We’re gathering a register of all descents who are directly aligned with or associated with Ngati Maru Iwi.

Together, we can preserve our identity and culture, keeping the origins of the Ngati Maru tribe alive.

It’s important that we all register.

Register Now buttonWe need your help to tell our whānau.

The Ngati Maru register is the register of Ngati Maru o Taranaki people which is maintained by the runanga by registering you:

Acknowledge your whakapapa and connection to Ngati Maru Iwi; Are eligible to vote in runanga elections; Be informed on Ngati Maru o Taranaki’s latest projects and developments; Eligible to participate and contribute to the Ngati Maru Treaty settlement process and Foreshore and Seabed settlement; etc…

We need to gather registrations in asap.

Please click on the ‘register now’ button below to find out how you can obtain a registration form and follow the steps you need to take.
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Ngati Maru - a place we call home...

Located within the natural flora and fauna of Tarata, adjacent to the shimmering hue of the Waitara river, is a marae local Iwi and Hapu call Te Upoko o te Whenua.
Akin to the Ngati Maru Iwi, the marae has over a generation become the foundation of many whanau, most of whom have partaken in the development of what it stands for today, "a place they can call home".

Ngati Maru Marae

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Treaty Update – Minister’s Visit

We are pleased to announce the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson will be meeting our Negotiation Team on 17 January 2017 at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata. It is important that we extend to him a warm welcome and use this opportunity to showcase our rōhe and the sites that are significant to us. We would especially welcome any whānau to come along and pōwhiri him onto our marae. After an initial welcome, the Minister will meet with the Negotiation Team. It is a pleasure to welcome the Minister to our home, and we look forward to sharing our story with him. Keeping up this kōrero is an important part of our journey towards a comprehensive Settlement of all Ngāti Maru claims.

Tihe i a Maru Ora – ePanui Hakihea

Kia ora tatou

Please find link to the latest ePanui 

Graduation: A Mother and Daughter Affair



Picture: Debbie Hohaia, Doctor of Philosophy


Picture: Jessica Hohaia-Edwards, PhD Student


“Dad taught me that to be Maori in contemporary society, not only did you have to work hard, usually twice as hard as everyone else, but you also had to believe in yourself more than anything else, particularly when no one else did.”


Debbie Hohaia and daughter Jessica Hohaia-Edwards have much to celebrate. They have both recently graduated, Debbie with a PhD, and Jessica with a Bachelor of Nursing who is also in the current throes of her post-graduate year at Charles Darwin University.


Debbie says her motivation to succeed has been passed down to by her father, and ancestors before him.


“It is this same advice that I would give to other Ngati Maru whanau. If you believe in yourself, especially when all those around you are filled with doubt, then you are already halfway there!”


Debbie has a background in teaching, graduating from Te Whanau o Ako Pai Ki Te Upoko o Te Ika in 1991. She completed various diplomas in management and human resource management in Aotearoa before moving to Australia where she continued to work and study completing a Bachelor of Education (Professional Development) from James Cook University in 2006, a Master of Professional Studies (Aboriginal education) in 2010, and a Diploma of Government from the Department of Defence this year. She has almost completed 15 years’ service in the military, where the title of her thesis is ‘The Potential Benefits to the Australian Defence Force Education Curricula of the Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems.


Her daughter Jessica is currently working at the Royal Darwin Hospital in the Critical Care unit gaining first-hand experience in a busy regional hospital. She hopes to continue her education in the medical field and is considering further studies in the area of anesthesiology, mid-wifery or perhaps as a general practitioner. “Either way, we are extremely proud of her achievements thus far” says Debbie.


What made Jessica’s graduation extra special was that Debbie graduated that same afternoon. Debbie achieved a Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy, Charles Darwin University.




Ngāti Maru Treaty Settlement Update


Picture: Ngāti Maru host the Crown at Tarata Marae


Ka tiu he toroa a uta, ka hoka he toroa a tai. Mari ripiripi o te rangi, te ana kohakoha o te rangi.

Ko te rangi pununui, ko te rangi puroroa, ko te rangi hauora.

Hauora ki tupua, hauora ki tawhito, hauora ki nga uri mokopuna o te kahui maunga, o Ngāti Maruwharanui.

“Maru kai atu, Maru kai mai”. Nei ra te mihi maioha ki a koutou. Tena koutou katoa.


This is the first of what will become regular updates from the negotiation team in our e-Panui. We have been providing regular updates at our bi-monthly waananga and monthly reports to the Runanga. However, I hope this format will reach more Ngāti Maru and especially those who are unable to attend the waananga. Tihe i a Maru Ora.

Firstly, I would like to introduce our negotiation team. The Lead Negotiator is myself, Anaru Marshall. Nathan Peri and Holden Hohaia are our other Negotiators. Pare Hayward is the claim Iwi Researcher. Emma Gardiner is Project Manager.  Our Specialist Advisor is Jamie Tuuta and Indiana Shewen provides administrative support to the team.

The negotiations are currently at a very busy stage. We are in what is known as the “Agreement in Principle” phase. Securing an Agreement in Principle with the Crown is when both parties agree on what the settlement will basically achieve. It is not the final settlement package but it is close enough for us all to agree that we will achieve settlement. Most of our work involves assessing commercial opportunities, identifying strategic assets, developing relationships with government entities and carrying out significant historical research. The results of all of these work streams will assist us to make decisions regarding the claim content and feedback for Iwi.

