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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]