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.

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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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Te Kāhui Maru – Trust Deed

2018 03 09 Te Kahui Maru Trust Deed Final Draft

Tēnā koutou e ngā rangatira o Ngāti Maru. Ko tātou tērā.

This week’s ratification hui are going really well. It is giving us a great chance to talk to whānau about the key aspects of the proposed new Post Settlement Governance Entity “Te Kāhui Maru” and the proposed on-account payment, and to encourage uri to have their say. A number of attendees have asked if the final draft of the Trust Deed could be posted on the website. The key elements of the deed are explained in the Information Booklet sent out to all registered uri along with their voting packs, but here it is for those who are keen to read up on the detail. Anei e whai ake nei, he whakaaroaro, hei korerorero hoki mā koutou.

Would love to see you at the hui tonight whānau 6pm @ Te Pi’ipi’inga Kāakano Mai Rangiātea School 131 South Road, Ngāmotu 4310.

Ngā mihi nui

Holden Hohaia


Te Kahui Maru – 20 Questions

The purpose of these 20 questions is to assure the Crown that Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru has done its due diligence and is providing robust processes and systems in the establishment of its Post Settlement Group Entity (PSGE), and that the PSGE is being structured to service and be accountable to the uri of Ngāti Maru.

Click here to download and read the document:

Te Kahui Maru – 20 Questions

PSGE Information Ratification Booklet

Click here to download the PSGE information booklet:

TRoNM Taranaki Trust 2018 PSGE Information Booklet

VOTE HERE – PSGE Ratification voting

CLICK HERE TO VOTE on the proposed settlement entity for Ngati Maru (Taranaki)


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru is currently in direct negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of the historical claims of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki).  Although the Rūnanga is still working towards Deed of Settlement, it seeks to ratify the establishment of its Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE), prior to ratifying the Deed of Settlement.

The proposed PSGE is a private trust, named Te Kāhui Maru, which will receive and manage all Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) settlement assets on behalf of the iwi.  In order for the PSGE to receive the assets, the iwi must ratify the PSGE through a formal ratification process.  We now invite all members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) to participate in this process through attending information hui and voting on the following resolution:

I, as a member, of Ngāti Maru, agree that:

  • Te Kāhui Maru Trust will be the Post Settlement Governance Entity (“PSGE”) to receive and manage historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress on behalf of Ngāti Maru;
  • Te Kāhui Maru Trust receive a payment of $15 million on-account of the financial redress amount;
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru will be dissolved by the settlement legislation; and
  • the assets and liabilities of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru will be vested in the PSGE, Te Kāhui Maru Trust.

Voting packs will be distributed to all registered members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) who are over the age of 18.  Before the close of voting, the Rūnanga will be holding five information hui open to the iwi.

Information Hui Details

Date Time Location
Sunday 8 April 2018 2.00 pm Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae, Tarata, Taranaki
Monday 9 April 2018 6.00 pm Morero Marae, Taumarunui
Tuesday 10 April 2018 6.00 pm Sudima Auckland Airport Hotel, Auckland
Wednesday 11 April 2018 6.00 pm Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Thursday 12 April 2018 6.00 pm Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea, New Plymouth


Voting Process

You do not need to attend the information hui to vote on the PSGE but we do encourage you to attend in order to discuss the PSGE and ask any questions prior to voting. All registered members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) who are over the age of 18 before the close of voting will receive a voting pack in the post. Votes can be cast:

  • by post (by completing and returning the voting form)
  • online (using the information on your voting form)
  • at an information hui (by bringing the voting form and casting it there).

If you are not yet a registered member, you can also vote by contacting the Independent Returning Officer on the free phone Election Hotline 0800 666 029 or iro@electionz.com for a special voting pack.  Alternatively, a special voting pack can be obtained at any of the ratification information hui.

Voting opens at 9.00am, Tuesday 3 April 2018 and closes at 5.00pm, Tuesday 1 May 2018.

For More Information

For more information, including a copy of the Ratification Information Booklet and draft Te Kāhui Maru Trust Deed, please see the Ngāti Maru website www.ngatimaru.co.nz.

If you have any queries about your vote or the voting process, please in the first instance contact the Independent Returning Officer on the free phone Election Hotline 0800 666 029

He korero mo Ngati Maru

Ngāti Maru is a Māori iwi of inland Taranaki in New Zealand. We are descended from Maruwharanui, the eldest son of Pito Haranui and his wife, Manauea. Pito Haranui belonged to an ancient Taranaki people known as the Kahui-Maru, whose genealogy predates the arrival of Toi.

Maruwharanui had three siblings. A brother, Marukōpiri, who settled at Manganui-o-te-Ao – near Raetihi, and two sisters, Mihi-Rawhiti and Hinepango. It is surmised that Maruwharanui was contemporary with the arrival of the Hawaiiki people in the 1300s. This is judged primarily by the marriages of his siblings, to Hawaiiki People. His younger brother Marukopiri married Hineue, the daughter of the famed explorer, Tamatea Pokai Whenua of the Takitimu Waka. Another sibling, Hinepango married Hotunuku who arrived aboard the Tainui Waka.