This month we hosted the Chief Crown Negotiator David Tapsell and his staff from the Office of the Treaty Settlements at Te Upoko o te Whenua. They were accompanied by officials from the Department of Conservation. They came onto our marae and were welcomed in our whare “Ngarongo”.

The purpose of this visit was to introduce the Crown to Ngāti Maru at home amongst our rivers and hills. To meet kanohi ki te kanohi on our turangawaewae with our tauheke and tamariki mokopuna also able to meet first hand with the Crown’s negotiation team. We took the visitors on a short tour of our rohe to see specific sites of significance that will feature in our negotiation discussions in the coming months. Finally, in the context of Maru kai atu, Maru kai mai, it was important for us to extend our manaakitanga to them and host them on our whenua.

The claims team also spent two days in Wellington, one day was spent holding meetings with the Office of Treaty Settlements negotiation team and a number of other government departments.  These meetings allowed us to begin establishing relationships and discussing protocols that will in time become part of the settlement package that we are currently negotiating.

We also attended parliament to support our whanaunga from Nga Ruahine, Taranaki and Te Atiawa.  We witnessed the third readings of their respective claims settlement legislation that in essence finalises the deal for them. It was an emotional experience for all concerned.  Tears flowed from those of us in the gallery and also from the some of the speakers on the chamber floor.  It was a time of reflection for many.  The names of friends and relations who are no longer with us were recalled and remembered for their contributions to their own Iwi’s journey to that day of settlement. I was drawn to reflect on our own people who will not be with us to witness our settlement and it re-enforced my own belief that this is our time. I know I speak for the rest of the negotiations team when I say, Ngāti Maru are ready and we are deserving of our own day in Parliament. In fact it is overdue and we are all resolved to complete this claim for nga uri katoa o Ngāti Maru.

If you have any specific questions or would like clarification on any aspect of the claim, please email me directly at negotiations@Ngātimaru.co.nz I will respond as soon as I can. Nga mihi nunui ki a koutou. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Anaru Marshall

Lead negotiator.

Meet your trustee – Glenn Peri


Picture: Trustee, Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru, Glenn Peri


“Have trust that your Runanga and Negotiators are doing their best for Ngāti Maru. The team are committed to delivering and representing you all consistently, openly and will forge solid foundations for the future of Ngāti Maru.”


Holistic education, health initiatives, commercially sound investment portfolios, and the return of significant lands identified by Ngāti Maru are just some of the things Glenn Peri wants the Runanga to focus on in the future.

Of Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Teika, and Ngāti Mutunga, Glenn has an unwavering commitment to his whanau, iwi and the wider community.

“I have a passion for Māori development, improvement and employment and am surrounded by a huge network of talented individuals from all walks of life. I have a passion for making things better than I find them!” he says.

When Glenn’s not looking at ways to improve outcomes for his people, he’s busy operating his numerous businesses. He owns four companies and focuses his energy on problem solving and solutions without dwelling on problems.

His career highlights have included his nomination to the Runanga, the MSD Maori Innovation Development Board, and his marae trust.

Although what he’s really proud of seeing his employee’s go from strength to strength within his businesses, even getting some of them off the streets.

“80 percent of my employees are Māori. It’s about empowering them and at the same time changing the dynamics of Māori employment and environments for them to strive. That’s my buzz, my motivator.”

Glenn’s message for Ngāti Maru whanau regarding the treaty settlement journey is simple – “Ask for help and support when needed, help our negotiators meet given deadlines and stay positive with them. Engage with surrounding Iwi, inform consistently with our people all the way through the whole process and at times, remember to forgive when its needed.”


Coming together as Ngāti Maru


Picture: Ngāti Maru tamariki attend wānanga, 2016


It isn’t easy to stay connected from a distance, yet Ngāti Maru uri and Runanga trustee Karl Burrows and his whanau who live in London remain fiercely connected to their taha Māori. “I’ve managed to stay in touch with my culture through the Maori Culture Club (Ngāti Rānana) that I started with my wife in London.”

Manaia-a Maori performing arts company-with a vision of educating people about their culture on a global platform, was founded by Karl and his late wife. It enables the sharing of his culture overseas and speaking in Te Reo Maori to his children helps Karl to remain connected to his homeland.

“If people can understand who they are and where they are from it gives them a stronger sense of their place in the universe, place in the community, and place in their iwi”. In future, Karl hopes that Maori can have an understanding of what happened in the past, and be proud of who they are and what their tupuna endured through. He says the Settlement process is key, as it allows tangata Maori to enhance their mana and find a sense of their identity.  “The process can enable us to find out what happened to our ancestors, it is important to know where we have come from as it gives us a basis on which we can move forward into the future.”

In 2016, Maori are not often brought up on their whenua. This could illustrate why only a few of a vast number of Maori peoples are actively affiliating with their iwi. This is particularly the case for Ngāti Maru iwi. “The last Ngāti Maru family left in the 1960’s. That was from my marae that doesn’t exist anymore. They all left the coast and went into Te Ati Awa, Whanganui, Waitotara, Taumaranui, and Hawera”. Karl says the challenge is to somehow regain our connections with the land our tupuna lived on, so that the land becomes meaningful to all Māori once more.

He urges more people to get on board and register with Ngāti Maru. “It is exciting for our iwi to go through the Settlement Process as we have watched other iwi involved in the process and we can see the benefits…only good things can come from getting involved. Everyone’s contribution can only enhance the mana of our iwi and add to the growing sense of identity we have as Ngati Maru.”

