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.
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.
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.”
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 email@example.com
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!
GROWING OUR TRIBAL REGISTER
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! 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.
Kia ora whanau
NEW START TIME SUNDAY 27 NOV 2PM
NEW END TIME MONDAY 28 NOV MIDDAY…
@ TARATA MARAE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 027 815-1776.
MARU WANANGA – 23 MORE DAYS!!!
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 email@example.com 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!!
STRENGTHENING MARU FROM WITHIN – MARU ROTO!!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (0296500759) to discuss options.
Nga mihi nui. Can’t wait whanau!!
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
Please send applications, including your CV and a covering letter to Emma Gardiner at email@example.com
Closing date is 27 October 2016.