Te Kupenga o Maniapoto Limited – Independent Directors

  • Iwi asset holding company
  • Commercial fisheries focus
  • Contribute to the future of Maniapoto


Ngāti Maniapoto is a vibrant pre-settlement iwi based on the west coast of the Central North Island. Te Kupenga o Maniapoto Limited (Te Kupenga) is the commercial entity and asset holding company that governs the current commercial assets of Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB).  As Maniapoto prepares for the finalisation of its settlement and the changes this will require, it is seeking to appoint three independent directors to the Te Kupenga board.

We are seeking candidates with broad commercial governance experience and knowledge in PSGE establishment including the transition process and financial structure and/or the fisheries and seafood industry.  A depth of experience to contribute around the board table during a time of transition, while holding true to the values and philosophy of Maniapoto is essential.

The board currently holds four meetings a year in Hamilton and these are paid positions.


“A muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake.”

For more information please contact Amy Tea at amy@amytea.co.nz.

To apply send your cover letter and CV to apply@amytea.co.nz.

Applications close Friday 6 November 2020.

Te Kawenata Awards 2020



The Kawenata Awards is a prestigious event that celebrates contribution and achievement across all sectors of Te Nehenehenui.  It is also the symbolic flagship of the 1904 Kawenata (Covenant) of Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha inaugurated at the Māhoenui residence of Te Rangituataka Tākerei on Friday 1st January 1904.

The awards are open to affiliates of Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha living locally and globally and all nationalities residing within the Te Nehenehenui region since the 1st of December of the previous awards event.

Are now open and close 5pm Sunday 8th November 2020.  All nominations will be assessed by a panel of judges and all finalists will be notified by email.

Award Categories
The five principle-based categories are Aroha, Whakapono, Ture, Māoritanga and Kotahitanga.  Within the 5 categories are 5 primary sections.


Nomination Form can be found here:  Click here


Aroha Awards
Defined by individuals who are regarded considerate and respectful.  These are individuals who contribute in meaningful ways and preserve dignity and integrity of oneself and others.  Individuals can be nominated in,
Security: Wardens, Mediation, Police
Hospitality: Wharekai, Catering, Accommodation
Community Services: Librarian, Museum, Information Centre
Early Childhood: Kōhanga, Early Learning Centre
Environment: Land, Ocean, Forest, Air

Whakapono Awards
Defined by individuals who are spirited and trustworthy.  These are individuals who see beyond the present time and devote time and energy unconditionally.  Individuals can be nominated in,
Research: Genealogy, History, Taonga Preservation & Restoration
Administration: Office, Tribal, Marae
Astronomy: Science, Matariki, Meteorological
Agriculture: Farming, Horticulture, Hydroponic
Sport: Physical Activity, Inclusive Activity, Traditional Sport, Recreation

Ture Awards
Defined by individuals who can collaborate and navigate.  These are individuals who generate relationships and remain honest and impartial always.  Individuals can be nominated in,
Industrial: Entrepreneur, Business, Management, Trade
Education: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Alternative
Politics: Tribal Governance, Local Governance, National Governance
Medical: General Practitioner, Hospital, Neurosurgeon, Plastic Surgery
Emergency Services: Ambulance, Fire, Police, Earthquake, Tsunami, Search & Rescue.

Māoritanga Awards
Defined by individuals who are dedicated practitioners in their field.   These are individuals who maintain traditional and contemporary principles and personify their practises endlessly.  Individuals can be nominated in,
Creative Arts: Raranga, Whakairo, Visual Arts, Photography
Ambassadorial: Te Reo, Tikanga, Legislation, Religious
Hunting & Game: Pig, Deer, Fishing
Oratory: Paepae, Event Presenters, School
Media / Journalism: Paper, Online, On-screen, On-air

Kotahitanga Awards
Defined by individuals who are inclusive and fair minded.   These are individuals who embrace all aspects of life and everything in it and consider the holistic wellbeing of the universe.  Individuals can be nominated in,
Events: Tribal, Urban, Rural
Performing Arts: Group or Individual, Hip hop, Kapa Haka, Band
Martial Arts: Army, Navy, Airforce, Whare Tūtauā
Transport: Railway, Air, Road, Oceanic
Tribal Service: King Movement, Minister, Events, Negotiation

Te Rangituataka Supreme Award
This is the highest award that recognises outstanding performance in leadership.  The successful recipient will be determined by a select group.


For more information please email us at awards@maniapoto.co.nz

Treaty Settlement Negotiations Hui – for the inclusion of Ngāti Rangatahi

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Rangatahi 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. As Ngāti Rangatahi were recognised by the Crown as a Large Natural Grouping and were pursuing a mandate to negotiate a Treaty settlement, Ngāti Rangatahi are not currently listed as a group in the MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”). With the Crown declining to proceed with a Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association mandate process, this matter now needs to be rectified.
MMTB will hold a voting hui to see whether Ngāti Rangatahi wants to be recognised in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named “shared group”. If Ngāti Rangatahi are named in the deed, additional Wai claims may be listed in the deed.
Ngāti Rangatahi claims will be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa within the defined Maniapoto area of interest. Ngāti Rangatahi claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa within the Maniapoto area of interest will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement. This means that some Rangatahi claims relating to lands in the southern part of Rangatahi’s area around Taumarunui, as well as claims relating to Te Reu Reu in the Rangitikei and in the Hutt Valley will not be included.

Hui Details

Morero Marae, 143 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui
10am Saturday, 10 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Rangatahi members (whether or not registered with Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (“MMTB”)) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Rangatahi 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 Rangatahi;
 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.
Ngāti Rangatahi members are also invited to file submission on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. 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 10 October 2020 and close 10 working days later (5pm, 23 October 2020).
The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.

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

The Ngāti Rangatahi 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.