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Paenga-whaawhaa/April 2008 Issue 25

GEC – a step closer to settlement

The new GEC (Guardians Establishment Committee) held its inaugural meeting last month - an indication that Waikato-Tainui is a step closer to settlement of the tribe’s Waikato River claim.

Chair of Te Arataura and co-chair of the GEC Tukoroirangi Morgan hailed the day as a “new dawn” in co-management and partnership. “Our settlement will be unique because we have considered all the interests of the river iwi, the general public and the Crown, who have come together for the purpose of designing the vision and strategy.

The GEC are charged with developing a vision and strategy that will detail the work to be done to ensure the future health and wellbeing of the Waikato River. The first phase is to design a draft. Following the release of the draft, the committee will call for submissions. The GEC will then recommend a final version of the vision and strategy to Waikato-Tainui and the Crown. COVER FEATURE GEC - a step closer to settlement


PITOPITO KOORERO/NEWS Students attend GEC launch Kiingitanga to celebrate 150 years Prime Minister meets with Waikato-Tainui Whaanau support makes eel project a success Waikato roopu make top three Tainui Festival 2008 sets new highs Tainui Festival 2008 photo feature TGH launches new graduate programme Marae Information Seminars 2008 Making it up as he goes Scientist looks forward to working for the tribe Tainui students revel in science programme

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HAAKINAKINA/SPORTS Tainui sports grants Waka kopapa make waves at regatta

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“The work of the GEC must focus on what is best for the river and will not be hamstrung by any particular vested interests.” There are 16 members on the GEC, four WaikatoTainui representatives; four river iwi (Ngaati Maniapoto, Raukawa, Te Arawa, Ngaati Tuuwharetoa); seven Crown appointed members; and one Environment Waikato member. Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Dr Michael Cullen, said the establishment of the GEC was an “important milestone” in demonstrating kotahitanga (unity). “The vision and strategy must be consistent with the overarching purpose of the settlement between Waikato-Tainui and the Crown in respect of historical claims relating to the river. The Crown has a commitment with WaikatoTainui to enter a new era of co-management, and the establishment of the GEC highlights that commitment,” Dr Cullen said. continued on page 2 Above: GEC members with Dr Cullen. Back from left: Weo Magg, Stephanie O’Sullivan, Taipu Paki, Andra Neeley, Dean Stebbing, Roger Pikia, Clint Baddeley, Rangitiaho Mahuta and Don Scarlet. Front from left: Bob Simcock, Traci Houpapa, Gordon Blake, Dr Michael Cullen, Tukoroirangi Morgan, Linda Te Aho and Alan Livingston. Absent: Jenni Vernon


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It is expected a consultation draft will be made available to interested parties and the general public throughout May 2008 at which time the committee will also receive submissions.

• Rawiri Te Whare (Te Arawa), Chair Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust; and • Dean Stebbing (Ngaati Tuuwharetoa), Board member, Tuuwharetoa Maaori Trust Board.

It is hoped the final version of the vision and strategy will be presented to Waikato-Tainui and the Crown in June 2008.

Crown • Gordon Blake, former Mayor of South Waikato District Council, Dairy Farmer; • Jenni Vernon, former Environment Waikato Chair, Dairy Farmer; • Bob Simcock, Mayor of Hamilton City Council • Clint Baddeley, Deputy Mayor of Waikato District Council; • Traci Houpapa, Principal of THS & Associates; • Don Scarlet, Regional Affairs Manager Mighty River Power ; • Alan Livingston, Mayor of Waipa District Council; and • Andra Neeley, Councillor Environment Waikato (nominated by Environment Waikato).

GEC members are: Waikato-Tainui • Tukoroirangi Morgan, Co-negotiator Waikato River Claim, Chair Te Arataura/WRTCL; • Taipu Paki, Claims Consultant and Legal Analyst, Waikato Raupatu Trustee Company Ltd; • Linda Te Aho, Associate Dean of Maaori, School of Law, University of Waikato; and • Rangitiaho Mahuta, Kaitiaki a Rohe/Specialist Projects Officer, Huakina Development Trust. Other River Iwi • Weo Maag (Ngaati Maniapoto), Board member, Maniapoto Maaori Trust Board; • Stephanie O’Sullivan (Raukawa), Environmental Manager, Raukawa Trust Board;

The permanent co-chairs of the committee are Tukoroirangi Morgan and Gordon Blake.

