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Posted by 30 September 2015 17:10:00

$100k RAL compensation fund to be discussed at a Raetihi community hui 

The Raetihi community is invited to an information evening to discuss how they can have their say on how $100,000 worth of RAL compensation funding should be spent.

The meeting will be held at 6pm on 14 October at The Centre in Raetihi and will be run by the Raetihi Project Group, comprising representatives from Horizons Regional Council, Ruapehu District Council, DOC, Uenuku, Ngāti Rangi and community groups.

Horizons group manager environmental management, Craig Mitchell, says the aim of the evening is to bring the Raetihi community up to speed.

"The project group met late last week to discuss potential timelines and guidelines for the funding and we'd like to share our progress with the community. We'd also like to provide information on the next steps so everyone is kept in the loop."

Mr Mitchell says the next steps are likely to include a facilitated workshop to which the community can bring their ideas.

"We are still working through the final details for the workshop but we will provide everything people need to know at the information evening. Our project guidelines have not changed since our last meeting and we will discuss these on the night.

"However, the key thing we want people to know is that the will of the community must be at the heart of the decision process. It has taken us slightly longer than we would have liked to get to this stage, but now we're here and we'd like to get cracking," says Mr Mitchell.


*The project guidelines are listed on the attached flyer.

Posted by 21 September 2015 16:30:00

Up and coming National Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Wānanga 

Tēnā koutou

Planning for the Tirohanga Whakamua - National Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Wānanga has been awesome with a powerful rangatahi team on board who have been working on this for a few months now.

With only four weeks to go start planning now and bring your rangatahi to Ratana Pa. Come with them to listen and learn about a pathway forward to keep them safe from suicide.

This is a totally free hui with no registration fee, no costs for kai and accommodation.

Our rangatahi want to pull together to develop a toolkit for them and by them....

For more information give me a call
Peter Porter
Ngāti Rangi - Kaihono Whānau
Whanau Engagement 
0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500


or register online HERE

Posted by 21 September 2015 15:23:00

Ngāti Rangi trustee Shar Amner elected for a second term 

The 2015 election for ONE (1) Rau Kotahi position on the Ngāti Rangi Trust was held at the Hui-ā-Tau on Raetihi Pah. After voting on the three (3) nominated candidates: Shar Anmer, Cassandra Reid and Adrian Hakaraia Te Patu;

Former trustee Shar Amner won the election retaining his position on the Trust for another term.



Posted by 21 September 2015 13:45:00

Call for help with the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa Awa Cultural Assessments 

As part of Ngāti Rangi’s relationship with Genesis Energy, over the coming months the Kairangahau Taiao team are completing a series of cultural assessments to assist with finding the ideal flow levels for the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa awa. As part of this study the condition of the riverbed, water, vegetation and abundance of kai is being monitored at three sites during 11 pre-scheduled visits this coming spring and summer.

Wahianoa Awa

In order to complete this project, the Taiao team are looking for 12 locally-based uri to help conduct the Cultural Health Surveys. Once completed, the statistics will be used to determine the ideal cultural flow levels on the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa which will in turn help iwi negotiate the agreed minimum limits required when returning water to the awa.

Holly and Dave are coordinating the 11 scheduled visits (including transport) and all that's required of assessment monitors is time and an understanding of the cultural significance of our awa. Currently the Survey's are planned to be conducted on Wednesdays of the proposed 11-week schedule (see below) however it will be weather dependant.


Monitoring Schedule - 2015:  30 Sept, 7 & 29 Oct, 11, 18 & 25 Nov 2016: 20 Jan, 18 & 25 Feb, 2, 9 & 16 March, 6 April and 4 & 20 May.


To ensure consistency and success of this study, cultural monitors must be able to make all 11 site visits so if you are able to help and can make this commitment to help, please contact the Ngāti Rangi office. For more information call: Holly Molesworth on 06 385 950/ 027 206 8244 or via email

Makahikatoa Awa

Note: We understand that unforeseen circumstances do occur and will do our best to work around any such event.


Posted by 11 September 2015 20:04:00

Ngamatea School's Creators bring their Buddies to life 

While many in the Ruapehu are just learning about Buddy Day, Ngamatea School kids have been creating their new friends for over a month.

On 13 November, one hundred life-size cardboard 'children' will be adopted by the community in an effort to help raise awareness, start conversations and drive change about the role every adult plays in improving the life and prospects of all kids – from preventing child abuse to providing great environments to achieve this.

Ngamatea School's relieving principal Moarikura Johnson was quick to see the benefits of the Ngāti Rangi led event that was founded by charity Child Matters in 2011.

"We need to get back to the basics, what's most important gift or taonga you can have?

"It's the people and Buddy Day promotes how important it is to provide a safe caring environment and not just at schools, everywhere.

"Buddy Day is about looking after each other and there's definitely not enough of that going on, it teaches us to be nice to each other in a positive way."

New Zealand has one of the worst child abuse rates in the developed world.

