Next Steps in the Raetihi Project 

Raetihi residents are invited to a facilitated community workshop on Saturday 5 December to hear ideas on how $100,000 worth of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) compensation funding could be spent.

Proposals have been sought for the past six weeks and 11 valid applications were received by the Raetihi Project Group, comprising representatives from Horizons Regional Council, Ruapehu District Council, DOC, Uenuku, Ngāti Rangi and community groups.

Horizons representative Craig Mitchell, group manager environmental management, says the workshop will be crucial for deciding the outcome of the compensation funding.

"The community will hear from the leaders of each project and have the opportunity to ask questions,” says Mr Mitchell.

“As the next stage will involve voting for a final project, it is important that the community come and hear what each project leader has to say so an informed decision can be made. The proposed voting process will also be discussed at the workshop.”

The community workshop will be held at Raetihi School from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 5 December and will be facilitated by David Engwicht, director of Creative Communities.

Press release from Horizons Regional Council

Posted by 30 November 2015 11:33:00

RWT's Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu helping to keep whare safe 

The Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan (RWT) driven project, Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu, has found even more help for local residents wanting to keep their houses warm.

Whether living in Raetihi, Ohākune or Waiouru, RWT Implementation Manager Erena Mikaere-Most encouraged any residents worried about the warmth or safety of their property to give her team a call. 

"The rural Ruapehu area has economic challenges including the lack of affordable, healthy comfortable housing.”

"The district's un-insulated homes are contributing to health and socioeconomic issues and because of this we have been working with a number of agencies to help implement a number of solutions.

"At the heart of these are a Home Maintenance Programme along with assistance in helping whānau access up to 100 percent funding towards insulation."

While owner-occupiers are preferred, Ms Mikaere-Most was quick to point out this requirement was not essential in gaining assistance.

Neither was having a Community Services Card.

"We've been working directly with EECA and the Whanganui District Health Board in creating easier access for all families to gain insulation funding.

"Unbeknown to many, even if people are in rental properties, there can still be financial assistance available.

"It may not be installed straight away but the RWT team are here to support whānau right from the start of the application process through to the end of installation."

The successful completion of a number of local home Building Warrant of Fitness assessments has resulted in 15 more places in the RWT Home Maintenance Programme becoming available.

"After our team has done a full safety and warmth assessment we then work on helping families develop a maintenance plan and as part of this we also explore accessing as much financial support for improvements as we can.

"All whānau need is a willingness to lead the co-ordination of any work required.

"A lack of funding or understanding of what home maintenance is shouldn't be a barrier to having a warm, safe home for whānau.

"These Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu solutions have been specifically designed to help break down the barriers to grants and assistance."

Regardless of situation, Mrs Mikere-Most believes everyone deserves a safe, warm home they can be proud of.

"The physical environment we surround ourselves in can really make a difference to how we feel, how we treat each other and what we do as whānau, and as a community.

"Good housing can make a huge difference to our lives."

Anyone wishing to talk to the RWT team about the warmth or safety of their own or rental property can contact Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 or via email:

Posted by 24 November 2015 09:35:00

December Kāhui agenda announced 

This December's Te Kāhui o Paerangi / Hui-ā-Iwi is being held on Sunday 6 December at Raketapauma Marae, Maukuku Rd, Taihape 4795 with a Wānanga the night before. Papers for the Kāhui will be available online to registered members by early next week.


Te Kāhui o Paerangi / Hui-ā-Iwi Agenda:



Roll call attendance and apologies

Paepae Hui

Kāhui catch up

Reports on what’s been happening and what’s coming up

Ngā Take (General Business)

12pm LUNCH


Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations update

Environmental update:

CHI presentation

Waitonga Interpretation Signs

Rangatahi Forum


 Marae Expo


Minutes of Previous Meeting:

Sunday 18th October 2015

4.00pm Pānui, Karakia & Finish 


Saturday 5 December, 2015

also at Raketapauma Marae

4.00pm Pōwhiri

5.00pm Kai 

7.00pm Karakia and Kōrero

History: How this links to our 

negotiations - themes and aspirations



RSVP your attendance or apology to

Jonelle Hiroti-Kinane - Kaihāpai Tari or 06 385 9500

Posted by 24 November 2015 09:27:00

OMR improvements lead to mulch donation to the community 

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) roading contractors are due to commence the improvement work programme on the Ohākune Mountain Road (OMR) that was started last summer. Continuing on from last year’s construction this summer will see on-going pavement rehabilitation from the 1.46km to 2.88km on the OMR as well as the installation of additional concrete debris barriers, leveling of drainage grates and improving the entrance to the Mangawhero campground.

RDC Land Transport Manager, Warren Furner, said that these improvement works are part of a three year investment programme for the road through Tongariro National Park and is therefore of cultural and environmental significance. These considerations have played a significant part in the planning for the work programme and engagement with the comity. All work is undertaken in consultation with the OMR Joint Advisory Committee which includes; Council, Uenuku Charitable Trust, Ngāti Rangi Trust, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.”