Students attend GEC launch Students from four Waikato secondary schools were invited to attend the launch and inaugural meeting of the GEC and enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the day’s proceedings. Head students from Ngaaruawaahia High School, Ngaa Taiatea Wharekura, Huntly College and Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga were among invited guests and appreciated meeting and talking with Ministers Hon Dr Michael Cullen, Hon Parekura Horomia, and Hon Mita Ririnui. “It was interesting especially because it’s an important part of the river claim. I’m glad we got the chance to be there and listen. It helped to understand things a bit more,” said Ngaaruwaahia High School head student Lania Paki-Fretwell (Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Kaitumutumu Marae).

Above: Students from Ngaaruawaahia High School, Huntly College, Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga and Ngaa Taiatea Wharekura with Ministers Hon Dr Michael Cullen, Hon Parekura Horomia and Hon Mita Ririnui at the launch of the Guardians Establishment Committee.


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Kiingitanga to celebrate 150 years Preparations are well underway for celebrations to mark the 150th year since the establishment of the Kiingitanga. With leaders and dignitaries from throughout the country expected to attend, celebrations are planned to take place over a 12-month period, the first event to be held at Tuurangawaewae Marae from Thursday 01 – Sunday 04 May 2008. “This is a momentous occasion and a significant milestone for both Waikato-Tainui and the motu, so the celebrations will reflect the importance of Kiingitanga from the past to the present day,” said Rahui Papa (Ngaati Korokii Kahukura, Poohara Marae), member of Te Arataura and Project Coordinator of the celebrations. “The Kiingitanga is an integral part of the tribe and of our people, so to be part of celebrations marking the 150th year since its inception, is truly an auspicious time for us all.”

Over the coming months celebrations will include a series of lectures on the Kiingitanga, book projects, documentaries, education kits for pre-school and school age teaching, a rangatahi event, a kaumaatua event, and the erection of monuments commemorating the past and the future. Waikato chief Pootatau Te Wherowhero was crowned the first Maaori King in 1858. Two years later, in 1860 Pootatau was succeeded by his son Taawhiao. In 1894 Mahuta was crowned King and following his death in 1912, his son Te Rata took the throne. Te Rata was succeeded in 1933 by his son Korokii. In 1966 Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu took her father’s place and became the first Maaori Queen. Today, the mantle of the Kiingitanga is held by Te Arikinui’s son, Kiingi Tuheitia.

Prime Minister meets with Waikato-Tainui During a two-day visit to the Waikato region earlier this year, Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark met with a number of Maaori organisations including Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga, Radio Tainui, Taharoa C Block, Tainui Group Holdings and the Tainui Endowed College. The Prime Minister was welcomed to the area at a poowhiri hosted by students of Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga and was supported by members of her party including Hon Dr Michael Cullen, Hon Parekura Horomia, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Hon Shane Jones and Hon Mita Ririnui. At a series of workshops with iwi and community leaders, the Prime Minister said “Waikato Tainui today are seen as core partners through the region. Their support and assistance on issues and initiatives is widely sought. Indeed it is hard to imagine much happening without their involvement.” Caroline Samson (Ngaati Mahuta/Tamainupo, Waingaro Marae), Project Manager for youth mentoring programme He Ara Tika Waikato said, “it was interesting to gauge what other organisations had to say about various issues that impact on Maaori. There is certainly more room for further discussions on how current and future governments can better provide for our people. Therefore it’s important we continue to participate in forums such as this.”

Above: Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark and MPs Nanaia Mahuta and Parekura Horomia along with guests, are welcomed to the Waikato with a poowhiri at Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga. Right: The Prime Minister is greeted by locals.

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Whaanau support makes eel project a success The support of one whaanau to help replenish eel numbers, saw some 6000 shortfinned eels released back into the Waikato river last month. Along with NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), members of the Rawiri whaanau from Puni (near Waiuku) released around one and a half tonnes of eels as part of NIWA’s aquaculture research project, which has been running for the last six years. Erina Watene-Rawiri (Ngaati Maahanga, Te Papa o Rotu Marae), is a member of the Claims and Environment Unit whose area of expertise is eels. A former scientist with NIWA, Erina has continued her involvement with the support of her whaanau. “The first year Huakina Development Trust was involved with catching the eels, but we had limited catches so the sample site was changed to the northern bank of the Waikato River. For the last five years, we have worked with NIWA to capture the eels” said Erina. “Part of the arrangement was that the eels needed to come back to the river when the project was finished.” Over the last four years, two batches of eels have been released back into the river. Another release will most likely take place in another two years following further trials by NIWA. Erina says the benefits of such initiatives help support eel numbers and their sustainability. “The positive spinoff for Waikato-Tainui is that we see these eels returned back to the river. As we progress with the river claim, we would like to see this type of initiative continue post settlement.”

