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ISSUE 32 - maehe / march 2010

ISSN 1173-7530

First recipient and graduate of the Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Nursing Scholarship Te Inuwai Kapea

Ngaati Hauaa, Raungaiti Marae Te Inuwai Kapea gained a 100% pass rate at her state finals last year, to complete her nursing degree at Hamilton’s Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC). In 2007 she was the first recipient of the Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Nursing Scholarship established by WINTEC to assist students of Waikato-Tainui descent who are studying nursing. Currently at Pohlen Hospital in Matamata, Te Inuwai will soon take up a position with the Waikato District Health Board.


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Surfs Up Waikato-Tainui Styles




Waikato-Tainui Games 2010


Waitangi Day


Kaawhia Kai


Mean Maurea Mean

20-23 Our People, different places, kaupapa driven! TRIBAL STORIES




Office of the King


Brothers worth their weight in gold


Te Tira Hoe 2010


Ngaa waa o mua


Tainui Waka Kapa Haka


Transpower Trainee Opportunity


Poohara Poukai date change

Governrite Governance Training

Pepi Pack winners

Marae Information Seminars


Housing needs of tribe to be assessed




COVER: Ten-year-old Raglan surfer Reiki Ruawai ‘hangs ten’ at the first ever Waikato-Tainui Games surfing competition. More on page 4.

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sur fs up w a i k a to - t a i n u i st y l es ! Ten-year-old Raglan surfer Reiki Ruawai made it onto this month’s Te Hookioi cover for two reasons... One, because he looks like a cover shot giving that traditional ‘hang ten’ salute, clutching his surf board and sporting his natty dreadlocks. And two, Reiki makes a fine cover because not only was he one of 90 competitors in the first ever Waikato-Tainui surfing competition, but he also volunteered his time to help out! A revamped new-look Waikato-Tainui Games kicked off tribal events for 2010 and what was even more exciting, was the amount of interest and ‘extreme’ talent on show at the newly introduced surfing event! “It was such a fantastic turnout,” said Surfing Coordinator Arna-Rose Solomon (Tuurangawaewae Marae). “It was so awesome to see so many of our people out on the water and we were fortunate to have the assistance, support and judging expertise of key individuals who are involved with national competitions like Steve Ria who is Surfing New Zealand’s national Maaori coordinator.” Hosted at Raglan’s Manu Bay a week prior to the main events, organisers had to change the one day competition to two days because of the overwhelming number of entries. Ninety participants took to the surf competing in the shortboard, long-board and body board sections. “The response was really positive with representation from 22 Waikato-Tainui Marae. I’m certain we will see the popularity of surfing grow. “Given this was the first time we’ve had surfing as part of the games, the signs are very encouraging for the future.”


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WAIKATO-TAINUI GAMES 2010 Waikato-Tainui hosted its fourth biennial tribal games in mid February and indications are that a record 15,000 were participating in the venue at one time, under the umbrella of unity and tribal pride! TE HOOKIOI - maehe 2010


OVERALL WINNERS Tuatahi: Tuurangawaewae Marae Tuarua: Taniwha Marae Tuatoru: Te Tokanganui-aa-Noho Marae


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It’s estimated 20,000 people attended this year’s tribal games but Te Arataura board member and spokesperson for the games Robert Tukiri says it is more likely that attendance over the weekend and at related activities in fact exceeded the 20,000 mark.

“Organisers anticipated around 10 – 15,000 tribal members would converge on the Hopuhopu Sports Complex over two days, so prepared activity sites to cater for those kinds of numbers,” said Robert. “The carparks were loaded. The community and kai areas were continuously packed, and there wasn’t a spare tree anywhere.”

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“Fifty one Marae registered to compete in 20 sports and activities which is 10-15 Marae more than we have had before,” said Robert.

“The inclusion of new events like surfing, waka ama, tennis, kaumaatua activities and Inclusive Games illustrates the diverse range of activities our people are involved with. “This not only increased the overall attendance, but also provided opportunities for all age groups to participate along with those with varying disabilities.”

More than 300 volunteers and coordinators helped to host the events. Sports Coordinator Heremaia Samson says the overall consensus has been that the games were a great success. “Like any event there are always ways we can improve and make things better, but we are certainly looking forward to the next one,” said Heremaia. The introduction of an art competition judged by master carver Inia Te Wiata and renowned artist Fred Graham, was a new feature at this year’s event. Tamariki activities from the stage featured the popular Zumba-style warm ups that kaumaatua also got involved with.

