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Karakia to lift rāhui imposed during Covid-19 Levels 4, 3 & 2

Please take some time to watch this video from  matua  Barney Thomas, the CDEM Te Tauihu iwi lead – Tikanga and Marae, which is about the tikanga we will follow as a collective of iwi and mataawaka residing in Te Tauihu.

A rāhui was put in place at the beginning of the lockdown. Now, it’s time to lift this through the use of karakia.

“So whānau, looking forward to lifting the rāhui, hopefully going back to something we recognise as being normal. There have been many learnings over the period of lockdown, and hopefully, we can talk about those during our reflection time after karakia.’
Details are below for the virtual karakia session – please add this to your calendar.

Mauri ora! 

Date:  Monday 15 June
Time:  7pm (Zoom open from 6.45pm)
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 342 520 144
(1)    Pumoana/Putatara
(2)    Karanga
(3)    Kurahaupō
(4)    Tokomaru
(5)    Maatawaka
(6)    Tainui (whakakapi)
(7)    Himene
(8)    Time of reflections   

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Heoi anō, kia mataara tonu tātou - Alert Level 1

Heoi anō, kia mataara tonu tātou, we must stay vigilant, we remain in a global pandemic and the threat of COVID-19 continues. We can ensure the continued safety of our whānau by maintaining basic health and hygiene measures. These include:
  • washing your hands,
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow,
  • staying home if you’re sick, and
  • while not required, it’s good to be aware of physical distancing when out and about, especially with those you don’t know.
Here are the rules for level 1

Alert Level 1 – What does it mean for you and your whānau?

Alert Level 1 will see us returning without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and we are allowed to get together with as many people as we want.
This means you and your whānau can hold weddings, funerals, tangihanga, birthday parties, all without restriction on numbers and anywhere in the country. It’s still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures that worked so well through all Alert Levels.

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen – this will help with contact tracing if needed. We must also self-isolate immediately if we are told to do so by health authorities.

Unite for the Recovery website

A new website will help us all recover from this emergency. It has many links and resources on wellbeing and jobs and training.
Visit the Unite for the recovery website

Official Contract Tracing App

The Ministry of Health has launched its official contact tracing app called NZ COVID Tracer. It is available for download on both Google and Apple online stores.
Visit the NZ COVID Tracer webpage.

Whanake: Job and training opportunities


Education funding

If you are a registered member of Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust, you can apply to the 2020 education funding programme until 31 August.

Investment in education for our hapū provides the pathway to empowerment, employment and mātauranga; putting you in charge of your own opportunities.

As kaitiaki of our legacy, we encourage our whānau members to seek knowledge across a range of skills that will support the development and advancement of our hapū.

Learn more and apply online

Whanake: Job and training opportunities

We've started a page to list job and training opportunities. This includes links to Te Tau Ihu job boards, as well as specific opportunities for Ngāti Rārua whānau.

If you have any opportunities to share, please email

Featured job: Pouwhakahaere Taiao (Environmental Manager)

  • Join a progressive iwi committed to the aspirations & goals of their people
  • Te Tau Ihu based
  • Newly created role, opportunity to make your mark
Newly created and critical role responsible for leading the iwi’s environmental management strategy and plan.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua is the mandated iwi authority of the iwi Ngāti Rārua. The role of the Rūnanga is to care, uphold and enhance the mana, the assets and the whānau whanui of Ngāti Rārua by undertaking all Settlement roles and responsibilities on behalf of Ngāti Rārua.  

Part of their long-term strategy is to be true kaitiaki/guardians of the environment.  A newly created positon, the Pouwhakahaere Taiao (Environmental Manager) is critical in helping to achieve their goals.  

The roles focus is to develop and implement the environmental vision, values and strategy of the iwi.  In consultation with iwi members, you will develop an environmental management plan to ensure the sustainable management of the environment. You will develop mutually beneficial partnerships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including other iwi, Māori, government agencies, local authorities and community groups, ensuring the iwi interests are represented. Keeping up to date with trends, changes, potential opportunities or impacts and bringing ideas back to the iwi is another important aspect.

To be successful in this role, you will need a collaborative and consultative style to effectively liaise with the range of stakeholders involved.  You will have a relevant tertiary qualification and an in-depth understanding of the Resource Management and Local Government Acts and their practical application.  Prior experience preparing and presenting reports and recommendations to decision making bodies such as Boards, iwi, Councils and the Environment Court is required. Experience and empathy for biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to heritage and resource management is essential in this role.  

A great time to join this vibrant organisation and help bring to life their role as kaitiaki/guardians of people, place and planet.

Applications close Friday 19 June 2020.

For further enquiries please contact Odette Shearer ph 0212708657 or email                            
To apply please send your CV to Odette Shearer
Shane, Juanita, Hine and Michelle at Tokumaru House.

Moving back to the Rūnanga office
Our staff are now working from our Wairau and Whakatū offices.
We have well established health and hygiene controls in place. You can keep contacting us through or 0800 642 847 and keep safe!
To register or update your contact details, contact us:

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
Tokomaru House

15 Kinross Street, Blenheim

PO Box 1026
Blenheim 7240
Phone  (03) 577 8468

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