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Project Moturoa – Kaitaiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger programme still open for registrations for a short time

Kia ora koutou,

Project Moturoa is full steam ahead for a June start.  Applications are still open.  The course starts on 15 June, however there is a window of a couple of weeks where participants can join the programme.  There are 12 students enrolled which is great, and room for more.  This is an amazing opportunity for Maori learners to be exposed to a conservation programme with a strong focus on Te Ao Maori.  This is a fees free eligible programme which is full time, with a mix of classroom, field, and marae-based learning.

Please encourage whanau to enrol online here

A handbook outlining the course programme can be found here  and is also attached as a PDF.

If you or someone you know who would like to enrol have any questions and would like to speak with the programme coordinator directly, please contact Pene on or phone 0223119458.


Project Moturoa Handbook

June 10th, 2020|

#Protect Our Whakapapa

This is an unsettling time. It’s new for all of us and it changes every day. So as whānau Māori, #ProtectOurWhakapapa! made a website to bring together simple, clear, trustworthy information and help about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can’t physically go to our marae right now, or even each others’ homes to have a kōrero and a kapu tī. Online spaces are more important than ever before.

On their website there are links to official, up-to-date information about the virus. They have posters that you can share with whānau of all ages. There are links for all of the whānau – support for wāhine, tāne, and games and apps for our tamariki.

We’re all in this together – we can do it, whānau – let’s #ProtectOurWhakapapa!

Website – #ProtectOurWhakapapa!

April 15th, 2020|

Apply for Grants, seek support and find information during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust staff and Trustees are responding to your needs. We have launched a dedicated online app where whānau can seek support and apply for COVID-19 specific grants.

Our priority is to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our whānau, with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable.

All registered Ngāti Tama iwi members can apply for:

  • a $100 COVID-19 Immediate relief payment
  • extra financial help for whānau who are really stuck due to loss of work and income as a result of COVID-19
  • a 2020 Influenza flu shot subsidy; and
  • access to additional information

You can also apply for these by calling us on 0800 8262 494 Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

If a staff member has contacted you in the past week, your banking information may already be on file. If your details have changed, please update them.

To login to the Ngāti Tama Whānau App:

  • Go to the “Ngāti Tama Whānau App
  • In the login screen enter your email address (only registered iwi members can access the app)
  • a unique pin number will be emailed to you
  • Enter the pin and you are in
  • A new pin will be needed each time you access the app to keep your information secure

To log out click the three lines in the top left corner of the app

How to apply for grants and help:

  • Select the support you need under the “My Account” Tab
  • click “Apply Now”
  • complete all the fields; and
  • select submit

A step by step video guide on how to access the Ngāti Tama Whānau App, complete and application and monitor its progress.

We will continue to improve our engagement with whānau through services such as the Ngāti Tama Whānau App. If you would like to provide feedback about this app, or if you need assistance please contact us at or call 0800 8262 494 Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

For more information about our response head to the Ngāti Tama website


We will continue to improve our engagement with whānau through services such as the Ngāti Tama Whānau App. If you would like to provide feedback about this app, or if you need assistance please contact us at or call 0800 8262 494 Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

For more information about our response head to the Ngāti Tama website

He waka eke noa!
Were all in this together!

April 4th, 2020|


With the coronavirus (COVID19) continuing to spread in Aotearoa, Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust have introduced new protocols to help keep our staff, offices and visitors safe.

Refrain from entering our office at 74 Waimea Rd if you have:

  • If you enter and present any ‘flu’ like symptoms, please do not be offended if a member of staff asks you to leave the premises. Where possible, call ahead on (03) 548 1740 to discuss your visit.Other ‘flu’ like symptoms i.e. nasal congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • Been in contact with anyone who has been in close contact with someone confirmed with coronavirus (COVID-19)

When entering the premises please make use of the Hand Sanitizer available at the front door and meeting rooms.

Ngāti Tama have placed a hold on the following cultural practices:

  • Hongi
  • Personal contact, including handshaking, kissing, hugging
  • Sharing of cups and common foods

The purpose of hongi is to be of one breath and be of one mind. While this tends to happen through a physical connection, the feeling is often more of a spiritual connection. In saying that, a spiritual connection can be felt without physical contact.

We appreciate your consideration at this time.

March 19th, 2020|

KIA MATAARA! Upcoming Events Postponed and cancelled


18th March 2020


Tēnā koutou

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread globally and the possibility for it to spread within Aotearoa, we have been working through our responsibilities as an organisation to ensure we do our best to mitigate further impacts.