“I really enjoyed the kanikani with my mokopuna right beside me. I might have to take that up,” said kuia Kahuki Hetet. An anti-domestic violence CD One Voice, One Heart, One People was officially launched from the stage. A key initiative to promote zero tolerance to violence amongst the tribe, the launch opened a rangatahi concert on the Saturday which included performances from South Auckland group Local Vocal Crew, local talents NRG Rising and Knights of the Dub Table, and headline reggae act House of Shem. Maaori Television CODE personality DJ Poroufessor, along with local talents Native Sons and Zion Hill kept the crowd’s entertained on Sunday. “It was a fantastic and well organised event and on behalf of our governance board Te Arataura, I’d like to thank everyone involved for such a successful games,” said Robert.


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Poihaakena Marae Te Kotahitanga Marae Te Hoe o Tainui Marae

SURFING TROPHY 3rd 2nd 1st

Poihaakena Marae Kai-a-te-Mata Marae Waingaro Marae


Taupiri / Te Ohaaki Marae Te Kotahitanga Marae Te Iti-a-Hauaa Marae

WAKA AMA TROPHY 3rd 2nd 1st

Taniwha Marae Hukanui Marae Tuurangawaewae Marae








3rd 2nd 1st

Horahora Marae Mangatangi Marae Tuurangawaewae Marae

CHESS 3rd 2nd 1st

Waahi Paa Te Kauri Marae Taniwha Marae


Tuurangawaewae / Maurea Marae Ngaatira Marae Ngaa Hau E Whaa Marae


Makaurau - Ihumatao Mangatangi





Ngaa Hau E Whaa

Ngaa Tai E Rua


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Te Akau

Te Awamaarahi

Te Hoe o Tainui

Te Iti-a-Hauaa

Te Kaharoa

Te Kauri

Te Kotahitanga

Te Ohaaki

Te Papa o Rotu

Te Papatapu

Te Tihi o Moerangi

Horahora / Te Hoe o Tainui Marae Te Tihi o Moerangi Marae Taniwha Marae Te Ohaaki Marae Ooraeroa Marae Te Tokanganui-aa-noho Marae


Maungatautari / Te Tihi o Moerangi Marae Te Kauri Marae Kai-a-te-Mata Marae



Tuurangawaewae Umupuia

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3rd 2nd 1st

Te Taumata ki Paaraawera


Te Tokanganui-aa-noho

Waikare Marae Te Papa o Rotu Marae Horahora Marae Waingaro Marae Kaitumutumu Marae Waahi Paa

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POWER PULLING - KUME TAURA TROPHY Overall Winner Te Tokanganui-a-Noho Marae

Platinum and Major Sponsor of this year's event:

GOLDEN OLDIES 3rd 2nd 1st

Raungaiti Marae Kai-a-te-Mata Marae Whaataapaka Marae

TAMARIKI 3rd 2nd 1st

Rukumoana Marae Kai-a-te-Mata Marae Ooraeroa Marae

Gold Sponsors:

WOMENS 3rd 2nd 1st

Waitii Marae Waahi Paa Te Tokanganui-aa-Noho Marae

MENS 3rd 2nd 1st

Waipapa Marae Whaataapaka Marae Te Tokanganui-a-Noho Marae

Waikato-Tainui Mighty River Power Partnership Committee


MARAE Whaataapaka Marae Te Awamaarahi Marae Tuurangawaewae Marae

Silver Sponsor:

FISHING 2nd 3rd

Gerard Ngaru of Waitii Marae - 4kg Kahawai Donn Stephens of Tuurangawaewae Marae - seven Snapper

Bronze Sponsors:

and a final THANKS TO the 2010 waikato-tainui games SPONSORS 10 TE HOOKIOI - maehe 2010

Ka hua au i te whatitiri E whakatupuru nei i runga i te rangi Kaaore ko te unuhanga o te taniwha i te rua Ka anga au ki te raki, ka anga au ki te tonga Ka papa te taitamawaahine, ka hora te taitamataane Ka mate te marama, ka taka ngaa whetu o te rangi Ka ara Waikato i te rua Aue, aue, taukiri e! Ma te atawhai o te waahi ngaro taatou katoa e hapai, e manaaki i ngaa tau mutunga kore. Ko te Atua to taatou piringa, ka puta, ka ora. E ngaa tootara haemata o ngaa marae kua takoto tiraha nei, e ngaa ipo kahurangi ka riro nei, kauria ra te au moana o ake ake, hoea ra ngaa ngaru o whakaoti atu. Moe mai ra. Teenei te reo poowhiri ki a koutou e ngaa manu taupua o te motu. Haere mai ra ki runga ki to taatou marae o Tuurangawaewae ki te whakanui i te raa Koroneihana o taa koutou mokopuna, a Kiingi Tuheitia. Mauria mai ngaa parekawakawa o ia marae kainga, o ia takiwaa kia kotahi tonu te poroporoaki i a raatou katoa. Haere mai ra, takahia mai ngaa tapuwae o raatou maa kia rite ai ngaa whakaaro hei oranga mo taatou i teenei ao hurihuri.

