Paenga whāwhā- In this pānui - Kelly Tarltons, Special General meeting, Opportunities, Koata tangata, Ngāti Koata Cultural Centre French Pass, Kia Whakatū te reo, Kapahaka, Te Reo, AGM, Arewa Start up weekend, Wakatū incorporation pilot Science wānanga.  
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Phone: 03 548 1639 Fax: 03 548 2569 Email:

On March the 17th, four Ngāti Koata Tuatara have been translocated from Southland Museum and Art Gallery to Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium and are being featured in the Jurassic Seas room.

Two of our kaumatua, Joe and Pricilla Paul and one of our Tuatara handlers Noela McGregor travelled to Invercargill and accompanied the Tuatara which were then formally handed over in Auckland to be cared for by Kelly Tarlton's and the people of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei. They were met in Auckland by Aunty Puhanga, Uncle Ngārau, uncle Mara and Bronwyn. 
This translocation was supported with a formal MOU between Ngāti Koata and Kelly Tarltons Sealife Aquarium. 
We look forward to the ongoing relationship that this translocation has created.

DID YOU KNOW? that Ngāti Koata Tuatara have been translocated to many places in New Zealand and Internationally as well. If you have seen Tuatara in places like zoo's, aquariums's, sanctuaries etc they are likely to be from home so make sure that you mihi to them. 

This whakatauākī was written to capture the emotions that Ngāti Koata felt in the the translocation of Tuatara from Takapourewa to Whangaokeno, Orokonui, Te Kuri ā Paoa and Maungatautari in 2012. 
The translocation of Ngāti Koata Tuatara is one way of connecting our people to our places and our taonga no matter where they may live. These are also supported with a MOU to ensure that our kaitiaki responsibilities to them is never forgotten
Top left: Our Ngāti Koata representatives delivering the four Tuatara to Auckland. 
Top right: The enclosure at Kelly Tarltons 
Bottom left: Southland Museum and Art Gallery 
Bottom right: Takapourewa 

During these consultation hui we will also be sharing the Organisational Development, Cultural Revitalisation and Iwi Development strategies and goals with you. 
For further information please contact

Voting papers must be received by online voting, post, or in person at the Hui- A- Iwi. Voting closes at 5pm Saturday the 28th of May. 

If you are of Ngāti Koata descent but are not a registered member of Ngāti Koata Trust you may also request information pertaining to this Hui - A- Iwi, and may register (and vote). 
An information pack and voting papers will be sent to all registered adult members of Ngāti Koata Trust in due time.
All Ngāti Koata voting members will vote on Saturday 28 May at a Hui ā Iwi at Whakatū Marae on these proposed companies structure.
for more information. click here Please
The Ngāti Koata Trust through a series of consultation hui will inform the Iwi on the proposed structural changes to the Ngāti Koata Groups.

The dates for the hui are:
WHAKATU, Wednesday 20 April, 6pm, Trust Office
ŌTAUTAHI, Tuesday 26 April, 6pm, Te Pūtahitanga Office, 10 Show Place, Addington
PORIRUA, Wednesday 27 April, 6pm, Puna Ora, Cnr Ngatitoa and Te Hiko Streets, Takapūwāhia
KIRIKIRIROA, Thursday 28 April, 6pm, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Mangakōtukutuku Campus, Ōhaupō Road
Ngāti Koata Trust are seeking expressions of interest for the up and coming Hui-A-Iwi on Saturday May the 28th 2016. You will be required to provide dinner for approximately 60-80 people. If you would like to be considered for this please send your menu and budget to by Friday April the 22nd.
The successful applicant will be notified by Monday May 2nd.
When sending your proposal to the Trust please make sure you identify this as Special General Meeting and Hui a Iwi catering.
There are many opportunities available to our people to become involved in the initiatives and programmes within the Ngāti Koata Trust.  This can range from employment, participation in wānanga, facilitation roles, applying for one of our grants, sponsorship, kapahaka, attending consultation rounds to name a few.  
It is totally up to you.  We encourage you to share this pānui with all Ngāti Koata people and if there is something on here that excites you please do not hesitate to contact us. 
Ngāti Koata Trust are always looking for helpful hands to progress some of the initiatives and programmes within the office. These positions can range from 10 to 40 hours per week and pay between $15-45 per hour, depending on outcomes, skills and qualifications.
These opportunities are contract and project based and may lead to future employment opportunities with in the organisation. 
If you are interested in being part of the team please drop by with your CV. We would love to explore this journey with you.
Ngāti Koata Waitangi Commemoration.

