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New place names restore Maniapoto history

Hon Eugenie Sage

Minister for Land Information
Minita mō Toitū Te Whenua

Media Statement

6 September 2019

New place names restore Maniapoto history

Māori place names have been restored to the small central North Island town of Benneydale, and a nearby stretch of the North Island Main Trunk railway announced Minister for Land Information Eugenie Sage.

Benneydale has been changed to a dual name ‘Maniaiti / Benneydale’ and the main trunk railway between Te Awamutu and Taumarunui, is now named ‘Te Ara-o-Tūrongo’ following a request from Ngāti Maniapoto.

“I am pleased to restore official place names which bring to light our history for everyone to celebrate and enjoy. I accepted the recommendation of the New Zealand Geographic Board that there be the dual name Maniaiti / Benneydale in recognition of the unique histories of both names” said Eugenie Sage.

“The original Māori name, Maniaiti, has been maintained through oral tradition for the land on which the town lies and for the hill nearby. The name means ‘a small slide, slip’.”

Benneydale, home to nearly 200 people was established around 1940 to house workers mining coal discovered in the area. The name Benneydale is a combination of the surnames of the Under-Secretary for Mines, Charlie Benney, and the Mine Superintendent at the time, Tom Dale.

In 1885 Ngāti Maniapoto leaders gave land to the Crown to be used for the construction of the railway on Premier Robert Stout’s assurance that the section running through the district would be called ‘Tūrongo’, a significant tupuna (ancestor) of many Tainui groups. The name Te Ara-o-Tūrongo means ‘the track of Tūrongo’ or ‘Tūrongo’s pathway.’

Both name changes follow proposals to the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa by Te Arawhiti – the Office of Māori Crown Relations (formerly Office of Treaty Settlements), on behalf of Treaty claimants Ngāti Maniapoto.

Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Rereahu share mana whenua over this area.

Chairman for Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust, Eric Crown, says Rereahu are very happy to hear that the New Zealand Geographic Board has accepted our historical record and the Minister has chosen to acknowledge the dual name of Maniaiti / Benneydale.

“It has always been important to Rereahu that our history and reo is maintained and enhanced not only for this generation, but for generations to come. This acknowledgement will not only allow a more complete understanding of our Rereahu Iwi history in the area but will also be an embodiment of the duality envisaged in the Treaty of Waitangi.”

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Chairman, R Tiwha Bell, says that “the recognition of the original name Maniaiti reflects the wishes of kaumātua of Ngāti Rereahu who sought this outcome as part of the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. We are pleased their wishes have been achieved.”


Media Contact: Rick Zwaan 021 845 587 rick.zwaan@parliament.govt.nz  


Kōrerongia kia haemata! – Mahuru Māori Wiki Tuatahi

Taku reo kahika, he reo rere iho
Taku reo kahika, he reo kāmehameha

Me kite, me rongo, me kōrero te Reo māori. Ko Mahuru Māori tēnei te hāpai ake nei, ko Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori tēnei te hāpai ake nei, ko Maniapoto tēnei te hāpai ake nei.
Join us in celebrating Mahuru Māori by observing, listening, and speaking our treasured language. We will be promoting and sharing 25 Māori words throughout the month of Mahuru and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori videos to help te Reo Māori flourish like the Kōwharawhara.
We’re using Maniapoto and Te Reo Māori kupu that will give you a deeper understanding of te Reo o Te Nehenehenui me te Reo Māori.
Ākina te reo, kōrerongia kia haemata!

Whatitoka (noun) door

E kō, tēnā, tūtakina te whatitoka!  Hey girl, close the door!


Utauta (noun) dishes, utensils

Haere ki rō kāuta ki te horoi i ngā utauta rā.  Go into the kitchen and wash those dishes.


Koropū (noun) traditional food storage slightly elevated off the ground.

Haria tēnā rukuruku me āna hua o roto ki te Koropū rokiroki ai.  Take that basket and its many contents to storage for preserving.


Ritorongokura (noun) place of birth, tranquil space.

He wāhi tapu, he ritorongokura a Ōmarueke.  Koinā te wāhi i whānau mai ai tō tātou tupuna.  Ōmarueke is a sacred and tranquil place.  That is where our ancestor was born.


He puku!

(interjection) get you! You’ve got the audacity! Pity about you!

Homai ērā kī, māku e hautū tēnā motokā. / He puku, kātahi anō koe ka whiwhi i tō raihana kohere.  Hand me those keys, I’ll drive that car. / Pity about you, you’ve only just got your restricted license. 


this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

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

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.­

Kei ngā whānau o Ihumātao te huarahi whakamua

Friday 2nd August 2019

Kei ngā whānau o Ihumātao te huarahi whakamua


The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board fully support the whānau of Ihumātao coming together to resolve a way forward for the lands of Ihumātao.

On Saturday 3rd August, Kīngi Tūheitia will be leading a delegation to Ihumātao. The purpose of this visit is to provide an opportunity for the King to listen to the views of the whānau.

We support Kīngi Tūheitia’s view that the resolution of these issues can only be resolved through the leadership and direction of the whānau of Ihumātao themselves.


Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

Te Kūiti wahine creates pathways for teachers and tamariki

Te Kūiti wahine creates pathways for teachers and tamariki

It’s been a year of adventure for Kelly Tregoweth, who recently moved from the larger inland city Hamilton to the small farming town Te Kūiti. Officially taking up the Centre Manager role at Te Pukeiti Early Childhood Centre, Kelly has returned to her passion to growing our people and our tamariki.

Born and raised within the Maniapoto boundaries in Te Kūiti, Kelly’s parents were, and continue to be, very dedicated members of their community and  marae, Oparure. Her early years revolved around her whānau and a childhood that saw many days at the marae with her grandmother. Childhood memories combined with a strong sense of identity, passion, determination and people uniting to achieve a shared purpose, it’s not a supriseto see Kelly return to Te Nehenehenui with her expertise to create pathways for the people of her hometown.


Having a strong grounding and connection to Oparure, Ngāti Kinohaku, Kelly attended Te Kūiti Primary and High School where the natural sportswoman excelled at Netball and various leadership management roles. She says her experience as House Captain in 6th Form (Year 12) and representing Maniapoto Reps Netball encouraged her to continue her extracurricular activities and managerial skills. To that end, Kelly immediately found work across fields such as food, retail and labor work which saw her hold many positions that placed her at the managerial level.

Spending time away in Australia, Kelly was quick to realise that her new environment could never replace home, thus deciding to make the permanent move back to Aotearoa where she furthered her tertiary studies in Tourism Management and completed a Bachelor Degree in ECE at Wintecs Hamilton campus. “I worked four days a week, I was a single mum, and studied one day a week. I always had management roles. I was managing a restaurant and I did that until I decided to shift my focus to day care as a reliever,” says Kelly.

It wasn’t without luck, Kelly spent her first day relieving at one centre and her next day she went to another, where she ended up spending 8 years building her experience, gaining qualification and taking her familiar role as manager. The mother of three boys, has taken every opportunity to make the most of her life at home and afar. Kelly says having managers who were always supportive of her instilled a resolve to continue to do the same for teachers and tamariki.

Kelly is passionate about encouraging rangatahi to know who they are and hope to make her tamariki proud. “To support people through study and watch them succeed and become managers in their own right, giving them the tools is what makes me proud.”


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

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

Whīkoi mo te Reo 2019 – Te Mātahi o Te Tau

“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

Singing and music are essential to the learning development of the imaginations of our tamariki and their ability to express ideas in kupu, waiata, kanikani, and Te Reo. Waiata reaches the parts that other things can’t reach, waiata brings forth a response in the listener. On the brisk morning of Thursday 27th of June, the many listeners and shop owners on Rora Street in Te Kūiti heard the ringing and singing of tamariki and kōhungahunga who were once again, marching for Matariki and Te Reo Māori me onā katoa.

Another year, another march. Another year, another Matariki which signals the start of the Māori New Year. Whīkoi mo te Reo 2019 celebrated its 19th year running which is a celebration in its own right, a time of renewal to gather, reflect and plan. The planning of a bright future for our tamariki and for our reo here in Te Nehenehenui.

Clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. Te Kūititanga-o-te-whakaaro did not have a warm winter morning, but it did have committed whānau and tamariki who gathered and walked forward together. The united march and celebration which started from the Te Kūiti Shearing Statue gathered local Kohanga Reo, Primary Schools and Kura Kaupapa which included Te Iti a Rata, Piopio, Oparure and Te Kūiti Kohanga Reo, Benneydale School, Piopio Primary, Piopio College, Pukenui School, Hato Hohepa Catholic School, Aria School, Te Kura Rautau (Centennial Park School), and Mokau Primary.

The blend of kura auraki and reo-based kura provided a foundation for the whīkoi to encourage and support engagement, interaction, and diversity among all participants. Te Whīkoi mo Te Reo was established as an initiative to create awareness about Te Reo Māori and to support ākonga, kaiako and Kāhui Ako learning in and through Te Reo Māori o Maniapoto in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

With a firm eye on the future, the tamariki & kōhungahunga stood as the heart of the kaupapa as they embracaed themselves in waiata, pakiwaitara and kapa haka on stage at the Les Munro Centre.

Lastly, a presentation was made by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, te Rōpū Tautoko I te Mātauranga and Natasha Willison-Reardon on Ngā Tamariki o Rereahu, a new book series resource produced to further strengthen teaching and learning of Maniapoto tupuna and history, now and for generations to come.


this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

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

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.­

Turning to iwi knowledge and technology to manage flooding

“He pukenga wai, he pukenga tāngata – a flood of water, a flood of people”

Raiatea Barlow-Kameta (Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Hikairo),  who is studying a Master of Science in Physical Geography at Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui understands the impact we have on the taiao, and the taiao on us. Floods have caused havoc in our rapidly urbanising ao and our rural areas with high impact on vulnerable communities. Realising an opportunity, she has shouldered the responsibility to creating effective strategies using computer-generated simulation modelling for flood protection and management.