Ko ngaa whakahaere: Wenerei 18 o Akuhata: Taite 19 o Akuhata: Paraire 20 o Akuhata: Raahoroi 21 o Akuhata: Raatapu 22 o Akuhata:

Ngaa Kawe Mate o Tainui Waka Ngaa Kawe Mate o Te Motu Waananga-aa-Iwi Ngaa Mema Paremata Ngaa Manuwhiri Tuuaarangi Te Tuawhaa o ngaa Raa Koroneihana o Kiingi Tuheitia Papa Taakaro me nga Whakangahau Papa Taakaro me ngaa Whakangahau

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Australian Idol winner Stan Walker dazzled the crowd at Hamilton’s Waitangi Day Celebrations last month where an estimated 10,000 people gathered for the free open-air concert!

Organised by Te Ruunanga o Kirikiriroa with WaikatoTainui as a sponsor, the 18-year-old headlined the event which also included performances from Maaori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, and the Northland reggae band 1814 who continue to amass rave reviews with their ‘packed out’ performances. Not to be outdone, the inaugural Kaawhia Traditional Maaori Kai Festival attracted hundreds of families to the rural sea-side settlement and is said to be the single biggest event on Kaawhia’s event calendar. Emceed by television and radio personality Dale Husband, performances were enjoyed from kapa haka roopu and local talent bands and artists, with the day closing with ‘tradition fused with modern’ dance and vocals from Moana and the Tribe.

February 6th continued to prove one of the busiest days on the tribe’s event calendar with many attending Taniwha Marae Poukai, and others supporting national celebrations at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands which this year recognised the 70th birthday of the world’s biggest waka ‘Ngatokimatawhaorua’ - commissioned by Princess Te Puea in 1940 to commemorate 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Photo credit: Te Kata

From left: Daniel and Joshua Milne.

Weightlifting is a shared love for the Milne brothers Daniel and Joshua. The pair are quickly rising through the ranks of the New Zealand Weightlifting scene and have their sights set firmly on one day achieving Olympic glory. Joshua (16) is currently ranked 1st as an Olympic Weightlifter in his age and weight division for New Zealand Secondary Schools. Older brother Daniel (20) is a former NZ Junior Champion (U21) and is the current Auckland Olympic Weightlifting Champion (U21). Their parents John and Tania marvel at the accomplishments of the boys in a sport they’ve only recently taken too. “Daniel was a top secondary schools athlete when Dr Joe Hunter, a biomechanics specialist and one of NZ’s best strength and speed coaches, suggested he try weightlifting and offered to coach him. That was in 2008 and about six months into his training, Daniel convinced Josh to come along with him. In this short time both boys have excelled to achieve huge success,” said John. Recipients of Tainui Sports scholarships, the boys are of Ngaati Hauaa descent and affiliate to Rukumoana Marae through their mum’s father Isaac Samuels. “We’re very proud of our boys. What I’ve observed is that they are extremely self motivated individuals and have a single minded determination to work hard and achieve goals. This coupled with a love for weightlifting and amazing personal coaching, has enabled both boys to do well,” said Tania. Between them, the Milne brothers have a number of national titles. Joshua, a student at Auckland’s Howick College, won the 69kg

Class (16 years and over) at last year’s secondary schools national when he was only 15. He was also first in the North Island Secondary Schools and gained 3rd at the North Island Champions Open Class competing with all age groups in his weight division. A talented rugby player and representative for volleyball, Joshua credits his success to Dr Joe’s coaching methods. “Joe sets individual programmes to specifically suit the training style of each athlete. He’s able to process and understand each lift and then gives you accurate feedback so that you can improve your technique. I really respect his opinion and like the way he coaches, he is very motivating.” Like Joshua, Daniel also credits Joe with developing his abilities. Daniel, currently studying a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at the Auckland University of Technology, has represented Auckland and Counties Manukau in volleyball, athletics and weightlifting. An athletics coach at MacLean’s College, Daniel took home silver last year for both the New Zealand (U21) and North Island Men’s Olympic weightlifting championships. He now has his sights firmly set on the 2010 Oceania Games and 2012 Olympics. “Joe is not just our coach but also a close friend. He has spent 10 years learning and applying his knowledge which directly transfers to his athletes. We are all products of his experience. His techniques are specific and really do work,” said Daniel.

