What is Buddy Day actually about? 

All around the rohe school kids and and the odd adult have spent the last six weeks creating Buddies to help start the conversation….what can you do better for kids? To find a little inspiration check out our very own Ruapehu Buddy Day information pack via the link HERE. If you have any questions about Buddy Day on 13 November give us a call in the office 0800 NRANGI.


Posted by 29 October 2015 18:43:00

Buddy Day is nearly here, help us share the love! 

13 November is just a couple of weeks away and we would love to see some of the amazing work our Creators have been doing round the rohe, snap a selfie with a Buddy and share it with us on our Facebook page or upload to Instagram and #ngatirangi and #RuapehuBuddyDay! We are also running a little BD short film festival. Find a Buddy, roll the video and in less than two minutes let the world know what you are going to do to make the lives of our tamariki better? Once submitted to the office@ngatirangi.com, head along to our FREE Buddy Day film premiere at the Royal Theatre in Raetihi from 7pm on Buddy Day. If you would like to adopt a buddy for the day on 13 November, register online as a Carer HERE at buddyday.org.nz and head down to the FREE community breakfast in Ohākune on the 13th.



Posted by 28 October 2015 11:11:00

End of season Maunga Karakia 

The end of winter season Maunga Karakia is being held prior to dawn next Monday morning. Transport is being provided from Raetihi and Maungārongo Marae in Ohākune with current departure times of 4.30am and 4.45am. For catering and transport purposes please confirm with Jonelle on 0800 NRANGI or office@ngatirangi.com

Posted by 27 October 2015 15:05:00

Deadline announced for Raetihi $100k project applications 


The Raetihi Story – in 2013 a diesel spill occurred on Mount Ruapehu. The spill caused significant damage and harm to Mount Ruapehu and its surrounding environment and in particular the Mākōtuku Stream that flows through Raetihi Township. The effects of this diesel spill were felt widely by the Raetihi community as they are intimately interconnected and dependent on the water that flows in the Mākōtuku.

Horizons Regional Council took steps to hold the entities responsible for the spill accountable and received a significant compensation package. It was decided by Horizons that once immediate clean-up and court costs were recovered, $100,000 of this compensation would be used for a project that benefited the Raetihi community. Through consultation with Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi, Ruapehu District Council, community stakeholder groups, the Department of Conservation and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited, it was decided everyone favoured and would collectively support the development of a project or projects to;
“support the essence and wellbeing of the Raetihi Community”. A working group made up from these interest groups has prepared a set of guidelines for the project/s. The group is now looking forward to receiving ideas from the community that:

  • have wide community benefit and do not benefit one group over others;
  • have lasting effect i.e. has value in the present but also in the future – it should not be forgotten;
  • are collaborative, inclusive, leverages other funds, has shared ownership and delivery and involves as many people/groups as possible;
  • Tells the Raetihi story through education, History, Tangata Whenua history/stories/fables;
  • are physical and tangible i.e. can be seen, tactile and has a physical impact and presence;
  • Acknowledges the past by acknowledging the past spill but looks towards healing the wounds and rebuilding relationships;
  • Looks to the future i.e. aspiration, innovation, creates an identity and a vision for the future;
  • Is a project of significance by instilling mana, status, pride and resonance with community; and
  • Is timely i.e. can be completed within a reasonable timeframe.

So what are your ideas that fit within these guidelines?

How to make an application

Get your project together over the next 6 weeks by filling out the application form (being delivered to houses in Raetihi and available from the RDC service centre) returning it in the self addressed envelope or emailing it to maria.burgess@horizons.govt.nz. 

Applications close Friday 20th November 2015.


Download an application form HERE


Need help?

If your want help in preparing your application email maria.burgess@horizons.govt.nz and she will put you on to the best person to meet your needs. Following the collation of the applications it is proposed to facilitate a community meeting 5 December 2015, Raetihi School 10-3pm. 


