Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru are on the search for a new tohu as they enter a new phase of their journey. They’re reaching out to whanau to create the new look for their iwi that will represent who they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re headed.
“The idea to reach out to our whanau to create our new tohu came from whanau themselves who have consistently expressed the desire to be a part of the journey we’re on,” says Runanga Chairman, Holden Hohaia.
Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru hold regular wānanga to encourage more whanau to come home, reconnect, and celebrate who they are. These wānanga also provide them with the opportunity to raise awareness of the treaty settlement journey and the negotiations process.
Trustee and Lead Negotiator, Anaru Marshall says the treaty settlement is a significant step forwards for Ngāti Maru.
“We want all our whanau with us so they can be a part of this significant milestone for our iwi. We want to know what matters to them and what their aspirations are. Allowing one of our own to design our new tohu just makes sense.”
The competition is open to anyone who has whakapapa to Ngāti Maru.
- The Tohu needs to encapsulate the ‘Maru Ora aspirations’
- The competition ends 15 May 2017, 5pm.
- All entries need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include your full name and contact details and a short description of your tohu design
- Please see terms and conditions for further detail
Download the MARU ORA brochure here.
Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Where: Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae – Tarata
When: Starts Sat 3pm finish Sun 1pm. 4/5 March
Bring the kids / come for a walk / learn some waiata / get some exercise / listen to our negotiators’ update on our claim
Queries to Tamzyn Pue: Tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz / 027-8151776
Nga mihi – Holden
TREATY NEGOTIATIONS WANANGA AND HUI
4 – 5 March, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Monday, 17 April 6.30pm, New Plymouth TBC
Tuesday, 18 April 6.30pm, Taumarunui TBC
13-14 May, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Tuesday, 6 June 6.30pm, Waitara TBC
Wednesday, 7 June 6.30pm, Stratford TBC
8-9 July, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Pictured: Kiriana Burrows.
“I would like to see Ngāti Maru prosper in all of the aspirations created by our iwi. This includes our self-identity, our Marae, our stories, health, education, reconnecting with our whānau, the whenua, tikanga, kawa, the environment and globally.”
Meet Kiriana Burrows, Rūnanga Trustree, Ngāti Maru (Ngāti Teika), māma of two daughters, and an educationalist who has spent the past 15 years teaching our tamariki in the Kaupapa Maori Bilingual unit at Waitara East School.
With an undeniable passion for the environment and kaitiakitanga, it’s important to her that the whenua, environment, historic sites, cultural heritage, reserves, native plants, birds, animals, insects and our ecosystems are being protected and taken care of.
For Ngāti Maru, Kiriana believes that as a people the iwi needs those with the best skills and experience, along with the right drive, integrity and commitment to move the iwi into the future.
One of the best contributions one can make, she says, “is to ensure that the decisions made are in the very best interests of our iwi, to secure a positive future for Ngāti Maru, our tamariki and the future generations.”
She enjoys working with others to achieve set goals. “Relationships built on mutual respect and transparency is key to success. Working as a team, sharing expertise, knowledge and decision making for the benefit of the iwi.”
She believes that the key areas of focus for the runanga include engaging and communicating with those they represent, developing relationships to enhance opportunities for whanau, continue researching Maru whakapapa and history, negotiations with the crown and increasing the number of whanau who are registered with the rūnanga.
Picture: Negotiations Team L-R. Jamie Tuuta, Karl Burrows, Pare Hayward-Howie, Indiana Shewen, Nathan Peri, Anaru Marshall.
We are now at the halfway point of working towards an Agreement in Principle. Our Negotiators are working hard to achieve an Agreement in Principle that is reflective of the historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress that is needed to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru. We value your feedback, participation and support in this process!
On the 17th January, we hosted Minister Christopher Finlayson at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae. It was a successful day, where we got an opportunity to meet kanohi ki te kanohi with the Minister and show him our beautiful rohe. We are very thankful for all of those who attended and were involved with all the preparation put into making it a great day! Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri.
The negotiation team has been working through aspects of our cultural redress package. Cultural redress is a way in which we look at what is important to the Iwi from a cultural perspective. It may include specific sites of special importance to us or programmes that will enhance our continued development as an Iwi. Thank you all for your input and feedback during the aspirations hui and the various wānanga which has guided us as we work through this important aspect of our claim.
