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He Mate: It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of John Tahana Ward-Holmes

Kua tauria a Parapara e te kapua pōuri o aituā
Kua waipuketia a Pariwhakaoho e te roimata
Ko tōu marae a Onetahua e tū tahanga nei
E pupū ake ana te aroha i te ao, i te pō
Mōu kua riro atu nei ki tua o te ārai, e koro e
Taihoa e haere, kia takaia koe ki te kupu kōrero hei korowai mōu
E moe e koro, e au ai te moe..
It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of John Tahana Ward-Holmes who passed away on Sunday 17th April 2022, surrounded by whānau. We send our aroha, manaaki and awhi to the whānau pani at this time.
John has been an enduring figure for Ngāti Tama, particularly in Mohua, where he was born, raised and spent nearly all of his adult life. He has been a pillar of leadership in Mohua over this time. His legacy of kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga is embodied in the lasting connections he has made with restoring matauranga to ensure our tohora practices are ongoing, the paepae at Onetahua is maintained, and the mana of Te Waikoropupū Springs are upheld. These are only some of Johns many contributions to not only Ngāti Tama but the community at large.
John is now with his whānau at his kainga at 245 Grant Road, Puramāhoi and are welcoming manuhiri from today. To uphold Taranaki tikanga in terms of welcoming, the whānau have decided to stagger the groups going on, to the following times; 9am, 11am, 2pm & 4pm to allow for breaks. If you are vulnerable then please wear a mask, and if you are unwell, or feel unwell, the whanau have respectfully asked that you stay safe at home.
John’s service will be on Friday 22nd April 2022, at 11am, 245 Grant Road, Puramāhoi. He will then be taken to Rototai Urupa for burial at approximately 1pm. The Weather is looking wet, so if you are heading over it is advised to wear the appropriate footwear and clothing.
Nā mātou, i runga i te aroha.

Independent Director to Tama Asset Holding Company

Tama Asset Holding Company (TAHC) is the asset holding company for Ngati Tama ki Te Tauihu in line with the requirements of the Maori Fisheries Act and holds the fisheries and aquaculture assets. All assets held by this company are held, managed, and administered by the company as trustee for the benefit of the Trust or Ngati Tama ki Te Tauihu.

Directors on this company are responsible for following the strategic and commercial direction set by the Trustees of Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust.

The Trustees are now calling for expressions of interest for one Independent Director, to sit alongside two other independent Directors and one Trustee Director on the TAHC Board, for an initial term of three years.   An Independent Director is expected to attend TAHC Board Hui, Hui ā-Tau, and strategic planning sessions with Trustees.

For a copy of the information pack email

To apply, please send a CV and your expression of interest in a cover letter including:
– a description of key skills and experience that you will bring to Tama Asset Holding Company
– your knowledge of and/or connection to Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu

Applications must be received at the Ngāti Tama office by 12pm, Wed 27 Apr 2022.

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust
74 Waimea Road
P O Box 914
Nelson 7010
0800 8262 494


Ngāti Tama ki Te Tauihu Hui-ā-Tau & Whānau Wānanga

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trustees have announced the new date for our iwi hui-ā-Tau, and whānau wānanga.

Wānanga: Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June

Kei Hea: Onetahua Marae

Hui-ā-Tau: Saturday 25th June, 10am-1pm

Kei hea: Golden Bay High School, Mohua *livestream available


Travel Subsidy to attend Ngāti Tama Hui-ā-Tau & Whānau Wānanga

Our travel subsidy will still be available for whānau to attend our upcoming hui-ā-tau.

The subsidy is available to all registered adult (18+) members and the subsidy amount is based on where the whānau member is zoned. See map below for your reference. More information about how to apply will be

More info on how to apply for the subsidy



Te Kotahi o Te Tauihu Whānau Ora Navigators

We are pleased that we have an opportunity to strengthen manaaki a-iwi in Te Tauihu through the provision of whānau ora navigator roles.  These roles have been developed specifically to support the eight manawhenua iwi of Te Tauihu being Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Te Atiawa and Ngāti Tama,   to service the immediate need of supporting whānau through the omicron response.


Working closely with the Pouwhakahaere Rauemi,  this role will primarily focus on providing key activities to support whānau to be self-determining including, but not limited to:

  • Working with whānau to support their journey through COVID, through the provision of information, education, navigation and where necessary intervention to maintain wellness.
  • Identify barriers to access support services (as well celebrating best practice) that maintain whānau wellbeing and escalate this to management.


