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Sun 9 April, Consultation hui, Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt

Tues 18 April 6.30pm, Morero Marae, Taumarunui

Wed 19 April 6.30pm, New Plymouth


13-14 May, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata


Tues 6 June 6.30pm, Waitara TBC

Wed 7 June  6.30pm, Stratford TBC


8-9 July, Wananga, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata

Meet your Trustee-Jordan Marshall-Wansbrough


This is the message from your Runanga trustee Jordan Marshall-Wansbrough (Ngāti Maru, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Kahungunu ki Wairoa).

What’s also important for Jordan is to see Ngāti Maru uri on their pathways to success, and that whānau return home to live….
“There are no more families that live within the rohe of Ngāti Maru anymore. The last uri was Aunty Ruth Nuku out at Purangi. I want all of our uri to come home and reconnect, because we are so disconnected because of the raupatu, the confiscations of land and the perpetual leases.”

Jordan also wants to get more whānau registered and more activities available for them to get involved with back at the pa.

“We already have some amazing things happening, that wānanga are really popular for our people and we also have the Purangi project happening at the moment with Karen and her husband on their farm. It’s where my great grandmother was born and our kuia Mere Whaitiri and her husband Koro Jo lived alongside many of our other whānau. It’s amazing to go out there and walk around our rohe because not a lot of people get to do it.”

It’s clear when you talk to Jordan his deep passion lies with reconnecting whānau.

“Bringing my grandmother out here that has never been here before. And having some of my family members who haven’t been out here ever or stepped foot on a marae. That’s what it’s about. That’s what matters to me.”

Negotiations Update


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,


On 9th March our Negotiation Team along with the Rūnanga Trustees and whānau gave a presentation of special factors to the Minister for Treaty Settlements, Hon. Christopher Finlayson. This was a big step in our journey towards a settlement and we are very pleased with our progress so far and we are thankful for all of your support along the way!


Our discussions with the Crown still focus on the numbers of Ngati Maru uri registered with us. Please continue to follow up with your whanaunga and have them sign onto the register, we still want more of our people to be part of this journey and support the claims kaupapa.


Over the next few weeks we will be releasing short clips and pānui on key Maru messages. These will be posted on our social media accounts so keep an eye out whānau! The purpose of this kaupapa is to educate others about our rōhe and grow our Maru presence! The first of these instalments have been posted on our social media page so make sure you go and like our posts whānau!


We will hold our first consultation hui at Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt. Make sure you come along and get updated on our progress thus far on our negotiation journey!

WHEN: Sunday, 9 April 12.30-3.30

WHERE: Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt.


o    Lunch

o    Overview of Agreement in Principle Negotiations

o    Registrations

It is so important that you come to these events so make sure you keep up to date with our social media, website and monthly epānui for more information!

Ngā mihi,




We held our most recent wānanga on Saturday 4th March and Sunday 5th March 2017

I cherish my memories of wānanga at Tarata marae. The opportunity to come home to Tarata and to engage with our iwi is the best feeling. I have always found that we leave Tarata feeling reviltalized and rejuvenated. Each wānanga is significant and special regardless of numbers. Our Tūpuna who adorn the walls of our ancestral house – Ngarongo give us purpose to return to Tarata.

At our most recent wānanga we had an opportunity to host the Wickham and Fergusson Whānau of Tarata and Kaimata. They have an ancient Ngāti Maru urupā on their farmland and they respectfully acknowledge the urupā and have reserved it as a covenant of respect to Ngāti Maru. This was a highlight of the Wānanga as we were able to strengthen our relationship with this beautiful whānau and have started making plans with Kaimata and Ratapiko schools to visit our Marae in June this year.

Our mokopuna enjoyed some time in Pūrangi and had a wonderful time exploring their Maru Ngāhere and we will definitely be organizing more trips to Pūrangi for our upcoming wānanga.

I would like to acknowledge our cooks and cleaners who from start to finish uphold the integrity of our Marae. Thank you. I would also like to thank those of our iwi members who took the time to come to the Wānanga – ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa.

“Kei kite kōiwi, kei rongo kōrero”, when you physically come to wānanga – you expand on your family, personal growth, knowledge and understanding.

On that positive note, our next wānanga is coming up fast on the 13-14 May. There will be an opportunity to hear the updates about our Marae and the successful milestones achieved by the Negotiators for the Maru Claim.

A special factor of our next Wānanga will be focused specifically on the upcoming Taranaki Tū Mai Festival to be held in Ngā Ruahine country in October during Labour Weekend. It’s important for whānau wishing to represent Ngāti Maru at the Taranaki Tū Mai Festival to plan your trip home on October 20th – 23rd. For our iwi members representing Ngāti Maru specifically – we have booked the campsite at Kaupokonui for the Taranaki Tū Mai Festival. We will be camping there for the entire weekend much like we did in Urenui at the last festival. We are the current champions of Taranaki Tū Mai Festival so we will be organizing sports teams and our Kapahaka at our upcoming Wānanga in May. Nau Mai – Hokihoki mai ki te ūkaipō, ki Tarata.

Ko kōnei e mihi ana – nāku noa ā ngākau whakaiti,

Nā Tamzyn

Message from the Chair


“Ko Taranaki he pou herenga waka, he pou herenga iwi, he pou herenga kaupapa, koia hoki te puna i heke mai ai te tangata, e kore e mimiti te puna koropupu.”

Tena tatou katoa,


The signing of Terms of Negotiation with Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and Minister Finlayson was a momentous moment for our rohe. It was fantastic to have a Ngāti Maru presence at the signing! There will be opportunitites to contribute whakaaro towards what our Maru aspirations are for the Maunga. This will be captured over the upcoming consultation hui in April and May so keep a look out whanau!

Make sure you keep updated with the Maunga ToN pānui through their website:


We want to create a brand that our uri can recognize and affiliate with., we need YOUR help in doing this! It’s time to get creative and design a logo which you believe to reflect a visual representation of “Maru Ora”. We are offering one winner a cash prize of $500 and a taonga! So get amongst whanau and show us what Maru Ora means to YOU!.  The competition ends 15 May 2017, at 5pm.

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
  • 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.


We’ve had a massive response to our calls for registration, and we are so greatful for all of the hard mahi you’ve put in this far! Keep up the good work whanau and get registered!

Mā te Wā,


Request for proposals – Maunga Research Project

Kia ora tatou

Ngāti Maru is one of 8 Iwi with interests in the Taranaki Maunga settlement. We are currently seeking proposals from suitably qualified persons to undertake research work in relation to the Maunga.


It is important to emphasise that there has been various documents on the Maunga, however, we are looking at capturing our Ngati Maru relationship.

Please take a look at the attached Request for proposals and share amongst your networks.

RFP closes 6pm, Thursday 13 April 2017.

RFP – Taranaki Maunga Research Report

Competition: Enter your design for our new Tohu!

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
  • 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.

The Maru Ora

Download The Maru Ora brochure here .

Maru wananga this weekend: See you at the pa, whanau :)

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: / 027-8151776

Nga mihi – Holden





Upcoming Events 2017



4 – 5 March, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata


Tuesday, 18 April 6.30pm, Taumarunui Marae

Wednesday, 19 April 6.30pm, New Plymouth


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