Maniapoto Wellness Centres and Mobile Unit activated

Koutou mā,
Following the above video kōrero from our Chair, Matua Tiwha, and CE, Bella, please see below details of Wellness Centres currently established within our rohe:

Maniapoto Whānau Ora Centre, 23 Taupiri Street, Te Kūiti (07 8783680)
Taumarunui Community Kōkiri Trust, 121 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui (07 895 5919)

These wellness centres will be providing flu vaccinations for all aged 65 and over or those immuno-compromised. For those aged 55 and over, flu vaccinations are also available if you have underlying health conditions (such as diabetes or asthma).
We strongly encourage all of our kuia and koroua to get vaccinated if possible.

A Maniapoto Mobile Unit has also be travelling through our rohe to reach those in smaller communities. Another two locations have been added. Details are as follows:

Wednesday 15th April


Tainui Wetere Domain


10am – 12.30pm

Pio Pio

Piopio Cosmopolitan Club Carpark,

42 Moa Street,

Pio Pio, 3912

1.45pm – 3.15pm

We hope to add a return visit to Taumarunui, details will be announced once confirmed.

If you have any further mobile unit enquiries please contact Kelly Tregoworth,
The service is free and only available for eligible whānau aged 55 and over.

If you know of kaumātua that may not be able to attend these locations on their own, please email us at or call us on 0800 668 285 and we will do our best to support them.
For those whānau living in the Waikato rohe, information on their mobile unit, Te Hiwa can be found via their FaceBook page: link

Here are some guidelines when heading to the Mobile Unit.
Firstly, you must meet the eligibility criteria to visit the Mobile Clinic, if not, please remain at home. Secondly, anyone with flu-like symptoms and any visitors who display such symptoms must also remain at home. If you are asked to leave for any of the above reasons, please do as requested. Furthermore, if you are eligible and do attend, it is critical when visiting the Mobile Clinic that we maintain physical distancing. Again, we want to make sure that everyone is safe, including you.
When driving into the Vaccination location:
• Please drive slowly and carefully
• Please observe entry and exit flows
• Please do not get out of your vehicle unless instructed by staff
• Please be patient and mindful of other whānau who are present and those carrying out the vaccinations
During your visit to the Vaccination location:
• It is critical when visiting the Mobile Clinic that we maintain physical distancing.
• Be patient and kind. The wait time could be long.
• Please bring water and snacks to keep nourished and hydrated during the wait.
• Our staff will be dressed in protective gear. Please don’t be alarmed as this is a precaution for your safety and theirs.
• You will be greeted at the location by trained medical professionals at your car who will ask you a number of questions and ask you to sign a consent form.
• You will then be vaccinated.
• After your vaccination you will be asked to repark in a waiting area. You will need to wait for about 10-20 minutes to allow the team to check to be sure there are no side effects.
• You must then return to your home.
• Physical Distancing during this time is very important, therefore we ask that you do not gather or visit other whānau in other cars or enter the location buildings.

Further updates will continue to be provided as they are made available.

Mā te wāhi ngaro tātou e manaaki, e tiaki i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

Hui ā-Tau Postponed

Hui a-Tau Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) have postponed the upcoming Hui ā-Tau (AGM) due to be held tomorrow, Saturday 14th March at Te Kūiti Pā.

MMTB Chair says that after the World Health Organisation officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the Board felt it was best to postpone the Hui ā-Tau.

“We are following the advice of the New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health to be vigilant and therefore do not want to put our people at risk. A further update will be provided on when the AGM will be held at a later date. Please ensure you and your whānau stay home if you’re feeling unwell and take care of ourselves.”

The latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19 can be found on the Ministry of Health website:


Mā te wāhi ngaro tātou e manaaki, e tiaki i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.


Keep up-to-date with our latest kaupapa by clicking on the following video:

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

Hui ā Tau guest panel to share their whakaaro on achieving future aspirations for our people


Ariana Paul

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Hoturoa te tangata, ko Te Rohe Pōtae te whenua, ko Manga-o-Kewa te awa, ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, ko Ngāti Rora te hapū ko Te Kūiti te Pā, ko te Tokanganui-a-noho te whare tupuna, ko Brian Jones tona matua tupuna.
Raised by her maternal grandparents in Waikato, Ariana’s passion has been to serve whānau Māori and communities across education, social services and health sectors.  Married to Tama Potaka (Ngāti Hauiti, Whanganui, Taranaki) they have 3 children, Tiaria, Te Awarua and Aorangi.
Ariana has worked for Māori organisations over the past 25 years in policy and audit, programme development, facilitation, educational delivery, iwi development and hauora. She also co-founded small businesses (Squiggle Ltd, Aka & Assoc Ltd) and a charitable trust (TriMāori).  She has led diverse teams over the years and more recently as a General Manager with an iwi organisation in Tāmaki Makaurau.
She was recently part of a team that transcribed and published two manuscripts, He Tuhi Mārei-kura the writing of her great-grandfather, Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Wiremu Hekipia (William Shakespeare).
Other achievements include: Recipient of Future Directors Programme, Certificate of Achievement – New Zealander of the Year Awards, Graduate of Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership Programme, Winner of the NZ Innovation Council Māori Business Innovation Award, Waikato Local Hero Award, Winner of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Awards (Massey University), Master in Business Administration (Curtin University, W. Australia), Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (University of Waikato) and Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Curtin University, W. Australia)

Leesah Murray
(nee Stockman)

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Te Paemate me Ngāti Waiora ōna hapū, ko Te Kūiti Pā, Mōkau Kohunui me Maniaroa ōna marae, He uri tēnei nō Waikato-Maniapoto.  Ko Kuia Geneva Tangihaere rāua ko Daniel Hingarakau Stockman ōna tūpuna. Ko Peter rāua ko Diane Stockman ōna mātua.
Leesah is in her second term on Te Kūiti Pā as a Trustee and Co-Chair, a role that brings her home often.  Additional to this she also serves as a Trustee on Radio Maniapoto (MFM) and holds other directorships. Leesah is married to Lance Murray (Ngāti Kurī) and together they have 3 tamariki.
Leesah currently works as the General Manager People and Culture for Tainui Group Holdings, the commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui.  Prior to this, Leesah spent 15 years at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in a variety of roles from corporate services, to health and safety management and strategic development roles. This included three years as Executive Director – Quality & Corporate Services.
Leesah also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with Distinction and has completed Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi. 

Wayne Panapa

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ngawaero, Te Kopua.
Married with 3 girls Maioha, Roimata, Tuirina, Wayne is currently based in Te Muriwai, Turanga nui a kiwa living with his wife’s iwi Ngai Tamanuihiri.
Chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience, Wayne is presently working as a Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Corporate Services at Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou.  He has also worked as a Divisional Finance Manager and Business Performance & Planning Analyst for WEL Networks and a Manager of Financial Planning and Performance Analysis for Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
We have a panel of exceptional and talented Maniapoto Uri who will join us at our Hui ā Tau to share their experiences from working in Post Settlement.  Join us at Te Kūiti Pā or on Livestream at 1pm.


Keep up-to-date with our latest kaupapa by clicking on the following video:

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”