Key Board Messages – Poutūterangi 2023

Key Board Messages – Poutūterangi 2023

Key Board Messages - Poutūterangi 2023 / March 2023

E whakaaro ana ki rātou mā kua nunumi atu.  Hoki wairua atu rā ki ou nui, ki our ahi i te pō.
Ka mihi ki tātou te hunga ora e noho ora mai i tēnei ao mārama, tēnā tātou katoa.

The boards of Te Kīwai Mauī and Te Korowai came together before Te Korowai’s bi-monthly hui on Rāmere 3 Poutūterangi 2023 (Friday 3 March 2023) to wānanga on the Pupuke te Hihiri Whai Rawa Impact Investment Strategy.

The Board approved the strategy and Trustees now look forward to communicating it to Hapū.  This is a great outcome for our people as we rethink the way we invest and bring those investments closer to home, producing direct benefits for uri. It is an exciting space for us to be in!

Whai Rawa investments focus on social, cultural and economic outcomes.  The profit from these investments are reinvested into further Whai Rawa investments – in doing so, building a circular Ngāruahine economy. 

So far, three developments have been identified to produce direct benefits – these are a community
space in Manaia (Project Tūkau), Te Rere o Kapuni and a kāinga project. 

Other highlights from the Board hui:

  • Te Korowai received a quarterly investment performance report from Te Kīwai Mauī Chair, Taari Nicholas.  Taari briefed the Board on the financial impacts to our rohe of the war in Ukraine and the changing climate.
  • Te Korowai received updates on mahi in the tari from the Tumu Whakarae, whenua reacquisition, upcoming Trustee Elections 2023, the Iwi Registry, Te Paepae o Aotea and our Trustee representatives working with STDC.
  • Te Korowai agreed to support an intervention by our whanaunga Ngāti Ruanui in the judicial review application lodged by the  ‘Students for Climate Solutions Incorporated’ of the way. the Crown issues new exploration permits for onshore oil and gas exploration. 

In other news:

  • The new Mana Hautū of Te Kīwai Mauī, Jayde Wilkinson was welcomed into his role.
  • Te Korowai and Ngāruahine Iwi Authority formally recognised their enduring relationship with the signing of the kawenata at Te Aroha o Tītokowaru on the evening of Rāpare 2 Poutūterangi (Thursday 2 March).
  • Te Korowai congratulates Aotea Utanganui, Ngā Purapura o te Taihauāuru and Te Reanga Mōrehu o Ratana for their stands at Te Matatini last week, as well as all of our other teams who won their respective rohe whakataetae and stood as proud uri on the national stage.  E pohokererū ana mātou i o koutou tū! Taukē!
  • Te whakataka o te mauri o Te Matatini will arrive at Ratana Pā on Rāhoroi 15 Paengawhāwhā (Saturday 15 April).  A rātaka will become available when the finer details are confirmed.  Planning is now underway for Taranaki to host Te Matatini 2025

Beware of sea lice

Beware of sea lice
Sea Lice

Beware of sea lice
and other biting ocean critters

Beach-goers heading to cool off in the sea this summer are being warned to act quickly if they are nipped by sea lice and other miniscule ocean critters.

Taranaki swimmers have reported being stung and bitten, leaving them with a painful skin rash or severe itching, with the culprits likely to be sea lice, jellyfish and other marine creatures too tiny to see.

Abby Matthews, Taranaki Regional Council’s Director-Environment Quality, says the creatures are more prevalent and active in the summer months with the warmer sea temperatures and urged people to act quickly if they had suffered a bite or stung while paddling or swimming.

“Our region has some fantastic beaches and the awesome weather we’ve been having means they’ve been really busy with people cooling off and enjoying a swim,” says Ms Matthews.

“While we’re not warning people to stay away, we’re reminding beach-goers that there are hazards to be aware of. This includes marine creatures that can bite or sting and that can result in a pretty painful rash that will put a damper on your summer break or trip to the coast.”

Reactions to stings and bites can vary with some people experiencing mild itching and rash, while others may develop intense itchy rashes or other symptoms such as pain, fever, nausea or diarrhoea. In most cases, the rashes and itching should ease after a week.

Dr Jonathan Jarman, from the Taranaki Public Health Service, said that they had received several reports of itchy rashes following swimming in the sea.

“The best thing to do if you start to notice an itchy rash after swimming is to get out of your swim suit as soon as you can and then have a shower. That way you’ll remove any remaining stinging cells that remain on the skin. Togs will also need to be washed in hot soapy water and dried thoroughly to make sure all the stinging cells are removed or inactivated completely.

“The rash can be quite annoying but can usually be managed by over-the-counter medications from a pharmacy. Phone Healthline at 0800 611 116 or talk to your doctor if you are worried.”

Sea lice (or isopods) typically grow up to 1.5 millimetres long and tend to live in warm shallow sand or rock pools, or near the shoreline. A swimmer might feel a bite from a sea lice as they can be painful and leave itchy red dots on the skin – similar to a mosquito or flea bite.

