In this pānui
  • Notice of Rangitāne combined AGMs
    • Rangitāne Tripartite Annual General Meeting Agenda
  • Kaumātua Celebrations
  • Jacinda Adern visits Pūkaha
  • Wānanga Huhuti Rau 2
  • Te Mana Kuratahi 2019
  • Sir Kim Workman acknowledged at Papawai
  • Kī-o-rahi – reviving traditional games
  • Turitea Wind Farm
  • McCaw Lewis Centenary Celebration
Upcoming events for your Calendar
26 November @ TKKMoW
Sites of Significance Screening
27 November @ Pae Tū Mōkai
Sites of Significance Screening
28 November @ Copthorne
Wairarapa Sports Awards
7 December @ Pūkaha
Rangitāne Tripartite AGM
Notice of Rangitāne combined AGMs
Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust, Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-a-Rua Incorporated and Rangitāne o Wairarapa Incorporated will be holding their Annual General Meetings at Pūkaha again this year. Registration is open from 9.30am with the Rūnanga AGM’s starting at 10am and Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust starting at 12.30pm. A light lunch will be provided along with activities for our Tamariki.
Rangitāne Tripartite Annual General Meeting Agenda
Date Saturday 7th December 2019
Location Pūkaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre
85379 SH 2, Mount Bruce 5881
9.30am Mihi whakatau and kaputī
10.00am Rūnanga AGM’s (Rangitāne Room and Huia Room)
11.30am Lunch break
12.30pm Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust AGM (Huia Room)
2.00pm Tū Mai Rā Investments (Huia Room)
3.30pm Finish
Rangitāne Tamaki Nui-a-Rua Rangitāne o Wairarapa
  1. Apologies
  2. Presentation of candidates for EC
  3. Voting (if required)
  4. Chair and Executive Committee Report
  5. CEO Report
  6. Financial report
    • Statement of Accounts
    • Appointment of Auditor
  7. Minutes of 2018 AGM & 2019 SGM
  8. Announcement of successful candidates to EC
  1. Mihimihi
  2. Introduction of the Executive Board Members
  3. Minutes of previous AGM
  4. Chairs Report
  5. Manager’s Report
  6. Financial Report
    • Statement of Accounts
    • Appointment of Auditor
  7. Introduction to Strategic Plan
  8. Organisation Updates
  9. Constitution Review & Amendments
  10. Communications Review
  11. Nomination of Executive Board Members
  12. Elections
Kaumātua Celebrations

“He Taonga te Kaumātua”, that was the theme at a recent celebration held in Whakaoriori for our Wairarapa kaumātua who had reached 80+ years, a handful of them also reaching 90+ years. There were 40 celebrants invited and 26 who were able to make it on the day.

The day started with a pōhiri to welcome delegates including standing mayor Lynn Patterson, her predecessor Bob Francis and Sir Kim Workman. Everyone was dressed in their Sunday best. Following the pōhiri, all kaumātua then received a certificate, a gift, and some goodies in a re-usable Rangitāne shopping bag.

Mike Kawana was the MC and introduced all the kaumātua while they were being presented with their taonga. It was a beautiful and emotional moment to hear about all their lifetime achievements and also celebrate the kaumātua who were no longer here with us.

Thank you to Mere Kerehi, who sits on the Kaumātua Council, and was the main organiser of the auspicious event. Elizabeth Robens, chairperson of the committee said, “Mere did a wonderful job and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.” Special thanks to the Masterton District Council for their support.

Jacinda Adern visits Pūkaha
The Prime Minister visited Pūkaha on November 7th where she was welcomed by Mike Kawana and invited to name one of the kiwi eggs waiting to hatch in an incubator. The prime minister gave the name ‘Koha Te Aroha’ and the kiwi hatched the very next day on November 8 weighing in at just 306 grams.
She said “In the same way that I considered naming Neve Te Aroha, I thought about the people around us that had so much hope for our future and showed us incredible kindness and so it was in the spirit of giving, and the generosity of Rangitāne o Wairarapa who have gifted the land for Pūkaha, that Koha came to mind”.
Wānanga Huhuti Rau 2
The second wānanga huhuti rau was held at Hāmua at Rangitāne o Wairarapa offices on Tuesday 19th November. The feathers collected during the series of wānanga including Tōroa, Kereru, and Kiwi will be used to weave korowai for the celebrations at Pūkaha set to take place in February 2020. Thank you to all the whānau who have been on board with this kaupapa.
Te Mana Kuratahi 2019
On November 3rd sixty-five primary schools from across the country were welcomed onto Waahi Pā to signify the beginning of the biennial national primary schools kapa haka competition. Our Kura from Wairarapa also had the honour of staying at Waahi Pā, the King’s marae.

