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Ko taupiri te maunga Changes to tikanga - Convenience or kuare?


waka taua

More than meets the eye


Safe sleeping devices for peepi

maatauranga With a Maaori focus

issue 47 | 2014 | HE PAANUITANGA WAIKATO-TAINUI | ISSN 1173-7530

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TE tiamana Kia niwha te ngaakau ki te whakauu i ngaa mahi atawhai i te iwi. Be stout of heart in finding ways to support the people.

This saying from Kiingi Taawhiao lends itself to seek opportunities in the modern age to find sustainable solutions for the needs of the people. Following on from the wonderful commemorations of Mangataawhiri, Meremere, Rangiriri and Ngaaruawaahia, we find ourselves commemorating 150 years of Waiari, Paaterangi, Rangiaowhia, and Ooraakau. These events 150 years ago set the platform and sent a clear message that the Kiingitanga will not go quietly into the night. The events also serve as a reminder that ‘we must not forget’, for it was our tuupuna who lost their lives so that the future generations will succeed and prosper. Moe mai e ngaa maatua, e ngaa tuupuna, naa koutou te papa i kookiri ai ngaa mokopuna o teenei whakatupuranga. Who could have missed the whanaungatanga of Tri Maaori last year and the Waikato-Tainui Games this year? Whanaungatanga mixed with whakataetae equals a massive event. Staged over three weekends, more than 15,000 Waikato-Tainui stalwarts came out to

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celebrate being Tainui, to cheer their marae on and to be one with each other. A big mihi to Tuurangawaewae who took top honours. Our supporting sponsors, our staff and volunteers should be commended for a job very well done. Kia pai mai hoki koutou katoa. This year the iwi is focussing on Mana Tangata or how we might be able to foster the dreams of each and every member of Waikato-Tainui – from education to paepae succession, from employment to whaanau ora. This year the team is dedicated to achieve tangible outcomes for our iwi no matter what age, no matter what gender. Mana Tangata is all about the people. Being proud of who we are as Waikatoi-Tainui means success in all walks of life. Haapaingia te tangata kia tuu pakari, kia tuu mataara i teenei ao hurihuri. E te iwi, teenaa koutou. Paimaarire ki a taatou katoa. Rahui Papa Chairman, Te Arataura



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Ed Haunui is responsible for the upkeep of the urupa on Taupiri. Over the years, he has seen many changes to kawa and tikanga on Taupiri which has led him to question, where has the mana for the hill gone?


We are in awe of waka taua when we witness them on the Waikato River, but what jobs go on behind the scenes to get our waka taua dressed and ready before they make it to the water.

13 WAHAKURA Sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI) is one of the

leading causes of death for Maaori babies in Aotearoa. Ngaa Hua o te Rito weave wahakura to aid in the prevention of SUDI.

TRIBAL NEWS 7 Relativity Mechanism - What does it mean? 11 Waikato-Tainui games photo montage 15 Maatauranga Maaori focus 16 Puna reo for Manurewa 16 Steps to success 18 Warm up with home insulation 18 CEO helps crown Maaori of the year 19 Review of our tribal governance


20 Ngaa Poukai


6 Sisters diving their way to the top


1 Internship offers real world experience 3 Strategies for Success


4 Rangatahi keen on working with iwi

FRONT COVER Waikato-Tainui Games 2014



Ed Haunui is responsible for the upkeep of the urupa on Taupiri – a responsibility that has been passed down through his whaanau and one that he has much respect for. Over the years, he has seen many changes to kawa and tikanga on Taupiri which has led him to question, where has the mana for the hill gone?

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“People have to realise the maunga doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to everyone in Tainui”


or more than 150 years our people have been laid to rest on Taupiri, explains Ed, who is part of the Taupiri urupa ‘Maunga Crew’. “Taupiri, the maunga, is real. It’s a living and breathing place. But some days you feel the maunga is just a dumping ground for the dead because no one stays around to help look after it. “There’s been a lot of hit and miss with kawa and tikanga. I’m not sure why, it could be convenience or just being kuare.” Sadly he says, “We’ve seen teenage boys being sent to dig the holes or holes dug too small so we have to re-dig them, whaanau bringing the coffin in the wrong way, rubbish scattered everywhere, and now we’re coming across tagging on the headstones too. “So where’s the respect gone for the maunga,” asks Ed. “People have to realise the maunga doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to everyone in Tainui. When people see things being