Be sure to register your whānau with Ngāti Maru. Visit www.ngatimaru.co.nz/register  or email admin@ngatimaru.co.nz


Message from the Chair



Picture: Chair, Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru, Holden Hohaia

Tihe i Maru Ora!!

Kei ōku rangatira, e te whānau o Ngāti Maru, tēnā koutou katoa

Well it is fair to say it has been a busy year both for our Runanga and the Marae Trust. But first a huge mihi to Nathan and his team for upgrading our marae to practically five-star status!

This year the Runanga and negotiating team signed off on Terms of Negotiation (viewable on the website) and have been in negotiations for several months now. We have committed to coming back to the people in August 2017 with an Agreement in Principle for Ngāti Maru to discuss and consider.

Over the last 12 months we’ve: Hosted 5 Maru wānanga/claims updates at the marae, distributed 6 Maru ePānui to our 1,800+ members, posted 22 Runanga updates on our official website, posted 26 Facebook posts (and reached over 100,000 people through this channel), hosted an AGM and, last but not least, published three positive Ngāti Maru news stories in the Taranaki Daily News.

But the real highlight for me was the recent hosting of the Crown delegation on our marae and rohe on Monday 28 November. Our Ringawera, our marae and Runanga Trustees, our Historian Pare Hayward, our Lead Negotiator Anaru Marshall and the negs team, Tamzyn our wānanga facilitator, Ngā Purapura, whānau and supporters, all played their part in making the visit a huge success. I just want to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE who helped out, including our tamariki who helped pick up leaves to make the marae look beautiful for our manuhiri!  However, there is still much to be done!


This is always important, but it is even more so now as we develop a proposed settlement package. This is because the cash component of any settlement offer will be based not only on the nature of the grievance but also the population of the claimant iwi. So lets get our whānau registered and boost that number so we can have strong collective economic base moving forward.


In 2017 we will need to forge strong relationships with our neighbouring Taranaki Iwi but also with Maniapoto and our Whanganui relations. We also look forward to strengthening relationships with our affiliated entity Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust, who manage the Ngāti Maru fisheries assets on behalf of our people.

NEXT MARU WANANGA – 21 & 22 JAN 2017

Book it on now whanau. More information to follow in the new year.

And finally, on behalf of the Runanga and Marae Trustees  I’d just like to say – Meri Kirihimete ki a koutou katoa, me ngā mihi mō te tau hou e haere ake nei.  Kia tūpato hoki ahakoa he aha āu mahi hei tēnei wā hararei.

Whanau Champions, we need your help!


Whanau Champions, we need your help! The settlement journey for Ngati Maru is well and truly underway. We need to have everybody on board and registered with our Maru Runanga. Why?  To ensure all of our Ngati Maru whanau can participate and benefit. And to ensure we can achieve a settlement that truly reflects how big Ngati Maru is as an iwi.

The reality is, colonisation hit us hard! Much harder than many other iwi.  So many of our whanau have become disconnected. But its time to reverse that. That’s where you can help. We need our people to register. And we mean everyone! That’s where our Whanau Champions come in. Are you willing to volunteer as a Whanau Champion by enlisting your whanau to register with Ngati Maru. If so, we want to hear from you. Get involved now by contacting Leeana on regos@ngatimaru.co.nz or phoning Holden on 029 6500-759.
 Tihe i a Maru Ora!


Kia ora whanau


You may know we were planning to run our upcoming wananga on Sat/Sun 26 & 27 Nov. However Rangihiroa Day is now on saturday and quite a few Maru whanau want to attend this.

PLUS on the Monday morning our Runanga and claims team is hosting a visit to our marae & rohe from Office of Treaty Settlements and Department of Conservation. They want to learn more about our claim and our tribal rohe.

So we’ve decided to change the wananga timing to start on Sunday 27th Nov at 2pm and wrap up midday Monday 28th Nov. That way whanau can attend Rangihiroa Day AND we can use the wananga to prepare for our welcome to our manuhiri on the Monday.

If you can only come out on Sunday that’s kei te pai. But if you can join us on Monday too, it’s a perfect chance to show our unity as the PROUD MARU NATION!!!

Powhiri for OTS/DOC will be approx 10am. Then presentations from the claims team (which would be awesome for whanau to also hear) and then the group will head off on site visits around the rohe. You could be back at work by lunchtime.

Apologies for the change whanau. I will contact those travelling from Wellie re the changes. Please register your interest for all or part of the wananga with Tamzyn on tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz or ph 027 815-1776.

Nga mihi


Kia ora whanau – just a reminder that the next Maru wananga is only a few weeks away and we want to make sure you and all your whanau are set to come! It’s going to be another awesome weekend with lots of fun activities planned for the kids so everyone’s involved.
It starts on Saturday 26 November and runs through to Sunday with vans available to bring whanau from Auckland, Taumarunui and Wellington if there is enough people to fill them and a full licensed driver!
To register email Tamzyn at tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz and if you have any patai you can also reach her on 0278151776.
For travel enquiries contact Holden on 0296500759.
And make sure to keep an eye out for the programme that we will post up in the next couple of weeks.
Look forward to seeing you all there whanau!!


Next Maru Wananga 26 & 27 November. Book it in now!!

