Ngati Whatua News

1 March 2010
Tena Ra Koutou Ara Tatou Katoa As the new decade of 2010 is getting well underway, the opportunities for Ngāti Whātua look set to really take off. Activity around the settlement of outstanding treaty claims in Tāmaki Makaurau and the Kaipara has taken a great leap forward, and progress on the Iwi wide claim is gathering momentum.
Waitangi Day at Okahu Bay
1 March 2010
The Waitangi Day celebration at Okahu Bay hosted by Ōrākei in partnership with the Auckland City Council is becoming a ‘must’ on Aucklanders’ summer festival calendar. Thousands turned out to recognise the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
1 March 2010
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is purchasing, by way of a long term agreement, what was formerly a private school in Silverdale. The property was offered for sale to the Iwi by former Rodney mayor John Laws, and his wife Lesley. The Happy Rainbow School, also known as Koru Grove, ran on the property teaching as a Steiner school, based on the educational methods of Rudolph Steiner. A plan will be developed by the Rūnanga for the future use of the property and is likely to have an educational focus.
1 March 2010
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua took a leading role at the Māori Fisheries Conference held in Napier at the end of March. The Iwi is a shareholder in Leigh Fisheries, who is the major sponsor of the event. Chairman, Naida opened the Leigh presentations at the conference and discussed the unique relationship the Iwi has formed with Leigh Fisheries, a highly successful international fresh fish exporter.
Ngāti Whātua Reluctantly Joins Auckland City Maori Advisory Board
1 March 2010
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua has reluctantly decided to participate in the Maori Advisory Board to be set up as part of the new Auckland Council structure, but has vowed alongside Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei to continue to fight for representation on the full council. Chair, Naida Glavish, says Ngāti Whātua as an iwi has always been willing to engage with the leadership of the city ever since the days of Hobson, even in blatantly flawed forms of governance.
1 March 2010
It’s a long way from the warm shores of the Kaipara to the icy landscapes of Finland, but that’s the journey about to be undertaken by a group of Ngāti Whātua tamariki and rangatahi. Kahurangi ki Kaipara, a young Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara kapa haka group aged 4-16 years old, are putting in the hard yards ahead of participating in the International Folklore Festival in Tampere, Finland, in June this year.
Historical Account Nearly Complete
1 October 2009
The preparation of the historical account of Ngāti Whātua as an Iwi is now 90 per cent complete. The draft has been completed by historian, David Armstrong, who has extensive experience in the preparation of historical accounts for treaty claims.
1 October 2009
The Iwi-wide treaty claim for Ngāti Whātua has taken a number of twists and turns this year, and I am pleased to say after several hiccups, not of our own making, we are now starting to make progress. A government initiated proposal from former Minister, Sir Douglas Graham, to settle all outstanding claims in the Auckland region put a temporary spanner in the works of the process we have been progressing to take our claim to an Agreement in Principle.
2 April 2009
Tena ra koutou ara tatou katoa, Welcome to our first newsletter of 2009. I am honoured to again accept the role of chairman of the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Trustees following the first meeting of the newly elected board in February. Our board remains largely unchanged with the exception of Russell Kemp, who is replaced by Tapihana Shelford.
Hapainga celebrates Waitangi Day at Native Noise Festival
1 April 2009
Ngāti Whātua's Hapainga team celebrated Waitangi Day this year in style at the Native Noise Festival 2009. Celebrations were held at Okahu Bay and hosted by Ngāti Whātua o Orākei, in collaboration with Auckland City Council. Hapainga is the Ngāti Whātua interpretation of Mana Hapai, a co-production initiative with Te Puni Kokiri. The Hapainga campaign is based on three projects: Mua, the cultural heritage of Ngāti Whātua; Toi, Ngāti Whātua's distinctive art and creativity; and Leaders, our cultural and practical leadership.