On 2 July, Ngāi Te Rangi were given the opportunity to host Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable Bill English, along with the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley for a presentation of the Government’s 2015 Budget.
This was an opportunity for Ngāi Te Rangi to demonstrate its political astuteness and engage with the Crown, rangatira ki te rangatira. It also provided an opportunity for Tauranga Moana and our strategic partners to challenge the Minister on how the government’s budget will support the objectives of iwi and the Tauranga community.
The Wāhine Maori Entrepreneurs Conference was held on 13 to 14 July in Tauranga with Mabel Wharekawa-Burt (Ngāi Tamawhariua, Te Rereatukahia) as the Conference Chair. Ngāi Te Rangi Trustees, Ngareta Timutimu (Ngāi Tukairangi, Hungahungatoroa), Ngaraima Taingahue (Te Whānau a Tauwhao ki Rangiwaea) and Margaret Broughton (Ngāti Tauaiti) attended and said the conference gave a voice to highly capable Māori women who have the courage and vision to pursue business pathways.
“The women illustrated what is possible and what we as Māori can offer to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace” said Ngareta.
Ngāi Te Rangi wāhine including Maureen Ririnui, Huhana Rolleston, Angeline Samuels, Simmone Hoete, Riri Ellis, Hannah Jones, Wakata Kingi, Pirihira McMath and Paula Werohia attended the Huihuinga Wāhine Māori Leadership Summit in Auckland on 24 July.
The summit rallied together Māori women in leadership roles across a range of sectors to share and evaluate their leadership experiences. The key note speakers and facilitators challenged the attendees to think about the many roles and responsibilites they have (not just their job title), the skills and attributes they have developed, and how those skills and attributes contribute to their current roles and life goals.
Ngāi Te Rangi Trustee Mate Samuels (Te Ngare, Ngāti Tauaiti, Ngāi Tuwhiwhia) has recently returned from representing the Bay of Plenty as a referee at the Gold Coast Carnival- Secondary Schools Rugby Tournament in Australia.
Mate was selected along with 7 other New Zealand Referees to participate in the Rugby Carnival that saw over 40 secondary school teams from across Australia and New Zealand compete in the week long tournament.
Te Wharekura o Mauao, were the first Māori Immersion School to attend the Carnival in it’s 25 year history, with many uri of Ngāi Te Rangi represented in the team.
Name: Margaret Te Urutarewa Broughton (nee Poka) Age: Rima tekau mā toru ōku tau. Hapu Representitive for: Ngāti Tauaiti, Te Moutere o Matakana.
What is your whakapapa? Grandparents and parents.
Kō Mauao te maunga, kō Tauranga te moana, kō Ngai Te Rangi te iwi, kō Myra Maikara Mare tōku māmā.
Kō Maungatautari te Maunga, kō Waikato te awa, kō Ngāti Korokī te hapū, kō Ngā Take Te Poka Paki tōku pāpā.
Nō te Moutere o Matakana ahau.
Where did you grow up? And your fondest childhood memory.
Until the age of 5, we lived at Poripori where I have fond memories of mum raising chickens to sell the eggs. Us tamariki would help mum with feeding the heihei, collecting the eggs, and looking after the little chickies. My dad (Dag to those who knew him well) was a farmer and although I do not have a lot of memories of him, I do remember he and my brothers would go out hunting and they would bring the dead deer or pig home and slap it on the table in the kitchen to cut up...perhaps not a fond memory for some but hey that was kai!
Often there are commonly asked questions of our trustees or managers. We will provide an answer to such questions in our e panui. Our first commonly asked question is below:
Why do we have two iwi trusts?
During the time of Te Hononga (hapū treaty negotiations forum) whilst Ngāi Te Rangi were still in treaty negotiations with the Crown, the idea of having one Ngāi Te Rangi tribal entity was promoted. That certainly was everyone’s preference.
ENGARI, near the end of the negotiations process we learnt that the Crown’s criteria did not allow Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust (‘Rūnanga’) to be the receiver of our treaty settlement assets because it is a Charitable Trust. The Crown had specific criteria for the receiving entity, and that is why a new trust called the Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust (‘NST’) was established.
The discussion then turned to the idea of how we could “consolidate” the two trusts, so that eventually we would only have one tribal entity. ENGARI, we then learnt that consolidation was also not possible because the Rūnanga and NST do not have the same beneficiaries.