Sign up, study and explore the world of waka in Raetihi for FREE 

There are several places left in the 18-week long Raetihi based Kāwai Raupapa Certificate - Introduction to (Māori) Art - Level 3 launching in July.

Explore the world of Waka and develop your artistic processes while investigating your options for tertiary study. This introductory programme will help expand your knowledge of Waka and provide you with the confidence to start on a learning pathway that extends to the Certificate in Waka Ama Level 4. While you’re on this programme you’ll be involved in a range of projects designed to engage communities with Waka.

The 18-week course is FEE FREE and includes 4 noho marae, 4 x 1-day wānanga & weekly tutorial on Maunga-Raetihi and Awa-Whanganui

For more information contact Brendon on 0800 355 553

Posted by 30 June 2015 16:17:00

Do you have the skills to be our new Kairangahau Taiao? 

Ngāti Rangi is searching for a passionate Kairangahau Taiao to join our team on a 12-month contract providing parental leave cover.  As the Kairangahau Taiao (Environmental Researcher) you would be responsible for undertaking and managing the environmental and cultural research projects on behalf of the Ngāti Rangi Trust.

Key responsibilities in this role will be;

  • Progressing current research and monitoring programmes related to the waterways, the land and the maunga.
  • Organising environmental and cultural wānanga.
  • Providing technical advise to the environmental team.
  • Building and maintaining working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure reporting requirements are met on time with all risks identified.
  • Proactively participating in organisational hui and wānanga.
  • Promoting a positive health and safety culture in the workplace.

Reporting to the Pou Taiao (Environmental Manager) the successful applicant would require a minimum Undergraduate Degree qualification in Ecology or Biology, a sound environmental knowledge with fresh water specialisation preferred.

This position is based at the Ngāti Rangi Office, 1 Mountain Road, Ohākune we offer a great opportunity working with a wonderful team in the beautiful Ruapehu Region. 

For further information please email or call Michelle on 021 594 405

For a Position Description please click HERE

Applications close 12noon, Monday, 13th July 2015

Ngāti Rangi Values

Kia MANA ai ngã mahi  -  To act with INTEGRITY and HONESTY



Kia ũ ai ki ngã TIKANGA - To be DUTY BOUND

Kia rapu ai i te MEA NGARO - To unleash POTENTIAL

Posted by 30 June 2015 15:24:00

Iwi help with Whanganui Flood Relief 

Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Whanganui and Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa have established the Putea Aroha Emergency Relief Fund for affiliated whānau who have been directly affected by the weekend’s flooding in terms of property damage and loss. Each Iwi is reporting significant numbers of affected whānau. In some cases whānau have lost all of their household possessions, with whānau members young and old left devastated. This fund is one of several measures being taken by Iwi groups to assist affected whānau, and Iwi leaders are calling on Iwi members to support this fund by making donations.

In Raetihi, Roberta from Kaimahi| Te Puawai o te Ahi Kaa is looking for any unwanted, good condition used clothing for all ages for whanau who have been affected by the floods in Whanganui, the Awa and surrounding areas. 
"If you do, we here at Te Puawai o te Ahi Kaa are more than happy to take them off your hands. You can drop off at our Tari Mon-Fri between 9am and 12pm. Pass this message on to others you think may have unwanted, good used clothing to give away. We’ll be collecting clothing here at our tari over the next two weeks."
She can be contacted on 385 4732 (tari) or 021 400 284 (mahi)

Whanganui spokesman John Maihi said that “we have Iwi members living in other centres around New Zealand and abroad who are looking at ways that they can contribute to support their relatives who have been affected by the floods. This fund will serve as a simple way for those who otherwise are not in a position to help, to make a contribution that will directly assist whānau in need.” Each Iwi has made a significant contribution to getting the collective fund started. According to the chair of Te Kāhui o Rauru, Te Pahunga Davis, “this collaborative approach recognises the fact that many of our Ngā Rauru whānau are also Whanganui and Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa, so a collective approach to funding much needed emergency relief simply makes sense for the three Iwi involved.”

The fund will be administered by Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority, who will assess calls for assistance on a case by case basis, but in accordance with agreed criteria for allocation that ensures fairness.

Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa spokesperson, Pahia Turia, stated that “Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority is a large Māori service provider which is run by Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa, Whanganui and Ngā Rauru and has capacity to administer these funds to our whānau at no cost to the fund. Their experience in managing finances and working with our whānau make them the ideal organisation to work with our affected whānau in administering this fund.” Te Oranganui is also launching a koha centre, where whānau can donate household goods that will then be available for whānau affected by the floods.
For those Iwi members wishing to contribute to the Fund, the account is with BNZ Whanganui, and is named the Putea Aroha Emergency Relief Fund. The bank account number is 02-0792-0096513-00

For general enquiries or assistance with making donations please phone Romaine or Pep at Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority on 06 3490007 or 0800 220140



Posted by 26 June 2015 11:57:00

Kai Night tickets are selling fast 

The Ngāti Rangi office has been fielding a number of calls for annual Puanga Kai Night. Bookings are essential for next Wednesday's event at Ruapehu College where the talented chefs of Maungārongo Marae will be serving up a range of traditional and innovative fare guaranteed to tempt even the most discerning taste buds. The menu from our master chefs at Maungarongo includes cuisine form the gifts of Tane (forest) and Tangaroa (sea) and includes horopito infused venison, traditional hangi, miro berry surprise, raw fish, mussels and kina (sea urchin) and more concluding with Kawakawa tea and biscuits. For more information or to book tickets, $40 per person, please call 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500. For more information on other Matariki events being held around the wider Whanganui / Rangitikei region check out the 2015 Puanga website:


Posted by 23 June 2015 06:54:00

Applications for the 2015 Te Mana o te Awa Scholarships have opened 

Te Mana o te Awa Scholarships aim to help grow the collective expertise of Whanganui Iwi by contributing to, and enhancing the health and well-being of the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi.
Up to seven Te Mana o Te Awa Scholarships are being offered annually comprising of:
• four undergraduate scholarships valued at $3,000.00 each; and
• three postgraduate scholarships valued at $10,000.00 each.
If you are a descendant of Whanganui Iwi and currently studying in one or more of the following priority areas you are eligible to apply for a Te Mana o te Awa Scholarship. The priority areas are: 
• Environmental Sciences;
• Natural Resources;
• Environmental Law; 
• Planning;
• Accounting; and 
• Business Management and Administration.

For more information visit their website HERE


Posted by 15 June 2015 13:04:00

Ruapehu wide internet use survey has been launched 

Ruapehu District Council have launched a survey to find out about our internet usage, cell phone coverage, cost and data speeds ahead of a application to receive funding under the recently announced $100 million extension to the RBI programme.

They need our help to get a funding allocation and are asking anyone who uses internet in the Ruapehu to answer a quick survey before Monday 22 June.

In a press release, Mayor Don Cameron has said Council urgently need community support to help put the best possible argument forward as to why NZ would benefit from Ruapehu getting broadband infrastructure investment ahead of other districts.
“The lack of high speed broadband access and mobile black spots across many parts of Ruapehu has been identified as one of the significant constraints limiting the district’s economic potential.
“We now need to be able to demonstrate that if Ruapehu was prioritised for broadband infrastructure investment that we would be able to capitalise on it and provide the best possible return for NZ Inc.”
Mayor Cameron said that the government has asked local councils to be directly involved in this next investment stage decision by firstly indicating their interest via a Registration of Interest (ROI) and then developing a Digital Enablement Plan (DEP).
“The ROI is us putting our hand up that we want the broadband investment first and the DEP is how we would benefit Ruapehu and NZ from the investment,” he said.
“To put together the best possible ROI and DEP that will give Ruapehu the best chance of being successful we require the support of Ruapehu communities.”
“A key part of the information we need to provide is the inclusion of an overview on the state of Ruapehu’s telecommunications infrastructure that needs to be supported by hard data.”
“This is where we urgently need the help of the general public to take part in a simple test to measure the speed of their internet connection and provide feedback on their current internet service.”

