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100 years since Maniapoto Māori Pioneer Battalion men returned home to Te Kūiti

100 years ago on the 8th April 1919, Ngāti Maniapoto gathered at Te Kūiti pā to welcome home its men who had served with the New Zealand Māori (Pioneer) Battalion during the First World War. The Māori Pioneer Battalion were the only battalion of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to return to New Zealand as a complete unit, arriving Auckland on the 6th April on the steamer Westmoreland. They were welcomed by people lining the streets of Auckland and then an official welcome at the Auckland Domain which was turned into a makeshift marae.  The Māori Pioneer Battalion then separated into their tribal platoons and dispersed to their wā kainga or hometowns.

The King Country Chronicle reported that the Ngāti Maniapoto contingent of men arrived by train at Te Kūiti on the 8th to a large number of cheering Europeans had gathered at the station along with school children to the number of several hundred.

The men then marched to the pā to be welcomed home by the iwi. There were also words of welcome from the Mayor.   The welcome-home function extended throughout the day. It was one of both joy and sorrow – joy for those who had returned home and sorrow for those who had not.  At least 12 men from Ngāti Maniapoto were killed overseas during the war.

Following the  whaikōrero the Mayor of Te Kūiti, with other councillors and a deputation of citizens, extended their welcome to the returned men on behalf of the district.   Lieutenants Tom Hetet and most likely Henry Te Haeata Wilkinson (the newspaper[1] reported the speaker as his brother C. Wilkinson but Charles Wilkinson was killed overseas in 1917), Quartermaster-Sergeant Tuheka Hetet and Corporal Anthony Ormsby, returned thanks for the welcome extended to them.

There was no memorial flagstaff to Maniapoto’s WWI servicemen at the pā at the time.  That would come later in the year, erected by the tribe in November with an inscription that, in part, read: “hei tohu mo te whakanui me te manaaki me te mihi a nga iwi ki nga tamariki o tenei karangatanga i haere i mate i uru ki te pakanga nui o te ao.” (as a symbol of the veneration, of the respect and the gratitude of the people for the young men of this tribe who went, who died, who took part in the great world war.)

Notably on the following day, the Ngāti Maniapoto chief Hari Hemara Wahanui died at Te Kūiti.  Hari Hemara’s sons, Kohatu and Paraone served with the 1st Māori Contigent. He, in fact, gave the farewell speech on behalf the Māori relatives visiting the contingent at a gala day at Avondale Camp in early January 1915, telling them to carry the honour of the Māori race. Hari Wahanui travelled to Auckland to welcome home one of his sons returning with the Māori Pioneer Battalion, only to take ill with the flu.  He returned home to Te Kūiti where he sadly passed away. Te Kūiti pā went from hosting the welcome to preparing for a large tangi which was attended by King Te Rata himself.

The following is a combination of two waiata. The first two verses are from World War One and recall Te Rata’s more neutral public position on Māori men serving in the war, namely, waiho ma te hiahia or let it be a matter of individual choice.  The second two verses are probably from a waiata from the Second World War sung on the return then of Ngāti Maniapoto’s servicemen.  The words nevertheless remain apt for those who came home from World War One.

 

E ngā tamariki hōia nei, whakarongo mai

Ki ngā mahi e mahia nei

Ko taku rākau e waha nei au

Mō taku Māoritanga e

 

E ngā iwi e tau nei, whakarongo mai

Ki ngā mahi e mahia nei

Te kupu a Te Rata me waiho mā te hiahia

Engari me hoki tū mai e

______

 

Soldier boys pay heed

To things as they happen

The weapon I wield

Is for my Māoritanga

 

People gathered here pay heed

To things as they happen

Te Rata has said, ‘As you wish –

But come back on your feet!

