$5 to your Marae incentive programme launched 

Over the coming weeks Ngāti Rangi is offering a Marae incentive programme to encourage more of our uri to register*. Once a registration form has been completed, uri - over the age of 18 - have the chance to nominate the local marae they wish us to donate the $5 to. (This contribution can be shared across two marae who will each receive $2.50.)


As part of officially launching this programme we've also had the website redeveloped and whānau can now sign up online via computers or notepads. Note: currently this option is not available via cell phones. Don't forget our traditional hard copy registration options are all still available. Forms can be downloaded from our website in PDF format or mailed out simply by calling the office on 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500.


*Once a valid registration has been received, the Ngāti Rangi office will confirm the details and ask which marae you wish the $5 donation/s to be made to.


As all verified registrations made during this time will be eligible to be part of the '$5 to your Marae' incentive programme, this is a great time to check all your extended whānau have registered.


To register online click HERE


Posted by 31 August 2015 17:42:00

RWT Curtain bank launched to help warm local homes 

Any spare thermal drapes hanging around getting dusty? Ngāti Rangi's Ruapehu Whānau Transformation [RWT] team have launched a local Curtain Bank and are now hoping to receive donations. RWT Project manager Erena Mikaere-Most said living in a warm, safe home was an aspiration, rather than the reality for many families in the rome. "Under the RWT Plan we're developing and implementing a number of housing solutions but many, like retro-fitting insulation, can be expensive. Not only can installing curtains help to reduce power bills for whānau but in turn, it instantly improves the health of the home."

Independent research has proven that hanging thermal drapes on single glazed windows can significantly reduce heat loss in a house by up to 60 percent. "It's cheaper and with faster installation, they can have an immediate impact. The launch of a Curtain Bank is intended to compliment other efforts of cost effectively keeping a warm home, we know other places have curtain banks, and it just makes sense that our area have one too. It will be helpful to address any heating issues for the whānau who are opting into the new housing project we’re about to begin as well."

The launch of a local bank proved timely for the congregation at Raetihi's St Mary's Church who've just made the first donation. A couple of weeks ago Reverend Elizabeth Penny said a banana box full of thermal drapes was found during a clean up. Rather than sending them to the Red Cross Curtain Bank in Palmerston North, she was delighted they're now going to be used to help local families.

Donations of good condition, thermal-lined drapes can be dropped off at the RWT Tech Hub housed in the old Ruapehu College senior block on 43a Ruapehu Road in Ohākune or by calling Operations Manager Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 who is happy to help arrange collection. The team is also looking for expressions of interest from any one in the community who has a few spare hours to help as required with any sewing repairs and installation.

Pictured: Ruapehu Whānau Transformation's Operations Manager Danielle Vaughan happily receives the first donation of thermal backed drapes for their new Curtain Bank from St Mary's Church's Andrew Bate and Reverend Elizabeth Penny on Thursday.

Posted by 24 August 2015 18:21:00

Caution has been advised for people currently climbing near the crater lake 

From GNS

Cooling temperatures in the Mount Ruapehu Crater Lake has resulted in DOC and GNS Science keeping a closer eye on the volcano.
With Mount Ruapehu in its current state, there is a small chance a minor eruption may occur. If one occurred it could affect the summit craters area. It must be noted the likelihood of any eruption is not high and the Volcanic Alert level set by GNS Science is still 1, its normal level. Normal operations for visitors to the area are continuing. 

“Operations at all three ski areas, roads and areas surrounding the mountain are not affected,” says Paul Carr, Conservation Services Manager. 

“Eruption Detection Systems on the mountain are fully operational and other precautions have been taken at the Far West T-bar area,” says Dr Harry Keys DOC’s volcanology advisor. He says advisory signs are being erected at the top of Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas and the Tukino Road end. 