Morena whanau. Just a reminder about the next Maru Wananga at Tarata Marae. It’s scheduled for Sat & Sun 26-27 November. Programme and details coming soon. Bring all your kids because Uncle Glenn has got even more fun activities planned just like last time :)

Nb also if there is sufficient demand from registered uri to fill a van from Auckland, Taumarunui or Wellington, then we will endeavor to assist. However we need at least 10 confirmed registered attendees from that location at least two weeks prior to the hui AND a fully licensed driver. Conditions will also apply. Contact Holden Hohaia on holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz (0296500759) to discuss options.

Nga mihi nui. Can’t wait whanau!!

Iwi Register Coordinator

Contract for Services

7 November 2016 – 31 August 2017 (approx. 2days per week)

The Rūnanga is currently negotiating the settlement of Ngāti Maru historic Treaty of Waitangi claims. This is an exciting period which involves a high level of reconnection and engagement with Uri. The Rūnanga is now seeking an Iwi Register Coordinator to join our Operational Team. This role is integral to the Rūnanga, as it ensures the integrity of the Iwi Register.

Our desired candidate would possess the following skills:

-Understanding of Ngāti Maru whakapapa and Tupuna

-Meticulous and quality driven

-Approachable with strong relationship management skills

-Takes initiative and self-managing

-At least 5years administration experiencePlease see the role description attached.

-At least 2years information management experience, including the proficient use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel

-Experience in the management of private information

-Strong communication and process mapping skills

Role Description – Iwi Register Coordinator

Please send applications, including your CV and a covering letter to Emma Gardiner at efgardiner@icloud.com

Closing date is 27 October 2016.


Now more than ever its important for Ngati Maru to reconnect – to our whenua, our marae and each other. So at our next wananga we are running a number of workshops focussing on our common binding thread – what it means to be Ngati Maru.

– Marae – Our place – a place to belong – our roles and responsibilities
– Te Kawa o te marae – which ‘Kawa’ do we use at Tarata and why
– Waiata and Reo Workshops

– Whakapapa – Nā wai koe? Who do I come from?
– Pēpēhātanga Kōrero – Nō whea au? Where do I come from? My affiliations to my Maunga, Awa, Waka, Iwi, Whānau, Marae

– Ngā Tongi o Ngāti Maru – my tribal landmarks – Maru territory
– Kaitiakitanga – protecting our Marae and Whenua
– Hīkoi, table tennis comp and steeple chase for our tamāriki

Dates: 17 and 18 September 2016
Start time: Saturday 17th at 2pm
Finish: Sunday 18th at 1.30pm
Place: Te Upoko o te Whenua marae, Tarata
Please register your interest for catering purposes
For more info please contact Tamzyn Pue 027 8151 776
or Holden Hohaia (029 6500-759) for transport rqmnts

Save the date – Maru Wananga: 17-18 September @ Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae

Panui with more details coming soon! :)



Signed Terms of Negotiation with Crown

Kia ora whanau. Attached below for your information is our recently signed Terms of Negotiation with the Crown. Also keep an eye out for our next Maru Panui coming soon. PLUS: Save the date: 17/18 September for our next Maru wananga and claims update at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae – the most beautiful marae in the world :) Maru Ora ki a tatou katoa.

Ngati Maru signed ToN (Terms of Negotiation)

He Patere – Nga Tongi o Ngati Maru

Kia ora Maru whanau. There have been quite a few requests for a recording of our Ngati Maru Patere – Nga Tongi o Ngati Maru, So we recorded it at our wananga @ Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae in the weekend. Here it is is for the whanau to learn. The kupu are on the home page of this website. Nga mihi aroha ki a tatou katoa.


Ngati Maru Winter Wananga – 16 & 17 July @ Tarata


Good news – you’re already eligible to participate in the Maru fisheries election

Kia ora whanau

I’m happy to tell you that The Chief Returning Officer for the upcoming Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust election has decided that, as long as you are registered with EITHER Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) OR the Ngati Maru (Taranaki)  Fisheries Trust you are eligible to participate in the upcoming election process for the Fisheries Trust. That means you can stand for election as a Fisheries Trustee, nominate candidates and vote too.

For more details please see the attached panui from Anthony Morton (Chief Returning Officer – ph 0800 666 043) of Electionz.com. Also visit iro@electionz.com for queries regarding new registrations or nominations@electionz.com for queries on how to stand as a candidate for the Fisheries Trust.

Noho ora mai
Holden Hohaia

Adult Registered Member Definition (2)

Minutes of Maru Runanga AGM held 29 May @ the Pa

Minutes of Runanga AGM held 29 May @ Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae

Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust – Register to have your say :)

Kia ora koutou e te whanau

Please find attached an advert that appeared in the Taranaki Daily News yesterday (1 June). It is from Electionz.com on behalf of the Ngati Maru Taranaki Fisheries Trust and is about the upcoming elections for this Trust.

The Fisheries Trust is a legally separate entity from Te Runanga o Ngati Maru and currently runs its own tribal register.

The attached panui explains how to register on the Fisheries Trust and how to stand for the Trust,  and for all queries please contact the independent returning officer listed below

Anthony Morton – Chief Returning OfficerNgati Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust: Election Helpline: 0800 666  043,  iro@electionz.com


Noho ora mai – Holden




AGM – Sunday 29 May 2016, 10am




Kia ora whanau. Nau mai haere mai

The Runanga is holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 29 May 10am @ Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae (1704 Tarata Road). The following agenda items will be discussed:

  • A report back on the activities of the Trust during the preceding income year
  • A report on the audited accounts for the preceding year
  • General business

Note the Marae Trust is also holding its AGM on the same day at 1pm, also at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae.