______

 

Nau mai, nau mai e tama

Ki runga o Maniapoto e

Ki a koutou kua tae mai tēnei rā

Kua rongo te ao nei tō ingoa

O ngā hōia Māori e

Nō reira haere mai hoki mai

Ki te iwi e

Auē, auē te aroha

 

Tangihia ngā hoa kua ngaro nei

I hinga ki te pakanga

Aue, aue te mamae e

Mō rātou kua wehe atu nei

Moe mai i te moenga roa

Me tangi muri nei

Nō reira haere rā, haere rā

Ki ō tūpuna

Auē, auē te mamae

 

Welcome, welcome sons

Unto Maniapoto

To you who have arrived this day

The world has heard  your name

That of the Māori soldier

Thus, welcome,  return

To your people

Alas is the love

 

We mourn your friends who have been lost

Who fell in battle

Alas is the pain

For those who have departed

Sleep the long sleep

While those left behind weep

Thus, farewell and go to your ancestors

Alas is the grief

 

Kei Wareware Tātou. Lest We Forget.

 

[1] ‘Maori Soldiers Return: Welcome at Te Kuiti’, King Country Chronicle,  8 April 1919,  p 5.

Ōrākau 155th Commemoration remembers the last defence

“Ka whawhai tonu mātou mo ake ake ake”

Each year, the Ōrākau Paewai site south-east of Kihikihi is set aside as momentum builds towards the commemoration of Te Pakanga o Ōrākau which was the last defence against the invasion of the British. This took place at the crossing of the Mangatawhiri awa in 1863 and the battle ended 155 years ago with the defence of an estimated 310 men, women and children. On the 31st March 2019, descendants from Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Tūwharetoa, Tauranga Moana, Tūhoe, and the Muslim community, gathered in solidarity and peace to honor and remember our ancestors and those who have fallen then and now.

 

 

Kaawhia Muraahi, of Ngāti Maniapoto, says, “One of the reasons why we come here every year, is to remember our ancestors but also to reinforce the idea about bringing Māori and Pākehā together, to understand our history, to appreciate the context, and work together to try and find a space where there is commonality, where there is unity, where there is compassion.”

To ensure that these issues are never victorious, a committed collective effort to rebuild all that was lost must be at the forefront of a united stand between our communities.

“Look at these places, tangata whenua took their stand to protect their sacred lands and their way of life. They occupied high ground, they occupied high ground because it was necessary for an effective defence against oppression, as a military strategy of protection. But, they also occupied high moral ground, and one of the reasons we are here today is because of the high moral ground that they occupy today.” says Sir David Moxon.

We are here to remember a very sad three days in the history of our people where 1100 colonial forces launched attacking waves on innocent lives. Though one of the great reasons why we stand up and commemorate year after year at Ōrākau Paewai is to demonstrate our resolve to bring restorative justice and work on racism together.

Significant progress was made by the Crown towards memorialising the New Zealand land wars of the 1800s in 2015 when the Crown purchased the battle site that is Ōrākau Paewai. However, in the face of these commemorations, questions are continually being raised on “why didn’t we know? “Why weren’t we taught?” “We have a right to know”. The kōrero, the karakia, the hopes, and dreams build through history and through each generation. This will start to change the face of Aotearoa. To look to the future, to a brighter future, to a new future.

The struggle that was described on the battle site 155 years ago, goes on forever and ever. Because it is a place to stand, a place to karakia, a place to shed tears, a place to connect and a place to dream of something far better.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

More than 7000 engage in Maniapoto Māori Trust Board AGM

Tēnā anō tātou I raro iho i ngā āhuatanga o te wā. I roto I ngā rā pōuri kua mahue ake nei, inarā, te parekura taumaha ki runga o O-Tautahi. Tangihia rā ngā kākā haetara, ngā manu kāewa kua pania ki te kōkōwai o Hine-nui-i-te-pō, ki te huinga o te Kahurangi, ki te wahangūtanga o te tangata, ki reira okioki ai. Nō reira e moe.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) and te iwi o Maniapoto gathered at Te Kotahitanga Marae on Sunday 24th March for the Hui a Tau (AGM). The Hui a Tau was an opportunity for our people to listen, learn, and voice their thoughts about the mahi undertaken by MMTB, Maniapoto Fisheries Trust (MFT), Te Kupenga o Maniapoto Ltd, and Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto.

Chairman of MMTB, Tiwha Bell said he was excited to be able to present significant achievements and outcomes to whānau present and online.

