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Waikato-Tainui and Ngaai Tahu form Joint Committee The ceremony took place at Te Arowhenua Marae on the eve of Ngaai Tahu’s hui-aa-tau, and was also largely supported by Tainui whaanau resident to the South Island. Chair of Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu, Mark Solomon said to those who had gathered, that collectively WaikatoTainui and Ngaai Tahu have tribal worth estimated at $1.2 billion. He challenged those who attended to imagine the Maaori economic potential in this country. “Maaori are entrepreneurs by nature. Business and development is not a new concept to us. Statistics estimate that the Maaori business economy sits at a worth around $12 – $13 billion. I say it is more likely much more.
The formal establishment of a commercial and tribal relationship between Waikato-Tainui and Ngaai Tahu, was a vision of the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. To mark the historic event, her 16-year-old mokopuna Pikikotuku Tawhiao was presented with a taaonga of works written by Hana O’Regan and Charisma Rangipunga. Late last month a contingency of Waikato-Tainui kaumaatua, members of the executive Te Arataura, staff from Tainui Group Holdings and the Trustee Company, travelled to Ngaai Tahu to support the signing of the terms of reference for a new Joint Committee.
THIS ISSUE: FEATURE Ibis-Tainui Opens
PITOPITO KOORERO/NEWS Art Exhibition pays tribute to Ngaati Korokii Homecoming for Australian Rangatahi Tainui Festival 2008 and Tentive Programme American Ambassador talks to rangatahi Waka Taua built to mark 150 years of Kiingitanga Kaumaatua Celebrations - bright and beautiful Te Raiona Kiingi Te Kauhanganui AGM Third term on local council
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HAAKINAKINA/SPORTS He Oranga Poutama Tainui Touch crowned best overall Te Tira Hoe o Waikato 2008
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MAARAMATAKA Tribal Roadshow informs members abroad Te Pou o Mangatawhiri hui
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“Waikato-Tainui and Ngaai Tahu have common interests in the areas of tribal, political, legal and commercial matters. There are many benefits in a collaborative approach to protect and maximise such interests for our tribal members. Such an alliance can be tested before opening membership to other iwi.” Chair of Waikato-Tainui’s executive Te Arataura Tukoroirangi Morgan, said that aside from the commercial and investment opportunities, the alliance will also provide for a wide level of cooperation, and the sharing of information from governance through to management. “Today is about ensuring cooperation and mutual benefit between our iwi. Sir Tipene [O’Regan], we acknowledge you and Te Arikinui and the many others who have paved the way forward to formalise the very strong relationship our people have with each other. “Our union will ensure the continued sustainable growth of our asset bases, and ultimately the continued and sustainable growth of our tribal members.”
Photo top: Ngaai Tahu Chair Mark Solomon, signs the terms of reference for the new Joint Committee with Waikato-Tainui. Photo bottom: Pikikotuku Tawhiao accepts a taaonga to mark the historic occasion.
IBIS-TAINUI opens - tribal hands help with build Around 40 tradesmen of Tainui descent have worked on the new Ibis-Tainui Hotel which opened at a special ceremony held on 10 December 2007. Work commenced in August 2006 and the three star hotel has 126 rooms, full bar and restaurant facilities, with basement and on-grade car parking. Watts and Hughes Construction Site Manager Ropata Stephens, is a qualified carpenter and has worked in the industry for over 30 years. He was “absolutely delighted” to see so many Tainui tradesmen involved in the construction of the hotel. “It’s by default that our company has employed so many Maaori and considering there is a shortage of skilled tradesmen in the industry, I would certainly want to awhi and support anyone wanting to move into this type of mahi,” he said. Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), Hamilton City Council and Accor Hotels are joint owners in Ibis-Tainui. TGH and the council each own 42 per cent, with the remaining 16 per cent owned by Accor.
Tainui Group Holdings Chief Executive Mike Pohio says TGH sees the development of the hotel as one that has offered a wide variety of opportunities and benefits for Tainui. “We are really happy with the timely progress that was made on the construction of the Ibis-Tainui and that is in no small part due to the working relationship, that we have had with our commercial partners, particularly the main contractor, Watts and Hughes,” Mr Pohio said. “Within that commercial relationship we were very pleased to see such extensive involvement by WaikatoTainui, and the number of tribal members who actually helped with the build. “This is a fantastic outcome that adds to the project in that it has provided employment and a wider set of opportunities for Tainui.”