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done wrong they call us, but everyone has a responsibility to correct them.” However, an issue which is just as important as tikanga to Ed is the care and maintenance of the urupa and the maunga itself. “Sometimes we haven’t been told there’s a tangi on and we’ve had people dig anywhere not knowing what’s there,” he says. “We want to encourage people to tell us when there’s a tangi. Our crew not only looks after the weeds and grass, and do the big clean ups, but we know who and what’s where. “Whaanau don’t know or understand the factors that need to be considered with burials they just go ahead and do it,” says Ed. “Lately we’ve had issues with subsidence so the main kaupapa is what’s happening beneath the ground.” To help with the maintenance of the urupa, Ed has been working closely with the Waikato Raupatu River Trust. “The

River Trust team have been great,” says Ed. “They were quick to help with the geotechnical work when we first raised the issue of subsidence.” A project to help with the restoration and maintenance of Taupiri is now underway. Led by Julian Williams, River Trust Strategy Manager, the project is a collaboration effort between Ed and the Maunga Crew as well as Waikato-Tainui. “Taupiri Maunga is an integral part of our tribal identity, sitting alongside our awa and is the resting place of our ariki and tuupuna,” says Julian. “We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure our maunga and whaanau are protected. “As an organisation we can only do so much. Its maintenance and protection requires responsibility to be taken by whaanau as well. Consideration must be given to minimising pressure on the maunga, such as avoiding erecting large headstones and removing rubbish.”

He says, “It’s been a privilege to work with a highly dedicated whaanau.” Julian acknowledges Ed, his wife Barn and whaanau, nieces and nephews, Koro Major Herewini, Pop Raihe and Chaz Paki, and members of the local league clubs Taniwharau, Ngaaruawaahia and Turangawaewae for their support and mahi at the maunga.

“There’s been a lot of hit and miss with kawa and tikanga. I’m not sure why, it could be convenience or just being kuare” If you’re unsure about the kawa or processes involving burial on Taupiri, contact the Waikato Raupatu River Team on 07 858 0400 or email



The term ‘Relativity Mechanism’ has been thrown around a lot lately, but what is it and what does it all mean to Waikato-Tainui iwi and people? To provide some understanding, below are answers to some frequently asked questions. What is the relativity mechanism? Since Waikato-Tainui was the first iwi to settle, the tribe negotiated a relativity clause in the 1995 Waikato-Tainui Deed of Settlement to ensure that the value of the redress given to the iwi would be protected against any future settlements. The relativity mechanism enables Waikato-Tainui to claim additional redress if the total value of settlement redress exceeds $1 billion in 1994 present value dollars. When was the relativity mechanism triggered? The relativity mechanism was triggered when iwi settlements exceeded the $1 billion mark which occurred around the end of June 2012. In October 2012, the Crown notified the tribe that the relativity mechanism had been triggered. How much is it worth? It is difficult to determine the actual

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value or worth of the relativity mechanism as it’s impossible to predict what other settlements will be settled at as the settlements process is still underway. But what the relativity clause entitles Waikato-Tainui to is 17% of all future settlements once the $1 billion in 1994 dollar terms has been exceeded. To date the redress amount payable to Waikato-Tainui is approximately $70 million. What is the arbitration process? The arbitration process is a legal process that the tribe is engaged in to resolve disputes over settlements that have been excluded from the relativity mechanism calculations. Waikato-Tainui has argued that these settlements should be included in the relativity calculations. The arbitration process is currently underway. Will Waikato-Tainui get this entitlement again? The relativity clause provides for Waikato-Tainui to make further claims

for additional payments every five years up until 2044. Why is the relativity clause important? The nature of the grievance and effects of raupatu are immeasurable and the relativity mechanism is one way of trying to address the injustices suffered. For that reason the relativity mechanism is important in terms of restoring balance and achieving a durable and generational settlement for the tribe that is lasting. How will the relativity money be used? Consultation hui with tribal members were held in 2013. The key aspirations from these hui were that relativity needs to provide for future generations and deliver on initiatives that are consistent with Whakatupuranga 2050 – the tribe’s long term blueprint for tribal development. See to download a copy of Whakatupuranga 2050.

