Name: Matetahatika (Mate) Samuels
Hapu Representitive for : Te Ngare
Occupation: Youth Mentor
What is your whakapapa? Grandparents and parents.
Ko Whakamarurangi raua ko Mere Hamiora oku matua tipuna.
No Ngāi Te Rangi māua.
I te taha o toku māmā ko Nelly Walters toku kuia.
No Te Rarawa ia.
Ko Herepete Toi Marsden toku koroua.
No Ngai Takoto ia.
Ko Materepo raua ko Marlene Samuels oku mātua.
Tokorua ōku tuahine.
Tokowha ōku tuakana.
Where did you grow up? And your fondest childhood memory.
I grew up on the beautiful Matakana Island.
My fondest memory is swimming at the wharf all summer.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Just like my Dad.
What it is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The greatest thing you can do for your children is love their mother.
One thing about you people would be surprised to know?
I made it into University with no previous qualifications(currently completing my Primary Teaching Degree).
What do you enjoy doing for leisure?
Mahi mo taku Hahi, Spending time with my wife and 5 children,Rugby,League and being a referee for the BOP Rugby Union.
What music do you currently have playing in your car?
The Manhattans,UB40,Israel Houghton.
Photo Courtesy of stuff.co.nz
Māori spoken word Poet Te Kahu Rolleston has been given the well- deserved opportunity to attend the Banff Centres Indigenous Writing Programme in Canada next month.
Te Kahu will gain invaluable tutoring and mentoring and also have the opportunity to showcase his works at the conference. For Te Kahu, who is the mokopuna of Melbo and Te Kahu Roretana, son to Te Uta, he has:
These are amazing feats from our boy from Matakana Island.
Ngāi Te Rangi congratulates Te Kahu and we look forward to hearing about the trip and following his bright future.
The Port of Tauranga is about to commence the deepening and the widening of the Tauranga Harbour shipping channels.
Port of Tauranga staff will be available at the following locations to answer questions about the dredging programme that is to commence in October.
Tuesday 8 September : Club Mount Maunganui(Boardroom), 45 Kawaka Street Mount Maunganui 2.30pm-4.30pm.
Thursday 10 September: Armitage Hotel (Domain Room) 9 WIllow Street, Tauranga 2.30pm-4.30pm
For further information on Ngāi Te Rangi's involvement in the dredging please contact
Reon Tuanau and Kia maia Ellis (Resource Management Unit) at Te Rūnanga o Ngai Te Rangi iwi Trust (07)5753 765.
The construction of the new Maungatapu underpass that will be built on State Highway 29A and will connect to Welcome Bay Road begins early next month.
Members of the Ngāti He hapū of Maungatapu were present at the first turning of the sod for the new underpass on Tuesday.
The underpass will separate state highway and local traffic, reducing congestion at peak times and making travel safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The dignitaries and guests were reminded of the cost of the project in terms of the land from its Maori owners and set aside for the roading project.
“It was taken fifty years ago,” says Ngai Te Ahi Kaumatua Huikakahu Kawe, “so there's been many tears shed over this land.
The representatives of the three hapu today are the children and grandchildren of the people from which the land was taken
The Project is expected to be completed by mid 2017.
The link below gives you a interactive view of what the new underpass will look like.