Because of uncertainties about the state of the vent system under Crater Lake, DOC recommends a precautionary approach is taken by climbers and others planning to visit the summit area of the mountain, including that they: 

- don't go within 400 m of the Crater Lake.
- shouldn't go past Whakapapa Col or the Dome Shed or enter into the crater from above Turoa ski area
- shouldn't camp in the summit area
- shouldn't linger in the bottoms of valleys in the Whangaehu and Whakapapaiti catchments away from the public warning systems. 
- Most of these recommendations are consistent with the normal precautions for people to minimise the time spent in the crater basin area and not camp within a kilometre of any active vent in the National Park. 

DOC and GNS are continuing to monitor the situation and to obtain more information from the Crater Lake. A further media release will be issued as soon as the situation becomes clear and the advisory signs can be removed. The active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe can produce spectacular eruptions. These events may create serious risks to people near them but there is no evidence they are likely at the present time. The volcanic hazard is continually monitored by GNS to ensure any changes in the volcanic state are detected at the earliest possible time and communicated to DOC and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts as necessary so appropriate procedures are put in place.

Harry Keys, DOC Technical Advisor Volcanology, Turangi
Phone: +64 7 376 2549

Stephen Moorhouse, DOC Partnership Ranger, Ohakune Field Base
Phone: +64 7 385 0016

Posted by 24 August 2015 11:35:00

Submission are being called for on Whakapapa 

DOC have publicly notified the lodging of RAL's application for a 60 year lease at Whakapapa. Individuals, businesses and organisations have 40 working days, until October 21 2015, to lodge submissions regarding this application.

The 60 year licence concession is made up of an initial 30 year term plus six extensions of five years for the ski field operation at Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park.

DOC Central North Island Partnerships Director David Speirs says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts' current licence had four years to run on its initial 30 year period but changes to legislation in 1996 meant a new application was required for the 30 year renewal period.

“Ruapehu Alpine Lifts made the decision to submit a new application under the new terms and it has been agreed to in principle,” he said.

Individuals, businesses and organisations now have 40 working days, until October 21 2015, to lodge submissions in support or opposition to the application. 

A hearing into the application may be held in the week starting November 9 this year if submitters indicate they wish to be heard.

It is hoped a final decision will be made by the end of the year, after consideration of submissions received and all other relevant information.

 20 August 2015

Posted by 20 August 2015 12:14:00

Volcanic unrest at Mt Tongariro is over with the Volcanic Alert Level lowered to Level 0 

Volcanic unrest at Tongariro (Te Maari) has declined steadily since the eruptions in 2012. All monitoring indicators suggest that the unrest episode that triggered the 2012 eruptions is now over. While high temperature fumaroles are still present at the Te Maari crater, chemical analyses suggest that the gases are mostly from the hydrothermal system (steam); the heat is sustained from cooling magma remnants at depth. GNS Science lowered the Volcanic Alert Level to 0 (no volcanic unrest) from Level 1 (minor unrest).

Since Tongariro last erupted in November 2012, the activity at the volcano has been steadily declining. For example, shallow volcanic earthquakes are now extremely rare or absent and are of a similar number to pre-2012 levels. GNS Science staff has made numerous visits to the volcano to measure the temperature and sample the gases within the fumaroles. Analysis of these gas samples show a steady decline in the magmatic contribution within them, which means that the fumaroles are now dominated by hydrothermal fluids (heated ground water i.e., steam). There is a large hydrothermal system under Mt Tongariro that supports the surface features at places like Ketetahi, Te Maari, Red and Central craters. In addition, the automated sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas detectors (FlySpec) jointly operated by DOC and GeoNet since April, have barely recorded any SO2, a major indicator of volcanic gas rising from depth. The gas levels are basically at or below detection levels. Taken together, these results indicate that the minor unrest present since the 2012 eruptions has declined significantly. The steam plume that emanates from the Te Maari vent (like the one from Ketetahi) is likely to remain active for the foreseeable future.

