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.
Simply put, the Government’s objective is to increase surpluses and reduce debt and the key to achieving that is to reduce the Government’s ‘customers’ or ‘socially dependent people’. The less customers; the less expenditure; the greater the surplus. But in order to reduce the number of customers , the government first needs to understand the customer. Therefore the Government has dedicated $52 billion in 2015/16 to addresssing social matters; health, justice, education and welfare.
Ngāi Te Rangi trustee, Turi Ngatai, challenged the Minister to work with iwi, specifically asking the question “how can iwi access the funding to assist the government to reduce it’s customers”, (acknowledging that many of the customers that the Government is refering to are likely to be our iwi members/Māori).
Rather than give the money to the government organisations in Tauranga, work with iwi and their hapū who better understand the ‘customer’ and are better placed to meet those needs. This is would be a win win position for the Government and Iwi. Iwi/hapū build the capability and capacity of whānau which in turn reduces the customers of the Government. The Minister agreed that this is possibly the better solution, but noted that the difficulty is getting this approved.
What that says, is that this outcome could be achieved, but will require a considered and consistent effort on behalf of iwi. One of the many important conversations to be had in the future.
Since October 2014 1353 new registrations for Ngāi Te Rangi have been recieved making a TOTAL of 6602 registered members.
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According to the 2013 census figures, 12,924 people affiliate to Ngāi Te Rangi.
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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.
Our Trustees all agreed that the conference has inspired them to bring new fresh ideas to their hapū, and challenges them to utilise everything they learned from key note speakers such as Marama Fox, Jacqui Ranui, Rahera Ohia, Makaia Karr along with Ngāi Te Rangi’s own business owners Pirihira Mc Math (Ngāti He) and Leisa Nathan (Ngāi Tukairangi).
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.
Mate decided to take up the whistle two years ago and progressed rapidly through the grades refereeing premier rugby in his first year and being a regular premier ref for 2015. He was recently handed the Bay of Plenty first division senior final between Arataki and Rangiuru and has been selected to be an assistant referee in this years national ITM cup.
“Reffing is a great opportunity for anyone who may not be able to commit to playing anymore, but still wants to contribute to the sport” says Mate.
He encourages more Maori to give refereeing a go as there is great opportunities now to earn a living and travel the world. If you are interested in a career in refereeing contact Pat Rae on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Why? Because Ngā Pōtiki negotiated their own settlement and a trust called Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust was mandated as the receiving entity. Ngā Potiki are still members of the Rūnanga because along with the other Ngāi Te Rangi hapū, they are beneficiaries of the 2004 Fisheries Settlement and the Rūnanga was the Mandated Iwi Organisation to receive and manage the Fisheries Settlement on their behalf.
NŌ REIRA, since we learnt that consolidation was also not possible, the focus then turned to:
1. Establishing a single governance model; and
2. Creating efficiencies around the operations of Ngāi Te Rangi
1. above was achieved in September 2014, through a iwi wide postal vote where 94% voted in favour of the single governance model. The outcome is that we now have 11 Hapū Community representatives elected to govern NST and those same 11 reps govern the Rūnanga, with the addition of 2 trustees for Ngā Potiki.
INĀIANEI, we are currently in the process of progressing 2. above and part of that mahi was to develop and confirm a 25 year strategic plan which was endorsed on 14 June. That brings us to our current state of play which is discussing how to effectively and efficiently implement the strategic plan. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
PONO MĀRIKA, this is a short answer to the pātai!
ME MŌHIO, the strategic plan has many other layers to its implementation. It is not just about the iwi trusts, it is about the individual, whānau and hapū and all the related organisations and businesses. This answer is focused on the specific commonly asked question of why do we have two iwi trusts.
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.
One of the unique and important aspects of the conference was that it provided a forum for upcoming leaders to be inspired and challenged by their ‘tuakana’ and for current leaders to learn and understand how to connect with rangatahi.
Our wāhine very much appreciated gaining an insight to the journeys of each key note speaker; the adversities that were overcome to achieve the successes in their lives and the skills and coping strategies that were learnt along the way. All wahine gained advice to help with the challenges they face in their own lives and professions. The challenge is to put that advice into practice.
If anyone is interested in signing up for Huihuinga Wahine 2016 keep an eye on their facebook page (www.facebook.com/HuihuingaWahine?fref=ts)
The following is a list of wise words pertaining to leadership that were heard on the day:
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!
At the age of about 5 (my father having recently passed away) we moved to Matakana Island to live with my mum’s mātua, Koro Witana and Nanny Te Uru Mare. Wow what a paradise! Some of my fondest memories are of swimming, pipi, te ākau, te ngāhere, titiko, ngā marae, the wharf, riding hoiho, Rātahi Rock oysters, pāpaka, pātiki, setting the nets, karakia, cleaning the nets and catching heaps of ika, spending all day out doing something and not getting home till late (often to avoid chores lol); and doing all this with my bestest friends – my cuzzies and my whānau. I have to say that not much has changed on Te Moutere since then and my biggest wawatā is that our mokopuna and mokopuna tuarua, tuatoru..have the oportunity to experience such an awesome whakapakeke.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
What it is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Live long and prosper”
One thing about you people would be surprised to know?
I am a sci-fi fan from way back hence the astronaut and my piece of advice
What do you enjoy doing for leisure?
Anything to do with our mokopuna (5 of them so far) and our 3 tamariki.
What music do you currently have playing in your car?
Old school sounds if I am driving.