We hope you are all managing to stay warm on these cold icy mornings.
This week the constellation of stars marking the Māori new year has risen.
It is a time for contemplation and remembering all of those who have passed away – rātou kua whetūrangitia. It is also a time for thinking about the future.
Your trustees spent some time together last week to do exactly that. There was reflection about all that has been achieved, and the kaumatua who have now passed away and who contributed so much, including their kōrero that was part of evidence presented to the Waitangi Tribunal. Important kōrero which continue to inform the future direction for Ngā Pōtiki.
The team in the Office has also had a busy time with a change of location. We are still in Fashion Island but we are now upstairs above ASB, the offices where the lawyers (Koning Webster) were. We blessed the new tari on a very wet Wednesday morning. It was wonderful to have so many of our kaumatua and kuia attend alongside people we work with, whanaunga and representatives from Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi te Rangi, Waitaha and Tapuika. Tēnā rawa atu koutou katoa.
This edition of our newsletter is jam packed with information and pānui. We have a new regular section called ‘whanaungatanga’ a space where you can learn a little more about the staff and trustees. In this newsletter our newer trustees are sharing a bit about themselves.
Our biggest update in this newsletter is for Ngā Pōtiki Housing, everything is included to help Ngā Pōtiki whānau understand the process and the timing for upcoming housing options in Manawa.
Please enjoy and send us your ideas for future editions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngā mihi mahana
Erana and all the team.
Programme for Māori gifted learners
Whaia te māramatanga – Seek illumination
Earlier this year we were successful alongside REACH Education with a proposal to the Ministry of Education, to provide a unique opportunity for Māori gifted learners aged 10 – 15 years, within the rohe of Ngā Pōtiki.
The programme was launched at Tahuwhakatiki Marae on 24 May 2019 by MP Tamati Coffey. This ‘ignition hui’ was well supported by whānau and our Ngā Pōtiki kaumatua.
The programme involves tamariki from six different kura or schools within our rohe. The children selected were identified by their school or kura with reference to Māori concepts of giftedness. Each tamaiti or child is working with their mentor to plan and undertake a project relevant to their specific abilities. Whānau are also involved with planning and supporting their tamaiti throughout the programme.
The programme involves a number of workshops. Our current group have just completed their second workshop and will have three more before all of their mahi comes together at a ‘presentation hui’. This hui will be the opportunity for the tamariki to present their work back to their whānau and the broader community. The presentation hui for our first group of gifted tamariki will take place in October 2019.
This programme involves an innovative approach to identifying and working with Māori gifted learners. We are excited that the Ministry is supporting us to run it this year, and again in 2020 with a second group of tamariki.
Whalers whānau trip a huge success
Our three junior teams of Under 6s, U7s and U9s played as a curtain raiser to the Warriors game against the Melbourne Storm. Each team played their games on the big field with all the whānau watching on with excitement and pride.
The majority of the players were whānau which made it even more special.
Ngā Pōtiki Housing Update
It has been a busy 24 months establishing the Ngā Pōtiki Housing scheme to deliver affordable housing for registered Ngā Pōtiki members into our Manawa development. Housing offerings to members include Home ownership, renting and potentially long term leasing.
In the last 24 months we have achieved some ground breaking milestones including:
• Establishing Manawa Housing Trust the first Charitable Housing Entity in NZ to be granted a special tax status under recent Inland Revenue Legislation which provides for specific tax exemptions;
• Obtaining Community Housing Provider Status;
• Launching the Ngā Pōtiki/Westpac Shared Equity Homes Ownership scheme, the first Iwi shared equity scheme in NZ;
• Developing a shared equity homes ownership scheme for members and the first 10 Ngā Pōtiki are currently building their new homes in Manawa;
• Preparation to launch the 2nd Ngā Pōtiki Housing offering to members on the Nga Potiki housing website on 30 September 2019.
