In this pānui
  • Poua Reo – Kaiāwhina Wanted
  • Database Update
  • Te Tapuwaetahi o Rangitāne 2020
  • Te Ringa Kaha make long-awaited debute
  • Manawatū Gorge Book
  • Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway Site Visit
  • Māori Basketball Tournament
Upcoming events for your Calendar
29 February
Rangitāne Tangata Rau Festival
10-12 April @ Wairau
Te Tapuwaetahi o Rangitāne
Poua Reo – Kaiāwhina Wanted
Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā is seeking interest for part time fixed term Kaiāwhina positions to support a home based Te Reo programme in the Wairarapa and Tamaki Nui A Rua.

This exciting new initiative aims to provide older whānau with some Te Reo skills and increase their knowledge and confidence of Rangitāne tikanga.

We are looking for people with:

  • Excellent Tikanga skills
  • Excellent Te Reo Māori pronunciation

You don’t need to be an expert in te reo but a strong understanding of tikanga is very important and you will also be a person who enjoys working closely with others.

Good interpersonal skills and empathy are critical as you will be required to carry out regular in- home visits to clients over a period of four months.

You will need a drivers license and access to a car.

If you would like to be part of this ground-breaking programme, please request a full Job description from, then apply with a covering letter and a basic CV to the same address.

Database Update
Last year we had Rosie Haeata join the team to help us update our database. Many of our whānau who had registered hadn’t completed the full registration form or didn’t have current contact details.

Rosie has employed a number of methods to update the database included the electoral roll, the phone book, Facebook Messenger, and public notices. She has made tremendous progress and has updated hundreds of registrations with your help.

Her work will continue until July so if you are unsure about your own registration, please give us a call week days between 9am-1pm. Alternatively, you can private message our FBpage or email

Te Tapuwaetahi o Rangitāne 2020
Registrations for Te Tapuwaetahi o Rangitāne Festival are open!

There is now an online booking system for those who want to register and pay online. It’s simple just click on the Eventbrite link:
here. Awards Nominations and Sports Registrations forms are available.

For more information please call the office on (03) 578 6180 or email

Programme 10–13 April 2020
Friday 10 April
1.00pm Pōwhiri & Kawe Mate | Omaka Marae
Followed by lunch and event registrations
3.30pm Depart Omaka Marae
Buses transport whānau from Omaka Marae to accommodation
5.30pm Kai O Te Pō | Dinner at Ūkaipō
Sports rego information & program/venues/map
7.00pm Rangitāne Tangata Rau | Ūkaipō
Kapa haka items from Wairau, Manawatū, Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua and Wairarapa
Saturday 11 April
7.00am Parakuihi | Breakfast
Continental supplied & self-catered at accommodation locations
8.30am Depart for Sports Venues
9.00am Rangitāne Tapuwaetahi Sports & Activities | Various Locations

  • Touch Rugby & Ki o Rahi | Marlborough Boys College
  • Netball | St Mary’s School
  • Basketball | Marlborough Boys College
  • Cards & Games (kaumātua) | Pavilion, Marlborough Boys College
  • Golf | Golf Hub Marlborough
  • Tamariki | Bouncy castles and games
12.00pm Kai O Te Rānui | BBQ Lunch | Pavilion Marlborough Boys College
3.30pm Sports Prize Giving | Marlborough Boys College
4.00pm Depart for Marae/Accommodation
6.00pm Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā | Awards Dinner
Dinner and awards evening
Categories for Awards

  • Outstanding Rangitāne Sportsperson
  • Rangitāne Rangatahi Leadership Award
  • Rangitāne Contribution to the Arts
  • Rangitāne Contribution to Māori Education
  • Outstanding Rangitāne Business
  • Te Kaihapai-o-iwi | Contribution to Rangitāne iwi
Sunday 12 April
8.00am Parakuihi | Breakfast
Continental supplied & self-catered at accommodation locations
9.00am Ngā ara hikoi o Rangitāne o Wairau
Trip to local sites of significance
1.00pm Kai O Te Rānui | Lunch
2.00pm Wānanga | Lecture Series & Evaluation | Ūkaipō
Each roopu present 45 mins, evaluation forms completed
Stadium 2000 Tamariki Swim
For tamariki while lecture series is running (returning at 5.00pm)
5.30pm Kai O Te Pō | Dinner at Ūkaipō
7.00pm Whānau Housie Night | Ūkaipō
Wānanga & Evaluations | Tamariki & Rangitahi
8.00pm Poroporoaki | Ūkaipō
Handover of hoe to next host rohe
Monday 13 April
7.00am Parakuihi | Breakfast & tidy up Marae 
8.30am Whānau Depart for Picton
9.00am Final Check in for Interislander Ferry
10.45am Ferry departs Picton (Aratere)
2.15pm Ferry arrives Wellington
Te Ringa Kaha make long-awaited debute
This weekend on Saturday 29th February the Tangata Rau Senior Kapa Haka Festival will be held in Manawatū at The Regent Theatre on Broadway. The day will boast fantastic displays from all nine Rangitāne competing rōpū as they vie for a spot at Te Matatini 2021 in Tamaki-Makaurau. the debut of Tamaki’s new group, Te Ringa Kaha, led by Wharemako Paewai and Zenna Gatonyi Hepi-Te Huia will make it a very special day.

They have been practicing since May with the majority of their rōpū new to the competitive stage.

“Original compositions by group members headed by Wharemako Paewai take listeners on a journey of the district and its distinctive history highlighting our waka, our land, our stories, our lost loved ones and our wharenui, all grounded in genealogy through to the present day,” Ataneta Paewai said.

The bracket will display the depth of responsibility that tangata whenua have when charged with this knowledge and their appreciation of of the need for it to continue into the future.

Te Ringa Kaha is looking towards the future through rangatahi eyes, building sustainable Māori performing arts projects meeting local needs. We are extremely proud of them and wish them well for their future endeavours. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the venue or online at

Manawatū Gorge Book
Te Āpiti Manawatū Gorge Te Au-rere-a-te-tonga book launch

At the end of last year in Woodville, a book launch was held for the Te Āpiti Manawatū Gorge Te Au-rere-a-te-tonga a history compiled by Michelle Frey which has been 8 years in the making.Michelle Frey lives in Southland, but became familiar with Te Āpiti Manawatū Gorge when she worked in Palmerston North as a Parks Planner. She spent a lot of time working with the biodiversity enhancement group and a representative from this group asked if she could do a story on the History of the Gorge.Michelle spent 8 years researching and writing to make sure everything she had written was correct. Our very own Matua Manahi Paewai has a special mention from Michelle in the acknowledgements noting that besides family he is one of five people that stood beside her and encouraged her when working on the book became tough.This book covers everything when it comes to Te Āpiti Manawatū Gorge, from the types of plants and wildlife found within it to the history of the settlers and a chapter called, ‘He tātai kōrero – the history of Māori in the Gorge,’ this is where Matua Manahi Paewai was a major contributor alongside other Rangitāne representatives.The book has great pictures capturing its beauty and the changes over the years. The back of the book explains that it celebrates the natural, physical and spiritual elements of one of our country’s special places. It is great to know that our history is being captured and acknowledged in such a beautiful way.If you would like to get a copy of this highly recommended book, Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua Incorporated have 5 soft copies available to purchase, you can go into the main office on Gordon Street Dannevirke across from the Police Station 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday are their operating hours.
Te Ahu a Turanga:
Manawatū Tararua Highway Site Visit
As you may all be aware there will be a new highway replacing the Manawatu Gorge road to be completed by 2024-25.

Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua Incorporated have been involved with the roading project, having input to the significant sites, consents that may need to be put in place and being part of the consortium selection which seen Fulton Hogan, HEB Construction Limited, Aurecon Limited and WSP-Opus as preferred tenderers in July 2019.

Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua had Hineirirangi Pearse as the Iwi Rep for this roading project, she was a great asset and provided a lot of background knowledge about the area.. Hineirirangi has now moved on but the Rūnanga have Jo Heperi, the current RMA officer for Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua, attending all the workshops and site visits in an interim position.

Whilst Jo has been on board, she has kindly provided the attached site visit photos provided. Jo had to make sure that the geologists and excavator driver did not dig up anything unusual or go off the agreed road track. Jo said they found what turned out to be 12million year old shells. These visits will continue all the way up until the project is completed.

Even though the communities affected by the loss of the old road are concerned about the length of time its taking for the new highway to be developed, it becomes easier to understand when everyone knowns the complexity of the project. We all look forward to the new highway in the near future and the are delighted with the great relationship Rangitāne have with NZTA which is model for future projects in our rohe

Māori Basketball Tournament
Paulette Leef and her Whānau were honoured to represent Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua at the Aotearoa Māori Basketball Tournament for the fifth consecutive year.

They started in 2016 with just one team and because of the requirement for an iwi affiliation, Paulette who’s is of Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua descent, approached the Runanga and they gave their blessing for her team to represent them. At the time 50 percent of the team were of Rangitāne descent including the Coach and Manager.

This year a total of 8 teams enter the tournament – all representing Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua.

A Mixed Social who placed 11th in the A Grade. Under 19 Tāne who won a gold medal in the B Grade. Under 19 Wāhine who won a gold medal in the A grade and this is their fifth year representing the Iwi. Under 15 tama placed 11th in the B grade. Under 13 tama placed 8th in the A grade. Under 11 tama placed 7th in the A grade. Under 11 kōtiro placed 5th in the A grade and the Under 9 kōtiro placed 8th in the A grade.

Over 60 percent of the players, managers and coaches that participated in this year’s tournament descend from Rangitāne. Those that are involved come from all over Aotearoa, Australia and even the USA to play or awhi the kaupapa.

Competitors and supporters stayed at Kearoa Marae, which was a great way for everyone to bond and connect with each other and formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

This awesome kaupapa involves great intensity, amazing competition and teams working together to get great results. The Māori Basketball Tournament incorporates all of these aspects as well as being strongly Whānau orientated which means everyone has an awesome time.

All players and management are already looking forward to next year’s tournament with many ideas and plans have already been discussed. Organisers are overwhelmed with how many Whānau and friends want to join the kaupapa and welcome all whānau to come join them in Rotorua 2021 to get some more amazing results.

The aim is to eventually have 20 teams representing, and Paulette welcomes all Whānau of Rangitāne to join the group page on Facebook – Rangitane o Tamaki Nui a Rua Māori Basketball.
It is great to see such a great involvement in this tournament and we look forward to seeing many achievements in the years to come.