Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai E-Pānui: Haratua 2023/1

PanuiMay 08 20230 Comment


Ōtaki Porirua Trust Board (ŌPTB) future land use. 

Tuesday 9th of May 2023, 7.30pm

ŌPTB manage land throughout the rohe of the Confederation of Ātiawa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira. They have begun a process to re-evaluate the land use of their Tasman Road farm in Ōtaki. 

For the last 80 years, this land has been used for dairy farming to generate funding that supports scholarships for children of ART. After 80 years, they’ve ceased dairy farming and are looking at new ways to utilise this significant land asset. 

This online hui invitation is being offered to Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai and Ngāti Toa Rangatira recognising that whilst the land is situated in the rohe of Ngāti Raukawa, there are significant historical links between all three iwi in the protection and use of this land. Dr. Mahina-a-rangi Baker will be hosting this hui on behalf of ŌPTB. 

Please jump online whānau to hear more about this kaupapa and provide your feedback.


We are now mid-way through our Mahi mō te Taiao – Waikanae Jobs for Nature project and this is a great time to share our journey with our whānau, hapū and iwi –  Nau mai, haere mai, tautoko mai

Te Rā:              Saturday 13th May 2023      

Te Wā:             10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Whakautu / RSVP:

For catering purposes and to book your seat on the bus, please confirm your attendance with Kristie – kristie.parata@groundtruth.co.nz / 0272612986. 

Te Hōtaka:

10.00 amWhakarongotai MaraeGather at our Marae to catch the bus to Otaraua Park
10.30 amOtaraua Park – Whare Training BaseOtaraua Park, 120 King Arthur Drive, Otaihanga
  Mihi whakatau and recap on kaupapa followed by a tour of the grounds and nursery
11.30 amTakamore Urupā PrecinctSite visit to learn about our mahi and our history from our manu kōrero Ben Ngaia
1.00 pmWhakarongotai MaraeTe wā tina – Bus will depart to shuttle you back to our Marae for Lunch

There will be opportunity to plant a rākau with your tamariki at Takamore, learn some of our iwi stories, and contribute your moemoea (vision) and kaupapa (values) to Waikanae awa restoration planning.

Please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. Support is available for our Kaumātua to fully participate in our day.

Rainy Day Backup date: Saturday 27th May 2023


Next Intake starting 6th June 2023 – Register your interest now!Looking to increase your skills as a kaitiaki and work outdoors in our taiao?

Then this introduction programme might help you explore a new potential pathway…

Our 11-week program will give you the basic skills and knowledge in conservation and land management from an environmental and Ātiawa Ki Whakarongotai perspective to manage, protect, and regenerate our taiao.You will learn how ecosystems function, how to examine, manage and advise on sustainable land management practises as well as develop an understanding of the impacts of change and risks of pests and threats to the taiao. Re-establish and strengthen your connection with te taiao to become the next Kaitiaki/Kaiawhina o Aotearoa.

This programme is based in our Waikanae rohe in a small classroom environment. Mahi mō te Taiao – Waikanae Jobs for Nature project is an ambitious multi-year effort to restore the Waikanae River catchment – working across the rohe, helping to restore the awa, the ngahere, and ngā tamariki a Tāne that reside within. It aims to build capacity and employment within our iwi and the Kapiti community, and to achieve environmental integrity by implementing the principles of Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Kaitiakitanga Environmental Management Plan “ Whakarongotai o te moana, Whakarongotai o te wā”.

Interested? Then come along to the 20-minute meet and greet for whānau members at the Parata Street office to hear more about this programme. Check out the link s below.

Taiao Training Presentation – 6.00 pm Wednesday 24th May 2023
Venue: Iwi Tari – 10 Parata Street, Waikanae

Register Here and come along Weds 24th May to see what the programme has to offer!

Click here to view the prospectus with more programme details.  

RSVP: Contact kristie.parata@groundtruth.co.nz for more information, to confirm your interest and attendance, or feel free to give me a call or drop me a line with any pātai you may have.


Kia Hiwa Ra Kia Hiwa Ra Hiwa Ra


Sunday June 11th, 2023, 10am

Iwi/Whānau Kōrero: Marae Administration

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau

The Whakarongotai Marae Trustees are dedicating the Hui-a-Marama Sunday 11th June 2023 to a independently mediated, open kōrero with whānau regarding the issues raised in the 2019 Māori Land Court (MLC) Application on the Marae Trustee’s administration of the marae.