The competition was established by the late Dame Te Atairangikaahu in 2000 to bring together Māori communities from all corners of the country.

Three schools represented our rohe, Huia Range School and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tamaki nui a Rua from Dannevirke, and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa who successfully qualified in their regional competitions earning them spots at the nationals. We wish to congratulate all competing teams from the wider Rangitāne rohe including Ngā Iti Rearea, Te Kura Kaupapa Māoro o Manawatū, and Te Huinga Manu. A special mention to Charlie Casha, Ngāti Hāmua, from Whakaoriori who placed 4th for male leader out of 65 groups.

If you missed the performances, we’ve added the links below to watch them online.
Ngā Raukura o Huia
Ngā Puāwai o te Kura
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tamaki Nui a Rua
Sir Kim Workman acknowledged at Papawai
Sir Robert Kinsela Workman KNZM QSO, commonly known as Kim Workman, advocate for criminal justice reform, was knighted recently in a ceremony held at Papawai in Greytown.

“When I got the knighthood, I thought I’d love to be able to have a celebration here just to honour those people who helped to raise me when I was a boy, who sort of breathed knowledge into me and some wisdom. It was lovely,” he said.

The first pōhiri was held at 9am for the hau kāinga and then the Governor General was welcomed on at 10am. At least 200 people were in attendance with the list of speakers including iwi leaders Tipene O’Regan, Ngahiwi Tomoana, and former Cabinet Minister Chris Finlayson.

It was also a special day for Papawai being recognised with Wāhi Tīpuna status and the presentation of a plaque by John Clarke from Heritage NZ.

Kī-o-rahi – reviving traditional games
Kī-o-rahi is a traditional Māori game that has been handed down over the centuries and an increasingly popular sport nationally. It is a fastpaced game which incorporates skills from rugby union, netball and touch.

Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua Incorporated have two kaimahi, Troy Tawhai and Jamie Hape whovisit both primary and high schools in and around the Tamaki nui a Rua takiwā teaching our tamariki and rangatahi the traditional game.

Last month Dannevirke High School competed in the regional Kī-o-rahi competition which was held in Palmerston North. 15 Schools competed and Dannevirke High School placed second in this competition making them qualify for the Nationals which will be held next year from April the 15th till the 17th in Waitangi at Te Tii Marae.

We wish them the best of luck for the Nationals.

Turitea Wind Farm
Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua along with Rangitāne o Manawatu had the opportunity to be a part of the Turning of the Sod ceremony for Mercury Energy’s renewable energy development the Turitea Wind Farm on top of the Tararua Ranges.

This has been a long process for Mercury Energy.The ceremony is the first stage to build the foundations of 33 of the consented 60 turbines. Once completed it will be the largest Windfarm in Aotearoa and will make Palmerston North the Capital for wind.

The ceremony started with a Karakia from Matua Manahi Paewai who was in representation of Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua for the eastern side of the project and Matua Wiremu Te Awe Awe in representation of Rangitāne o Manawatu for the western side.

Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods said she was excited by the contribution the wind farm would make toward lower power bills and a low-carbon future powered by renewable energy.

This event, shows the great relationships our rangatira build in and around our takiwā and ensures we are a part of a better economic future for our whānau

McCaw Lewis Centenary Celebration
At the start of November Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua were invited to join the Mc Caw Lewis Māori Legal Team at their new facility in Kirikiriroa as part of McCaw Lewis’s Centenary Celebrations.

On the night there were two guest speakers, one was Judge Stephen Clark who was a former partner of McCaw Lewis from 1996-2008. He has gone on to be a Māori Land Court Judge, Alternative Environment Court Judge and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. He was also a founder of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and served as its president from September 2004-2006.

The other guest speaker was our very own Mavis Mullins as she has held multiple directorships. Mavis has received widespread recognition for her services in the agricultural industry and was named Maori Businesswomen of the year in 1998 and became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 Queens birthday honours.

It was a significant milestone for the firm marking 100 years and it was great to see the appreciation that they have for their clientele. They value the relationship that they have with Rangitāne and were grateful we were able to be present to celebrate the continuing journey that they have with the iwi.