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ISSUE 28 - MARCH 2009


HOLDIN STOCKMAN Winner - Junior Sportsman of the Year

Ngaati Hikairo/Ngaati Te Paemate, Waipapa and Maniaroa Marae. JETSKI RACING “I’m driven by the excitement of competing against the world’s best. Racing in New Zealand is great, but racing at the worlds is absolutely amazing. “Racing has opened so many doors for me and has made the world a smaller place. “I want to travel and compete all around the world…I try to be a good ambassador for the sport and am always mindful of where I’m from, and my family.” More on page 14...



04 Waitangi Day Celebrations 2009 10 Ratana Celebrations 12 Pepi Pack Competition Maaori Trade Training

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Marae Seminars

13 Te Arataura Elections 14 Tainui Waka Sports Awards 2008 16 Waikato represent at Te Matatini 2009 18 Te Pou o Mangataawhiri legacy lives on 20 Kauri under threat 21 Taonga Tuku Iho Accord


22 Tribal Pride Music Concert 2009 23 Win a Tribal Pride 2009 T.Shirt 26 Statutory Board Establishment Committee 27 Restoring the mauri of Lake Waahi 28 Our Totara tree has fallen... 29 Te Puna o Te Roimata 30 Ko Wai Taatou Survey Staff Profile


31 Maramataka

Cover: Waitangi Celebrations 2009 Photo Credit: Kapoi Mathieson TE HOOKIOI - MAEHE/MARCH 2009




WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS 2009 It was a journey made by a contingent of hundreds from Tainui, and for Ata Ngakete (Ngaati Naho, Maurea Marae), the return of Te Kiingitanga to Waitangi’s Te Tii Marae, marked an occasion of joy and celebration. “I was proud to return with Tuheitia as our King and to see so many new faces. I remember the many old faces that have passed on and knew they were there with our people - moe mai ra koutou.” Last month, Kiingi Tuheitia travelled to Waitangi in his first official visit as King, with a delegation of supporters and guests that included Princess Pilolevu of Tonga, Tainui kaumaatua and some 200 paddlers from the six Tainui waka: Taheretikitiki, Tumanako, Rangatahi, Taatahiora, Waikura, and Te Rau o Te Aroha.



Tainui last travelled to Waitangi in 1990, when the late Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu attended the 150year Waitangi Day commemorations. During those celebrations, three waka taua accompanied her. Ata, who also attended in 1990, remembers fondly the feeling of being at Waitangi.

“The celebrations were not only in recognition of this historical day, but also in acknowledgement of the relationship between ourselves and Nga Puhi. In this, the 150th year of the Kiingitanga, it was appropriate for our people to return to pay our respects with the rest of the motu. ”

“I was part of a group that sailed out in the harbour and watched the waka taua coming out and returning to shore – it was a fabulous sight. I was very proud of Tainui Waka being there. You could swear that we never left home. We took our Tuurangawaewae Marae with us and lived as one united people similar to how we lived this year, very exciting.”

The six Tainui waka were part of a larger fleet of waka taua from throughout the motu that participated in a special paddle on Waitangi Day from the harbour to Haruru Falls, 3km east of Paihia.

Spokesperson Rahui Papa said this year’s Waitangi celebration was an opportunity for Tainui to reaffirm ties with Nga Puhi. 6


For Brad Totorewa, a member of Taatahiora, attending this year’s celebration was a realisation of what this kaupapa was truly about. “Aspirations were realised as I was only an observer in 1990 when Tainui last attended Waitangi. At the

age of 18, I could not relate to, or comprehend the purpose of the celebrations. Nineteen years later and through a much wiser set of eyes, the purpose of the event is now crystal clear,” he said. Displaying the skills acquired over many years of hosting Poukai, hui and Koroneihana, the tribe set up several tents and marquees at Te Tii Marae to accommodate those who travelled to be part of the celebrations. Whaanau from Marae within Te Puuaha o Waikato (Port Waikato), had the task of cooking all the kai and feeding our people. “I was proud of our taua and everyone that supported us, we are indeed true guardians. Tainui has been gifted with a taonga, a King and it’s through the Kiingitanga that we are united; this is our distinct difference from other iwi. Waitangi 2009 was a success for our people,”

added Brad (Ngaati Naho, Maurea Marae). One of the highlights was also the attendance of Te Aurere, the first traditional waka hourua (double hulled voyaging canoe) built by Hekenukumai “Hector” Busby. Seeing the waka taua on the water again was a heart-warming experience for Ata. “I was part of about 20 Tainui ruuruhi that lined the beach and performed the karanga for the waka taua leaving the shore and returning. “My mind was racing, searching for words to say during the process and when they came out of my mouth, tears also came down. To this day I cannot recall what those words were. I felt a great sense of pride to see the waka taua.” Photo Credits: Hone Thomson, Kapoi Mathieson, Kuiarangi Paki, Waikato Matthews