The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 1 from Level 0 on July 20, 2012 largely due to the increased earthquake activity beneath the volcano. This been the first signs of volcanic unrest at that time”, said Dr Nico Fournier Head of Volcanology GNS Science. “On August 6, 2012 Tongariro erupted from the Te Maari vent(s) in a series of short explosions, impacting the local area. Later that year on November 21, the volcano erupted again through the same vent area” said Dr Fournier. Since the November 2012 eruption, Tongariro has been at Volcanic Alert Level 1. “We now consider the volcanic unrest associated with the 2012 eruptions to be over, hence the Volcanic Alert level is been lowered to Level 0”, said Dr Fournier from GNS Science.

GNS Science has now lowered the Volcanic Alert Level to 0 from Level 1. GNS Science continues to closely monitor Tongariro and our other active volcanoes through the GeoNet project. The Volcanic Alert Level ranges from 0 to 5 and defines the current status at a volcano.

The Aviation Colour Code for Tongariro remains at Green. Aviation Colour Codes are based on four colours and are intended for reference only in the international civil aviation community.

Geoff Kilgour
Duty Volcanologist

Posted by 19 August 2015 19:03:00

Wānanga reminder... 

​Turama Hawira and Che Wilson are leading a Wānanga tomorrow at Te Puke Marae in Raetihi. 
The Pōwhiri is 4pm, kai at 5pm and wānanga commences at 7pm through until Sunday morning and will cover whakapapa and korero relating to Ngāti Rangi's treaty negotiations. This is ahead of the hui-ā-iwi on Sunday.

Posted by 14 August 2015 14:08:00

Nomination forms for the Rau Kotahi (Independent) Trustee position are out 

Notice of Election - Call for Nominations to the Ngāti Rangi Trust Tōtarahoe (Board)
Under Clause 8.6 (a) of the Trust Deed, notice is given that at the Hui-Ā-Tau (AGM) on Saturday, 19th September 2015, an election will be held for one of the two Rau Kotahi (Independent) Trustee positions available on the Ngati Rangi Trust Board.
Nominations are now open and must be received in writing on the appropriate form at the Ngāti Rangi Trust Office no later than 5.00pm, Wednesday 2nd September 2015

To download a nomination form click here


Posted by 06 August 2015 12:02:00

Ngāti Rangi staff stand up to support the need for healthy homes 

Ngāti Rangi staff are showing their support in a call for positive change through the Healthy Families initiative being run by Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority. The Ministry of Health identified ten communities, including Whanganui, to be part of the initial roll out after being identified as having higher-than-average rates of preventable chronic diseases (such as diabetes), higher-than-average rates of risk factors for these diseases (such as smoking), and/or high levels of deprivation.

Funding for Healthy Families NZ allows providers to:

-            Establish and build a local health promotion workforce

-            Support communities to find local solutions to local needs

-             Roll out a range of programmes that provide skills and support for families to achieve better health

-            Support prevention partnerships within their communities (eg, with government, non-governmental organisations, businesses and community members)

-            Support health promoting early childhood services, schools, workplaces and communities

-            Tailor health messaging to local circumstances and needs

For more information about the programme give Te Oranganui a call on 06 349 0007 or follow their Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitikei Ruapehu programme Facebook page here


Posted by 04 August 2015 18:09:00

Honey could bring major benefits to iwi 

The Manawatu/Whanganui growth study has just been released and says Manuka Honey could bring major benefits to the region.
Speaking at the report launch in Palmerston North, Ngāti Rangi chair Kemp Dryden said iwi had identified the honey as one of four key opportunities that could benefit the area's Maori.
"Maori play a considerable role in the region's economy.
"There are four opportunities iwi see themselves supporting and being instantly involved in, the sheep and beef opportunity, tourism, manuka honey and also the opportunities for under-utilised Maori land.
"There is a real buzz of excitement amongst our people around the honey industry," he said.
For more about the report head over to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website
 click here

Posted by 03 August 2015 17:09:00