Visit by Andrew Little to Kāwhia

Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Andrew Little, visited Kāwhia on Sunday 30 May 2021
to hear directly from iwi about Kawhia Moana. The visit gave Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo the
opportunity to discuss directly with Minister Little our history and aspirations. Lees Seymour, Claims
Project Manager, was able to do just that and in such a way that our voice was heard. So, I am
sharing with you all some pics from the weekend.
Noho ora mai


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AGM 2021 – Further Documentation

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo Executive Committee would like to provide an update on the information to be provided to whanau for the Annual General Meeting to be held on 5 June, 2021.

Annual Reports and Minutes
The Annual Reports for 2018, 2019 and 2020; and the 2019 AGM Minutes are enclosed for your
review and consideration. Relevant links can be found below.

Revised Constitution
The Executive Committee are proposing that the current constitution is updated. A motion to
change to the updated constitution and a draft constitution is also attached for your consideration.

Financial Membership
Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo constitution requires that members be financial members. The
Executive Committee have taken advice, and the membership fee will be waived. Whanau will not
be required to pay a membership fee.

We remind whanau that there is still time to make nominations for office holders or committee
members. We welcome your participation in our governance.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on

Minutes AGM 9 June 2019

Constitution Motion & Constitution

Annual Accounts 2021

Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Nomination Form (Word doc.)

Committee-Nomination-Form (Word doc.)

Proxy-form (Word doc.)

AGM – 5 June 2021


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Click here for AGM Panui – including, agenda, Zoom links, proxy and nomination forms

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo Executive Committee are notifying hapū, marae and whānau of Ngāti  Hikairo pursuant to section 7 (c) of the Constitution that the next Annual General Meeting will be held  on 5 June 2021 at Te Ara Hou Village Auditorium, 100 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton from 10:00am to  3:00pm. The attached pānui (link above) summarises the Annual General meeting requirements in one place for whānau  to consider prior to attending the AGM hui. In summary, these are as follows: 

AGM Attendance 

There will be an opportunity for whānau to attend in person or by zoom. If you are attending the  AGM via zoom, then we request that you register using the online registration form and we will issue  you with a unique identifier number for voting purposes. We will also have a meeting structure that  will allow whānau on zoom the opportunity to fully participate in the hui. The zoom link is  

Online Registration 

If you and your whānau can register prior to attending the AGM, then this will assist with registration  on the day. Please copy or click this link to complete the online form: If you and the whānau have completed the online  registration form you will only need to check in as you arrive on the day. If you and the whanau are  unable to register online, then you can still register on the day.  

Membership Fee 

Under section 9 (e) of the constitution, all whanau are required to be financial members. However, the previous Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo Executive Committees have not required members to pay a membership fee which has therefore established ‘customary practice’ that may have altered the rules. There have been no  constitutional changes approved at previous Annual General Meetings on this rule. We are seeking legal advice  on the status of this rule within our current constitution. We are therefore advising whanau of this issue and  the potential implications. If the legal advice indicates each person is required to be a financial member, then  we have set this fee at $1 per member. We will advise you of the outcome and whether you will be required to  pay the membership fee. In the new constitution we are proposing that this requirement is deleted, and that  membership is only based on whakapapa to Ngati Hikairo. However, at present the current constitution sets  out the legal rules and we must comply with these rules.

AGM Notice 

The formal Annual General Meeting notice is enclosed. The notice includes an Agenda and election  forms for: 

  • Office Holders of the Executive Committee which refers to Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. 
  • Executive Committee Members.  
  • Proxy Forms, in which a whānau member not attending the AGM hui is able to provide their  vote to another whanau member using this proxy form.  

Nominations and proxy forms must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days before the  Annual General Meeting. 

Annual Report and Financial Accounts 

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo is finalising the Annual Report and Financial Accounts for the financial  years of 2017/2018, 2018/2019, and 2019/2020. The previous AGM minutes will also be provided at  the same time. These will be provided 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting on the Te  Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo website.  

Revised Constitution 

Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo have reviewed and developed a revised constitution. This is also being  finalised and will be available 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. We will also make  available the current constitution so you can compare both documents.  