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We are in awe of waka taua when we witness them on the Waikato River, but what jobs go on behind the scenes to get our waka taua dressed and ready before they make it to the water.


ne such job is the preparing of feathers which embellish the waka taua from the tauihu (the prow or front) to the taurapa (stern or back) – a job that can be easily overlooked by waka taua spectators, says Pania Paekau, the one responsible for this job.

“Handling the feathers can be very fiddly too and they can sometimes get stuck in your clothes, hair or sometimes up your nose if they are small and fluffy.”

Pania says that often the job can become quite tedious, but is one she will continue to do because, as she puts it, “Waka taua are a part of our life living on the river and every aspect “I’ve been helping to prepare feathers for our waka taua – of it is part of our tikanga and I want to carry that on for my Taaheretikitiki, Tumanako and Rangatahi – since the 150 whaanau.” year celebrations of the Kiingitanga,” says Pania, who got Since 2008, Pania has prepared the involved simply by fulfilling a request for help by her now late mother-in-law Joyce “Waka taua are a part of feathers for a number of events, such as the signing of the Waikato River Paekau. our life living on the river settlement during Koroneihana, the 2009 Waitangi celebrations, the opening and “Since she’s been gone I do most of and every aspect of it is closing ceremonies for the Rowing World the feathers myself with help from my Cup at Karapiro as well as the 2011 Rugby whaanau.” part of our tikanga” World Cup. Pania explains the feathers used for the waka taua are An event she prepares feathers for annually is the plucked by hand, but she asserts that she doesn’t pluck them Turangawaewae Regatta, which this year celebrates 119 herself. “The feathers come ready to go and are looked after years. “The regatta is an integral part of our history,” says until they’re needed by Uncle Leo Muru. Pania. “It’s an awesome opportunity for our whaanau and manuwhiri to witness our waka taua in all their glory.” “We only use white feathers that come from toroa birds – also known as the albatross,” she says. “The feathers are medium This year, the Turangawaewae Regatta was held on 21-22 sized and we often use two or three feathers which we soap March and featured the full ceremonial parade of waka taua and twist together so they’re big enough to be seen from a on the Waikato River. distance.


KOTAHITANGA! WHANAUNGATANGA! TAINUITANGA! The sixth Waikato-Tainui Games was off the hook! Held every two years, the Games is by far the tribe’s largest and most popular event. More than 15,000 competitors and spectators turned out to support their marae and enhance the kaupapa of kotahitanga, whanaungatanga and Tainuitanga. Turangawaewae Marae was crowned the overall winner for 2014 with Motakotako and Tokanganui-a-noho Marae being placed second equal. The official results for all events and activities can be seen at

Have your say We want to know what you thought about the Games! All you have to do is fill out our survey which can be found at

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wahakura Sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI) is one of the leading causes of death for Maaori babies in Aotearoa. In the Waikato-Tainui rohe alone, nearly 85% of babies that have died of SUDI were of Maaori or Pacific descent.


gaa Hua o te Rito, a roopuu of Waikato weavers established in 2003, has for the past two years been involved in weaving wahakura – a traditional flax bassinet for peepi up to six months which aid in the prevention of SUDI within the Waikato-Tainui rohe. Tuahana Clarke, a member of Ngaa Hua o te Rito, says “As weavers we want to contribute to this very important kaupapa by providing safe sleeping devices that can be used by our whaanau.” Many whaanau sleep in a shared bed with peepi and wahakura remove a lot of the risks as the bassinet-type structure ensures parents remain a small distance away from peepi so there’s little risk of rolling on to them. Tuahana, of Ngaati Amaru, explains that weaving wahakura requires an experienced weaver and is dependent on the right preparation. “At least 192 strips

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of harakeke are boiled and with two weavers working together a wahakura can be completed in a few hours. The wahakura needs to be strong and the best it can be,” she says.

