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Nau mai Haere mai, welcome to Te Kūmara Vine, your space and your place to share your news and your stories with your iwi.

Please send your stories and news for inclusion on Te Kūmara Vine to: comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz

Our aim is to show Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō iwi members doing great things – where ever you may be in the world!

December 2017

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NAVIGATING WITH FORESIGHT WORKSHOP 33 Rangatahi from around Aotearoa, hosted by the McGuiness Institute and the New Zealand Treasury, gathered in Wellington from the 19th – 23rd of November to explore what a preferred future for Māori might look like in a post-settlement Aotearoa. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō member Corey Hebberd was selected by the McGuiness Institute to attend the four-day WakaNZ: Navigating with Foresight workshop. Hosted at Te Herenga Waka Marae, the New Zealand Treasury and Ngā Mokopuna ā Tane. The rōpu explored some key areas, including te reo Māori, pākihi, tino rangatiratanga, hauora and taiao. Corey’s specific interest was on redefining the measures of success for Māori and iwi, with a focus not just on financia...
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October 2017

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My Ngā Manu Kōrero journey began at a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Mana Rangatahi Wananga where it was proposed that I stand at the Marlborough Boys College competition in the Rāwhiti Ihaka (Junior Māori) and Sir Turi Carrol (Junior English) sections. Leading up to the day I met with papa Kiley (Nepia) every Wednesday and Sunday and I also frequently video called Whaea Tinamaree Kaipara who both helped me deliver my Whaikorero. The day came to compete against my peers at Marlborough Boys College, as I stood on the stage along with several other students and delivered my speeches to an audience consisting of whānau, iwi and several Marlborough Boys College students. I ended up coming out on top with both Rawhiti Ihaka and Sir Turi Carol s...
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September 2017

Kia whai kororia honore hareruia kia Ihoa o ngā Mano, tuauriuri whaioio kii tonu te rangi me te whenua i te nui o tou kororia, Matua, Tama, Wairua Tapu me ngā Anahera Pono ko te Mangai hei tautoko mai aianei akenei ae.

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Ko Puhikereru me Titohea ngā maunga. Ko Raukawakawa me Whangaehu ngā awa. Ko Kurahaupo me Manuao ngā waka. Ko Omaka me Ratana ngā marae. Ko Tarakaipa te Hapū. Ko Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō me Te Iwi Morehu ngā Iwi. He uri tēnei o Eruera raua ko Te Oranga Hemi. On the 17th of July 2016, I was fortunate enough to have been one of 50 students selected to be a part of the Raukura (Rotorua Boys and Girls High School) combined kapahaka team to travel to Portugal and Madrid for the Folk Cantanhede festival as New Zealand ambassadors. We endured a long-haul flight of up to 30 hours, travelling to Hong Kong and Madrid, then another 9 hour bullet train to Portugal where we stayed at a local university along with others from South Africa, Austria...
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July 2017

Pā Wānanga at Omaka Marae A huge congratulations to Omaka Marae for securing a substantial amount of funding to build a bilingual unit. The unit plans to open in early 2018 and will be held at Omaka Marae. This is a huge opportunnity for our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō whānau who live in Marlborough. To register your child please email manager@omakamarae.co.nz Kalais Hemi - Completed a Master of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. Says: " I would like to once again thank the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust for providing me with an Education Grant for my 2016 studies. I am immensely grateful to be a recipient of this grant and hope that the grant continues to be available for many generations of our iwi to come. Dur...
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June 2017

In 2016 I was privileged to have been awarded a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust Education Grant.

