Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa express support for Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Motiti Island

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa express support for Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Motiti Island

Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Awa) are delighted with the findings of a Waitangi Tribunal report released this week, that recognises that Te Patuwai and Te Whānau a Tauwhao aretangata whenua of Motiti Island and that Te Patuwai affiliates to Ngāti Awa.

Ngāti Awa have supported the Te Patuwai Tribal Committee in a dispute over which group is the rightful and legal mana whenua of Motiti Island. The dispute was lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal in 2018.

Speaking on the report Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Tumuaki (Chairman) Joe Harawira said:

“The report acknowledges the strong links through whakapapa and occupation that Te Patuwai and Te Whānau a Tauwhao have to Motiti.
“As the rightful stewards of the island we offer our support to them should they need our help in decisions about the future of the island.”

We remember and acknowledge the unwavering contributions of Meremaihi Williams and PutiKoopu, we mourn their loss.

For more information please contact Bianca Ruakere on 021 453 189.

To read the full report please refer to the Waitangi Tribunal website.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa pays tribute to Sir Wira Gardiner

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa pays tribute to Sir Wira Gardiner

Today we pay tribute to our whānaunga Ta Wira Gardiner who has passed away at the age of 78.

Ta Wira (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) was one of the pre-eminent Māori leaders of our time – a founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, a devoted public servant and a staunch leader and advocate for Māori rights, education and culture.

During his long and distinguished career Sir Wira served in the army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, headed the Iwi Transition Agency and was founding CEO of Te Puni Kōkiri. Most recently he serves as interim Chair of Oranga Tamariki before standing down due to illness.

He also held several important governance roles chairing the Tertiary Education Commission, the Te Papa museum board and the Local Government Commission.

Sir Wira was also a published author of non-fiction books on the Māori Battalion, the history and tradition of kapa haka and a personal view on combat: A Soldier’s View of the Vietnam War told from the perspective of soldiers from the V4 Company who served in South Vietnam.

Sir Wira was known for his diplomacy, sharp intellect, and his ability to navigate and maintain collaborative relationships with Māori and non-Maori alike.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Tumuaki (Chairman) Joe Harawira said:

“Ta Wira was an agent of transformational change in all that he pursued on both the political and social scene for Ngati Awa and Māoridom as a whole. His aroha for his iwi was second to only his whānau. The legacy he has left for his people is immeasurable.

“We send our aroha and condolences to Sir Wira’s whānau, his wife Hekia, his children, mokopuna and everyone that knew and loved him. His passing is a great loss. Kei te tangi te ngakau mōu, mō tō whānau e Wira.”

It was Sir Wira’s express wish that no tangihanga would be held following his passing to protect against any potential impacts to frontline workers and the health system as the result of the current Omicron outbreak.

He Aitua


Tātai whetū ki te rangi, Ka mau tonu, ka mau tonu.
Tātai tangata ki te whenua,ngaro noa, ngaro noa.
Kua pukeitia te kupenga a Taramainuku ki nga mate huhua, tena whakahautia a Tara, kia whakatere i tōna waka ki te po
Tēnā! E te rangatira a Ngāti Awa, a Te Whakatōhea, a Te Whānau-a-Apanui, a Ngāti Pikiao; kua ngaro atu koe ki te pū o mahara, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai ra.
Hoki mai ki a tātou te iwi o Ngati Awa, tēnā tātou katoa.

With the sudden passing of Ta Wira and the wishes of the whanau with regards tangihanga proceedings, Ngati Awa have limited opportunity to participate in the proceedings. Wira and the families express wish was to not hold the tangi on the marae in the interests of health and safety, with regards to the current situation and gatherings.

The arrangements are:
Today- Friday 18 March
Wira will lay for the night in Te Kaha
Tomorrow Saturday 19 March
11.00am Service commences at the Whakatane Crematorium. There are only 50 spaces in the Crematorium which will be taken up with Wira whanau and invited guests.

Ngati Awa will be represented by Koro Te Kei whom will speak on behalf of Ngati Awa, and Hirini, along with Wiremu Doherty whom will speak on behalf of Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

In speaking with Hirini, we felt that one way we could participate, although in a limited way, was for Ngati Awa to gather at 10.15am and form a guard of Honour along the roadway to the Crematorium. We ask that you wear a mask and keep the 1 metre distancing that is required.
There will I understand be a memorial Service later on in the year.

Nga manaakitanga,

Tertiary Grants and Scholarships 2022 Update


There has been some issues with the Scholarship Application System for the 2022 Grants rounds. We understand this is frustrating and have received a lot of feedback around this. We are endeavouring to solve the issue with our developers and have made a decision to extend the rounds from 5pm April 11th 2022 to 5pm April 29 2022.

You can still continue to apply for the Grants, we ask that if you have already emailed or called Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa regarding this issue that you please be patient with our team and we will be in contact with you as soon as we have resolved the issue.

Ngā mihi,

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

Ngāti Awa Rāhui Following Death at Moutohora


Ngāti Awa Rāhui Following Death at Moutohora

A seven-day rāhui has been put in place following the death of a man who was diving at Moutohora Island today.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Chairman Joe Harawira says the rāhui would begin today (Thursday, December 23) and run through until next week (Thursday, December 30).

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 Moutohora Island and its resources has been restricted for seven days.

Mr Harawira says the man’s death at this time of the year is particularly sad and he sends his condolences to the family on behalf of the Rūnanga.

“Christmas is all about celebrating with family and friends, and now this man’s whānau will be spending this time grieving for him rather than sharing the festivities with him. They will be in our thoughts as they face this sad time.”

He says the decision to implement a rahui was made in partnership with Te Tapatoru a Toi chairman, Te Kei Merito. Te Tapatoru a Toi is the joint management committee that was established with representation from Ngāti Awa, the Crown and the community to take care of Moutohora, Ohope Scenic Reserve and Tauwhare Pā.

The rāhui imposed does not include the Rurima Islands.

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.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa remembers Whakaari victims on Second Anniversary


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa remembers Whakaari victims on Second Anniversary

On the second anniversary of the Whakaari eruption Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa (TRONA) and White Island Tours staff have privately come together to remember the victims, the survivors and everyone who was impacted by the tragedy.

Twenty-two people died following the eruption on December 9, 2019 at 2.11pm. Of the 47 people on the island at the time of the eruption another 22 others suffered life changing injuries.

Among those who lost their lives were White Island Tours guides Hayden Marshall-Inman and Tipene Maangi. Today their colleagues and friends will join together to remember them and celebrate their lives.

Kelsey Waghorn and Jake Millbank were also guiding visitors to the island that day. They survived the eruption and guided many people to safety despite their own serious injuries.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Tumuaki (Chairman) Joe Harawira said:

“We will always remember the people that lost their lives that day and we continue to pray for those that lost loved ones.

“Our thoughts are also with the survivors, here in Aotearoa and abroad and we hope they are healing physically and spiritually. We join with them in their grief.”

For the second consecutive year the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented a large memorial service from taking place. TRONA and White Island Tours staff will gather for a private commemoration to honour Hayden and Tipene. A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm.

For more information please call Bianca Ruakere on 021 453 189