If you are interested in rental or long term leasing complete the Expression of Interest form (EOI) and submit online. The EOI is not an application but will assist us in understanding the demand for each option and your needs. We are still investigating these options and how we can deliver them. For example the cost to build and own housing for rental, the number of houses we will need to build based on your feedback through the EOI process, finding a financier who will secure lending on a long term residential leasehold, and the type of houses that need to be built e.g. 1, 2 or 4 bedroom homes.
Once you complete an EOI your records will be kept on our database so you can get updates as we continue to design these options and you will be the first to know when the rental and long term leasing offers are available. So complete an EOI and keep your contact details up to date. Make sure you are a registered member and you know your registration number, you will need it to apply online.
HOME OWNERSHIP OFFERING
Home ownership will also be offered on the website from 30 September and will close 30 October 2019. We have completed a review of the process and criteria that we hope will make the process easier, more efficient and faster.
There are three main steps to apply for home ownership.
Step 1 – Expression of Interest
Complete the EOI and submit online. You will need to meet the following criteria:
• Be a registered member of 25 yrs to 50yrs of age;
• Earn a minimum of $60,000 per annum gross per year
• Earn a maximum of $85,000 for a single person; $135,000 for a couple;
• Have $10,000 deposit or Kiwisaver equivalent;
• Have low debt or a plan to quickly reduce your debt;
• Be a first home buyer
• Purchase a house and land package for no more than $550,000
• Live in the house for 2 years or more
• Agree to the Ngā Pōtiki Homeownership shared equity programme that includes:
– Entering into a shared equity arrangement with Manawa Housing Trust where you and the Trust co-own the property and co-borrow against the property in respective equity shares (this will be explained if your application under Step 3 set out below, is accepted). The idea is that over time you will buy the Trust out and own your home 100%.
– You must repay the loan NOT the Trust.
– If you sell you must first offer the house back to the Trust to purchase at market value.
– Progress as a group with other members accepted under the programme, this is to create efficiencies and reduce administrative costs and where possible construction costs;
– Attend workshops as a group that cover: financial literacy; the legal framework; Housing options from select Group Builders such as Generation Homes; GJ Gardner; Mike Greer Homes but you are not limited to those builders.
– Attend all One on One meetings in Step 3.
Step 2 – Complete an Application
If you tick ALL of the boxes in Step 1 you are automatically invited to Step 2 to make an Application online.
In Step 2 you will need to complete a financial statement of position form with supporting documents such as evidence of your income and expenses, debt and hire purchases and upload these documents online or bring them to your interview in Step 3 set out below.
Submit the Application online. You will be notified that we have received your Application and then it will go to the Trust for approval to progress to Step 3.
It will take approximately 4 weeks from the date you submit the Application to have a decision from the Trust whether you can proceed to Step 3 or whether you have more work to do to meet the criteria.
Once you have been approved by the Trust we will contact you to start Step 3.
Step 3 – One on One engagement
This step is still part of the Application process and involves one on one engagement with our Advisory Team who are there to assist you through the process including verifying your financial position statement (making sure your financial position is correct); obtaining bank finance for you i.e. mortgage pre-approval; explaining and completing all legal documents. You need to attend the workshops under this final Step as well.
Be prepared to do a lot of work throughout steps 2 and 3. We anticipate that it will take approximately 16 to 20 weeks to work through these very action intensive steps.
After Step 3 you will start working directly with your Group Builder to obtain building consents and complete construction. The Advisory Team will offer pastoral care throughout the process as your home is being built through to obtaining code of compliance.
We ask that you be patient and wait for the website to launch the offering on 30 September before phoning the office with questions.
All information will be on the website including a Frequently Asked Questions page from 30 September.
Kia ora tatou
Thanks to all who attended the AGM in February.
The whānau elected new trustees and we (the new trustees) are currently completing the required processes at the Māori Land Court.
Please keep an eye out in the future for hui around the rejuvenation of our Marae. The first hui as scheduled for 10am on 14 July at the Marae. Nau mai, haere mai.
