Tā Hirini Moko Mead awarded Te Huihuinga o Matariki, Lifetime Achievement at the Matariki Awards 2022

The greatest Ngāti Awa academic and scholar of our time, Tā Hirini Moko Mead, New Zealand anthropologist, historian, artist, teacher, writer, and prominent Māori and Ngāti Awa leader was awarded the Te Huihuinga o Matariki, Lifetime Achievement at the Matariki Awards 2022 last night in Tāmakimakaurau.

Our Ngāti Awa rangatira has not only helped to revitalise te reo māori te ao māori across the motu but leading many of the tribal affairs for our iwi of Ngāti Awa, establishing the Ngāti Awa Trust Board in 1980, the first representative body for the tribe in the 20th century. For almost 20 years the Trust Board helped to research and prepare Ngāti Awa’s case for historical redress with the Waitangi Tribunal. Founding leader of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and the Ngāti Awa settlement process in returning the Mataatua Whare.

E whakahīhī ana mātou ōu uri ki a koe e te pāpā e te rangatira mo ō mahi rangatira e kore rawa tātou e wareware engari he kounga kua whakairihia hei pou whakawhirinaki, hei pou arataki i ngā uri o Ngāti Awa whānui.

AGM Zoom 2021

Annual General Meeting Zoom 2021

Due to Covid-19 restrictions it has been decided that Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa will host the AGM online. Because this is Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s first full online AGM it will be conducted in a live stream format over Zoom. We ask you to submit any correspondence earlier.

Follow this link: https://ngatiawa-iwi-nz.zoom.us/webinar/register/1416448892308/WN_ihCFJEFFTn6UMIdgm25DdA

The tikanga for this AGM are as follows:

  • Register your attendance to get the Zoom link
  • Registered Attendees will be let out of the Zoom waiting room.
  • Email General Business and Apologies to Haley@ngatiawa.iwi.nz or call 07 3070760
  • Submission of General Business closes 5pm Friday 4 March 2020
  • Any late General Business will not be read
  • Apologies will be taken up to 10am Saturday 5 March 2020, email Haley@ngatiawa.iwi.nz

Ngāti Awa Rāhui Following Death off the Whakatāne Headlands

A four-day rāhui has been put in place in an area of ocean and foreshore in front of the Whakatāne headlands following the death of a person on Sunday night.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Chairman Joe Harawira says the rāhui would begin today (Monday, January 31) and run through until Thursday (February 3).

A rāhui, or ban, is a cultural practice that restricts the access to, or use of, an area and its resources. In in this case, access to the area from the Whakatāne headlands to, but not including West End beach, and its resources has been restricted for four days. The rāhui area is indicated in the attached map and includes Ōtarawairere bay.

Mr Harawira says there have been too many drownings this summer with New Zealand recording the highest number of deaths in the country’s waterways and this latest incident has added to that mamae.

He offered condolences to the person’s whānau on behalf of the Rūnanga and asked that people adhere to rules of the rāhui as way of respecting their grief and Ngati Awa cultural practices.

“We are the kaitiaki of this rohe (area) and our cultural practices dictate that we must instill a rāhui when something like this happens to keep everyone safe, but this also allows us to show respect to the grieving family. Our thoughts go out to this person’s whānau at this time.”


Michal Akurangi

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Manager Taiao

Mobile: 027 647 7171

Pātaka Kai and Seafood Permits


Our Louvain Street office will be closed from 20th December 2021 and reopens 10th January 2022. Pātaka Kai and Seafood permits will still be available during this period, attached below are the contact numbers for these requests.

AGM Notice


The 2018 Annual General Meeting for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa will be held on Saturday, 15 December 2018 at Te Hokowhitu a Tu
Marae, Keepa Road Whakatāne.


  • 9.00am Pōhiri
  • 9:30am Morning Tea
  • 10.00am AGM opens
    • Chairman’s Welcome
    • Confirmation of previous AGM Minutes – 9 December 2017
    • Presentation and Adoption of Annual Report for 2017/2018
    • Presentation of draft Annual Plan 2019/20
    • Report – Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited
    • Report – Ngāti Awa Asset Holdings Limited
    • Appointment of Auditor for 2019/20
    • Approval of Representatives’ remuneration for 2019/20
    • General Business
  • 1.15pm AGM closes
  • 1.30pm Special General Meeting opens
  • 2pm Special General Meeting closes

Notice is given that:
(a) A Special General Meeting of the Adult Members of Ngāti Awa will be held at Te Hokowhitu A Tu Marae, Keepa Road, Whakatane on
Saturday 15 December 2018 at 1.30 pm immediately following the Annual General Meeting of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; and
(b) A postal vote of the Adult Members of Ngāti Awa will be held with voting to close on Saturday 15 December 2018.
The business of the meeting and the subject of the postal vote is to consider and vote on a Special Resolution proposing changes to the
Charter of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa.
The Special Resolution is required in order to amend the Charter in accordance with recommendations made by the Charter and
Governance Review Committee and accepted by the Rūnanga. The changes follow a consultation process that was conducted during
2015 and 2016, and again earlier in 2018.
The proposals to amend the Charter take the form of a Special Resolution and must therefore be passed by a majority of 75% or more
of the votes of the Adult Members of Ngāti Awa who vote on the resolution. Under the Charter, a special general meeting is required
for considering the Special Resolution.
All Adult Members of Ngāti Awa who are registered with the Rūnanga at 15 December 2018 are entitled to vote.
You can vote by completing the attached voting form and either returning by free post in the enclosed envelope to:
The Chief Returning Officer
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
PO Box 3138
Christchurch 8140
or by delivering to the Chief Returning Officer at the Special General Meeting on Saturday 15 December 2018 at 1.30 pm.
All votes must be completed on the form accompanying this notice. Copies will not be accepted.
Postal votes must be received on or before 15 December 2018. If the envelope containing the voting form is date stamped on or before
that date and is received by the Chief Returning Officer no later than three days after that date, the postal vote will be counted.
Dr Hohepa Mason
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa