April Pānui, 2018 April 2018

From the Chair

From the Chair

Kia ora e te whānau I am pleased to welcome to the Iwi, Simon Karipa, who has accepted the position of General Manager, on a fulltime permanent basis, based at the Blenheim office. With his background (outlined in the GM corner of this pānui) and experience, I look forward to working with Simon, to advance a number of key matters we are currently involved in. High on his task list will be to recruit to fill the vacant Business Support Manager role. I am confident that we have the talent to fill this important role from within the Iwi and will ensure that we advise you all of the vacancy once we are ready to formally advertise the position.  The Board have now signed off on the business plan for the next 12 months including the budget required to achieve the planned outcomes. A significant initiative the Board have agreed to this year is to undertake an ethnographic approach aimed at gaining insights in to what makes our people who they are. Ethnography is the study of people in their own environment...

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GM Corner

GM Corner

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa – Let us keep close together – not far apart.

Kia ora koutou Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa – Let us keep close together – not far apart. As one chapter closes another one opens. As Brendon mentioned, after a thorough and fruitful search the Trust has appointed a new general manager, Simon Karipa (Ngāti Apa – Rangitikei). An accomplished lawyer, Simon has significant experience in the Iwi/Māori commercial sector, both in pre-settlement and post-settlement contexts particularly fishing, and has held a wide and interesting variety of governance roles, including as chair of Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd and the Te Ngākinga o Whanganui Investment Trust. Since 2012 he has served as in-house counsel at Te Ohu Kaimoana, where he was involved in legal matters as well as advocacy, strategy and planning, and prior to that he had stints with Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu, the Ministry of Justice and also with his Iwi in Whanganui, as business manager for Whakauae Research Services and manager of the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust. I think you will be really impressed with Simon. He is humble, smart and keen to help drive the organisation forward. Simon and his...

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Education and Training

Education and Training

EDUCATION GRANTS Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō are proud to support our students in their Tertiary and Trade futures. Here is a profile from one of this year’s recipients. Wilson Pearse My name is Wilson Pearse. I am 20 years old, originally from Hastings but am currently living in Palmerston North. I attend Massey University, where I am in my second year of my Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Planning. Throughout my first year of study I was inspired by current environmental issues to pursue a specialisation in Plant Science. This specialisation would allow me to pursue the preservation of our natural taonga, as well as increasing the introduction of native species. I initially gained an interest in the use of native plants after visiting the native plants nursery that my tupuna wahine worked in before retirement and from my mother passing on knowledge of the uses of harakeke. From this I want to further implement and increase the nutrient absorption via native vegetation in riparian zones and constructed wetlands in both farming and industry. Ngā mihi Wilson...

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Taiao - Environment

Kia ora Koutou, this is our first Pānui for the 2018 – 2019 financial year. I am pleased that our service agreement has been going well and Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Kuia have formally agreed to continue the arrangement for the rest of the financial year. Over and above our contract work, the Ngāti Apa board have also asked us to undertake some other projects to build the Ngāti Apa Taiao Pou for the coming years, and to identify key matters, sites and issues that need protection and improvement. We hope to complete the first of these projects by the end of June. We continue to work with the three councils to improve communication and timeliness on Resource Management Act matters, including consents and plan changes. Nelson City Council is proposing to publically notify their ‘second generation’ Plan later this year. We will have several months to review the plan before this happens which is a great improvement to the RMA. Ngāti Kuia have attended nearly all of the Iwi working groups over the last three years and we have already had...

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Whakapapa (Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho)

Whakapapa (Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho)

*This photograph has been submitted by Delroy Joseph Packer, son of George and Lyla Packer, grandson of George Stuart Packer and Harota Hemi and great grandson of Te Pou Hemi and Tire White. It was supplied to him by his aunt Beverley Packer, his father’s sister.* The Kuia on the far left, standing, is Tire White. Her husband, Te Pou Hemi, is seated (with grey hair and moustache) in front of her. This photo has been reproduced here with the permission of Delroy Joseph Packer. If you have any further information regarding the identification of any of the other whānau members in the photo, or where and when it may have been taken, please contact whakapapa@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz[mailto:whakapapa@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz] or phone us at the office. If you would like to submit a profile, photograph or article for the pānui or to discuss any matter to do with whakapapa, please email whakapapa@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz[mailto:whakapapa@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz]

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Te Kūmara Vine

Te Kūmara Vine

*We proudly welcome a gorgeous new member to our whānau.* Amelia Te Haeata Gaul was born in Christchurch on 22 February 2018 to proud parents Alan Gaul of Ngāti Whatua o Orakei and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To member Astra McLaren, daughter of Robert McLaren. Congratulations whānau.  Te Kōwhiringa Pōti Māori 2018 He wā te Kōwhiringa Pōti Māori e kōwhiri ai ngā tāngata uri Māori kua rēhita ki te pōti ko tēhea te rārangi pōti mōna, arā, te rārangi Whānui, te rārangi Māori rānei.

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Noticeboard

Kaumātua urges whānau to speak up about health After collapsing a few years ago, a kaumātua who works for PHARMAC is encouraging whānau to speak up about their key concerns in Māori health. PHARMAC kaumātua Bill Kaua is urging whānau to have their say in a review of what Māori health areas the government agency needs to focus on in the future. “I didn’t really understand the importance of the medicines I was taking until I really needed to. Like a lot of Māori men, I thought I was 10 feet tall and bullet proof,” he says. It took a health scare in 2014 to make him realise how important it was to take his health seriously. “After collapsing at an event, I was rushed from hospital to hospital, having test after test, looking for an answer to one question, “what is happening to me?” I was shuttled back and forwards, with answers to this question falling short,” he says. “I know my body, it has carried me my whole life, so when it stops working the way I know it should, and health professionals...

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