Waipapa Poukai – 12 March 2016

The Poukai is an annual series of visits by the Māori king to Kīngitanga marae around and beyond the Waikato region, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. The very first poukai at Waipapa was held on on 12 March 1885. Kiingi Tawhiao established this date for all future Waipapa poukai.

Nau mai, haere mai.

Hui-a-Tau & Elections

The next Hui-a-Tau date is set for 27 February 2016 at Waipapa Marae, Kāwhia. If you would like to join the Executive Committee of the Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, please consider the available positions and fill out a nomination form. Nominations must be with Tony Spelman, Secretary,Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, by 12 February. Please encourage your whanau and networks to register or update their contact details for voting purposes. Voting by proxy is permitted.

Nomination Form 2016
Election Process
Roles & Responsibilities 2016

Wānanga-ā-Iwi – Ngāti Hikairo – War & Raupatu

Wānanga-ā-Iwi – Ngāti Hikairo – War & Raupatu

Kia ora Koutou,

The Hikairo Claims Team is holding a Wānanga to help us better understand the significance of War & Raupatu for Ngāti Hikairo.

We were amongst many iwi who were engaged in and affected by both Taranaki and Waikato Wars 1858-1864 and subsequently suffered from the Waikato Land Confiscation in 1864.
The Waananga will cover the immediate and long term effects of War and Raupatu upon Ngāti Hikairo.

The wānanga is to further help prepare and support the Ngāti Hikairo witnesses providing evidence at the War & Raupatu Hearing, at the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Glenview Campus in Hamilton 8-12 April 2013.

Our Wānanga:
Starts: 24 March 2013 at 10:00am
Ends: 24 March 2013 at 5:00pm
Venue: Waipapa Marae, Kāwhia

For enquiries please email: hikairoclaimsteam@gmail.com

Whakahokinga Kōiwi

On Wednesday 28th November about 140 whānau of Ngāti Hikairo came back to Waipapa Marae to welcome home our kōiwi tūpuna that had been in The United States of America for 59 years. The kōiwi had been taken from Ōpārau in 1953, and were residing at Stanford University, San Francisco.

The kōiwi and the ope returning them were welcomed with a haka pōwhiri that was followed with whaikōrero and mōteatea. A large hākari was laid out for all the people that came near and far to support the return of our kōiwi tūpuna to there final resting place.

Once the hākari was concluded our kōiwi tūpuna were returned to Ōpārau, and buried at Pekanīkau Urupā, at Kaiewe (Tai’s Flat) on Pirongia West Road. The kōiwi were removed from their original burial site, in the Ōkupata Valley, a tributary of Ōpārau, because it had been destroyed. The destruction of that urupā, and alienation of the land, determined that another more suitable site be identified. Pekanīkau was set aside as an urupā Reservation in 1966 and is reserved for the Māori Community of Ōpārau. It stands at Kaiewe deep in the Ōpārau Valley, a once heavily populated and cultivated area, it is known as a important location within Ngāti Hikairo. It was considered an ideal location to bury the kōiwi, as it brought them back to the heart of Ōpārau, it is a central and important location, and the urupā is regularly maintained. Ngāti Hikairo kaumātua, Mere Gilmore, Jack Cunningham, Meto Hopa, with the support of Nick Tūwhāngai, and Kīngi Pōrima agreed that Pekanīkau was appropriate as the resting place for the kōiwi.

A large group of the whānau and manuwhiri were there for the nehunga. And the tūpuna were finally laid down to rest.

The Hikairo Claims Team would like to acknowledge the awesome turn out from the iwi, the motu (as we saw representatives from Ngāti Manuwhiri and Te Kawerau-ā-Maki in attendance acknowleding there whakapapa roots to Kāwhia) Kāwhia community, Kāwhia School and the local Police supporting a wonderful kaupapa. It was also wonderful to see both Mōkai Kāinga and Waipapa whānau working together as tangata whenua on this historical day.

The Hikairo Claims Team wishes to acknowledge the efforts of Te Papa Tongarewa and the Tainui Waka Allaince for safely returning our treasured kōiwi tūpuna to Waipapa Marae.

Ōpārau School

The Hikairo Claims would like to report that an application to landbank the Ōpārau School has been made to the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) on 9 November 2012. OTS acknowledged receipt of the applicationon 12 November 2012. OTS asked for endorsement from claimants of Wai 1112, Wai 1113, and Wai 2353 on 27 November 2012. The legal counsel provided endorsement and this was received and accepted by OTS on 29 November 2012.

The Hikairo Claims team went through a consultation process with the whānau directly related to the Ōparau school, support and endosement as to what process they would like to undertake was sought. After much consultation, inluding at the last wānanga, the decision was to allow the Hikairo Claims Team to lodge the Ōpārau school under the Rūnanganui-o-Ngāti Hikairo. This decison was endorsed by kaumātua and whānau affected by the alienation of the land the school stands on.

The process now, is that the land will be landbanked and will be part of the Ngāti Hikairo settlement negotiations on behalf of the whānau that it represents.