Whanau are welcome to attend the Runanga AGM in the morning, join us for a shared kai at approx midday, and then attend the Marae Trust AGM in the afternoon.

E te whanau, tenei te reo karanga mahana ki a tatou katoa o Ngati Maru  kia taki haere mai ki to tatou marae kia whakarongo ki nga kaupapa o te tau kua hipa atu nei.

Queries: Contact Pare-Hayward 022 310-2459


Treaty Claims Negotiator Wanted

The Crown recognised the Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Deed of Mandate on 29 March 2016.  This enables the Runanga to negotiate the settlement of Ngati Maru’s historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.

The Rūnanga is now heading into the Terms of Negotiation phase and is seeking a Treaty Claims Negotiator to join its Negotiations Team.

Our desired candidate would possess the following skills:

*Prior Experience with Negotiation

*Experience in historical research teams

*Familiar with government policies particularly in the claims context

*Have worked in the Māori sector,

*Excellent Communication skills (Māori, written, oral)

*Management level report writing skills,

*A flexible work schedule.

*A deep understanding of Treaty of Waitangi Claims and related issues with Ngāti Maru

Please send applications to Nathan Peri at nathan.peri@xtra.co.nz.

Enquiries can also be made to Nathan on 027 659 8982.

Closing date is 27th of April 2016.

Ngati Maru newsletter – March 2016 Maru Mandate recognised, Iwi Aspirations Hui 8 May & Negotiators Needed

Kia ora mai tatou.

Please see our latest Maru newsletter – Maru Mandate recognised by Crown, Iwi Aspirations Hui 8 May, Negotiators Needed and more. You may have already received this through our mailchimp account.

Enjoy and feedback welcome.


Ngati Maru newsletter January 2016

Our latest Ngati Maru newsletter celebrating Ngati Maru success, an update on the claims and much more. Enjoy! Any feedback regarding our newsletter please do comment or let us know.

Deed of Mandate & Attachments

Tena tatou te Iwi o Ngati Maru

Please find enclosed downloadable copies of
(1) Final Draft of DEED OF MANDATE &
(2) Related Attachments

for your perusal.  Simply click on the links below.

If you have any enquiries please feel free to contact us.
Noho ora mai
Pare Hayward (Communications Co-ordinator)


2015 1211 TRoNMT DoM attachments (final)

Crown Endorses Maru Runanga Deed of Mandate – Invites Submissions

Kia ora Maru whanau. The Crown has endorsed the Ngati Maru Runanga Deed of Mandate and invites submissions. Click  here for the Deed: Final Signed DoM for notification or here Final Ad Proof for DoM notification to view the newspaper advert that explains how to make a submission. Or come along to the hui at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae on Sunday 13 Dec (see details below) to learn more. Any queries contact Holden Hohaia ph 029 6500759





Invitation to a “Claims” Update Hui.

Kia ora Whānau. The Rūnanga is holding a short hui to give an update on the “Claims Process”.
DATE : 13 December 2015
TIME : 2pm – 3pm
VENUE : Te Ūpoko o te Whenua Marae, TARATA
Bring your questions, your thoughts, or just come along to find out more.  All of Ngāti Maru are welcome.

Note : An Earlier Hui is being held for the Owners of Ngāti Maru A – F Land Blocks. So if are you attending the earlier hui, please feel free to stay for the afternoon session as well.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai tātou Ngā Uri o Ngāti Maru Taranaki.

Pare Hayward (Registrar & Communications Co-ordinator)



Owners of Ngati Maru A-F blocks: Invitation to hui 13 Dec 11am @ Tarata Marae

Kia ora whanau – please find attached a panui from Te Tumu Paeroa to all owners of Ngati Maru A – F blocks. It is an invitation from Te Tumu Paeroa to attend a hui on Sunday 13th December 11am @ Tarata Marae to hear about a proposal to utilise these blocks for honey production.

This hui is being organised by Te Tumu Paeroa in association with the Tarata Marae.  However the Runanga wishes to ensure the panui is communicated out as widely as possible to all owners of Maru A – F blocks so that they know about the hui and can have their say.

Noho ora mai

Ngatimaru A, C, E & F Newspaper Ad


Seeking a Project Manager for the Ngati Maru Claim

Kia ora whanau. Please send out to your networks.

The Runanga is looking for an experienced Project Manager to help establish our capability as we prepare to enter negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of our Treaty claim.  This is a fixed-term assignment for six months @ 20 hours per week.  New Plymouth based but some travel to Wellington required. Own car essential. Job Description attached.  Applications close on Wednesday 15 October. For more information about the role, or to apply, please contact Holden Hohaia on 029 6500-759 holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz   

Ngati Maru Project Manager JD Fixed Term 6 mth

DOC Land in Ngati Maru





Overwhelming support for Runanga to represent Ngati Maru in our Treaty claims

Tena koutou e oku rangatira o Ngati Maruwharanui

As you probably know, the Runanga recently held three information hui and ran an iwi voting process to seek your mandate to represent you in negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of our historical Treaty claims.

I’m happy to advise that more than 90% of those who voted said they support the Runanga in this process.  On behalf of the trustees, thank you for your support.

