3rd Anniversary | Whakaari Memorial

3rd Anniversary | Whakaari Memorial

December 9 marks the third anniversary of the Whakaari tragedy in which 22 people lost their lives and many more were injured. As this day approaches, we remember with love those that were lost and pray for those that survived.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa will join with others in our community to pay tribute to the victims in remembering them at two events on December 9.

The first will be a dawn ceremony commencing at 5am at the Te Hau Tutua memorial. The second commemoration will take place at Te Mānuka Tūatahi marae at 12.30pm starting with a powhiri and light refreshments at 1pm.

At approximately 1.45 guests will be welcomed to join us in the wharenui and a minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm. This event is expected to close around 3pm. Both of these events are open to the public.

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

MEDIA RELEASE: Opihi Whanaungakore – Hearing Adjourned

Opihi Whanaungakore – hearing adjourned to allow more time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, the Opihi Whanaungakore Trustees and Ngāi Taiwhakaea to protect the entirety of the Site

An adjournment has been granted by the Environment Court to postpone the hearing that was due to take place next week on 5th – 7th of December 2022 to appeal the granting of an archaeological authority to MMS GP Ltd (the Developer) to develop a residential complex, being a retirement village at 77 Bunyan road.

The adjournment, sought by the Developer, is to allow further time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, the Opihi Whanaungakore Trustees and Ngāi Taiwhakaea to engage in discussions with the Developer to resolve the matter without the need for further litigation.

Any resolution would need to be one that addresses the significant concerns that have been raised around the impact of the development on the sacred burial grounds of Opihi Whanaungakore. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Taiwhakaea and the Opihi Whanaungakore Trustees are united that any resolution must protect the entirety of the proposed development Site.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Taiwhakaea and the Opihi Whanaungakore Trustees acknowledge those kaitiaki and descendants of Awanuiārangi, in particular te hunga rangatahi o Ngāti Awa, who put the call out and had intended to peacefully protest at the hearing. Your voice has been heard around the motu, and the world, and has assisted in providing this space for us to have further discussions and attempt to protect the entirety of the Site for future generations.

Te Kākahoroa tū taratahi
ka whati i te hau,
Te Kākahoroa tū pāhekoheko
e kore e whati

The Toetoe that stands in isolation
will be destroyed by the elements with ease,
however, the Toetoe that grows in mass
will with-stand the winds destructive forces.

Annual General Meeting 2022


9.00am Pōhiri
9:30am Morning Tea
10.00am AGM opens
• Chairman’s Welcome
• Confirmation of previous AGM Minutes –
• Presentation and Adoption of Annual Report for 2021/2022
• Presentation of draft Annual Plan 2023/2024
• Report – Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited
• Report – Ngāti Awa Asset Holdings Limited
• Appointment of Auditor for 2023/24
• Confirmation of Board Representatives
• Approval of Representatives’ remuneration for 2023/2024
• General Business
1.15pm AGM closes

Copies of the Annual Report and draft Annual Plan will be available before the AGM
for inspection by members at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Awa House, 4-10 Louvain St Whakatane and online at www.ngatiawa.iwi.nz
All enquiries should be directed to the Rūnanga office, phone (07) 3070760 or by email to: runanga@ngatiawa.iwi.nz
This notice is issued in accordance with Section 14.3 of the Charter of Te Rūnanga oNgāti Awa

2023 Ngāti Awa Scholarships Pānui

2023 Ngāti Awa Scholarships Pānui

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi invite applications from current or intending students for any diploma or degree programme at Awanuiārangi, including postgraduate, who are registered with the Rūnanga for a full fees scholarship. Two scholarships for each diploma and degree currently offered at Awanuiārangi will be awarded. Scholarships cover the cost of fees, course materials costs and students’ association levy.

For information please see below pānui or directly download scholarship form.

For any enquiries relating to these scholarships please contact Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Email: NgatiAwa.Scholarship@wananga.ac.nz

Hapū Representative – Voting Reminder

Hapū Representative – Reminder to Vote

Tēnā koe,

A further reminder to cast your vote for your Hapū Representative.

Members can choose to vote in ONE of the following ways: 

  • Returning the marked voting paper by post.
  • Casting an electronic vote online, using the credentials below
  • Vote in person at the Waahi Pooti to be held on Saturday 1 October 2022 at the offices of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Louvain St, Whakatāne between 10am and 5pm 

All voting will close at 5pm on Saturday 1 October 2022.To cast your vote, you just need to enter your unique personal identification number (PIN) and Password (case sensitive).

PIN:  99999999Password:  xxxxxx

Please vote now to be sure that your vote is received before close of voting at 5pm on Saturday 1 October 2022.    

For assistance with logging into the site or for any further information, please call the free phone election helpline 0800 666 032

Warwick Lampp
Returning Officer – Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
3/3 Pukaki Road, PO Box 3138, Christchurch 8140
iro@electionz.com, 0800 666 032

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.

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,