Doing an earth science project that would have meaningful impact was a priority for Raiatea. She identified Mirumiru marae as a focal point because it is situated particularly close to the water which highlights high risk of flooding, erosion and economic impact. Not only was it geographical reasons, but having a connection to her marae in Kawhia moana, Waipapa and Maniapoto iwi gave her the drive to focus and commit to a kaupapa that centered around current issues.

Completing her undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Geography and Geology degree, she took an interest in historic, geological contextual knowledge that talks about many aspects – how the earth was formed over millions of years, how the climate changes over millions of years, and comparing it to the current day which created an awareness around the impacts on the bigger picture, our future.

Concentrating on collecting data in Marokopa was crucial as it was data scarce. Raiatea proceeded to identify where the hazards had occurred by recording flow, evaporation rates, rainfall, and creating computer-generated flood models. However, it was only the beginning as social ground based data through interviews were captured to flesh out the understanding and iwi knowledge around where floods were located, how the catchment responds to flooding and various other matters. This connection between culture and science is pivotal in calibrating the model to determine where future flooding may occur.

Knowing where the hazards are and knowing how to manage our land better are the first steps. Combining the two gives beneficial direction for changing the land use so that we are able to mitigate those hazards. Managing flood risks involves complex tasks, though Raiatea’s passion and work is built on contributing to the overall well-being of the environment  land and the people.


this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Raiatea during her studies and look forward to seeing what her next steps are in the near future.

Maniapoto: Our Strategic Direction 2018-2023

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangarangamaha,
Tēnā koutou i raro ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

‘Our Strategic Direction 2018-2023’

Created by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board as a framework to support the advancement of Maniapoto tikanga, culture, vision and aspirations.

A 40 year development approach to consolidate, invest, future proof and develop Maniapoto global leaders. It identifies four key pou known as Maniapoto, Taiao, Tahua and Tangata from which our aspirations are derived.

Te Mana Whatu Ahuru

The fabric that weaves our iwi and hapū under leadership through generations past


Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru Report released by Waitangi Tribunal

Today the Waitangi Tribunal released Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. The report addresses all claims relating to Crown actions within the Te Rohe Potae inquiry district after the Treaty of Waitangi signing in February, 1840.

The first two reports recommended that the Rangatiratanga of Te Rohe Pōtae Māori be enacted in legislation in a way that recognises and affirms their rights of autonomy and self-determination within their rohe, and imposes a positive obligation on the Crown to give effect to those rights.

The reports stated that for Ngāti Maniapoto or their mandated representatives, this will require legislation that recognises and affirms Te Ōhākī Tapu (agreement signed by Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha and the Crown in 1883-85), and imposes an obligation on the Crown and its agencies to give effect to the right to mana whakahaere.

The third report focusses on how to give effect to these matters by addressing land policy and legislation enforced by the Crown after 1900, and discusses the implications this had on Māori who expected to be able to exercise their mana whakahaere. Not only did these expectations reflect promises within the Treaty of Waitangi, but also within the Te Ohāki Tapu agreement.

The Waitangi Tribunal have identified numerous breaches relating to Crown land legislation, how it was applied within the rohe, and the actions carried out by various Crown agencies during this time. Consequently, the Tribunal have recommended that during treaty settlement negotiations, the Crown should discuss with Te Rohe Pōtae Māori, or their mandated settling group(s), a possible legislative mechanism
that will enable Te Rohe Pōtae iwi and hapū to administer their lands, either alongside the Māori Land Court and Te Tumu Paeroa (the Māori Trustee), or as separate entities.

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) Chair, R. Tiwha Bell says MMTB are satisfied with the Tribunal’s findings and is confident that the recommendations provided to date can be applied under current negotiations with the Crown. “As the mandated body to represent Maniapoto in treaty settlement negotiations, the MMTB is fully focused in holding the Crown to account through the negotiations process. The Tribunal report is comprehensive and the evidence clearly sets out the deliberate actions of the Crown to disenfranchise our people from their lands. The report is timely and we will be re-engaging our negotiations with the Crown once the urgency tribunal process has ended.”

The first two parts were released in September 2018 and the fourth is due for release in September 2019.
More information on the Maniapoto Treaty Settlement can be found here and a link to Part Three of the report can be found here.

Maniaiti/Benneydale Dual Name Supported

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) have held several consultation hui over the past two months with Rereahu and the local community, discussing the dual name application of Maniaiti/Benneydale.

A general consensus has now been reached from the hui, supporting the dual name application to the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB).

Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust (Representative body for Rereahu) spokesperson, Eric Crown, has talked about the history of the name Maniaiti, noting that all names have a kōrero behind them. “The name Benneydale isn’t going anywhere, we’re only asking for the traditional Māori name to go alongside it. It gives recognition to our history and the kōrero associated with it.”

MMTB Chair, Tiwha Bell is satisfied MMTB have engaged in an open and transparent manner throughout all hui held, and is pleased of the final outcome to proceed with the application.

“We are pleased Rereahu whānau have directed the MMTB to proceed with a dual name application, which was also supported by a well attended meeting of the local community in Benneydale. We now await the NZGB decision to be made in June, and anticipate a positive outcome of a dual name for Maniaiti/Benneydale.”