February Pānui, 2019 February 2019

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

The year got off to a great start for a rōpū of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō rangatahi who headed to Motueka and Kaiteriteri for the summer Mana Rangatahi wānanga. It was lovely to once again be hosted by our whānau at Te Awhina Marae and Aunty Ngawhakaara, and be able to take the rangatahi to some important sites. Kaiteriteri was a taunga waka and mahinga kai for our people and as you look out from the beach on the left you can see an old Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō pā called Kaka Pā, and down on the island below an urupā. To have the rangatahi training not far from here was meaningful and, as always, they attracted an interested crowd of wherever they went. It was also great to spend time again on the waka ama with the whānau from Waka Abel Tasman. The first Mana Rangatahi for 2019 was extra special for Arwen Robinson. For the past few years the 8-year-old from Christchurch has watched wistfully as elder sisters Mia, Nellie-Jane and Ella packed their bags for...

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The year ahead

The year ahead

E ngā uri o Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, tēnā koutou katoa! We have a very busy and exciting year ahead.  To those that attended and/or provided written comments to us on our draft Five-Year Plan, thank you – the responses confirmed that we were largely on the right track, but there will be changes and tweaks following your contributions.  Once the amended Five-Year Plan is confirmed by the Trust, next up for sign off is the annual plan and budget for 2019-20. One of the key messages to come out of our consultation was the need for an iwi calendar so our members that live outside our rohe can plan to come down to walk their whenua, swim their moana and roto and reconnect with whanaunga.  Once the annual plans have been approved, we will look to provide such a calendar through our various communication channels, including the website, so iwi members can plan to travel to our rohe. An exciting event occurring in November this year is the Tuia 250 commemoration which provides an opportunity for our iwi, and our...

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Haere rā, Deb

Haere rā, Deb

Every now and then in our lives, we can find ourselves in a position where our hearts tell us we must make a particular decision. So, it was late last year when our office superstar Debra Kiesling found herself in this position after she received word that the health of her mother living in MacKay in Queensland was rapidly ailing. Debra left for Australia immediately to be with her mum and whānau. After a period of hospitalisation, her mother was discharged on the proviso that she had sufficient support, so understandably Deb is staying on and has tendered her resignation from Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō after more than nine years of dedicated service. Debra was often the first point of contact within the Iwi, whether in person at the reception desk, via the telephone or email, on the registration desk at hui and AGMs, and in a number of other settings. She’s always been consistent, showing understanding, kindness and caring and being always ready to help. Over the nine years, Debra witnessed a lot of change within Ngāti Apa...

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From the Chair

From the Chair

Kia ora whānau I trust you have been able to take a break and are managing to survive the heatwave the country has been experiencing. It was good news that in December last year, the sale and purchase agreement between the three Kurahaupō iwi and the Crown (Ministry of Defence) for the golf course area at Base Woodbourne went unconditional and, collectively, we now own it. The three iwi – Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia and Rangitāne o Wairau - also purchased an adjoining block from the Marlborough District Council and have signed a lease arrangement which will see council lease the whole parcel back from us. This will enable MDC to improve car parking options for visitors to Blenheim Airport. Thanks must go to Gerrard Wilson and the negotiating team for getting this deal over the line. This purchase was always a pre-cursor to the bigger question of the wider base and we now need to continue to talk with Ngāti Kuia and Rangitāne and confirm whether or not we continue negotiations with the Ministry of Defence. Not so...

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Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

In June 1902, Hone Te Ahuru “Tati” Mahuika and Henare Pape Mahuika (sons of Hoani and Heni Mahuika) married Hinepare “Polly” Bannister (daughter of Hera Te Koeti and John William Bannister) and Hunia “Julia” Te Naihi (daughter of Wi Katau Te Naihi and Rea Te Koeti) respectively at Jacobs/Makawhio River on the West Coast, South Westland. Pictured fifth from left wearing a hat is Hinepare, next to her is Hone Te Ahuru “Tati” Mahuika. Next to Tati is Hunia and beside her is Henare “Pape” Mahuika. Each month we’d like to profile a tipuna of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. If you would like to submit a profile of one of your tīpuna 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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She’s a rebel

She’s a rebel

Meretiana Robinson, daughter of Fayne and Dianne Robinson, is all set for another full-on season playing top-level rugby in Australia. Meretiana has been with the Melbourne Rebels since 2017, and had her first full season last year with the launch of the inaugural Super W competition, which runs alongside the mens’ Super Rugby competition. This year, she’s been named co-captain alongside Sharlene Fagalilo, a former Samoan representative. “I'm excited to lead the team with such an experienced player who I'm constantly learning off,” says Meretiana, adding that the Rebels are often seen as the underdogs, which perhaps is not surprising with AFL dominating the scene in Victoria. “The exposure of women's rugby with the Super W has unearthed lots of talent in Victoria and I've been feeling confident leading into the season in terms of where we are at in training … the thing about being an underdog is we have nothing to lose which makes us dangerous.” The full fixture for the 2019 Super W competition is yet to be announced, but the tournament kicks off next month. Kia kaha te...

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Day 1 at Te Pā Wānanga

Day 1 at Te Pā Wānanga

Founding tauira have had their first day at Te Pā Wānanga, a new Māori medium satellite unit at Omaka Marae. And so far, so great!  “We have waited so long to be able to have the opportunity for our babies to be educated in an environment where tikanga and Te Ao Māori is at the heart of the curriculum,” said Kiley Nepia. “And finally, that day is here. This is hugely significant for us, our tamariki, for education in the Wairau and for our future.” The unit is the first of its type in Marlborough and has been established under the wing of Renwick School. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga will feature significantly within the curriculum.

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Rā Whānau

Rā Whānau

A big Happy Birthday to Isla Fahey and Cairo Karaitiana, who have had their first day of school this year! We hope you are wearing your new backpacks with pride.  Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō provide registered tamariki with an Education Starter Pack when they turn 5 as a way of supporting them as they begin their school journey.

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