Photo: A group of Tainui tradesmen who worked on the Ibis-Tainui Hotel which opened in Hamilton earlier this month. 2 Te Hookioi
Art Exhibition pays tribute to Ngaati Korokii history Dr Brett Graham (Ngaati Korokii Kahukura, Poohara Marae) is one of New Zealand’s leading sculptors. In collaboration with fellow artist Rachel Rakena (Ngaai Tahu, Ngaa Puhi), their work Aniwaniwa was exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy earlier this year. The sculptural and video exhibition depicted the story of Horahora, a small village along the Waikato River which was submerged under water when the Karapiro Dam was formed in 1947. In recognition of his own hapuu and whakapapa, central to Aniwaniwa was the theme of submersion as a metaphor for cultural loss. Brett’s father, renowned artist Fred Graham, was born in the village and his grandfather worked at the Horahora Power Station. Many historic sites significant to Ngaati Korokii were lost forever. “Aniwaniwa evokes the blackness of deep waters, storm clouds, a state of bewilderment, a sense of disorientation as one is tossed beneath the waters. It can also be a rainbow, a symbol of hope,” he said. On his return from Italy last month, Dr Graham said Aniwaniwa would be shown at Wellington’s City Gallery early next year and an exhibition is planned for the Waikato Museum of Art and History in Hamilton. He hopes local whaanau and hapuu will come and view his works.
Photos: Dr Brett Graham and fellow artist Rachel Rakena pictured with their art work, Aniwaniwa. Photo credit: Special thanks to Jennifer French. 3 Te Hookioi
Homecoming for Australian rangatahi For Jamie Tupaea (Ngaati Tiipa, Ngaa Tai e Rua Marae) taking part in the first ever Tainui Rangatahi Summit was truly an “overwhelming experience”. Having spent the last 10 years living in Australia, going to Tuurangawaewae Marae in Ngaaruawaahia was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. “I was absolutely honoured to be part of the summit. It’s something that I have stressed to all the whaanau here that they need to go and experience,” said Jamie. Jamie was one of six selected to attend the summit following taurahere consultation hosted in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane earlier this year. Two rangatahi from each region were invited to participate. “I was immersed in my culture and I came to realise how much I didn’t know about my people, “ she said. “What I did know was only very little, and what I was taught when I was younger has now started to sink in. The pieces of the puzzle are coming together.” Over 150 rangatahi participated in the four-day summit which featured workshops and forums on a number of different themes including waka ama, raranga, education, the environment, the Waikato River Claim, social development, and presentations on the Kiingitanga, Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta and Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu. Keynote speakers included youth ambassador Marcus Akuhata-Brown, Tainui MP Nanaia Mahuta and Chief Judge Joe Williams. A heritage trail to Kaawhia chartered a visit to Maketuu Marae and significant landmarks like Tangi-te-Korowhiti, the Poohutukawa tree where the Tainui waka was tied upon its arrival to the region.
Photo: Tangi-te-Korowhiti, the Poohutukawa tree where the Tainui waka was tied upon its arrival.
Jamie says she experienced a personal sense of “reconfirmation and understanding of being Tainui” while on the trail. “I also think that being a little older now, a lot more information has been absorbed and stories, waiata, and koorero have now brought a new perspective. “I want to make a commitment to myself, and my family to ensure that we are present at the next summit and similar events that will hopefully follow. This has to be a regular thing.” Tainui Rangatahi Trust Co-Chair and summit organiser Johnine Davis (Ngaati Mahuta/Wairere, Taupiri Marae) says the inaugural event was successful beyond all expectations. “This summit has been a long time coming and the future for Tainui rangatahi will most certainly continue to grow with initiatives especially designed with them in mind,” said Johnine.
Photo: The “Aussie” roopu from left: Jamie Tupaea, Randall Jakeman, Hana Nepia, Sheryl Temu and Roimata Maikuku-Epere. 4 Te Hookioi
“We formed our trust specifically to uplift our rangatahi and are committed to ensuring there are regular forums for them to participate and provide input for the future of the tribe.”
