New Maniapoto negotiator appointed

Maniapoto, e te Iwi, a new negotiator has been appointed to join the settlement team for our Treaty of Waitangi claims. Chairman Tiwha Bell has noted  “As we announced earlier, previous negotiators, Nanaia Mahuta and Peter Douglas resigned. We called for people to put their hand up and we got a great response. As a result the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board has confirmed that Sir Wira Gardiner will join the team alongside Mook Hohneck, with specialist advisory appointments still in progress. We needed to move quickly to appoint

Te Kūiti Kaumātua Games celebrate 10 years

The Te Kūiti Kaumātua Games are held in Te Kūiti each year, have been running since 2008, and have just celebrated their 10th year earlier this month. There has always been a great turnout and this year was no different. Ten teams participated with the majority of attendees ranging between the ages of 60-80+, totalling over 90 participants as well as support people and spectators. This year also saw teams join from Paeroa, Raukawa, and locals from Taumarunui, Te Kūiti, Otorohanga and Benneydale. Organised by the Te Kūiti Kaumātua

Sleeps Standing – Moetu launched alongside first NZ Wars National Commemoration Day

Iwi gathered at Mangatoatoa yesterday to celebrate the book launch of Moetu – Sleeps Standing. Written by Witi Ihimaera and translated by Hēmi Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa) this book provides a kaleidoscopic exploration of the battle of Ōrākau, through the eyes of  a 16 year old boy called Moetū. Moetū gives a voice to the people who tried to protect their culture and land, and includes Māori eye witness accounts, images and the Māori translation throughout.   The story is based on one that was told

Ngā Kawe Mate o Tainui

As the fog settles on the dew of a dark and still August morning, whānau from across the iwi gather in anticipation of the day ahead. Friday was Ngā Kawe Mate o Tainui - the official starting of the 11th Koroneihana for Kīngi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII.  And for many whānau, meeting at Te Tokanganui-a-noho in the early hours for the bus journey to Turangawaewae Marae, is an annual pilgrimage that has been undertaken by many generations.   Kawe mate is a long-held tradition which has been

Ngā Pua o te Kowhara sights set on Matatini 2019

After two years, Maniapoto has a new Kapa Haka rōpū who have their sights set on getting to Te Matatini 2019. A number of performing stalwarts have taken heed of a call to come home and to take “Ngā Pua o Te Kowhara” to both the local, regional and hopefully, the national stage of Kapa Haka. Under the tutelage of Walter Temapo (Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Wahiao Tuhourangi), Te Aroha Papa (Ngāti Huiao, Ngāti Peehi, Ngāti Te Kanawa) and Paora Anderson (Ngāti Kinohaku), the key focus was to establish

Wharekura Kaiako speaks at World Indigenous Peoples Conference

Hohepa Hei, kaiako from Te Wharekura o Maniapoto has been selected to make a presentation at the Worlds Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education which is being held in Toronto, Canada this week. Hohepa (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-ā-Hauiti, Te Aitanga-ā-Mahaki) will present his abstract submission on “Education and Guardianship in the 21st Century, kootuia Te Aka Matauranga, Kaitiakitanga Hei Tikitiki Moo Tonu Mahunga”.  His paper focuses on building and creating Innovative Indigenous Teaching Spaces and Learning Methodologies through the sustainability of the environment and teaching