Pānui -27 April 2021

April 2021

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Te Papa o Karewa

Concerns regarding changes to the position and safety around the sacred pohutukawa Te Papa o Karewa have been conveyed to Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo. Today the Otorohanga District Council provided us with an arborist’s assessment, within the assessment it was advised that some of the limbs of the tree would need to be pruned.
Kaumatua have been consulted and Kingi Tuheitia. At this time we are waiting for the Otorohanga District Council to confirm a date for the prunning and then Ngati Hikairo representatives will be arranged to be present during that time. Arrangements for the storage of the limbs are currently being organised.

December Update

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Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo Executive Committee would like to provide an update on the membership of the committee, the next Annual General Meeting and the Treaty Claims.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo Membership

The current Executive Committee Members are as follows:

Susan Turner (Interim Chair)

Pipi Barton (Secretary)

Jane Anderson (Committee Member)

Burton Cunningham (Co-opted Committee Member)

Tirohanga Kawhia Johnson (Co-opted Committee Member)

Vinnie Daniels (Committee Member)

Gina Ngarongo (Committee Member)

Hano Ormsby (Committee Member)

Amiria Ratu (Committee Member)

Gareth Seymour (Committee Member)

Tiriata Thorne Carkeek (Committee Member)

Moka Apiti, Rick Tai and Brendon Green resigned during 2020.   We wish to thank these whanau for their contribution to the Runanga.  Tony Spelman remains on the committee but is currently on a leave of absence due to recent whanau bereavement.  It is anticipated that he will return to the committee when he is ready to resume his participation.  

It was essential that the Executive Committee increased the member numbers to ensure that we were compliant with the constitutional obligations, particularly on procedural issues such as committee quorums.   To mitigate these risks, the Executive Committee approved the additional Executive Committee members as co-opted members for the duration of this governance term.  These co-opted members are Burton Cunningham and Tirohanga Gilmore and we welcome them to our Runanga.

The above members will remain on the Executive Committee until such time as the next Annual General Meeting.  

Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo Annual General Meeting

At the October hui in Kawhia, the Executive Committee advised that the Annual General Meeting that was due to be held in October/November2020 would be deferred due to the impacts of COVID 19.  Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo will seek to hold the next Annual General Meeting in late February 2021.  

Treaty Claims

The next steps of the Treaty Claims were for Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo to undertake a consultation process with Ngati Hikairo iwi on the proposed options for settling our Treaty Claims.   The proposed options that were being put to the whanau during the previous Claims Project Team were:

  • Ngati Maniapoto
  • Waikato Tainui
  • Ngati Hikairo settling its own claims

The impacts of COVID 19 has significantly delayed any progression on these options.  In fact, given that there has been delays, the Ngati Maniapoto option is no longer an option as their settlement is due to be finalised in December 2020.  

In addition, in all these options, there are significant issues that need to be clarified and it will be imperative that we have this information prior to putting these options to whanau.  We are currently working through the remaining options which include:

Waikato Tainui Oati – at present we do not have the detail regarding the Oati.  We are seeking to hold a meeting in December 2020.  It will be important that we finalise what this may include prior to any consultation with whanau. 

Ngati Hikairo settling its own claims – we are currently seeking options and ascertaining the risks of Ngati Hikairo settling its own claims.  It is important that we can explain what this means to whanau.   

Iwi Consultation on options – we need to establish a robust voting system which means that there has been a comprehensive iwi membership system.  The iwi registration and voting system is under development and we anticipate it will be completed by the end of December 2020.   

If any whanau have questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact the interim Chair Susan Turner or Pipi Barton at ngatihikairoiwi@gmail.com.  

Nga Mihi

Susan Turner

Interim Chair


Hui with Te Arawhiti

Members of the Executive Committee were able to meet with staff from Te Arawhiti (formerly known as the Office of Treaty Settlements) last week in Wellington.

The basis of the meeting was:
  • For Te Arawhiti to provide clarification around progress of Ngāti Hikairo claims
  • For Te Runanganui of Ngāti Hikairo to seek further information regarding the expectations and process
  • To update Te Arawhiti on Ngāti Hikairo’s progress and plans
Outcome of the hui:
  • Te Arawhiti to provide clarification around what being involved in the Ngāti Maniapoto settlement will mean for Ngāti Hikairo by encouraging Ngāti Maniapoto to respond to our request for more details.
  • Te Arawhiti to provide clarification around what being involved in the Wai 30 (Waikato Tainui settlement) will mean for Ngāti Hikairo by encouraging Waikato Tainui to respond to our request for more details.
  • To meet with Ngāti Maniapoto to discuss and negotiate the details of our request for more detailed information. Having this information freely available will enable Ngati Hikairo to make an informed decision regarding our future direction.
  • To meet with Waikato Tainui to discuss and negotiate the details of our request for more detailed information. Having this information freely available will enable Ngāti Hikairo to make an informed decision regarding our future direction.

Resignation of Chair

Last month, Moka Apiti informed Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo of his decision to resign from as Chair of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo and as Claims Manager.  His leadership and expertise will be missed.

Please read his statement below:

E te Iwi, tēnā koutou

Last Friday, 25 September, I informed Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo of my decision to resign from all positions associated with Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, effective immediately.