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Kaawhia Kai The traditional foods of our ancestors and kai that were once part of their staple diet, are being revived through the efforts of tribal members Lloyd and Hinga Whiu. The husband and wife duo are the organisers behind the successful annual Kaawhia Kai Festival, held during Waitangi weekend and now in its sixth year. Traditional kai such as kooki (shark liver) and kaanga wai (rotten corn) are major favourites amongst festival goers along with other featured kai such as paaua and kina stew; toroi; riiwai Maaori; kamokamo pickle; horopito; kawakawa and manuka honey flavoured tea; raupoo pollen cakes; raw fish; mussel chowder; whitebait sandwiches; and prawns, scallops and mussels all grilled over an open flame. “If whaanau stalls are selling these kai (kooki and kaanga wai) they are normally sold out well before lunch time - or sooner,� explained Hinga. Hundreds of people flocked to the small coastal town to participate in the one-day festival, which derives its theme

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Kaawhia Moana, kaawhia Tangata from the whakatauaakii (proverb) ‘Kaawhia Kai, Kaawhia Moana, Kaawhia Tangata’.

its inception in 2004, with more and more people, both local and international visiting Kaawhia.

Although it started initially with a community focus to attract people to Kaawhia and support Waitangi Celebrations within their rohe, Hinga and Lloyd who affiliate to Waipapa Marae, see it as a way of retaining the traditions of our tuupuna.

It even featured in the Lonely Planet’s Guide of top ten indigenous events in Aotearoa for overseas travellers to visit.

“We are hoping that as more whaanau become involved, they continue to seek out those kaumaatua who still retain traditional knowledge of gathering, preparing and cooking these traditional dishes that our tuupuna ate,” said Hinga. “It’s about actively encouraging our whaanau to waananga within their own whaanau, hapuu and iwi to ensure that these traditional practices are not lost. “The Kai Festival is more than just a day out - it is about the retention of traditional kai practices.”

“Through this we are getting a lot more enquiries annually from overseas tourists wanting to experience traditional kai sourced from the land and sea.” A kaumaatua from Maketuu said he was happy to see traditional kai such as kookii, a traditional food source Maketuu is well known for, revived at things like this. “Shark or Kookii was caught and hung to dry creating what was known as Maaori chewing gum. Then it was fried on an open fire. Boiled three times and then dried, we would skewer pipis with flax and Karaka berries, known as Maaori peanuts.”

The festival has grown in popularity over the years since

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Te Tira Hoe o Waikato brings an opportunity for tribal members to once again journey on the Waikato River and learn significant koorero about our tuupuna awa. Te Tira Hoe 2008 was part of a wider strategy to support the Waikato River Deed of Settlement, signed later that year in August. Covering a distance of some 140km, the trip includes several sites of significance between Taupo and Port Waikato, Marae noho, plantings, workshops, and the opportunity for tribal members to paddle waka ama from Karapiro to Te Puuaha. Over 40 tribal members were involved with the last ‘Tira Hoe’ and organisers are anticipating even more interest. “With our claim now settled it’s a good time to reinforce the learning and continue raising awareness amongst tribal members about the awa. It’s important the relationship between Waikato-Tainui and our tuupuna awa remains strong for the future health and wellbeing of both the river and our people,” said Claims and Environment Manager Donna Flavell. Te Tira Hoe 2010 will be hosted in October/November. Waikato-Tainui tribal members wanting to register an interest, please contact Liza Hiku on freephone 0800 TAINUI or email:

Photo Caption: Te Tira Hoe o Waikato 2008 Participants

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Four days of weeding gardens, moving bricks and laying down foundations were top priority for the whaanau of Maurea Marae as they worked in front of the cameras for Maaori Television’s Marae DIY. TE HOOKIOI - maehe 2010


Set to screen on air in November, over a hundred volunteers came together last month to help with renovations to the Huntly Marae. The build included a complete remodel of the Marae ablution blocks, an upgrade of the plant room (water pump), installation of new water tanks, the concrete and paving of pathways, and repainting the exterior of all buildings.

“It was a big thing to change to standard supply nonetheless it was a necessity because of health and safety concerns. Regardless, our connections with the river remain strong,” added Maeria.

The new-look DIY styles, was well timed for an emotional unveil at Maurea’s annual Poukai in the last weekend of February.

“Based on current commercial prices, the complete project would have cost somewhere in the vicinity of $166k if we were to independently complete the entire project. Through the combined efforts of both Screentime and the people of the Marae, significant sponsorship agreements were secured. This resulted in a massive reduction of cash outlay to the tune of $98k. In real terms this entire project has cost us approximately $68k.”