Strategic Discussion 

We are asking whanau to consider three questions for a strategic discussion on our future. In the  current constitution our tupuna developed our aspirations, vision and aims. So, we ask you consider  this information and if you can respond to the following questions: 

  • What are your personal aspirations for Ngāti Hikairo? 
  • What would these aspirations look like to you in 50 years? 
  • To achieve these aspirations, what do you consider the priorities should be for Te Rūnanganui  o Ngāti Hikairo over the next 5 years? 

We have created an online form for you complete – please click or copy the link and provide your  responses We would request this information is  provided by 4 June 2021 and we will provide a summary of whānau responses. This is optional but it  would help us with your views on our future and form the basis of our discussion at the AGM hui.  

Key Event  Dates

  • Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting  –  8 May 2021
  • Previous AGM Minutes, Annual Report, Financials and Revised  Constitution Released to whanau – 22 May 2021
  • Nominations for Office Holder and Executive Committee Members  to be provided to Secretary – 29 May 2021
  • Proxy Voting Forms to be provided to Secretary  – 29 May 2021
  • Online Registration Form Completed  – 4 June 2021
  • Membership Fee payable by ZOOM attendees – 4 June 2021
  • Membership Fee payable by in person attendees – 5 June 2021

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Pipi Barton, Secretary, or Susan Turner, Chair,

We look forward to a strong attendance at our AGM.  

Ngā Mihi 

Susan Turner 



Proxy-form (Word doc.)

Committee-Nomination-Form (Word doc.)

Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Nomination Form (Word doc.)


Pānui -27 April 2021

April 2021

To read our latest pānui click on image above or use this link here

Kaawhia Aspirations Hui

This statement by Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo is about an ‘aspirations’ hui being held in Kawhia moana this weekend, 11 April.

– Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo has received no direct information about this hui other than seeing a post on Facebook.

– Te Runanganui prefers that the mana whenua of Kawhia moana run any hui about Kawhia moana, in Kawhia moana.
– We believe that mana whenua must set the agenda, and that we must be resourced to do so.
– If Ngati Hikairo were to hold a wananga about moemoea for the moana we would probably give it a Maori name.
– because of this, Te Runanga has opted not to attend the hui. We cannot support kaupapa where mana whenua are not setting the agenda.
– Like the hui run by Ngati Maniapoto in September last year, we encourage our people to support the position of the Runanga.
– Ma Ngati Mahuta a Ngati Mahuta e korero. We are tied strongly to Ngati Mahuta who are hosting this hui. We hope that they have the opportunity to express their rangatiratanga at this hui.
As Koro Henare Tuwhangai expressed in a wananga about the moana in 1982,   quoting Tawhiao:
“Kaore e tika ana te haere mai o te tangata, ka whakatu i tana mana ki runga i te whenua o tetehi tangata ke.” (Tawhiao)

Karewa Update

As previously advised, there are concerns about the stability of Te Papa o Karewa and concerns about it falling over in a big storm. Following discussion with arborists, engineers, iwi and locals, the decision was made to apply support structures to the large branch to provide stability.  These structures had to be designed and measured – and now have to be made. Otorohanga District Council have arranged for the metal support structures to be made by an engineering firm. At this time as a precaution temporary wooden brace will be placed in position until the metal support structures are ready to be installed. Also protection barriers will be put in place to keep the public out of the area.

Paanui – 23 March 2021

imageFor the latest information – including a claims update and a introduction to our new Project Manager –  please check out our  Paanui 23 March.


Pānui – March 2021 Update

Tēnā koutou – Please find attached our latest pānui – and a recent letter to the Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations  regarding the  Ngāti Maniapoto Deed of Settlement. Click images below.

Capture                  letter to minister

Te Papa o Karewa Update

Working with Otorohanga District Council, Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo supports the careful management of our whenua and rakau tapu. In consultation, we have decided that emergency pruning may no longer be necessary to ensure the immediate survival of Te Papa o Karewa. Investigations are currently underway to explore other options to save the tree for future generations. For all parties, long-term preservation is the priority.

The Otorohanga District Council has been in direct contact with the runanga about this matter, as there is a long-standing agreement under the Ngati Hikairo Heritage Management Plan 2010 that all  communications with regard to anything culturally or historically significant within Kawhia, are directed to the runanga’s  Resource Management Committee.

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.