NOTE: If you only get internet to your house through your mobile please indicate this in the comments section of the last question

To find out more or to participate click HERE

Posted by 10 June 2015 10:51:00

Auckland Hui announced to discuss the unique Border Biosecurity issues facing Māori  

Better Border Biosecurity (B3) is holding a hui to build a better understanding of the unique issues facing Māori around potential incursions of new plant pests and diseases.


Pests and pathogens like kauri dieback (that threatens our kauri), tomato potato psyllid (that threatens potato and poroporo), and myrtle rust (that threatens pōhutukawa and mānuka) are biosecurity threats that may significantly impact plants of importance to Māori.


The hui will include presentations from researchers about pests and pathogens that threaten our shores, the potential impact on taonga species, and discuss when, who and how to involve Māori in the preparation, detection and response to new incursions.


For more information or to register click: here

Posted by 10 June 2015 10:37:00

An exciting 'Ruapehu house' project for Ruapehu Whānau Transformation and RDC 

The Ruapehu Whānau Transformation [RWT] team and Ruapehu District Council have engaged with the southerners as part of a project to design and build a ‘Ruapehu house’ later in the year. RWT implementation manager Erena Mikaere said most said the project’s focus is to find environmental, sustainable solutions for the region.
“The rural Ruapehu area has many economic challenges including the lack of affordable, healthy, comfortable housing while keeping a families health and safety at the forefront of their thinking.
“The district’s un-insulated homes are contributing to health and socioeconomic issues.”


There is a public meeting to hear all about the project being held this Wednesday in the Ruapehu District Council chambers at 5.30pm.

Pictured: Canterbury University Professor Susan Krumdieck, right, with, from left, final year mechanical engineering students Daniel Bishop, Michael Leung, Thibault Le Gendre and Ryland Martin talk with Catherine Pakai-Dewes, Zynaia Richards-Winter and Matthew Dowman from Ruapehu College ahead of a presentation to the school's assembly yesterday.

Posted by 09 June 2015 13:15:00

Puanga Maunga Karakia is on tomorrow 


Kia ora,

For those who have booked to attend tomorrows's Puanga Maunga Karakia at Tūroa ski field below is an outline of the dawn karakia, protocols and a little safety advice.

The weather is looking to be on the improve from today with westerly winds and a little morning cloud clearing later in the day. If you're traveling up in your own vehicle PLEASE wait at the base of the Mountain Road until the bus has past the Ngāti Rangi Trust office at approx 5.15am.

If you urgently need to call us, please remember the office will not be open this early however, feel free to contact: Liz Brooker on 021 637 516 or Kataraina Cassidy on 027 375 4230

A few things to remember...

  1. Please keep warm at all times and be careful of the ICE
  2. Upon arriving at the Tūroa Ski Fields Car Park please wait in the bus until you are given instructions to go to the ceremonial gathering place
  3. If you have a torch, please use it when walking around and be careful of the ICE
  4. Once we are gathered at Ceremony 1 gathering place, please be quiet, turn all torches off and please NO recording of Ceremony 1
  5. At the conclusion of Ceremony 1 we will be led to the site of Ceremony 2, please take your time and be careful of the ICE, please note that this is a procession and karakia will continue to be said as we walk
  6. Once we are gathered around the fire, Ceremony 2 will be conducted and a time will be given for people to call out the names of their loved ones that have passed since June last year
  7. At the conclusion of both ceremonies all are welcome to breakfast in the café

Posted by 07 June 2015 15:31:00

Kiwi Te Iti Pounamu heads home 

Kaumātua Willie Wilson and Reo Rapana along with Shona Thompson helped the Department of Conservation and Ngāti Rangi at the final Kiwi release of the season.

The rains cleared just in time for a special karakia to be held for Te Iti Pounamu or 'Junior' before he headed out into the wild back to his whanau.

The 13-year-old prolific breeder has fathered four chicks this year and one in 2014 alone and it's hoped he will do well in his transition from the Otorohanga Kiwi House to his new home in the Rotokura bush as part of the ongoing re-establishment programme.


Posted by 05 June 2015 12:13:00
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