Te Kūiti soup delivery kitchen for kaumātua

Te Aroa Pou (Ngāti Te Kanawa, Ngāti Peehi, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Uekaha ), and the Pou Haereiti/Wright whānau have become a beacon of love for their kaumātua community in Te Kūiti. This year in July, the whānau were deeply saddened by the departure of many ruruhi and koroheke during the cold winters that continue to affect elderly across Aotearoa. Naturally, winter comes with a sparkling chill that creates health issues, this prompted Te Aroa and his whānau to start a Māori soup delivery kitchen every Monday and Friday which begun on July the 11th.

To get the initiative started, Te Aroa and his whānau gathered together to wānanga ways in which they could best achieve this project. Serving warm meals to kaumātua was the aim and the whānau mustered enough money out of their own pockets to put kai on the table for over 50 ruruhi and koroheke. It was agreed that they achieve their objectives as a collective whānau, independent and accountable to no one but themselves instead of depending on well-wishers to support their project.

For that reason, every Monday and Friday from July the 11th to September the 21st, the excited and enthusiastic whānau, which included rangatahi, would drive the streets of Te Kūiti, delivering soups that ranged from pumpkin to potato & leek, and vegetable soup to mussel chowder. With the last delivery of the year, the kaumātua received a special order of deliciously fresh, out of the ground Hangi, each complimented with homemade fried bread and steamed pudding.

This whānau has shown a true act of kindness that embodies the values of Maniapototanga. The manaakitanga and aroha has given absolute joy to the kaumātua whose smiles made all the effort worthwhile.


Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and the wider community recognise and send through the best of wishes to Te Aroa Pou and the Pou Haereiti/Wright whānau.

We would also like to make acknowledgments to the Brown Whānau, Atutahi Whānau, Wehi Whānau, Holland Whānau, Hinerangi Eketone, Kama Taylor, and Tramaine Murray who supported this amazing journey.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

Maniapoto and the Crown agree to a deferred timeline for Deed of Settlement

Ko te wehi ki a Ihowa te timatanga o te whakaaro nui. Ka nui te aroha ki te hunga kua tiraha, moe mai ra koutou moe mai ra. E raurangatira ma, e te iwi nui tonu o Ngati Maniapoto me o tatou karanga maha, tena koutou katoa. He karanga tenei ki te iwi nui tonu kia huihui mai tatou ki te wananga i a tatou kaupapa kawe i nga kereme ki te aroaro o te karauna no reira nau mai, haere mai.

As you will recall, in December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) received the mandate to represent Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress was made with the signing of the Agreement in Principle with the Crown in August 2017. We are now at a phase of initialling a deed of settlement and looking into the future of Maniapoto once a settlement is reached. The Crown has recently informed MMTB that the timeframes to initialling of a deed of settlement are now extended beyond the original completion date of December 2018. If work continues to progress at a steady pace however between the Maniapoto negotiators and the Crown, we expect that the deed of settlement can be initialled in the first quarter of 2019.

“Our team have made considerable progress in negotiations with the Crown to get the best outcome possible for Maniapoto me ona hapū maha. A key focus of the team has been to take an inclusive approach with our people to ensure everyone has had an opportunity to provide feedback and have a say. We are now dealing with substantive issues that require more time for us to reach a Deed of Settlement that we can then bring back to the people. We are committed to continue moving forward, strengthen the capability of our people and lead ourselves in the journey ahead” says MMTB Chairman, Tiwha Bell.

Engagement and further updates will continue to be provided to the iwi.
You can find more information and detail about what has been achieved to date by clicking here

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

“Haramai tiki kapakapa, haramai tiki ngāherehere ki te pae o Tāne whakapiripiri”

Maximising the relationship between whānau, hapū and marae are at the forefront of Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival. The participation within the iwi is not defined by the competition and kapa haka. Instead the cultural festival is designed to create an environment that has learning as a primary focus which fosters collaboration between whānau and the expertise of individual hapū, marae, and kura.

Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival is an example of revitalising and retaining the language, stories, songs and history of Maniapoto. This is evident through the display of aggregate categories that contain Karanga, Mōteatea, Haka Pōwhiri, and Whāikōrero which includes the newly added tauparapara/whakaaraara.


Another refreshing aspect was the long line of vastly experienced judges who included new additions such as Niketi Toataua, Tupoutahi Winitana, Trent Marsh, Kiri Muntz, Rangitepo Whatarangi-Cassidy, Te Awarahi Whanga, Teiria Davis, Wikitoria Rakuraku and Manawanui Mihaere. With the talented judges ready at sunrise, they took their chance and gave an inviting performance at the beginning of the day instead of the routine prize giving waiata.

