18/19 – Abbey Huriwai

Abbey Huriwai (Ngāti Rōrā, Ngāti Kinohaku) has completed her first year of studies towards a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Environmental Science and Ecology and Biodiversity at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Taking interest in environmental sustainability and the damaging impacts facing our taiao, Abbey would like to use her knowledge to assist in improving Maniapoto waterways and native habitat throughout Aotearoa.

“Last year I took part in a project for change within NZ single-use plastic waste, myself and friends/students challenged Mc Donald’s to adopt a “straw on request policy” nationwide. By October 2018 Mc Donald’s announced they would transition to this policy. I learned skills on how to interest large volumes of people via social media and engagement of youth which would be beneficial for community projects ” says Abbey.

18/19 – Tanirau Manwaiti

Tanirau Manawaiti (Ngāti Rōrā), 2018-19 Graymont (NZ) Limited Scholarship ($1000) recipient, has just completed his first year of study towards a Bachelor of Technology (Environmental Technology) at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology). Tanirau has always believed that it is important that whānau and the community are involved and should look to take up Applied Science to achieve increased positive outcomes for Ngāti Maniapoto in the area that associates to kaitiakitanga and the taiao.

“I believe that we must get things right in our own backyard first, then success may breed success as positive outcomes can be shared after thorough and tested application locally.” states Tanirau.

18/19 – Amai Tahu

Amai Tahu (Ngāti Paretekawa, Ngāti Waiora, Ngāti Rahurahu) has completed his first year of studies towards He Korowai Akonga: Bachelor of Education (Primary Educaation ) Level 5 program at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The Te Kūiti Primary School Haka Teacher has a passion for contributing to and empowering our tamariki through Māori performing arts teaching systems that build the capability of the next generation in Maniapoto values of manaakitanga,
kotahitanga, and aroha.

“Me whakaatuhia ai taku ao, me rongorongo katoatia ai te iwi i aku tōmina, taku kaha ki te manaaki te whakatupuranga mai a ngā tamariki mokopuna kei ngā mahi a Tāne Rore, a Hine Rēhia, ko te ao a Rēhua. Me mōhio ake, ko rātou ngā kākā tarahae o āpōpō, mei kore ko rātou, e kore rawa ahau.’ says Amai.

18/19 – Te Ārita o Ringahora Allen

Te Ārita o Ringahora Allen (Ngāti Apakura), a product of Māori tertiary education systems such as Ngā Taiātea Wharekura, has continued to explore her cultural identity through her studies with He Korowai Akonga: Degree in Teaching Primary Level 7 (Year 1) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Identifying education as a major access point for all ages, Te Ārita believes that education allows people of all ages, particularly in Maniapoto to seek and gain skills that are needed to excel and gain a greater sense of self and to prosper as Ngāti Maniapoto whānui.

“Our cultural heritage is the biggest foundation on how we as Māori, actively participate within the community and integrating our values with others to better live for ourselves and our people” says Te Ārita.

17/18 – Nukutaiāwhiorangi Waipoua-Bryers

Nukutaiāwhiorangi Waipoua-Bryers(Ngāti Paretapoto, Rereahu) has completed his first year of studies towards a Bachelor of Science (Technology) majoring in Environmental Science and Māori & Indigenous Studies at The University of Waikato. Walking within the science world whilst firmly upholding the importance of mātauranga Māori is crucial for Nukutaiāwhiorangi in this changing world.

“For me, being tangata whenua is part of my cultural identity which connects me as a kaitiaki of my whenua Māori. To maintain the integrity of our whenua and uphold the mana motuhake of our tupuna is my ultimate goal” says Nukutaiāwhiorangi

17/18 – Joanna Nelson

Joanna Nelson (Ngāti Ngutu), 2017-18 Graymont (NZ) Limited Scholarship ($1000) recipient, has just completed her first year of study towards a Bachelor of Environmental and Society (BES) majoring in Water Management at Lincoln University. Joanna has always had a connection with the Taio, consequently, she first established her connection to Maniapoto during the Maahinaarangi me Tuurongo Rangatahi symposium.

“My time with Waikato had enabled me to attend various hui for the West Coast Harbour Claims and I believe there will be much work needed in these areas which I hope to contribute my knowledge gained from our past leaders and university. I chose to study Environment and Society with a Major in Water Management at Lincoln, because I felt that this degree was something that suited my three passion being people, our environment and our waters.” states Joanna.

17/18 – Māria PuTamainu

Māria PuTamainu (Ngāti Rora) has completed her first year of studies towards a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) program at the New Zealand Tertiary College. The Te Pukeiti Early Childhood Centre (TPECC) Kaikao has a passion for empowering tamariki through interactive teaching systems that focus on supporting the longterm educational aspirations of the next generation.

“I will work in the best interests of our tamariki by affirming Māori learners as tangata whenua and supporting their educational aspirations. I will respect the tamariki and their familial cultural beliefs, which helps build positive, reciprocal relationships.” says Māria

17/18 – Paige Tuheke

This year, MMTB was privileged to be able to provide two Sister Grace Scholarships. These scholarships are each worth a total of $5000 and offered to students studying within the field of education studies at an undergraduate tertiary level.

Paige Tuheke (Ngāti Kinohaku), recently returned to Aotearoa from Australia to continue her studies with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. As a past student of Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Paige recognises the key importance of incorporating our Maniapototanga into the everyday teachings and educational curriculum.