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The Grant was used to help pay my tuition fees in my third and final year of study at Victoria University in Wellington. In 2014, I graduated with a Tohu Māoritanga (Diploma in Māori Studies), and in December 2016, with the support of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Māori Resource Management and Te Reo Māori. I hope to one day utilise the skills and knowledge I have gained from my studies working amongst my Iwi to preserve, maintain, and revitalise our environment and Te Reo. I would like to thank the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust for supporting me in my academic journey, and helping me to achieve my goals. Nei rā te mihi manahau ki a koutou, e te Poari o Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō...
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May 2017

Congratulations to Levi Robinson-Collier, recipient of the 2016 Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust Education Grant. Levi's areas of interest involve ecology and conservation biology and has worked on a freshwater ecology research topic over the summer at the University of Canterbury. Levi's future could definitely be a great asset for our iwi in the future.
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April 2017

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Tralee Walker receives the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Education grant. Kia ora my name is Tralee Walker. I was bought up in a small town called Westport on the West coast. My Mother is originally from Levin and my Father is from Denniston a mining ghost town on the West Coast. Westport is a lovely small town but has given me and my whanau a disconnection to our whakapapa and to being Māori. My father’s background is European and my mama Rehia McDonald is the link form to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. My association with being Māori was hard growing up since there are so many difficulties in society these days to discourage you but that didn’t stop me from following my dreams with tertiary education. I feel as those with being Māori it is hard...
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November 2016

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

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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 training for a triathlon in March. He hopes to secure a job with a Wellington law firm working in the areas of property, commercial and resource management – all skills that we hope one day he may be able to use in the service of his iwi!  Please send us your good news stories so that we can share them with whānau comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz
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October 2016

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

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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 Nadine all the best on her entry into the dark art of politics! Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō staff enjoy a small celebratory lunch (and half a glass of bubbles) with Councillor-elect, Nadine Taylor (far right) Please send us your good news stories so that we can share them with whānau comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz
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August 2016

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.

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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 competition. In doing so, she has qualified for the World Salsa Competition to be held in Miami, in December. "I love to dance and I can’t wait to go to Miami to compete. Every time I dance I know I am representing my whānau, Marae and iwi." Please send us your good news stories so that we can share them with whānau E: comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz
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July 2016

At the relatively young age of 13, Kayden Skipper is making his mark in the sport of Jiu Jitsu.

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After taking up the discipline three years ago, Kayden already has a swag of regional and national medals, and earlier this year he won the Auckland Gi Regional competition. It’s pretty impressive for a guy who only turned to the sport fairly recently (although he had been boxing for eight years). Kayden is a member of the Marcello Lopez BJJ Club in Blenheim and trains every day under the watchful eye of club owner and coach Marcello Lopez. His goal is to win a world championship and a professional career is a ‘possibility’ he reckons. He is one of a number of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō rangatahi who belong to the club. Kia kaha!
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June 2016

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Trustee Barbara Greer with Diane Hansen holding one of the ‘Koha kaimoana’ packs that were distributed to members at the SGM held at Omaka Marae.
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May 2016

While Lydia Ko and Danny Lee have been making all the golfing headlines in recent times, there is a growing pool of young talent coming through behind them.

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One of that group is Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō golfer, Oliver Taite Barnsdall, who recently won the Senior Men’s Stableford at the NZ Māori Golf Champs hosted by the Taupō Golf Club last month. At 17 years old and playing to a five handicap (if you don’t play golf, then all you need to know is that a ‘five’ handicap is very, very good), Oliver has already been playing for 10 years and is hoping to get into a golf academy next year.  He’s currently playing golf 2-3 times a week on local Piopio and Waitomo golf courses, and under the watchful eye of his professional coach, Andrew Horan. He has ambitions to turn professional “at some stage” and is grateful for the support of sponsors, who include his uncle Rex Gapper and King Kina.
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April 2016

More than 350 people – young and old – attended the Minions Movie Night at Omaka Marae last Friday.

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The event was a fundraiser for the Māori Women’s Welfare League and provided an opportunity for Blenheim people to experience some ‘Marae style’ entertainment and whakawhanaungatanga.  A big screen was hired for the night and there were food stalls for those wanting to snack during the movie. Feedback on the night was extremely positive with a number of people commenting that it was their first time visiting a Marae and how impressed they were. Congratulations to Omaka Marae for creating such an inclusive an popular event. We are told that there will be more…!
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March 2016

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Whānau who attended the Whanganui Hui-a-Iwi roadshow: Anndion Lodge, 13 March 2016      
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February 2016

