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Ratification of Deed of Settlement and Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE)

In December 2020, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) initialled a Deed of Settlement (DOS) with the Crown with respect to the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Maniapoto.
Following many consultative hui over the past five years, MMTB are now seeking for all those aged 18 and over who whakapapa to Maniapoto tupuna to vote on three key matters by way of resolutions. These are:

Resolution 1I approve the Ngāti Maniapoto Deed of Settlement and authorise the signing of the Deed of Settlement by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board on behalf of Ngāti Maniapoto.

Resolution 2 – I approve Te Nehenehenui as the Post Settlement Governance Entity to receive, hold and manage the Treaty of Waitangi historical settlement redress on behalf of Ngāti Maniapoto.

Resolution 3I agree to ratify the constitutional documents of Te Nehenehenui, for the purposes of the Māori Fisheries Act 2004 and the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 and agree it should replace the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board as the Ngāti Maniapoto Mandated Iwi Organisation and Iwi Aquaculture Organisation for the purposes of those Acts.

Fifteen ratification hui (listed below) have been scheduled where information on the Deed of Settlement (DOS), Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) and Mandated Iwi Organisation and Iwi Aquaculture Organisation (MIO/IAO) transfer will be provided. Some of these hui will be livestreamed for those that are unable to attend in person. All whānau are invited to come along and learn about the proposed settlement package offered by the Crown and to learn about the structure, role and responsibilities of the proposed PSGE, and the MIO/IAO transfer. Attendees will have the opportunity to register and vote on the DOS, the PSGE and the MIO/IAO transfer proposals.


Te Wā me Te Rā

5:30pm, Monday, 12th July 2021
Te Kūiti – Te Kūiti Pā, Awakino Road

5:30pm, Tuesday, 13th July 2021

Taumarunui – Central Park Motor Inn & Conference Centre, 7 Maata Street


5:30pm, Wednesday, 14th July 2021
Piopio* – Mōkau Kohunui, 20 Moa Street


10am, Saturday, 17th July 2021
Maniaiti – Te Hape Marae, 1038 State Highway 30, Benneydale


3pm, Saturday, 17th July 2021
Ōtorohanga* – Rereamanu Marae, 465 Te Kūiti Road


10am, Sunday, 18th July 2021
Hamilton* – Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, The University of Waikato, Gate 2B, Knighton Road


3:30pm, Sunday, 18th July 2021
Kāwhia – Mōkai Kāinga Marae, 11 Aotea Road


6pm, Tuesday, 20th July 2021
Wellington – Pipitea Marae & Function Centre, 55-59 Thorndon Quay


6pm, Wednesday, 21st July 2021
Nelson – Beachside Conference and Event Centre, 70 Beach Road, Tāhunanui


6pm, Thursday, 22nd July 2021
Christchurch – Ōtautahi Sports Association, 485 Tuam Street, Phillips Town


6pm, Tuesday, 27th July 2021
Auckland* – Te Puea Marae, 41 Miro Road, Māngere Bridge


6pm, Wednesday, 28th July 2021
Napier – The Crown Hotel, Corner Bridge Street & Hardinage Road, Ahuriri


6pm, Thursday, 29th July 2021
Palmerston North – Distinction Hotel, 175 Cuba Street


6pm, Tuesday, 3rd August 2021
Rotorua* – Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron Street, Whakarewarewa


Saturday, 7th August 2021
Gold Coast – TBC

*These hui will be live streamed

The voting period commences at 12pm on Monday 5th July 2021 and closes at 12pm on Monday 16th August 2021.


Voting Arrangements

All iwi members who are registered with MMTB, and are 18 years and over with a current mailing address, will be sent a voting pack on Monday 5th July. The pack includes a ratification information booklet, voting form, return envelope and hui details card. Votes can be submitted in person at the ratification hui, by post (in the freepost envelope enclosed in the ratification information pack), or online at www.maniapoto.iwi.nz


Special Votes

If you are not registered you can still vote by way of special vote using a special voting pack. You will need to complete a registration or verification form (which verifies your whakapapa and eligibility to vote). Special votes can be cast at any of the ratification information hui or by contacting the independent election company (Electionz at iro@electionz.com). For your special vote to be counted, your registration or verification must be confirmed. You will not need to register on the MMTB Tribal Register to cast a special vote but you will be required to fill in a whakapapa verification form to vote.

Whānau who are eligible to vote are those who descend from a Maniapoto tupuna such as Rereahu and his children, or Hiaroa or Rakataura and either turn 18 years old on or before the voting closing date.

A full copy of the DOS and the PSGE Trust Deed will be made available at www.maniapoto.iwi.nz prior to voting opening.

For voting enquiries please call the Electionz helpline on 0800 666 045 or email iro@electionz.com

For DOS and PSGE enquiries, please email us at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz

Marae renovations proving successful

26 May 2021

Marae renovations have been well underway since January of this year, with a number of marae near completion of all renovation work. There are 20 marae across the rohe that have received funding to help create jobs and support local businesses respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. 14 of these marae have clustered together with the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB), supported by funding managed by the Provincial Development Unit.

10 marae are underway, with the remaining four to commence over the coming months.