To acknowledge the signing of the Tiriti o Waitangi of our Ngāti Koata Tūpuna on May 11 we are looking for ideas on how to acknowledge this and would hope to make this an annual event. 
If you have an idea please contact

In February we sought expressions of interest for 20  Nelson based Ngāti Koata children who would like to participate in the 2016 Sealord swimming lessons programme.
Ka rawe Ngāti Koata all 20 positions are taken . Jacqui is currently contacting you about this, or you can help her out by calling her 

It is up to you now whānau to confirm your child/rens position, register your child and consider which of the following 3 options of dates you can commit too before the 15th of April. 

The dates that are available for these lessons are:
Term 2 the 2nd of May - 10 July 2016 (one lesson a week) 
OR during the term 2 holidays from the 11th July- 22nd July (one lesson each day) 
OR term 3 25th July -25th September 2016


With so much interest in these swimming classes Ngāti Koata Trust are now seeking expressions of interest for another 20 Ngāti Koata people from 5 months upwards, including adults to also participate in these sessions.   

If you would like your child/ren or yourself to be considered for these extra swimming places please confirm your name/s, contact details, your preference of swimming dates to as soon as possible. 

Ngāti Koata Trust enjoys receiving updates and stories from its people, no matter where you may live.
If you have Iwi news OR an Iwi event that you would like shared, please make sure you do this on our facebook page.  

If you have not yet liked our Ngāti Koata Trust Pānui Page or Ngāti Koata Community Hub Page, you may be missing out on a lot of news and updates.
Go like those pages and keep up to date with whats going on in our iwi 
Click here to access the pānui page.
Click here to visit our community Hub page.
The French Pass Cultural Centre was vested to Ngāti Koata under it’s deed of settlement in 2015 and its location is a window to our Ngāti Koata world view.The historic and cultural significance of this area as a stronghold to the people of Ngāti Koata is undisputed. The Tuku which defined our rohe was said to have been made within the area and early stories of our settlement after the heke from Kāwhia in the 1820’s is all within arms reach.
The waters of Te Aumiti race through on each tide at up to eight knots creating whirlpools, eddies and currents. This passage was used by our people who travelled to and from Rangitoto to our Southern Boundary.
One of our many Kaitiaki, Te Kawau a Toru, is immortalised in this passage and to our people respect is given to these waters. 
A committee has been established to progress the the developments of the Centre including; the cultural vision, maintenance and repair plan, funding to refurbish and remodel the centre to reflect Koatatanga and purpose fit for wānanga.
While this is happening the Centre is available for accommodation to our Iwi members to utilise as a place to reconnect to our people, places and taonga. This is available to our people for koha. 
The Centre consists of 1 teachers residence which sleep up to 10 people, a school house (in it's current state) only up to 15 people, a playground and a concrete court with a bball hoop. 

As we keep you updated on the developments and progress of this space as they happen. 

A pamphlet and information pack will also be available online before the end of April.

Our Ngāti Koata Kaumatua are practicing a number of waiata to perform later on this year in Wellington and will stand on stage with other kaumatua groups from around the motu. 
Currently these practices are being held on Tuesday nights from 5-6pm.


Kore he painga i a koutou. 

