Kia Hiwa Rā last updated - 17 Mar 2017

Kia ora whānau

The year is certainly moving quickly, here we are at the middle of March already!

The year is certainly moving quickly, here we are at the middle of March already!

The good news is from April, Kia Hiwa Rā will move to a weekly format, with a newsletter containing the latest information and then once a month we’ll update you on what our iwi has been up to and what is coming up.

So if you have any news or information you want to share with your iwi, please contact us at

Nāku noa, nā 
Butch Bradley, C.E.O.

Weaving art and hearts at the Omaka Marae Raranga

New APA TV Documentary

We have recently published a new documentary on our online TV Channel, APA TV.

The video, produced at Omaka Marae, documents various aspects relating to the practice and experience of 'Raranga' (traditional MĀori art of weaving).

The documentary features interviews with NAKTRT Trustee Margaret Bond and many other passionate and experienced practioners.

Click here to watch the video on our website, or follow APA TV directly on vimeo here.

Exciting 'Deep Sea Fishing' training opportunities.

Westport Deep Sea Fishing School are offering NZQA Approved training programmes for those interested in an exciting career at sea.

This school is residential and will take people of all ages (16-40+), both male and female regardless of qualifications. Great starting wages for successful students, direct employment outcome guaranteed with Sanford, Sealord or Talleys. The school has an 80% pass rate.

For more information visit or apply online here. Alternatively, contact Peter Maich on 027 450 7585.

Opportunities at 'Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu'

Te Pūtahitanga is a partnership between the nine Iwi of Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne and Ngāti Rarua.

* Communications Advisor

'Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu' are searching for an experienced Communications Advisor to join their team based in Christchurch.

Click here for the full job description or contact Sarah Smith on 03 974 0029.

Applications close on Sunday, 26th March, 2017

* Wave SIX Funding Round opens

Whānau Ora Commissioning is the process of identifying whānau aspirations and investing in them. The investment will create or further develop whānau centred initiatives.

Applications will close on Friday 31st March 2017. To find out more 
click here or apply online here.

Invitation to hear accomplished and passionate Māori health advocate.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is a medical and community leader based in Kaitaia. He is an accomplished author, public speaker, role model and innovator.

Lance will be speaking in Blenheim and Nelson on Thursday, 6th April, 2017.

BLENHEIM, Rangitane Cultural Centre, 1 Fell St, Grovetown, Blenheim, Time: 12p - 1:15pm

NELSON Nayland College, School Hall 166 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson, Time: 6.15pm - 7.30pm

Click here for more information »

Te Ritorito 2017 - Whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing forum

Wellington (3rd - 4th April).

This two-day forum will provide an opportunity for researchers, policymakers, advocates and practitioners to discuss whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing in our day-to-day practice and what the bigger picture means for both Māori and Government.

Registration: $70 (includes all meals, and forum dinner on 3 April 2017).

For more information, or to register your place click here »

Governance and Management Development Scheme

The Governance and Management Development Scheme is an on-demand scheme running until 31 May 2017.

This scheme allows representatives of Māori collectives to attend training in governance, management, strategic planning and other business skills. MBIE will pay 75 per cent of the training costs.

Click here for more information or email

Tawhitō Ngāwariwari – The Ancient Future

The first Mana Rangatahi wānanga for 2017 was held on 18 – 23rd January and it proved to be another amazing experience for our Rangatahi strengthening their connection to their iwi, their whenua and each other.

Continue reading here »

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

Apply now for the NZ Bursary Fund.

If you are engaged with social enterprise in New Zealand and need financial assistance to make it to the 'Social Enterprise World Forum', this is for you.

* Applications close 13th April, 2017

For more information or to apply online, 
click here »

NAKTRT Education Grant recipient 2017

Congratulations to Tralee Walker!

The NAKTRT Trust is focused on providing training programmes, education grants, scholarships and internships - to support the professional development of iwi members and our whānau.

To find out more, contact us on or read more online here »

Tralee Walker is been a recent 'NAKTRT Education Grant recipient' for 2017

Tralee is studying for a "double Major in Psychology and Sociology" with a "double minor in Māori indigenous studies and Te Reo Maori"

"I feel as those with being Māori it is harder to step your foot through the door and I hope with my own experience that I can inspire my Ngati Apa ki te ra to whānau to believe in themselves "

NAKTRT Archivist Nadine Taylor graduates Te Ara Reo Māori level 2.

A big congratulations to our Archivist 'Nadine Taylor' who has recently graduated in the '36 week Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Ara Reo Māori level 2' course. 
For more programmes, go to: or feel free to drop Nadine an email

NAKTRT Archivist Nadine Taylor graduates Te Ara Reo Māori level 2.

A big congratulations to our Archivist 'Nadine Taylor' who has recently graduated in the '36 week Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Ara Reo Māori level 2' course. 
For more programmes, go to: or feel free to drop Nadine an email

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 »