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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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: http://taranakimaunga.com/


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 negsadmin@ngatimaru.co.nz
  • 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 negsadmin@ngatimaru.co.nz
  • 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: Tamzyn@tekorimako.co.nz / 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,