Ngati Maru are primarily descendants of Maruwharanui’s daughterTe Reimatia. She married Tamatea-Kopiri, the Grandson of Turi – the commander of the Aotea Waka. Tamatea-Kopiri was the first Aotea Child born in Aotearoa and is considered the senior male line of the Waka. Today, most of the Iwi of Ngati Maru, can trace their descent through one or more of the sons of Te Reimatia, the grandsons of Maruwharanui.

The Main Hapu of Ngati Maru (which also comprise smaller sections) are Ngati Hinemokai (includes Ngati Rongonui) Ngati Kopua (includes Ngati Tamatapui and Ngariki) Ngati Kui (includes Ngati Te Ika and Ngati Tamakehu)

Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae is the iwi’s marae at Tarata.[1] Ngarongo is the name of the Whare Puni (Meeting House) and the Whare Kai (Dining Hall) is named Maruwharanui.

The Marae is located between a horse shoe bend on the Upper Waitara River.
The Marae is located between a horse shoe bend on the Upper Waitara River.

The iwi has three trusts :

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust is the representative body of the Iwi, currently mandated to negotiate with the Crown toward settlement of Ngati Maru’s historic treaty grievances. Ngati Maru Wharanui Pukehou Trust is the body responsible for the Marae Reservation and Buildings. Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Fisheries Trust currently administers the funds derived from Ngati Maru’s Fish Quota. [2] The settlement of Purangi is within our area.[1]

Negotiations Update

Tēnā Koutou e te whānau!

We are now at a critical stage of the AIP phase, and uri engagement is important. We want you all to be a part of this journey and we appreciate your enthusiastic participation and support for the claims kaupapa so far.

Our discussions with the Crown still focus on the numbers of Ngāti Maru uri registered with us. Please continue to follow up with your whananunga and have them sign onto the register.


We are offering several opportunities to contribute to this process, including regular Consultation Hui at various locations and large bi-monthly wānanga at Tarata. Make sure you put these important dates (below) in your diaries whanau as they are not to be missed!


We have generated a survey as another platform to gain your feedback on the Post Settlement Governance Entity Structuring. There are 8 multi-choice questions, please do this whanau as it only takes 2-3 minutes! Please have a look at it whanau as your feedback is so important to us!

The survey can be found here.


We held three hui over the month of April: The hui were a great opportunity for the Negotiation Team to hear your varying views. I would like to send a big mihi out to those that hosted us in Waiwhetu, Taumaranui and New Plymouth. We have enjoyed the opportunity to maintain whanau connections across our BIG rohe!

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,



Dates for your Diary
Sun 7 May 4pm Strategic Planning hui, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Sat 13 May – Sun 14 May 3pm Wananga and AGM, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Mon 15 May Closing Date for “Maru Ora” Tohu Competition
Tues 6 Jun, 6-9pm AIP Consultation hui, Kairau Marae, Waitara
Wed 7 Jun, 6-9pm AIP Consultation hui, Whakahurangi Marae, Stratford
Fri 16 Jun TBC Mango AIP, Taranaki
Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul 3pm Wānanga, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Friday 18 Aug TBC AIP Signing ceremony, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Saturday 19 – 20 Aug Maru Ora Festival, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata

Message from the Chair

Tēnā Tatou Katoa,

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



We will be holding a Strategic Planning Hui on Sunday 7th May, the aim of this hui is to form a strategy to achieve our aspirations post settlement. We are looking for your input and ideas on how we define and prioritise goals and best manage our resources to achieve them. Make sure you put this one in your diaries whanau!

We have created a survey  to gain your valuable feedback. There are 8 multi-choice questions, please do this whanau as it only takes 2-3 minutes!

The survey can be found here.



Our next wānanga is coming up on Saturday 13th– Sunday 14th May. This is not one to miss as we are combining this with our AGM. We are calling for registrations for this wānanga in order to prepare for catering and accommodation. The wānanga will be held at Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae. Accommodation is available at the Marae for the weekend.

To register, please get in touch with Tamzyn. Details below.
Phone: 0278151776
Email: tamzyn@te korimako.co.nz



We are still taking entries for this competition! We are offering one winner a cash prize of $500 and a taonga!

Entry Requirements

-This 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 negsadmin@ngatimaru.co.nz.

-Please include your full name and contact details and a short description of your tohu design.


Download the MARU ORA brochure here.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.



Registrations are now at 2261, this is a fantastic response to our call for registrations! Please keep up the good work whanau and make sure you get registered!

Noho Ora Mai,












Ngati Maru Strategy Planning Hui 

Are you interested in how Ngati Maru’s strategy to achieve our aspirations post settlement? If so, then make sure you get to our strategy planning hui. At this hui we will be outlining the strategy process and looking for your input and ideas on how we define and prioritise goals and best manage our resources to achieve them.


When: 7 May 2014

Time: 12pm

Kaupapa: Ngati Maru’s strategy to achieve our aspirations



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