Although the MOH do not currently recommend the cancellation of events, Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trustees have reviewed upcoming events in consideration of the current COVID-19 risks and have decided to take steps to minimise risk to whānau and the community.


AGM Postponed

  • Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trustees are taking the responsible decision to postpone the April 25th AGM that was set to take place at Whakatū Marae. We will pānui out information about the new AGM date and details once this is available.
  • The Election of 2 Rohe Trustees has been confirmed by Election Services and is included in the public notices that whānau will receive.  Margie Little and Fred Te Miha were re-elected unopposed as Rohe Trustees.


Whānau Wānanga Cancelled

  • The Boards priority is the health and wellbeing of our whānau and community, and with the postponement of our AGM, it is also appropriate to cancel our planned whānau wānanga activities. We will assess options to hold the wānanga at another time.


Our Approach

Our priority is to be prepared to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and whānau, with a particular focus on protecting those of our whānau members who are most vulnerable to severe illness including pāhake.

While the MoH/WHO advice continues to state that our chance of a widespread community outbreak remains low, we encourage whānau to stay informed of guidelines set in place by MOH and take care of yourself and your whānau.


Protect Yourself and Others

Protect yourself and others to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 as per the MoH guidelines:

  • Mēnā ka māuiui koe, herea ki te kāinga. Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Do notcome into contact with others if you feel unwell or are showing ‘flu’ like symptoms.
  • Mahia te Hopi. Horoi ō ringa. Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Whakamātihetihe te ihu ki te tuke. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Rauatu te aikiha ki te ipupara. Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Mēnā ka paru ō ringa, kaua e pā te kānohi. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Whakapūputu ai te patuero I ngā mea katoa. Hei tauira: Ngā kakau, ngā papa, ngā taputapu. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

The advice above is particularly to help us look after our most vulnerable such as pāhake and those compromised or with other health issues (eg cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension).   We need to special take care of them regarding COVID-19.   Please seriously consider ensuring they get the annual influenza vaccine as the last thing we want is for them to get both the flu and COVID-19.


For whānau who do not qualify for a FREE flu-shot; please contact us at the office so that we can assist you with costs if required.


Potential COVID-19 Exposure / Isolation Requirements 

In the event you are sick or believe you may have been closely exposed to others who may have COVID-19, stay home and contact the free Healthline 0800 358 5453 to ensure yourself and others are kept safe.

  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
  • If you need to call emergency services, please let them know you are in self-isolation.
  • For all non-health related questions, call 0800 Government (0800 779 997).

Vulnerable Members of the Whānau 

  • We strongly encourage whānau to look after our pāhake by checking on them providing help while minimising physical contact (e.g. dropping kai off at the front door).
  • In the event you or a whānau member residing with you are particularly vulnerable (e.g., underlying health issue, compromised immune system), you can check the MOH website to check additional precautionary measures you may wish to implement.

 Social Distancing / Physical Contact

  • Physical contact has been identified by the MoH as having the potential to increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 and recommend any unnecessary contact should be avoided if possible.
  • Reduce close contact with others.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people



  • Culturally for Ngāti Tama, restricting hongi is a significant step to take and not taken lightly.  However, it does and can happen for very practical reasons e.g. the wellbeing of people. The purpose of hongi is to be of one breath and be of one mind. While this tends to happen through a physical connection, the feeling is often more of a spiritual connection. In saying that, a spiritual connection can be felt without physical contact.
  • Considering this, we support MoH’s advice to limit any unnecessary close physical contact.  Therefore, we will place an immediate hold on our cultural practice of hongi, including personal contact, such as handshaking, kissing, hugging and sharing cups or food.



For those who sadly have tangihanga, the government is asking whānau to consider what variations to tikanga and kawa can be made to ensure manaaki tāngata for all who attend.  For example:

  • What are alternatives to physical attendance? Can you utilise technology that allows social connection without physical connection?
  • Consider sending whānau representatives, who go on behalf of the wider whānau, and especially those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, such as pāhake and unwell whānau
  • If you are attending, please give advance notice to the haukāinga at the marae so they know who will be attending and can prepare for your arrival
  • As haukāinga, make sure you have sufficient cleaning products and practice and promote hand hygiene
  • If you are sick, please do not attend and please do not prepare or handle food intended for the tangi

Ngāti Tama Office

  • We are also taking steps to protect our staff, Trustees and Directors at this time and all members of the Ngāti Tama office team will be equipped to work from home, if required. However, we will attempt to ensure that there is always a member of staff on-site during normal office hours should whānau need to be in contact with us for any reason.