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Ko Paparoa te Pae maunga Ko Kawatiri te Awa Ko Puaha te Rangi te Hapu Ko Hoani Mahuika toku tupuna matua Ko Edward Gilsenan toku Koro. Ko Leslie Gilsenan toku Papa Ko Tobias Gilsenan toku ingoa. As advised in our last Kia Hiwa Rā, Tobias Gilsenan’s first solo exhibition opened over the weekend. Tobias told us that, many years ago he received a number of study grants to assist him in studying for his Design degree (2000-03), for which he was “very appreciative”. We offer our aroha and tautoko Tobias, his partner, Francesca, and their tama Tiakingahere in their future endeavours, and hope the exhibition is a successful one. So if you’re in the area, or passing through, stop to check out Tobias’ exhibition. It runs until March 17.
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December 2015

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As noted in the Chair’s Report, last month Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō won a Meke Māori Excellence award at a dinner held as part of the Te Atakura Economic Summit 2015 held in Whakatū (Nelson).  The award was in the Te Reo me Ona Tikanga Māori category and was given in recognition of the depth and quality of our Cultural Strategy and initiatives. Cultural Adviser Kiley Nepia accepted the award on behalf of the iwi.
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November 2015

At a hui in Whakatū (Nelson) on 27 October 2015, iwi representatives met with Sealord to discuss the Ihu to Mai arrangements. Ihu to Mai is a ten iwi collective formed in order to pool relatively small quota entitlements and have them fished by Sealord for the next five years. A share of profits comes back to member iwi . The aim was to forge closer relationships and to look for mutually beneficial solutions to the challenges and opportunities confronting all players in the global seafood industry.
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August 2015

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Nau mai Haere mai, welcome to Te Kūmara Vine, your space and your place to share your news and your stories with your iwi. Let iwi know what is happening with whānau, hapū and in the community. Please send your stories and news for inclusion on Te Kūmara Vine to: comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz Te Wānanga o Aotearoa continues to deliver reo and tikanga programmes at Omaka Marae including Te Ara Reo Māori and Raranga. Each year we have a number of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō iwi members enrol on the tertiary courses. We would like to congratulate Leeroy Mason and his partner Sarah her who graduated from Te Ara Reo Māori, and are continuing their studies in te reo Māori. At the end of the ceremony Omaka Marae Chairperson and Ngāti Apa ki te...
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October 2015

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On Friday 11th September Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō artist Margaret Bond was presented with an award recognising her contribution to adult education. She was joined by a small rōpu comprising her immediate whānau, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and Kurahaupō iwi membersMargaret has been tutoring Māori weaving to adults for over 15 years, and been a tutor with education provider Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for the past eight, teaching their certificate and diploma courses in Māori art (weaving). Her passion for the revival of this ancient art is well-known, as is her commitment to passing the skills on to others in the community. Our congratulations go to Margaret for her dedication to this taonga tuku iho. Margaret Bond (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, kaira...
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September 2015

Manu Kōrero Regional Competitions

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July 2015

Manu Kōrero Regional Competitions

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Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō wishes to acknowledge the participants of the regional Manu Kōrero speech competitions held at Marlborough Boys College, and congratulates those rangatahi from our iwi who were successful in securing honours. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō had a number of rangatahi who took to the stage and would like to acknowledge the following; Kowhai de Thierry - 1st place Senior Māori Tamaiti James Wilson - 2nd place Senior Māori David de Thierry - 1st place Senior English Ayesha Hohepa - 1st place Junior Māori Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō supported the competitions and our Cultural Advisor Kiley Nepia was the Master of Ceremony for the event. And please remember to send us your good news stories so that we can share them with whānau co...
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June 2015

Nau mai Haere mai, welcome to Te Kūmara Vine, your space and your place to share your news and your stories with your iwi. Let iwi know what is happening with whānau, hapū and in the community. Please send your stories and news for inclusion on Te Kumara Vine to: comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō sportsman off to World Champs in USA Blenheim iwi member Bradley Palatchie is busy packing to attend the World Shooting Champs in Ohio USA in July. For Bradley, who is a member of the Open NZ Team and the Under 25 NZ Team, this is his second world champs, having been first selected for a worlds champs 4 years ago when only 16 years old. Ka pai Bradley and well done on taking your iwi to the world stage. Kia kaha, kia toa...
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