However, beach-goers only tend to be aware of jellyfish stings after they have left the water when their skin develops an itchy rash that can sometimes blister and weep. Microscopic jellyfish can leave a skin rash around and under swimwear where there is potential for them to become trapped.

While the Council doesn’t monitor for sea lice and jellyfish, it does collect weekly bacteria and toxic algae samples from beaches, river and lakes. You can check the water quality and get other information on the Council’s Can I Swim Here? 

Key Board Messages – Mahuru 2022

Key Board Messages – Mahuru 2022

Key Board Messages – Mahuru 2022

Te Korowai Board met on Friday 23 Mahuru/September 2022 at Māwhitiwhiti-Kanihi Pā, and can share the following highlights:

  • The Board endorsed Ngāruahine Fisheries Ltd to notify that the Annual Catch Entitlement for Tuna remain with Te Ohu Kaimoana as unleased quota while the sustainability of the tuna species remains a concern. 
  • The Board approved the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Shareholder Agreement for hapū.  This is a crucial step in the process towards the reacquisition of Ngāruahine whenua.  
  • The artist known as Mr G (Graeme Hoete) helped to raise awareness of the Street/Road Name kaupapa through his small installation in MATARIKI near HĀWERA – the first of a series e pa ana ki nga pakanga o aotearoa (NZ LAND WARS Street sign SERIES), to challenge and encourage everyone to research, learn, & know our history’.  Te Korowai submitted feedback to the South Taranaki District Council on its Road Naming Policy. We invite any whānau and hapū who wish to work with us to participate in the process to rename offensive or inappropriate road names. 
  • A decision from the High Court on the Hiringa Energy kaupapa is not expected before the end of Whiringa-ā-nuku/October 2022. 
  • The Board approved He Matauraura – the strategy document to guide and support uri educational aspirations and achievements grounded in Ngāruahine identity, reo and tikanga.  Expect to see an implementation plan for hapū and whānau out soon. 
  • The Board spent the remainder of the day preparing for this year’s hui-a-tau/AGM. 

Here are some key dates for your calendar 

  • Rangatahi wānanga – 28-30 Whiringa-ā-nuku
  • Te Pūaotanga o Maru I te Atatū (Ngāti Maruwharanui – Crown Apology) – 29 Whiringa-ā-nuku
  • Taranaki Tu Mai – 4-6 Whiringa-ā-rangi
  • Te Pō Whakahirahira o Ngāruahine/Social – 3 Hakihea  
  • Wiki Hākinakina o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori – 11-16 Hakihea
  • Whānau Fun Day – 17 Hakihea.

For future information go to our Facebook page.

In other news:

  • Te Korowai congratulates the successful local government electoral candidates – Te Aroha Hohaia, Bonita Bigham, Clive Tongaawhikau, Tuteri Rangihaeata, Leanne Horo, Sharlee Mareikura and Dinnie Moeahu. Thank you for putting your hands up and representing. 
  • Te Korowai will run monthly wānanga on the accounting software Xero, for hapū and marae members/treasurers, starting in Whiringa-ā-nuku.  Dates will be out soon on the facebook page.

AGM Notice 2022

AGM Notice 2022

AGM Notice 2022

Tēnā tātou e te iwi.

Our AGM is upon us. Make sure you arrive early to get a carpark whānau! The carpark is accessible from the Hastings Rd entrance (Omahuru Rd will be an exit only). When full, the paddock next door will be opened up.

We want everyone safe and well so if you haven’t RATs tested at home before you arrive, you can
do so when you get to the pā. Please allow 15 minutes to complete the testing process. Whakatau will start promptly at 9am and will be followed by kapu tii.

We’re encouraging all uri to pre-register at the email address below please, but a register will be circulated inside the whare.

The formal hui will commence at 10am.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Annual General Meeting of the Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust Group will be held at Kānihi Marae, 240 Hastings Road, Okaiawa on Saturday 24 September 2022.

All Ngāruahine uri are invited to attend.

9.00 am Whakatau
10.00 am Hui commences


  1. Karakia
  2. Apologies (by resolution)
  3. Pouwhakarae Message
  4. Board Presentation
  5. Confirmation of the Minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting (by resolution)
  6. Presentation of the Annual Report to 31 March 2022
    1. Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust
    2. Te Kīwai Mauī o Ngāruahine Limited
    3.  2021/2022 Annual Audited Financial Statements (by resolution)
  7. Presentation of ‘Ka Ora Taku Toa’ 5 Year Strategy & alignment with the Annual Plan
  8. Appointment of the Auditor (by resolution)
  9. Presentation of Trustees’ remuneration (by resolution)
  10. General Business
  11. Hākari

We encourage all uri to register in advance for this event.

You can register, notify your apology or order a printed copy of the 2022 Annual Report, email A digital copy of the 2022 Annual Report will be available to download from our website after 26 August 2022,

This event is being live streamed for uri who cannot attend in person. Information
regarding the AGM live streaming will be shared on our Facebook page and our website.

In the event of Covid-19 disruptions, the AGM will be held remotely only.