Photo Credits: Hone Thomson, Kapoi Mathieson, Kuiarangi Paki, Waikato Matthews





While many rangatahi were celebrating at the Tribal Pride Music Concert, a large contingent from Waikato and Maniapoto accompanied Kiingi Tuheitia to the 136th birthday celebration of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana. Tribal member and Te Kauhanganui representative Sam Toka attended the celebrations held on the weekend of the 25th January. Sam says the links between Ratana and Kiingitanga have always been very strong. “Piupiu Te Wherowhero was a grand daughter of Kiingi Taawhiao. Her father Te Wherowhero was Taawhiao’s second son. Piupiu and her whaanaunga Haunui followed Ratana and were strong in his teachings. “Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu formed a strong relationship with Te Reo Hura, the fifth President of the Ratana Church reinforcing our ties and strengthening attendance to Ratana celebrations each year.



Photos: Special thanks to Kawe Te Tahi Kawe Roes for the images in this feature.

“This year being our 150th year celebration of Kiingitanga, was well attended and many speakers reinforced messages of unity and how all Maaori should be united as one. This was the main theme. “Our people will be familiar with the Ratana brass bands attending Koroneihana each year and to quote something I heard, ‘these bands come together to march visitors onto the Marae with a professionalism that would do the NZ Army proud’.” Founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, Te Haahi Ratana or the Ratana Church was formally established in 1925 to support the Ratana movement of Maaori religion and pan-tribal politics. The Ratana Church has its headquarters at Ratana near Whanganui, and each year thousands converge on the small settlement to celebrate the birth of its founder Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana.

TRIBAL REGISTER COMPETITION 2008 RESULTS The online Tribal Register Competition closed on 10 December 2008. Thank you to all who participated. The following winners were selected using a random number generator. Books Books Books iPOD Apparel Apparel Apparel

M.B.P Haggie P.K Ager T.T Watson H Kingi R.M Marcum T.H Barclay-Kerr M.W Clancy

Tuurangawaewae Horahora Maketuu Whaataapaka Ookapu Paaraawera - Te Taumata Te Papa o Rotu

Ngaati Mahuta Ngaati Pou Ngaati Mahuta Ngaati Tamaoho Ngaati Te Wehi Ngaati Mahuta Ngaati Maahanga

Ngaaruawaahia Waikato Hamilton Ngaaruawaahia Te Awamutu Whatawhata Wellington TE HOOKIOI - MAEHE/MARCH 2009


PEPI PACK COMPETITION Are you of Waikato-Tainui descent, and have a pepi between the age of 0 to 6 months, or are you expecting a baby in 2009? If the answer is “yes”, then enrol your pepi on the tribal register for automatic entry into our Pepi Pack competition. Be in to win: •

1 of 4 Pepi Packs (drawn monthly) featuring a specially designed Tainui Teenie Tee as well as health and wellbeing resources personally chosen to welcome your pepi into your whaanau, hapuu, and iwi.

• All entries will go into a final prize draw in December 2009 for a Digital Camera, a $100 Unichem voucher and a $100 Baby Factory voucher. For more information call Jackie Haggie on 0800 Tainui, email or visit packs.htm



A joint-venture between Hamilton-based tertiary institutes WINTEC and Te Waananga o Aotearoa, has made way for a new pilot programme that will assist Maaori wanting a career in the building and construction industry. The Maaori Trade Training – Carpentry Programme 2009 was developed in association with WaikatoTainui’s Tribal Development Unit (TDU).

To further support development, and following the success of seminars in 2007 and 2008, Marae Information Seminars will be held again in Te Kauhanganui Debating Chamber, Hopuhopu.

Nine places have been set aside for registered Waikato-Tainui tribal members to be part of the programme this year, and TDU Officer Mereaira Hata says she will be looking for suitable participants through Marae networks.

Marae Development Saturday April 18, 10.00am – 5.00pm

“This is a full time 35-week programme, which includes a Certificate in Trade Technology (Carpentry – Level 3) and a Certificate in Tikanga Maaori (He Papa Tikanga – Level 3),” said Mereaira. “What makes it unique is that the programme has been developed taking into account tribal education aspirations, and a number of WaikatoTainui Marae will benefit directly as the programme includes work experience on Marae.” The training kicks off in March 2009 and if successful, will be the pre-cursor to similar programmes in other trade areas.



Seminars are open to representatives of all Waikato-Tainui Marae, and are free to attend.

Marae Charters Saturday 9 May, 10.00am – 5.00pm Project Management Saturday 20 June, 10.00am – 5.00pm Implementing Project Management Tools Saturday 18 July, 10.00am – 5.00pm Financial Management for Marae Saturday 8 August, 10.00am – 5.00pm If you would like to register or find out more information please contact: Eric Pene, Tribal Development Unit, freephone: 0800 TAINUI or email:

Patience Te Ao

Charles Joe

Tukoroirangi Morgan

Kingi Porima

Sonny Wilson

Rahui Papa

Rukumoana Schaafhausen

Robert Tukiri

Tom Roa

Elections for Te Arataura, the executive body of our tribal parliament Te Kauhanganui, were held on February 15. The executive will govern for the next three years with a dual role as the executive board for the Waikato Raupatu Trustee Company Ltd (WRTCL). Chair of Te Arataura and WRTCL is Tukoroirangi Morgan (Te Hoe o Tainui). The Deputy Chair of Te Arataura is Patience Te Ao (Tauranganui), and the Deputy Chair of WRTCL is Kingi Porima (Waipapa). Charles Joe (Ngaa Hau E Whaa) is Secretary. Other elected members of the boards are: Lady Raiha Mahuta (Kaahui Ariki Representative); Rahui Papa (Poohara); Rukumoana Schaafhausen (Rukumoana); Sonny Wilson (Hukanui); Taitimu Maipi (Te Ohaaki); Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai (Mookai Kainga); and Robert Tukiri (Waikare). Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui also elected its executive officers at its meeting in February. Tom Roa (Puurekireki) has been re-elected to the Chair, and Vince Hapi (Maurea) is the Deputy.

Lady Raiha Mahuta

Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai

Taitimu Maipi

Vince Hapi



The 2008 Tainui Waka Sports Awards was a night of acknowledgement and achievement as top sports people from Waikato, Maniapoto, Hauraki and Raukawa were recognised for their sporting accomplishments. Over 200 guests attended the awards, held last November at the Tainui Endowed College. Nominations for the third Tainui Waka Sports Awards included a high calibre of sports people from various codes including waka ama, rugby, jetski racing, softball and netball. Judges Dallas Seymour, Nicole Dryden, Tawera Nikau and Jenny-May Coffin were given the task of selecting the overall winners in each of the following categories: Administrator; Coach; Umpire/ Referee; Junior Sportswoman; Junior Sportsman; Senior Sportswoman; Senior Sportsman and the Supreme Award for Sporting Excellence. Amongst the night’s winners were Jeff and Holdin Stockman, a father and son team who picked up the Administrator and Junior Sportsman of the Year awards for their involvement in jetski racing. Dad Jeff said despite a few anxious moments, they were humbled by the win.

to the sport. I have always believed in the natural talent available within Maaoridom - to now have that as a reality and then be recognised by the Maaori sports community is very satisfying.” As well as winners of each category, the awards also recognised individuals for their services to sport and offered scholarships to young Waikato-Tainui sports people. “We recognised both the efforts of those who have succeeded in their chosen field of sports, and those who show potential and promise in the near future,” said Heremaia Samson, Kaiwhakahaere o Waikato and a committee member of the awards. “Our young athletes are at a crucial stage of their sporting lives. It’s very important for us to acknowledge these up and coming stars, and provide support that will hopefully create pathways for them to reach and achieve the same success as our elite sports people.” The next Tainui Waka Sports Awards are scheduled to be held in 2010.

“Jetski racing is regarded as a minority sport in NZ. One of my goals has been to introduce young Maaori

Jason Wynyard



Jamie Joesph

Administrator of the Year Jeff Stockman (Ngaati Hikairo Ngaati Te Paemate, Waipapa & Maniaroa Marae) – Jetski Racing & Squash Umpire/Referee of the Year Wiremu Tamaki (Ngaati Korokii Kahukura, Maungatautari Marae) – Softball Coach of the Year Jamie Joseph (Ngaati Kinohaku, Maniaroa & Te Tokanganui-a-noho Marae) – Rugby Junior Sportswoman of the Year Hayley Palmer (Ngaati Tamaoho, Whaataapaka) – Swimming Junior Sportsman of the Year Holdin Stockman (Ngaati Hikairo Ngaati Te Paemate, Waipapa & Maniaroa Marae) – Jetski Racing Senior Sportswoman of the Year Vesna Radonich (Ngaati Maniapoto, Kaputuhi Marae) – Waka Ama