To ensure success in this role you’ll have the following skills and experience:


  • A practical understanding of whānau ora.
  • A strong ability to be self managing and unsupervised.
  • Ability to work in a team but operate independently when required
  • Passion for learning and change to create a unity of purpose and vision
  • Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga and Rangatiratanga – maximizing opportunities, strengths and results from the collective
  • An understanding of kaupapa Māori within an organisation setting
  • An understanding or willingness to learn te reo and tikanga Māori


This is a fixed term position and could be either a fixed term employment or a fixed term contractor arrangement for the suitable candidate


The position is a 3 month Fixed-Term position for 40 hours per week from 1st April 2022 to the 30th June 2022.

We are grateful for the support of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for their resourcing of this important role.

For an application form,  please contact


Applications Close 23rd March 2022.


Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust welcome Hēmi Sundgren to the role of Te Pouwhakahaere



Yesterday, Ngāti Tama trustees and poumahi held a small pōwhiri to welcome Hēmi Sundgren (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Atiawa ki Whakarongatai, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rangatahi) to the role of Te Pouwhakahaere.

Trust Chair Butch Little said “we are excited to be welcoming Hēmi and his whānau to Ngāti Tama. Hēmi and I first connected at the National Iwi Chairs. He is very a very capable and accomplished iwi leader and we look forward to seeing him guide Ngāti Tama forward.

Sundgren is a well-known contemporary artist and carver and has some strong Taranaki connections.

Sundgren was the transition manager for Te Āti Awa from 2014 and was instrumental in establishing their post governance settlement entity. In 2016 Sundgren was installed as pouwhakahaere/CE where he developed their commercial and financial interests into the solid financial entity they are today.

In 2019, Sundgren oversaw the development of the Ka Uruora programme under Te Āti Awa and Taranaki iwi. Last year Ngāti Tama learned more about the programme which includes a whānau savings programme, financial education and housing programme to support whānau to become homeowners.

Chairman Butch says “Hēmi will bring valuable insight not only to our commercial aspirations but also our whānau aspirations in housing, health, education, taiao and te reo me ōna tikanga”.

Since moving on from Te Āti Awa in 2020, Sundgren moved into the public sector as Pou Ārahi – Māori at Tourism New Zealand before accepting the role as Te Pouwhakahaere at Ngāti Tama and moving to Te Tauihu with his whānau.

To reduce the risk of covid-19 transmission, a small pōwhiri was held at the office, however, over the coming months, Sundgren will meet with Ngāti Tama whānau, trustees, directors, Te Tauihu iwi, and entities as he settles into the role.

Nau mai ki te whānau o Ngāti Tama



Rangatahi Wānanga with Mr G Hoete

Mr G Hoete will be running a wānanga specifically for rangatahi next Tuesday, 25th & Wednesday, 26th January. Drawing from his and his wife’s personal experiences, this kaupapa brings light to the challenges of te ao hurihuri and the realistic struggles that many face every day. As the name suggests – Tūmanako – it’s a kaupapa of hope. One which empowers rangatahi to personify these challenges, allow pūrākau from the rohe, and their visions of hope to come to fruition through mahi toi. Attached is a basic outline of the two days.

Once a site has been approved, Mr G & Milly will return to Whakatū and do their mahi over a week-long period. Herein lies another opportunity for more rangatahi to assist over the course of the mahi.

There are two places available for Ngāti Tama rangatahi to join this kaupapa. If you or your child fits the following and would like to take part, please contact us:

  • High school aged Taiohi, Yr9 – Yr13
  • Proud and knowledgeable of their whakapapa, Iwi ties
  • Have an affinity to creativity & mahi toi

We apologise profusely for the short notice. We will need names and confirmation by THIS Friday, 21st Jan 2022 as this kaupapa has its first hui kanohi ki te kanohi next week.

‘Graham Hoete (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Awa), a.k.a. Mr G, is a self-taught artist who works across various mixed media but is probably best known for his photo-realistic spray-painted street art. His murals have attracted international attention, most notably his portrait of Kiwi basketball star Steven Adams in Oklahoma City and Mr G’s tribute to Prince, a Purple Rain themed mural in Chanhassen, Minnesota, that made headlines all around the world.

 Mr G’s work is highly sought after and he has accepted commissions throughout New Zealand as well as Australia, the USA and Scotland and he has produced work for prominent companies and organisations including Nike, Westfield and Frucor. 

 Born in 1979 in the Bay of Plenty, Mr G has remained firm to his roots.  While he could live anywhere in the world, he resides in Papamoa… So it made perfect sense when it was confirmed in 2019 that Graham would hold his first solo exhibition (HOME : Mr G – which ran from November 2019 to February 2020 at the Tauranga Art Gallery) with the theme of haukāinga (home), including his family connection to Matakana and Motiti Islands.’

Mr G website,

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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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