An exciting year ahead

Shane Graham, PouwhakahaereTēnā tātou katoa,

Ngā mihi o te tau hou Pākehā. Haere rā 2020, nau mai 2021!

Last year was spent dealing with the immediate impact of COVID-19. It took time, energy and resource. And while there were negatives, we also took opportunities that were presented to us. We set our long term strategic vision Kia Pai te Noho, and now we have expanded our staff to create a team of Pou Hapori.

We have an exciting year ahead. We continue to strive to fulfil whānau aspirations, and look to improve our connections with you and with new opportunities as they arise in 2021.

And if you see an opportunity you are interested in, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take action :  find out about it! Try a new role, extend your skills, apply for our NMIT scholarship. Whatever it is, go for it!

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro.


Shane Graham

In this issue

  • Waitangi Day invite - Whānau fun day at Kaiteriteri
  • Historic role a surprise and privilege - an interview with Deputy Police Commissioner Tania Kura
  • Pou Hapori to help whānau achieve more, plus other staff happenings
  • Apply now for $2,000 Ngāti Rārua / NMIT scholarship
  • Haerenga to Ōtaki and Te Whanganui-a-tara
  • Plenty of Opportunities in Taiao
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Whānau fun day at Kaiteretere

Kaiteriteri - image courtesy
Waitangi Day, Saturday 6 February 2021
8.30am to 3.00pm

Please meet at the carpark at the boat ramp end of Kaiteretere beach at 8.30am to walk up to Kaka Pā Point by 9am for karakia and mihimihi,
followed by a kōrero on the history of this significant wāhi tapū site. Vans will be available for our Kaumatua and less able whānau.

Waka ama, weaving and other activities will be down on the main beach from 10am.

BBQ kai at 1pm – please RSVP for catering to

Please bring your togs, towel, beach chair, sunblock and drink bottle. Water and sanitiser will be provided.
If it is wet, we will postpone to the Sunday 7 February 2021.

Historic role a surprise and a privilege

Changing culture at NZ Police – a Ngāti Rārua connection

Tania Kura, who has Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Te Kanawa and Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa, recently became the first female police officer to be appointed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner. She is pictured with mokopuna Briana MacDonald.

“I’m more surprised than anybody that I’m here.”

That’s the reaction of Tania Kura to recent news that she had been appointed a Deputy Commissioner in the New Zealand Police – the first female sworn officer to achieve that rank.

“When the Commissioner rang me it was a Friday. I said to him – do you want to take the weekend to think about it?”

He said “No. We’re sure.”

Although she applied for the role, getting it was still a surprise. Tania says she feels humbled and privileged to be in the position.

“It wasn’t something in my pathway – if you asked me when I started or five years ago, or even a year ago, I wouldn’t have expected to be here. I’ve jumped a rank – I was a District Commander. Usually you would go to Assistant Commissioner, then to Deputy Commissioner.”

But Tania, who has Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Te Kanawa and Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa, says the real attraction for her was the role and the opportunities that come with it, not the rank.

“The commissioner has established a new role under the title Leadership and Capability. For me it’s about setting the tone and the culture of the way we police and our organisation. I am mindful that the way we treat our own people internally, will be the way we act externally when we deal with our communities. Both must be respectful. ”
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Pou Hapori to help whānau achieve more

The role of the Rūnanga is to care, uphold and enhance the mana, the assets and the whānau whānui of Ngāti Rārua.

We now have a dedicated team of Pou Hapori who work to provide a range of support and services for registered whānau members as we navigate the post COVID-19 environment.

Pou Hapori provide coordination and/or facilitation of activities, projects, services, and opportunities to support the aspirations of whānau.

They also provide ngā kanohi kitea in the community to help achieve the vision of Kia Pai te Noho - our strategic plan which aims to ensure that all whānau live well.
An announcement on the new Pou Hononga role is expected soon.

Ngā kanohi kitea: Leighton Ngawaka, Hine Luke, Juanita Semmens - Ngāti Rārua Pou Hāpori

Whakatū whānau email Leighton
Wairau whānau email Hine
Motueka whānau email Juanita

Other staff happenings

  • Anna Matthews joined us for a fixed term as our Māori Housing Repairs Programme Co-ordinator and has since accepted a role as Operations Assistant.