“As weavers we want to contribute to this very important kaupapa by providing safe sleeping devices that can be used by our whaanau” Working alongside organisations such as Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa, the Waikato District Health Board and Whakawhetu, Tuahana says the Wahakura Project is part of an on-going research project led by Dr David Tipene Leach, a medical practitioner who is involved in a number

of wahakura projects throughout the motu. Since their involvement, Ngaa Hua o te Rito has made more than 100 wahakura. “Each of our wahakura have been allocated to different kaitiaki who in turn distributes them to whaanau who are having a baby,” says Tuahana. Ngaa Hua o te Rito has also been involved in a number of different raranga projects, including the weaving of whaariki for marae in Kaawhia Moana and Tahaaroa. “We’ve also made kete that went to the Athens Olympics, we’ve woven panels for the Karapiro Rowing Club building in time for the World Rowing Champs, and held various waananga around the rohe, including waananga specifically for making wahakura.” Tuahana says, “The intent of Ngaa Hua o te Rito is to uphold the art of raranga by learning and sharing knowledge with whaanau, hapuu and iwi.”

ko wai taatou There are many legends that feature Karioi and one such legend says that Karioi was once married to Karewa. One day Karewa was caught flirting with Pirongia who is said to be Karioi’s sister. Karioi was so upset by this act of betrayal she cast Karewa into the sea. Losing her love, Karioi became overwhelmed with deep despair so she laid down to rest and still rests in the same place today. Likewise with Karewa, who is located offshore of the west coast of Kaawhia and is commonly known as Gannet Island.


Matehaere Clarke (pictured far left) had always been looking to pursue postgraduate studies, but wasn’t sure what avenue to take until she came across the Taahuhu Maatauranga Maaori programme (TMM) – a masters level tohu from Te Waananga o Raukawa.


atehaere, of Ngaati Mahuta, Ngaati Tamainupo and Ngaati Uekaha, had been working as a kaiako at Te Wharekura o Raakaumangamanga when the principal at the kura encouraged her to enrol in the TMM – a unique masters degree that focuses on Maatauranga Maaori. Offered in partnership with Te Waananga o Raukawa and the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, the TMM aims to enhance the capacity of tribal knowledge and supports students in completing a thesis specific to their whaanau, hapuu or iwi. “The foundations that my grandparents laid for me guided me to follow this journey and to begin my masters,” says Matehaere. “Your maatauranga is a taonga for the next generation, and as a mother of two children, you feel as though you have to be something for them to aspire to.” For her thesis, Matehaere looked at a Maaori language strategy for schools. Her passion for this topic came from going through the system herself as a student and kaiako, and believes we are now at a time where there is nothing in place for the next generation. Her research findings highlighted the importance for tamariki to go through

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schooling with the reo from koohanga through to primary, secondary and university.

“It makes you see things from a different perspective and shines new light on what you thought you already knew and that’s the exciting part” Matehaere says her masters journey was an eye-opening experience that didn’t come without challenges. “Good time management was a key factor and ensuring that there was a good balance between studies, whaanau and other commitments,” she says. “Whaanau support is a key aspect in anything you do especially for a huge commitment such as your masters.” She says what also stood out for her was the way in which the lecturers applied themselves in order for the students to be able to grasp the knowledge. “It’s an awesome programme to awaken the Maaori within you. You become more cultured with this particular

programme. It makes you see things from a different perspective and shines new light on what you thought you already knew and that’s the exciting part,” says Matehaere. In December, Matehaere graduated with her Taahuhu Maatauranga Maaori tohu at a ceremony held at Te Waananga o Raukawa in Ootaki. Also graduating with Matehaere were fellow classmates: Tahi-o-Hurae Te Ao Marama Rangiawha, Stacye Keelan, Shane Te Ruki, Maria Rangiawha-Rautangata, Koro Nicholas, Kirimaaku Kihi and Hinureina Mangan (pictured). Along with their tohu, the graduates were also presented with a taiaha which symbolises their preparedness for leadership roles within hapuu and iwi. “We’re privileged to be part of the TMM programme, and are exceptionally proud of the achievements of our students,” says Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Academic Director of the College. “Our partnership with Te Waananga o Raukawa in delivering the programme has allowed us to contribute and continue to support the growth of more of our people in the field of Maatauranga Maaori.” For more information on tohu delivered by the College, visit

puna reo for manurewa Boosting the access to early childhood education for our tamariki and their whaanau is the driving force behind a Waikato-Tainui project which will see the establishment of a puna reo in Manurewa in Tamaki Makaurau.

high proportion of our tamariki are not participating in ECE and with many tribal members making up the Maaori community it makes sense to provide a facility that will encourage their education and development,” he says.