A highlight for many was the presentation by the commercial entity, TKoM, and their Chairman, Chris Koroheke. The asset holding company who manage the fish quota and sale of Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) continue to create opportunities for the rohe by making successful investment of surplus funds with an eleven year track record of profitable operations.

Utilising live stream capabilities, the Hui a Tau was able to reach a multitude of over 7,500 people across three live stream videos with great engagement from those tuning in.

Presentations from Bella Takiari-Brame (TKoM Director, MMTB Generally Elected Trustee) and Keith Ikin, Deputy Chair of MMTB, highlighted significant milestones achieved over the last financial year along with Post Settlement Governance Entity and a Maniapoto Settlement update provided by Negotiator Glenn Tootill.

The socialisation of Ngā Pou o te Mana Whatu Āhuru was also presented. The Pou specifically focus on three priority areas in the negotiations with the Crown.

  1. Co-governance aspirations
  2. Co-design with government agencies on the delivery of crown services to Maniapoto people that will make a difference
  3. Co-investment with the Crown in key areas

During the Hui a Tau, it was also a time for many to reflect and celebrate on the milestone that MMTB has achieved in reaching its 30th Year since its establishment. Kōrero from Moana Herewini (Former Board member) and Rore Pat Stafford (Former Deputy Chair of MMTB) brought stories of nostalgia and acknowledgement to whānau who have contributed to their iwi whānui.

“The feedback that we have received from whānau and the iwi whānui was very positive. It is a strong sign that the quality of the various mahi that we continue to commit ourselves to are providing successful outcomes.  With healthy relationships from the past, present and future, we will be able to provide wealth and growth to our people.” says Mr Bell.

 

For more information contact:

Uenukuterangihoka Jefferies

022 358 9430

Uenuku@maniapoto.co.nz

Communications Co-ordinator

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board

Young, up-and-coming Māori shearer hungry for action

“Ehara ko te tīhore hipi tā te hēpara pai, engari ko te kutikuti kē”

Determined rangatahi Heath Barnsdall (Ngāti Waiora, Ngāti Te Paemate, Ngāti Paretekawa) has overcome the road to recovery due to a shoulder injury from rugby, however, his time on the sideline has ended as he is hungry to do what he loves best, shearing. Athletes can go through tough mental hurdles to prevail over the fear of being hurt again, but Heath understands how the injury happened and has taken the necessary steps to focus on what he can control in order to find his feet again.

Having spent his whole life in Te Piopiotanga o te Rīwai (commonly known as Piopio), the 16 year-old Head Boy of Piopio College has found that his success in the sheds has been attributed to the lifestyle and whānau that he is surrounded by, which heavily involves all things farming and hunting. This has led him to not only the success in the shearing sheds but also the merits of an intelligent academic student leader.

Health and well-being, physically and mentally is paramount for all athletes. Though Heath’s positive outlook and confidence is something that has increased his performance from shearing to academics.

 

Generations, whānau, and support are crucial factors that have influenced this rangatahi to seek out his passion, though the main driver that keeps Heath hungry is the pure joy and fun of it. Nurturing youthful minds is important and to sustain passion for a sport over the course of a lifetime is to keep a healthy perspective. Heath finds just that as he describes shearing as something that is ‘calming’ and ‘peaceful’ as well as something that brings in a steady earning.

Inspired by his aunty Barbara Ratima Marsh, who was the first Golden Shears Women’s Champion at the 1980 World Championships, Health enjoys both industrious and competitive shearing which has taken him all over Aotearoa. In saying that, he recognises that there has been a decline in generational torch passing of this mahi but finds it a great motivator as he aims to teach qualityshearing to youth and future generations.

As he sets his eyes firmly on the world records, open-mens, and the Golden Shears (NZ Shearing Championships), Heath remains ambitious for various other opportunities to learn, develop, travel, teach, and influence future women and men in the shearing industry.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

Te Waihāpuapua Wānanga Reo 2019 ki Te Nehenehenui sets off in Ōtorohanga

“Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero”

Te Rautaki Reo a Te Nehenehenui was developed by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in 2009 and officially launched and handed to Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto at Te Kawau Mārō Hui ā-iwi in 2016 with the purpose of revitalising te reo o Maniapoto, te reo o Te Nehenehenui. Local activities and events like Whīkoi mō te Reo, Annual Kapa Haka Festivals, and local wānanga ā-hapū, ā-whānau continue to advocate the awareness and development of te Te Reo revitalisation in Maniapoto.