Te Korowai o Ngāruahine – Key Board Messages July 2022

Te Korowai o Ngāruahine – Key Board Messages July 2022

Key Board Messages July 2022

Te Korowai Board met on Friday 1 July 2022 and can share the following highlights: 

  1. Te Korowai has seen an increase in kaimahi over the past 6 months.  This time last year we had five kaimahi working in the tari.  By March 2022 there were 12 kaimahi and today we have 18 kaimahi working to deliver on the five year strategy and the Annual Plan for 2022.  We have two new teams and a Whare Kōrero. Te Rōpū Hāpai – Finance Team and Te Rōpū Pāpāho – Communications Team and Te Whare Kōrero o Ngāruahine.  Please welcome Emma Park, John Tapiata, Neta Riley, Janine Maruera, Jackson Cassidy, Moesha Katene Rawiri who are brand new to our team, starting in May and June of this year as well as Phillip and Puhi Nuku, who are no strangers to our landscape.  Congratulations also to Ritihia Waller and Rowan Reihana who have moved from their previous positions into new roles within Te Rōpū Hāpai and to Rhonda Vanstone who joined the team as EA to the Tumu Whakarae. Rhonda will also support the governance function of Te Korowai. 

  2. We continue to work towards growing our register.  This enables us to understand where our uri can be located, supporting our efforts to reach out to all our people, no matter where they are in the world.  We encourage you all to contact the tari or reach out on our communication platforms if you are needing tautoko to register.

  3. WITT deliver a Level 4, Māori Governance course which is pitched at directors and emerging directors.  We are encouraging all whānau who sit on our hapū and marae committees, or our rangatahi coming through, to enrol in this course for 2023.  This course will support our grassroots directors / trustees strenghthening the skillset you already have.  On 7 July 2022, Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust, signed a Memorandum of Understanding  with WITT.  This strong relationship will support the Te Ara Toiroa Strategy, Kura to Career Pipeline and encourage more courses to be delivered to our takiwā, such as the successful NZ Certificate in Manaaki Marae – Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Kaupae 3).

  4. 2022 saw the inclusion of a public holiday which celebrates Te Tau Hou Māori.  Ngāruahine have for the past 9 years been publically celebrating Puanga and Matariki via wānanga, ceremonies, toi exhibitions and kai hākari.  This year saw Te Korowai actively supporting events that were celebrated in the community, delivering online education videos, a series of whakatauki pertaining to Puanga and Matariki, and an online talent quest.  We made the unfortunate decision, for the safety of our kaumatua, to postpone Te Pō Whakanui i a Puanga which was due to take place on Saturday 30 July.  We look forward to celebrating together on 3 December 2022 instead. 

  5. We can also celebrate a positive audit report for the 2021 year and feedback from the auditor:
    • Investment performance has been very positive.  We have seen considerable growth. Our managed funds particularly have done extremely well in the last 12 months. 
    • There was a word of caution for us all – the next 12 months will not look so rosy, and we may see decreases. Shares have already started showing decreases in the last few months. We should not be surprised.
    • However, our investments have been well managed.  The diversifying of our investments has worked in our favour – a credit to the portfolio of investments that we have.

  6. The growth continues in our local Impact Investment space also.  While we have seen the diversification of our investments contribute to the wellbeing of the nation, we are bringing it back into our takiwā also.  We invited uri to a series of hui / wānanga during the month of July for “Kāinga Whakaahurangi” and “Project Tūkau”. These projects are about scoping out what our Kāinga / Housing aspirations are as uri, in Whakaahurangi and the returning of Te Korowai Kaupapa / operations into Ngāruahine boundaries.  Keep an eye out on our social media platforms for further wānanga and hui dates on these kaupapa.

  7. Hinerangi Raumati has resigned as the Chairperson of Te Kīwai Mauī. Hinerangi has shared her time, experience and mātauranga with us for 6 years and it is now time for her to explore other ventures.  We wish Hinerangi and her whānau, all the best for the future.   We advertised for a Director and received a great response – an announcement will be made shortly. 

Mauri ora

Paula Carr


Confirmation of Nominations Accepted: 2022 By-election for Ōkahu-Inuawai Hapū

Confirmation of Nominations Accepted: 2022 By-election for Ōkahu-Inuawai Hapū

Confirmation of Nominations Accepted

2022 By-election for Ōkahu-Inuawai

Nominations for the election of one trustee for the Ōkahu-Inuawai hapū closed at 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022. Following the conclusion of candidate eligibility checks, nominations have been accepted from Karl ADAMSON and Ngaraina BROOKS. As more than ONE valid nomination was received an election will be required and will be conducted by postal and online voting.

Adult members of TKONT, registered with Ōkahu-Inuawai as their primary hapū will be sent a voter pack together with information about the candidates from Wednesday 29 June 2022. Voting will close on Friday 29 July 2022.

Any member who does not receive a voter pack or requires a replacement should ring the election helpline on 0800 666 042. Please note that in accordance with the Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust Deed, members are unable to change their electorate hapū during the election period.

Anthony Morton

Returning Officer – Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust 
Ph: 0800 666 042