Above: Erina Watene-Rawiri with a sample of eels on their way to NIWA for incubation

Waikato roopu make top three The 2008 Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Festival was hosted recently with three Waikato roopu selected to represent Tainui at next year’s Te Matatini Nationals to be held in Tauranga. Previous winners Hamilton based Te Iti Kahurangi placed first, with Ngaaruawaahia group Te Pou o Mangatawhiri coming in second, and first timers to the competition Ngaa Pou o Roto of Huntly, placed third. Over 5,000 attended this year’s regional competition which was staged by the Tainui Waka Cultural Trust at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek event centre in February. 11 roopu from throughout Tainui Waka competed and were judged in several categories including whakaeke (entrance), mooteatea (traditional chant), waiata-a-ringa (action song), poi, haka, whakawaatea (exit) and waiata tira (choral). “The standard of competition has definitely taken a step up,” said Event Manager Craig Muntz. “The overall atmosphere was one of celebration and enjoyment and the level of competition was an encouraging sign for kapa haka in Tainui. “Competition for many of the aggregate and non-aggregate items was very close with many draws coming through the results. This required more time for the adjudicators to process the marks in line with the competition rules.”


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Tainui Festival 2008 sets new highs For Shortland Street actor Kiel McNaughton (Ngaati Maahanga, Ngaa Hau E Whaa Marae) who plays James “Scotty” Scott, this was his first time to the Tainui Festival and despite getting dunked by kids in the dunking tank; the experience was one that he thoroughly enjoyed. “It was incredibly humbling and such an awesome feeling to be part of the festival. This is the first time I’ve been to it with my whaanau, so I’m glad that my children got the chance to experience this. “I’m certainly looking forward to the next festival,” Kiel said. With over 10,000 people in attendance, the 2008 Tainui Festival will be one to remember with Whaataapaka Marae crowned overall winners and the tribe collectively smashing the world record for the biggest haka. Above: Kiel McNaughton, Ngaati Maahanga, Ngaa Hau E Whaa Marae

The unofficial count of 3,264 registered participants will need to be validated in accordance with guidelines set by Guinness World Records ©.

A record 53 Marae competed in various sporting and cultural activities including kapa haka, indoor bowls, touch rugby, volleyball, basketball and netball. “It’s great to see so many of our Marae and whaanau here today. I want to congratulate you all for making this year’s festival a success,” Kiingi Tuheitia said during the prize giving ceremony. The Marae Expo tent was a major draw card for many people. Businesses specialising in everything from architecture to catering equipment, exhibited their goods and services. Tribal Development Officer Eric Pene (Ngaati Wairere, Hukanui Marae) said many took advantage of the opportunity to view the Marae Expo tent. “The feedback from both our people and exhibitors was absolutely positive. Many saw major benefits in having suppliers all in the one area because Marae are having to source these types of things themselves but aren’t sure where to start,” said Eric. Not forgetting the kaupapa of the festival “Poipoia ngaa tamariki kia noho i te taumata o te ao – nurture our children so they may be on top of the world,” the tamariki activities were also a big hit.

Prizegiving TAINUI FESTIVAL 2008 OVERALL WINNERS 1st Whaataapaka 2nd Taniwha 3rd Waahi & Te Awamaarahi TOUCH - PAWHUTUPOORO TROPHY 1st Hiiona 2nd Mangatangi 3rd Tuurangawaewae Kaitumutumu VOLLEYBALL - POIREWA TROPHY 1st Taniwha 2nd Te Awamaarahi 3rd Taupiri & Ookarea BASKETBALL - POITUKOHU TROPHY 1st Te Kauri 2nd Waipapa 3rd Waahi TABLE TENNIS TROPHY 1st Ooraeroa 2nd Te Hoe o Tainui 3rd Kaitumutumu/Weraroa

NETBALL TROPHY 1st Horahora 2nd Paaraawera 3rd Te Ohaaki POWER PULLING - KUME TAURA TROPHY Golden Oldies Whaataapaka TAMARIKI DIVISION 1st Whaataapaka 2nd Ooraeroa 3rd Te Awamaarahi WOMENS DIVISION 1st Waitii 2nd Waahi 3rd Te Papa o Rotu MENS DIVISION 1st Te Kotahitanga 2nd Whaataapaka 3rd Waingaro INDOOR BOWLS - MAITA TROPHY Fairplay Te Papatapu 1st Taniwha 2nd Puukaki

KAPA HAKA TROPHY Winner Ngaa Hau e Whaa FISHING TROPHY Winner Waingaro EELING TROPHY Winner Tuurangawaewae PIG HUNTING TROPHY Winner Waingaro TAINUI WAKA HIIKOI Our newest event for the festival. All Marae who participated in the hiikoi received points for their Marae. This contributed to the the overall winner. Top three Marae to participate in the hikoii: Ngaa Hau e Whaa Waahi Whaataapaka

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Tainui Festival 2008 With three days full of sun and the occasional shower of rain, there was plenty of buzz and activity during this year’s Tainui Festival. From the sport ďŹ elds to the stage, food stalls to the expo tent, tribal members gathered as one demonstrating what the festival is truly all about!