From the Ruapehu Bulletin

Raetihi residents have a month to submit their personal ideas on how the Horizons' $100,000 Ruapehu Alpine Lifts mitigation money should be spent.
Earlier this year, councilors voted unanimously to create a project fund for the community and as part of this, they put together a working group involving representatives from Horizons Regional Council, Uenuku, Ngāti Rangi, Raetihi Promotions, Raetihi Community Trust the Department of Conservation and Ruapehu District Council (RDC). On Wednesday, members from a large cross-section of the community were pleased to hear Regional Council Group manager of Environmental Management, Craig Mitchell, confirm the original amount had been ring-fenced for the town to spend and remained untouched.
"That $100,000 is sitting in a account and not one cent of it's been spent.Everything we have done...has been done as part of our collective business as usual."

Horizons councilor for the Ruapehu region Bruce Rollinson said originally it had been thought projects undertaken would involve improvements to the Mākōtuku Steam catchment area. At the meeting held in The Centre he said the working group had decided to open this up to any projects which met the broad criteria. "At the time the Council decided to make sure this [money] goes back to the Raetihi community there was a desire amongst councilors, at that point back in April/May, that is should go to river enhancement project. When the project group came together they said why restrict it to that and we as staff and Councilors put it back in the communities court and said, 'you decide'. Just to prove don't believe everything your read, I see in today's Wanganui Chronicle I've been quoted as saying the money is to go towards this [the Mākōtuku]."

Submitted ideas must meet at least one of the criteria created by the working group which include having wide community benefit, are lasting, collaborative, are physical and tangible, are projects of significance, can be completed in a timely manner and are not normally considered core business of either RDC or HRC.
Mr Mitchell went on to acknowledge that not all criteria had to be met for an idea to be considered.  Simple two-page application forms, which and need to be returned to HRC by 20 November, are being delivered to houses around Raetihi and are also available from the Raetihi RDC Service Centre.
Additional forms and queries around the process can be directed to Maria Burgess at HRC via email: maria.burgess@horizons.govt.nz or by phoning: 0508 800 800.

On 5 December, submitters and the wider community are invited then to attend a facilitated workshop with David Engwicht from Creative Communities International ahead of projects being submitted to the community for a deciding vote. The voting process is yet to be confirmed. 

Posted by 20 October 2015 09:00:00

Whanganui Iwi are encouraged to attend the official Waitangi Tribunal WAI 903 Report Release 

Whanganui Iwi Nau Mai! Haere Mai!

Tangi wheorooro atu ana te pūkaea naa Te Awanui ā Rua,
Ki koutou ee ngaa manga iti, e ngaa manga nui o te ara whanaungatanga,
Mai ara raa te tiipua, mai ara raa te taawhito,
Kuu ea te whanga nui, te whanga roa aa te tini, aa te mano.
Kuu hoki korero mai Te Roopu Whakamana i Te Tiriti,
He tuhinga, he raarapa…he uira, he manako!
Huia, huia, tuia tu tuia nei taatau ki a taatau!

The trumpet of the Great Water expanse of Ruatipua resonates an invitation,
To you (all) the tributaries both great and small of the interwoven threads of relationship.
Awaken the celestial thought, awaken the ancient consciousness.
The great anticipation, long anticipation of the multitudes is appeased.
The Waitangi Tribunal returns their deliberations,
An inscription, the flashing of the heavens, an illumination of hope!
Let us gather, let us join in the commonality of one to another!
Whanganui Iwi are encouraged to attend the official Waitangi Tribunal WAI 903 Report Release

Marae Accommodation is available on the 21 October 2015 for those travelling.
Iwi Powhiri: Putiki Marae at 5.00 pm followed by a program brief
Transport from Taumarunui, Ohakune, Raetihi and the Whanganui River Road will be provide however whanau will need to forward their details to ensure a seat is available.

