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.

2x Job Opportunities – Deadline extended

Ngati Hikairo job opportunitiesTe Rūnanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo is calling on those who want to make a difference and deliver on important project outcomes.  If you’re seeking a new challenge and want to have a meaningful impact at iwi and community level – then we currently have two exciting opportunities that may be right for you.


Te Runanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo is currently in the process of working through options for the negotiation of  the iwi’s treaty settlements which includes the Takutai Moana (Marine and Coastal Area) Act 2011 (MACA). Te Runanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo have been granted the right to be heard in the High Court  and will be building a legal case relating to mana whenua and mana moana for these court  proceedings. 

The Roles

The Project Manager will manage the Takutai Moana Project to enable Te Rūnanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo  to present their evidence in relation to the Takutai Moana (Marine and Coastal Area) proceedings to  the High Court; and to ensure that the Runanga meets their funding and reporting obligations under  the Te Arawhiti funding agreement. 

Project Manager Job Description

The Iwi Researcher will collaborate with whanau, hapū and iwi experts and professional research experts to compile community-based knowledge of the Ngāti Hikairo history and ongoing occupation of the Takutai Moana. This knowledge will contribute to the evidence alongside of the Historian Research to the proceedings to the High Court.

Iwi Researcher Job Description

Your Application

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to Pipi Barton, Secretary, Te Rūnanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo

or contact Susan Turner, Interim Chair, Te Rūnanganui ō Ngāti Hikairo, 0273569988 for more details.

Application Deadline: 5pm Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Christmas Update

Tena Koutou Whanau

Te Runanganui o Hikairo are providing you with a final update for 2020 and taking the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

It has been a difficult year for the Runanga and we are sure for many of you as well. Unexpected events like COVID 19 – and changes to the committee and Claims Team – have significantly impacted on the mahi we have been able to do. However the Treaty Claims remain an important kaupapa and key priority. This work has now been ongoing for over a decade. This year, with the resignation of different Claims Team members and the Runanga Chair, we have had to pick up where they left off.

In the past three months, we have achieved the following:

⦁ Rapidly sourced the information required to continue the treaty claims work – as much of the this was held by the Treaty Claims team in terms of institutional and historical knowledge
⦁Concluded consultation with Ngati Maniapoto on issues such as shared whakapapa and where they were at with their settlement. As outlined previously, Ngati Hikairo was not included in the final settlement.
⦁ Commenced the comprehensive development of the two remaining settlement options. Including getting specific details on the Waikato Tainui Oati – which has not yet been provided – and further investigating the option of ‘going alone’ in terms of seeking legal opinion and precedents.
⦁ Set a target for March 2021 to undertake iwi consultation – this being highly dependent on progress being made with Waikato Tainui. If all goes well, we should have the options to you in detail by February 2021.
⦁ Reestablished the relationship with Te Arawhiti – the Office for Maori Crown Relations
⦁ Commenced the development of an iwi registration and voting system to enable the consultation to occur.
⦁ Enhanced the skillset of the Runanga to enable future negotiations and claims management
⦁ Sourced new lawyers following the resignation of Takutai Moana Lawyers. The law firm of Atkins Holm Majurey is now engaged to progress our High Court proceedings.
⦁ Prepared for the recruitment of the Project Manager and Community Researcher roles – as well as engaging a Historian – for the Takutai Moana Project to enable Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo to present their evidence in relation to the Takutai Moana (Marine and Coastal Area) proceedings to the High Court. These positions will soon be advertised through our website and Facebook page.
⦁ Commenced the development of a Claims Strategy – as it is more than just developing options or negotiations. To get the right results for the iwi we want a careful, informed strategy and a tactical approach.

In addition to the above we have provided a “holding reply” that has set out our initials concerns to the Waitangi Tribunal regarding the Tribunal’s embargoed pre-publication Part VI, for the Wai 898 – Te Rohe Pōtae District Inquiry . We are seeking further legal advice on this report as there was no consultation with Te Runanganui o Hikairo prior to this report’s release. We expect this advice by mid to late January 2021.

While it may appear that the Runanga is lagging, it is not. We have been hard at work achieving positive results for the iwi in the short time we have been together. It is also important to understand that we have had to pick up the work from where the previous Claims Team left the project – and while we have tried to not lose momentum – we have spent a considerable amount of time trying to make sense of our current position. And we are now positive about the way forward.

Furthermore, the Runanga has not been working alone, we have looked across our whanau and are amazed at the talent we have amongst our people. We have reached out to them to assist us – and they have answered the call. While Waikato Tainui are resourced well to do their mahi, we have relied on our own taonga. We are confident this will match any Crown or Iwi. Our tupuna have shown that to us and we are following their path.

As the year ends, Te Runanganui o Hikairo wish you a wonderful Christmas and new year and that all of whanau stay safe during these holidays.

Nga Mihi Nui