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TGH launches new graduate programme Tainui Group Holdings Ltd (TGH) has given the green light for a new graduate programme which will allow two recent recipients of a Waikato-Tainui Education Grant, the opportunity to expand their education and experience. We are seeking highly motivated, results-driven team players to contribute to TGH outcomes. Two graduates will be selected for the TGH Graduate Programme with the aim of further developing their knowledge, skills and work experience. The programme offers fixed term employment for two years. Each graduate will report to a manager who will provide guidance and support that will promote regular two-way feedback on both performance and progress. A senior manager will act as mentor offering guidance on career development. The TGH investment portfolio is made up of property development and investment, managed funds, hotels, farming, forestry, finance and human resource, therefore it is expected that the graduates will have majored in one of the following subjects: - Property Services for example resource management and valuation - Accounting, Finance, Management - Other disciplines will be considered Training will be predominantly on-the-job conducted by various staff members, however where appropriate, there will be opportunity for graduates to attend external training and potential secondments with other stakeholders and advisors. The onus is on the graduate to take personal responsibility for their achievements within the programme and take advantage of this amazing opportunity. For more information on the TGH Graduate Programme, contact Ritihia Hamiora on (07) 834 4880. For more information on Education Grants phone TAINUI on 0800 104 412.

Marae Information Seminars 2008 In an aim to support Marae development, a series of Marae information seminars will be held again this year in Te Kauhanganui Debating Chambers, Hopuhopu. These seminars are open to all WaikatoTainui Marae and are free to attend.

Seminar Five: Financial Tips for Marae Saturday 19 July or Sunday 20 July 2008 9.30am – 4.30pm

Dates and times are:

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Seminar One: Governance and Management Saturday 12 April or Sunday 13 April 2008 9.30am – 3.30pm

If you would like to register or to find out more information please contact:

Seminar Two: Accessing Funding Saturday 10 May 2008, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Eric Pene Tribal Development Unit Waikato Raupatu Trustee Company Limited Ph: 0800 TAINUI Em:

Seminar Three: Project Management Saturday 14 June 2008, 9.30am – 5.00pm


Seminar Four: Implementing Project Management Tools Saturday 21 June 2008, 9.30am – 5.00pm

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Making it up as he goes Aaron Kereopa likes to keep a low-profile but the emerging artist’s creative talents won’t be so easy to hide. Born and raised in Raglan, Aaron (Ngaati Taahinga, Poihaakena Marae) takes disused surfboards and turns them into works of art. “I wasn’t really academic at school but I had this knack for making stuff from out of anything, and from there my art kind of really grew I guess. I never studied art so I don’t really consider myself an artist, I’d say I’m more a maker upper…I make things up.” With his small studio overlooking Manu Bay, Aaron’s art has sold to collectors from all over the world including Australia, Europe and America. His most recent piece, ‘He Piko, He Taniwha’ pays tribute to the Waikato River. “If you can visualise it, what this depicts are the waka taua travelling on the awa and beneath them are the taniwha looking up. I used paua as eyes and looking at the work you see them piercing through the water.” A keen surfer (his brother is world renowned NZ surfing champ Daniel Kereopa), Aaron’s deep passion for the environment, respect for his whakapapa and love for his whaanau inspire much of his work. “My mahi reflects what I know and what I understand and for me it’s tangaroa, my whaanau, my culture – things that are very much who I am and what I’m about.”

Above: Artist Aaron Kereopa and his son at home in Whaingaroa Right: Aaron’s piece “He Piko, He Taniwha”

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Scientist looks forward to working for the tribe Cheri Van Schravendijk (Te Ati Haunui-aPaapaarangi, Ngaati Apa) has a flash name and an equally impressive C.V. The recent addition to Tainui says she can’t wait to get stuck into her new role as a scientist for the Claims and Environment Unit. Cheri relocated from Christchurch with her whaanau to take up her new job and the mum of three has a passion for plant restoration and working with local communities within environmental management and sustainability. Cheri has a degree in Environmental Management from Lincoln University and recently completed her Masters in Science (Plant Ecology) at the University of Canterbury. A key focus of her role will be protecting WaikatoTainui native flora and developing a restoration strategy for the Waikato River between Karapiro and Te Puuaha. What specifically is your role? I am a plant scientist primarily looking at environmental restoration along the awa and within the greater catchment. What were you doing before you came here? Aside from being a full-time mum, I finished my thesis for my Masters on the sustainable harvest of the kiekie.

