July Pānui, 2018 July 2018

Mana Rangatahi reaches new heights

Mana Rangatahi reaches new heights

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō’s latest Mana Rangatahi wānanga wrapped up last week, with the biggest participation to date. A group of thirty-six Rangatahi and support crew travelled to Rotoiti from all over New Zealand during the second week of the school holidays to immerse themselves in Apatanga. Our flagship Mana Rangatahi programme is specifically designed to develop the next generation of cultural practitioners and leaders, and while still in the early stages there is no doubt, it’s having a profound effect. “During this wānanga, the rangatahi who are part of the tutor training initiative, Ngā Toki Pakohe a Tamahau, have really stepped up to another level,” said Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Cultural Advisor Kiley Nepia. “This signals that the succession plan of this model is working, and it’s not just reliant on one person anymore.” The winter 2018 wānanga wrapped up with a pōhiri whakatūranga and poroporoaki at Omaka Marae, attended by proud parents, kaumatua and the wider Kurahaupō whānau. Tamati James Wilson and Kiri Pounamu Nepia were jointly named senior toa, while Mareikura Nepia took the award for junior...

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From the Chair

From the Chair

Kia ora koutou

Our scheduled meeting with Ngāti Waewae and Buller District Mayor Garry Howard in early July was postponed due to a tangi down at Arahura. The hui has now been rescheduled for July 25, so we should have an update for you next month. In the meantime, we have had further contact from Coaltown Museum in Westport who we are working with in connection to the Taonga recovered from the archaeological digs (those taonga are currently being stored at Canterbury Museum). Coaltown staff have now fully scoped the project and once approved will need to source funding to make the necessary alterations to the museum so that they can appropriately house the Taonga. In a similar vein, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage have been dealing with a current total of nine Taonga which have been recovered from various locations around Te Tauihu since 2014. The process until recently has been an invitation to Iwi to claim ownership via a court process in the Māori Land Court. In the case of Te Tauihu, five Iwi lodged claims. As part of that process, it was...

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Hui a Tau: Save the date

We are looking forward to this year’s Hui a Tau (Annual General Meeting) which will be held in Whakatū (Nelson) on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2pm. There will be a pōwhiri at Whakatu Marae at 11.30am and our traditional hākari in the evening, so make a day of it and bring the whole family. On the agenda for the AGM, to be held at Whakatū Marae, is discussion on the Financial Reports, Annual Report, Annual Plan, Trustee election results and General Business. Copies of information to be tabled at the AGM can be inspected at the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō office, 78 Seymour Street, Blenheim or on the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō website from Friday, August 17, 2018. Registrations should be made by August 31, and are essential if accommodation is required. Please email administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz[mailto:administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz]  or freephone 0800 578 900 to register.

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A new dawn

A new dawn

June 22 was a day many in Te Tauihu will never forget. Under starry skies about 250 people gathered at dawn to welcome Te Pā Wānanga into the light. The new kaupapa Māori school unit based at Blenheim’s Omaka Marae has been championed by Marae General Manager and Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Cultural Advisor Kiley Nepia and his wife Donna since 2013. With representatives from iwi right across Te Waipounamu as well as local and central government representatives, rangatahi and some very proud parents there to support them, a shared dream was realised. "This is a significant and historic day," said Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust chairman Brendon Wilson. "This is a vision that has long been held, and it's a credit to the tenacity of Kiley (Nepia) and his family that we are standing here today. Finally, our tamariki can be educated within a Māori context.” Classes are due to begin in Term 4.

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We heart wānanga

We heart wānanga

The Matariki Whānau Cluster Wānanga held in Christchurch at the end of June and Blenheim at the start of July were a great way to share Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō kōrero. Whānau of all ages attended and it was inspiring to see so many of our people coming together and connecting. Huge thanks to Cultural Advisor Kiley Nepia, who had to change venues at the last-minute in Blenheim because the turnout was so good! This wānanga format was a first for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, but after some good feedback we’re definitely planning on doing it again - we’ll keep you updated.

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Pitopito kōrero

*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. 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 or give us a call on 0800 578 900. *WHĀNAU ORA REVIEW* Individuals, whānau, groups and organisations are invited to make an online submission on the Independent Review of Whānau Ora. Public submissions can be made online at www.tpk.nz/whanauorareview from July 11 to August 15, 2018. The review is a good opportunity for anyone who has an interest in Whānau Ora to share their experiences, understandings and insights. *GET IN TOUCH* We love to hear about iwi members and what they’re up to. If you have a great story to tell or have some good news, whether you are near or far, please get in touch. You can contact our new communications advisor Nicola Coburn by emailing comms@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz or give us a call on 0800 678 900.

