June Pānui, 2018 June 2018

Mātariki whānau cluster wānanga

We are excited to announce the first dates and locations for our Whānau Cluster Wānanga focused on sharing basic Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō kōrero. The first will be held in Christchurch (10 Show Place, Addington) this coming Wednesday, June 27 from 6pm to 9pm. It will be followed by a wānanga in Blenheim on Sunday, July 8, from 1pm to 3pm. This will be held at the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō office in Seymour Street. If you would like to learn more about your iwi and connect with other whānau then please register by emailing office@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 578 900 for more information.

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Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts Need You!

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts Need You!

Nominations are being sought for suitable iwi member candidates for appointment to two vacancies (one for each hapū) on the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts.   The Trusts meet bi-monthly with hui taking place on Saturdays – other time commitments include serving on Trust sub-committees, representing the iwi in regional and national forums from time to time and interacting with our iwi members.  The positions are remunerated. Candidates are required to act in accordance with the trust deeds of the Trusts and the law generally and to always act in the best interests of the iwi members of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō (putting this above any personal interests). While experience governing and/or managing entities would be useful, some training is available to trustees.  Ultimately, honest persons with a passion for hapū/iwi development with strong networks within and external to the iwi would make great trustees. So talk to your whānau now, consider the documentation available on our website and put yourself forward! Nominations must be received by 5pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018. Download a nomination form here »  

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From the Chair

From the Chair

Kia ora koutou Our new General Manager Simon Karipa has been on board for a month now and is settling in very well. Simon has identified a few areas which need to be tidied up, and is working through a process for doing that. All Iwi involved in the Tasman water space settlement have now signed up, thereby committing to the implementation plan. This will include obtaining resource consents for the eight Aquaculture Management Areas (AMAs) and working through the next steps of deciding how the space will then be progressively farmed, over the next two to 10 years in line with the overall plan. Simon has been appointed as our director on the eight sub-zone boards and on the board of the management company, which will decide on how the space will be released and best utilised. We will reach a point where we will need to decide on whether we want to be part of a development company to actively farm our portion of the space, or whether we would be best to lease it to established operators. I am meeting...

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Mana Rangatahi

Mana Rangatahi

Our popular Mana Rangatahi program is a great way for our younger iwi members to strengthen their connection to their iwi, cultural identity, whenua and each other.

Plus it’s loads of fun. The next wānanga will be held July 16-21 at Rotoiti, and we’re taking registrations now. Please note we have extended the age group for Mana Rangatahi, and anyone aged 12 to 24 is welcome to take part.  To register your interest please email office@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz[mailto:office@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz]  before July 2. Check out videos of previous wananga using the Apa TV tab on the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō website[/apa-tv/].

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Ngā Manu Kōrero

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō once again sponsored the regional Te Tauihu Manu Kōrero competition, held in Richmond last month, and it was great to see so many of our Rangatahi take to the stage, both as competitors and vocal supporters (how good was that haka ngeri!). Congratulations to Te Ao Marama Nepia who came first in the Rawhiti Ihaka Junior Māori section, marking the first time this taonga - the Willie Luke Memorial Trophy - has been won by a Marlborough Girls’’ College student.  A huge well done also to Ngāti Apa rangatahi Pharaoh de Thierry, who came second in his section, and Lucas Baker who came third in Senior English. Following a moving pōhiri at Omaka Marae to welcome the Manu Kōrero taonga home, Marlborough Girls’ College te Reo kaiako Whaea Louisa King said the students had done their whānau, schools and iwi proud. “E poho kererū ana tēnei whaea i tā rātou mahi rangatira.” Te Ao Marama will now go on to represent Te Tauihu at the National Ngā Manu Kōrero competition to be held in Houhoupiko, Gisborne from September 18...

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Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

By Dr Peter N. Meihana (Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o te Whenua: Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kuia, Rangitane, Ngai Tahu) Recently we have had the good fortune of having this taonga made available to us. Ginny Brownlee of Nelson posted the photograph on the Old Marlborough Facebook page, where it was noticed by some of our whānau. When we contacted Ginny and explained to her its significance she informed her father, Bill, who was happy to koha the photograph back us. Since then a large amount of discussion and research has taken place. What the process has highlighted is that we are quickly losing people who can identify elders of previous generations. In lieu of this knowledge we were left with having to historicise the photograph and go from there. What we know for certain is that the gentleman seated with the taiaha is Meihana Kereopa, and the man kneeling in the foreground is his son, Tahuariki. We know that the wharenui was built in 1899 and that Meihana died in October 1914. We can conclude, then, that the photograph was taken in the...