 

Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto is pleased to be making advancement by bringing Te Waihāpuapua Wānanga Reo ki Te Nehenehenui for a third consecutive year as it was initiated in 2017. Acknowledging the support provided by Te Mātāwai, there is a gateway for Maniapototanga to flourish and to strive through innovative and collaborative projects such as this.

The first of four wānanga in 2019 took place this past weekend in Kāingarua, Te Kāreti o Ōtorohanga, which allowed the descendants of Te Nehenehenui to reinvigorate and revitalise our language, culture and identity that is uniquely ours and to ensure that it survives into the future.

 

Four wānanga have been held each year between March and June to coincide with the blossoming and inflorescence of the Koroī berry on the Kahikatea tree. The Kahikatea is one of the key metaphors for the revitalisation of te reo o Ngāti Maniapoto.

Te Reo within Te Nehenehenui is in an unsafe state, according to the 2013 census, 35,358 people, or 5.3 percent of the total population of Māori descent, affiliate with Ngāti Maniapoto. Within that statistic, 25.9% could hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo Māori.

However, all wānanga are facilitated and guided by reo specialist such as Doug Ruki, Okeroa Waitai, Hariru Roa, Te Aturangi Stewart, and Te Ingo Ngaia who stood as teachers for the first wānanga in 2019. There is a strong sense of confidence in the ability of the iwi as they deliver content which is Maniapoto centric and aligns with the iwi reo revitalisation strategy. This endeavor to revitalise our ancestral treasure is reinforced by focusing on developing the three learning levels known as Kākāmutu, Mātaiata, and Mātaiwhetū.

Not only did the tribal language course dissect traditional songs from “Tera te uira” to the contemporary “Kua tinga te ngārara”, but they explored Te Reo Huahuatau o Ngā Tūpuna and Ngā Kupu Whakanikoniko.

Many of the participants comprise largely of Ngāti Maniapoto affiliates who reside in urban and offshore places, though it is hoped that all participants will utilise these wānanga as a medium to further foster, grow, and feed te reo within their own personal spaces.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below or sign up to attend by visiting the MFM pukamata page.

Primary School kapa haka promotes Maniapoto anthems & reo

“E whakairo ana mai tō tīpuna”

Anō te pai te āhua reka o te noho tahi a te tuakana me te taina i runga i te ngākau kotahi. The Maniapoto Primary Schools Māori Culture Festival took place two weeks ago at The Les Munro Centre. The purpose of this event was fostering ahurea Māori and strengthening whanaungatanga in a non-competitive capacity. Maniapototanga was showcased through the celebration of our iwi anthems by our tamariki, mokopuna.

The kura who participated were: Te Kura Rautau, Aria, Rangitoto, Pukenui, Kihikihi, Te Kūiti Primary, Piopio, Te Tira Haka o Te Whare Kura o Maniapoto, Kawhia and Te Tira Haka o Te Kura Rautau. All schools who affiliate as Maniapoto were asked to participate and celebrate their inherent ability to express themselves creatively. The crowd was filled with adoring kanohi, energy, and an untold amount of pride. Although the wairua of the kaupapa was non-competitive, that didn’t stop our tamariki from demonstrating the fruits of Tane Rore and Hine Rehia.

With the tamariki taking center stage, our Maniapoto ruruhi and koroheke were taking great pleasure in seeing the development and confidence that blossomed from the performance of their mokopuna. A strong sense of identity was present as each kura and tamaiti received their chance to stand in front of an excitingly large audience.

 

These forms of spaces help nurture and develop the key cultural pillars for the identity of the wider Maniapoto hāpori. Songs were sung, haka were belted, and anthems resonated through the halls of our kapa haka hub. A day where our iwi truly displayed the characteristics that we are known by, manaakitanga and aroha.

