Ngāti Koata Trust Pānui 2. Hui Tanguru 2016
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137 Vickerman St POBox 1659 Nelson 7040 Phone: 03-5481639 Facsimile 03-5482569 

We would like to wish returning students  all the best in your 2016 academic pursuits. 

Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei 
(Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain)

Tertiary study. 
We know that this can be financially taxing on many students and whānau. Please make sure that you have done your homework on all the grants and scholarships that your tertiary institution may provide and APPLY. You can also try community groups such as The JR Mckenzie Youth Education Trust   who may be able to assist you with purchases such as uniforms. 

Scholarships and Education Grants

Ngāti Koata acknowledges this financial pressure and provides an Education Grant to it's people. 

Please click on the following link for an application form.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology also offer the following two Education grants which are named after two of our Ngāti Koata leaders. 

Pene Ruruku scholarship 

Kaiapa Kohe scholarship 

Business Analyst

There is a short term contract of 4 weeks at $40 an hour to write business plans and complete due diligence on a number of projects that are currently needing to be progressed.  

Content writer 
There is a short term contract for a content writer which will pay between $30-$45 an hour depending on experience. 

If this is you then please submit your cv to OR come in to the office. 

BNZ Māori cadetship positions 

Please find attached a link to three BNZ Maori cadetship positions advertised for Auckland. Two are specifically looking for Waikato Tainui members but there is one other position that is not Iwi specific. 

A very high proportion of those in previous cadetships now have full time employment with BNZ including two Ngati Koata members. 

Please note the close date of 24 February


Our offices are still being refurbished. We have new wall paper, carpets and more. We are especially looking forward to having a fully functional kitchen to cook in. Due to restructuring and limited storage space we are calling a work bee next Wednesday from 9am till 12 pm (lunch will be provided)  to help find a place for everything within the office spaces.  
We are seeking expressions of interest for 20  Nelson based Ngāti Koata children who would like to participate in the 2016 Sealord swimming lessons programme. 

The exact dates and paper work will be available later on in March and will be communicated further in the next pānui. 

If you would like your child/ren to be considered for these swimming lessons please send your name the name of your child/ren and contact details to the office on


We would like to acknowledge and congratulate Marama Elkington for all her achievements and successes in Waka Ama over the past year. 

Recently she raced at the Waka Ama sprint Nationals at Lake Karapiro and won the following medals and qualifications:  
  • Gold medal in the New Zealand 2016 National, premiere open women, 250m and 500m Sprint competition, which means that she is the reigning top women paddler for New Zealand. 
  • Qualified automatically for the Worlds W1 Competition in May held in Australia 2016.
  • Gold in the J19 women's W12 500 m 
  • Silver medal in the regional W12, open women's 
  • Silver medal in the W6 1500m 
  • Silver medal in the W6 500m open women's
Click on this link to view Marama winning the W1 500m finals.

This is only a snap shot of her many achievements.

We would like to wish you continued success in your future pursuits. 

Ngāti Koata Trust also provides sports grants. If you would like to apply for one please click on the link below for an application form.
Ngāti Koata sports grant 
Ngāti Koata Trust enjoys receiving updates and stories from its people, no matter where you may live.
If you have Iwi news, an Iwi event or a wānanga that you would like shared through our pānui please send this to 
Ko Whakatū te Marae 
The Whakatū Marae Komiti  Iwi Hui scheduled for the 20th of February 2016 has now been postponed. We will keep you posted once we know the new date. 
Waitangi Day Celebrations 

Whakatū Marae International kai festival is being held on Monday the 8th of February from 10- 3:30pm. It promises to be a great family day full of entertainment and food. 
There will be a number of Iwi members involved in the many activities and stalls there.

That our Ngāti Koata tūpuna on Rangitoto didn't actually sign Te Tiriti till the 11th of May 1840. 
TE HORA WORK BEE        Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora te Iwi. 