The 2019 MLC Application has been sitting unresolved with the Court since 2019. We seek a resolution as the application requires addressing by whānau and its ongoing registration with the Court prevents the Whakarongotai Marae Trustees formerly appointed new trustees.

We believe that it is correct tikanga to hold such a hui under the rangatiratanga of our Iwi and under the whanaungatanga of our marae. 

We seek to kōrero with our whānau to address any outstanding issues that whānau may have with the Marae Administration within the shelter of our tikanga, rangatiratanga, whanaungatanga and kotahitanga.

We seek to resolve any outstanding Take (issues) if there is any, prior to any Kawanatanga Court intervention. We have extended this invitation to our Trustees of the Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust including the applicants named on the Court Application.

We have communicated our intentions with the Māori Land Court and have agreement with the Court that any formal Court hearing on the outstanding Application should be held no earlier than July 2023.  Di Grennell will be acting as the independent mediator to facilitate the hui with our whānau.

The hui will start at 10am and run as long as it needs to for Whānau to reach a consensus on the Take (issues) with lunch at 12:pm to 1:00pm. If more time is required after 1:00pm we will continue with the hui.

It is hoped that if we follow this tikanga that when the time comes for any subsequent formal Court hearing later in the year our whānau of Te Ātiawa Ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust and Whakarongotai Marae will be united in communicating to the Court that as an Iwi we have collectively addressed any issues with the Marae Administration and that the 2019 Application can be withdrawn.

We look forward to our whānau attendance at this hui.

Ngā mihi nui

Lois McNaught (Chair – Whakarongotai Marae Committee)

On behalf of the Whakarongotai Marae Trustees

The Trustees of Waikanae Marae invite you to attend their Hui a Marama on the 14th May at 10.00 am


The whānau will be holding an unveiling for Huta and Koro Tarzan Thomas at Takamore Urupā.  

Date:   9th May 2023

Time:  10.00am 

A kai will follow at Long beach Tavern, Waikanae.

On Saturday, May 13th,  we are celebrating the life of Huta Thomas and his 50th birthday at The Otaki Māori Racing Club.

$20 tickets can be bought from “Aroha’s Way – She Fades, Otaki” from Monday 01/05/23 or available Online now from (https://tickets.ticketspace.co.nz/…/celebrating-the…).  Doors open 6pm till midnight. As always, this event will hit capacity so get in quick to avoid missing out.  The Paepae Soundsystem are bringing a stacked line up of some of NZ’s best artist & DJ’s.


Our Tihema wrote a satiric sci-fi novel about Māori in the public service. How’s that for genre bending! So many giggles picking the references in this one. 

“With compassion and insight, Turncoat explores the trauma of Māori public servants and the deeply conflicted role they are expected to fill within the machinery of government. From casual racism to co-governance, Treaty settlements to tino rangatiratanga, Turncoat is a timely critique of the Aotearoa zeitgeist, holding a mirror up to Pākehā New Zealanders and asking: “What if it happened to you?”

Pre-order your copy – click here:


Ātiawa Toa Hauora Partnership Board:  Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Representative

The Ātiawa Toa Hauora Partnership Board are calling for nominations from Iwi members to form the Ātiawa Toa Hauora Partnership Board.  The formation of the Board is a two staged process with nominations for community and hauora expertise.

The Board will play a vital role in working closely with Te Aka Whai Ora and Health NZ in the design and delivery of local health services and will be accountable to Iwi and Māori community in the Te Upoko o te Ika rohe which extends from the Kāpiti Coast, to Parirua and Te Awakairangi  (Hutt Valley) and to Poneke (Wellington).  Locality commissioning from assessing the health needs of whānau, identifying priorities and monitoring the services provided are also core functions of the Board.

We, welcome nominations from Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai registered adult member who are active participants with their Iwi and their communities and have extensive networks with health providers and other sectors; that understand the role of Iwi Māori Partnership Boards in the new health system; have experience managing budgets and finances as well as reviewing data that supports equitable health services for whānau.

To submit an expression of interest for:Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai members download the Application Form and Job Description and send your CV and covering letter to Ruby-Mei at admin@teatiawakikapiti.co.nz.  
For further information or to discuss the role you can email Hikitia Ropata at hikitiaropata30@gmail.com.

Nau mai haere mai ki


Naumai! Haramai! Haramai! Haramai!

Te Wānanga o Raukawa invites you to celebrate the opening of four new campus buildings



Miria te Kakara

Te Moana o Raukawa

We will gather in Te Kete Uruuru Rangi, Te Ara a Tāwhaki

at 5.30 a.m. on Friday, 12 May 2023.

To access their programme please click here!



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