Various sponsors that gave life to such a beautiful event must be acknowledged, primarily to Centennial Park School Whanau Support Group who effortlessly assembled those from close and afar. The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board continue to enjoy supporting kaupapa such as this that continue to drive and showcase our anthems & reo to the motu.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

Piopio College commemorate 25th Anniversary of Wharekura

“Whitiwhiti te manu nui I te ata. Pae muturangi I te ahiahi”

Whakaara Kia Mataara, the wharekura that stands front and center of Piopio College has been commemorated this year on Tuesday, 27th of November. Marking its 25th Anniversary, we acknowledge its beginnings as it was opened by the late Honorable Koro Wētere and the late Dr Tui Adams who both opened the wharekura on Saturday, 27th of November 1993.

25 years ago there was more than just a wish to acknowledge the reo, mana, and tikanga of the Maniapoto iwi. There was a vision to build a wharekura that would be set-up with a focus on education for the Māori students of the college and of the community. Education remained the primary focus, a space and place that remembered and honored its rich history that saw the establishment of a whare wānanga by Hiaroa, near Piopio in the 13th century.

The foundation for the success of this building was built on the dedication, engagement and support from the Principals, College Board of Trustees, teachers, students, local contractors, members of the community, kaumātua, all past and present.

Before this came to light, there was a realisation by many, that there was a disconnection and lack of culture within the college. There was no recognition visually of Māori culture besides the name Piopio at that time, no signs, no carvings, nothing whatsoever.

 

To uphold the Māori value that was often spoken about by those of the college, strong leadership was called upon to create a greater emphasis on stronger tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori. This came in the form of the late Atiria Takiari, a College Board of Trustee member who found a building at Whenuapai that could be molded and shaped into the great wharekura it is today. Many altercations, developments, restoration projects, and overall maintenance occurred overtime, however, the wharekura, Whakaara kia Mataara, meaning to aim high, to aim for excellence, continues to stand tall.

The commemoration was a day worthy of celebration. Following the pōwhiri, mihimihi and harirū, the whakamoemiti, or prayers were spoken to give thanks and set the sails for a great future that lies ahead for the wharekura and the college. Laughter was free-flowing as speakers told memorable stories and respectful history of what had been experienced and learnt through the ages. With celebration, comes cake, and with cake comes a delicious feast of hangi, waiata, and shared words that gave life to such a special occasion.

The wharekura leaves its paepae ready for when the year closes, and as a new year begins. Maniapoto Māori Trust Board are delighted to be involved and in support of Whakaara Kia Maatara.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

Te Kūiti soup delivery kitchen for kaumātua

Te Aroa Pou (Ngāti Te Kanawa, Ngāti Peehi, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Uekaha ), and the Pou Haereiti/Wright whānau have become a beacon of love for their kaumātua community in Te Kūiti. This year in July, the whānau were deeply saddened by the departure of many ruruhi and koroheke during the cold winters that continue to affect elderly across Aotearoa. Naturally, winter comes with a sparkling chill that creates health issues, this prompted Te Aroa and his whānau to start a Māori soup delivery kitchen every Monday and Friday which begun on July the 11th.

To get the initiative started, Te Aroa and his whānau gathered together to wānanga ways in which they could best achieve this project. Serving warm meals to kaumātua was the aim and the whānau mustered enough money out of their own pockets to put kai on the table for over 50 ruruhi and koroheke. It was agreed that they achieve their objectives as a collective whānau, independent and accountable to no one but themselves instead of depending on well-wishers to support their project.

For that reason, every Monday and Friday from July the 11th to September the 21st, the excited and enthusiastic whānau, which included rangatahi, would drive the streets of Te Kūiti, delivering soups that ranged from pumpkin to potato & leek, and vegetable soup to mussel chowder. With the last delivery of the year, the kaumātua received a special order of deliciously fresh, out of the ground Hangi, each complimented with homemade fried bread and steamed pudding.

This whānau has shown a true act of kindness that embodies the values of Maniapototanga. The manaakitanga and aroha has given absolute joy to the kaumātua whose smiles made all the effort worthwhile.

 

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and the wider community recognise and send through the best of wishes to Te Aroa Pou and the Pou Haereiti/Wright whānau.