“I was very fortunate to be one of the very first tauira of the kura (Te Wharekura o Maniapoto) and from these experiences I gained enough skills, knowledge, and education to help decide what career path I wanted to take, this is when I decided that I would follow my heart and look into teaching” says Paige.

TREATY SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS HUI – for the definition of Ngāti Hikairo as a “shared group”

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Hikairo kia haere mai ki te tautoko i tēnei mahi ki te whakatau i ngā kerēme i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) currently holds a mandate to represent Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. That includes those Ngāti Hikairo with Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa.
Ngāti Hikairo claims will therefore be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa. Ngati Hikairo claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement.
The MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”) records that Maniapoto recognises Ngāti Hikairo as a distinct shared group within the Rohe Pōtae with whakapapa connections to Maniapoto.

Inclusion of Ngāti Hikairo in the Maniapoto claimant definition as a group is intended to appropriately recognise links between the groups, if that is what Ngati Hikairo want. (Ngāti Hikairo claims that arise through Ngati Maniapoto whakapapa will still be settled in the Maniapoto settlement, the issue is whether Ngati Hikairo wish to be referred to as a shared group or not).
MMTB will hold two voting hui and invite submissions to see whether Ngāti Hikairo want to be listed in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named ’shared group’.

Hui Details

1. Mōkai Kainga Marae, 111 Aotea Rd, Kāwhia
10am Saturday, 26 September 2020
2. Kāwhia Hall, Jervois St, Kāwhia
10am Sunday, 4 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Hikairo members (whether or not registered with MMTB) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Hikairo be recorded as a descent group of Maniapoto (‘shared group’ with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the claimant definition for the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.

Those eligible to vote at the hui are those who:
 Affiliate to Ngāti Hikairo;
 Are 18 years or older at the date of the hui or filing of a submission.

Voting will be by show of hands. There will be no proxy votes. Crown observers will be present at the voting hui.
Iwi members (those who currently fall or will fall within the claimant definition for settlement negotiations purposes) are also invited to file submissions on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. Those submissions can be filed with MMTB, tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz or Te Arawhiti, Submissions@tearawhiti.govt.nz or by post to Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, PO Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 26 September 2020 and close 10 working days after the last hui (5pm, 16 October 2020).
The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.

The agenda for each hui will be as follows:
 Mihi Whakatau / Karakia
 Mandate presentation by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Negotiator
 Update on Treaty Settlements to date
 Question and answer time
 Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
 Karakia Whakamutunga

The Ngāti Hikairo Information Sheet can be viewed here.

The presentation that will be provided for these hui can be viewed here. 

If you require any further information in relation to the above hui, please contact the Treaty team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz.
Please note that the health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority. Therefore, this hui will only proceed if New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or below. Notification will be provided ASAP should these hui be postponed to a later date.

TREATY SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS HUI – for the definition of Ngāti Apakura as a “shared group”

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Apakura kia haere mai ki te tautoko i tēnei mahi ki te whakatau i ngā kerēme i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) currently holds a mandate to represent Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. That includes those Ngāti Apakura with Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa.
Ngāti Apakura claims will therefore be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa. Ngati Apakura claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement.
The MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”) records that Maniapoto recognises Ngāti Apakura as a distinct shared group within the Rohe Pōtae with whakapapa connections to Maniapoto.
Inclusion of Ngāti Apakura in the Maniapoto claimant definition as a group is intended to appropriately recognise links between the groups, if that is what Ngāti Apakura want. (Ngāti Apakura claims that arise through Ngati Maniapoto whakapapa will still be settled in the Maniapoto settlement, the issue is whether Ngati Apakura wish to be referred to as a shared group or not).

MMTB will hold two voting hui and invite submissions to see whether Ngāti Apakura want to be listed in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named ’shared group’.

Hui Details
1. Pūrekireki Marae, 408-124, State Highway 39, Pirongia
3pm Saturday, 26 September 2020
2. Mōtiti Marae, Mangatea Rd, Te Kuiti
3pm Sunday, 4 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Apakura members (whether or not registered with MMTB) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Apakura be recorded as a descent group of Maniapoto (‘shared group’ with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the claimant definition for Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.

Those eligible to vote at the hui are those who:
 Affiliate to Ngāti Apakura;
 Are 18 years or older at the date of the hui or filing of a submission.

Voting will be by show of hands. There will be no proxy votes. Crown observers will be present at the voting hui.
Iwi members (those who currently fall or will fall within the claimant definition for settlement negotiations purposes) are also invited to file submissions on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. Those submissions can be filed with MMTB, tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz or Te Arawhiti, Submissions@tearawhiti.govt.nz or by post to Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, PO Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 26 September 2020 and close 10 working days after the last hui (5pm, 16 October 2020).

The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.
The agenda for each hui will be as follows:
 Mihi Whakatau / Karakia
 Mandate presentation by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Negotiator
 Update on Treaty Settlements to date
 Question and answer time
 Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
 Karakia Whakamutunga

The Ngāti Apakura Information Sheet can be viewed here. 

The presentation that will be provided for these hui can be viewed here

If you require any further information in relation to the above hui, please contact the Treaty team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz.

Please note that the health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority. Therefore, this hui will only proceed if New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or below. Notification will be provided ASAP should these hui be postponed to a later date.