It has been an honour to serve our iwi across all of these roles. It has been a privilege to work with many of our iwi members and to continue the legacy of mahi handed down from our koroheke and our ruruhi. While it has been extremely rewarding, it has also had its’ many challenges along the way. I am proud of the work that we have achieved during my time with the Rūnanga while constantly continuing to navigate these challenges. I want to thank all those who have supported me during my tenure especially Hano Ormsby and Tony Spelman and I wish them and their whanau all the best at this time.

I believe this is the right time to stand down to spend more time with my immediate whanau and a fresh pair of eyes and “new energy” will be able to take the Rūnanganui forward.

I thank the current board for their understanding and wish them the best.

Lastly I wish to mihi to Aunty Kahu, Uncle Mac, Uncle Koro, Uncle Kingi and Uncle Meto for all their aroha.

Naku noa, na
Moka Apiti

Te Papa Update – Ko Ngā Tūpuna

Te Papa and ngā whānau o Tainui Hui on 21 – 23 February 2020

From 21 to 23 February 2020 Te Papa through its Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme is hosting a delegation of representatives from ngā whānau o Tainui waka.

The kaupapa for the hui is two-fold.  The first is to provide time on Rongomaraeroa (Te Papa’s National Marae) for the delegation to karakia, tangi and mihi with their tūpuna housed at Te Papa.  The remaining kaupapa is to discuss arrangements for the return of these tūpuna to Kāwhia at some time in the future.

Ko ngā tūpuna

These tūpuna have returned from overseas including a tamaiti uri rangatira (mummified infant child of rangitira whakapapa) taken from Hauturu Caves by Andreas Reischek in 1882, and two kōiwi tangata taken from Rākaunui by Henry Suter prior to 1906.

All tūpuna have returned home through the work of the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme and the Repatriation Advisory Panel.  The tamaiti uri rangatira returned in 2015 from the Weltmuseum Wien (Vienna), and the two kōiwi tangata from the Ubersee Bremen Museum in Germany in 2017.

He reta nā Te Kīngitanga

To follow it is important for Te Papa to acknowledge a letter we received from Te Tari o Te Kīngitanga dated 9 April 2019, which supports the return of all three tūpuna through Rākaunui Marae, who in turn appointed Sonny Albert McQueen to lead discussions with Te Papa.

Programme for 21 – 23 February 2020 

Friday morning 21 February  

  • 8 am – Delegation departs Hamilton for Te Papa. 
  • 5 pm – Friday evening – Delegation arrives at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua for pōwhiri, dinner, whakawhanaungatanga, and Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme talk about their mahi to bring tūpuna home.

Saturday 22 February  

  • 5.30 am – Delegation travel from Takapūwāhia marae to Te Papa. 
  • 6 am – Pōwhiri at Te Papa – Karakia, tangi, and mihi with tūpuna. 
  • Wānanga kōrero re: return of tūpuna to Kāwhia.

Late morning. 

  • 11.30 am – Delegation returns to Takapūwahia marae for lunch.

Afternoon and evening. 

  • Wānanga kōrero continue re: return of tūpuna to Kāwhia.
  • 6 pm – Dinner

Sunday 23 February  

  • 7.30 am – Poroporoaki and return to Kirikiriroa.  Arrive in Hamilton about 6 pm.

Rākaunui marae
Sonny Albert McQueen
Email: pirairaka@gmail.com

Te Papa:
Te Herekiekie Herewini
Head of Repatriation
Email: teherekiekieh@tepapa.govt.nz
Mobile: 029 601 0090

Te Arikirangi Mamaku
Repatriation Coordinator
Email: tearikirangim@tepapa.govt.nz
Mobile: 029 601 0350

Message from the Chair

Te pakanga e, te pakanga e, e ora ana te mano o Ngāti Hikairo, e kore e mau te rongo e

E te iwi e Ngāti Hikairo, tēnā koutou katoa,

Firstly, on behalf of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo and the Claims team we would like to thank the Waipapa Marae Trustees for hosting the wānanga over the weekend and secondly for everyone attending. It was a lot to take in over the 3 days and we covered so much packed with highlights and the conversations were jammed packed with positive kōrero about moving forward.

Please bear with us as we go through all the kōrero however in summary the key points for Ngāti Hikairo who attended were:

  • Te Mana Motuhake o Ngāti Hikairo we are an independent Iwi, part of the Rohe Pōtae, our rohe had been split by raupatu,
  • Our desire for self-determination, that fundamentally works for us and supports and maintains our independence without giving up our autonomy
  • The lack of a transparent process from the Crown, and the perception of “moving the goal posts”

As advised by Te Arawhiti, decisions about who the Crown settles with are political decisions furthermore, if Ngāti Hikairo chooses to not support / join the Waikato – Tainui mandate then all existing Ngāti Hikairo claims, will not be a priority as there is no political will to settle them anytime soon.

At the moment the Claims team is collating all the kōrero and summarising the notes from Te Arawhiti (Office of Treaty Settlements) and will be providing a series of recommendations to Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo.

Tērā ia ngā o Kāwhia ka wehe koe i a au e….Whakaurupā taku aroha nā ē……

Waipapa Poukai – 12 March 2019

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 2019

The next Hui-a-Tau date for Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo is on the 9th of June 2019.  It will be held 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 when the date is announced.

Please encourage your whanau and networks to register or update their contact details for voting purposes. Voting by proxy is permitted.