The project will see the construction of a modern, Maaori teaching puna reo (early childhood centre) for approximately 65 children aged up to five years. Whetu Taukamo (Operations Advisor, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust) is overseeing the build and construction component of the project.

“At the heart of this project, we want to encourage tamariki to participate in early childhood education and increase their chances of continuing on to higher levels of education”

Whetu says, “At the heart of this project, we want to encourage tamariki to participate in early childhood education (ECE) and increase their chances of continuing on to higher levels of education. “Manurewa has been identified as an area where, for whatever reason, a

To deliver the project, Waikato-Tainui is working with the Ministry of Education, who are mutually funding the total cost

of the project. “The ministry has set up a specialised funding programme for groups to set up ECEs in specific areas of New Zealand,” says Whetu. The forecasted cost for this project is $2million which includes the construction and complete fit out of the centre – table, chairs, computers, cots, toys and outdoor play equipment, as well as relevant ECE licensing. The project team also includes the Tribal Development Unit, Te Ope Koiora and the koomiti of Manurewa Marae, who are providing the whenua for the puna reo to be built on. Construction of the puna reo is expected to be completed in October 2014 with enrolment happening around the same time. “It’s anticipated the puna reo will be fully operational for January 2015,” says Whetu.

STEPS TO SUCCESS The recent launch of an education resource to encourage rangatahi to pursue higher education demonstrates the value of iwi and government entities working together. At the Waikato-Tainui Games, Te Puni Kōkiri, together with Waikato-Tainui, launched Steps to Success – a kit of interactive and practical education resources for rangatahi and their whaanau. Rahui Papa, Chairman of Waikato-Tainui tribal executive – Te Arataura, says,

“The Steps to Success resource kit was developed with input from WaikatoTainui tribal members and complements the tribe’s efforts in encouraging and supporting our whaanau to succeed in education and beyond.” The Steps to Success resource kit includes: • An interactive board game • A wallet-sized reference card for parents • Posters • A fridge magnet to track NCEA achievements

• A DVD featuring well-known Maaori providing inspirational messages for rangatahi and their whaanau Minister of Maaori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples, was present at the launch and he encouraged whaanau to take advantage of the resources which support their rangatahi. More than 450 Steps to Success resource kits were distributed to tribal members at the Waikato-Tainui Games. The resource kit is also available online from


Applications for Kaumaatua Grants are open to registered tribal members aged 60 years and over

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Warm up with home insulation Waikato-Tainui has partnered with Right House, an energy saving company, to provide effective and efficient insulation for homes owned and/or occupied by tribal members.

Free ceiling and under floor insulation is offered to tribal members living within the tribal boundaries of Waikato-Tainui and also meet the following criteria:

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Please note, if the home is being rented, consent from the landlord is required. Housing NZ homes are not eligible for this programme.

A whaanau member living in the home is a Community Services cardholder Whaanau living in the home are under the age of 17 years and/or over the age of 65 years A whaanau member living in the home who is aged between 17-65 years and is at risk of health issues related to cold, damp housing (GP letter of support required) The home was built prior to the year 2000 The home has no insulation or inadequate insulation in both the

ceiling and under the floor as measured under the standards set by the Energy Efficient and Conservation Authority

For Home Insulation application forms, contact Right House on 0800 744 569 or write to: Freepost Authority Right House Ltd Warm up for Winter Insulation Programme PO Box 33049, Petone Lower Hutt 5046

ceo helps crown maaori of the year

In December 2013, Waikato-Tainui Chief Executive Parekawhia McLean was part of the judging panel to find the 2013 Maaori of the Year. Set up by current affairs programme Marae Investigates, the Maaori of the Year awards acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individuals in any given year. Past supreme winners include Piri Weepu and Dr Lance Sullivan. “The judging panel was made up of five judges who represented different sectors, from sport and media to government agencies and iwi,” says

Parekawhia, who has been a judge since the awards began in 2011. “Each judge was given the responsibility for an award category and I was the lead judge for the Business, Science and Innovation Award.” Other categories included maatauranga Maaori, education, community service, health and sport. She says, “Finalists for the supreme Maaori of the Year Award are determined by the winners of each category.” On Waitangi Day, Tuuhoe chief negotiator Tamati Kruger was announced the supreme 2013 Maaori of the Year. The

award recognised his contributions to his iwi of Tuuhoe and Parekawhia says he was among a pool of outstanding Maaori who have also contributed significantly to the growth of Maoridom. Supreme award finalists included Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington, performer Whirimako Black, education academic Professor Russell Bishop, nursing academic Dr Janice Wenn, and businessman Ian Taylor. A Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi for her contributions to ensure the survival of Te Reo Maaori.