Holdin Stockman

Wiremu Tamaki

Senior Sportsman of the Year Jason Wynyard (Ngaati Parewaeono Ngaati Manu, Mangatoatoa & Karetu Marae) – Wood Chopping Supreme Award for Sporting Excellence – Jason Wynyard Service to Sports Janet Haggie (Rugby League) Brian Hotu (Golf) Pokaia Nepia (Rugby League) Jim Ngati (Rugby, Rugby League, Mens Netball, Snooker, Kickboxing, Boxing & Volleyball) Sid Smith (Waka Ama) Hotu Taane (Rugby) George Tukere (Rugby League) Mita Tupaea (Touch Rugby) Special Recognition Award Maioro Barton (Athletics & Wheelchair Basketball) Waikato-Tainui Scholarships Aaron Kelly (Rugby Union) Dion Scott (Rugby League) Jordan Rogers-Rhind (Touch) Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Rugby Union) Pomare Ormsby (Touch) Raynard Haggie (Rugby League)

Jeff Stockman

Vesna Radonich

Hayley Palmer



By far Te Matatini Festival is one of the most prestigious Maaori cultural events in the country. This year three Waikato groups represented the iwi with Kirikiriroa based roopu Te Iti Kahurangi, winning first place awards for Waiata-aa-Ringa and Waiata-aa-Tira. Te Matatini is the summit of achievement for those taking part in the national Kapa Haka competitions, and groups from all over Aotearoa and Australia compete for the "best of the best" crown, in the traditional performance disciplines of Haka, Reo, Poi and Waiata. Last year, more than 100 teams competed at 14 regional competitions (including one in Australia), to qualify for nationals. Only a third went on to Te Matatini to give the performance of their lives at the Maataatua hosted event held at Tauranga’s Baypark Stadium in mid February. Of the 36 groups, Te Iti Kahurangi placed 6th overall, Ngaaruawaahia based Te Pou o Mangataawhiri placed 7th equal with second place awards for Whakaeke and



Waiata-aa-Tira, and the new team to the kapa haka circuit, Huntly based Ngaa Pou o Roto placed 19th moving the three Waikato roopu into the top 20. Patron of Te Matatini, Kiingi Tuheitia attended along with iwi leaders and elders from around the country - all kapa haka supporters and strong past and present advocates of the event. Crowd favourite Te Waka Huia claimed the title of supreme overall aggregate winner for the fourth time since the national Kapa Haka competition began in 1972. Whaangaaraa mai Tawhiti were runners-up, followed by third place winners, Te Kapa Haka o Te Whaanau a Apanui. Despite a couple of days of inclement weather, the Duncan McIntyre Trophy was presented to Waka Huia by Kiingi Tuheitia in front of a crowd that peaked at around 25,000. Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is a biennial event and the location of the 2011 festival will be announced later this year. Photo Credit: Above, special thanks to Ngaa Pou o Roto for donating this photo - Te Matatini Festival 2009

Photo Credit: Te Iti Kahurangi



Photo Credit: Special thanks to Te Pou o Mangataawhiri for donating this photo - Te Matatini Festival 2009

Te Pou o Mangataawhiri the legacy lives on Princess Te Puea was instrumental in progressing many development initiatives in the Waikato. Her husband once said that “she had led her people from a place of darkness to a place of light�. One of her legacies, the concert party Te Pou o Mangataawhiri or TPM, is known far and wide and has a steep and significant history that all of Waikato-Tainui can be proud of. Today that legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of her mokopuna. 18


In 1922, the concert party Te Pou o Mangataawhiri was started at Tuurangawaewae Marae by Kiingi Taawhiao’s grand-daughter Te Puea Herangi. Intended to raise funds to establish the Marae and build the meeting house Mahinaarangi, ‘TPM’ went on to become an iconic symbol of Waikato’s affection and heritage. In an effort to engage the community and local rangatahi with kapa haka, more than 80 years later, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu gave her blessing to re-establish a kapa haka roopu under the name Te Pou o Mangataawhiri. It’s estimated that over a hundred people attended the first practice in preparations for the 40th Koroneihana Celebrations of Te Arikinui. Kaumaatua Motu Katipa and Rewi Graham opened the gathering with history about Te Puea, Tuurangawaewae Marae, the roopu and its name. National performing arts veterans Tony and Ngaaria Walker were approached to tutor the group and today maintain a membership of up to 150 people. In the past year alone, ‘TPM’ have performed at over 30 events including guest appearances with New Zealand music icon Tiki Taane. Tutor Tony Walker says they have a vast range of age groups from pepi to rangatahi, pakeke to kaumaatua, and the group’s direction is guided by what the roopu desire to achieve. “It is our kaumaatua that have the hardest job. Their responsibility is to ensure that the integrity of the name isn’t compromised. With such a diverse group of people involved, there does, as there should, exist a level of caution. It’s an interesting time for TPM. Responsibilities to its kaupapa; Te Kiingitanga; whaanau; Marae; iwi and future have provided many challenges, but I’m happy to say, kei konei tonu maatou, e tupara ana te hoe.” Tony says although they are proud to have placed well at this year’s Te Matatini Festival, it would be a shame for that to be the measure of who the group are. “The new memories, relationships and lessons learnt will far outlast the placings we achieved for items. The future of Te Pou o Mangataawhiri is the rangatahi, and we alongside kaumaatua, need to work towards ensuring that they fully understand and appreciate its history, and the legacy they will someday inherit.”

Kiingitanga 150 years to celebrate TPM Concert Party “…In material comforts, we have everything; by contrast, they had nothing. “In commitment, compassion and courage, their faith towers above us. “We know it to be so, for they have bequeathed us this, our Tuurangawaewae Marae, and all of the buildings that stand upon it…”

Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu,

TPM 63rd Anniversary Reunion Book 1985.

At the May celebrations commemorating the 150th year of Te Kiingitanga, it is intended a CD will be released that encapsulates the American style “big band” music previously performed by the TPM Concert Party of yesteryear. An orchestral sound reminiscent of the waltz, foxtrot valita and quickstep, blends with swing and rock n roll. The compilation outlays many popular tunes and is played by past and new members with a variety of instruments including strings, drums, saxophone and bass. In a future edition of Te Hookioi, we hope to include a full feature on the release of the CD, and take ‘a look back in time’ at the iconic heritage of Te Pou o Mangataawhiri Concert Party and band.



The future of Kauri is under serious threat from a killer disease that tribal scientists are saying must be stopped to help protect the species. Kauri dieback or Kauri rot, is a microscopic fungus-like disease causing agent that only affects Kauri. In November last year, Government agencies agreed to tackle the problem and work collectively to address the matter. Scientist for Waikato-Tainui Cheri Van Schravendijk, says her team will be working closely with regional councils and authorities to monitor the situation. “Kauri dieback is a vicious disease causing severe damage to a plant. These plants have great significance to Maaori and so it’s really important that we support initiatives to eradicate the problem,” she said. Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato are the only regions where Kauri grow naturally in New Zealand, and although authorities are unsure how far the disease has spread, it has been identified in parts of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, and DOC reserves at Great Barrier and Trounson Kauri Park in Northland. Symptoms of the disease include yellowing of foliage, loss of leaves, canopy thinning and dead branches. Affected trees can also develop lesions that bleed resin, sometimes surrounding the base of the trunk as a “collar rot”. “Our older Kauri have an extensive whakapapa. Native pekapeka (short-tailed bats) are often found roosting in their trunks. Kiekie and Kauri grass live in their shadows and tanekaha (celery pine) reside next to them in the forest. We can therefore assume that any losses of these magnificent trees will have resounding impacts throughout the rest of the ngahere,” adds Cheri. Believed to be spread by the movement of soil and soil water, authorities say steps like making sure shoes, equipment and tyres are clean of dirt before and after visiting Kauri forest, help reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

Photo Credit: Helena Jamieson



For more information phone the Kauri Dieback Response Team on 0800 NZ Kauri (695 2874) or visit

Treaty Negotiations and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson signs the Taonga Tuku Iho Accord alongside Lady Raiha Mahuta.

An Accord between Waikato-Tainui and the Crown was signed on 20 February 2009 as progress continues on implementation of the Deed of Settlement for the Waikato River. The Taonga Tuku Iho Accord is the third Waikato-Tainui co-negotiators Lady Raiha Mahuta and Tukoroirangi Morgan have signed with the Crown. Two others - the Conservation Accord and Fisheries Accord were signed last year. Treaty Negotiations and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson was the signatory for the Crown and attended the special signing ceremony in February supported by representatives from the Government, including Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Minister for the Environment Nick Smith and Associate Minister of Maaori Affairs, Georgina Te Heuheu. The Taonga Tuku Iho Accord provides for Waikato-Tainui to: • be initial custodians of taonga within the Accord area; • be engaged at the highest level for all policy development;

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become a registered collector of taonga; ensure protection and promotion of taonga tuku iho in the Accord area; Ensure tikanga and kawa in the promotion of the use of Waikato-Tainui taonga tuku iho; refuse permission to export any taonga tuuturu or impose conditions to export taonga from New Zealand; and be advised about future appointment opportunities on the Boards administered by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Nine further portfolio-specific Accords are still to be finalised.



It was a day for uniting all iwi and nationalities, set to the backdrop of a red sky above the Hakarimata ranges. With classic Kiwi music entertaining the masses, thousands converged on Hopuhopu Sports Park in Ngaaruawaahia for the Tribal Pride Music Concert 2009. Held in January, Waikato-Tainui hosted the concert as part of celebrations to mark 150 years of Kiingitanga, attracting over 5,000 people with the main focus to encourage rangatahi to celebrate their tribal identity. “The whaanau atmosphere and kaupapa of the event made for a great concert,” said Waikato-Tainui chief executive Hemi Rau. “The crowd was well-behaved; the bands were fantastic; the venue was well-organised and the day itself, truly belonged to all those who came to celebrate tribal pride.” Temperatures reached well into the high 20s, as people cooled off under a custom built sprinkler fence, and tamariki enjoyed the waterslide supplied by the local Fire Service. The 12 hour not-for-profit concert, which was a drug, alcohol and gang free event, featured a stellar line up of New Zealand bands and artists including Kora, Katchafire, House of Shem and Ardijah.

Rousing performances from Nesian Mystik, Scribe, Unity Pacific and a special appearance by New Zealand’s Got Talent winner Chaz Cummings, got the crowd pumping. Concert-goer Henare Rangitawa of Ngaati Maniapoto hoped Waikato-Tainui would make Tribal Pride an annual event. “I enjoyed the concert. It brought a lot of different cultures together under the one aspect of unity. ‘Kotahi te koohao o te ngira, e kuhuna ai te miro maa, te miro whero me te miro pango.’ Kiingi Tawhiao said that and I believe it holds true, especially for things like this.”



Adding a local flavour to the mix, up and coming Waikato bands Knights of the Dub Table, Zionhill and Native Sons came to support the kaupapa, and a performance from tribal member Pikiteora Mura-Hita, winner of last season’s Homai te Pakipaki, also proved popular with the crowd. “I was humbled to be invited and really buzzing that I got to perform at Tribal Pride. It was massive,” said Pikiteora. A special koha of $20,000 was made to the Hamilton Te Whakaruruhau Maaori Women’s Refuge, and organisers were also pleased with the zero waste policy at the concert. Almost 60% of the waste collected during the concert was recycled. The night concluded with a laser light show, stage fireworks, and a riveting performance by top New Zealand band Kora.

Send in your best photo taken at the Tribal Pride Music Concert, and be in to win your very own Tribal Pride 2009 t-shirt, signed by many of the artists who performed. We have six t-shirts to give away. Two are size 2XL, two are size M, and the last two are size S. All you need to do is: 1. Email your photos to: with a maximum size of 3 mega pixels. 2. Include your full name and postal address, and the size t-shirt you prefer. 3. Include a short paragraph about your photo and any feedback you would like to provide about the concert. Entries will be judged by the Communications Unit at WaikatoTainui. Winners will be notified direct. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. By entering this competition, you agree to your name, photo and feedback (Editor’s version), being published in a future edition of Te Hookioi. Photo Credit: Waikato Matthews



Photo Credit: Waikato Matthews





functions, powers and duties under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Act 2002. Comprising of co-chairs and equal Waikato-Tainui and local authority representation, it is expected the ‘SBEC’ will present its findings later this month. Waikato-Tainui’s Waikato River Deed of Settlement signed in August 2008 with the Crown, signalled a new era of co-management. An interim board, the Statutory Board Establishment Committee (SBEC) was set up late last year to prepare a report for Waikato-Tainui, the Crown and relevant local authorities to consider

For more information, please contact: SBEC Secretariat PO Box 54, Ngaaruawaahia Email: Telephone: (07) 824 7457

Home Ownership Workshops Workshops are delivered by Huakina Development Trust. Workshops will start at 9.30am and finish at 1.30pm. To register your attendance phone Rangita (09) 238 0261 or free phone 0508 438 474.