Mr Furner added that strict operating protocols have been put in place for all contractors designed to protect the environmental health and cultural integrity of the mountain and the national park.

“These require that all contractors working on the OMR must to adhere to DOC and iwi protocols regarding the movement of materials and the cleaning of machinery prior to work commencing. Extra care has gone in to ensuring that any construction work has a minimal impact on the landscape and that any impacts can be mitigated. Seedlings relocated from the roadside verge during construction last summer have been nurtured so they can be planted out as part of any required restoration work,” he said.

“The construction works create stock piles of mulched wood and duff (soil and leaf litter) that is reused within the site and nearby restoration. Surplus material may be available for Marae and community projects. Currently the logistics for distributing the excess mulch that will be created over the next few years of construction are being worked out.”

Community organisations interested in making use of this material can register their interest with Liz at Ngāti Rangi on 06 385 9500 or Ariana at Uenuku on 06 385 4900. For more information on the OMR summer work programme call Heather Riches at GHD on 07 896 0123

Joint press release from the OMR Joint Advisory Committee 

Posted by 17 November 2015 19:59:00

Iwi update from Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku 

I te 19 ki te 20 o Hepetema i tēnei tau, i hui ai ngā iwi e rua a Uenuku me Ngāti Rangi ki te whiriwhiri me pewhea te whakatau i to tātau whanaungatanga me ngā take Tiriti e tū nei ki mua i te aroaro ō ēnei iwi e rua.

Uenuku Charitable Trust and Ngāti Rangi Trust are uplifted by the work we have been doing to progress discussions about our Areas of Interest, shared areas, wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna and other matters.   These discussions are ongoing. 

As we both progress along this journey to settlement we look forward to also working with our other whanaunga (including our claimant communities) and neighboring iwi. We will continue to wānanga and hikoi to foster our whanaungatanga as Ngā Iwi o Ruapehu.  

We are wanting to present to our people updates on our discussions.  We would like to hold hui between now and the end of February next year.  For more information, come to our hui or keep abreast of updates on our websites and social media.

Other key dates that will continue to foster our whanaungatanga going forward are:

  • Kāhui Maunga Festival
  • Tira Hoe Waka o Te Awa o Whanganui
  • Possible hoe waka on Maunganui o te Ao

Posted by 16 November 2015 12:01:00

Buddy Day is coming to the Ruapehu... You're invited! 

Mā te hapori e tiaki ana i te tamaiti - It takes a community to look after a child
Buddy Day is an innovative, captivating and powerful vehicle for changing attitudes and behaviours in New Zealand about the way children are valued and it will be great to see you at one of our special Buddy Day breakfast events on Buddy Day.
Tautokohia te kaupapa - Get involved with Buddy Day
What one thing will you do better for kids in your life - today, this week, or this year?
Tamariki from Mangaweka to National Park have played their part creating 100 cardboard cutout Buddies which are all available for adoption. We still have a number left, whether an individual, community group or business head to and register online or give us a call 0800 N RANGI. Come along with your whānau, friends, staff or colleagues and hear from some of our community and business leaders, about why they support Buddy Day and how doing altogether better for kids is good for everyone. On Friday we have a number of events going on around the rohe.
When: 13 November, 2015
7am - FREE community Breakfast and Buddy Carer adoptions in Goldfinch Street, Ohākune
Midday - Grab your lunch, Buddy and head to the Carrot in Ohākune for a picnic
5pm - Share your Buddy Day stories at the Cypress Tree in Ohākune - safe Buddy play area is available
7pm - Buddy Day short film festival premiere at the Royal Theatre in Raetihi
Where: Ohākune and Raetihi
Tell others about Buddy Day
We need you to help us grow Buddy Day. We would love you to tell your networks about your involvement and invite them to take part, share with your friends, colleagues and networks and invite them to join you for breakfast and adopt a Buddy on Buddy Day.
What to do on Buddy Day?
Here are a few ideas to help spread the Buddy Day messages:
·         Take your Buddy to work with you and host a morning tea or get a group of friends or workmates together for lunch
·         Take Buddy along to all the meetings you have that day
·         Talk to as many people about Buddy Day as you can, and get them to sign Buddy’s diary to show they support the message of doing altogether better for kids ….See how many you can get!
·         Ask people you meet to take a ‘selfie’ with your Buddy and upload it to their Facebook page
·         Take heaps of photos and selfies and post them on the Buddy Day Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, make your ‘Buddy Selfie’ your profile picture!
·         Send regular Tweets throughout the day about all the fun adventures you and your Buddy are getting up to. Don’t forget to tag us or use the hashtags #RuapehuBuddyDay #BuddyDayNZ and #NgatiRangi 
·         Send updates to the school/kids who created your Buddy…they will love to hear about what their Buddy is up to!
Posted by 10 November 2015 17:56:00

