$5k PSL Uenuku/Ngāti Rangi scholarship winners announced 

The ten PSL Raetihi Education Scholarship winners all show the potential to make a direct, positive, long-term impact on their community.
In 2013, 18,000 litres of diesel spilled from Turoa ski field contaminating the Mākōtuku stream, which provides the Raetihi town water supply. As part of the Environment Court sentencing process for both the ski field operator Ruapehu Alpine Lifts and fuel storage tank manufacturer Petroleum Services Limited (PSL), local iwi Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi submitted victim impact statements.
Following a restorative justice hui with PSL, in negotiation with Uenuku and Ngāti Rangi, PSL director David Kraakman offered a $5000 education scholarship for Raetihi residents. The resulting award has been split between Antonia Hoeta, Justine Vaughan, Benson and Patrick Carmichael, Keira Crossart, Hawira Katene, Tanja and Uenuku Reedy and Ricky-lee and Saxon Taura-Hawira who've all been given between $1667 and $208.
Photo above: Uenuku chair Aiden Gilbert (second left) and Ngāti Rangi Pou Hāpai Kataraina Cassidy (centre) with some of the ten PSL Raetihi Education Scholarship winners including, Tanja Reedy, 10, Justine Vaughan, Benson Carmichael, 7, Ricky-lee Taura-Hawira, 8, Antonia Hoeta, and Hawira Katene, 7.
Uenuku chair Aiden Gilbert said it was pleasing to be able to deliver a direct and positive benefit for the Raetihi community, which suffered the full impact of the diesel spill.
“Our main criteria was to support study that leads to the enhancement or protection of the environment, or that may benefit the Raetihi community in the future. The promise and potential of all ten of our scholarship applicants was clear, and we decided it was important to support all of them. We’re pleased the scholarships will support a cross-section of our tamariki and rangatahi, from early primary school age through to tertiary students.”
Mr Gilbert said the iwi were especially happy to support Justine Vaughan, who is studying Environmental Studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. “We hope the knowledge she will gain will be returned to our community to enhance and protect Raetihi and its environs – and perhaps ensure a disaster such as the 2013 diesel spill never happens again. We’re proud and excited for our community that Antonia Hoeta is about to begin medical studies at Otago, and are equally excited for the eight primary school tamariki enrolled in an extra-curricular About Words Reading Programme endorsed by Raetihi School.”
Mr Gilbert said it was great to be able to support pupils enrolled in a literacy programme designed to ensure children are able to engage fully and succeed in education from an early age. “This is the kind of early intervention that can change the way our tamariki 
view education for the rest of their lives, and could be a stepping stone to success and achievement. Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients and best wishes to you all for a productive and successful academic year."
Ngāti Rangi Pou Ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas said the new knowledge gained by all the recipients was clearly going to be of direct benefit to the wider Raetihi community. "The passion all these young students have for study and further learning should be an inspiration to us all. Having role models like Justine and Antonia show all our whānau that anything is possible if they dare to dream."
Posted by 01 March 2016 10:25:00

Feb Kāhui agenda finalised 

Te Kāhui o Paerangi Governance Training

Saturday 20 February, 2016 at Ngāti Rangi Trust Office

Te Kāhui o Paerangi Wānanga

Saturday 20 February, 2016 at Tirorangi Pā - Whangaehu Valley Road, Karioi
4pm Powhiri
5pm Kai
7pm Karakia/ Kōrero


Te Kāhui o Paerangi Hui-ā-Iwi 

Sunday 21 February, from 9am at Tirorangi Pā, Whangaehu Valley Road, Karioi
Ngā Take (General Business)
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Post Settlement Governance Entity
Rangatahi Forum

Please RSVP your attendance or apology to Jonelle Hiroti-Kinane - Kaihāpai Tari office@ngatirangi.com or 06 385 9500

Posted by 02 February 2016 13:19:00

Win with the Ruapehu Express 

Fancy a chance to head to the hills and explore some of the lesser-known tracks and trails of Tukino, Karioi and Rangataua? The inaugural Ruapehu Express is on Saturday 27 February. There are a number of different options with 55-kilometre and 21-kilometre mountain bike rides along with 15-kilometre and 21-kilometre run/walk distances and through our mahi with the event management team we've:

Two FREE entries (any of the options) & Mountain Bike rentals to GIVE AWAY along with a number of HALF-PRICE entries!

Over the last six months Ngāti Rangi's Taiao team have been working closely with organisers to identify and mitigate any cultural and environmental concerns that could possibly arise from running such an event. This has not only helped us contribute to laying the foundations of our mahi around a large-scale events but also assisted with further developing our expectations for any events being held in the rohe.

As a part of this, during the Express we're having our own marshals who will be undertaking live monitoring in and around some of our sensitive areas and wetlands. While most of the tracks and trails are well-used, formed tracks, monitoring the impacts will help complement and inform other work we're already doing in the area especially around Rangataua.

What to win one of the passes? EMAIL us at events@ngatirangi.com with the names, addresses and daytime contact phone number of any whānau you would like to enter along with which leg of the Ruapehu Express you would like to enter eg: 55-kilometre/21-kilometre mountain bike or 15-kilometre and 21-kilometre run/walk

A couple of Terms and Conditions:

a)            Entries will only be accepted by email to events@ngatirangi.com and to be eligible  MUST be received by 5pm Wednesday 17 February.

b)            Entrants must be over 8-years-of-age

c)            Prizes will be drawn randomly under supervision and all winners notified on 19 February

c)            Free/half price entry and mountain bike rental prizes are transferable within whānau but may not be offered for sale

More information about the event can be found at ruapehuexpress.co.nz

Posted by 01 February 2016 17:30:00

Met our new Kaiarahi whānau -Whanau Navigator 

Over the last few weeks our new Kaiarahi whānau -Whanau Navigator Mel Evans has been working closely with Pete Porter along with taking the lead in organising our Waitangi Whānau Free Fun Day this Monday at the Raetihi Memorial Swimming Pool and Raetihi Rec.

She is looking forward to working in our "awesome community". Getting out there, getting involved, planning events and offering support where she can.

Her biggest challenge as she sees it? Not being able to fit everything she would like to into each day.

Piki mai kake mai


Posted by 01 February 2016 16:40:00