In this issue we note the loss of so many kaumatua over the past year including Tirikawa Ohia, Mutu Cooper, Hoti Blake, Tatau Rameka and just recently Ebba Te Tua. Their loss takes much of the sheen off what has been a year of amazing achievements for the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust in the service of our Nga Potiki people.
At her tangi Aunty Ebba was aptly described as ‘te tuara o te kereme o Nga Potiki i te Karauna’ – the backbone of the Nga Potiki Treaty Claim. She inspired the team that drove the claim against both the Crown and iwi which actively opposed Nga Potiki aspirations. Aunty Ebba was always present at numerous planning hui which culminated in the successful Nga Potiki settlement. Her presence at those hui always imbued the team with a sense of confidence that enabled us to get through the many low points of the mandating process.
It was only appropriate that Aunty Ebba was one of the first to affix her signature to the Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Deed of Settlement hui on 14 December 2013 at Whareroa marae which recognized the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust as the Crown’s exclusive treaty partner with respect to our Nga Potiki people. She took her responsibility as a kaumatua seriously and had always made herself available to support the Trust’s educational initiatives and opportunities to further strengthen the Nga Potiki relationship with all Papamoa schools and especially Papamoa College.
Aunty Ebba will be sorely missed.
— No reira e te Mareikura Whai atu nga tapuae o ratou Ki te Kahui Ariki Wairua Haere atu ra
Nga Potiki Housing Update
Our congratulations to the first 10 whanau applicants who have been approved through the Nga Potiki Shared Equity Programme to purchase house and land packages in Manawa Stage One. We will continue to work with other whanau still going through the process and will call for new Expressions of Interest for those whanau who would like to apply for housing on Manawa.
You can be assured the Trust remains committed to supporting you in your quest to achieve home ownership and affordable housing through rentaland other options. A panui will be sent to you in early 2019 to invite Expressions of Interest in Manawa.
The construction of homes at Manawa Stage One is well underway especially along Tamapahore Boulevard, Komata Crescent, Tiria Crescent, Kahotea Road and Wawai Drive. For those of you who may not know, Manawa is the name of the residential development the Trust has established on land transferred from Crown and into Nga Potiki ownership as part of its settlement redress. Some 240 homes will eventually be built on the block with 30% set side for Trust beneficiaries.
Congratulations to Maia Komene Ririnui who was selected by Papamoa College to attend the Women of Influence Awards held on 18 September last at Auckland. Maia was one of four secondary students identified from across Aotearoa-New Zealand and was sponsored by Westpac. She attended the award’s night at Skycity to hear inspiring women achievers namely Dr Hinemoa Elder, Dame Ann Salmond and Chloe Swarbrick as part of the 125 year celebrations of women achieving the vote in this country.
The Nga Potiki a Tamapahore AGM will be held on March 23rd, 2019, at which time we will also hold trustee elections for three positions.
Rachael Davie has offered herself for re-election. Tama Hovell and Bentham Ohia have retired from the Trust and will not be standing for re-election.
All three trustee positions are up for election and we welcome your nomination.
Nomination forms are via the Nga Potiki website, alternatively you can call into the office to collect hard copies. The AGM notice and trustee voting forms, will be sent to you in early March 2019.
It all happened on the last Friday of August when 150 teaching staff from Papamoa College descended on to Tahuwhakatiki marae on three buses as part of their professional development. Almost all had never been on a marae before.
The group was treated with the usual pohiri and enjoyed Nga Potiki hospitality before assembling in the ‘Rongomainohorangi’ to hear Dr Des Kahotea, John Ohia and Colin Reeder share their knowledge about the area and its history. For many the history was a revelation which was followed by a coach trip that ended at Wairakei (Taylor’s Reserve). The visit can only deepen the understanding of non Maori teachers as to how better respond to the learning needs of rangatahi.
Your Trust is one of two foundation members of Te Ara Poutama Maori & Pasifika Trade Training Consortium that covers the Bay of Plenty & South Waikato. The other is Ngati Whakaue Taumata Iho Ake Trust. Consortium partners include Industry Training Organisations (ITO’s) and employers supported by training provider Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. The consortium offers full scholarships to trainees enrolled in selected pre-apprenticeship courses.
Peter Stokes and Colin Reeder attended the National Maori & Pasifika Trade Training Hui in Mangere in October where the Tertiary Education Commission re-affirmed the role of iwi / hapu as the key driver of pre-apprenticeship training leading to employment. Guest speaker at the conference was Dr Pita Sharples.
Grants for Marae
In recognition of the huge contribution Mangatawa marae and Tahuwhakatiki marae make to the cultural well-being of our Nga Potiki people, the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust Board has approved $200,000.00 to each marae.
