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

Piopio College commemorate 25th Anniversary of Wharekura

“Whitiwhiti te manu nui I te ata. Pae muturangi I te ahiahi” Whakaara Kia Mataara, the wharekura that stands front and center of Piopio College has been commemorated this year on Tuesday, 27th of November. Marking its 25th Anniversary, we acknowledge its beginnings as it was opened by the late Honorable Koro Wētere and the late Dr Tui Adams who both opened the wharekura on Saturday, 27th of November 1993. 25 years ago there was more than just a wish to acknowledge the reo, mana, and tikanga of [...]

Te Kūiti soup delivery kitchen for kaumātua

Te Aroa Pou (Ngāti Te Kanawa, Ngāti Peehi, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Uekaha ), and the Pou Haereiti/Wright whānau have become a beacon of love for their kaumātua community in Te Kūiti. This year in July, the whānau were deeply saddened by the departure of many ruruhi and koroheke during the cold winters that continue to affect elderly across Aotearoa. Naturally, winter comes with a sparkling chill that creates health issues, this prompted Te Aroa and his whānau to start a Māori soup delivery kitchen every Monday and Friday [...]

Maniapoto and the Crown agree to a deferred timeline for Deed of Settlement

Ko te wehi ki a Ihowa te timatanga o te whakaaro nui. Ka nui te aroha ki te hunga kua tiraha, moe mai ra koutou moe mai ra. E raurangatira ma, e te iwi nui tonu o Ngati Maniapoto me o tatou karanga maha, tena koutou katoa. He karanga tenei ki te iwi nui tonu kia huihui mai tatou ki te wananga i a tatou kaupapa kawe i nga kereme ki te aroaro o te karauna no reira nau mai, haere mai. As you will recall, in December [...]

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together

Tribal Festival continues to bring Te Nehenehenui together “Haramai tiki kapakapa, haramai tiki ngāherehere ki te pae o Tāne whakapiripiri” Maximising the relationship between whānau, hapū and marae are at the forefront of Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival. The participation within the iwi is not defined by the competition and kapa haka. Instead the cultural festival is designed to create an environment that has learning as a primary focus which fosters collaboration between whānau and the expertise of individual hapū, marae, and kura. Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival is an [...]

Waiwaia 2018

Ko ngā rau paenga o Waiwaia Waiwaia, the Maniapoto Secondary School Festival that has been entertaining the iwi for over 30 years has come and gone once more. Taking place annually at different venues, the festival was in high spirits as numerous secondary schools gathered to Ōtorohanga College to come together, perform kapa haka and develop their identity under the shelter of Te Rohe Pōtae. Once the pōwhiri concluded, the cultural festival saw secondary schools which included Ōtorohanga College, Piopio College, Te Kūiti High School and Te Wharekura [...]

Te Nehenehenui Festival reaches 5-year celebration

Te Nehenehenui Tribal Festival will be celebrating its 5th anniversary this Saturday where various Maniapoto hapū and rōpū will be performing traditional whakaaraara, mōteatea, haka pōwhiri and newly composed contemporary waiata. The iwi festival, which is held annually, challenges the uri whakatupu of Te Nehenehenui to engage and return to their home within Te Rohe Pōtae. These uri are encouraged to participate in the revival of their reo, the revival of their aronga ā-iwi, and the revival of their identity, their Maniapototanga. With its inaugural celebration and its [...]