We have also been developing our Special Factors paper which was recently presented to the Office of Treaty Settlements. This document outlines the actions taken by the Crown since 1840 that in our opinion have breached the Treaty relationship between them and us and have had a negative impact on Ngāti Maru.
NEW ADDITION TO NEGOTIATION TEAM
As announced at our last wānanga, Holden Hohaia has stepped down as a Negotiator to begin his new role as General Manager – Māori Development at Landcare Research. I would like to thank Holden for his contribution and the many roles he has carried out while being part of the team and I look forward to his continued involvement with the claim in his capacity as Chair of the Rūnanga.
I would also like to welcome Karl Burrows into the Ngāti Maru Treaty Claim Team. Karl is founder and Managing Director of Hakaworks, a London based company which utilises tools from Māori culture to motivate, inspire and build teams and in doing so help people make deeper connections, build trust and embrace values. He also manages a performance and education company, Manaia, which he co-founded in 2004. Prior to starting HakaWorks, he worked as a commercial lawyer in New Zealand and London negotiating high value contracts on behalf of global companies. In 2010 he completed his MBA from Cranfield University in the UK. Karl will lead the Maru Taha and Maru Pae taumata. Karl will commit a significant period to work on the Ngāti Maru claim.
INTRODUCTION OF EVENING HUI FOR URI
We will now hold bi-monthly consultation evening hui which alternate with wānanga. The purpose of the hui is to cover the progress of the settlement negotiations, including key redress mechanisms. We felt it was important to allow additional and regular opportunities for uri to be involved in the settlement process, particularly those who cannot commit to weekend wānanga.
We will update location details closer to the time, so please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page. Make sure you attend your local hui whānau !
Pictured: Bailey Ransfield representing New Zealand at the Hoops National Tournament 2016
SHOOTING HOOPS AND CHASING DREAMS, NGATI MARUS BAILEY RANSFIELD HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE IN BASKETBALL!
As a child, and after watching her older brother play basketball, Bailey Ransfield knew that this sport was meant for her.
Bayley’s sights have been set high ever since she started playing mini ball as a 5yr old, she represented her local team in age group reps. Bayley has played as an NZ rep with the NZ U16 team, and was part of the side who recently took on China’s under-19 team. She said came away feeling positive from the experience.
Bayley was also a part of the JTFs who competed at the Hoop Nations tournament 2016 and won the Premier Women’s grade competing against some of New Zealand’s best talent.
She has played for NP Girls High School for the past 4 years having won Secondary School Nationals and Secondary schools 3×3 Nationals both in 2014. That same year the team was honoured to win the Taranaki Jnr Sports Team of the Year.
For the past 2 years she has captained the NPGHS School team and made NZ U19 Secondary schools tournament team this year. Bayley is hopeful of being offered a basketball scholarship to play and attend university in America in 2017.
Ka Rawe Bailey for being a shining star in our iwi!
Kia Ora Whānau!
“Ngā tini whetu ki te rangi, Ngāti Maru ki te whenua”. This famous Ngāti Maru proverb comes to mind when I reflect on the progress of our iwi over the past month. It is reflective of our people’s reputation for outstanding achievement in whatever we put our minds to. With our Ngāti Maru uri featuring on Māori TV advertisements, and our register reaching over 2,000 in the past month, we have a lot to be proud of!
Tihe i a Maru Ora!
GROWING OUR IWI REGISTER
I’d like to give a huge mihi to all of you who committed to growing our Iwi register to over 2,000 uri! It is important that we keep up the momentum and get our whānau registered. With a tribal estate of more than 544,000 acres, Ngāti Maru is the largest Taranaki tribe in terms of land area. Our rohe stretches from Taranaki Maunga all the way to Whanganui River and north to the source of the Waitara river. It is important that we work towards a register that reflects our BIG rohe, so that we can ensure a settlement package that enables us a strong collective economic base moving forward.
We have more exciting events coming up this month! Thanks very much for your involvement in our wānanga and the Ministerial Visit! We are so grateful for your time and mahi as these events couldn’t happen without you all! Keep up the good work whānau and make sure you attend our next wānanga on the 4th and 5th of March at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae.
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.