Quarterly Newsletter

E ngā reo, e ngā mana, e ngā hau e wha, tēnā koutou,
tēnā koutou,
tēnā koutou kātoa.
"Whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki - grow forth and never give in!"

Kōrero from our Manahautū

Kia ora whānau, here are some key messages from our Manahautū Alan Riwaka around our current treaty claims, developing our annual plan and how we can support our marae, our kaumātua, educational needs of our uri and social uplift of our whānau whanui o Ngāti Whātua. Alan is looking forward to maintaining a strong connection with you all and will give regular updates on our facebook page and website.
Please click on the below symbol to view Alan's clip: 

Core Values

Mana Ngāti Whātua  •  Manaakitanga  •  Kaitiakitanga  •  Kainga
Image: Awe Awe o Te Rangi o Ngāti Whātua Flag at Waikaretū Marae Pouto

Oruawharo Marae: 19-21 September 1986. Hui Whanui  o Ngāti Whātua
A constant theme from the hui was that the most important thing was the bringing together of our people, "united in the faith" , that everyone was important and that the big marae are nothing without the support of the smaller ones.  At the same time it was recognised we must have something to look up to otherwise there was no real hope for the future

The above image of Te Awe Awe o Te Rangi o Ngāti Whātua flag is a valuable treasure of Ngāti Whātua.  Te Awe Awe o Te Rangi was a renowned ancestor of Ngāti Whātua and the father of Haumoewaarangi, whose pa was located at Pouto, Kaipara Harbour.  By genealogical descent, many if not all of the hapū in Ngāti Whātua could be traced back to this ancestor. This is a great example of one of our core values -  Mana o Ngāti Whātua.


In May of this year the Rūnanga consulted Uri on the latest offer from the Crown to settle WAI303. The feedback was the Rūnanga should review its support for the offer based upon neighbouring settlements. The current quantum offer fails to recognise the seriousness of the Crown's Treaty breaches and failure to actively protect Ngāti Whātua.   The statistics demonstrate this repeatedly.

The Rūnanga  had several active negotiations happening with the Crown.  The social uplift (education, health and wellbeing, justice) and fisheries management negotiations will likely result in wording that describes what we and the Crown do in the future.

As part of the settlement process, the Rūnanga  must meet with cross claimants and interest groups to address issues pertaining to the proposed settlement.  There are 43 WAI numbers associated within the WAI303 negotiations with the Crown (as at 15th July 2019).  Of these 43, 16 are held by listed claimants registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua; 18 are held by listed claimants who are deceased; and two are held by listed claimants that need to be confirmed.  We will respond to each group once we have spoken to all parties, including the Crown.

The Rūnanga would like to complete WAI303 negotiations with the Crown during the 2019-2020 year, although we are prepared to take longer if that is what it takes. The Crown may not wish to increase the offer based on the 2017 AIP and net present value of previously settled hapū claims.  From our perspective there is little, if any, incentive for Uri to accept the offer that is on the table.

We have received notice that Patuharekeke Trust Board has made an 'urgency' application to the Waitangi Tribunal to stop the Rūnanga from signing the Deed of Settlement with the Crown.  The Board is opposing the application on the basis there is no urgency, and the applicant's facts are incorrect and outdated.   
The Board has sought meetings with Patuharakeke Trust Board, both our requests have been turned down. An alternative approach is we set up a meeting through Takahīwai Marae

The Rūnanga has recently met with Te Parawhau to discuss the WAI303 claim.  The Rūnanga support hāpu autonomy, whakakotahitanga ia mātou.

Our Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Chair Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, Manahautū Alan Riwaka and Treaty Negotiator Tame Te Rangi met with Minister Little on Friday 6th  September.  Negotiations went well, Minister Little is proactive in finding a positive solution to the WAI303. Manahautū Alan Riwaka is confident that negotiations will continue and lines of communications remain open.

The Rūnanga has been involved in High Court proceedings that relate to MACA claims inside the rohe of Ngāti Whātua.  The Rūnanga see one of its roles as ensuring Ngāti Whātua rights and interests in MACA are not compromised by one or more of the 42 cross claimants, or through inaction.

Ōrakei and Te Uri o Hau have said they will lead their respective claims and the Rūnanga fully support this.The Board has decided to compile a report in support of the Ngāti Whātua claim, and to collect oral histories that could support the MACA case.  The Rūnanga aims to do at least 50 interviews during the 2019-20 year. Both pieces of work will contribute to the MACA claims.

Marae Profiles

There are 35 marae that are affiliated within the Ngāti Whātua rohe.  
They include Ōrākei, Haranui, Puatahi, Reweti, Te Aroha Pa, Te Kia Ora, Korakota, Takahiwai, Tirarau, Toetoe, Ahikiwi, Kāpehu, Naumai, Ōtūrei, Pahinui, Ripia, Taita, Tama Te Uaua, Te Houhanga, Waikara, Waikaraka, Nga Tai Whakarongorua, Ōmaha, Oruawharo, Ōtamatea, Otuhianga, Parirau, Waikaretū, Rāwhitiroa, Te Kowhai, Te Pounga, Te Whetu Marama, Waiohau, Waihaua, and Waiotea.

Our chosen marae to profile in this issue is Taita Marae.

Taita Marae 

Ko Ngāti Whātua te Iwi
Ko Ngāti Torehina te Hāpu
Ko Maunganiu ki Tutamoe ngā Maunga
Ripiro te Moana, nui
Kaihu te Awa e rere ana
Ko Mahuhu ki Te Rangi te Waka
Taita te Marae te tu rangawaewae
Kia Mahara Koutou te Whare Tūpuna
Ngā Uri o Netana Patuawa

Hapū: Ngāti Torehina 
Wharenui: Kia Mahara Koutou.
Taita marae is located in Mamaranui, Dargaville, 1968 State Highway 12, Kaihu, Mamaranui   
Contact Number: Lillian Patuawa 09 439 0821 or 0277586363


Up and coming events:
  • Tamariki Ora: Day 22nd September, Dargaville 
  • Mana Wāhine: Day 27th September Pouto, Rangitane Hall
  • Winter Wonderland: Day 22nd September, Dargaville Town Hall
Please feel free to contact Te Hā directly if you have any queries on
0800 MYTEHA (0800698342)


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Upcoming Events

Here are some up and coming events to add to your calender's whānau.
Saturday 5th October 2019
Te Hana Te Ao Marama
āori Cultural Centre
311 State Highway One,Te Hana
10:00 am

Contact office:
09 470 0720 for more information

Saturday 16th November 2019
Te Hana Te Ao Marama
Māori Cultural Centre
311 State Highway One
Te Hana

Kaumātua Hauora Marae Challenge o Ngāti Whātua

When: Wednesday 27th November 2019
What: 4KM or 2KM Relay walk around the Loop
Time: 9am – 2pm
Where: 193 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei
Who: Hauora enthusiasts over 50!
For more information contact:
Joesephine Nathan on
09 470 0720                                                                               
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