Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo members & whanau at our first kanohi-ki-te-kanohi since covid-19. Hamilton - 12 December 2020.Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo members & whanau at our first kanohi ki te kanohi planning hui since Covid-19. Hamilton – 12.12.20

Kia Ora Whanau
As many of you will be aware, the Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo Claims Team was responsible for leading our Treaty of Waitangi claims for over 10 years. This year the Claims Team resigned. However, we want to reassure Ngati Hikairo that the current members of the Runanga are still working towards the timely settlement of our claims.

On 3 December, Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo issued a panui providing an update on the Treaty Claims and the next steps moving forward.

There are two options to consider – either settling our outstanding claims through Waikato Tainui or settling these claims on our own behalf. It will be the iwi of Ngati Hikairo that will decide which option is preferred.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo is currently working to finalise the details of the two options – and will then undertake iwi consultation through a series of hui. We are seeking to do this in March 2021. The development of an appropriate registration and voting system is currently underway.

Prior to any consultation with Ngati Hikairo iwi there are further details that need to be worked through:

Waikato Tainui Oati

At present we are working to establish what an Oati (partnership) agreement with Waikato Tainui would look like. The Claims Team had been working on this for the past two years – and we are continuing to progress this work.

It is important to clarify that the Terms of Negotiation Agreement Waikato Tainui signed this week, on Monday 14 December, relates only to those claims included under the Waikato Tainui Remaining Claims mandate. Ngati Hikairo is not included in this negotiation agreement at this time.

Te Arawhiti (Office for Māori Crown Relations) have however advised Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo that the current Waikato Tainui and Crown Negotiations will take some time to complete. This means that – if the iwi decides that the Waikato Tainui option is preferred – the Negotiation Agreement can still be amended to include Ngati Hikairo.

Ngati Hikairo settling its own claims

This second option was not fully explored by the previous Claims Team, but work is now underway to develop it further. It is important that we can explain to whanau what this option means – including the potential benefits and risks. Advice and information is currently being sought from legal advisors and Te Arawhiti. Independent research is also being carried out.

So I trust that you can see the hard work Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo have undertaken to stabilise this programme of work so that we can achieve substantial results for our iwi.

We will ensure that as we progress through our plan that we will inform you of developments. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at ngatihikairoiwi@gmail.com

Nga mihi, Susan Turner (Interim Chair)



Proceedings at Matakitaki


Tena koutou e te Iwi o Ngati Hikairo

Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo are calling a zoom hui tonight (Thursday 10 December 2020) at 7pm to whakarite the process – preparing for our part in tomorrow’s proceedings at Matakitaki. We apologise for the short notice – and that we cannot come together kanohi ki te kanohi to whitiwhitikorero. However we want to ensure that we are  able to maintain the mana motuhake o Ngati Hikairo through kotahitanga. To join the hui tonight click on the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting https://northtec.zoom.us/j/93699629601

Please see the outline below of the proceedings at Matakitaki on Friday.

The Blessing of the Pou at Mātakitaki

When: 11am Friday 11 December 2020

Te Mātakitaki i te hara i a Te Haranui

This event commemorates a major cataclysmic event in the history of Ngāti Hikairo. The events at Mātakitaki  were triggered by the involvement of Ngāti Hikairo in the death of Te Haranui which then lead to retribution being sought by Ngā Puhi. The ensuing battle had a major and lasting effect on Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Apakura, Maniapoto, Waikato and others.

This commemorative event is in remembrance of all the tūpuna who were involved in or affected by the tragedy at Mātakitaki in 1822.

A major commemoration will take place for the bicentennial in 2022.

At Mātakitaki:

Safety arrangements will be in place with Māori Warden Traffic Management and St Johns on site. Arrangements have also been made for Covid-19 contact tracing, parking, shelter and portaloo toilets. Some seating will be available. Parking for the King, Dignitaries from Council, and Ngāpuhi will be given a precedence.