Tainui Festival 2008 hopes to host the biggest haka If all goes according to plan, the 2008 Tainui Festival will be the grounds for possibly the biggest haka in the world. Organisers of next year’s festival, which will be held 15 - 17 February at Hopuhopu, are hoping participants from Waikato-Tainui’s 67 Marae, will support a staged haka which will place Waikato-Tainui in the Guinness World Book of Records. Festival Chairperson Sonny Wilson (Ngaati Wairere, Hukanui Marae), says the haka will be a great motivator to kick start the festival and promote a sense of togetherness. “This is the third Tainui Festival we’ve held and with each festival, we want it to benchmark something new and innovative,” he said. “It’s really about bringing our people together and celebrating our identity, who we are and where we come from. It’s awesome to see all the whaanau, from our tamariki to our kaumaatua getting together and participating. So why not use this as an opportunity to showcase our people.” With thousands expected to attend, the biannual event will feature a number of cultural and sporting events including touch rugby, table tennis, basketball, kapa haka, a talent quest, a fashion show and a Kiingitanga trail. A smoke and alcohol free, and zero tolerance to domestic violence theme, has been adopted. “Raising awareness about these issues and using the festival to generate koorero amongst our tribal members is a kaupapa we completely support,” said Sonny. The kookiri kaupapa will focus on these issues with the topic “Poipoia ngaa tamariki kia noho i te taumata o te ao - nurture the youth to aspire to their utmost heights”.
Tentative Festival Programme FRIDAY, 15 February 2008
9.15am – 12pm All games
9 - 3pm
Stalls Set up
9 – 11am
Expo Set up
12pm – 1pm
1pm - 5pm
12 – 2pm
ALL GAMES Stage Event
SATURDAY, 16 February 2008
Behind TMTB building
Tennis Courts Area
LHT car park
Opening address Trophies returned Entertainment
11am – 12 pm
12 – 1pm
MASS HAKA LUNCH BREAK
Power Pulling Stage/Expo area Indoor Bowls
SUNDAY, 17 February 2008 Time
Sports Play Offs & Finals
1– 2 pm
2 – 3 pm
3 – 4 pm
Tainui Talent Quest
4 – 5 pm
5 – 6 pm
6 – 10 pm
Netball OTHER EVENTS
Flag Pole to Stage
10 – 11am
11 – 12pm
12 – 1pm
Fishing, Eeling, Pig
9 – 11am Tamariki Activities Sports Field 5pm
ON THE STAGE
Hunting Auction 1 – 2pm
Tainui Talent Quest
2 – 3pm
3 – 4pm
4 – 5pm
Flag Pole For more information on the Tainui Festival visit www.tainui.co.nz or call 0800 TAINUI.
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American Ambassador talks to rangatahi
Photo: The American Ambassador to New Zealand William McCormick (centre), with students from Ngaaruawaahia High School, Nga Taiatea Wharekura, and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga.
Seizing an opportunity to engage with young people of Waikato-Tainui, meant an impromptu visit to the Tainui Endowed College for American Ambassador William McCormick.
and as we say in America, you have to be prepared to step up to the plate.
Whilst on official business last month, Ambassador McCormick took time out of his schedule to talk about networking, with students from three local schools - Ngaaruawaahia High School, Nga Taiatea Wharekura and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga.
Ngaaruawaahia High School Year 12 student Rimutere Wharakura (Ngaati Mahuta, Tuurangawaewae Marae), said it was interesting to get a “different perspective” of his life.
“It was a highlight to meet with them; they are the next generation, the next hope for the future,” he said. “One of my key messages was to think about networking and how this can be opportunistic. Networking opens doors
“ I think these young people from Waikato-Tainui are more than capable of achieving that”.
“Even though he’s an ambassador, when he first started out, he had no plan at all and wasn’t really sure what he was going to do. He said we need to take advantage of networking and recognise how this can send us in many directions.”
Waka Taua built to mark 150 years Kiingitanga A specially commissioned waka taua is being built for the 150 year Kiingitanga celebrations. A small team of carvers work towards its completion by May 2008.
experience in this type of mahi and were all involved with building the waka taua Taheretikitiki. It certainly is a privilege to share in their knowledge and work alongside them.”
The crew of seven began the build in August, shortly after Kiingi Tuheitia’s first coronation. Warren McGrath (Ngaati Ruru, Paaraawera Marae) is coordinating the project and says the guys involved are “very humbled and honoured”. “Progress is going well and we are on schedule to have the waka completed in time for the May celebrations. Although many of the team involved in the project have carving experience, this is the first time most of them have worked on a waka taua,” said Warren. “We’ve been fortunate to have the guidance of Hikairo Herangi, Leo Muru and Wikaraka Henare who have extensive 6 Te Hookioi
Photo from left : Hikairo Herangi (Waikato), Taroi Rawiri (Waikato), Peter Brown (Ngaati Tuuwharetoa), Kiingi Tawhiao (Waikato), Akara Wilson (Waikato), Wikaraka Henare (Te Rarawa), James Tapiata (Tauranga Moana) and Warren McGrath (Waikato).
