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Treaty Settlement Negotiations Hui- for the inclusion of Ngāti Hikairo

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.  Ngāti Hikairo are not currently listed as hapū in the MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”).  The DOM records that Maniapoto recognises Ngāti Hikairo as a distinct hapū within the Rohe Pōtae with whakapapa connections to Maniapoto.

MMTB will hold two voting hui and invite submissions to see whether Ngāti Hikairo wants to be included in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named “shared hapū”.

Ngāti Hikairo claims will only be settled to the extent they arise through Maniapoto whakapapa and that the claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement.


Hui Details


  1. Mōkai Kainga Marae, 111 Aotea Rd, Kāwhia 10am, Sunday 16 August 2020


  1. Kāwhia Hall, Jervois St, Kāwhia 6pm, Wednesday 19 August 2020


At the above hui, Ngāti Hikairo 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 Hikairo be included as a descent group of Maniapoto (“shared hapū” with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement. 

Those eligible to vote are those who:

  • Affiliate to Ngāti Hikairo;
  • Attend the hui in person or file a submission; and
  • 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, P O Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 16 August 2020 and close 11 calendar days after the last hui (9am, 31 August 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 for the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board to date
  • Question and answer time
  • Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
  • Karakia Whakamutunga

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

Maniapoto Rangatira steps down as Chairman

E ngā uri o Maniapoto,

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (the Board) has announced this morning that Mr R. Tiwha Bell, has stepped down from his role as Chairman.

Mr Bell has made an enormous contribution to the Board, and although he has stepped down, Mr Bell’s leadership and knowledge will continue to benefit Maniapoto as an ongoing trustee and Kaumātua Kaunihera o Maniapoto representative.

The Board acknowledge his service throughout the years, with over 14 years held as Chair.
Keith Ikin (formerly Deputy Chairman) has been confirmed as the new Chairman, with John Kaati (Ngā Tai o Kāwhia Regional Management Committee representative) named Deputy Chair.

“Tiwha has always put the Iwi first for many years and remained absolutely committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our people. The Board have been very fortunate and privileged to have had his wisdom and strength fill the role”, says Mr Ikin.
“Our immediate focus for Maniapoto continues to be mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on our people. We are proactively looking for economic recovery opportunities and partnerships with key groups across the rohe remains a key priority.
“The Board also remain committed to negotiating a comprehensive settlement of the Maniapoto Tiriti o Waitangi historical claims on behalf of Maniapoto.”

Ā muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake

Free Covid-19 Testing – Mobile Units activated

To protect all whānau and communities across the rohe, the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) will be assessing and testing whānau with COVID-19 symptoms to ensure our communities are safe.

To extend the reach of the Community Based Assessment Centre’s (CBAC), the team will be taking mobile outreach vans to whānau and communities who need it most.

We have just received confirmation that testing location details are as follows:

Tuesday 28th April

Maketū Marae

614 Kaora Street,


10am – 2pm

Wednesday 29th April

Taharoa Sports Club

10.30am – 12.30pm

Marokopa Coast Athletic Sports Club

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 30th April

Tainui Wetere Domain

Mōkau Rd,


10.30am – 12.30pm

Piopio Cosmopolitan Club Carpark

42 Moa Street,


1pm – 3pm

Friday 1st May

Waitomo iSite Carpark

Waitomo Village Rd,


9.30am – 12.30pm

Pirongia Village


1.30pm – 3.30pm

When driving into the Mobile Unit location:

• Please drive slowly and carefully
• Please observe entry and exit flows
• Please be patient and mindful of other whānau who are present and those carrying out the assessments

During your visit to the Mobile Unit location:
• It is critical when visiting the Mobile Clinic that we maintain physical distancing.
• Be patient and kind.


Me tiaki tātou i a tātou


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, kelly@maniapoto.co.nz
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 iwiresponse@maniapoto.co.nz 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 https://www.facebook.com/WaikatoTainu1/videos/698901994249220/

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.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board & Maniapoto Fisheries Trust Hui a Tau and 2018-19 Annual Reports

E ngā paekākā o te wao, e ngā paemako o te rangi, ngā mihi mahana o te tau hou.

