Kia Hiwa Rā last updated - 2 Dec 2016

We apologise for the briefness of Kia Hiwa Rā this week.

We’ve been rather busy with things. We will publish a final Pānui for the year in a couple of weeks, and we’re also working to finalise our second issue of Ngā Rau Huia, the iwi magazine.

Look out for it in your letterbox coming in the week before Xmas.

Iwi Leaders Forum in Blenheim.

The Iwl Leaders Forum concluded today with some very tired kaimahi looking forward to the weekend. Ngā iwi o Te Tauihu hosted the event for the first time ever and by all accounts it was regarded as a huge success.

It would not have been possible without the assistance of tauira, our rangatahi and staff from the various iwi. Trustee Margaret Bond and the mothers and aunties of the Marae put on a hākari at Omaka Marae as part of the pōhiri that was truly memorable.

Our thanks go to all the workers and the various companies who donated time and services to make it all happen.

Manaaki Launched at Pōwhiri for iwi Leaders at Omaka Marae

Omaka Marae launched its Manaaki range of kai-Māori influenced condiments on Thursday, to rave reviews from iwi leaders.

The leaders were served a range of dishes featuring the range, which includesKawakawa jelly, Horopito & Lemon Sauce, and Kamokamo pickle.

The products combine traditional preserving skills and indigenous ingredients in a fresh, clean and contemporary style. In fact, the products were so popular iwi leaders bought samples to take home.

Marae Manager Kiley Nepia and the whānau of Omaka Marae developed the range as one of the initiatives incorporating the vision of ‘Pā Ora, Pā Wānanga.

Manaaki is a social enterprise made possible with support from Te Pūtahitanga.

Condolences to the whānau of Awanuiarangi Black

Te ao Māori lost a leader of great mana when Awanuiarangi Black, 48, (Ngati Pukenga, Ngai Te Rangi, Waitaha, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Raukawa ki Otaki) passed away at Tauranga Hospital on Wednesday.

He was a te reo Māori exponent, an expert in mau rākau (Māori weaponry) and a Bay of Plenty regional councillor.

While he died young he leaves a huge legacy for his people.

Hapū Christmas Parties

The Puaha te Rangi Xmas party will be held on Saturday, 26th Whiringa-a-Rangi (November) from 10.00am.

Once again the venue will be Shantytown Heritage Park, Rutherglen Road, Rutherglen, Greymouth Please advise the organisers of your intention to attend so that they can arrange appropriate catering.

Click here to go to their Facebook page to register.

The Tarakaipa Christmas party will be held from 5pm - 7:30pm at Stadium 2000 in Blenheim on Rāhoroi (Saturday)10 Hakihea (December).

Please register your interest in attending (and whanau numbers) to

November Pānui last updated - 18 Nov, 2016

From the chair

Kia ora e te whānau

Kia ora koutou Well, mother nature has thrown up a number of curve balls in terms of natural events during the  past week, first with the North Canterbury earthquake (felt as far north as Auckland) followed the next day (in Wellington at least) with torrential rain and flooding. ...  Read more »

CEO Corner

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

First, thank you for your phone calls over the past couple of days, offering support and checking in to make sure that iwi members were okay.  It definitely has been a ‘shaky’ time and there will no doubt be plenty more still to happen and to talk through. We closed the office fo...  Read more »


The biennial Te Waipounamu Kapa Haka competitions were held in Whakatū on the 29th Oct. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō was proud to be the platinum sponsor for this event. It was so encouraging seeing so many of our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō whānau members, from our babies all the way through...  Read more »

Education & Training

We congratulate Lynne Owen, who has achieved the NZQA Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education Certificate and is looking forward to assisting iwi members in the field of Adult Literacy & Numeracy.

To register your interest in future courses please call us on 0800 578 900 or email us on for further information. Computers in Homes has finished for the year with Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō iwi members receiving the benefit of a computer to take hom...  Read more »

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga

In light of the recent earthquake affecting the east coast of the South Island and the Wellington region we share this historic J Rose photo from the archive files.

It is referenced: "Illustrating the severity of the convulsions in Westport. The Westport Harbour Boards railway line which, besides being bent, has been completely broken in the centre."  Read more »


Three Day Film School 2,3,4 Hakihea (December) The kaupapa of this School is to teach the basics of telling stories through video. At the conclusion of the Film School you will: Be able to make any video you can dream up. Learn writing techniques. Fundraising & crowd sourcing. Yo...  Read more »

Te Kūmara Vine

We extend our congratulations to Thomas Cutler, who graduated from the University of Canterbury with a law degree (LLB) and recently completed his professionals.

Thomas told us he was extremely grateful for the financial support he received from the iwi throughout his studies. An ex-Wellington College student, Thomas was captain of the school’s swim team and has continued to swim as a way to keep fit and build strength. He’s currently tra...  Read more »