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It takes a village

Tamariki in Marlborough are set to benefit from a sweeping change in the landscape when it comes to Māori education. Te Pā Wānanga,  Marlborough’s first bilingual kaupapa Māori school, is another step closer to reality after welcoming foundation kaiako Virgil Hills last month. More than 100 rangatahi, whānau, iwi and school leaders showed their support at a pōhiri at Omaka Marae in Blenheim. Whaea Virgil, who has come to Te Tauihu from Chanel College in Masterton, will take a leading role at Te Pā Wānanga, a satellite unit of Renwick School due to open at Omaka Marae later this year. Omaka Marae General Manager and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā tō Cultural Advisor Kiley Nepia  said the establishment of Te Pā Wānanga—or ‘the learning village’—represented a significant development that reflected the cultural landscape and need for bilingual education. “There’s a sense of returning to village life, rather than children learning in isolation … they’ll be learning alongside people of all ages, mum and dad, our kaumatua.” Click here to read about Te Pā Wānanga on Stuff.

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Married, live on TV

Ten years after making their promise, a Rangiora couple have finally tied the knot- on live TV! Iwi member Toby Gilsenan wed his long-time partner Francesca Avent after winning a competition on Three’s primetime show The Project. Toby’s vows - in te Reo - tugged at the heartstrings of viewers nationwide and news of the wedding has been picked up by media in NZ and overseas. The competition was timed to coincide with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  Congrats Fran and Toby. Click here to see footage of the big night!

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A shot at Miss Universe

A shot at Miss Universe

Marina Kere (Ngāti Apa ke te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu) has made it to the finals of Miss Universe NZ 2018. We caught up with Marina while she was on location in Thailand.

*Have you always lived in Nelson? Where were you brought up and where are you based these days?* I was born in Motueka, I went to kōhanga reo there then my family moved to Wellington where I attended primary school in my younger years. Then we moved back to Nelson to complete primary school up to my last year of college and I am still in Nelson. *What prompted you to enter Miss Universe?* It’s something that I have always wanted to do as a child. I liked the idea of women empowering each other and the confidence you gain while being able to show who you are as a person and show your values and culture. Also, I love the charity aspect as well because you get to help people and I have always wanted to do volunteer work overseas. *Have you always been interested in modelling?* Yeah. I got scouted by a group of talent scouts when I was around 8 in Wellington and they asked me to do a paid photoshoot for NZ Post and then I ended up doing photoshoots for...

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One to watch

One to watch

Another Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō member is off overseas to represent New Zealand. Flynn Warren, 11, has been selected for the New Zealand Under 13 team to play at the Cal Ripkin World Series in Branson, Missouri next month. This is not Flynn’s first time playing at the national level - in the past year the 11-year-old Levin youngster has represented New Zealand at the World Children’s Baseball Fair in Japan[https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/horowhenua-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503788&objectid=11892564], and was also selected for the Wellington Supercity baseball team in the Gold Coast Summer Classic. There was another stint in the Wellington jersey in the Battle of the Bridges tournament in Auckland and in April he attended the New Zealand U13 Ripken National Championships in Auckland playing for the Hutt Valley Hornets where they won the tournament and were crowned the 2018 National Champs. Flynn was also named in the tournament team. They are some big achievements for an 11-year-old. Good luck in the US, Flynn!  

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Education

As part of our Social Development plan Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust continues to support registered Iwi members starting school with the provision of education packs.  Last month saw a record six school bags filled with stationery and books sent out to new entrants. These school bags are becoming an awesome beacon of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō at primary schools all over the country – keep wearing them with pride whānau! Parents, don’t forget to send us photos of your children wearing their Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō backpacks on their first day of school.

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Kapa Haka regionals

If you are in Nelson later this month, don’t miss the Te Tauihu Regional Kapa Haka Competitions on Saturday,  June 30 at Nelson College. Doors open at 9am, and are shut during performances, so get there early. Door sales: $5 Secondary school pupils and  adults; $2 tamariki, and under-5s are free. Gold card holders are free - koha appreciated.

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Moved house?

It is important Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō has up-to-date contact details for iwi members so we can stay in touch and keep you informed of news and events, particularly with upcoming Trustee Elections. If you have changed your residential and/or postal address, or any other contact details, please let the office know. You can either email us at administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz[mailto:administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz] or give us a call on 0800 578 900.

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