Ngāi Te Rangi were well represented at this years' National Maori Basketball Tournament that was held in Rotorua in February. The roopu were triumphant in taking out two of the national titles in the Under 13 and Under 15 Boys divisions and a third placing for the Under 13 Girls.
Te Maru ō Mauao ki Tauranga Moana who is supported by Tauranga City Basketball Association (TCBA) took 6 teams to the tournament which consisted of a squad of 75 including players, coaches and managers.
The highlight for the squad was the whānaungatanga, confidence and pride that was shown during the competition and during their stay at Te Takinga Marae in Mourea where the whole squad learnt haka and waiata.
Players are all of Māori descent with over half the squad affiliating to Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui. Led by experienced coaches, assistant coaches and managers including Ngāi Te Rangi uri, Antoine Coffin (Ngai Tuwhiwhia, Opureora) and Spencer Webster (Ngāti Hē, Maungatapu).
Ngāi Te Rangi will continue to follow the roopu's performance, and the rise of our talented
athletes in our Iwi.
Ka mau te wehe!!
Ngāi Te Rangi Representatives:
Under 11 Boys: Under 13 Girls:
Kauri Barbarich ( Ngāti Tapu) Tiana Webster (Ngāti He)
Harlem Gardiner - Hano Anahera Palmer (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia)
Under 13 Boys Under 15 Girls
Jean-Luc Coffin (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia) Wikura Kuka ( Ngai Tuwhiwhia)
Mace Webster (Ngāti Hē) Te Marama Hika- Munroe
Wairaka Nuku ( Ngāti Tauaiti)
Open Women's 4
Te Rina Coffin (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia)
Rahera Kuka (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia)
Laura Kuka (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia)
Maria Nuku (Ngāti Tauaiti)
Ngāi Te Rangi's Annual General Meetings were held at Waikari Marae on the 5th of December
along with the Ngāi Te Rangi Whanau Day and Recognition Awards.
The Wharenui Tapukino, was at full capacity for the AGMs of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust and Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust with a record attendance to this year's formalities.
Whilst the hui occurred inside, Outside, the tamariki and mokopuna were treated to games, activities, prize giveaways and competitions, which allowed the parents to sit in on discussions. At the conclusion of the hui, guests were treated to an amazing Kapahaka performance from Tutara Kauika ki Rangataua during the Kai Hākari.
This year also saw the introduction of the Annual Recognition Awards. These informal awards recognise those in Ngāi Te Rangi who have excelled in education and sports and those who consistently contribute to their marae, Hapū and community.
Thank you to all our sponsors of the Recognition Awards, Westpac, KPMG, Koning Webster Lawyers, Heartland Bank, and Platform Advertising.
A great day celebrating Ngāi Te Rangi's success.
Ngā mihi nui ki te Hapū o Ngati Tapu mo tō manaakitanga.
Ngāi Te Rangi is again being well represented on the music stage with the rise of Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi who has been widely acclaimed in the music Industry.
Te Karehana is the mokopuna of Joseph and Parengamihi Gardiner (nee Harawira) of Ngāti Hē me Ngāi Te Ahi hapū and is the son of proud parents Puti Gardiner and Pateriki Toi (Te Tai Tokerau).
Born and raised in Tauranga until he was 8 years old, Te Karehana then spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years growing up in the far north, first in the Hokianga then across to Doubtless Bay.
Following high school Te Karehana made the move to Auckalnd to study Music at UNITEC.
He says he was inspired by his father, who is a composer, and has memories of following his father to Kapahaka practices and even watching him perform Elvis songs at school assemblies. He believes in general his whole family is musically inclined and being Māori it has come quite naturally.
Te Karehana has begun to make in-roads into the music scene at a hectic pace. He has recently returned from New York after recording his debut EP there, and most recently he was awarded The Emerging Artist Award at this years Waiata Maori Awards.
We look forward to seeing Te Karehana receiving a Grammy award in the future.
Tena Koe Te Karehana.
Ngāi Te Rangi Rangatira Dr Hauata Palmer (Ngāi Tuwhiwhia, Ngāti Tapu) has recently been appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal Council.
Dr Hauata Palmer is a well-respected kaumātua from Ngāi Te Rangi and he holds an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy. He worked for the Department of Māori Affairs for several years before returning home to work for his hapū and iwi in the Tauranga region.
Takuta Palmer has also been a long serving advocate for the state of Te Reo in Tauranga and was formally the Chairperson for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi iwi Trust, and a dynamic representative of Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi.
Ngāi Te Rangi celebrates and congratulates this great appointment and we look forward to seeing the impact Hauata will make on the Tribunal.
E te rangatira, ngā mihi nui kia koe.
Takuta Hauata Palmer with fellow Ngai Te Rangi Kaumatua Kihi Ngatai who has recently retired from the Waitangi Tribunal Panel.
Kehus campaign in the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship started in dramatic form.
Starting early in the first round, with low tide and very small surf, Kehu was leading his heat and had the highest wave score however interference was called on him, which halved the points he received.
Kehu was unaware of the call and didnt change his game plan to rectify.
This placed Kehu in 4th place and into the repercharge round, meaning Kehu will have to place first or second and compete almost every day to remain in the competition.
Kehu has done just that!! and is well on his way to cementing his spot in the championship by scoring the highest heat score of the day 15.67 ( the average score has been 8 and 9), in his first heat of the repercharge round.
This is not the first time he has had to go through repercharge. Last year Kehu made it through the first three championship rounds before being knocked to the repercharge. He finished 7th overall in the world, just one heat from a final Top 4. We are all believing for a podium finish this year.
KIA KAHA KEHU!!!
Ngāi Te Rangi will be well represented in this weekend's semi finals clash between the Bay of Plenty Steamers and the Hawkes Bay Magpies in Napier on Saturday.
Steamers Half back, Te Aihe Toma (Ngāi Tamawhariua,Te Rangihouhiri) and Utility Back,
Elijah Nicholas (Ngāti He,Maungatapu) will be looking to cement their teams place in the NPC Final.
The Steamers squad are led by coach Clayton McMillan who is Ngāi Te Rangi (Ngāi Tamawhariua, Te Rangihouhiri) Clayton has done a fantastic job in his first year of coaching.
All the best to the Steamers BRING ON THE FINALS!!
Ngāi Te Rangi is following Kehu Butlers journey at the World Junior Surf Championship in California.
Kehu kicks off his campaign this morning (NZ Time) coverage pending we may be able to watch Kehu live at http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/
Kehu Butler (Te Whānau a Tauwhao) is set to kick off his campaign to win the Vissla ISA World Surfing Championship that is being held in California.
Kehu who flew out on Thursday with the Aotearoa NZ Junior Surf Team will first compete in the Annual competition SANZ, (New Zealand vs South Africa).
This is Kehu's third year competing in the competing in the under 16s division of the ISA World Juniors.
Kehu has his Nan Teena, Koro Junior and little sister Iritana as his support group and his father Khan who is the manager for the team.
We will continue to keep the Iwi updated Kehu's and the team's progress.
Kia kaha Kehu!!!
Ngāi Te Rangi has called for a International tenders process to test the validity of the estimates for the removal of the wreak.
Ngāi Te Rangi maintain their stance of the full removal of MV Rena from Ōtaiti.
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