Kia Hiwa Rā last updated - 21 Oct 2016

Education Grants for 2017 Now Open!

Applications for Education Grants for study in 2017 are now open. You must be a registered member of the iwi to qualify for a grant.

Click here to download the application form.

Weekend Film School 25-27 Whiringa-a-rangi (November)

Calling all budding young Taika Waititi’s! We have arranged for a local filmmaker (who has worked in Hollywood) to lead a weekend wānanga to introduce rangatahi to the art of storytelling through video.

The weekend will commence with a hui on Friday 25th November, from 4-6pm at the offices of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. This will be an opportunity to introduce ourselves and to outline the weekend’s activities.

You do not need any previous experience and we will provide all necessary equipment. Places are strictly limited so please register your interest by There are 16 places available.

The cost to attend the wānanga will be $30. More details will be provided in a subsequent Kia Hiwa Rā.

Places still available for Whakatū Wānanga

There are still some places available on the Iwi Wānanga to be held in Whakatū (Nelson) at the end of next week.

This Wānanga is being held to coincide with the regional kapa haka competitions that will be taking place while we are there.

This is a great opportunity for members to learn to some basic Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga, as well as being on hand to support our whanau taking part in the competitions.

There may also be an opportunity to try your hand at waka ama so, to register your interest in attending please email

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference

The NPM International Indigenous Research Conference runs from 15 - 18 November.

The 7th Biennial conference has over 170 Indigenous speakers from around the world, and is structured around the following themes:

» Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies

» Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments

» Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing

» Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation

» Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori – Thriving Indigenous Languages and Cultures

Click here to register by 31 October.

October Pānui last updated - 18 Oct, 2016

From the Chair

Kia ora e te whanau

It was good to see another great turn out for the AGM weekend and again the whole Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō team did us proud with the organisation of the activities for the whānau day, the hākari on the Saturday night, and the AGM itself. It was good to see the solid support we had ...  Read more »

CEO Corner

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

It certainly was great to see and hear from whānau members over the AGM weekend, listening to and talking with them about a wide range of topics.  The weekend began with whānau arriving on Friday night in eager readiness for what lay in store over the weekend. There were certainl...  Read more »


A group of Mana Rangatahi graduates attended a wānanga in Taupō at the start of this month.

The wānanga provided the participants with another platform and opportunity to develop their skills in mau rākau, pēpeha, karakia, waiata. They were also introduced to Te Whare Atua or the Māori gods. Whilst the majority of our wānanga will be based in our rohe, that doesn’t prec...  Read more »

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga

The Department of Conservation has provided the following information on the Tatare tunnel:

"Pioneer miners drove a 500 metre tunnel system through from the Tatare Gorge to pipe water to the Waiho terrace. While the gold recovered did not cover mining costs, Franz Josef township was established on the operation site. From 1911 the sluice pipes provided water supply for ...  Read more »


Iwi Wānanga 28th – 30th Oct Whakatū Our next iwi wānanga coincides with the Te Waipounamu Kapa Haka Competitions in Whakatū (Nelson). We will travel to Nelson on Friday and accommodation will be provided. The kaupapa of the wānanga is a celebration of ‘Toi Whakaari’ – Māori perfo...  Read more »

Te Kūmara Vine

We extend our sincere congratulations to Nadine Taylor, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Archivist Extraordinaire, on her election to Marlborough District Council.

Nadine, standing in local body elections for the very first time (in the Picton-Havelock Ward) absolutely blitzed her opposition, attracting two and a half times more votes than the second-placed candidate.  A celebratory lunch was held to mark the historic occasion. We wish Nadi...  Read more »