Ngā Pōtiki ki uta. Ngā Pōtiki ki tai.
Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore Trust is a leading tribal organisation that serves the people of Ngā Pōtiki.
We are tasked with supporting and advancing the educational, economic, social, physical, spiritual and cultural wellbeing of Ngā Pōtiki.
We support, care for and enhance the natural and built environment, including places of cultural and spiritual significance to Ngā Pōtiki.
We undertake activities that grow and sustain the assets of Ngā Pōtiki.
Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore Trust is a post-settlement governance entity that exists to administer the assets for and on behalf of the descendants of Tamapahore (Ngā Pōtiki). The Trust does so for the benefit of the present and future generations of Ngā Pōtiki.
Key values that underpin our organisation are:
- Rangatiratanga (leadership)
- Whanaungatanga (relationships)
- Manaakitanga (caring for others)
- Kaitiakitanga (stewardship of assets)
Kia marama taku titiro ki Tauranga
Ko Rangihouhiri, ko Ranginui
Kei Rangataua, ko Tamapahore
Ngā pāpaka o Rangataua
He paruparu te kai
He taniwha ngā tāngata
Keenly I look across to Tauranga
There dwells Te Rangihouhiri and Ranginui
Over at Te Tahuna o Rangataua dwells Tamapahore
The crabs of Rangataua
They eat mud
And have the boldness of demigods
A history of innovation
The principle Ngā Pōtiki settlement up until the early 20th century was located at the foot of Mangatawa. The settlement of Karikari flourished around a successful cattle and sheep farming enterprise that produced wool, as well as maize, wheat, oats, kūmara and potatoes on a commercial scale.
It was here that a culture of innovation emerged.
In November 1875, the Bay of Plenty Times visited Karikari and reported the manufacture of an array of horse-drawn machinery including threshing machines, harrows, ploughs and gigs, as well as the construction of whale boats and “two small yachts of about five tons each” that were going to be used to export produce.
Karikari was sufficiently wealthy and could easily cater for a visit from Tāwhiao, the second Māori King, in June 1887. Tāwhiao arrived at the head of a delegation of some 300 supporters from Waikato Tainui.
“Food was served up for the visitors, which consisted of beef, pork, potatoes, and kumara, and the way in which the food was prepared was worth seeing,” reported the Bay of Plenty Times on June 22, 1887.
“The exact amount of food cooked at Kari Kari for Tawhiao and party was: 3 head of cattle, 24 pigs, and 54 kits of potatoes (say 5 tons); 10 cases of biscuits were also disposed of, besides sugar, tea, etc.”
In 1894, Ngā Pōtiki leader Wi Parera Tarakiteawa oversaw the erection of a large house at Karikari named Tamapahore. It was opened in 1896 by the third Māori King, Mahuta Tāwhiao, in the presence of Te Kooti Arikirangi, prophet and founder of the Ringatū faith. The house was 50ft by 20ft, of weatherboard construction, and featured two large stained-glass windows at each end, reflecting the wealth of the village.
In 1901, Wi Parera, Eruera Te Tauhou, Te Awanui and other Ngā Pōtiki leaders successfully petitioned the Native Land Court to partition the Mangatawa Reserve out of the No. 2 Pāpāmoa Block for the exclusive ownership of Ngā Pōtiki whānau.
Karikari fell into decline after 1900. This was accelerated by the individualisation of land title policies imposed by the Crown, and the subsequent movement of whānau to Te Whare o Tahuwhakatiki, which was closer to the Tauranga/Te Puke highway and enabled easier access to the newly established Papamoa Native School and the Papamoa Creamery at Whare (Taranaki Lane).
In 1957, the Mangatawa Reserve, comprising of multiple and small uneconomic land interests, was consolidated into the Mangatawa Incorporation, which represented a reversal of the previous colonial government policy of individualisation of land titles.
More than 60 years later, the Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation is recognised as a leading-edge Māori-owned business in Tauranga that manages a diverse property investment and agribusiness portfolio on behalf of some 400 shareholders.
For more information visit Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation.
Other smaller commercial enterprises owned by Ngā Pōtiki whānau located across Kairua and Waitao and are also actively engaged in commercial horticulture, supplying kiwifruit and avocados to the international market.
Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore Trust builds on this legacy of innovation and works in partnership with the Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation and other Ngā Pōtiki land trusts to create new and exciting futures for Ngā Pōtiki whānau.
Traditional Ngā Pōtiki tribal area
Two slightly different descriptions of the Ngā Pōtiki Tribal Estate were presented by tūpuna appearing before the Native Land Court during the 19th century.
“Kua whakataua ki a Ngāpotiki te poraka whenua katoa e mau nei Ngā rohe. Ka timata ki Parakiri ki te taha o te moana maro tonu te raina ki Kainohu ki Tauranga moana, ka haere ra te taha o te wai o Tauranga moana ka tae ki te puaha o Waitao awa, ka tika ki roto ki Waitao awa, tae ki Kaiate awa, ka tika ki roto ki Kaiate awa, tae ki te wahanga ki Owairoa awa, hei reira ke maro te raina ki Te Whare o Tarakeho (teihana ruri) maro tonu atu te haere o tana raina tae atu ki te kotinga mai o te rohe o Awa ki Waitao (No.1) Hei reira ka haere whakaterawhiti ki runga ki taua rana tae ki Kopukairoa, a, ra te raina o te rohe i tangohia e te Kawanatanga, a, puta ki te moana ki Wairakei, a, ra te taha moana tae rawa ki te timatanga ra ano ki Parakiri.”
And, “Commences at the mouth of Wairakei river, and goes onto Te Kao, Ohinetiraha, Te Atuaroa, Motungarara, Waikoropupu, Omarama, and Otara, then goes along on top of a hill into a bush thence to Mangamauku, Te Takapau, Tunatarewa, Te Rahuikaraka and Omawakewaeaute, then turns towards the West and goes onto Te Houroa, Waihau, Otamatera, Omahe, Te Waimanu, Te Kopura, Tamuretahi, Te Mauku, Turangaranui, Te Waipuna, Wharataeturi and Te Papaki, then turns toward the East and goes on to Te Wai____aoa____ Te Ruateapiki, Waioraka, Te Hungatoroa, Te Ruakopih__, Ranginui, Te Ruakaramea then on to the Te Kara river, thence to Te Tokitoki, Ohututaihe, Te Pono, __Kawa and goes along to the road to Te Parakiri thence up to Wairakei”.
Crown surveys carried out during the late 1800s generally follow traditional boundaries (referred to as the Papamoa Block). Some of these lands i.e. Papamoa No.1 Block was retained by Crown and the balance awarded to 106 named Ngā Pōtiki individuals.
All Ngā Pōtiki landholdings literally whakapapa back to Papamoa No. 2 and Papamoa No. 3 Blocks. Mangatawa was set aside as a reserve for Ngā Pōtiki following hearings before the Native Land Court in 1901.
Some of these lands i.e. Papamoa No.1 Block was retained by Crown and the balance awarded to 106 named Ngā Pōtiki individuals. Mangatawa was set aside as a reserve for Ngā Pōtiki following hearings before the Native Land Court in 1901.