Although only a few Ngāti Koata attended the work bee on the 30th of January we were able to achieve a lot. We would like to acknowledge those who may have been over on previous weekends to support. 
It was an amazing experience and not only were our bodies fed but so were our souls and hearts. 

Future work bees are being held every weekend until the opening. 
The opening of the wharekai is planned for Saturday March the 19th 2016. 
There will be a dawn ceremony and also a public pōwhiri at 11am. 
For further information please contact the Ngāti Kuia Trust offices. 

Ngāti Koata will be convoying over together, leaving from the Marae at 5am on Saturday the 19th of March. 
Our waiata will be ' Takiri ko te Ata' 
This love song sings to the first union of Te Putu of Ngāti Koata to Keiha of Ngāti Kuia. 
The words and sound byte will be available soon for us all to learn. 

He aha te mea nui o te ao he tangata he tangata he tanagata
Te Hora

Pō whakawhanaunga 

On Friday the 22nd of January 2016 Ngāti Koata Kaumatua and the Trust Board members shared an evening together which consisted of great food, great fun and excellent company. 

There was an opportunity to participate in the peaceful, sharing is caring 'Saram Wrap' game.
If you know us there is nothing better than the thought of some one else winning to get the competitive juices flowing. The creative use of  pocket knives, forks, long nails, hogging the wrap and even the occasional dropping of the dice was impressive. 

Fortunately for us all, no blood was drawn in the playing of this game. Most importantly everyone came away with a prize, or two or three or ten. BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE ROLL !! 
We will have a photo album of the evening available for viewing up at the Trust office.

A taonga was presented to each of our kaumatua present on the night. We hope you all received your taonga with as much love and appreciation as they were given. There are not enough words in the dictionary to express how much we care about you. 

He mihi nui ki a koe Nita May te kaihanga o ēnei momo taonga. 
We ended the evening with a group photo. Some of our  kaumatua are wearing the Korowai that they named during the evenings activities.
We look forward to many more celebratory events in the future.  

Koata tangata, Koata taonga, Koatatanga e. 

Current State of Te Reo


Percentage of Ngāti Koata that can kōrero Māori according to Statistics New Zealand:

o 29.0% in 2001 o 25.6% in 2006 o 24.4% in 2013

  • This represents a near 16% decrease in the number of Ngāti Koata that can kōrero Māori over a 12 year period

  • - At this rate the percentage of te reo Māori speakers in Ngāti Koata will further decrease to around 11% by 2025 unless drastic steps are taken to reverse this trend.

    The Ngāti Koata 2015 Te Reo survey shows;

    FLUENCY IN TE REO MĀORI: Self assessed

    Cannot speak or understand te reo Māori



    Can speak and understand basic te reo words



    Can speak and understand simple te reo sentences



    Can speak and understand simple te reo conversations



    Can speak and understand most things in te reo Māori



    Can confidently and competently speak te reo Māori



     Please click on the following link for further statistics and the 2015 strategy plan consultation rounds presentation. 



We are calling for Koata people who are willing to develop a 5  year strategy plan that will grow, strengthen and maintain our Ngāti Koata paepae. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday the 24th of February 5pm- 7pm to set the scene and plan for further hui. 

We would like to have this initiative up and running by Matariki 2016. 

I would like acknowledge the Cultural Strategy planning group who had previously worked on this in 2015.  

Mā te wā  

Te Ata Hou 

Te Ata hou classes will begin on Tuesday the 23rd of February from 5-8pm. These classes are a continuation from the 2015 Te Haeata Reo course. 
There are a few spaces available for this class. For further information and eligibility please contact Louisa.

Kaumatua Te Reo classes 

Kaumatua Te reo classes begin on Tuesday the 23rd of February at Te Toki Pākohe, NMIT. 
Beginners te reo classes. 
We are currently in discussions with NMIT to provide a Ngāti Koata beginners Te Reo evening class. This will all be dependant on whether there is an interest by at least 20 of our people to have these. 
If you would like to be considered for this classes then please send your name and contact details to by Friday the 12th of February. 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui, Kia whakatū te reo

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