“This has been a major undertaking for our Marae committee but we are extremely happy with the final result. We tabled the idea of the renovations several months before Marae DIY came on board but through the assistance of Screentime productions, we were able to bring this forward,” said Project Coordinator Maeria Koligi. Maurea Marae’s earliest history dates back to the 1870s as one of the first papakainga (and later Marae) to hold Poukai within Waikato pre 1900. Gazetted in 1959, the land was set aside as a Maaori reservation for the purposes of a Marae, meeting place and sports/recreation ground. In 1972 the wharemoe Ngaa Tumutumu o Rauwhitu was built and five years later the wharekai Potaea went up which is also home to the Rangiriri Eels Rugby League Football Club. “Until three or four years ago Maurea was one of the last Marae to draw its water from the Waikato River.

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She says although there have been a number of additions and upgrades to the Marae over the years, this was the first time they attempted a build of this magnitude within the small timeframe.

Products, materials, equipment, consumables, professional services and qualified trades people, along with a number of businesses and organisations volunteered their time to the fourday build. “We are absolutely thankful to everyone who came and helped. There was such joy and amazement in what we had accomplished and seeing the finished renovations of the Marae certainly made all the hard work well worth it!”

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KAUPAPA DRIVEN Deanne McManus-Emery (Ngaati Mahuta, Tuurangawaewae Marae) recently began working with Waikato-Tainui on a sixmonth secondment to support the development of opportunities for tribal members through training and employment. A Social Development Manager for the Waikato Regional Work and Income Office of the Ministry of Social Development, Deanne has a Bachelor of Social Science (psychology and social anthropology), is married to Devon Emery (Ngaati Maniapoto) and has a nine year-old daughter Ariana. Tell us a little bit about your career and work history? I’ve focused mainly on the social sector working in a variety of agencies including the NZ Police, Waikato District Health and also Te Puni Kookiri which enabled me to take up a senior management role with the Ministry of Social Development

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(MSD). In my current role I can branch across the social sector to build strong partnerships in health, education, justice, housing and welfare. The aim is to achieve mutual social outcomes for our communities. I’ve been with MSD for the past six years and I’m enjoying the challenge. What specifically is your work with Waikato-Tainui? Developing a training and employment framework that provides a clear pathway for tribal members to engage in meaningful training that results in sustainable employment. It means securing industry specific training opportunities that meet labour market needs. My role is to also identify potential and existing models. What are some of the projects you are currently working on for Waikato-Tainui? • Maaori Trade Training Level 4 Building Certificate and Level 3 Tikanga Maaori A collaboration with Te Waananga o Aotearoa and WINTEC, this is the second year the programme has been delivered. This year includes a 36 week trade taster course across electrical, plumbing, and mechanical engineering Level 3. • ESITO Electrical Engineering Programme Targeted at high school students years 11-13, this programme is an introduction to the electrical industry and gives participants the opportunity to apply for 12 apprenticeships through Mighty River Power in collaboration with the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation. • 10 Transpower Trainee Line Mechanics Waikato-Tainui is working collaboratively with Transpower to provide an opportunity for Waikato-Tainui tribal members to apply for 10 Trainee Line Mechanic positions. More on page 28. • Manukau Institute of Technology Programmes Exploring opportunities to expand Maaori Trade Training, Tourism and Hospitality programmes. • Waikato District Council Cadetships Exploring opportunities to establish six cadetships.




Recently Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and volunteers conducted a NZ dotterel flock survey along the west coast. Jack de Thierry (Ngaati Hine, Waikare Marae) is a Programme Manager-Community Relations for DOC covering the Waikato Region. He says the coordinated count has been hugely valuable to understanding the west coast birds. It is thought approximately 25 NZ dotterel are left along the west coast, a very small portion of a nationally threatened population which is believed to now number some 1,700 birds. “Aotea Heads Scientific Reserve (Oioroa) has very clearly demonstrated that this season it is the preferred flocking site with a total of 18 birds present including a young chick,” said Jack. “A further five were spotted over the course of the day - four at Raukumara (north end of Kaawhia Ocean Beach), and one lone bird on a sandbank within Kaawhia Harbour. I’m extremely keen for tangata whenua to participate in west coast NZ dotterel management programmes. Their support is crucial to the continued survival of these threatened birds.” To become involved with this project contact Jack de Thierry on +64 7 850 8438, mob. 027 438 5044 or email jdethierry@

QUICK FACTS • Found only in NZ and known as Tuturiwhatu Pukunui. • A wading shorebird which stands at approximately 20cm tall, the largest dotterel species in the world. • Favoured habitat is sandy spits with sparse driftwood cover, often near estuaries or river mouths. • Studies show 60% of nesting attempts fail due to predation at unmanaged sites. Cats, stoats and hedgehogs are major predators. Rats and even dogs are also threats. • The bird’s off-white under belly/breast flushes a rusty red colour during the breeding season. They typically breed between August & March. • Predation isn’t the only threat negatively impacting upon dotterel breeding success; humans destroy habitat through subdivision and changes of land use. Disturbance includes use of ATV/4WD vehicles on beaches. • NZ dotterel are poor home builders with nests little more than a scrape in the sand. This makes them extremely vulnerable to trampling by beach users. • Nests are usually situated above the high tide mark and fore dune. NZ dotterel lay up to 3 eggs per nest which they incubate for approximately 28 days.