Kaumaatua Celebrations - bright and beautiful All things were definitely bright and beautiful for kaumaatua who gathered last month at Tuurangawaewae Marae for the 2007 Kaumaatua Celebrations. Line dancing, pottery painting, indoor bowls, pamper sessions and Las Vegas casino games, were just some of the activities kaumaatua participated in. A fun occasion for many involved, over 200 elders from Waikato-Tainui attended the dayâ€™s events. Special presentations were made in appreciation for the contribution kaumaatua make to their Marae, whaanau, hapuu and iwi.
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Te Raiona Kiingi It was a case of Disney coming to Huntly when students from Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga presented their own unique spin on the classic movie, â€œThe Lion Kingâ€?. A bilingual production, Te Raiona Kiingi featured songs in Maaori and English and was a major success for all involved, performing to packed houses over two nights last month. Directed and produced by Rakaumangamanga secondary teachers Ora and Leilani Kihi, both are experienced kapa haka performers at local, national and international levels. The cast and crew involved students from kura teina (new entrance), through to Year 13. With amazing costumes, elaborate props, sound and lighting, the production was an extremely enjoyable and humorous performance.
Photo top: The new look Te Raiona Kiingi Photo bottom: The cast and crew pictured with Kiingi Tuheitia and his wife Te Atawhai.
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The tribe’s parliament Te Kauhanganui, held its AGM last month and met to consider and adopt this year’s annual report which was sent to tribal members in late October. The feedback regarding the ‘new look’ format, glossy pictorials and informative content, was very positive. Highlights of the day included a presentation on the tribe’s financial position by TGH’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Pohio, and a presentation from Te Arataura Chair Tukoroirangi Morgan on Whakatupuranga 2050 – the tribe’s strategic direction. For a copy of this year’s Annual Report, please call 0800 TAINUI.
Third term on local council It was with a great sense of pride and accomplishment that Waikato-Tainui staff member Moera Solomon (Ngaati Wairere, Tuurangawaewae/Hukanui Marae) took up her third term as a councillor for the Waikato District Council. A dedicated member of the local Ngaaruawaahia community for many years, Moera is one of two women on the 14 member council, and the only Maaori. Topping the polls for the Ngaaruawaahia ward, Moera has worked in the tribal registrations office for 15 years. She is keen to strengthen relationships between the council and Tainui. “We know the tribe has a vested interest in our tribal estate - our ancestral lands and waterways. We are also private rate payers, so we would expect to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our communities,” she said. “If we invest in our people, invest in our community and invest in our environment, then we invest in our future.” Photo right: Waikato-Tainui staff member Moera Solomon during her swearing-in ceremony for the Waikato District Council. 9 Te Hookioi
He Oranga Poutama
Heremaia Samson (Ngaati Tamainupo/Mahuta, Waingaro Marae)
Who is Heremaia Samson? I’m Ngaaruawaahia born and bred. I have a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science and I spent time overseas working, travelling and playing sport. When I came back to New Zealand, I returned to my hometown to work within local and surrounding communities and encouraging our people to live healthy, active lifestyles. I was based in Ngaaruawaahia, but now I’m at Hopuhopu as the Kaiwhakahaere o Waikato. I am passionate about sport and health. I live with my lovely wahine Michelle and our three (soon to be four), beautiful tamariki. What is He Oranga Poutama? He Oranga Poutama is the focus of SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand). It’s a programme that’s been put in place to send people out into communities to help and support Maaori.
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Healthy lifestyles for Maaori Iwi and Marae based activities Sport and recreation Promoting ‘Push Play’ message - 30 minutes a day Mainstream and traditional activities
What are the benefits of this programme and why should Maaori participate in it? A lot of us, young and old, need encouragement and support to make lifelong healthy changes. Everyone wants to be well and we all want to participate in positive things - even things as simple as walking and playing with our own kids.
The programme aims to develop healthy lifestyles through sport and active living.
The programme encourages our people to make lifelong healthy changes for the betterment of whaanau and the future of our iwi.
It’s about improving Maaori health and wellbeing by encouraging participation in a range of activities.
For more information on how I can support your group, Marae, hapuu and iwi, contact:
What specifically is your role? My role provides a service to all Maaori in the Waikato rohe to achieve the goals mentioned above.
Heremaia Samson Freephone: 0800 TAINUI Mobile: 027 207 4021 Email: email@example.com or visit: www.sparc.org.nz.
Some of the initiatives I could be involved with include: • Whaanau, hapuu, and iwi development • More Maaori, more active, more often 10 Te Hookioi
Tainui Touch crowned best overall rohe The National Maaori Touch Tournament was a huge success for the tribe with Tainui winning the trophy for the best overall rohe. Earlier this month, 81 teams from throughout the motu competed in the two-day tournament.