Below are the departure times for the bus or buses travelling to Whanganui . Please confirm your numbers as soon as possible so that we can ensure we have a enough seats available. 
Accommodation is available at Te Ao Hou Marae.
Wednesday 21st October
Leaves from Morero Marae in Taumaranui at 1.00pm
Pick up in Ohakune at the New World car park approx. 2.15pm
Pick up in Raetihi at the Caltex Station approx. 2.45pm
Arrive at Te Ao Hau Marae

Thursday 22nd October
Leave from Putiki at 3.00 pm travelling to Taumaranui with Raetihi and Ohakune drop offs


Please forward your details:
Administrator: Aimee Simon
Cell: (027) 912 8455
Email: whanganui.ls@xtra.co.nz

Formal Reception Details are as follows: Venue: Putiki Marae, Takarangi Street, Whanganui Date: 22 October 2015

Event: Initial Powhiri: 8.30am Tribunal Powhiri: 10am

Posted by 09 October 2015 10:21:00

Invite to Treaty hui and hīkoi with visiting OTS Negotiations team 




Tuesday 13 October & Wednesday 14 October 2015, Ngā Mokai Marae


E te iwi, nau mai haere mai


As part of our Treaty settlement negotiations, our next negotiations hui with the Crown will be held Tuesday, 13th October to Wednesday, 14th October at Ngā Mokai Marae. In particular, we will be taking the Crown to several sites within our rohe, including Rotokura and Wahianoa in Karioi Forest. We warmly encourage Ngāti Rangi uri to come along to share in the hīkoi and kōrero.



Tuesday 13 October:
2pm Ngāti Rangi will gather at Ngā Mokai
3pm Crown arrive – pōwhiri
3.30pm Kapu ti
4pm Haerenga ki Rotokura – depart Ngā Mokai
6.30pm Dinner
7pm Karakia
7.30pm Negotiations hui
9pm Supper

Wednesday 14 October:
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Kōrero / sites overview / hui / pack up
9am Haerenga ki WPI Pulp Mill, Karioi (to observe effluent discharge)
11am Haerenga ki Wahianoa Aqueduct, Karioi Forest (eastern diversion, Tongariro Power Scheme)
12pm-1pm Lunch
2pm Ka mutu / depart


A bus will be available for transport from the marae to the various sites. For catering purposes and the pahi please RSVP your attendance to
Jonelle Hiroti-Kinane - Kaihāpai Tari
phone: 0800 NRANGI or 06 3859500 or email: office@ngatirangi.com


If there are any queries please contact

Aaron Rice-Edwards, Negotiations Manager, Ngāti Rangi Trust

phone:0212 877 874 or email: aaron@ngatirangi.com


Nā mātou, nā

Ngāti Rangi Negotiating Team



Posted by 08 October 2015 16:36:00

Buddy Day Creators breathing life 

While children around the region are taking a few weeks off from creating their little friends, a number of local groups and organisations are taking the opportunity to get on board with Buddy Day.

Ngāti Rangi Pou Ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas said she was delighted by the support the wider community has already shown ahead of the 13 November event.

“Around New Zealand thousands of life-size cardboard blank ‘buddies’ are heading into the community as a way of sending a visual challenge - it’s up to all of us to improve the lives of our tamariki,” she said.

“Buddy Day is about everyone doing something to help improve the life and prospects of our children.

“It’s proven to be a powerful vehicle to help challenge existing attitudes and behaviours towards the way we value our kids.

“We believe it has the power to shift us all towards a society that prioritises the wellbeing of children in everything we do.”

Over the last month ‘carers’ around the Ruapehu have been breathing life into their blank core flute cutouts by decorating them, dressing them, giving them a name and filling out a diary of their daily activities.

Photo: Department of Conservation Tongariro senior ranger biodiversity Alison Beath takes their new “Buddy” Whetu (or
Grant) on his first venture into the bush during last Friday’s kiwi release at Rotokura. Ngāti Rangi still have a small number of blank cutouts needing a life ahead of Buddy Day celebrations being held in Ohākune on 13 November.

