Kia Hiwa Rā last updated - 17 Feb 2017

Kia ora whanau

Welcome to 2017, our goal with the Kia Hiwa Rā is to compile a list of important events, reminders, dates and programmes and bring them conveniently to your attention.

If you wish to have an item listed in our Kia Hiwa Rā, be sure to contact us at

And … to our whanau in Christchurch, our thoughts are with you - Kei konā kei a koutou ngā whakaaro.

The Team at Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō Trust

Social Development plan & supporting registered iwi members starting school

As part of our Social Development plan Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust continue to support registered iwi members starting school in New Zealand.

So far we have provided 17 Education Packs consisting of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Back Pack including book bag and beginner stationery requirements.

We see Tamariki showing their iwi with pride and we look forward to hearing about their achievements as they continue their education journey.

Contact Lynne Owen at if you are interested in a starter pack.                             

The Wai Ora Fund for 2017 is now open for applications.

The purpose of the fund is to enable iwi and Māori to promote and advance freshwater fisheries development, research and education.

Wai Māori encourages applicants to apply for funding up to a maximum of $70,000 for a project.

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Further information is available on the Wai Ora website.

You will need to email your application by 5pm, Friday 10 March 2017.
No late applications will be accepted.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa programmes, 2017.

Pare Puketapu, a Kaiako (Teacher) from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has bought to our attention the following 2017 programmes you may be interested in.
  • Te Arataki Manu Kōrero Level 4 and 5 (Which are Tikanga programmes and are Noho based)

  • Te Ara reo Māori Level 2 and 4 and Diploma in Te Reo

  • Raranga Level 4 and 5

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offer programmes in various locations across New Zealand, and include some Home based learning courses.

If you are interested you can contact Pare Puketapu on 022 694 2844
or via email

For more information, visit

Dream Big Māori - Chance for Rangatahi to spend a day with one of six influential Māori.

DreamBig Māori want young Māori to tell us their hopes, their dreams, and what they want their future to look like.

Rangatahi will enter the competition by making a creative, snappy video saying what they want out of life, share it on the DreamBig Māori Facebook page, Instagram, or send them a Snapchat video.

Find out more here

Two Day Easy Evaluation workshops for 2017 - Blenheim, 14-15 March 2017, Scenic Hotel

SHORE & Whariki Research Centre is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide evaluation training plus organisational and individual support for the public health workforce and community organisations with a public health focus.


These research and community groups are offering free 'Two Day' Easy Evaluation workshops at the following locations:

Blenheim, 14-15 March 2017, Scenic Hotel and

  • Gisborne, 21-22 February 2017, Quality Hotel Emerald

  • Whanganui, 2-3 May 2017, Kingsgate

  • Christchurch, 30-31 May 2017, Commodore

  • Lower Hutt, 20-21 June 2017, Hutt Golf Club - Boulcotts Farm

To find out more download this flier. You can also contact Jan Sheeran 
on 09 366 6136 or email

Alternatively register online here.

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 »