This is an important time for all of us to keep up communication.

Ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a tātou – please take care of yourselves and each other.


March 17th, 2020|

Joint Media Release: Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust & Andrew Yuill

17 March 2020

WCO applicants Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust and Andrew Yuill plan to take time to understand Special Tribunal Recommendations Report

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust and co-applicant Andrew Yuill welcome the much anticipated Te Waikoropupū Water Conservation Order (WCO) Report, which has been released today.

It has been a long road for both co-applicants.

The Minister for Environment accepted their WCO application in April of 2017 and the hearings concluded in August the following year. The Trust and Mr Yuill initially expected the Report to be released back in August 2019.

“Ngāti Tama need to have a long hard look at [the report] and a good hard think about it” Ngāti Tama kaumātua John Ward-Holmes said.

Now that the report is released, there is a fifteen-day appeal period for applicants and submitters to lodge any appeals.

Ngāti Tama Trustee Margie Little says ‘it is important that we take the time to sit down, talk to the lawyers, our co-applicant Andrew and that we are able to come to a consensus and a path forward’

Ngāti Tama, have led the WCO process with co-applicant Mr Yuill, and together sought the highest possible protection for this wāhi tapu for future generations.

“The release of Tribunal’s report is a major and very welcome step in a long journey.  We first applied for the WCO in 2013, and many people had already contributed a lot of careful work by then” Mr Yuill said.

“It is a powerful weaving of mātauranga Māori, Pākehā science, and profound environmental values which cross cultures.  We would recommend anyone to read it and reflect on what their own values are.”  Andrew Yuill said.

Te Waikoropupū Springs is a site of significance, a wāhi tapu and an iconic taonga in Mohua/Golden Bay.  It is central to whānau, hapū and Iwi who have maintained ahikāroa in the rohe since the early 1800s.

Kaumātua John Ward-Holmes says “This wai has intrinsic values to whānau of Ngāti Tama who have held ahikāroa and kaitiaki of Mohua and the Springs. Kaitiakitanga is all our responsibility and we must all try our best to protect and preserve Te Waikoropupū Springs and the aquifer”.

The WCO application sought protection of Te Waikoropupū Springs, Anatoki and Waikoropupū Rivers, the confined and unconfined Arthur Marble Aquifer, the Takaka River and its tributaries, including the Waingaro, hydraulically connected groundwater including the Takaka Limestone Aquifer and Takaka Unconfined Gravel Aquifer.

The issues of significance for Te Waikoropupū Springs, aquifer and catchments included water quality, pollution, E. coli and nitrate levels in the water.


Please send all media queries in writing to

Christina Harris Pakeho

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Communications Manager

Photo credit:

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust

From left to right: Trustee – Margie Little, Kaumātua – John Ward-Holmes, Co-applicant – Andrew Yuill


Wai – water

Ahikāroa – a continuous relationship

Kaitiaki and Kaitiakitanga – guardian/guardianship

Wāhi tapu – sacred site

March 17th, 2020|

He mihi maioha,

Tēnā koutou e te iti, e te rahi e whakarauika mai nei ki tēnei marae kōrero o Ngāti Tama.  Tuatahi, me huri ō tātou ngākau ki te hunga kua nunumi atu ki te pō, haere, oti atu rā.  Ko rātou te hunga wairua ki rātou, ko tātou ngā mahuetanga iho o rātou mā, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Welcome to this platform to help us ‘hiki wairua’ – boost our spirits and encourage us to keep doing what we’re doing during this trying time of the Covid-19 lockdown. We will take this opportunity to provide ‘food for thought’ with some snippets from our local history in Te Tauihu, discussion about place names and customs, some Māori language tips, waiata and karakia.

Te Hiki Wairua o Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu gives whānau the opportunity to connect with their whakapapa and iwi through stories, information and teachings. This pānui will be a regular segment, each week focusing on different aspects of Ngāti Tama, we welcome whānau contribution.

This publication will also include information and resources for whānau support, updates, wellbeing and health.

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Waikoropupū Waikoropupū
Pupū ake te whenua
Pupū ake ko ngā wai ora Waikoropupū
Ngā puna wai o Takaka
Ngā puna roimata wairua
Waikoropupū Waikoropupū