On 20 May, the Waikato-Tainui Taiao team were out at Waipapa Marae to deliver the first water tanks for the Maara Kai programme developed through Waikato-Tainui. Our taiao advisor Johnny Kenny has been out there assisting our whaanau at the marae and ensuring the safe delivery of these tanks. If you would like to know more about this initiative and how your marae could be involved, contact email@example.com
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Waikato-Tainui River Restoration Symposium 2019
June marked the exciting new beginning of our biannual Waikato, Waipaa Rivers Restoration Symposium.
The Waikato, Waipa Rivers Restoration Symposium showcased our tupuna awa and the great work that our river champions are doing across our iwi, our hapuu, our marae and our tribal members. River champions uphold our pou to protect and restore the health and wellbeing of our tupuna awa!
It was a great pleasure and privilege that we were able to provide an opportunity to hear, see and learn from whaanau who are out there doing the mahi and leading the way in the taiao restoration space.
Panellists for this amazing event included presenters and keynote speakers from Waikato-Tainui kaitiaki, speakers from Waikato Waipaa River iwi, indigenous keynote speakers from Australia, NIWA scientist panel speakers and funding providers panel from Waikato River Authority, Mercury Energy and Waikato-Tainui.
The Result from the Wai 30 Mandate Hui Consultation
Waikato-Tainui Negotiator Rahui Papa was appointed by Te Whakakitenga o Waikato in November 2017 and was tasked to seek reaffirmation of a mandate to negotiate the Wai 30 outstanding claims to seek a mandate for the Waikato-Tainui remaining claims that wish to come under the mandate of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato for negotiations and settlement purposes.
Formal mandate information hui were held throughout Aotearoa to further engage with Waikato hapuu, marae and claimants. Upon completion of the mandate information hui, two resolutions were put to Te Whakakitenga o Waikato to vote on the remaining claims mandate.
This process was required to receive formal support from the hapuu and marae of Waikato through Te Whakakitenga o Waikato.
Te Whakakitenga General Meeting was held on Saturday 25 May 2019. For the purposes of the resolutions put to Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, the results of the votes are as follows:
49 marae approved/8 opposed (74%)
Next, Rahui Papa and the Settlement Protection and Claims Team will develop a draft Deed of Mandate that will be published on 5 July 2019 and open for submissions from then until 26 July 2019. On 5 August 2019, a final Deed of Mandate will go to Ministers.
A pathway to the future
On 6 June, Career Pathways Manager Kawena Jones spoke to a cohort of super-talented and eager rangatahi from Future Leaders NZ who have recently completed the 6-week Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme where they will now start to transition into employment.
He encouraged them to “stand out from the crowd, don’t do your bare minimum” and to do something extraordinary when submitting a cover letter and CV and that their focus for right now is “to find and get a job”.
This is all sage advice from one of the teams leading out pathway transitions for tribal members entering and looking for long-term sustainable career options.
A huge mihi to Jeremy Murray and Catherine O’Neil and the rangatahi who are pictured here with Kawena Jones.
#WaikatoTainui #CareerPathwaysTeam #MahiaTeMahi #NgaKaupapaTohu
Tainui Kapa Haka Regionals
E te iwi! Toi Whanake – Tainui Waka Secondary School Kapa Haka Regionals 2019!
Proudly hosted by Te Wharekura o Raakaumangamanga on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June, this festival boasted some of Aotearoa’s finest haka groups at secondary level. Over 500 performers from a total of 17 groups took to the regional stage.
The first group to perform was Tainui Takatuu (originally entered as Ngaa Takahanga o Raukawa), a group of festival supporters that was only formed a few days before. Some of the other new groups were Ngaa Pua o te Koowhara, Te Koopuu Maania and Ngaa Pou o Taniwharau.
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Reuben Samuel - Taking Brazil all the way!
