Ngāti Koata Trust Pānui 1 Kōhitātea 2016
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137 Vickerman St POBox 1659 Nelson 7040 Phone: 03-5481639 Facsimile 03-5482569 

E āku rau rangatira, e te tini, e te mano, tēnei te tuku i ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa i raro i ngā tini āhuatanga o te rā nei. Ko te tūmanako kei te noho pai koutou i raro i ngā manaakitanga o te Atua i runga rā, nānā nei ngā mea katoa i hanga, nānā anō hoki i tango, nā reira me whai korōria ki tōna ingoa tapu. Tihei Mauriora 

Ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a tātou katoa. 
 Nau mai, haere mai
We are always happy to hear about your skills, experiences and passions. Who knows you may be able to support some of the initiatives and activities that we are progressing.
Currently we are looking for a content writer and general help around the office. If this is you then please send your cv through to or even better come up. The office has an open door policy, so pop in and spend some time with us.

Ngāti Koata has been successful in securing the following Education, Wellbeing and Te Reo contracts in 2016.
  • IYP= Incredible years programme - (Ministry of Education) 
  • SELO= Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities (Ministry of Education) 
  • Problem Gambling - (Ministry of Social development)
  • Mā Te Reo funding = (Te Taura Whiri i te reo) 
On these contracts as well as other opportunities and initiatives such as Iwi revitalisation: we are always looking for helpful hands. Positions can range from 10 to 40 hours per week and pay between $15-25 per hour. 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. 

If you are a keen writer and have an idea for a resource that can be utilised in Early Childhood/School settings, that speaks to our people, our places and our taonga please come and share your idea with us. 

Poipoia te reo
We are currently looking for a Te Reo tutor to facilitate the Poipoia te Reo, Ministry of Education te reo programme. Tutoring is only an hour a week through the school terms.
Our previous tutor has recently found full time employment. CONGRATULATIONS !! 

The Ngāti Koata offices are currently being refurbished and major work is being completed on them. We look forward to sharing pictures with you once they have been completed. 
Ngāti Koata Trust enjoys receiving updates and stories from its people, no matter where they may live.

Below is just one of those stories from Monika Kare Kare the co-chair of Rākanui 1B Ahu whenua Trust. Monika was also successful in receiving a Ngāti Koata
 grant which is going towards supporting their 2016 wānanga. Tau ke ki runga!

If you have Iwi news, an Iwi event or a wānanga that you would like shared through our pānui please send this to 
Tēnā koutou Ngāti Kōata whānau
I am writing this letter to mihi for the tā koha received recently from Ngāti Kōata Trust – this pūtea is going towards helping us to hold another wānanga/get together in Whāingaroa in this coming year of 2016.
Our Trust, both the Trustees and the whānau that attended the wānanga this Labour weekend of 2015 were very happy to be in Whāingaroa together, learning about each other, from each other – such a blessing.  We had two guest speakers – Angeline Greensil and Verna Tuteao – both gave us a wonderful insight into our history, we so appreciated their time and kōrero – we learnt so much.
We had whānau travel from near and far – some travelled from as far as from Wellington with their four tamariki with them – first time any of them had been to Whāingaroa – it was very special for us all.  The numbers varied during the weekend but we had a core of around 35 whānau – we made memories we aim to build on year after year - I have included photos in our email of our weekend.
We have a real desire to continue our hikoi back to the whenua and to continue to learn more about our whakapapa and tūpuna.  We are also committed to awhi and support our Kōata whānau as well as our wider Tainui Āwhiro whānau who are on the same waka of learning more about ourselves and at the same time moving forward with our whenua. 
One vision we have as a trust is to unite and strengthen whānau, hapū and iwi with a desire to tautoko all of our people – Kōtahitanga.
Once again on behalf of our Trust, we thank you and wish you every success in your mahi.
“Tainui Āwhiro, ngunguru te ao, ngunguru te pō”
Ngā mihi
Monika Kare Kare
Kia Ngāwari was established in 1975 after the 1974 Commonwealth games that were held in Christchurch. This group was established to promote not only kapahaka but Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga. The original tutors were Joseph and Priscilla Paul who were surrounded and supported by the aunties, uncles and cousins of the time. Many of these relations were also well experienced performers. Kia Ngāwari had a senior and a junior team. 
A number of the songs that were composed for this group lamented for the places that Ngāti Koata called home. From 1975 till 1999 Kia Ngāwari performed at all South Island competitions and the,then, Polynesian Festivals. 
From the year 2000 Te Whatukura have represented Te Tau Ihu on the National kapahaka stage. 
In 1990 at the Polynesian festival held at Waitangi Kia Ngāwari placed first !!.
(Okay I will finish the rest of the story placed first equal in the choral)
For any cultural performing team on the National stage this is a huge achievement. In 2011 there was an attempt to revitalise Kia Ngāwari to which the group performed at the regional competitions. Although we may not have won these competitions it was amazing to be back on stage and perform our Ngāti Koata waiata again. Due to other commitments that group members had, and the inability to find tutors who would be able to take Kia Ngāwari further competitively, we were unable to continue. 

