RWT on the hunt for Admin support stars 

The Ruapehu Whānau Transformation team are on the search for Administration and Customer service stars to help them successfully deliver the service functions for the operations of the Ruapehu Community Learning & Tech Hub in Ohākune for two newly created positions.

Led by Ngāti Rangi Trust, this is one of the 23 innovative solutions being implemented by the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation team.

The Hub will be open from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. The Lead and Assistant Administrator will have some flexibility on hours of work which will be approximately 20-30 hours per week per position.

Applications close @ 12pm Wednesday, 30 March. For more information contact Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 or email: or for a Job Description please click HERE

Posted by 22 March 2016 08:29:00

Top Town camaraderie celebrated 

Community, camaraderie and caring came to the fore in an epic battle at the Raetihi Rec on Sunday. Defending their inaugural Top Town title, the meticulous military planning of Waiouru was not quite enough to beat Raetihi who also triumphed over a determined Ohākune. Captained by Barney Warbrick, the hosts had to dig deep at the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation and Ngāti Rangi hosted event when the competition's undeniably toughest player was forced to retire after popping his shoulder out of its socket. Never one to shy away from physical contact, Ruapehu rugby legend Peter Rowe was the perfect team member for Raetihi to line up in the carrot competition.
Inspired by the surf lifesaving flag event, the loose forward had to be assisted from the field after coming off second best while diving for a carrot.
Mr Warbrick said despite the loss, his team were delighted win the Top Town Crown. "How can you not be inspired by Pete's commitment to the team? After popping his shoulder he just said, 'it's ok captain, I got the carrot'. It was great fun today and while each team had 20 on the field the whole community has got behind everyone. A huge thanks to Ohākune and Waiouru for such a great day of fun competition, Chaana [Morgan] and all the volunteers and marshals, Lilburn Transport, Pearsons, Proude Contracting, Marty McGrath, Missy [Warbrick], the Papahaua boys as well as Tian and Maria Beukes."
Waiouru captain WO2 Brent Pene also congratulated all the competitors of on the strength of spirit and camaraderie the day had bought. "We don't get together as a region enough and while it was pretty competitive out there, please pass on our regards to the big guy [Mr Rowe], I could understand if he had had a rugby ball, but [injured] diving for a carrot? Waiouru will go home and eat our humble pie, but next year in Ohākune, you better watch out." As a carry on from last years donations to the Raetihi Kōhanga Reo, all the money raised from this years event is being donated equally to Manu Kōrero and Te Aroha Kōhanga Reo.
Posted by 15 March 2016 18:44:00

Competition of the Top Crown is back 

The epic regional battle for dominance between Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru is back this Sunday as the annual fight for the Top Town crown begins. Back to defend their title at the Raetihi Domain and Recreational area, Waiouru team coordinator Warrant officer Class 2 Solomon Vaetoru said his group is starting to shape up well. "This is a great opportunity to bring everyone together through comradeship and enjoyment, that's what I like to think Top Town does. Teams were really pulling together and helping each other. Last year some people knew each other, some didn't and they all came together to enjoy each other's company."


Bringing people together to compete in a Top Town style event also provides an opportunity to celebrate the region as a whole. "Often as towns, because we are so isolated we've a tendency to do things separately. Last year there were a lot of people in the team I hadn't met or seen before and having the different age groups really helps to break down the barriers within our community. Having the three towns competing against each other helps us grow together as a region."

Working with Ruapehu Whānau Transformation, last year Mr Vaetoru organised a wide range of challenges for the event. In anticipation of needing a mentally and physically team, his group for Sunday is shaping up to be a strong cross-section of talent. "I'd like to think last year went exactly how I thought it would go with people enjoying themselves. The atmosphere, the feeling, it was people having fun, adults and kids doing something they wouldn't normally do on a Sunday afternoon."

There are still some limited places available in the Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru teams but numbers are capped with each team of 20 needing representatives in the 13-16, 17-25, 26-40 and 41+ age groups. For more information on this Sunday's Top Town or to register for one of the teams please call the Ngāti Rangi office on 0800 N RANGI.

Posted by 08 March 2016 12:15:00

1080 consultation begins 

In response to a proposal by TBfree and the Department of Conservation to drop 1080 in and around the wider Ruapehu rohe...

Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku are holding a series of wānanga to share and collect information with uri before deciding a response

The first wānanga is on THIS Sunday at Mākaranui Marae on the Ohākune-Raetihi Road starting at 9am with a Pōwhiri. Whether for or against, we extend this invite to all our uri to come, share your views and learn more about 1080 and it's use in pest management. Representatives from TBfree and DoC will also be there to help answer any questions you may have.


1080 Wānanga schedule:
THIS SUNDAY 13 March @ Mākaranui Marae
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit to Ohākune Lakes, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and Karakia.

Sunday 10 April @ Raetihi Pah
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and karakia.

Sunday 8 May @ Maungārongo Marae
10am Pōwhiri, 10.30am discussions, 12.30 Lunch and karakia.

A seperate wānanga is also being planned for hunters in April, the date and venue are yet to be confirmed

Posted by 08 March 2016 12:04:00