Above: Cheri Van Schravendijk

I was also working for the Cultural Support Team at Canterbury University as a tutor facilitator for students of Maaori descent in science and engineering. They’re a shy bunch down South. What do you hope to learn or achieve? I’d like to learn everything! I’m a bit of a geek. In terms of achieving something, one - I’d like to see the health and integrity of the awa begin to improve; two - members of a community can engage directly with the awa and can feel proud of what they achieve now and in the future. I live by the motto that “people are nature too.”

Tainui students revel in science programme More students of Tainui descent could be heading for a career in science if a pilot programme sponsored by Tainui and the University of Waikato, becomes a long-term initiative. A total of 28 secondary school students with Tainui links participated in the two-day science pilot held at the University last month. The programme is designed to support Maaori students thinking of studying science at ‘Varsity’. Over the two days, students spent time in laboratories, visited gullies and natural habitats, and collected water samples and plankton for testing. Professor Bruce Clarkson, the Chair of Biological Sciences at Waikato, said the programme was being viewed as a “staircase to science”, and it was hoped it would become an annual or biennial event. Six secondary schools were involved – Cambridge High School, Papatoetoe High School, Hamilton’s Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Fairfield College, Fraser High School and Ngaa Taiatea Wharekura. Left: Cambridge High School student Ebony Ryder (15yrs) with a snake specimen Photo credit: Barker Photography


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Tainui Sports Grants Applications are now available for members on the tribal register who seek assistance for sports and recreation purposes. The aim of these grants is to promote an active and healthier tribe, through participation, development and achievement in sporting and recreational activities. There are three funding rounds each year. The closing date for applications for the current funding round is Friday, 13th June 2008. For an application form please contact: Administrator - Tainui Sports Limited Private Bag 542, Ngaaruawaahia Freephone: 0800 TAINUI (0800 824684) Email: or Phone: 07 824 5439

Waka kopapa make waves at regatta Last month the 112th annual Ngaaruwaahia Regatta attracted thousands of people to the banks of the Waikato River, and the primary schools section of the waka kopapa (single hull) races were a favourite with the crowds. Open to children aged 8 – 11 years, this year’s primary school competition was also the first time the event was recognised as the official primary school nationals. Over 50 races were held in one day with crews taking to the 400m course in hot, sunny conditions. Schools from throughout the North Island competed - a large number from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. Te Kura Kaupapa Maaori o Bernard Fergusson kaiako Awhina Matthews (Ngaati Mahuta, Tuurangawaewae Marae) said waka kopapa was growing in popularity amongst primary schools and believed the event would only get bigger. “Kopapa is fantastic because it’s a sport that introduces children to a completely different environment to what many of them are used too. Instead of a netball court or rugby field, we have the awa and the whole experience of rowing and being on the water is a feeling that they thoroughly enjoy.” Below: Awhina Matthews with some of her students. Right: Tamariki enjoy being out on the river under the watchful eye of a support boat.

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Waikato-Tainui Kura Reo Teachers from Kura Kaupapa Maaori, Wharekura total immersion classes and teachers of Maaori in secondary schools, are invited to register for the first Waikato-Tainui Kura Reo to be held on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 April 2008. The Kura Reo will focus on a number of different kaupapa including Kiingitanga, Waikato raupatu, whaikoorero, waiata, kiwaha o Waikato-Tainui and resources for the classroom. Tribal Development Officer Mereaira Hata, who is responsible for the tribe’s Education portfolio, said the main purpose of these waananga is to “improve the quality of teacher Reo with a Waikato-Tainui focus.” At a consultation meeting last year principals of Kura Kaupapa Maaori and Wharekura identified this as an issue.

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“All the workshop facilitators and speakers are tribal members and they are experts in their fields,” said Mereaira.


“Extra effort has gone into bringing rangatahi into the Kura Reo programme, in particular those who are already teaching.


“It makes sense really, if you want to grow leaders for the tribe.” The second Kura Reo waananga will take place in July 2008. For more information contact:

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Kiingitanga 150 years Celebrations Marae Seminar Two Te Arataura/WRTCL Meeting Te Kauhanganui General Meeting


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451 Old Taupiri Road, Private Bag 542, Ngaaruawaahia. Freephone: 0800 TAINUI Fax: 07 824 5133 Email: Website:

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