September Pānui, 2018 September 2018

From the Chair

From the Chair

The Trust AGM was held over the weekend of September 15 at Whakatū Marae in Nelson. The format had to be changed slightly this year, to suit the travel arrangements of whānau living outside the rohe.  We again had a very good attendance and it was great to see a number of new faces along with a large number who have become regulars, While it was important to get through all of the usual business, it was great to have time also, for whakawhanaungatanga. The hākari was a highlight, and the performances of the combined Tauihu secondary schools kapa haka group Te Rourou Kura and the Ratana group were amazing. I would like to thank our office team for the huge amount of work they have put in over the past several weeks, to plan the logistics for the weekend, and leaving no stone unturned to ensure the hui ran without any hitches. We will most likely revert to scheduling the hui in Blenheim on alternate years, from 2019. I am looking forward to coming out on roadshows we are planning for later...

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Ngā Mihi

Ngā Mihi

This month’s Hui a Tau was one of mixed emotions for Adrian Wilson. After eight years on the Trust, Adrian did not stand for re-election this year and September 15 marked his last day as a trustee. Gifting him taonga on behalf of the iwi, Trustee Margaret Bond said Adrian would be missed. “I’m glad you have been part of this journey and I hope you will return one day,” she said.  Adrian said his eight years on the Trust had changed the course of his life: “It’s been amazing, it’s been frustrating too, but I am proud of what we have achieved together, particularly since settlement.” Adrian was gifted two taonga carved by Fayne Robinson, one made of pounamu to connect him to the Coast, and one made of pakohe, symbolising the connection to Te Tauihu.

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Nau mai ki te tēpu

Nau mai ki te tēpu

Fayne Robinson is the newest member of the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust and will take his seat at the table for the first time at the Trust’s October meeting.

*Tell us a little about yourself.* I am from Hokitika.  My grandfather is Bill Wilson (Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāi Tahu iwi/Ngāti Mahaki, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri ngā hapū) and my grandmother is Mary Jane Mahuika (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi; Puaha te Rangi, Ngāti Mahaki, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Tūāhuriri ngā hapū).  My mum June Robinson was one of 15 children and was one of three key figures who worked on the successful Tiriti settlement claim, where they had to prepare and present their case to the Privy Council in London.  My mum was a passionate advocate for things Māori on the West Coast, and a trustee of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō as well.   I have four children, who have all been brought up with tikanga Māori, and three with te reo Māori as well.   I am a carver; I grew up in Hokitika, actively involved in any sports going, and every free moment I was exploring the environment. If I wasn’t at the river whitebaiting, or up the rivers searching for pounamu, I may have...

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Tumahi Moturoa (Project Moturoa)

Tumahi Moturoa (Project Moturoa)

Love the outdoors? Love Te Ao Māori? Calling all interested rangatahi for an exciting new Kaitiaki Whenua Program to be run out of Nelson. The purpose of this wānanga is to offer 20-22 rangatahi across Te Tauihu the opportunity to gain valuable conservation skills embedded in mātauranga Māori.  We are looking for registered members we can nominate for this ground-breaking program, which will offer national qualifications as well as opportunities for placements and support to find related employment once the course is finished.  A mix of tāne and wāhine will be trained in skills that benefit their people as well as the mauri of our land, rivers and oceans in this rohe. If this sounds like you, or one of you whānau, please get in touch with the office ASAP to find out more. The program will start next month and run to the end of July 2019.

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Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

This photograph was taken outside the Rutland Hotel in Whanganui circa 1953. While we know who most of the men pictured are, we’d love to be able to identify all of them. If you can help, please let us know. From left are George Stuart Packer, David Rawiri Smith, with Kipa George Smith as a child. The next man we do not have a name for, but fourth in the line is George Te Oti Smith, who would have been in his 80s when this photograph was taken. The next two men are unknown, and third in from the right is Richard Smith (Dick). Again, the man second from the right is unknown, and finally at far right is George Stewart Packer. Thank you to Delroy Packer for permission to use this photograph. Each month we’d like to profile a tupuna of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. If you would like to submit a profile of one of your tipuna 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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Ngā Manu Kōrero 2018

Ngā Manu Kōrero 2018

It was only her first time entering the annual Ngā Manu Kōrero Secondary School speech competition, but 13-year-old Te Ao Marama Nepia looked like a pro on the national stage in Gisborne. Te Ao Marama was one of two finalists from Te Tauihu o te Waka a-Māui represented in Gisborne, the other was Elijah Murrell Manu from Queen Charlotte College, who competed in the Tā Turi Kara Junior English section. Te Ao Marama was alongside some tough competition in Te Rāwhiti Ihaka Junior Māori section, and her inspiring speech touched on her desire to illuminate and bring light to the world. “The topic I chose was really relevant at the time because we were doing quite a lot, building the school [Te Pā Wānanga} and I was going on a leadership programme [Mana Rangatahi],” she told the Marlborough Express. “So I went with ‘I will build my own world’ because I am in charge of my destiny.”

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