Whīkoi mo te Reo 2019 – Te Mātahi o Te Tau

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

Singing and music are essential to the learning development of the imaginations of our tamariki and their ability to express ideas in kupu, waiata, kanikani, and Te Reo. Waiata reaches the parts that other things can’t reach, waiata brings forth a response in the listener. On the brisk morning of Thursday 27th of June, the many listeners and shop owners on Rora Street in Te Kūiti heard the ringing and singing of tamariki and kōhungahunga who were once again, marching for Matariki and Te Reo Māori me onā katoa.

Another year, another march. Another year, another Matariki which signals the start of the Māori New Year. Whīkoi mo te Reo 2019 celebrated its 19th year running which is a celebration in its own right, a time of renewal to gather, reflect and plan. The planning of a bright future for our tamariki and for our reo here in Te Nehenehenui.

Clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. Te Kūititanga-o-te-whakaaro did not have a warm winter morning, but it did have committed whānau and tamariki who gathered and walked forward together. The united march and celebration which started from the Te Kūiti Shearing Statue gathered local Kohanga Reo, Primary Schools and Kura Kaupapa which included Te Iti a Rata, Piopio, Oparure and Te Kūiti Kohanga Reo, Benneydale School, Piopio Primary, Piopio College, Pukenui School, Hato Hohepa Catholic School, Aria School, Te Kura Rautau (Centennial Park School), and Mokau Primary.

The blend of kura auraki and reo-based kura provided a foundation for the whīkoi to encourage and support engagement, interaction, and diversity among all participants. Te Whīkoi mo Te Reo was established as an initiative to create awareness about Te Reo Māori and to support ākonga, kaiako and Kāhui Ako learning in and through Te Reo Māori o Maniapoto in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

With a firm eye on the future, the tamariki & kōhungahunga stood as the heart of the kaupapa as they embracaed themselves in waiata, pakiwaitara and kapa haka on stage at the Les Munro Centre.

Lastly, a presentation was made by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, te Rōpū Tautoko I te Mātauranga and Natasha Willison-Reardon on Ngā Tamariki o Rereahu, a new book series resource produced to further strengthen teaching and learning of Maniapoto tupuna and history, now and for generations to come.


this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Whīkoi mo Te Reo 2019 and look forward to seeing more kaupapa such as this in the near future.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.­

Turning to iwi knowledge and technology to manage flooding

“He pukenga wai, he pukenga tāngata – a flood of water, a flood of people”

Raiatea Barlow-Kameta (Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Hikairo),  who is studying a Master of Science in Physical Geography at Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui understands the impact we have on the taiao, and the taiao on us. Floods have caused havoc in our rapidly urbanising ao and our rural areas with high impact on vulnerable communities. Realising an opportunity, she has shouldered the responsibility to creating effective strategies using computer-generated simulation modelling for flood protection and management.

Doing an earth science project that would have meaningful impact was a priority for Raiatea. She identified Mirumiru marae as a focal point because it is situated particularly close to the water which highlights high risk of flooding, erosion and economic impact. Not only was it geographical reasons, but having a connection to her marae in Kawhia moana, Waipapa and Maniapoto iwi gave her the drive to focus and commit to a kaupapa that centered around current issues.

Completing her undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Geography and Geology degree, she took an interest in historic, geological contextual knowledge that talks about many aspects – how the earth was formed over millions of years, how the climate changes over millions of years, and comparing it to the current day which created an awareness around the impacts on the bigger picture, our future.

Concentrating on collecting data in Marokopa was crucial as it was data scarce. Raiatea proceeded to identify where the hazards had occurred by recording flow, evaporation rates, rainfall, and creating computer-generated flood models. However, it was only the beginning as social ground based data through interviews were captured to flesh out the understanding and iwi knowledge around where floods were located, how the catchment responds to flooding and various other matters. This connection between culture and science is pivotal in calibrating the model to determine where future flooding may occur.

Knowing where the hazards are and knowing how to manage our land better are the first steps. Combining the two gives beneficial direction for changing the land use so that we are able to mitigate those hazards. Managing flood risks involves complex tasks, though Raiatea’s passion and work is built on contributing to the overall well-being of the environment  land and the people.


this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Raiatea during her studies and look forward to seeing what her next steps are in the near future.

Maniapoto: Our Strategic Direction 2018-2023

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangamaha,
Tēnā koutou i raro ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

‘Our Strategic Direction 2019-2024′

Created by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board as a framework to support the advancement of Maniapoto tikanga, culture, vision and aspirations.

A 40 year development approach to consolidate, invest, future proof and develop Maniapoto global leaders. It identifies four key pou known as Maniapoto, Taiao, Tahua and Tangata from which our aspirations are derived.

Te Mana Whatu Ahuru

The fabric that weaves our iwi and hapū under leadership through generations past

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Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru Report released by Waitangi Tribunal

Today the Waitangi Tribunal released Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. The report addresses all claims relating to Crown actions within the Te Rohe Potae inquiry district after the Treaty of Waitangi signing in February, 1840.

The first two reports recommended that the Rangatiratanga of Te Rohe Pōtae Māori be enacted in legislation in a way that recognises and affirms their rights of autonomy and self-determination within their rohe, and imposes a positive obligation on the Crown to give effect to those rights.

The reports stated that for Ngāti Maniapoto or their mandated representatives, this will require legislation that recognises and affirms Te Ōhākī Tapu (agreement signed by Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha and the Crown in 1883-85), and imposes an obligation on the Crown and its agencies to give effect to the right to mana whakahaere.

The third report focusses on how to give effect to these matters by addressing land policy and legislation enforced by the Crown after 1900, and discusses the implications this had on Māori who expected to be able to exercise their mana whakahaere. Not only did these expectations reflect promises within the Treaty of Waitangi, but also within the Te Ohāki Tapu agreement.

The Waitangi Tribunal have identified numerous breaches relating to Crown land legislation, how it was applied within the rohe, and the actions carried out by various Crown agencies during this time. Consequently, the Tribunal have recommended that during treaty settlement negotiations, the Crown should discuss with Te Rohe Pōtae Māori, or their mandated settling group(s), a possible legislative mechanism
that will enable Te Rohe Pōtae iwi and hapū to administer their lands, either alongside the Māori Land Court and Te Tumu Paeroa (the Māori Trustee), or as separate entities.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) Chair, R. Tiwha Bell says MMTB are satisfied with the Tribunal’s findings and is confident that the recommendations provided to date can be applied under current negotiations with the Crown. “As the mandated body to represent Maniapoto in treaty settlement negotiations, the MMTB is fully focused in holding the Crown to account through the negotiations process. The Tribunal report is comprehensive and the evidence clearly sets out the deliberate actions of the Crown to disenfranchise our people from their lands. The report is timely and we will be re-engaging our negotiations with the Crown once the urgency tribunal process has ended.”

The first two parts were released in September 2018 and the fourth is due for release in September 2019.
More information on the Maniapoto Treaty Settlement can be found here and a link to Part Three of the report can be found here.