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Pareaute Panapa-Solomon (Ngaati Apakura, Tuurangawaewae Marae) is a Pouwhakataki for the Ministry of Education and says she wants to make sure parents are aware of national standards in reading, writing and maths so they can gauge how well their tamariki are doing. “This year national standards were introduced in all schools with children in Years 1-8,” said Pareaute. “The standards are a description of what all New Zealand children are expected to be able to do in reading, writing and maths.” Pareaute says the standards give teachers, tamariki and parents/caregivers, a clear indication of where children are at and what they need to do next in their learning. “Working at or above the standards during Years 1-8 means the child should be on track to finish secondary school with a worthwhile leaving qualification - NCEA level 2 or similar. “I encourage whaanau to find out more, talk to the teachers and ask questions.”

Population Health promoter Aotea Maipi (Ngaati Mahuta, Waahi Paa) says Waka Tautoko is an important project that will help to decrease barriers to access for healthcare and healthy living. North Waikato residents from Ngaaruawaahia to Meremere will find it a lot easier to get where they need to go, thanks to a new community initiative that kicked off in December. Waka Tautoko, a joint project between Waikato DHB (Population Health), Waahi Whanui Trust, Raukura Hauora o Tainui and Waikato-Tainui, is offering free transport to essential services. The three-pronged project looks to offer transport to low socio-economic families, the elderly and diabetes patients, to essential services such as GP, hospital and other medical appointments. In addition, Waka Tautoko – meaning pathway to better health – will support Population Health’s nutrition initiative ‘Kai @ the right price’, by taking orders for fruit and vege packs and transporting them to central locations throughout the North Waikato for pick up, and direct to homes of the elderly. The groups have put up funding for: two vans; two full-time drivers; two part-time drivers; and the associated training required. The project will run as a four-month pilot, after which it will be evaluated. “All people need to do is ring Waahi Whanui to make an appointment and they will be picked up from their homes to go wherever they need to,” said Aotea.

For more information contact: Pareaute PanapaSolomon 027 491 5820 or 09 2653144 pareaute. , Te Ataarangi Poutapu 027 444 72381 or 07 8245368, Oti Poa 027 450 3492 or 07 878 1062 & Kiri Karu 027 296 3814 or 07 862 8476. Website:

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“You’ll see fliers go up throughout communities in places like medical centres and Marae so people get more information. “The idea is to make the services easy for people to access so all they need to do is call.” Ring Waahi Whanui Trust on 0800 843 87878 or +64 7 828 9695 to make an appointment.

Taroi Rawiri with his wife Erina and their tamariki Taroi Jnr (3yr) and Maia (1yr)

TRIBAL MEMBER ‘LANDS’ FISHERIES ROLE Taroi Rawiri’s affinity for fishing began when he was a young boy helping his whaanau gather whitebait at Port Waikato. As the newly appointed Fisheries Surveillance Officer for the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish), he wants to ensure people adhere to the regulations and do not flout the law. “Kaimoana is a resource our people have gathered and relied on for many years,” said Taroi (Ngaati Amaru, Te Awamaarahi Marae). “My role is to make sure we can continue our customary practices without depleting stocks or abusing the regulations in place to protect such resources.” Taroi’s position was created as a direct result of the Waikato River Settlement and is the first fisheries role created specifically from the deed. Based in the Waikato region, one of Taroi’s key functions is working in close partnership with the tribe to support and monitor river regulations. “We are extremely pleased to have Taroi on board and to be working closely with Waikato-Tainui as we progress our collective partnership,” said Brendon Mikkelsen, MFish Field Operations Manager of the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions.

inspections, customary liaison, monitoring and both land-based and at-sea patrols. He also hopes tribal members will seek his assistance and ask for advice whenever they are uncertain or have questions. “A number of Waikato-Tainui Marae are based along the coastlines like Aotea and heading out towards Port Waikato, so my aim is to work closely with as many of them as I can to raise awareness and educate on kaimoana regulations. “I want our people to know our kaitiaki and use permits for customary purposes so when they meet Fisheries Officers at the beach, they are aware of the processes.” For more information contact Taroi Rawiri at MFish on: free phone 0800 372 712 or mobile 027 276 7769.