Te Rā:               Saturday 14th March 2020

Kei:                    Te Kūiti Pā, Cnr Carol & Rora Sts, Te Kūiti

Timata:           10.00am

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Maniapoto Fisheries Trust Annual Reports are now available online. Click here to view.

Nau mai haere mai tātou katoa!

All enquires to:        Dawn Magner

P O Box 36, Te Kuiti

Phone: 07 878 6234 or freephone 0800 66 8285

Fax:     07 878 6409

Email: dawn@maniapoto.co.nz

Are you registered on the Maniapoto Tribal Register?

Update your Tribal Register information by calling 0800 668 285 or email  tribalregister@maniapoto.co.nz

Maniapoto acknowlege Negotiator Mook Hohneck

The Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB) and Negotiator Terrence Mook Hohneck have confirmed that his fixed term contract has come to an end.

MMTB Chairman, Mr R.Tiwha Bell acknowledges the significant contribution Mook has made over the past three years. “We are very grateful to Mook for the skills and knowledge he has provided in order to progress the settlement of the Maniapoto Treaty Claims since Mandate was achieved in 2016. We wish Mook all the best in his future endeavours”.

Glenn Tootill will remain as Negotiator and continue to engage with the Crown, aiming to achieve a Deed of Settlement by the end of 2020.

Maniapoto announces Interim CE

E ngā uri o Maniapoto.
Chairman of the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB), Tiwha Bell, has announced the appointment of Bella Takiari-Brame (Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Tumae, Ngāti Te Waha, Ngāti Waiora, Ngāti Takiari) to the role of Interim Chief Executive (CE) of the MMTB. This follows the departure of former CE Sonya Hetet earlier this month.
The Interim CE’s role will not only be to manage day-to-day operations of the Board but also ensure a robust process is carried out to appoint a CE who will lead the disestablishment of the Board as we transition towards the development of a new governance entity for Maniapoto
“We are pleased Bella has agreed to take on this role. She has been a MMTB Trustee since 2015 where her experience as a professional director and Chartered accountant has been a great asset to the Board” says Mr Bell.
Bella’s appointment will take effect from Moday 13 January 2020.

Ā muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake

Maniapoto confirms not enough evidence to support shawl origin

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Chairman, R.Tiwha Bell, asks for whānau to remain calm in relation to the kaitaka styled cloak purportedly associated with Rewi Manga Maniapoto, that was to be auctioned in England, now cancelled.

Members of the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board were made aware of the cloak and discussed it with tribal knowledge holders. “We concluded that there was just not enough evidence to establish the provenance of the cloak in terms of its association with Rewi Maniapoto” said Mr Bell.

“The only evidence we have is a note which reads ‘Māori mat worn by the chief Rewi when peace was declared between Māori and Europeans after the battle of Ōrākau”. However Mr Bell questions the historical accuracy of the statement. “Peace was not made after the Battle of Ōrākau. Rewi and the other survivors escaped and retreated across the Pūniu River into Maniapoto territory where they set up an aukati – a line that was not to be crossed by Europeans.” It was not until some twenty odd years later that the aukati was lifted and a peace negotiated.

Maniapoto Historian, Dr Tom Roa says that the Battle of Ōrākau was New Zealand’s Thermopylae: “It was quickly romanticised by colonial writers of the day as this heroic but futile last stand by Rewi and his followers.” Dr Roa notes that Rewi Maniapoto and the Battle of Ōrākau were retold in stories, poems and even a movie, and while Maniapoto celebrate him as one of their most important 19th century leaders, Pākehā also developed a fascination with this great Māori hero. “I’m sure it would have been pretty popular to have something purported to belong to Rewi. Whether it was authentic or not is another matter.” Dr Roa believes more investigation needs to be undertaken to establish the provenance of the cloak noting the tribe has some leading experts in the art of weaving such garments.