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Maniapoto Māori Trust Board acknowledge departing Chief Executive

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board acknowledge departing Chief Executive

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) and its Chief Executive Sonya Hetet have confirmed her farewell from the organisation now that her fixed term contract as CEO has come to an end.  The Board would like to acknowledge Sonya’s significant contribution during the past ten years of her mahi with MMTB, and particularly the last two years as CEO.  Sonya’s last day with the MMTB will be Wednesday the 4th of December 2019. The Board would like to wish Sonya all the very best for what lies ahead.

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100th Anniversary of flagstaff honours 77 Maniapoto men from World War 1

This pou kara or flagstaff memorial records and honours the names of  77 men from Ngāti Maniapoto who served overseas during the Great War. Twelve men lost their lives.  These men have a star next to their name.

The memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1919. It was funded by a collection amongst the tribe in July of that year when memories of the war were still very much vivid.  The King Country Chronicle reported that it was a notable gathering, Māori from all parts coming to attend the ceremony. Dr Maui Pomare, M.P. for Western Māori, unveiled the monument.  Mr. W. T. Jennings, the local M.P., remarked:

“This noble monument … would stand for all time as a record of the splendid deeds that had been performed and of our reverence for the sacrifices that had been made.”[1]

Others recorded in attendance included the Ngāti Tūwharetoa paramount chief, Te Heuheu Tūkino, Mita Keepa of Te Arawa, Major Salmon, a former Commanding Officer of the Māori Contingent, Captain Vercoe D.S.O, D.C.M., Mr John Hetet and Mr W. Lorigan, on behalf of the Mayor.

The Te Kuiti District Historical Society hold photos from the original unveiling.


It was also commented on by the local newspaper at the time that Te Kuiti generally had not yet erected a memorial and that the Māori had in effect shown them up their Pākehā brethren.

Interestingly, in many cases, the names recorded on the memorial are not the names that the men enlisted under.  Many enlisted under English derivations or completely different names to hide their age. For example, Lt. Mania Erihi is the Māori name of Lt. Oliver Sydney Ellis while Wi Amohanga, aged 14, enlisted as George Nicholls. Tribal researchers have identified all but one of the enlistment names.

The stories of many of these men make for interesting reading.  Among the men is a very committed Rewi Erihi or Stanley Ellis who made his way to England after being rejected at home for medical reasons. He joined the Royal Army Corps Mechanical Transport Section. There is also Taare Tūwhakaririka or Charles Barton, the second Maori pilot in the Royal Airforce and Pau Timi Tana or Ned Turner who sadly lost his life on 25 April 1915 when the Allied Forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Further, there are five Wi brothers from Te Kuiti who enlisted and six Clarke brothers from Ngati Parewaeone of Otorohanga.  Three of the Clarke brothers sadly lost their lives.

This restoration work was undertaken by VJ Williams of Te Kuiti. with the support of the Trustees of Te Tokanganui-a-noho marae, the Ruapuha Uehaka Hapū Trust,  the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and the Lotteries WW100 Committee.

The Te Kuiti District Historical Society hold photos from the original unveiling.

The memorial was restored for the very reason that was scripted on the flagstaff, namely, ‘Hei mohiotanga mo te iwi me te atua me nga uri a muri ake nei, na reira, ka whakamaua nga ingoa o nga tamariki katoa o Maniapoto i haere i uru i mate ki te pakanga, e mau nei o ratou ingoa. [So that the people and God and future descendants may know, hence the names are recorded of all the boys of Ngati Maniapoto who went and died in the war.]

E kore rātou e warewaretia.

*Photo Credit: Te Kuiti & District Historical Society

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Kaumātua Games show a dynamic mix of competitive spirit and fun




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Maniapoto Research and Communications Platform Survey #2 Results

In our most recent survey we asked what our people thought were the best ways to communicate with our people.

We also asked what grants and distributions the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Maniapoto Fisheries Trust should consider.

We’re pleased to advise a report on this survey’s results is now attached for your information.

Questions raised in Survey 1 and 2 will be collated and answers made available to participants in due course.

Prize winners!

We are also pleased to announce the five respondents who won $50 grocery vouches for taking part in the survey. They are:

Joy Mcfadzien,of Invercargill district; Clive Ormsby, Rotorua district; John Hyland, Marlborough district; Roy Haar, Waikato district and Te Urunga Kereopa, Ruapehu district. Congratulations!

Thank you for allowing us to hear your views, your input has been very valuable.

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

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 dawn@maniapoto.co.nz 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.

 Register NOW!!!! – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeTf-e6jk15YStIt…/viewform…