Our Stories2018-09-04T13:28:54+00:00

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Maniapoto Treaty Settlement Reset

Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB) has formally appointed Board Trustee, Glenn Tootill, as a Negotiator in the Board’s Treaty Claims Settlement work for Maniapoto.  Tootill will join current Negotiator, Terrence ‘Mook’ Hohneck, in the negotiations with Crown to achieve a Deed of Settlement by the end of the year, 2019, following the departure of Sir Wira Gardiner whose contract with MMTB concluded at the end of December 2018. Recognising the additional skills that Tootill will bring to the role as a key member on the Maniapoto Settlements Negotiations [...]