Get to know our trustees and staff a little better.
Ropata Stephens – Trustee
I am Ngā Pōtiki through my grandparents ko Haimona Taite rāua Ko Te Rāhuikura Taite (Nee Ngatai) who had 10 children of which my mother Te Tio (i mate ia) is the eldest. Uncles Uatuku and Waka still reside in the rohe of Ngā Pōtiki with Uncle Hamiora and Pone living in the South Island.
1. What’s your favourite place in Aotearoa? Karikari, Mangatawa where Tamapahore lived and established a thriving community of life, industry and trade i muri o te taenga mai o ngā pākehā.
2. Favourite kai? Kaimoana katoa
3. Best piece of advice you have ever received and from who? “Give respect to others in order to receive respect from them. If it doesn’t arrive, try harder” nei te kōrero o tōku pāpā Ko Warren Pahia Stephens
4. What’s your dream holiday involve? Noho marae at Tahuwhakatiki with my Taite whanau to strengthen our kinship, refresh our whakapapa, hear our stories, sing our songs and have a good laugh together.
5. Something unusual or interesting about you that many people don’t know? I’m a student at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato learning Te Reo Māori to support the paepae at our marae Mangatawa, Tahuwhakatiki and other marae within Tauranga Moana.
6. Since becoming a trustee for Ngā Pōtiki something that stands out? I’m impressed with how the Trusts business is conducted to high level of professionalism, effectiveness and due diligence ably assisted by a very competent, efficient and experienced manager.
7. If you could have an evening of kai and conversation whose company would you like to enjoy?
My grandparents both sides (i mate rātou) I would enjoy cooking for them and hearing them converse in Māori.
Verna Gate – Trustee
My Ngā Pōtiki connection is through both Mum and Dad. Tirikawa and Monty Ohia.
1. What’s your favourite place in Aotearoa? Tauranga
2. Favourite kai? Whitebait
3. Best piece of advice you have ever received and from who? Kaua e wareware te Kaupapa. My Mum.
4. What’s your dream holiday involve? Back to Raratonga with my husband, our kids and their partners and now, our one and only mokopuna.
5. Since becoming a trustee for Nga Potiki something that stands out to me is … The fantastic amount of work that has been done by the trustees something that I have learnt is… The importance of having a General Manager to run the business. The trustees did a fantastic job with what they had prior to the GM coming on board.
6. If you could have an evening of kai and conversation whose company would you like to enjoy? My Mum and Dad. I miss them.
Shirley Oliver – Trustee
I am Ngā Pōtiki through my Mother Rangi Pahoka Oliver Williams, grandparents, Poihaere Whare Te Rupe Williams and Takimoana Williams Tarahina.
1. What is your favourite place in Aotearoa? Tauranga Moana is my favourite place, being back with my whānau and kaumatua.
2. Favourite kai? My favourite kai is fresh Tuna with my secret sauce.
3. Best piece of advice you have ever received and from who? Be positive, learn from your mistakes and look forward to a positive future, from my mama.
4. What’s your dream holiday involve? My dream holiday is to travel to Hawaii and met our Whanaunga.
5. Since becoming a trustee for Ngā Potiki something that stands out? Trade and training, stand out for me, we need more people doing physical jobs example hairdressing, building etc
6. If you could have an evening of kai and conversation with 3 other people whose company would you like to enjoy? My father and my two nannies and cook them the Tuna with the secret sauce.
Ngai Te Rangi | Janine Kakau | 07 575 3765 ext 212 Special Occasion Fish, unveiling, birthday etc, a months notice is required, no exceptions, whole fresh fish is supplied so roopu will need to prepare the fish available at the time.
Frozen Fish, can be purchased for any occasion but is limited to two boxes at a time. Type of fish will be known at time of pick up, this changes from time to time. There is a set price of $100.00 for 10kg frozen fish fillets.