MMTB Chair Keith Ikin says that one of the key priorities for MMTB and whānau of the marae, is to ensure they provide employment opportunities as well as skills and training opportunities for the people.

“We have advocated for 22 whānau members to attend a Work Readiness Wānanga, partnering with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. This 5 day course introduces participants to first aid, health and safety, use of power tools, and shared information from a number of industry specific agencies covering workplace aspects such as driver licensing and people management” says Keith.
Taarewaanga Marae Chairperson, Tom Roa, is thrilled to see how the hard work and commitment of all involved has benefitted whānau and rangatahi seeking employment.

“The work under way not only will increase the capacity for us to provide a first-class facility for our hapū and wider community, but also has a profound effect on the immediate and future prospects of employment for seven of our whānau, hapū members, and has also provided a further opportunity for a number of our pākeke/kaumātua to be on hand to help supervise and mentor these young people.”

Work Readiness participant, Te Korae Magner is proud to be able to support his whānau through the kind of work he really enjoys.
“I’m learning heaps after going into a job and can start to think about an actual career. Understanding how big this actually is for our marae and our people, I take a bit of pride knowing the small hand I have in that.”

To date, it is estimated a total of 133 people are working on these renovations across the Maniapoto rohe. A majority of those whānau who completed the Work Readiness Wānanga have now been redeployed into marae renovation work.

Given current timeframes, MMTB estimate a completion date of all marae renovations by the end of this year.

MMTB – Support Hub Administrator

Busy and Rewarding Role
Small Close-Knit Team
Te Kūiti Based

Are you a self-motivated administrator with a positive can-do attitude? Do you want to be part of a supportive and high performing administration team? Do you share our aspirations for a vibrant Maniapoto Iwi? If you answered yes to all of the above, then you’re the superstar administrator we’re looking for.

Based in Te Kūiti, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is the recognised Iwi Authority for Ngāti Maniapoto and corporate trustee of the Maniapoto Fisheries Trust.  Ngāti Maniapoto consists of 35,353 (Census, 2013) tribal members, numerous hapū, marae and papakainga.

We are looking for a superstar administrator to join our organisation, where you will work with a small close-knit team in this busy and rewarding role. The Administration Hub provides high quality administrative and secretarial services to support our business activities. This role is one of two Hub Administrators, reporting to the Executive Assistant to the CEO.

The Hub Administrator is responsible for:

  • Being the first point of contact by phone, and to visitors at our office
  • Coordinating general business and administration processes such as mail, courier services, and photocopying
  • Managing office resources such as the procurement of stationary
  • Managing and monitoring office facilities and vehicles, coordinating repairs and maintenance as required
  • Managing and maintaining the organisation’s records management system
  • Supporting and coordinating event planning and catering requirements
  • Assisting with the formatting, preparation and presentation of documents including the preparation of meeting packs and minute taking as required
  • Working collaboratively across the administration hub to assist with the allocation of workload and support when required


Key attributes sought to be successful in this role:

  • Strong customer service with at least two year’s administration experience
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong and lasting relationships
  • Ability to manage multiple demands and prioritise tasks
  • Results focused with the ability to ‘finish’ tasks
  • Competent computer skills; particularly in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Teams would be an advantage
  • Good knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori
  • Ability to effectively work with whānau, hapū, iwi and internal/external stakeholders in an efficient yet culturally sensitive and appropriate manner


If this role looks like it was written for you, then we’d love to hear why you’re the superstar administrator we’ve been looking for.

Alongside your current CV, please forward a cover letter telling us why you’re our new superstar administrator, and what has motivated you to apply, to Aby Adams, aby@maniapoto.co.nz. Applications close 5pm, Friday 9th April 2021.

Notice to Beneficiaries Inviting Nominations and Applications for Inclusion on the Roll of Beneficiaries

E te iwi,
Nominations and applications for upcoming Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Triennial Elections are now OPEN.
If you’re interested in becoming a trustee or for more information, please see below details.

Pursuant to Section 46 of the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955, the Board hereby calls for nominations for the election of SIX (6) members of the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board. The Board also calls upon such of its beneficiaries as have not already enrolled, being persons 18 years and over, to apply to be included on the Board’s Roll of Beneficiaries.


Nominations and applications for enrolment open on Wednesday 10 March 2021, and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 7 April 2021. Nomination and enrolment forms can be obtained by phoning the election helpline on 0800 666 045, or from the Trust office, 49 Taupiri St, Te Kuiti, Ph 07 878 6234 or 0800 668 285.


A candidate must submit a candidate profile statement with their nomination form for sending out with the voting papers to beneficiaries. The nomination form must be signed by at least five beneficiaries who are entitled to vote in the election and witnessed by one or more adult persons. A candidate may at any time withdraw their nomination by notice in writing to the Board.


An election will be held by postal and internet vote if the number of valid nominations received by the closing date for nominations exceeds the number of members required to be elected. The voting period will be from Friday 23 April to Friday 21 May 2021.


