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Regional Iwi Hui

Te Rā: 18th Juy 2016
Te Wā: 10am – 1pm
Kei: Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Offices
49 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti
This regional update hui from the Iwi Chairs’ Forum will provide an update on Freshwater issues, Te Ture Whenua Māori Reforms, and Marine Protected Areas.
To view related information see below:

Clean Agreed Paper MPA Treaty clause and iwi participation paper (31 May 2016)

Final Regional Iwi Hui Presentation (July 2016)

Māori Affairs Select Committee Ture Whenua

10am: Maniapoto pre-brief
10.45 Pōwhiri
11-1pm Hui
1pm Lunch

The last regional iwi update hui held in Maniapoto was 27 January 2016
Nau mai haere mai tatou katoa.

Ko Ta Maniapoto Mahere Taiao – Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan

The Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan is a direction setting document and describes issues, objectives, policies and actions to protect, restore and enhance the relationship of Maniapoto with the environment including economic, social, cultural and spiritual relationships.

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Te Mātāwai

Te Mātāwai will lead the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori in the future and now is your opportunity to get involved.
Maniapoto are calling for nominations for suitable candidates to represent our iwi and Tainui waka on Te Mātāwai.
Attributes of the Te Mātāwai Candidate:

  • Ability to speak Te Reo Māori
  • Management ability
  • Proven track record on revitalising te reo Māori
  • Knowledge of Māori culture, language and customs
  • Proven track record in goverance
  • Knowledge of central government processes
  • Experience in community development using te reo Māori
  • Appropriate qualificatins
  • Availability to attend

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board on 07 8786234 or email office@maniapoto.co.nz

Waikato Papakaainga Planning Workshops 2016

The Waikato Papakaainga Agencies Forum is about to start running the next round of papakaainga planning workshops for 2016 starting in the Maniapoto area.

The start date for these workshops will be Saturday the 25th of June 2016 at Te Kotahitanga Marae Otorohanga.

The workshops will be run once a month from June to August, and consist of a 2 day workshop each time.

The details of the first workshop can be viewed here

The dates for the 2nd workshop is set for Friday 15th to the 16th of July with the venue to be confirmed.

The dates for the 3rd and final workshop is set for the 13-14th August again with the venue to be confirmed.
Please RSVP to Aubrey Te Kanawa on 021 810 604 or email aubreytekanawa@gmail.com to secure your place on the workshop/s.

Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) Hui

There is going to be a hui held on the TPPA at the Hamilton Novotel on 22 June at 5.30pm-8pm.

The hui will be led by Dr David Walker, New Zealand’s Chief Trade Negotiator, who will explain the outcomes of the TPP negotiations and clarify what it does and what it does not do.  He will also talk about the impact of the TPP on some key business sectors of our regional economy including forestry, agriculture and fisheries.  The meeting is an open hui and we encourage as many of our whaanau attend.

TPP Hui have been held around the country including Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua, Whangarei and in Nelson.

Below is a copy of the following documents:


The Māori Economic Development Factsheet in:


Waikato-Tainui have made a number of submissions on these issues.  At a high level, they have focused on ensuring that Waikato-Tainui rights and interests are preserved and focusing on a few key issues including:

  • Continued engagement with Waikato-Tainui through the ratification process;
  • The Treaty Exception clause;
  • The Investor State Dispute provisions; and
  • The economic effects (requesting that an economic analysis is undertaken).



To register for the Hui please email your name and contact details to TPPhui@mfat.govt.nz.

Please also include the names and contact details of others who will be attending the Hui with you.

On arrival please proceed to the check-in desk which will be open from 4.30pm.

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill

On 11 May 2016, Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill went through its first reading in Parliament and was referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee.

The Select Committee has called for submissions on the Bill.  Submission need to be lodged with the Select Committee by Thursday 14 July 2016.

More information about the Bill and the select committee process can be found at the Parliament website:

Other information about the Bill is available at

CNI Settlement Update

Central North Island (CNI) Settlement – Further Update for Maniapoto Iwi

An update on the CNI settlement of Waituhi/Kuratau and Pureroa South was provided at the
MMTB/MFT hui a Iwi on Saturday 27 May 2016. The update resulted in the following resolutions being

Option A:
That the MMTB propose to Minister Finlayson that the amendment to the CNI Deed between Maniapoto
and the crown be further amended to include the requirement for ratification and the date for this to be
part of the comprehensive settlement and the establishment of the Maniapoto PSGE.

Option B:
That if the Minister does not support Option A then the amendment of the Deed be signed as it is now
and that the Board undertake an internal ratification process within Maniapoto.

As a further update, MMTB has had a discussion with Minister Finlayson and Option B has been

This means that:

  1. The amendment to the CNI deed has been signed.
  2. The Minister of Treaty Negotiations has provided a letter (as attached) confirming his understanding
    of the current situation
  3. Research will continue to be progressed including hui with Maniapoto Iwi with interests in the
    Waituhi/Kuratau and Pureora South blocks
  4. An internal ratification process will be initiated as part of the ratification of the Maniapoto
    Comprehensive Settlement.


View the document here

Recipient Stories – Ella Golding

Ella Golding (Rereahu, Te Ihingarangi), was the successful recipient of the 2015-16 Sister Grace Scholarship ($5,000).  Ella started her journey in completing a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato this year, with a strong belief on the importance of education for and within Maniapoto.

Ella aspires to be the type of teacher who inspires and can make an impact on young childrens’ lives and also acknowledges the key role that whānau and extended whānau play in helping to nuture each child as they grow up

Sister Grace Scholarship has distributed $20,000 to date.