Te Amorangi ki mua, te hapai ki o muri
The Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trustees congratulates Bentham Ohia in his new role as Chief Advisor Iwi and Maori Relationships at the Ministry of Education, National Office and farewells him as a trustee and valued colleague. Bentham brought a depth of governance experience and knowledge from his previous roles as CEO of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and trustee of the Wakatu Incorporation from which the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust benefited immensely. While somewhat saddened by his departure to Wellington we are nevertheless excited for Maori education providers across Aotearoa who can only benefit from his appointment.
‘Tuhoromatanui – Nga Potiki Environmental Plan 2018-2028’
Thanks to the dedication and efforts of consultant planner Elva Conroy and planner Arthur Flintoff working under the direction of RMU Manager Matire Duncan the new Plan is almost complete. Comprising of 130 pages this comprehensive plan identifies key issues in relation to the protection and preservation of cultural landscapes and seascapes but also covers climate change, fresh water, marine and physical heritage.
It is a strategic document intended to inform local, regional and central governments on matters of environmental importance to our Nga Potiki people. The Plan will be formally adopted at the December meeting of the Nga Potiki Board.
MOU with Te Wanaga o Awanuiarangi
Following a meeting with Wiremu Doherty, CEO of Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Head of School Vaughan Bidois and Senior lecturer Rosina Taniwha held on 21 September the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust Board and the wananga agreed to enter into a partnership by way of a memorandum of understanding.
Both partners have agreed to embark on the joint development of a three year bachelor’s degree in early childhood education as a pathway to employment in the early childhood education sector. The degree responds to the dire shortage of Maori engaged in the early learning sector and the rapid growth of privately owned centres and kindergartens across Papamoa.
A small team representing Nga Potiki and Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi will convene from time to time over 2019 to co-construct the proposed qualification with view of accreditation by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for 2020.
Manawa Stage 2
Having successfully completed Manawa Stage 1, the Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trustees are pleased to announce that Manawa Stage 2 is now underway.
Secondary School Rangatahi Success
Congratulations to our rangatahi whose efforts were recognized at the Papamoa College Senior prize giving held on 1 November at Papamoa College.
Year 11: Tamati Ririnui-Komene (Tama a Aroha Ririnui) Commitment to Media Studies
Year 11: Saphire Abraham (Waitaha) Kopukairoa Award for excellence in kapa haka
Year 12: Maia Ririnui-Komene (Kotiro a Aroha Ririnui) Academic Te Reo Maori
Year 13: James Ohia (Tama a Linda Carroll me Tautara Ohia) Academic Te Reo Maori
The trustees are excited with the prospect of appointing a General Manager before the Christmas break who will be responsible for the oversight and excellent administration of the Trust’s commercial and non commercial operations.
This is a significant appointment and reflects the growing complexity of our organization established to administer the Nga Potiki treaty settlement and deliver on promises to beneficiaries in areas of social, cultural and economic development. Central to the role is establishing relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including local, regional and central government as well as the private sector.
Once the appointment process has been finalized the General Manager will start work in January 2019.
Parehaku Urupa (at rear of Mangatawa facing Romai)
Thanks to the Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation and Tono Wairua Trust the old urupa and surrounding area located at Waimahuru has been dramatically transformed from what was thick scrub to something we can all be proud of. The area has been cleared of gorse and landscaped after decades of neglect. A new post and wire fence has been erected around the urupa itself and there is now easy access for motor vehicles from the orchard. More recently help was sought from the Tauranga City Council to identify individual gravesites using ground penetrating radar.
In the meantime, efforts carry on to identify tupuna buried there before those kaumatua who can remember names pass on. So far 28 names have been collected. The last burial was in 1948.
If you know of a family member buried at this urupa please contact Paula Werohia 574 8365 or Colin Reeder 022 681 3970.
‘A Smart Native Thief’ as printed in the Bay of Plenty Times 27 March 1896.
‘An ingenious system of petty pilfering has been discovered by a native lady of the Karikari settlement and her story somewhat resembles the famous Maori legend of Tamatekapua. She noticed a few mornings ago that her melon patch had been invaded and the choicest fruit stolen.
The next morning again similar depredations were visible but on neither occasion were there footprints to give a clue to the thief. The third night the lady took ambush and watched and was shortly rewarded by seeing a man and boy approaching the plot, before leaving the scrub outside however they stopped and proceeded to fix bundles of fern round their feet.
When close enough to discern their features the owner of the coveted fruit recognized her own brother and son? Their excuse was a projected visit to town and the consequent need of something easily convertible into coin of the realm’
Update your details
With 2018 wrapping up and the new year approaching faster, it’s a great time to update your member details.
If your address or contact details have changed in any way, download and complete the form and send it back to us to be sure you are kept up to date.