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Kia Hiwa Rā last updated - 26 Aug 2016

Iwi launches Educatioin Starter Packs

Trustee Margaret Bond launched our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Education starter packs to three of our younger iwi members.

It was featured in the Marlborough Express and Margaret was interviewed on Radio WaateaFM. You can listen to the interview here.

Registered iwi members with children starting school (or with children who have started school this year) can email to request a Starter Pack for their children.

Be sure to include your child’s name and the school they will be attending – and indicate a backpack colour preference (red, black, or blue).

Louis Pinker-Meihana Wins Award

Congratulations are due to Louis Pinker-Meihana who was recently awarded an ICAS (International Competitions & Assessments for Schools) certificate at Marlborough Boys College.

This is a huge achievement and a VERY BIG DEAL. The test “assesses a student’s ability to write an extended response to a given task.”

Rumour has it that Louis scored in the top five per cent of students across Oceania. Kia kaha!

Trustee Elections

Remember, to vote in the Trustee Elections

Voting is available online by clicking on the link on our website. More than 200 votes have been cast to date. Voting closes on Friday 16 September so make sure you have your say.

Cawthron Foundation summer scholarships

The Cawthron Foundation in Whakatū is offering two summer scholarships for under-graduate students.

Successful applicants will get to work alongside Cawthron scientists to develop the skills and knowledge needed to solve pressing environmental issues.

The 10-week, Nelson-based scholarships run from November 2016 to February 2017Click here for more information.

August Pānui last updated - 19 Aug, 2016

CEO Corner

CEO Corner

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

Well there is no doubt that winter has made itself at home across the Tauihu, with the colder days and frosts. It has been a case of wrap up and keep up, with what has been a busy month across the top of the south for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. The team have been busily preparing for...  Read more »


Firstly, I would like to congratulate some of our Mana Rangatahi participants on their recent achievements.

Tama Baker on completing his  level 3 Māori Tourism course; Caeden Skipper and Waitoa Hart who came first and second in their respective age groups at the NZ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition recently, and to Te Ao Mārama Nepia who recently won her age division at the NZ Salsa comp...  Read more »

Education & Training

This month we feature the story of Jodie Palatchie, (pictured), with who I recently completed the Computers in Homes computer training course.

What motivated me to do the course was its focus on giving parents and caregivers the basic skills they need to help their tamariki navigate and be safe while using the internet, whilst also supplying computers and internet connection to these homes with young tauira. Most school...  Read more »

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga

This month we feature another beautiful watercolour by William Fox, featuring Kehu in the act of snaring a weka.

Entitled 'In the Matukituki Valley', the painting depicts a makeshift open-fronted slab hut, with a small fire burning outside. The two men ‘reclining’, or more accurately, ‘prostrate in a state of hunger and exhaustion’ are none other than the intrepid explorers, Brunner and Hea...  Read more »

Our Whenua

In 2019 New Zealand will commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Capt James Cook’s landfall in New Zealand.

Our cultural advisor, Kiley Nepia, is a trustee on the Trust that is both organising and coordinating a series of events in Marlborough. As everyone knows, Cook’s first landfall was in the rather ironically named Poverty Bay in 1769. On the morning of 15 January 1770, the Endeavo...  Read more »


Te Ture Umanga mō te Iwi Whānui

(Marlborough Community Law)   Date: 9th September 2016
, Time: 10.30-12.30 Desiree Williams (Ngāi Tūhoe) will host a Workshop called 'Succession and Whānau Trusts:  Researching Whenua and Whakapapa' Venue: Community Law 14 Market Street, Blenheim Please contact reception@commlaw...  Read more »

Te Kumara Vine

Te Kumara Vine

As we promised in last week’s Kia Hiwa Rā, here are some pics of our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō rangatahi who are achieving great things on the national stage.

Pictured above are Waitoa Hart and Caeden Skipper who won bronze and gold medals in their divisions of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National Championships held in Auckland recently. (Photo credit: Keelan Walker) Te Ao Mārama Nepia recently won her age division at the NZ Salsa competi...  Read more »