Te Maru o Ruahine Trust provides social support, health, cultural and environmental services. The following are staff members employed by Te Maru o Ruahine Trust and the services they provide:
General ManagerKo Aorangi te maunga tapuKo Ruahine te pae maungaKo Moawhango rahi rāua Ko Rangitīkei ngā awaKo Takitimu te wakaKo Moawhango rāua Ko Rātā ngā maraeKo Ngāti Whiti-Tama rāua Ko Ngāti Tamatereka ngā hapūKo Ngāti Whitikaupeka rāua Ko Ngāti Hauiti ngā iwi
Social Service Support KaimahiOku piringa Ruapehu te maungaHeke iho Ruahine te pai maungaEngari ki Ngāti Maniapoto ahau I tipua ake au.
Ngāti Hauiti Whānau Ora Kaimahi:
Project Co-ordinatorKo Aorangi te Maunga TapuKo Rangitīkei te awaKo Mōkai Pātea te rohe potae
Cultural Project Co ordinator
Kia ora tātou e te whānau o Ngāti Hauiti,
It’s been a long time since I was last involved in working for the Iwi. Recently I returned home from Geraldton WA, after living away for almost eight years, working as a Residential Carer in the Mental Health field. I returned just over 14 months ago, with my daughter Kaewa and my two mokopuna; girls, Shayde and Navarha, I must say I did struggle getting used to living back on the farm again but it’s not exactly in the wop-wops, is it. I have now finally relented and settled back into life at the great metropolis of Rata, it’s not that bad!
In February I started a six-month casual contract working for Te Maru o Ruahine Trust to assist Wharerimu with our hapū development projects. There have been some changes over the past ten years with administrative roles changing and a shortage of whānau representation to help develop our tribal infrastructure and asset base. This is a cause for concern. Whānau, if we are to develop ourselves into a healthy robust Iwi for our generations to come, we need your support and contributions to assist us to achieve that goal.
There are vacancies for representation on Te Maru o Ruahine Trust; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti; Potaka Whānau Trust; Te Patiki Trust; Rākautaonga Trust; and the Rata Marae Komiti. If you think you can assist us and have any questions about these various trusts and what they are all about, please feel free to contact me on my email; firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively any member of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti.
Recently four whānau members including myself, Barbara Thomason, Mina Potaka, Gail Allsop and Lee Ngatoa put our hands up to give support to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti as interim Rūnanga delegates.
Increasing our Iwi database is not easy but fulfilling and supporting our whanau at grass-roots level is a task that can only be achieved by us.
As most people are aware our Iwi of Mōkai Pātea, including Ngāti Hauiti, has been inundated with the Waitangi Claims Hearings for the past two and a half years, of which I have attended four and given evidence at two. I am currently seeking registrations from whānau who have not previously registered, and also from those who may have previously been registered as children or young adults. For the members who have reached the age of eighteen years since being registered as youngsters they must sign their own registration form as this will enable them to have a vote in any decision-making for their future.
We really need to bolster up our Hauiti database and to also tautoko our Mōkai Pātea whanaunga in general, because most of
us belong to at least three or four Iwi of the central and northern rohe of Mōkai Pātea. A registration form has been in place for some time now and it allows for members of all four Iwi of Mōkai Pātea who are of Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Tamakōpiri and Ngāi Te Ohuake, to register.
So far we have held two Hauiti Dinners one in Upper Hutt in March and one this June 22nd in Taihape. Our next one will be held in Whanganui in September so please keep your eye out for the confirmed date and venue. A whakapapa wananga will also be held within the coming months and, a He Whetu Arataki youth leadership hui during the same period there will be a lot of communications going out regarding these in the coming month.
We are also arranging a whānau dinner, to be held in Auckland. We will be asking whānau, via Facebook for their thoughts about a suitable venue, preferably at a reasonably priced restaurant. The venue will need to be advertised through the Ngāti Hauiti and Te Maru o Ruahine Trust Facebook page. Wow!! It must be at least thirteen years or more since our one and only Auckland Whānau dinner. I recall that two of our kaumātua Uncle Sarti Potaka and Aunty Lorraine Mc Lister attended that dinner, they have since passed away. It was such an awesome gathering with many of our whānau lines being represented. I'm looking forward to seeing all our city slicker cousins, uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews me ngā kaumatua from Tāmaki Makau-rau. For those of you living up there, please give all our Hauiti whanau a big call-out to encourage them to attend. Oh, what an exciting time we will have. You can contact me on my mobile phone number: 0270780889 or email me. I will l love to hear from you.
I am a believer in building and developing strong relationships within our whānau, hapū and Iwi. Our whakapapa is the framework that establishes our lineage by connecting us through hapū and Iwi. Furthermore, it provides a platform that connects us to the land, our history and places of significance, which are important for future generations of Ngāti Hauiti.
“Toi Te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua”
(Without the Māori language, without prestige or mana, and without the land, Māoritanga would cease to exist.)
Kia ora Whanau O Ngāti Hauiti, I was born and raised in Putiki Whanganui. I whakapapa to Ngāti Hauiti through my mother Raihania Potaka. I am a descendant of Tamatereka, Te Ngahoa, Ngāti Ruaanga and Ngāi Te Upokoiri hapu, some of which are shared hapu of Ngāti Whitikaupeka and Ngāi Te Ohuake.
I am happy to say I have moved back to Rata from Western Australia after living there for five years. I have two daughters named Shayde; nine years old and Navahra six years old, who are both attending Hunterville School.
I was involved in Ngāti Hauiti rangatahi hui as a teenager during the 90s, which I know now taught me a lot about Ngāti Hauiti and our marae. I also assisted research for Aunty Heather Gifford doing smoking cessation for Whakauae in 2005. I have been given the opportunity to work for Te Maru o Ruahine Trust as the Registrations Administrator. At present I only work one day a week alongside Wharerimu Steedman and Raihania Potaka. I was excited to begin the first part of my journey with learning to work the new Ngāti Hauiti database.
I am still slowly getting the hang of it but will get there in time. I document new registration forms and update existing registered whānau members whom have moved away and no longer have valid contact information in our Database, via Messenger, email, white pages or by contacting them by telephone. It is not easy, at times, searching for whānau who have moved abroad over ten years ago, or whānau whose parents registered them and are now well over eighteen years of age, and have no idea that they are uri of Ngāti Hauiti. However, we are slowly getting there and I am enjoying building new rapports with uri and look forward to reconnecting a lot more whānau as time goes on.