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Papakura Old Central Arts School, 57 Wood Street Waiuku Community Hall, Service Centre King Street Manurewa Randwick Park Community House, 137 Shifnal Dr


Wednesday 8th Wednesday 15th Wednesday 29th

Manurewa Randwick Park Community House, 137 Shifnal Dr Huntly Community Hall, Riverside Rooms, Main Street Ngaaruawaahia Community House, 13 Galileo Street


Tuesday 5th Friday 15th Tuesday 19th Thursday 28th

Manurewa Randwick Park Community House, 137 Shifnal Dr Huntly Community Hall, Riverside Rooms, Main Street Wiri Community Hall, 11 Inverell Ave Papakura Old Central Arts School, 57 Wood Street


Thursday 4th Tuesday 9th

Ngaaruawaahia Community House, 13 Galileo Street Papakura Old Central Arts School, 57 Wood Street


Special thanks to Aareka Hopkins (MSc) for the information and images contained in this spread.

The wharekura seeks to develop ‘scientists of the future’ in an aim to one day restore the mauri of Huntly’s Lake Waahi, the Waahi Stream and the section of the river between Ngaaruawaahia and Rangiriri. A new complex is being set up on site to showcase the general sciences - chemistry, biology and physics, so the students can interact, practice and gain visual experiences in a way that is hands-on, interesting and thought provoking.

Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga has embarked on a ground-breaking venture to make science cool and interesting to their students.

Students will grow and establish vegetative matter and seeds to increase their population densities in the shallow zone of Lake Waahi. Similarly, they’ll explore methods to grow watercress in a variety of conditions that typify soil types in the Lake Waahi catchment. Students will also be introduced to kaeo or freshwater mussel. Kaeo are filter feeders and can contribute to restoring the mauri of inland waterways. Combined with other initiatives, plants and kaeo will contribute to the restoration of the lake. Over time this will have positive downstream effects because of the enhanced quality of the water being discharged from Lake Waahi. Overall, it’s hoped that the students taking part in these science initiatives, may consider studying science at a tertiary level.

Caption: Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga students at Lake Waahi



Na Qiane Corfield-Matata – tribal member.

Kaumaatua Jones Matata (known to most as Papa Jumby or Joe), passed away peacefully on February 11, 2009. A stalwart kaumaatua and custodian of Makaurau Marae - Ihumatao, his sudden passing was a great loss to his whaanau, Marae and the surrounding community. Brought up at Puukaki Pa, Papa Jumby had the values of Waiohua and Waikato-Tainui instilled in him from birth. A carpenter by trade, one of his greatest feats was leading the building of the wharenui, Tamaki Makaurau, at Makaurau Marae. In his late 40s, he took up the mantle of kaumaatua and remained the face and heart of the Marae for over 30 years. Although he married in his 20s and was blessed with three children and two mokopuna, 28


Makaurau Marae was his passion and he dedicated much of his life to upholding its mana and ‘keeping the paepae warm’; attending every single hui. Papa Jumby not only worked tirelessly for the people of Waiohua and Waikato-Tainui, but also served on many boards and committees in Manukau, and advised local businesses, schools and council on history and tikanga. One of his key roles was voluntary kaumaatua for Mountain View, Mangere Central, and Mangere East Primary schools, the latter honouring him and kaumaatua Maurice Wilson in 2008 with a building in their name; The Joe (Jones) Matata and Maurice Wilson Information Centre.

Papa Jumby was also a kaumaatua for the Marae at the Auckland International Airport, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa. Papa Jumby led by example but his humility kept him from the limelight. He was a perfectionist and

Photo Credit: Lynn Green, Te Puna o Te Roimata Committee

a hard worker, but had a gentle nature and a great sense of humor (when he chose to use it). His favourite green shirt is a trademark the whaanau will never forget. It was said at his funeral, “Papa Jumby was one man who did many jobs and there will be no match to his dedication, so we will need many men to do his one job.” Ko teetahi Totara nui o Tamaki me ngae marae hoki ko Puukaki me Makaurau. Ko teenei te rangatira ko Jones (Jumby) Matata, Rarotonga, Te Arawa, Te Aakitai, Waiohua Te Ahiwaru. Whitu-tekau-ma-ono ona tau.

Moe mai e papa, moe mai.