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Karioi me Maungatautari ngā maunga
Ko Whaingaroa te moana, ko Pokaiwhenua te awa
Ko Tainui-ā-Whiro me Nga Hau e Maha ngā Hapū
Ko Poihakena me Mangakaretu ngā marae
Ko Reuben Tautahi Samuel te ingoa
Tribal member Reuben Samuel is the new Head Coach of the Brazilian women’s sevens team. The New Zealander is to take control of the Olympians in the upcoming Sevens World Circuit. The competition gets under way in Dubai in December 2019. Reuben says, “I am very excited with this opportunity. The experience of working and living in another country, with a different culture, will be something that will change my life. I already know that they are working hard and my role will be to take the sport to a new stage.”
Reuben’s team won the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 202 after beating Scotland in the annual world series qualifier in Hong Kong. After two days of thrilling action, Reuben’s side finished up as 28-19 winners over a strong Scottish outfit, scoring 120 points in six games at the 12-team tournament. “Rugby is getting bigger in Brazil, and the circuit can help us to show to more people that it is not just soccer in Brazil. We have another sport!”
Reuben Samuel – Career Highlights:
Reuben has had a long career with men and women’s rugby in Waikato through his previous mahi as a Rugby Development Officer for the Waikato Rugby Union. He has been an assistant coach for the Black Ferns (15s) and was the Waikato Women’s (15s & 7s) Head Coach for 5 years. He has also been the Head Coach of the Brazil women’s sevens team for the past 3 years based in Sáo Paulo and works for the Confederation of Brazil Rugby Union (CBRU). Watch this space! Te Hookioi will be covering this famous tribal members journey with great interest. Ngaa mihi nui ki a koe Rueben! Karawhiua!
Magnificent reo maaori resources to be launched!
17 August 2019 will be the launch date for three amazing reo Maaori resources that Waikato-Tainui has been working on. Firstly, He Puna Kupu, He Manawa aa-Whenua is a dictionary that captures Tainui-specific words for descendants of Tainui waka and is the first time this has been documented in one place. Most if not all words have been compiled by our kaumaatua/tribal reo exponents and archival material sourced internally and externally from the organisation. Secondly, Upoko Ariki captures unique stories of each of our seven ariki in a filmed series, outlining their trials, tribulations and legacy for future generations. And lastly, He Punakai, He Poukai captures unique stories in a filmed series of our 29 poukai held throughout Tainui, in Ngaati Pikiao, Ngaati Awa and Ngaati Ranginui. For more information, please call 0800 Tainui (824684).
Tupuna Times Waananga
Tupuna Times is an exciting new waananga being facilitated out of the Heritage and Identity Team under Aunty Bunch. Tupuna Times helps tribal members who are passionate about accurately capturing the koorero of our kaumaatua for themselves, their hapuu and marae.
This waananga is a full-day session, open to a limited number of people. The first waananga run on 26 May at Ooraeroa Marae was very successful. The next one is on Sunday 29 September 2019 at Taupiri Marae.
Dr Tangiwai Rewi (Waikato-Ngaati Tiipaa, Ngaati Amaru, Ngaati Tahinga) a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean Maaori (Humanities) for the University of Otago is the Founder of this kaupapa. See this link for further information: https://www.tuupunatimes.co.nz ‘Tuupuna Times-Preserving the narratives of Ruuruhi and Koroheke'.
To register, please email
Ngaa Marae Toopu - Going strong since 1976
Ko Ngaa Marae Toopuu e ngunguru nei! Ko Tainui whaanui e ngunguru nei! Ko te Kiingitanga e ngunguru nei!
Historically, Ngaa Marae Toopuu played a central role when Waikato or Maaoridom called for collective and collaborative action that required the galvanisation of the people and marae. Ngaa Marae Toopuu remains an integral part of the Kiingitanga infrastructure and has the sole responsibility of the tikanga of Kiingitanga. Crucial to its success is the ability of Ngaa Marae Toopuu to unify our marae in a manner that supports Kiingi Tuuheitia in his future endeavours to assist the generations to come to lead affluent lives through solid marae foundations and strong Kiingitanga teachings. Over the years, a number of strategic development plans have been created to determine the purpose, function and form of Ngaa Marae Toopuu. Steps have been taken to reinvigorate Ngaa Marae Toopuu to be empowered to sustain the responsibility of being the backbone of our King and the Kiingitanga at large.
