Date for Ngāti Rangi Marae expo announced 

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances our EXPO has been postponed till later in the year

Over the next week Te Kāhui o Paerangi and Ngāti Rangi Trust are inviting Marae Trustees and Committee Members to come to our inaugural Ngāti Rangi Marae Expo.
When: Saturday 18 June 2016
Where: Maungārongo Marae, Burns St, Ohākune
Time: 9.30am (Pōwhiri)
10.30am – 2.00pm (Expo presentations and stalls)

This is an iwi initiative to provide an opportunity for the marae to engage and form relationships with national and local service providers. The objective of this engagement is to establish support systems for marae and marae development. The following service providers will present and hold an information stall at the expo.
 Inland Revenue Department
 Te Puni Kōkiri
 Department of Internal Affairs
 Iwi Invest/Insurance
 Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority
 Ngāti Rangi Communications
 Work Safe – Health & Safety

For catering purposes and for more information,
please RSVP or contact Whetu Moataane
Phone: (06) 385 9500 or 0800 NRANGI


Posted by 31 May 2016 18:28:00

Puanga plans are finalised 

Soon to be seen twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, the constellation Puanga, or Rigel, signals the Māori New Year and the time for iwi and the Ruapehu community to come together for the annual Maunga Karakia on 13 June. 
Ngāti Rangi Trust chair Shar Amner said local iwi celebrate Puanga due to the difficulty in viewing Matariki, or Pleiades, because it sits so low on the eastern horizon. 
"Western tribes of Aotearoa observe the rising of Puanga instead of Matariki to signify the beginning of the Māori New Year.
"Though many aspects of this time were traditionally the same as elsewhere in Aotearoa, the celebration of the rising of Puanga has its own special characteristics and stories which are unique to our region.
"We invite everyone in the community to join us in honouring this very important time of the year for iwi we celebrate new life and remember those who have passed."

With the start of Puanga being celebrated next Tuesday, Ngāti Rangi Pou Ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas said the annual Maunga Karakia poses its own set of logistical challenges.
"Last year over 400 people joined us in what was a perfect, still, calm weather however there are no guarantees this is going to happen this year.
"Over the last couple of weeks a number of freezing-cold fronts have bought snow to Koro [Mt Ruapehu] and we are already working closely with RAL [Ruapehu Alpine Lifts] to ensure everyone's safety during our celebrations.
"Ice and snow on the Mountain Road are a distinct possibility and for this reason we highly encourage people to take the free transport leaving from Raetihi and Ohākune.
"If you need to take your own, please only use a four-wheel-drive vehicle and travel up behind the buses which are carrying our kaumatua."

Regardless of the weather, she also encourages people to ensure they are dressed for freezing-cold, alpine conditions as well as wearing durable non-slip shoes as ice has already begun to form on the Tūroa ski field car park.
As part of celebrations, the evening before the Maunga Karakia Ngāti Rangi are also hosting a Puanga wānanga at Maungārongo Marae and Puanga Kai Rau Dinner at Ruapehu College on 15 July.
To book transport for the Maunga Karakia or more information contact the Ngāti Rangi office on 0800 NRANGI / 06 385 9500 or email
Mountain Road conditions and weather updates will be posted on the Ngāti Rangi Trust Facebook page by 4.30am on Monday morning.

For more information head to our new Puanga page on our website HERE



Posted by 31 May 2016 17:06:00

A week of firsts at Te Pae Tata 

The buzz at Te Pae Tata in Ohākune continues to build.

Created as one of the 23 community-based solutions currently being implemented as part of Ngāti Rangi's Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan [RWT], the Ruapehu Community Learning and Tech Hub is just a week away from opening.

Project Manager Erena Mikaere-Most and the team have had an exciting few weeks as painters put the finishing touches to the old senior block at the College.

"Phase one of transforming this space into a one-stop community learning centre and conference facility is nearly complete and planning is well underway in developing courses and programmes that are going to cater to the needs of our Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru communities whether you are 100-years-old or just five.

"Earlier this month we ran a highly successful computer science trial programme for kids and last Thursday we hosted Poutama Trust who bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts for their Digital Cluster conference.

"It was perfect timing for us, the team is buzzing after the 'Silicon Maunga' hui.

"It was good to have that korero in this whare ahead of opening next week.

"The wealth of knowledge shared with us by the speakers showcased the world of exciting high-tech possibilities, it was inspiring."

Photo: Last Thursday the Poutama Trust's Digital Cluster hui bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts to share and inspire.

On Saturday a small karakia was held at the space to receive blessing from Ngāti Rangi ahead of all the new activities and initiatives being launched.

"This was also an opportunity for us to share our RWT journey and Te Pae Tata vision with some of our uri who haven't heard it in detail, particularly those who don't live at home.

"This was an important step for us, for our team, to set us on the right path to make this space a success for everyone as we embark on an exciting new journey."