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It is seen as a time of growth, change, preparation and a time of action. During this time, there is also acknowledgement of what one has and what one has to give. For some, it heralds a chance to revisit the ways of the past by incorporating the teachings of our ancestors into everyday life. It is also associated with harvesting and planting of crops. Different cycles in nature indicated favourable times for certain activities to take place. This monthly lunar calendar runs from each new moon to the next new moon and gives examples of when and when it isn’t a good time to do certain things like planting, eeling and fishing. Monthly Lunar Calendar Day following new moon
















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Name of day

Effects Moon entering a new phase - an unfavourable   day for planting food or fishing. A good night for eeling. A reasonably good day for cray-fishing, eeling   and planting food. A good day for collecting shellfish. A very good day for eeling, cray-fishing and   planting kumara and seed crops. A good day for establishing tuber beds, planting   food and fishing. This is another good day for planting food. Fish   are restless. A day for planting food. West winds that only rain   will quell. Eels are voracious tonight. A good day for   planting food and fishing but beware of the weather.

Day following new moon











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Oohua Atua whakahaehae





Raakaunui (full moon)








Korekore te whiwhia


Korekore te rawea


Korekore te piri ki Tangaroa

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Tangaroa-aa-mua Tangaroa-aa-roto Tangaroa-whakapau











Mutuwhenua (new moon)

Name of day

Effects Eel, fish and kumara are abundant but small. A productive day to collect shellfish. Fishermen beware! A good morning for planting food. Not very good for fishing. A disagreeable day - one for marking time. Don’t plant food. Not a good fishing day. Eel and crayfish are wary. A most favourable day for planting food. Kumara are large but rot quickly. A good day for fishing and a good night for trapping crayfish and eel. A very good day for planting food. Not a good day for planting food or fishing. A very good day for bobbing eel. A good day for fishing and planting food in the afternoon. A very good day - crops are bountiful. A good day for fishing but not eeling. A very good day for fishing but not eeling. Seed plants grow vigorously. Takirau faintly visible - the moon hazy. Food is bountiful but small. Not a good day for planting food. An unproductive night on the shore - winds sweep the sea. Not a fruitful night. Food is scarce but await the turn of the tide. A good day from midday to sundown. A productive period for taking eel. Most foods are plentiful. A good day for fishing, eeling and planting food. A productive day for fishing and planting food. A good day for fishing and cultivating seed beds. A good day for taking eel, fishing and for setting crayfish and eel traps. A good day for fishing, eeling and cray-fishing. A reasonably good day for planting food. A very productive day for planting food, fishing and eeling. Not a productive day - food is scarce. Fish are restless. Unproductive day and night. The moon has diminished and the world is in total darkness.

Sources: Koorero Maaori website - The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand website - www. Maaori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maaori website - www.

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Photo Credit: Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Culutural Trust

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The 2010 Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Festival was held last month at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek with Te Iti Kahurangi taking top honours. They will represent the region along with Te Pou o Mangataawhiri (2nd) and Ngaa Pou o Roto (3rd). All three teams will compete at Te Matatini 2011 - the biennial national Maaori performing arts Kapa Haka Festival.

Gisborne from 17 – 20 February 2011

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TRAINEE LINE MECHANIC POSITIONS OPPORTUNITY FOR WAIKATO-TAINUI TRIBAL MEMBERS Transpower is a state-owned enterprise that operates New Zealand’s high-voltage electricity transmission grid, providing a delivery of bulk electricity to towns, cities and major industries across the country. Waikato-Tainui is working collaboratively with Transpower to provide an opportunity for tribal members to apply for 10 Trainee Line Mechanic positions. Line Mechanic training is fully funded and will be undertaken at the Transpower Training School based in Blenheim. The first intake is in April 2010. Upon completion, trainees will be placed into employment with tower erection or foundation insulation crews where they will receive onthe-job training, while earning a salary.

WE ARE SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM: • Registered Waikato-Tainui tribal members or those who are eligible to be a registered; • aged 16-35 years; • looking for a career in the electrical industry or considering a career change. Expressions of interest will be received up until 22 March 2010. REQUIRED • Full drivers licence. • Able to read and understand plans and maps. • Good communication and problem-solving skills. • Practical skills including the ability to use and care for your own equipment. • Comfortable working at heights. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES • Drug free. • Reliable and motivated. • Can work independently and as part of a team. • Able to make good judgments. • Can work well under pressure. • Safety conscious. For more information or to file an interest, please contact: Deanne McManus-Emery, Waikato-Tainui. Private Bag 542 Ngaaruawaahia 3742. Email: Freephone: 0800 TAINUI.

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Poohara Poukai Date Change

Seminar One - April 17

The Poohara Poukai has been changed from 13th June 2010, to Sunday 20th June 2010.