We will now prepare a Deed of Mandate which we will submit to the Crown for approval. As explained at the hui,  this process will take several months.

In the meantime, we will also apply for project funding from Crown Forestry Rental Trust to help us progress the claim. If we are successful,  any required project roles will initially be short-term assignments probably of no more than 6 months.  Any mahi will be advertised first to Ngati Maru.

We will keep you updated through e-panui. And if you have any queries about the claim process, please contact Holden on 029-6500-759 or holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz

PS – Did you know that all eligible uri can register online by clicking on the “Register Now” button above or contact Pare on 022 310-2459 or pare74097@gmail.com

PPS – to find out more about Ngati Maru’s plans to perform and compete at Taranaki Tu Mai in November, contact your trustee Tamzyn at Te Korimako (06) 757-9005

Noho ora mai me nga manaakitanga, from your trustees:

Holden Hohaia,

Glenn Peri

Tamzyn Pue

Kiriana Burrows

Karl Burrows

Jordon Wansbrough

Te Aroha Woods




DOC Land in Ngati Maru

Kia ora koutou. Attached rough map showing DOC land within our rohe of Ngati Maru.

Kiriana Burrows, your Runanga Trustee, manages our regional relationship  with DOC. She can talk at the upcoming hui about these areas. The ngahere names and whenua rahui covered, kiwi and kokako habitat etc.  We invite feedback from Ngati Maru about your aspirations around our whenua currently under DOC control.

DOC Land in Ngati Maru







Internet Voting – Deed of Mandate: Click below to vote

Kia ora whanau. The Runanga is seeking the mandate to represent Ngati Maru in negotiations with the Crown.  In the next few days all registered Ngati Maru uri aged over 18 will receive their voting and information pack, including info on how to vote online. If you want to vote online, click on the following link and use the PIN and password info provided in your voter pack: 

Click here to vote

Remember: If you need to update your address details contact Pare on pare74097@gmail.com  or 022 310-2459. That way you’ll receive your voting pack. And for any queries regarding the voting process, please contact: Anthony Morton (Returning Officer) on the Election Helpline 0508 666 336


Summary info for the Ngati Maru mandating process

E te iwi o Ngati Maruwharanui, tena koutou katoa

Please find attached three information documents that will shortly be sent to registered members of Ngati Maru in advance of the advertised mandating hui on 9, 10 and 15 August. Please note that the voting paper has not been attached, however this will be included in the personally addressed voting/information packs to be mailed out to all registered members next week.

The first attachment (Information Sheet 1) is a summary version of the PowerPoint presentation that will be used at the three mandating hui. The second attachment (Information Sheet 2) is an extract covering the mandating process, taken from the Crown Forestry Rental Trust (CFRT) Summary Guide for Claimants. It provides a really good overview of what mandate is and what the Runanga needs to do to keep the mandate. The third attachment is a diagram showing an indicative timetable of the overall Treaty negotiations process, from Mandate Strategy stage right through to settlement and establishment of a post settlement tribal entity. This is also taken from the CFRT Summary Guide for Claimants.

Please note if you are registered but your physical address has changed, then you need to update your details. Email our Registrar, Pare Hayward, on pare74097@gmail.com or phone 022 310-2459. Otherwise you might not receive your voting pack.

Also, if you have not yet registered, but would like to have your say then register online now at www.ngatimaru.co.nz/register. You will be able to cast a provisional vote subject to your registration being validated.

Noho ora mai
Holden Hohaia
029 6500-759

TRoNM Taranaki Trust 2015 DOM Info Sheet 1 A3 v4 (1)
TRoNM Taranaki Trust 2015 DOM Info Sheet 2 A3 v3 (2)
TRoNM Taranaki Trust 2015 Diagram only (1)

Ngati Maru Mandating Hui

E te iwi o Ngati Maruwharanui, tena koutou katoa. We are pleased to announce our mandating hui have been advertised and we are all ready and set to go. It would be great to have as many of you there as possible so please let whanau know. 
Ngāti Maru (Taranaki)
Mandating Hui & Iwi Development Plan
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust (Te Rūnanga) is seeking a mandate to represent Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) (Ngāti Maru) in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.
Te Rūnanga invite all Ngāti Maru members to attend mandate hui at:

Tarata Marae (1704 Tarata Rd, Taranaki) Sunday 9 August 10am

Ngapuwaiwaha Marae, Taumarunui St, Taumarunui  Monday 10 August 6pm

Waiwhetu Marae (4 Puketapu Grove, Lower Hutt) Saturday 15 August 10am

The purpose of the hui is to:
provide information about Crown settlement policy, Te Rūnanga and the mandate process; and
provide an opportunity to vote on the proposed resolution to mandate Te Rūnanga to represent Ngāti Maru in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru.
The vote will be administered by Electionz.com. All members of the claimant community over 18 years of age are entitled to vote. Voting will be by postal ballot with the option to vote online, or in person at the hui, via a ballot box. Provisional registration will also be made available, at the hui, for any Ngāti Maru members who are not yet registered and who would like to cast a provisional vote on the day.  Voting will be on the following resolution:
“Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust is mandated to represent Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki).”
Iwi Development Plan Discussion
After the resolution regarding mandate has been put to the hui, there will be a short refreshment break, and then trustees will facilitate a discussion and seek feedback on what Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) might want to see in an Iwi Development Plan.