Te Pae Tata opens to the public next Tuesday and an official launch and community open day is also currently being planned.


Posted by 31 May 2016 16:59:00

Volcanic advisory modified for Ruapehu’s summit craters area 

From the Department

DOC recommends people do not enter the crater basin area beyond Dome Ridge or low points on the active crater rim, or camp anywhere in the summit craters or in the upper parts of valleys draining the crater basin. This reduces the area of caution from 2 km (the Summit Hazard Zone) advised by DOC on 11 May 2016. 

Normal operations continue for visitors to all areas outside the summit craters and upper valleys. 

GNS Science issued a Volcanic Alert Bulletin on 11 May raising the Volcanic Alert Level from 1 to 2 (elevated volcanic unrest) due to heating of the Crater Lake and other associated indicators of increased volcanic unrest. 

GNS Science has continued to monitor the volcano closely and on 17 May issued a second Bulletin noting early signs the heating might have peaked. Their ongoing monitoring has clarified some of the uncertainty about the unrest situation. 

"The lake temperature has started to fall, although the gas emission and volcanic tremor remain elevated, so the Volcanic Alert Level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Level 2”, says Nico Fournier GNS Science Head of Volcanology. 

“There is now less volcanic risk to climbers and others wanting to visit the upper part of the mountain,” concludes Dr Harry Keys, DOC’s Technical Advisor Volcanology.  

“However, climbers and others visiting the summit area, should minimise their time in this area and in the upper parts of valleys on the mountain”, he says. “This includes the floors of the higher valleys draining the crater basin area.” 

People away from the volcano are not affected and visitors are not being warned to stay away from the mountain. “The public at all three ski areas, roads and areas surrounding the mountain were not, and are not, affected by this advisory” says Paul Carr, Operations Manager for Tongariro National Park. 

“We know Ruapehu continues to be one of the more unpredictable volcanoes, which is why we issue advisories when there is extra concern for public safety on the mountain” he said. 

“Full winter conditions now exist on the mountain. People going above the parks’ road ends should be fully equipped with alpine clothing, crampons and ice axe, know how to use them and take account of the weather forecast ” he said.

The level of unrest at Mt Ruapehu is continually monitored by GNS Science through the GeoNet project. The aim is to ensure any changes in the volcanic state are detected at the earliest possible time and communicated to DOC and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts so appropriate procedures can be put in place.

Posted by 25 May 2016 12:17:00

Volcanic gas output increases at Ruapehu, Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2 

From GNS

We made two monitoring visits to Mt Ruapehu yesterday, one was a gas flight to measure the gas output and the other was to sample the Crater Lake water and make additional ground based gas measurements. Volcanic gas measurements indicate an increase in the amount of both carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) output. The ground based gas measurements were complimentary to the airborne data.

Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor. Since the volcanic earthquakes in late April the seismicity has been dominated by volcanic tremor at varying levels. The level of tremor has increased but is not exceptional in terms of the last few years.

The temperature of the Crater Lake as measured by a data logger near the outlet has been rising and since mid-April 2016 and has risen from 25 °C to 46 °C. For the last couple of days it has ranged between 45 and 46 oC.

Taken together these data now indicate more volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu. The increased gas output coupled with high heat flow and volcanic tremor imply a higher likelihood of activity. At this time these changes at Ruapehu are considered sufficient to change the Volcanic Alert Level. The volcanic alert level for Mt Ruapehu is now raised to Volcanic Alert Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest). The Aviation Colour Code has also changed, from Green to Yellow.

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

Recent visits to the volcano have confirmed an increase in the output of volcanic gas from Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake. Moderate levels of volcanic tremor continue and the lake temperature measured by the outlet data logger is 45 oC. The increase in gas output, the high lake temperature and continued seismicity suggest that Ruapehu is at a higher level of volcanic unrest. As a result, GNS scientists revise the Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest). The Aviation Colour Code is also changed, from Green to Yellow. 

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project 

Posted by 11 May 2016 13:27:00

Volcanic earthquake swarm declines, lake stops heating 

From GNS

The volcanic earthquake swarm which intensified at Mt Ruapehu around April 25-26 is now declining and the Crater Lake temperature has peaked at 42 °C. A short period of moderate volcanic tremor was recorded on Monday afternoon. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

Since April 25-26 we have been recording a volcanic earthquake swarm beneath the Crater Lake of Mt Ruapehu. The number of events and size has now declined. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor. A period of moderate volcanic tremor lasting about an hour was recorded from 13:10h on Monday 2 May.

The temperature of the Crater Lake has been rising and since mid-April 2016. It has risen from 25 °C to 42 °C and is now equal to the highest recorded since 2011. The temperature appears to have reached a maximum and no increase has been recorded in the last day.

Currently we are uncertain of the implications of the recent observations. However at this time these changes at Ruapehu are not considered insufficient to change the volcanic alert level. The volcanic alert level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

Posted by 03 May 2016 11:12:00