Kia Ngāwari Kapahaka group are registered to perform at the up and coming Te Tau ihu Matatini regional kapahaka competitions on May the 28th 2016. 
We have been practising for a month now and are continuing to shape our bracket. Although it seems challenging at times, we all know that it will be worth it in the end. If our Kaumatua can do it then so can we.
If you would like to support Te Tau Ihu by joining the kapahaka group or have a skill or talent you may be willing to share with us to help us please come along to one of our practices or let me know here at the office. 
Practice times were on Thursdays 5:30- 7:30 at Kopuawai Te Kohanga Reo 99 Atawhai drive. These have been cancelled till further notice.
 Our up and coming noho dates are:

April 22-24th, May 6-8 same place and May 20-22nd. These will all be held at tThe Ngāti Koata Cultural Centre at French Pass. 
We are keeping our eye on the prize which is in 2025 when our rohe will be hosting the Matatini Kapahaka competition. We have 9 years to secure a top 9 placing. 
Below are some images (courtesy of Nita May) taken during practice.
Left- Robert, Joe P, Tysxun, Dre 
Right- Ruth, Bobby T, Cumorah, Joanie, Joan. 

Mā te tuākana ka tōtika te Teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuākana 
We would like to continue to support the rohe by registering a Kia Ngāwari Juniors to perform at the Te Tau Ihu Primary Schools kapahaka competitions in October.

We will be calling practices for them around July. 

The winners of this competition have the opportunity to perform at the National Te Mana Kuratahi (Primary Schools) Kapahaka competitions 2017. 

E te whānau, whānui if you have a passion for Kapahaka whether it is in the form of performing, composing, guitar playing come and join us ... 

In partnership with NMIT, both of these reo courses have begun.
The kaumatua reo classes run from 9am through to 12pm every Tuesday. 

Te Ata Hou is the continuation of the Haeata reo from 2015 and are held at Te Toki Pākohe from 5pm through to 8pm every Tuesday night.


Iriaka Ferris (pictured below right with our kaumatua reo class) and Solomon Rahui (pictured bottom left working with one of our kuia)  are the Tutors for these classes. 

Just putting it out there whānau that are also seeking expressions of interest for caterers to provide the meals for our AGM in September.
This will include:
Friday nights dinner
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
Morning tea on Saturday
possibly supper on Saturday night depending entertainment. Hakari after the Hui a Iwi.

Please send your menu and proposed costs to the Trust before June 30th.  
When sending your proposal into the Trust please make sure you identify this as
AGM and HUI-A-IWI catering. 

To really celebrate together during this weekend we are also seeking expressions of interest for Entertainment on Saturday night after dinner. If you are interested in providing entertainment or organising this please send  a proposal with entertainment details for consideration to

When: 15-17th April

If you are a Ngāti Koata Entrepreneur with innovative and creative ideas then we are looking for you. 

There are still 7 Ngāti Koata positions available to attend this excellent start up weekend. Come on guys

Click here to learn more about it.
BUT WAIT THERES MORE ! If you are selected from this weekend to attend the 9 week follow up course, Ngāti Koata Trust will sponsor 3 of you to attend this.   

If you would like to be considered for one of the 10 positions please send your contact details and a brief explanation of your creative idea to

Rest assured NGĀTI KOATA will not to take your idea and run with it all intellectual property will be owned by its owner. 

If you are a young Ngāti Koata adult and have studied or are currently studying in the science field at University, Wakatū Incorporation are working on a pilot Science Wānanga programme. If you are interested in supporting this initiative or would like more information please contact Dina on 
Often we become too busy being busy that we forget to acknowledge and celebrate our people and successes.

The Trust would like to thank everyone who have been working tirelessly to progress, develop, create and maintain the wonderful work that has gone on behind the scenes. From our caterers, cleaners, volunteers, the board, the operations team, our kaumatua and the many iwi who continually want to be engaged and involved in one way or another. 

E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari  i te toa takitini. 

This will be our 6th consecutive monthly pānui and we are excited to share the happenings with in the Trust with you. We hope that you enjoy receiving them as much as we enjoy preparing them. 

Nō reira mā te atua e manaaki e tiaki i a tātou katoa. 
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