We would also like to make acknowledgments to the Brown Whānau, Atutahi Whānau, Wehi Whānau, Holland Whānau, Hinerangi Eketone, Kama Taylor, and Tramaine Murray who supported this amazing journey.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

“Haramai tiki kapakapa, haramai tiki ngāherehere ki te pae o Tāne whakapiripiri”

Maximising the relationship between whānau, hapū and marae are at the forefront of Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival. The participation within the iwi is not defined by the competition and kapa haka. Instead the cultural festival is designed to create an environment that has learning as a primary focus which fosters collaboration between whānau and the expertise of individual hapū, marae, and kura.

Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival is an example of revitalising and retaining the language, stories, songs and history of Maniapoto. This is evident through the display of aggregate categories that contain Karanga, Mōteatea, Haka Pōwhiri, and Whāikōrero which includes the newly added tauparapara/whakaaraara.

 

Another refreshing aspect was the long line of vastly experienced judges who included new additions such as Niketi Toataua, Tupoutahi Winitana, Trent Marsh, Kiri Muntz, Rangitepo Whatarangi-Cassidy, Te Awarahi Whanga, Teiria Davis, Wikitoria Rakuraku and Manawanui Mihaere. With the talented judges ready at sunrise, they took their chance and gave an inviting performance at the beginning of the day instead of the routine prize giving waiata.

Maniapoto values were demonstrated throughout the day with aroha, manaakitanga, and kotahitanga. Rangatahi fundraised for the purposes of travelling to Australia to  increase their indigenous mātauranga and experience later in the year. Another was the supportive atmosphere which saw our elder’s incredible ability to give all their attention to those who took to the stage.

A remarkable day to say the least as the festival revealed new back-drops that represented this year’s theme of Hiaroa, our tupuna who possessed the manu mauri. This was made possible with the efforts of MFM and kapa haka roopu in the karanga pakeke category who gave expressive and invigorating speeches about topical issues and identity.

However, competitions will always remain competitive no matter what iwi you go to, and this year Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki te Tonga were announced as 1st place in the karanga pakeke category, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto won the karanga rangatahi, and Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki) won the karanga tamariki.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is excited to see the new theme for next year which will relate to Te Ara o Tūrongo. The top results can be viewed below.

 

Karanga Rangatahi

1st place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Mātāmua)

 

Karanga Tamariki

1st Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Wharekura o Maniapoto (Pōtiki)

2nd Place = Te Tira Haka o Te Kura Rautau

3rd Plaace = Te Kura Tuatahi o Aaria

 

Karanga Pakeke

1st Place = Ngā Marae o Maniapoto ki Te Tonga

2nd Place = Te Kapa Haka o Ngā Pua o te Kōwhara

3rd Place = Maniapoto ki Tamaki

Waiwaia 2018

Ko ngā rau paenga o Waiwaia

Waiwaia, the Maniapoto Secondary School Festival that has been entertaining the iwi for over 30 years has come and gone once more. Taking place annually at different venues, the festival was in high spirits as numerous secondary schools gathered to Ōtorohanga College to come together, perform kapa haka and develop their identity under the shelter of Te Rohe Pōtae.

Once the pōwhiri concluded, the cultural festival saw secondary schools which included Ōtorohanga College, Piopio College, Te Kūiti High School and Te Wharekura o Maniapoto make their presence known on the papa tūwaewae. This year also saw the debut of Te Wharekura o Ngā Purapura o Te Aroha, a kura which started as a rūmaki in 2009 and received wharekura status in 2011.

 

Ōtorohanga received the mauri from Piopio College, and this year the mauri was passed on to Te Wharekura o Maniapoto. Building relationships between inter-regional secondary schools is what this eventful festival fosters. With the competition card off the table, the festival encourages the rekindling of traditional pūrākau, haka, and waiata with Waiwaia at the forefront of the kaupapa.

Waiwaia, refers to the tōtara tree that once resided near the headwaters of Waipa river, however, it was sent down into the earth and water, thus transforming into a taniwha. The taniwha is still seen in the waters of Waipa today, as it floats and drifts along the mighty river, it is now known to be a taniwha of Ngāti Maniapoto.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board are proud of the success of this festival and will strive to continue the support that is provided to these types of events.