For further information please contact:
Holden Hohaia – Chairman Te Rūnanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust
Ph 029 6500-759 holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz
The mandating hui is the first step in a very long process. The Ngati Maru Mandate Strategy is available online to view through the Office of Treaty Settlements website. If you would like to understand more about how the mandating and settlement process works, please check out the Summary Guide for Claimants Negotiating Treaty Settlements. 
Keep an eye out for your mandate voting/information pack. If your postal address has changed you will need to contact our Tribal Registrar, Pare Hayward on 
pare74097@gmail.com or 022 310-2459 to update your details). 
If you do have any questions about the mandating process, please contact our Runanga Chair, Holden Hohaia on holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz or 029 6500-759.
Kaati ra e te iwi o Maruwharanui, kua tae te waa kia tuukotahi mai raa taatou. We look forward to seeing you at our hui. Spread the word!
Noho ora mai

Karl Burrows
Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki)

Final Election Result

Tena koutou candidates

We have now completed the vote processing and reconciliation for the Trustee election, and attached is the election result document.
Thank you all for your participation in the election process and congratulations to the successful candidates.
The result document will be uploaded to the Trust website and will be announced at the AGM.


Anthony Morton
Election Administrator

Ngati Maru (Taranaki)_2015 Trustee Election_Final Result

Positive Letter to Runanga from Min Finlayson

Documents for discussion at the Runanga AGM

Documents for discussion at the Runanga AGM: Sun 1st March 10am @ Tarata Marae

Draft Runanga Accounts 2014
Updated Mandate Strategy – Karl’s redraft Feb 2015


…in the Runanga elections. Voting closes at 12 noon, Friday 13th Feb. If you are registered and you haven’t yet voted or received your voting papers, please contact the election helpline on 0508 666 556. electionz.com can arrange for you to vote online or, if you don’t have internet access, they can fax your voting papers to you.

Any queries, please phone the election helpline 0508 666 556


The Annual General Meeting of Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust (the Trust) is to be held at 10am on Sunday, 1 March 2015 at Tarata Marae. All members of Ngati Maru (Taranaki) are invited to attend.

1. Minutes of last AGM
2. Financial Report
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Annual and Strategic Plan
5. Results of Election of Trustees
6. General Business

Copies of documents to be discussed at the meeting will be available online at www.ngatimaru.co.nz from 15/2/2015

He Pao: Nga Tongi o Ngati Maru Wharanui

Kia ora whanau

At the “meet the candidates” hui in the weekend it was suggested that we post the attached pao “Nga Tongi o Ngati Maruwharanui” on the Maru website for the whanau to enjoy. You can also view the kupu on the top of the homepage.

Na reira e nga uri o Maruwharanui
Mauriora ki a tatou katoa!!!

Nga Tongi

Candidate Profiles for Runanga Election

Kia ora everyone

Please find attached candidate profiles for Runanga Election.

TRoNM Taranaki Trust 2015 Trustee Election Profile Booklet

For all queries regarding the Candidate Profiles or election process, please contact:

Anthony Morton | Election Administrator | electionz.com Ltd
Level 1, 506 Wairakei Rd, Christchurch | P O Box 39 163, Harewood, Christchurch 8545
P +64 3 377 3530 | F +64 3 377 1474 | M 021 326 021
E amorton@electionz.com | W www.electionz.com

Maru Wananga this weekend (Fri/Sat 23rd/24th Jan ) AND “Meet the Candidates” Hui 10am Sunday 25th

Kia ora e te whanau o Ngati Maru

Just a reminder about our Maru Wananga this weekend @ Tarata Marae: Lets follow our usual format: Friday 23rd Jan 6pm kai, followed by Mihimihi / korero / waiata etc. Saturday activity programme to be decided by attendees. Wrap up on Saturday with a kai at 6pm. For all queries re the wananga ring Holden Hohaia on 029 6500-759.

Also a reminder about our “Meet the candidates” Hui scheduled for Sunday 10am also @ Tarata Marae. Come and hear from those who are standing in the current elections for the Runanga. Ask questions, find out what’s been going on etc and then decide who you want to take Ngati Maru forward as your representatives on the Runanga. For all queries re the elections contact:

Anthony Morton,
Chief Returning Officer – Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust
Election Helpline: 0508 666 556

Internet voting

Click here to vote

Candidates for the 2015 Election of Trustees

Kia ora everyone

Please find attached the list of confirmed candidates for the 2015 Election of Trustees. As more than seven nominations were received, an election will be required. Voter packs will be posted to registered adult members from 16 January 2015.

Download: Candidates for the 2015 Election of Trustees


Kia ora whanau. Awesome wananga in the weekend just gone. Thanks to all who attended.

So just a quick panui to let you know the next Maru wananga will be on the weekend of Fri 23 Jan @ Tarata Marae.

PLUS – a special invitation to all Ngati Maru to meet the candidates standing for Te Runanga o Ngati Maru at 10am on Sunday 25th January, also @ Tarata Marae.

This panui was endorsed jointly by Te Runanga and the Tarata Marae Committee

Noho ora mai
Holden Hohaia
029 6500-759

Holden Hohaia – Atiawa Toa FM31 Oct 2014

tena korua,

kua tapiri mai nei nga korero I hopukina i te ata nei

Noel Woods interviews Holden Hohaia
Ngati Maru iwi hui
8.39am this morning 31/10/14
Dur: 5min 22secs

nga mihi ano. Cory

Holden Hohaia_Atiawa Toa FM_31 Oct 2014

New Ngati Maru Historical Reports

Please Click on the Document Below:

Karl, Pare and Holden Report for OTS (2)

Updated Tupuna List 23rd September

Please Click on the Document Below:

Updated Maru Tupuna List 23rd September


E te iwi o Ngati Maru – Nau mai haere mai !!!!