Recently, night classes have been held to learn Paimaarire karakia, waiata, karanga and tongikura. More than a hundred people have signed up. For more information go to the Facebook NGAA MARAE TOOPPUU page.
Te Pae Kaakaa
I tiimata teetehi waananga hou hei whakapakari i ngaa paepae o ngaa marae o Tainui i te tau 2018. Ko tana whaainga, kia hoihoi anoo ngaa pae i te ketekete a te kaakaa. E 25 ngaa uri o Tainui i poowhiritia kia uru mai ki te waananga nei e whakaakona ana e Rahui Papa raaua ko Paania Papa, e tautokona ana anoo hoki e eetehi poukoorero o roto i ngaa iwi o te rohe. Ka huri haere te waananga ki ngaa toopito o te rohe whaanui, i Mookau ki Taamaki ki te kohikohi i ngaa koorero tuku iho moo ngaa tuutohu whenua, moo ngaa tuupuna, moo ngaa pakanga anoo hoki. I te marama o Aaperira i teenei tau, 16 ngaa tauira o Te Pae Kaakaa i tuu ki te whakaatu i eetehi koorero moo te noho i te kaupapa i te roanga o te tau, i mua i te aroaro o te Kiingi me tana whaanau, tae atu ki ngaa whaanau o ngaa tauira, ki te marae o Poohara.
He aataahua ngaa mahi i riwha hei whakatinana i te koorero - 'Anoo te aahuareka o te noho tahi a te teina me te tuakana i runga i te whakaaro kotahi'.
Ka ora oo taatou paepae i too taatou rohe i ngaa kaakaa nei i roto i ngaa tau.
NAISA - Indigenous minds coverage on Waikato
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference 2019 started on the morning of 26 June with a poowhiri at the Claudelands Events Centre. Hosted by the University of Waikato, this conference saw more than 1,500 people register and converge in Kirikiriroa, said to be the biggest ever gathering for NAISA. University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Maaori Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai shared that the event was being held on very significant land and it was an honour to have Kiingi Tuuheitia attending the poowhiri. “The kaupapa at NAISA has been about reserving and preserving our traditions, retaining our land, retaining our sovereignty as native peoples. And here we are in 2019 continuing the discussions around the preservation of our languages, the fight for our rights as Indigenous peoples and the importance of maintaining our culture and heritage, not just for today, but for all the generations to come.”
Hangarau for Hauaa
On 29 March, Ngaati Hauaa held the Hangarau for Hauaa Maaori tech waananga at Te Iti o Hauaa Marae, Tauwhare. Together, the Ngaati Hauaa Iwi Trust and OMGTech! ran a full-day tech waananga for 112 tamariki and rangatahi connected to Ngaati Hauaa.
There were 10 schools that participated – Morrinsville School, Te Kura o Ngaati Hauaa, Morrinsville Intermediate, Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha, Morrinsville College, Matamata Intermediate, Matamata College, David Street School, Te Kura o Waharoa and Motumaoho School.
The tamariki and rangatahi participated in 3D design using 3D pens, unmaking (pulling apart hard drives to learn about how they work), coding (teaching young people how to code a game) and robotics (coding robots to navigate around diff erent maps and terrains).
The tamariki and whaanau had an amazing day, and everyone was so thankful to the Ngaati Hauaa Iwi Trust for coordinating the day and being so well supported by our kaumaatua, ringawera, whaanau in our kura and our OMGTech! team and volunteers across the rohe. There were approximately 20 volunteers running the sessions throughout the day also.
PM hui with the Iwi of Waipaa and Waikato Awa
On the 3 July, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the day talking about the health of the Waipaa and Waikato Rivers with Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Ruakawa, Ngaati Tuuwharetoa, Te Arawa River Trust and Ngaati Hauaa. The PM touched base also with her friend whaea Te Ao Marama Maaka, who she used to serve with on the Morrinsville College board of trustees 20 years ago. The PM also met with the Ngaati Hauaa delegation regarding the Tumuaki Accord.
Issue 70 | Te Hookioi - Pages 47 to 52
Kaituhituhi - Jason Ake