• Te Ture Whenua Maaori Act – overview - Maaori Reservations, Trustees responsibilities, Regulations • Marae Charters – why, what, how.

Governrite Governance Training

Seminar Two - May 15

Last year 17 Marae took the opportunity to work with Eight Associates as part of the “Governrite” training programme. Two main objectives are to gain a thorough understanding of the principles of good governance, and to immediately apply what has been learnt to real situations. Participants will learn how to apply good governance principles when making decisions that affect the Marae and people. Governrite training will be available to 10 Marae in 2010. For more information contact: Delia Wilson (mob. 021 740 665) and Agnes Moke (mob. 021 1382 595) from Eight Associates.

2009 Pepi Pack Winners

• Funding for Development - the process, the pitfalls, the opportunities.

Seminar Three - June 19

Project Planning: • Two case studies – a successful project/a project with ‘issues’. • What we can learn from both.

Seminar Four - July 17

Strategic Planning for Marae: • What is a strategic plan and why is it important? • What are the key components of a good strategic plan? • How does our Marae develop and implement a strategic plan?

Seminar Five - August 07

Several entries were received for the Pepi Pack competition with pepi packs awarded to all entrants who also went into the draw for prizes drawn in December. Winners were:

• Financial Tips for Marae Note: This will only run if there are a minimum of 15 registrations.

William Foster from Kaitumutumu Marae. Winner of the $100 Life Pharmacy Voucher.

Hukanui Marae - winners of the Pure Water Filter Station

Kahu Darlington from Ookapu Marae Winner of the $100 Baby Factory Voucher.

Hundreds wandered through the Marae Expo Tent at this year’s Waikato-Tainui Games and lucky for Hukanui Marae, Maria Graham along with 300 others, entered the water filter station competition hosted by Pure Water.

Ocean Fiana Kristal Muru-Cooper of Waahi Paa and Rakaunui Marae. Winner of the Samsung Digital Camera.

Waikato-Tainui Marae Information Seminars

Following the success in previous years, a series of five seminars are planned for 2010 and are open to all WaikatoTainui Marae and are free to attend.

Maria was the winner of the water filter station which included installation for Hukanui Marae. Churr thanks Pure Water! And a special thanks to the man from Tuurangawaewae Marae who pulled Maria’s name out of the box!

All seminars will be held at Te Kauhanganui Debating Chambers, Hopuhopu, Ngaaruawaahia from 9.30am to 3.30pm. For more information contact Eric Pene, email ericp@tainui. or phone 0800 TAINUI (0800 824 684). TE HOOKIOI - maehe 2010


Tribal Development Unit Manager Marae Tukere says Waikato-Tainui recognises that secure, affordable and healthy housing is integral to cultural, social and economic advancement. She says the benefits of affordable stable housing has been well researched and proven.

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“Indicators show that stable housing contributes to successful health, family stability, commmunity participation and school attainment,” said Marae. “Collaboratively we are working with Housing New Zealand Corporation as a key partner to develop a Housing Strategy for Waikato-Tainui. “The overarching vision will align with the tribe’s 50 year strategic plan Whakatupuranga 2050, and will guide the detail required in annual business plans.”

Marae says the first stage involves undertaking a housing needs assessment and analysing the current capacity, capability and housing activity within the Waikato-Tainui rohe. Milestones include: • A comprehensive assessment of current and future housing needs; • Assessment of current resources and capacity available to address needs; • A strategic plan; and • A business plan of action.

MAEHE / MARCH 18 Tuurangawaewae Poukai 20 Ngaaruawaahia Regatta 2010 27 Marokopa Poukai 28 Te Tokanganui aa noho Poukai 31 Housing Strategy Hui APERIRA / APRIL 03 Huria Poukai 07 Housing Strategy Hui 10 Te Papa o Rotu Poukai 17 Marae Information Seminar - Maaori Land Court Legislation and Marae Charters 18 Ngaa Tai e Rua Poukai 25 Tainuiawhiro Poukai MEI / MAY 01 Te Kauhanganui General Meeting 15 Marae Information Seminar - Funding for Development 23 Punawhakareia Poukai

“We need to capture tribal issues, concerns and thoughts as we develop the strategy. To help us to reflect tribal views we have arranged a number of hui.” Te Kauhanganui representatives and Marae executives have been invited to attend one of two workshops to be held at Hopuhopu in the coming weeks. • 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Wednesday 31 March 2010 • 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Wednesday 7 April 2010 Marae says any tribal member who would like to provide input are welcome to attend. A short questionaire is also available for those who are unable to participate in the hui. For more information or to register your attendance at a workshop, contact: or freephone 0800 TAINUI (0800 824 684).

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