review of our tribal governance

The review of our tribal governance and representation structure is one of the most significant initiatives we will undertake in 2014. Initiated by Kiingi Tuheitia early last year, the review is an important opportunity for all tribal members to decide how our tribal authority is to be governed, led and managed. This review is the first to be undertaken in 14 years and is our chance to devise a structure that enables greater leadership, stability, effective decision-making, communication, and accountability, and which empowers us to fully leverage our asset base. Feedback analysis, research, planning and waananga have occupied the review team since the completion of pre-consultation hui last year. The team has now identified the core elements that it recommends as fundamental to a structure for Waikato-Tainui and has developed a set of initial draft options. The core elements are: Kiingitanga The Kiingitanga is an inherent part of Waikato-Tainui and remains the overarching korowai of the tribal structure.

Representation Waikato-Tainui is a marae-based model with tribal members affiliating to and represented by marae. Marae will remain the basis of tribal representation, with this group holding select powers of influence in matters of tribal significance. Governance An executive board with responsibility for developing and overseeing the execution of the vision, mission, values and tribal strategic objectives. Management Individual boards and management teams for all operating entities. Responsible for implementation of strategic direction and achievement of tribal objectives. Review Sponsor Group co-chair Nanaia Mahuta: “These core structural elements reflect the views of the people who have said they want to see a distinction between governance and representation, that marae should remain as the basis of tribal representation, a separation between

be informed Stay up to date with the review. Register your email and mobile contact details at and you will receive review updates, important information and reminders.

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development activities and the commercial arm, and clarity regarding the role of the King within the structure. “What is important is that the model we develop is a model that is of us as Waikato-Tainui; a model that incorporates our tikanga and cultural beliefs and which reflects the will of the people, and one that fosters and enables unencumbered economic growth and tribal development,� says Nanaia. The three draft structure options are in the early stages of development and include preliminary proposals outlining roles and responsibilities, function, size, appointments and required capabilities, and reporting and accountability. These were presented to Te Kauhanganui at its February 2014 hui for consideration, discussion and feedback. Once finalised, the options and accompanying rationale will be presented at consultation hui expected to be held during April and May 2014. A confirmed timeline for the remainder of the review process will be advised at that time.

Governance and Representation Review Workshops 30 April Te Ohaaki Marae, Huntly 8 May

Poihakena Marae, Raglan

14 May

Te Iti o Haua Marae, Tauwhare

21 May

Nga Tai E Rua Marae, Tuakau

28 May

Poohara Paa, Karapiro

TE HOOKIOI STORY IDEAS WANTED We’re on the hunt for interesting story ideas to be featured in upcoming issues of Te Hookioi! The aim of Te Hookioi is to highlight the awesome mahi our tribal members are involved in and to celebrate their achievements. So if you have a great story idea or event coming up then let us know via email at and your story or event could feature in the next issue of Te Hookioi.

WAIKATO-TAINUI NOW ON YOUTUBE A YouTube channel has been set up to further our efforts in communicating with tribal members. We also want to know the kinds of things you would like to see so email us your ideas at

Maehe 01 Poutuu 09 Paaraawera 10 Aotearoa 11 Raakaunui 12 Waipapa 13 Maketuu 14 Ookapu 18 Turangawaewae 29 Marokopa 30 Tokanganui-a-noho

Apereira 05 Huria 10 Te Papa o Rotu 19 Ngaa Tai e Rua 25 Tainuiaawhiro Mei 23 Ngaati Pikiao Hune 15 Poohara



Diving their way to the top


Offers real world experience

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS Tips for writing your CV

ALL FOR RANGATAHI Youth 4 Youth Award recipient

internship offers real world experience Doors are opening to a career in communications for Katherine Barry, who is one of three interns to join the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

“Not only am I gaining practical experience in communications and working with Maaori organisations, this internship has opened up other opportunities in ways where I’ve been able to meet with key business people amongst the tribe and create networks with a range of people from different areas,” says Katherine, 24.

