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

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,
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 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

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.

Hui ā Tau guest panel to share their whakaaro on achieving future aspirations for our people


Ariana Paul

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Hoturoa te tangata, ko Te Rohe Pōtae te whenua, ko Manga-o-Kewa te awa, ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, ko Ngāti Rora te hapū ko Te Kūiti te Pā, ko te Tokanganui-a-noho te whare tupuna, ko Brian Jones tona matua tupuna.
Raised by her maternal grandparents in Waikato, Ariana’s passion has been to serve whānau Māori and communities across education, social services and health sectors.  Married to Tama Potaka (Ngāti Hauiti, Whanganui, Taranaki) they have 3 children, Tiaria, Te Awarua and Aorangi.
Ariana has worked for Māori organisations over the past 25 years in policy and audit, programme development, facilitation, educational delivery, iwi development and hauora. She also co-founded small businesses (Squiggle Ltd, Aka & Assoc Ltd) and a charitable trust (TriMāori).  She has led diverse teams over the years and more recently as a General Manager with an iwi organisation in Tāmaki Makaurau.
She was recently part of a team that transcribed and published two manuscripts, He Tuhi Mārei-kura the writing of her great-grandfather, Pei Te Hurinui Jones and Wiremu Hekipia (William Shakespeare).
Other achievements include: Recipient of Future Directors Programme, Certificate of Achievement – New Zealander of the Year Awards, Graduate of Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership Programme, Winner of the NZ Innovation Council Māori Business Innovation Award, Waikato Local Hero Award, Winner of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Awards (Massey University), Master in Business Administration (Curtin University, W. Australia), Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (University of Waikato) and Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Curtin University, W. Australia)

Leesah Murray
(nee Stockman)

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Te Paemate me Ngāti Waiora ōna hapū, ko Te Kūiti Pā, Mōkau Kohunui me Maniaroa ōna marae, He uri tēnei nō Waikato-Maniapoto.  Ko Kuia Geneva Tangihaere rāua ko Daniel Hingarakau Stockman ōna tūpuna. Ko Peter rāua ko Diane Stockman ōna mātua.
Leesah is in her second term on Te Kūiti Pā as a Trustee and Co-Chair, a role that brings her home often.  Additional to this she also serves as a Trustee on Radio Maniapoto (MFM) and holds other directorships. Leesah is married to Lance Murray (Ngāti Kurī) and together they have 3 tamariki.

Leesah currently works as the General Manager People and Culture for Tainui Group Holdings, the commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui.  Prior to this, Leesah spent 15 years at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in a variety of roles from corporate services, to health and safety management and strategic development roles. This included three years as Executive Director – Quality & Corporate Services.
Leesah also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with Distinction and has completed Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi.

Wayne Panapa

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Ngawaero, Te Kopua.
Married with 3 girls Maioha, Roimata, Tuirina, Wayne is currently based in Te Muriwai, Turanga nui a kiwa living with his wife’s iwi Ngai Tamanuihiri.
Chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience, Wayne is presently working as a Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Corporate Services at Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou.  He has also worked as a Divisional Finance Manager and Business Performance & Planning Analyst for WEL Networks and a Manager of Financial Planning and Performance Analysis for Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
We have a panel of exceptional and talented Maniapoto Uri who will join us at our Hui ā Tau to share their experiences from working in Post Settlement.  Join us at Te Kūiti Pā or on Livestream at 1pm.


Keep up-to-date with our latest kaupapa by clicking on the following video:

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

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


Are you registered on the Maniapoto Tribal Register?

Update your Tribal Register information by calling 0800 668 285 or email

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

Te Pūtake o te Riri – He Rā Maumahara ki Taranaki 2019


All have been invited to attend the National Commemoration Day, He Rā Maumahara ki Taranaki, to commemorate the New Zealand land wars in Taranaki.
The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board has organised a bus to travel down to Taranaki for Maniapoto whānau who would like to attend. This will be a same day return trip (depart Te Kūiti at 7am and returning at 3pm on Monday 28 October), so if you are interested, please contact Dawn on asap to confrm your seat.  Please note that the bus will be contingent on confirmed numbers.

Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara is a series of events being held across Aotearoa which seek to increase awareness among all Aotearoa citizens through the telling and sharing of stories about our local history, significant landmarks and people relating to the period of the New Zealand wars, with the aim of strengthening relationships and partnerships across the country.
This year, the event will be held in Taranaki, and we encourage all whānau to attend in recognition of our historical relationship, and remembering our Maniapoto tūpuna who fought and fell on the battle fields of Waitara.

This is an opportunity for our pakeke and rangatahi to follow in the steps of their tupuna and learn an important part of our tribal history, to give respect and acknowledge all who fell in Waitara and across the motu. As part of the event guided tours of the battle sites will take place and remembrance ceremonies as well. on M

Preparations are in full swing to host a national initiative, Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara, to commemorate the New Zealand land wars in Taranaki.

Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara is a series of events being held across Aotearoa New Zealand which seek to increase awareness among all Aotearoa New Zealand citizens through the telling and sharing of stories about our local history, significant landmarks and people relating to the period of the New Zealand wars, with the aim of strengthening relationships and partnerships across the country. This year the events are taking place in Taranaki from 28-30 October 2019.

Dr Ruakere Hond who is a key member of the working party coordinating the event in Taranaki says that Te Pūtake o te Riri gives the community the opportunity to participate in an event that focuses on our nation’s local history – a history that not many New Zealanders know about.

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Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival 2019 and look forward to seeing more kaupapa such as this in the near future.

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