Ngāti Koata strategy plan: 

By Dec 2016 we have a Ngāti Koata kapa haka rōpu established

If your passion is kapa haka and can see yourself helping towards achieving this goal please contact 
Te Tau Ihu o te waka a Maui Māori Cultural Council are looking for Senior Kapa Haka groups to stand in Te Tauihu Regional Competitions on Saturday, 2nd of April in Nelson.

The competitions are important to the region to ensure we have representation at the biggest Māori event in Aotearoa – Te Matatini. To have Te Tauihu represented at the highest level of Kapa Haka is another opportunity to showcase the region’s stories, the region’s identity and the region’s cultural growth to the world. We would like to encourage those whnau groups, hapū groups, Iwi groups, Organisation groups to enter into our Regional competitions.

If you have any questions regarding these competitions or want to enter your group please contact or 021 08331806. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Tēnā - Karawhiua mai! 

Ko Whakatū te Marae 
The Whakatū Marae Komiti are urgently requesting an Iwi Hui to discuss a number of matters concerning the Marae. The date suggested is 20th February 2016 starting at 9.30am and continuing until all matters have been discussed. Kai will take place at the end of the Hui.
The Komiti are needing collective Iwi input and from a tikanga perspective a kanohi ki te kanohi hui is the most appropriate way to do this. It is important to ensure all Iwi have the opportunity to discuss the issues openly for consensus to be reached and a pathway forward for the operation of the Marae.
It is acknowledged a number of the take have already been taken back to Iwi by your representatives for discussion but there has not been an opportunity to debate differences in feedback. The Komiti feels it is important that the hui will give each Iwi the opportunity to discuss the take together.
The take that we wish to discuss are:
  • Kawa – how can this be upheld?
  • Manaakitanga of the Marae
  • Paepae
  • Tā koha
  • Development report
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Photos in the whare –Intellectual property rights
  • Naming of the Pou
  • Any other matters Iwi wish to raise
If you would like to confirm you attendance at this meeting please e mail or Jane Dufeu at
We are all of Te Tau Ihu
Our Ngāti Koata tūpuna developed and maintained many relationships with all people of Te Tau Ihu knowing that we a have shared whakapapa; this relationship was based on mutual respect for each other. 
There were no Iwi divisions and lines drawn on a map and in our hearts.

Te Hora are opening their new wharekai in March and are holding three work bees.
  • 9am Saturday 16th January 2016 
  • 9am Saturday 23rd January 2016 
  • 9am Saturday 30th January 2016 

Ngāti Koata, if you are available to help our Ngāti Kuia cousins and would like to convoy over to Te Hora on Saturday the 30th of January to help  please contact by Friday the 22nd of January.
We will plan to leave from Whakatū Marae by 8am and once I have numbers then I will confirm this with Te Hora. 
If you are available to assist any other day then please make sure you contact the aunties below.  
Aunty Elaine on     03 574 1308 / 0273200948 
Aunty Christine on 03 548 8006 / 0212661264 

In todays world we may choose to support one of our Te Tau Ihu Iwi more than another which is based on whakapapa but is also a matter of the heart. 
We should be proud and celebrate our uniqueness but more importantly we should continue to maintain and strengthen our relationships as we are all of Te Tau Ihu.

He aha te mea nui o te ao he tangata he tangata he tanagata
Te Hora Marae 
Kia ora koutou, please be advised of the following two Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu notices that you may be interested in:
1.     Recruitment for Te Putahitanga CEO
If you are interested, please find attached the details for the recruitment of the Chief Executive Officer for Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.
Please also see the link below for further information:ūtahitanga-o---Te-Waipounamu,5742.html
The position closes 341 January 2016
2.     Apply NOW! New Investment Round for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency, is calling for applications to invest in whānau capability and wellbeing.

Tiakina te Taiao

Iwi monitors

Tiakina te Taiao are looking for Iwi monitors to: record observations on a work/construction site, stop work if cultural material is discovered, ensure and safe guard tikanga and contact the office for next steps. 
If you are:

  • Positive
  • Can perform a basic mihi, karakia and waiata
  • Focussed
  • IT capable
  • Able to work with contractors, digger drivers, site bosses and the like.
  • Flexible with your work schedule as Iwi monitors are only required on an as needs basis
Please contact Mike Elkington on 03 5467842 for further information. 

The pay rates are approximately:
 $18.50 per hour for a Trainee and 
 $27.00 per hour for a fully trained monitor. 

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