These young men have their sights set on participating in the U19 World Youth Tournament to be held in 2009.
Assisted with a grant from Tainui Sports Limited (TSL), Tainui Touch had five teams in the tournament: Open Mens and Open Womens, U21 Mens and U21 Womens and U16 Boys. All five sides made semi-final playoffs with the Open Womens going on to win their section.
Tainui Sports Ltd provides grants to promote an active and healthier tribe through participation, development and achievement in sporting and recreational activities.
Several players were selected for national Maaori squads which will compete at next year’s inaugural World Indigenous Touch Tournament to be hosted by Maaori Touch NZ in Auckland. Six players from the Tainui U16 team, some as young as 11 and 12-years-old, were also identified as future stars of the game.
To date, a total of $121,495 has been distributed. There are three funding rounds each year in January, June and September. Sports grants are provided for athletes, support and equipment. Athletes must be on the tribal register and organisations need at least 50% of members registered on the tribal register. For more information on TSL grants, call 0800 TAINUI.
Photo: Tainui Open Mens Touch Team - semi finalists at the National Maaori Touch Tournament held at Hopuhopu, December 2007.
Te Tira Hoe o Waikato 2008 As part of the wider initiatives of the Waikato River Claim, Te Tira Hoe o Waikato 2008 is a river trip to celebrate the relationship WaikatoTainui shares with the tupuna awa. Beginning at the shores of Lake Taupo and ending at Te Puuaha o Waikato, a key focus of the celebration is to create awareness around some of the underlying issues surrounding the river. It is envisaged that 100 tribal members from WaikatoTainui’s 67 Marae will participate in the event which will bring together rangatahi, pakeke and kaumaatua. A series of site visits and workshops will cover a range of topics including water quality, waiata, native plants and fisheries, Kiingitanga and water safety. Marae protocols also form part of a week long programme. The rowing leg of the trip will start in Karapiro
(Cambridge) with designated stops and stays along the river’s banks. “The steering committee is working through the finer details to finalise a programme,” says the Project Coordinator Ngamahi Turner, who is also a member of the Claims and Environment Unit at Tainui. “The stories of the river, its cultural, economic, historical, environmental and social significance as part of the tribe, are very important for us to understand and learn about and this will be a platform for further tira hoe initiatives. “A hope is for this event to turn into a biannual celebration and the findings and evaluations will enhance our river culture and ongoing education.” The dates for Te Tira Hoe o Waikato are yet to be confirmed and are tentively planned around March/April 2008. Updates will be posted on the Tainui website and a paanui will be sent to Marae early next year. 11 Te Hookioi
Tribal Roadshow informs members abroad At the beginning of September, staff from Tainui travelled to Australia with members of Te Arataura to meet with taurahere groups and provide updates on tribal activities. Hui were held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with presentations on the Waikato River Claim, Te Kauhanganui o Waikato, Tainui Group Holdings, Whakatupuranga 2050, the Tainui Endowed College and the new Tribal Development Unit.
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“The roadshow was very successful,” says Tribal Development Unit Manager, Marae Tukere.
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“The sharing of information, particularly the direction the tribe is taking and the grants available, were key areas of interest to those who came. Taurahere are really keen to keep themselves up-to-date with what is happening and what will be happening in the tribe.”
WRTCL opens office for 2008
Consultation with taurahere groups on a regular basis and providing various mediums to update members on tribal affairs, were key outcomes from the hui.
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The roadshow also met with groups in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
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A further roadshow is planned for Perth in early 2008. For more details contact:
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Marae Tukere on freephone: 0800 TAINUI or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Te Pou o Mangatawhiri Hui
A special paanui has been sent out to invite all past band members of Te Pou o Mangatawhiri (TPM) to attend a hui at 10am on Sunday, 20 January 2008 at Tuurangawaewae Rugby League Club in Ngaaruawaahia.
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Organisers are also hoping that those interested in being part of TPM’s future, will also attend.
Established in 1922 by Princess Te Puea as part of her fundraising efforts to establish Tuurangawaewae Marae, TPM has an ‘instrumental’ and proud history.
If you want to know more about this kaupapa and to confirm your attendance, please contact Teeny Tukere on (07) 824 8356.
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COMMUNICATIONS Waikato Raupatu Trustee Company Ltd Private Bag 542, Ngaaruawaahia Email: email@example.com or freephone: 0800 TAINUI
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451 Old Taupiri Road, Private Bag 542, Ngaaruawaahia. Freephone: 0800 TAINUI, Fax: (07) 824 5133, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.tainui.co.nz