brief summary of what it is. Everyone loves to see pictures too – images will need to be high resolution in JPEG format for production purposes. Contact us today! Email

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upcoming Events JULY-NOVEMBER




13-16 July

20-22 September


 aupō Winter Festival T “Battle of the Mountains” Film competition for rangatahi

2017 Taiopenga Festival

2017 Tūwharetoa Kaumātua Dinner Do you have an event you’d like to include in our next issue? Let us know! Email:

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Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board PO Box 87, Town Centre, Turangi 81 Horomatangi Street, Taupō Tel: +64 7 386 8832 (Turangi) or +64 7 376 5086 (Taupō) Email: Website:

Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust 81 Horomatangi Street, Taupō Tel: 0800 889 427 (within NZ) or +64 7 378 6793 (from outside NZ) Email: Website:

Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust 81 Horomatangi Street, Taupō Tel: +64 7 377 3176 or (in Email: Website:

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