The Tribal Register will close on 7 April 2021 for Voting / Electoral process.  If you are not registered and verified on the Tribal Register at this time, you will be ineligible to vote in the 2021 MMTB Elections.  Please ring the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board offices now

(ph: 0800 668 285 or (07) 878 6234) to check to see if you are registered.



Dated at Te Kuiti this 10th day of March 2021.


Anthony Morton

Returning Officer – Maniapoto Māori Trust Board

Ph 0800 666 045 – iro@electionz.com


Hui Ā Tau 2021 – Agenda

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board & Maniapoto Fisheries Trust

HUI Ā TAU 2021


E ngā kaumātua, e ngā rangatira, e ngā taitamariki, nau mai, huia mai rā!
Hui te kura nui! Hui te kura roa! Hui ē, tāiki ē!


Te Rā:               Saturday 20th March 2021

Kei:                    NEW VENUE – Les Munro Centre, 8 King Street East, Te Kūiti

Whakatau:     10.00am

Tīmata:            10.30am – Karakia / Mihimihi / Housekeeping / Hui protocols / Apologies



10.35am          2020 MMTB/MFT Hui a Tau Minutes

10.40am         2019/20 MMTB & MFT Annual Report

                        2020/21 Annual plan and budget

11.15am           TKoM Chair’s Report

11.30am          Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Group Consolidated Financial Statements.

                              – Q&A for above reports

12.00                Te Rautaki Reo update

12.30pm          Kai a te ranui

1.15pm              2021 Trustees Triennial Election Update

1.30pm            Maniapoto Treaty Settlement Update

                                – Q&A

3.00pm            Whakakapi


Nau mai haere mai tātou katoa!


MMTB Group Annual report 2019-2020

Hui Ā Tau 2020 Minutes – View here


All enquiries to: Helen Turner

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board

P O Box 36, Te Kuiti

Phone: 07 878 6234 or Freephone 0800 66 8285

Fax: 07 878 6409

Email: helen@maniapoto.co.nz


Are you registered on the Maniapoto Tribal Register? Update your Tribal Register information by calling 0800 668 or email tribalregister@maniapoto.co.nz


Maniapoto Marae renovations underway

Marae renovations are now in progress, supported by funding managed by the Provincial Development Unit. There are 15 marae across the rohe that have received funding to help create jobs and support local businesses respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. 14 of these marae have clustered together with the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB).
“Although the application review process took longer than expected, we are very excited to be able to support our people in renovating their marae, some of which are long overdue” says MMTB Chair, Keith Ikin.

MMTB and the clustered marae received over $4 million in total, with an expectancy of creating 65 jobs to complete the work required. All renovations are required to be completed by December this year.

“Not only will this benefit our whānau and marae, but the local community too, through wages and into local businesses supplying building materials and fittings. One of the key priorities for MMTB and whānau of the marae, is to ensure we provide employment opportunities as well as skills and training opportunities for our people. This ranges from trade training, to financial literacy and budgeting, health and safety, people management and development.”
Mōkau Kohunui Marae trustee, Kristen Pari, is excited for the year ahead.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to not only renovate our marae but to support our whānau with employment and a chance to reconnect with their marae.”

Mr Ikin believes it’s important to ensure marae facilities can cater to the requirements of our communities. “Marae are often the focal point for our people, reflecting our culture, identity and mātauranga.”

MMTB Group Annual report 2019-2020

MMTB Group Annual report 2019-20 is now available.

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Kawenata Awards 2020 – Celebrating contribution and achievement

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.

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

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.

Ture Awards – Defined by individuals who can collaborate and navigate. These are individuals who generate relationships and remain honest and impartial always.

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.

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.

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.

Project Co-ordinator, Doug Ruki, says that like the Kawenata which was established to unite our people, the Awards is about coming together to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our people across the community.

“Kotahitanga or unity should always be the primary principle or reason for everything that we do, kotahitanga is the key to prosperity,” says Mr Ruki.
The finalist for the 2020 Kawenata awards are:

Aroha Finalist – Section
Steve Rickards – Security
Andy Connors – Security
Te Waina Pou – Early Learning
Leeann Wi – Early Learning
Malia Hehea – Hospitality
Michelle Wi – Environment

Whakapono Finalist – Section
Graeme Plenderleith – Sport
Lesley Elder (nee Katu) – Sport
Pūnui River Care – Agriculture
Kym Tangihaere – Astronomy
Gemma Wright – research
George Te Ruki – Administration

Ture Finalist – Section
Andy Connors – Emergency
Graham Wilshier – Industrial
Wayne Mulligan – Industrial
Laurel Hodgson – Medical
Natasha Willison-Reardon – Education
Annabelle Waugh – Education
Hon. Nanaia Mahuta – Politics

Māoritanga Finalist – Section
Shane Te Ruki – Ambassadorial
Hēmi Kelly – Ambassadorial
Mihingarangi Forbes – Journalism
MFM – Journalism
Annabelle Waugh – Creative Arts
Kingi Turner – Oratory

Kotahitanga Finalist – Section
Taonui Campbell – Tribal
Wiari Pokiha – Tribal
MFM Te Reo o te Iwi – Events
Te Kawaumārō – Events


Tickets are limited so get yours today whānau.
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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.