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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

Meet your Trustee – Kiriana Burrows


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.


Treaty Settlement Update


Picture: Negotiations Team L-R. Jamie Tuuta, Karl Burrows, Pare Hayward-Howie, Indiana Shewen, Nathan Peri, Anaru Marshall.

Tēnā Tātou, 

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.


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.


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 ! 

Ngā mihi,



Whānau Success


Pictured: Bailey Ransfield representing New Zealand at the Hoops  National Tournament 2016


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!

Message from the Chair


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!


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.

Ngā mihi,


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.