$5k PSL Uenuku/Ngāti Rangi scholarship announced 

Two years after 18,000 litres of diesel devastated the waters of the Mākōtuku, Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi have announced the creation of a $5,000 education scholarship.
Following the 2013 spill, Turoa ski field operators Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and fuel storage tank manufacturer Petroleum Services Limited (PSL) were found guilty in the Environment Court.
As part of this process Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi submitted victim impact statements and while the judge made no direct reparation order for financial, environmental or emotional cost to local whānau, Petroleum Services Limited director David Kraakman has personally decided to donate $5,000.
Photo: Uenuku trustee Moana Dawson and Ngāti Rangi Pou ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas look toward a safer future for the region's environment in announcing the application criteria for a $5,000 scholarship created from money given to iwi by Petroleum Services Limited.
Uenuku trustee Moana Dawson said in deciding how to best utilise the money, Uenuku trustees and Ngāti Rangi Pou ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas were looking to the future.
"No amount of money could lessen the impact the spill had on the people of Raetihi but it's important that we learn from what happened.
"Moving forward, our rangatahi are the ones who'll be looking after our community, carrying the mantle of environmental management and kaitiakitanga of our lands and waterways, and education is an important part of that.
"This is why Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi have decided to create a scholarship specifically for Raetihi locals studying in areas that will benefit the community."
Ms Gowland-Douglas said originally the thought was to restrict the $5,000 PSL award to rangatahi in tertiary study but this has changed. Preference will be given to supporting study that leads to the enhancement or protection of the environment, or that may benefit the community in the future.
"We are thankful David [Kraakman] took the time to try and understand just how important our awa and maunga are.
"His donation will help the scholarship winner or winners complete their studies, but the longer term hope is that their learning will return to benefit the Raetihi community. We hope the scholarship will be another step towards enhancing and protecting our community and its environs.
"There are a few basic criteria like applicants need to live in Raetihi and be able to provide the cost of their planned course of study but, this can be recognised education at any level.
"More importantly, they need to be able to demonstrate how their mahi will benefit the town of Raetihi and the Ruapehu District."

To download an application form click HERE

Applications close on 4 December at 5pm and forms can be downloaded from the iwi websites: or
Posted by 10 November 2015 17:16:00

Treaty PSGE Survey request 

As part of our Road to Settlement journey, the process outlined by the Crown requires the formation of a Post Settlement Governance Entity or PSGE. This is the legal entity a claimant group must ratify/approve and establish before settlement with the Crown

Looking forward the Ngāti Rangi Trust have put together a PSGE Survey to give all uri the opportunity to provide feedback and input into the entities development. To participate online log in and look for the link in the Governance Tab under the Treaty section

If you would prefer to complete this via a hard copy version we'll be more than happy to arrange a copy/ies to be sent out. Not registered or can't log into your profile? Please give us a call in the office on 0800 N RANGI or send us a email query to

Posted by 09 November 2015 19:05:00

Hikoi into upper reaches of Whangaehu Awa 

This weekend Ngāti Rangi pāhake Keith Wood is leading a special hīkoi from the Tukino ski-field access road (just north of Waiouru) across Te One Tapu into upper reaches of Whangaehu awa and any whānau who would like to join this special hīkoi are more than welcome. Throughout our journey Keith will be sharing his korero which will also include the lahar management work undertaken by Ngāti Rangi and DOC following the eruptions of 1995-96.

Depending on speed of walkers, the hike will be about 1.5–2 hours in length one-way and you'll need to be prepared to be walking across reasonably flat to rolling terrain. Out in the open there will be gravel and sand underfoot so good sturdy footwear is required. Owing to the mountain environment, once out on Te One Tapu we need to be prepared for changeable weather. Along with lunch please bring a back-pack carrying at least a waterproof coat and additional thermal layer. You will also need sun-screen and water as there is none on Te One Tapu beyond the Waikato iti springs.

When: 14 November, 2015 at 8.45am for a 9am departure
Where: From about a kilometre up the Tukino ski-field access Road to the upper reaches of Whangaehu then returning.
Contact: Ngāti Rangi office: 0800 N RANGI or

Please note: A call on predicted weather conditions will be made later in the week. If you would like to journey with us on the Whangaehu hīkoi please contact the office and let us know to ensure you will receive all weather related notifications. These will also be posted to our Facebook page.

Posted by 09 November 2015 19:04:00

How can we all help to keep our awa pristine? 

Did you know that even if you live in town we can do our bit to help keep our awa pristine and it starts with the decisions we make at the supermarket?
The Wai Group which consists of Uenuku, Ruapehu District Council and Ngāti Rangi have just put out a brochure and the first step for city dwellers is to cut back on on the phosphates that are present in many dishwasher detergents, washing powders for clothes, cleaning products and car wash detergents.

Phosphorus fuels and stimulates the growth of algae and plants in our streams. Increased growth then strangles and kills other plants which, when they die,
deplete the life giving oxygen in the water making the water lifeless and impossible for organisms to live in.

How can we help reduce unwanted phosphorus and clean up our rivers? Use dishwashing products, laundry and cleaning products that are phosphate free. Wash our vehicles on grass, keep food debris out of drains and choose to compost instead
Keep an eye out for ECO detergent brands which are low or free of phosphate (NP)

To view the Wai Group's brochure click HERE

Posted by 02 November 2015 08:44:00