Ngamatea School Buddy Day creators Te Orangitautahi Te Riaki, 8, and his buddy 'Justin', centre, and, back from left, Keyana Tamatea, 8, and 'Aliya', Koopu-te-Roirangi Mareikura-Heta, 8, and 'Casey-rose', Tahatika Te Riaki, 8, and 'Ridgeline Rasta' and Jorje Richards, 9, and 'Jason' introduce their buddies to relieving principal Moarikura Johnson.

On average seven children die each year as a result of abuse and neglect and it is estimated that for every child who is killed due to maltreatment there are approximately 160 hospital admissions and 2,000 accident and emergency room visits.

Rather than continually focus on the negative, Ms Johnson is welcoming a more proactive approach to help drive change.

"We all know what's going on in our communities but Buddy Day is about focusing on creating solutions, changing the way we be.

"Having an awareness of how we need to be is really important.

"If we have an environment that shows support, empathy, compassion and a lot of care, that will filter down.

"It's the ripple effect, it only takes one or two to change the way in which we feel and think and that starts to filter down and drive change."

Engaging with her young charges to celebrate their individual successes rather than constantly scolding is a simple start to providing safe environments for children to flourish.

"We all need to say positive things to each other.

"Kids love to be acknowledged and told when they are doing things well, the more often you concentrate on the positive things you'll get less of the inappropriate behaviour."

Ngamatea School's buddies are just some of the 100 available for adoption at the Ruapehu Buddy Day free event in November.

More information on how to adopt a buddy on 13 November or become a 'creator' can be found online at or by calling the Ngāti Rangi office on 06 385 9500 or 0800 NRANGI.

Posted by 08 September 2015 19:42:00

Buddy Day is coming to the Ruapehu 

After four years, Buddy Day is heading to the Ruapehu.

Established in 2011 as a positive way to drive change around the role adults play in the lives of children, Ngāti Rangi Pou Ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas was quick to sign up the Trust to locally host the event designed to start conversations about how communities can ensure that all tamariki are safe and can thrive.

“As iwi we are kaitiaki of our region, this means we've the responsibility of not only looking after our environment but all whānau who live here as well,” she said.

 “In collaboration with the community, Ngāti Rangi has developed and leads the implementation of the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan – one core aspect of this is wellbeing, and caring for children/tamariki obviously plays a key part.

“The Plan is about the wider region taking ownership of issues and coming up with our own solutions, Buddy Day is also about communities taking ownership of this important issue to help tamariki so, it's a great fit.”

Above: Ngāti Rangi's event coordinator Chaana Morgan and Trust Pou Ārahi Andy Gowland-Douglas are encouraging 'creators' and 'carers' to register their interest in joining Ruapehu Buddy Day which has been is designed by Child Matters to help create positive environments so all tamariki are safe and can thrive.

Nationally, Buddy Day involves around 2000 adults and organisations adopting a life-size core-flute Buddy and taking them into their communities and workplaces during the day.

Around the Ruapehu region, children at seven local schools and a number of early childcare centres are currently giving their metre-high blank white buddies life as part of their role as 'creators'.

On 13 November the main street of Ohākune will be blocked off for a free community breakfast where 'carers' will adopt the 'creators' buddies for the day.

Child Matters general manager Jane Searle said the event was created as a way to help tackle New Zealand’s “horrendous” statistics around child abuse.

"Over the years, the day has grown to one that takes a proactive stance around helping all children to thrive by creating great environments for them to grow up in.

"New Zealand still has one of the worst child abuse rates in the developed world.

“However, the implications of child abuse do not start and end with the statistics.

“We want to encourage people to do what they can to positively impact all children’s lives every day, in different ways."

Mrs Searle said becoming part of the solution can be take as simple as taking a few proactive steps in starting the conversation.

“Educating the adult population about the daily things they can do to help children flourish is what Buddy Day is all about.

“It's about asking adults to step up and do whatever they can to help prevent child abuse in their circles of influence because every child deserves a great childhood.”

As part of the Ruapehu event, Ngāti Rangi are also hosting a short film festival on the evening of Buddy Day where local children are invited to create 60-second videos that include a buddy and highlights the event’s key messages around child safety.

More information on how to adopt a buddy or become a 'creator' can be found online at or by calling the Ngāti Rangi office on 06 385 9500 or 0800 NRANGI.

Posted by 08 September 2015 10:06:00

Holly Molesworth joins our Taiao team 

Kia ora all, I'm the ecologist who is taking over Hannah’s work while she is on maternity leave for 12 months. Most of my work for Ngāti Rangi will involve consultation with Genesis to find an agreed flow return for the Wahianoa and Makahikatoa Streams. I come from Tauranga but have been living in Palmerston North and Hamilton for the past 6 years while working and studying freshwater ecology. My passion is the conservation of New Zealand’s long finned eel and I'll strive to reinstate this species to its former glory throughout the rohe.

Posted by 07 September 2015 16:33:00

Special Rangatahi Hui 

Our youth are our future and we want to hear everyone's aspirations for their marae and the wider rohe at a special Rangatahi hui on Monday 14th September in the Ngāti Rangi office, 6pm. For more information give Channa a call on 0800 NRANGI or 06 385 9500


Posted by 02 September 2015 19:26:00