On Buddy Day ‘carers’ can adopt these buddies at a special breakfast event in Ohākune and take them around as they go about their day as a way of helping to start the conversation.

“Ngāti Rangi are excited to be able to host an event which we hope will benefit every child in the region in some way, not just on the 13th, but right throughout the year.

“In the Ruapehu there are going to be over one hundred buddies available for adoption and we still have a very small number of blank cutouts in need of decorating.

“If local groups, organisations or businesses would like to get involved ahead of November feel free to give us a call and we will drop off them off a blank Buddie.”

To find out more about Buddy Day give the Ngāti Rangi office a call on 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500 or head on online to: buddyday.org.nz to register to be a creator or carer.

Posted by 06 October 2015 11:16:00

The warmer weather sees the start to a new season of Kiwi releases 

The warming sun of spring has seen the start of this season’s kiwi releases on Friday.

Born in captivity, juvenile siblings Nui and her brother Spot were flown from Orana Park in Christchurch, then driven up to the Ruapehu.

Photo: 12-year-old Jayden Webb-Milner holds one of the kiwi to be released, with help from DOC ranger Jenny Hayward. Photo: Kaye Sherwin.

Along with an invited group from Taihape and three carloads of tourists who happened to turn up just at the right time, the pair of North Island Western Brown birds were released near Rotokura Lake by Department of Conservation (DOC) staff following a karakia from Ngāti Rangi’s Fred Hawira.

The release was just one of the many ways people can get involved in national Save the Kiwi month.

The Ohakune i-Site, which has a DOC ranger on staff, is participating in the ‘Great Kiwi Morning Tea’ on 16 October.

The next day the Whakamanu Wildlife Trust is running kiwi avoidance training for dogs in Raetihi and Te Kura o Hirangi, Turangi, will be picking up a kiwi chick from Rainbow Springs and taking the chick to Tongariro Forest.

Throughout the month a quiz is being run on the DOC Tongariro Facebook page with the winner getting a kiwi release experience along with a fundraising raffle that is being run at the Ohakune i-Site for a cake donated by the Sweet Pea cafe with all proceeds being retained for the local Save the Kiwi fund.

As part of their fundraising the Whakamanu Wildlife Trust are also running a Trade Me auction where the winning bidder has the chance to head out with ecologist Kerry Oates to radio track an adult kiwi in Manunui Preserve and conduct a full health check.

Photo: There was no denying the delight of the larger-than-normal group who were privileged to witness the release of Spot and Nui as they enjoyed the opportunity to take a few photos with the kiwi and Department of Conservation’s Jenny Hayward.

This up-close experience with one of the Waimarino’s renowned giant Western North Island browns can be found by searching for the Trust with the auction closing on Sunday.

Posted by 06 October 2015 11:07:00

October Wānanga & Kāhui agenda announced 

The papers for this upcoming Hui-ā-Tau should be available for download by registered members here on the website from Friday the 9th October or if you would like a hard copy give the office a call on 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500.

Posted by 05 October 2015 14:14:00

$5 to your Marae incentive programme extended 


Ngāti Rangi's marae incentive programme to encourage more of our uri to register* has been extended till 31 October. Once a registration form has been completed, uri - over the age of 18 - have the chance to nominate the local marae they wish us to donate the $5 to. (This contribution can be shared across two marae who will each receive $2.50.)


Whānau can now sign up online via computers or notepads (Note: currently this option is not available via cell phones) and don't forget our traditional hard copy registration options are all still available. Forms can be downloaded from our website in PDF format or mailed out simply by calling the office on 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500.


With all verified registrations made in the next couple of months will be eligible to be part of the '$5 to your Marae' incentive programme, this is a great time to check all your extended whānau have registered.


*Once a valid registration has been received, the Ngāti Rangi office will confirm the details and ask which marae you wish the $5 donation/s to be made to.

Posted by 05 October 2015 12:29:00