Maniapoto values were demonstrated throughout the day with aroha, manaakitanga, and kotahitanga. Rangatahi fundraised for the purposes of travelling to Australia to  increase their indigenous mātauranga and experience later in the year. Another was the supportive atmosphere which saw our elder’s incredible ability to give all their attention to those who took to the stage.

A remarkable day to say the least as the festival revealed new back-drops that represented this year’s theme of Hiaroa, our tupuna who possessed the manu mauri. This was made possible with the efforts of MFM and kapa haka roopu in the karanga pakeke category who gave expressive and invigorating speeches about topical issues and identity.

However, competitions will always remain competitive no matter what iwi you go to, and this year Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki te Tonga were announced as 1st place in the karanga pakeke category, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto won the karanga rangatahi, and Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki) won the karanga tamariki.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is excited to see the new theme for next year which will relate to Te Ara o Tūrongo. The top results can be viewed below.


Karanga Rangatahi

1st place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Mātāmua)


Karanga Tamariki

1st Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki)

2nd Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Kura Rautau

3rd Plaace = Te Kura Tuatahi o Aaria


Karanga Pakeke

1st Place = Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki Te Tonga

2nd Place = Te Kapa Haka o Ngā Pua o te Kōwhara

3rd Place = Maniapoto ki Tamaki

Waiwaia 2018

Ko ngā rau paenga o Waiwaia

Waiwaia, the Maniapoto Secondary School Festival that has been entertaining the iwi for over 30 years has come and gone once more. Taking place annually at different venues, the festival was in high spirits as numerous secondary schools gathered to Ōtorohanga College to come together, perform kapa haka and develop their identity under the shelter of Te Rohe Pōtae.

Once the pōwhiri concluded, the cultural festival saw secondary schools which included Ōtorohanga College, Piopio College, Te Kūiti High School and Te Wharekura o Maniapoto make their presence known on the papa tūwaewae. This year also saw the debut of Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha, a kura which started as a rūmaki in 2009 and received wharekura status in 2011.


Ōtorohanga received the mauri from Piopio College, and this year the mauri was passed on to Te Wharekura o Maniapoto. Building relationships between inter-regional secondary schools is what this eventful festival fosters. With the competition card off the table, the festival encourages the rekindling of traditional pūrākau, haka, and waiata with Waiwaia at the forefront of the kaupapa.

Waiwaia, refers to the tōtara tree that once resided near the headwaters of Waipa river, however, it was sent down into the earth and water, thus transforming into a taniwha. The taniwha is still seen in the waters of Waipa today, as it floats and drifts along the mighty river, it is now known to be a taniwha of Ngāti Maniapoto.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board are proud of the success of this festival and will strive to continue the support that is provided to these types of events.

Te Nehenehenui Festival reaches 5-year celebration

Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival will be celebrating its 5th anniversary this Saturday where various Maniapoto hapū and rōpū will be performing traditional whakaaraara, mōteatea, haka pōwhiri and newly composed contemporary waiata.

The iwi festival, which is held annually, challenges the uri whakatupu of Te Nehenehenui to engage and return to their home within Te Rohe Pōtae. These uri are encouraged to participate in the revival of their reo, the revival of their aronga ā-iwi, and the revival of their identity, their Maniapototanga.

With its inaugural celebration and its second festival being held in Te Piopiotanga o Te Rīwai, Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival will stand in Te Kūiti for the 3rd time since its inception. The competition is split into four categories:

• Karanga Ngahau (Curtain Raiser): Age 0-12 years

• Karanga Tamariki (Junior): Age 0-12 years

• Karanga Rangatahi (Intermediate): Age 0-18 years

• Karanga Pakeke (Senior): Open entry

In 2016, a proposed addition was laid by Rahui Papa to introduce the ‘Whakaaraara’ into the whaikōrero aspect of the competition. The proposed idea has now been heeded and for the first time it will be introduced and judged for those participating in the ‘Karanga Pakeke’ section.

With the newly invigorated ideas solidifying itself within the festival, it is clear to see that traditional songs, pūrakau, and Maniapoto identity is being ensured through the waka that is kapa haka. This all comes to fruition from the continuous support of the iwi, hapū, marae and whānau to incorporate creative and innovative ways of revitalising our taonga tuku iho.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board continue its excitement to support this event as it flourishes every year.

To delve deeper into the history of the Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival watch the video below.