I runga i ngaa koorero o Ngaati Maniapoto ko te ingoa o te hui i te waawaahinga a Pootatau i Haurua, ko “Te Puna o Te Roimata.” Ko te paatai ki a Ngaati Maniapoto i teeraa waa; mehemea i tautokohia e raatou te kaupapa o te Kiingitanga. I whakaae katoa raatou. I te 24 tae atu ki 26 o Pepuere 2009 i whakatu ai a Ngaati Maniapoto he ra whakamaumaharatanga mo taua hui. Ko te rangi tuatahi he hui kawe mate. I te rangi tuarua i tae ai a Kiingi Tuheitia me tona Whare Ariki, Waikato, Hauraki, Ngaati Raukawa, huri atu ki ngaa Rangatira o te motu. I taua rangi hoki i hurahia e te Kiingi me te whare ariki o Te Heuheu he taaonga whakamaumaharatanga mo teeraa hui whakahirahira te waa e toitu ana ngaa tuupuna o Ngaati Maniapoto i runga i maunga koorero. Te tino ataahua; aa me te miharo hoki o te hunga i reira mo te taaonga ra. TE HOOKIOI - MAEHE/MARCH 2009


Said to be one of the first of its kind, a core group of dedicated staff are preparing to roll out a Waikato-Tainui iwi survey later this year. Project Researcher Desi Small-Rodriguez says following decades of urban drift with many tribal members changing address annually, traditional surveying methods like collecting data through the post and via phone interviews, poses challenges. “The main goal is to create a robust evidence base for planning and policies aimed to enhance the wellbeing of the tribe,” says Desi. “The team are looking to develop a strategy that encompasses not only traditional methods of surveying like face-to-face and by post and phone, but also fully utilising the web. E-Panui, postings on appropriate websites, and even social networking sites are effective. “Bebo and Facebook are hugely popular with many Maaori using the sites to keep in contact with whaanau members away and abroad. Earlier this year Bebo was used to promote the Tribal Pride Music Concert and the feedback has been tremendous.” Once the strategy has been approved, Desi says work will begin on piloting a trial questionnaire. Led by tribal member Tahu Kukutai, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, the Ko Wai Taatou Survey is scheduled to ‘go live’ in August-September. “We need as many tribal members as possible to participate and I encourage people to use our freephone numbers to update their contact details. There’s also a form on the Tainui website providing another option for updates.”


Use the online form under “What’s New” at:

STAFF PROFILE: DESI SMALL-RODRIGUEZ Tribal Affiliations: Northern Cheyenne Tribe What do you do at Tainui? I’ve been here since November 2008 as a researcher for the Ko Wai Taatou Survey Project. I have a Masters Degree in Sociology and my research interests include indigenous education, community development and policy making. This project is groundbreaking and each day I’m reminded of the similarities and struggles we all face as indigenous people. Where were you before you came to Aotearoa? I was on the Board of Directors for the largest indigenous education association in America. I also served as a field worker for the Barack Obama Campaign, to register and encourage Native Americans in my home state of Montana, to vote in the 2008 Presidential Election. It was awesome to watch the election unfold on the television, I was so excited. So how has your experience been so far? I feel very much at home here. As a Native American from a nation of 8,000 tribal members, I was fortunate to grow up immersed in our native language and culture on our tribal reservation. It’s truly humbling to be welcomed to Aotearoa by the people of Waikato. Goals for the future? I want to help ensure the success of the survey project and also continue to have a beautiful experience in Aotearoa. 30


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MARCH / MAEHE 07 Poutu Poukai 09 Paaraawera Poukai 10 Owairaka Poukai 11 Raakaunui Poukai 12 Waipapa Poukai 13 Maketuu Poukai 14 Ookapu Poukai 18 Tuurangawaewae Poukai 21 Ngaaruawaahia Regatta 27 Te Arataura/WRTCL Meeting (TBC) 28 Marokopa Poukai 29 Te Tookanga nui aa noho Poukai

APRIL / APERIRA 04 Huria Poukai 10 Te Papa o Rotu Poukai 18 Marae Information Seminar - Development 19 Ngaa Tai e Rua Poukai 24 Te Arataura/WRTCL Meeting (TBC) 25 Tainuiawhiro Poukai

MAY / MEI 02 Kiingitanga Celebrations 150 Tuurangawaewae House Book Launch

The ‘POCKET’ Poukai Calendar was a hit through 2008 and the 2009 edition is hot off the press!

09 Marae Information Seminar - Charters

For your free Poukai Calendar, contact Renee on 0800 TAINUI (0800 824 684) or email

29 Te Arataura/WRTCL Meeting (TBC)

23 Taheke Poukai 30 Te Kauhanganui General Meeting TE HOOKIOI - MAEHE/MARCH 2009


2 - 3 MAY 2009 Tuurangawaewae Marae Ngaaruawaahia Tuurangawaewae House ‘Ninety Years’ book launch Ko Waikato te Awa, Ko Waikato te Iwi Expo Release of a collection of oral histories about Poukai Waka Taua Flotilla

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