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Ngā taonga tuku iho

Ngā taonga tuku iho

This photo, sourced from Yesterdays in Golden Buller (1957) by Ella Matthews, was taken at a Pā near Westport about 1880. After 1870, the Māori population of the Kawatiri was estimated at about 50, with the majority living at the Pā on the east bank of the Kawatiri River. The Mahuika family were prominent residents and had large vegetable gardens with produce being sold in Westport. Huge catches of whitebait were made in the spring and there were frequent visits to Tauranga Bay for fishing and mussels. In the early 1900s the Pā was abandoned and the families mostly moved to Westport. 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 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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Māori land seminar

Māori land seminar

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō held a Māori Land Information evening at the office in association with Dee Turner, Māori Liaison/ Caseworker for Community Law, Marlborough. It was a really informative evening discussing a wide range of scenarios and Māori land issues. Presentations included an historical account of Government legislation and events that led to the establishment of the Māori Land Court as we know it today, Applications for Succession and other matters related to Māori Land as well as an introduction to the Māori Land Online facility and how to access information. Members all felt they had gained some important knowledge and information and rangatahi who attended were overwhelmed regarding the historical account of events and information made available.

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He pouwhenua, he puapua

He pouwhenua, he puapua

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō was well represented at the Ngā Kapa Haka Tuarua secondary school nationals - He Pouwhenua, He Puapua - in Te Papa-i-Oea (Palmerston North) earlier this month. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō was represented on and off the stage, with most of the tutors also linking to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. The bracket had a strong Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō/Kurahaupō influence: the entrance spoke of the connection that Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and the other Te Tauihu Kurahaupō iwi have with the hosts Rangitāne ki Manawatū. The exit item included the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō ngeri He aha kei Tua? Having this performed in front of a huge crowd of was a precious moment for our iwi, and signalled the strengthening roots of our cultural capacity and cultural profile. Ngā mihi to head tutors Wayne Hippolite and Janis de Thierry, and the many others who have given their time and knowledge so that our Rangatahi can learn and feel the power of Māori performing arts.

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Remembering the kurahaupō settlement

Remembering the kurahaupō settlement

An exhibition on now at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Blenheim - ‘Remembering the Kurahaupō Settlement: Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o te Whenua’ - has generated plenty of interest. Curated by Dr Peter Meihana, and sponsored by Massey University and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the exhibition documents the journey and perseverance of the Kurahaupō tribes to reach settlement and includes historical photographs and works by local Māori artists, including our very own Trustee Margaret Bond. The exhibition runs until August 5.

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Nau mai, haere mai

Nau mai, haere mai

After an awesome debut, the Te Pātaka o Wairau Māori Night Market is back! It’s a great night that celebrates Te Ao Māori, and this time around it will be held in Blenheim’s Seymour Square on Friday, September 14, from 4pm to 9pm. The market is being organised under the korowai of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Rangitāne ō Wairau, as an opportunity for the growing number of Māori businesses to show off their wares. “We’re sharing the theme 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ because the event coincides with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori Language to Parliament, and on Friday it’s actually Māori Language Day!” says project manager, Dr. Lorraine Eade. “We want to encourage people to celebrate September as Mahuru Māori and dedicate some space and time to speaking Māori.”

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Education

Education

*PROGRAMS AND COURSES 2018* Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō continues to support learning in the following areas: Learner Driver Theory Education Work Readiness Financial Literacy & Lifeskills Healthy Lifestyle Literacy & Numeracy Upskilling Please email administrator@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz or phone 0800 578 900 to find out if these are available in your area. Remember whānau, upskilling takes a little effort but it can bring on great changes in your work and home life. *HELPING HAND* Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust continues to support registered Iwi members starting school with the provision of education packs. Three packs filled with stationery and books were sent out to new entrants in July. 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. Pictured is new entrant Harper Huria. Hope it’s going well Harper! *FREE WORKSHOP* Earlier this month a free workshop was held for Māori businesses in Blenheim. The workshops are part of the Pakihi series, designed to help Māori businesses move forward, flourish and succeed. There are two more workshops scheduled...

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