  • Louisa Murray is providing support to members of the Kotahitanga mo te Taiao Alliance and is based in our Wairau Office until mid-March.

  • Pete Keyanonda is contracted to provide resource management support to our Pou Taiao.

Apply now: $2,000 Ngāti Rārua NMIT scholarship available

Get the new academic year off to a flying start: Take advantage of the new scholarship $1,000 scholarship from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), which will be matched by Ngāti Rārua to bring the total to $2,000.

NMIT recently signed an agreement with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua, reaffirming our commitment to supporting the educational aspirations of our whānau, hāpu and iwi.

More than 100 qualifications

NMIT offers over 100 qualifications from certificates through to masters, including micro-credentials, short courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees and postgraduate programmes.

Te Toki Pakohe is the institute's home of Mātauranga Māori courses, including Te Reo (Level 1-5) Ngā Toi & Raranga (Level 3). Our team of tutors are dedicated advocates of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori and have a commitment to sharing their passion and experience with others.

Small class sizes, modern facilities

NMIT students experience a dynamic place to study with programmes that offer small class sizes, personalised tutor support and modern facilities. A large number of our programmes are available part-time, online or by blended learning. Close ties with industry, Iwi and community allows NMIT to offer work placements, apprenticeships and industry specific scholarships across a number of programmes.

Te Puna Manaaki

No matter which programme of study you enrol into- Te Puna Manaaki (Māori learner Support Services) are available to assist you with your journey. Our experienced staff offer one-to-one advice and support sessions, tutorials, study wānanga, and a range of workshops to help you achieve your study goals. We are located within Te Toki Pakohe, our space includes whānau rooms with computer facilities, study areas, kitchen facilities, and space to meet with peers or tuākana.

Nō reira, e tai mā, nau mai haere mai!

Contact us directly to discuss your plans for 2021:

Deadline for applications is 12 February 2021.


Takapuwahia Marae - one of the many interesting and inspiring places visited.

Haerenga to Ōtaki and Te Whanganui-a-tara

This is a summary of a staff trip to ōtaki and Te Whanganui-a-tara in December 2020. You can read the full story and view photo galleries on the website.

2020 could well be seen as a pivotal year for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua – a new CEO was recruited, along with several other new staff, there was a lockdown thanks to a global pandemic, and everyone learnt the word ‘unprecedented’. So we were extremely fortunate to end the year on a positive note, with a staff haerenga for professional development. It was the first time the entire team had been in the same place together since the lockdown started.

We gathered at the Ferry Terminal in Picton early on a Monday morning in a close circle. After a karakia, we began our journey across the water to Whanganui-a-tara.

It was smooth sailing, and once we made it into the city we went straight to Te Papa Tongarewa. We explored the main museum first, with its wonderful mix of traditional exhibits (like the Waharoa from the 1906 International Exhibition in Ōtautahi) and contemporary art installations (The web of time by Chiharu Shiota)

We met Leroy de Thierry, our guide, who was from Whakatū, and later Moana Parata, Kaitiaki Tāonga Collections Manager Māori.

Across the car park from the main public building was the Taonga Māori Collection. This was the real purpose of our visit. Housed in temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, more than 30,000 taonga of all materials and sizes are safeguarded. From pounamu to kākahu, sewing needles and hooks, to pou and carvings, taiaha and korowai, piupiu and flags and mats - some dating back to at least the 1600s.

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Plenty of Opportunities in Taiao

Interested in work and professional development opportunities in the Taiao space? Alongside the development of our Iwi Environmental Management Plan there are a number of excellent opportunities coming up in the near future.
  • Jobs coming up in various restoration projects in the Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough regions 
  • Opportunities to represent Ngāti Rārua in various Taiao environmental forums/projects
  • Cultural Health Index monitoring, training etc
  • Opportunities for people who are studying to look at projects in these areas
  • Anyone keen to grow their skills and experience in governance and working groups (i.e. these are Taiao forums but can be used as a vehicle to develop generic skills and experience in these areas)
  • GIS mapping 
  • Cultural research
If you're interested in any of these areas, or have a desire to help there are plenty of ways to get involved. Please contact Ro on
Interested? Email Ro Cudby
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