Outline of proceedings:

  • People will gather at the site.
  • The King will arrive just before 11am. A karanga will commence led by Waikato.
  • Ngāti Hikairo will  karanga. Then, as the King and his entourage gather at the waharoa, Ngati Hikairo will give brief welcome and explain the kaupapa.
  • Ngāti Hikairo will karanga. And Kaumātua Te Papi Cunningham (Ngati Hikairo) will lead the karakia for the King to unveil the waharoa. Taonga pūoro will sound through the ceremony.
  • Ngāti Hikairo will karanga.  Matua Te Papi will  ‘waerea’ the rōpū through the waharoa to the first pou.
  • Waikato will lead the karanga and karakia for the unveiling of the first pou – and waerea to the second pou.
  • Ngāpuhi will lead the karanga and karakia for the unveiling of the second pou – and waerea to the third
  • Maniapoto will lead the karanga and karakia for the unveiling of the third pou.
  • The King’s Tariao will lead the Paimārire to close this part of our proceedings –  and the rōpū will make its
    way back to the waharoa.
  • At the waharoa, the King, his entourage, dignitaries, tohunga,  and Ngāphui will be called to the Kohatu
    Whakamaumaharatanga which displays the words gifted by Te Arikinui Te Atairangaikaahu commemorating the event here in 1822.
  • Following a brief karakia which will be led by Purekireki Marae, the tohunga whakairo will be available to media and others to give some insights into the carvings.
  • Everyone is invited to Pūrekireki Marae for a powhiri and to share a kaihākari .

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

Ngāti Hikairo kaumātua Kingi Porima passes away

Ka rarapa te rauuira ki Kārewa
Ka hihiko ki Ngāiro
Ka kōwhā ki Hihikiwi
Ko Tamateuira tērā e hakahaka ana
e pūkanakana ana, e whēterotero ana!

Kua riro noa atu ki tua o pae kitea
Te matū o pēperekōu,
Te ngako o whakaiti,
Te ia o amokapua!

Ko Kīngi Michael Pōrima tērā, he ihuoneone, he ringa raupā, he kaumātua, he rangatira, he pou whirinaki mō te tini mō te mano.

I whānau mai, ā, i tupu ake ia i ngā tahatika o Kāwhia Moana, i ngā rekereke o ngā tūnohunohu, ngā koroheke, ngā rūruhi o Ngāti Hikairo.

Ko ōna hapū, ko Te Whānau Pani, ko Te Whānau-a-Te Ake, ko Ngāti Horotakere, ko Ngāti Te Mihinga, ko Ngāti Pōkaia, ko Ngāti Wai, Te Matewai, ko Ngāti Whatitiri, ko Ngāti Puhiawe.

He Tiamana mō Te Arataua, mō Waikato-Tainui, ā, he Tiamana mō Te Rūnanganui-o-Ngāti Hikairo.

I pakanga ai mō tōna iwi mō Ngāti Hikairo, hei hāpai ō, hei amorangi anō hoki. He toataua te koroheke nei mō tōna iwi, tae noa ki te tōnga o te rā!

E kore te puna roimata e memeha.
He manawa tuhatuha, he mata turuhia.

“Ehara i te tāne, he huia tūrae, he toroa whakakopa”

Claims Team – Progress Update

The Claims Team  received positive feedback from those that attended the  June hui-ā-iwi at Waipapa Marae – and believe it was a good to hear directly from Te Arawhiti / The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) . The message though was sobering. Both Te Arawhiti and the Claims Team advised attendees that Ngāti Hikairo claims would likely be “put on the shelf”  if they did not agree to be part of the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate Strategy.

Moka Apiti, Claims Manager and Chair of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, stated that the rūnanga did not have the capability to take on the Crown or Waikato-Tainui without “great personal and financial costs to individual members of Ngāti Hikairo”. Further, he affirmed that there is no political will to recognise Ngāti Hikairo independently outside of a “large natural grouping”.

As a result of the hui, the Claims Team have been asked to investigate what a Waikato-Tainui deal might look like and to further scope out possibilities for Ngāti Hikairo  progressing independently from Waikato-Tainui. The Claims Team are  expected to present this information back to the iwi at a series of consultation hui.

Details of the hui dates and venues will be posted once confirmed.

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……

Ngāti Hikairo Claims Wānanga 7th – 9th of June

E te iwi, e Ngāti Hikairo, tēnā koutou katoa. We are happy to inform you that we will be holding a wānanga for all Ngāti Hikairo tribal members from the 7th – 9th of June to discuss the Waikato – Tainui Claims Strategy and what this may entail for us.

The kaupapa for the weekend is:
7-9 June: Hikairo Claims Wānanga
8 June: Waipapa Marae Trustees Special General Meeting
9 June: Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo Hui-a-Iwi

Ngā manaakitanga
Moka Apiti
Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo