Pānui Pipiri / June 2020

In this pānui

  • Hunting Season now OPEN!
  • Carving our History today for tomorrow
  • Wairarapa Moana
  • Te whetū o te tau, Our star – Māori News Reporter of the Year
  • Melissa Nikora
  • Two QSM Awards for Wairarapa 
  • Sponsorship and Funding

Hunting Season now OPEN!

Hunting season for Rangitāne uri is now open!! Email registrations@tumaira.iwi.nz or call us on (0800 tu mai ra) to check if you are registered with us.

Carving our History today for tomorrow

Pūkaha recently announced success in securing  $2m from the Provincial Growth Funding, which will be used to build an education centre and accommodation for tourists and locals. Wayne Pītau, cultural advisor at Pūkaha, will soon take leave from his position to lead a carving project there for up to 12 months. 

Wayne admits he did not grow up with te reo but has always had a passion for toi Māori and was able to connect with his Māoritanga through mahi whakairo. His great grandfather, Te Nahu Haeata Snr (Ngāti Hāmua) was a master carver who carved Ngā Tau e Waru, the wharenui at Te Oreore, so carving is in his blood. “I believe carving and toi Māori grows our people while connecting them to identity, the whenua, and the taiao”. 

Part of the PGF funding will resource Wayne and his team of five to carve fulltime, 6 days a week. His team of five will carve under the whare-noa (kawa/tikanga) from TWoA which allows women and children to be around. The team includes a wahine carver, a rangatahi (18) and two other Māori, all who whakapapa to Rangitāne and one qualified Pākehā carver with 20 years’ experience.

The carving shed will be open to the public, even after the carving is done so Wayne encourages anyone who is interested to come and watch and be part of the Kaupapa. “Trust the journey, the tīpuna are with us and support Kaupapa māori which is tika”. 

Wayne hopes people come and use the space and become familiar with their connections to Pūkaha “come give your time to Pūkaha and learn”. Growing our rangatahi is one of his biggest passions. “Koro Jim was passionate about growing rangatahi, and I want to follow in that”.

When asked how Rangitāne uri could utilise the space he said “Wānanga, all the wānanga you can think of. This place is a vehicle, there’s so much potential for our people to grow, learn, and develop their own path, so make Pūkaha part of your journey”.

Wairarapa Moana

Aotearoa became a party to the Global Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1976 and has listed six sites covering almost 55,112 hectares for inclusion in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar sites. Ramsar is the city in Iran where the Convention was developed.)

On 5th of June 2020, The Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, Treaty Partners Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust and KKWKT and other stakeholders joined to celebrate the governments support of Wairarapa Moana’s application for Ramsar status. It was a wonderful milestone to witness a project that has been in the pipeline for more than five years.

The convention aims to help protect rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important  to conserve biological diversity. By protecting remaining wetlands, we are helping to protect rare ecosystems, improving the health of our waterways, and potentially improving our own health.

The day began with a mihi whakatau from Ngāti Hinewaka, followed by a brief background from Rawiri Smith about mahi that has been completed over five years to secure Ramsar status. The Min. of Conservation acknowledged our rangatahi from the Wharekura for being present on such an important occasion. 

Prior to the wrap up, Mei-Manaia did a kōrero to acknowledge the hau kāinga, Wairarapa Moana, and all the conservation efforts by the stakeholders and challenged them to go forth into the future with the same enthusiasm and energy. The rangatahi supported his kōrero with a fitting waiata. 

Proceeding the formalities, three kahikatea were planted to mark this day of significance, which also happened to be International Conservation Day!
Ka nui te pai! The outcome of the application is expected later in the year.

Photos Theresa Aporo – Chair Kohunui Marae and member of SWMSC and SWDC mayor Alex Beijen

Te whetū o te tau, Our star –
Māori News Reporter of the Year

Te Āniwaniwa Hurihanganui (Ngāti Hāmua) was born in Whakaoriori and descends from Rangitāne.
She received the Future Leaders Scholarship from Wairarapa Moana in the years 2014-2016 while she studied a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism, at Massey University.

She completed her degree and is now a full-time journalist at Radio New Zealand, with a particular focus on Māori affairs reporting. She was the inaugural recipient of the Henare te Ua Māori Journalism Internship established in 2017 by Radio New Zealand to support Te reo Māori and foster Māori journalism.

She’d like to one day present her own current affairs show and become an experienced senior journalist. She wants to continue to educate New Zealanders about important issues, and she’d like to see the day when stories relating to Māori are at the forefront of current affairs across the sector  and not just from Māori news outlets.

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui received the Te Tohu Kairangi trophy for Best Reporting – Māori Affairs this year at the prestigious Voyager Media Awards. We would like to commend her on her achievements and look forward to her becoming  a force in the journalism world. Ka nui te kauanuanu, e tai!

Melissa Nikora

Melissa Nikora who is of Rangitāne descent, is the current Well Child Tamariki Ora Nurse for the Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua Rūnanga whilst nurse Sarah Henman is on Maternity Leave.

She has been working at the Rūnanga for 12 years and Melissais  proof you can achieve great things whilst working, studying and being a busy mother.

She started out part time being a He Mate Huango /Asthma Health Educator; this was a great learning opportunity for her as it was not only to help support and educate Whanau in the community but to support her own Whanau, some of whom have children with Asthma.

Melissa was fortunate to study and complete her Asthma and Other Respiratory Disease Certificate through Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust at Kokiri marae in Wellington. The course supports educators and all training was accredited.

Four years ago, she and a colleague decided they wanted a change in career path so decided to study Nursing. In August 2019 Melissa completed a Bachelor in Nursing Degree; unfortunately due to the Covid-19 lockdown she was unable to experience the graduation ceremony and celebrate her achievements, nevertheless has said she is proud of what she has been able to achieve.

It is great for her to be able to now go into the work force as a qualified registered Nurse instead of struggling as a student Nurse.

Melissa wanted all those whanau out there to know that, the journey of studying, working and being a Mum is not an easy road or task to tackle however with determination and support it is achievable and shows hard mahi reaps rewards.

Two QSM Awards for Wairarapa

Gareth Winters, well-respected Wairarapa archivist, and Georgina Beyer, former Carterton Mayor and Wairarapa MP were both made members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Gareth received his award for services to historical research and Georgina received hers for services to LGBTIQA+ rights.  We’d like to congratulate them both for their continued service to our communities in the Wairarapa. E rere ana ngā mihi matakuikui ki a kōrua, kai ngā rangatira.

Sponsorship and Funding

Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust has 5K up for grabs! If you have a kaupapa that aligns with one of the following categories, please visit our website for an application form. Link at bottom. Close date 31 July with the decision notified in August.

  • Rūnanga;
  • Hapū;
  • Marae;
  • Community;
  • Economic Development;
  • Health and Wellbeing;
  • Conservation and the Environment;
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage;
  • Education;
  • Technology



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