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.

Register Now buttonWe need your help to tell our whānau.

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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Coming together as Ngāti Maru


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 admin@ngatimaru.co.nz


Message from the Chair



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!


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!


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.

The reality is, colonisation hit us hard! Much harder than many other iwi.  So many of our whanau have become disconnected. But its time to reverse that. That’s where you can help. We need our people to register. And we mean everyone! That’s where our Whanau Champions come in. Are you willing to volunteer as a Whanau Champion by enlisting your whanau to register with Ngati Maru. If so, we want to hear from you. Get involved now by contacting Leeana on regos@ngatimaru.co.nz or phoning Holden on 029 6500-759.
 Tihe i a Maru Ora!


Kia ora whanau


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 tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz or ph 027 815-1776.

Nga mihi


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 tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz 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!!


Next Maru Wananga 26 & 27 November. Book it in now!!

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 holden.hohaia@xtra.co.nz (0296500759) to discuss options.

Nga mihi nui. Can’t wait whanau!!

Iwi Register Coordinator

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

Role Description – Iwi Register Coordinator

Please send applications, including your CV and a covering letter to Emma Gardiner at efgardiner@icloud.com

Closing date is 27 October 2016.


Now more than ever its important for Ngati Maru to reconnect – to our whenua, our marae and each other. So at our next wananga we are running a number of workshops focussing on our common binding thread – what it means to be Ngati Maru.

– Marae – Our place – a place to belong – our roles and responsibilities
– Te Kawa o te marae – which ‘Kawa’ do we use at Tarata and why
– Waiata and Reo Workshops

– Whakapapa – Nā wai koe? Who do I come from?
– Pēpēhātanga Kōrero – Nō whea au? Where do I come from? My affiliations to my Maunga, Awa, Waka, Iwi, Whānau, Marae

– Ngā Tongi o Ngāti Maru – my tribal landmarks – Maru territory
– Kaitiakitanga – protecting our Marae and Whenua
– Hīkoi, table tennis comp and steeple chase for our tamāriki

Dates: 17 and 18 September 2016
Start time: Saturday 17th at 2pm
Finish: Sunday 18th at 1.30pm
Place: Te Upoko o te Whenua marae, Tarata
Please register your interest for catering purposes
For more info please contact Tamzyn Pue 027 8151 776
or Holden Hohaia (029 6500-759) for transport rqmnts

Save the date – Maru Wananga: 17-18 September @ Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae

Panui with more details coming soon! :)



Signed Terms of Negotiation with Crown

Kia ora whanau. Attached below for your information is our recently signed Terms of Negotiation with the Crown. Also keep an eye out for our next Maru Panui coming soon. PLUS: Save the date: 17/18 September for our next Maru wananga and claims update at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae – the most beautiful marae in the world :) Maru Ora ki a tatou katoa.

Ngati Maru signed ToN (Terms of Negotiation)