Kia ora whanau. Just a quick panui about our next Maru wananga @ Tarata marae. Starts with a shared kai @ 6pm Friday 7th Nov and wraps up on Saturday 8th Nov 6pm also with a kai. Planned activities will include:

Waiata and other whakawhanuanga activities (esp for the kids)
Maru whakapapa korero for those interested
Hikoi around our rohe / trip to Purangi if weather permits
Bring the whole whanau. Come for a little while or stay the whole day. If you can bring a kai as koha, thats great. If not, that’s kei te pai too.

Any queries, phone Holden Hohaia – 029 6500-759 or email holden.hohaia@clear.net.nz


Kia ora whanau

Attached copy of the Runanga’s submission to the Maori Land Court on the Register Review. We have a hearing scheduled for Friday 22nd August – Courtroom 2 – District Court, Robe Street New Plymouth. The plan is to run elections once this process has been endorsed. We now have 1,025 people on the register (including children and those aged 18 +).

Noho ora mai
Holden Hohaia
Court Appointed Trustee
029 6500-759

Ngati Maru Register Review – MLC Submission


Kia ora whanau. Just a quick panui to let you all know that
338 confirmation letters have been sent out to whanau who
have registered and for whom Pare and the Whakapapa
Validation Committee can validate descent by whakapapa to a
Maru tupuna on the Tupuna List….we have started a new
phase of our journey whanau. Let’s get the rest of our
whanau registered who can link by whakapapa to Ngati Maru.
Nga tini whetu ki te rangi, Maruwharanui ki te whenua.
Haumie hui e Taaaiiikiii ee!!!

Holden Hohaia
Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki)


Kia ora koutou

At an advertised hui-a iwi at Kohangamoa Marae on the 16th March 2014, the people unanimously agreed to a review of the Ngati Maru register as recommended in the attached Whakapapa Research Report. This report includes a Final Tupuna List which will be used in the review to define membership of Ngati Maru. A process for amending the List is set out in an earlier report which is also available on this website.

Read more…

Ngati Maru Whanau Day

Ngati Maru Whanau Day












If you can bring a small kai to share that’s great. If not, that’s fine too.

For enquiries phone Holden Hohaia on 029 6500-759 or holden.hohaia@clear.net.nz

Minutes of Ngati Maru Hui a Iwi

Sunday 16th March 2014

Kohangamoa Marae – Inglewood

Read more…

Updated Tupuna List

Please Click on the Document Below:

Updated Tupuna List

Supporting Research

Please Click on the Document Below:

Supporting Research – Tupuna List

Hui-A-Iwi – Ngati Maru Ki Taranaki

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru invites all descendants to a hui-a-iwi to:

•  Update people on the claims process
•  Report back on the Ngati Maru Whakapapa Research Report
•  Report back on an initial review of the Ngati Maru register
•  Seek agreement to a review of the register in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Whakapapa Research Report

Sunday 16th March
Kohanga Moa Marae
James Street, Inglewood
11am – 1pm followed by a light kai

A copy of the Whakapapa Research Report and minutes of the latest Runanga Trustees meeting can be found on our website at www.ngatimaru.co.nz

For any queries contact:
Holden Hohaia 029 6500-759

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru Minutes of Meeting held 31 January 2014

Trustees Present: Tamzyn Pue; Jan Matuku, Maioha Tokotaua, Holden Hohaia,

Read more…

Media Statement – 3 February 2014 – Maru Runanga Welcomes Whakapapa Research Report and Announces Full Review of Registrations

Ngati Maru Runanga trustees yesterday welcomed the Maru Whakapapa Research Report prepared recently by Maru descendent Karl Burrows, for the Runanga. A copy of the Report can be downloaded at www.ngatimaru.co.nz

Runanga Trustee and long-time Maru whakapapa enthusiast, Holden Hohaia, is excited about the opportunity the Report provides the iwi of Ngati Maru.

Read more…

Ngati Maru Boundaries Map

Kia Ora Koutou,

The Highlighted document below is an updated Map outlining the traditional boundaries of Ngati Maru Wharanui.

Ngati Maru Boundries-Map

Proposed Ngati Maru Tupuna List – Inviting Iwi Feeback

E oku rangatira, nei ra te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa

Attached is a tupuna list that Karl Burrows has prepared for the iwi to help process applications for membership of Ngati Maru. I would personally like to thank Karl for his excellent work – this is an extensive piece of whakapapa research across all the relevant public Ngati Maru historical documents and will form a strong, evidence based, platform from which to discuss our tribal identity and validate our membership. Read more…

Notification of Draft Mandate Strategy for Treaty Settlements Negotiations

Notification of Draft Mandate Strategy for Treaty Settlements Negotiations: Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Taranaki Trust

Feedback Opportunity: 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Taranaki Trust (the Rūnanga) is seeking a mandate to represent Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki in direct negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims . The Rūnanga has developed a draft Mandate Strategy and the Office of Treaty Settlements now invites submissions on the document. Read more…