The promising young communications professional is spending 10 weeks with the College while she completes her Bachelor of Management “I would love Studies (Honours) degree specialising in public relations to work with different and marketing from the University of Waikato. indigenous-owned “I love communicating with people,” says Katherine, of Ngaati Maniapoto. “I want to know how organisations communicate with its stakeholders and with the College I have the opportunity to see how they communicate to their staff, tribal members and other entities.”

businesses to see how they operate and maintain their own traditional

Looking ahead, Katherine is keen to start her own communications consultancy business with the intent of working with different indigenous and cultural groups. “I would love to work with different indigenousowned businesses to see how they operate and maintain their own traditional beliefs, values and practises within a westernised business world.”

beliefs, values and

She says, “I’ve come across businesses that often She sees her internship as an only thrive in one aspect – practises” awesome opportunity that has business or culture – and allowed her to directly apply what she’s learnt lack in the other so my aim would be to assist at university and as she says, “put theory into these kinds of organisations in successfully practise.” operating and maintaining their business and culture equally.” So far Katherine has written articles The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and highlighting the College’s recent graduation Development has two other interns in their successes, which have been published in team. Hana-Te Kowhai Treadaway Ohia and various publications, and was also involved in Pita Shelford are also spending 10 weeks with the Waikato-Tainui Games. the College and are working on key projects.


Read the ad Make sure you read the job vacancy ad carefully. If there’s a position description available then check that out too. It’s important to determine what kind of employee the employer is looking for. Tailor your CV It’s important to tailor your CV for each job you’re applying for as you can highlight your key skills, experience and achievements relevant to the job. Also, look back at the ad and job description and reflect their words in your CV. Keep it concise, relevant and simple A CV should be kept between two and six pages so it’s important to keep your information concise, accurate and relevant to the job you’re applying for. Also use simple language and short sentences, and be positive and enthusiastic about your achievements. Employment history Include the jobs that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Make sure to also give a brief description of the role, its responsibilities and any goals you achieved. Place most emphasis on the skills the prospective employer is looking for.

The purpose of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is to get you an interview. It needs to clearly show what you can do and why you’re a good fit to an employer. There are many different ways to write and present a CV, but here are some general tips to help you out.

Education Your education and qualifications may not be directly related to the job you are applying for, but they’re still important achievements that any employer will want to see.So make sure to include any qualifications you may have gained too. Skills and strengths Emphasising your skills and strengths is vital to doing up your CV. A strength is something you’re naturally good at and a skill is something you gain with education and experience. Demonstrate how your skills and strengths will help you to do well in the job. Double check spelling and grammar Once you’ve completed your CV make sure to thoroughly check it for any spelling or grammatical errors and, if you can, give it to someone else to check over it too. A cover letter Most employers will expect a cover letter with your CV. A cover letter gives you the opportunity to get across your personality and ambition, and further highlights how your skills and experience suit the job you’re applying for. Keep it to one page in length.

Hamiora de Thierry (Harmz) lives and breathes his work. Not because he has to, but because he loves everything he does to support rangatahi to take a lead role in their personal development and help them realise their potential. Harmz (Ngaati Hine and Ngaati Naho) works for Te Ahurei a Rangatahi, a unique Maaori driven youth health service provider specifically for rangatahi. Based in Kirikiriroa, Te Ahurei aims to share relevant health information and messages with rangatahi so they can make better and informed decisions. He says, “The environment I was surrounded by growing up – poor family, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, identity issues and a crappy education – prompted me to get into this mahi because I wanted to help other rangatahi in some way. I guess it was like my calling from my tuupuna. Harmz got his first taste for this mahi from the Huntly Community Action Toward Youth and Drugs Project run through Te Ahurei. “I was roaming the streets of Raahui Pookeka and I got involved with their local waananga and rangatahi events,” he says. “That was around 2004 and I haven’t looked back.” Since then, Harmz has been involved in a number of rangatahi-based initiatives in Kirikiriroa.“My heart has been

in this mahi for nearly seven years – that’s how long I’ve been with Te Ahurei,” says Harmz. “If you compare my years with Te Ahurei to a university, I may not have an academic PhD, but I know how to rock with and for rangatahi.” To recognise his mahi with rangatahi, Harmz was awarded the Youth 4 Youth Award by the Hamilton Youth Council. “There are no words to explain seeing our rangatahi actualise their potential. When we get to implement or have a say in making positive changes in our community, it’s truly an honour to be front lining in this mahi. I really love it and I’m blessed to be a part of it. “I’m still overwhelmed when rangatahi come up three or four years later and tell you they now have a whare, a job, are in a stable relationship and they’re real happy – there are no words or money that can compare to that feeling.” His advice to rangatahi wanting to get involved in community work, Harmz says, “Look for initiatives or activities that connect and feed your passion. And try not to be shy because you are a unique being and have every right to be a part of your community – they too need your support and guidance.”

RANGATAHI KEEN TO WORK WITH IWI When asked about an ideal career, both Te Amorangi Heremaia-Flavell and Kendal Evitts immediately said a career working with and for the iwi is their dream job. Te Amorangi (Ngaati Te Ata), 16, has just completed a six week internship with the Waikato River Authority and was able to see the various projects they’re working on. “Getting work experience with the River Authority has helped me in realising what I want to do when I finish school.” She’s keen on a career in environmental law and intends to build on the achievements of her parents and tuupuna. “I really want to help and give back to the iwi,” says Te Amorangi, who’s in Year 13 at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. “I want to be a part of the change that keeps our iwi moving forward and make sure the legacy left to us by our tuupuna is looked after and continued.” Kendal (Ngati Te Wehi), who’s Year 12 at Ngaa Taiaatea, is

taking part in an internship with the Waikato Raupatu River Trust. “I’m interested in biology but I want to explore whether it’s something I want to pursue further so this internship will help me in making that decision. “I hope to learn from the River Team about the health of our river and look at different ways we can keep it clean and healthy for future generations,” says Kendal, 16. “I also want to learn more about the struggles we’ve faced as an iwi and the struggles that are still going on as I feel it’s important rangatahi understand these struggles as they are a part of who we are and our journey forward.” If you are keen on pursuing a career in resource management or have environmental interests in working with iwi, then get in touch with the Waikato Raupatu River Trust and have a chat about potential opportunities for secondments, internships or work experience. Email or call 0800 TAINUI today!



Open pike, closed pike, hurdle, double bounce, rip entry, somersault, square out, tuck, twist, balk, crow hop – what do all these words have in common? They’re all terms used in the sport of springboard and platform diving. Lily and Keeti Rawiri (Ngaati Amaru) are rangatahi who have been taking the New Zealand diving circuit by storm. The sisters have been involved in diving for only three years and in that short time they’ve competed at both national and international events.

Competing at an international level requires a lot of training which can be seen as pretty full on when you have to balance school commitments too. But Keeti says, “Our coach is really supportive and has shaped our hours of diving around our school to make sure we can make trainings. Currently we train six days a week and our sessions are between two to three hours.

“We were doing regular swimming classes and trainings at the local aquatic centre and saw kids diving from the boards and platform tower,” say the girls. “It looked like fun so we joined the try-dive “Our goal is to represent classes and then got asked to join the Wellington Diving Club.” New Zealand at the

“Our training programme is a mixture of water and land based training. Although we compete in the water, dry land training is to help with strength and flexibility. We also do a lot of running to keep us in shape and do hundreds of sit-ups and V-ups every week because we need to develop and maintain a very strong core,” explains Keeti.

Diving now plays an important part in Commonwealth Games both the girls’ lives and their dedication and commitment is evident with their and hopefully the winning medal tally. In 2013 alone the pair won four gold, nine silver and five bronze Olympics” medals at both national and international All their hard work and commitment is events. Keeti, 12, was also selected for all for a good cause as both girls agree, the New Zealand team to compete in the Asia Pacific Rim “Our goal is to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Invitational Championships. Games and hopefully the Olympics.” “Competitions are our favourite thing about diving,” says So their advice to rangatahi who are keen to give springboard Lily, 15. “Diving is a very competitive sport so you always get and platform diving a go, Lily says, “Anyone can dive. You a tough competition. And competitions are held all over the just have to be prepared to put in the hard work.” And Keeti world. Usually a big competition is never held in the same adds, “Just give it a go. It would be fantastic to see a lot more country or place more than once so you get the opportunity to Maaori in the sport of diving.” travel the world and experience different cultures.”


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