Koro Morehu addressing the room at our 2017 Kaumatua Hui
Te whenua i ngarue ai e te tōtara o wao tapu
i kūmea ai ki wī, i ūea ai ki wā, I tōu māhuritanga, i tōu kōhuretanga e tōku rākau
Ko te rākau i hinga mai nei, i hinga atu rā
Haere rā e Koro e i te ao tūroa
ki te kūwatawata o ngā mate e aue e hika e..
Nikā rā ngā whakaritenga ka takoto te koroua nei a Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere o Ngāti Ranginui ki runga o Wairoa ao noa pō mai, ā,
ka hoki mai ki Huria takoto ai mō ngā tae noa rā ki te rā nehu.
The land trembles upon the felling of a great chief pulled to and fro from within his stature
Our pillar that has fallen this day.
Farewell Koro from this world return to the spirits that will guide to your resting place
Rest with those who await Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere, Ngāti Ranginui – rest my once aloft pillar
The arrangements are as follows;
Morehu will lay in state at Wairoa Marae, Tauranga at 3pm on Tuesday 20th February. At 8am on Wednesday 21st our Koroua will be taken to Huria Marae, Tauranga where he will spend the duration of his Tangihanga. The funeral service will be on Friday the 23rd of February at 7.30am following that our Koroua will be taken to his final resting place at Motuōpae.
Nā te whānau Tokona, Ngatoko Rahipere.
Ngāi Tamarawaho, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Kahu
He pata ua no te Rangi ka Hiiritia ki te Whenua, He auahi no te Whenua ka hiiritia ki te Rangi.
A minute particle of rain from Heaven falls and is received by the earth becomes part of the earth; a wisp of vapour from the earth rises and is received by the heavens and becomes part of the heavens.
For all enquiries please call:
Charlie Rahiri 021 02552859
Or Kirsty Willison 021 056 3822
On behalf of Te Wharekura o Mauao
16 February 2018
Te Wharekura o Mauao has confirmed Mātua Heywood Kuka has been appointed as the Maori immersion school’s new Tumuaki (principal), succeeding Matua Koa Douglas.
Located in Bethlehem, Tauranga, Te Wharekura o Mauao provides tikanga Māori education for Year 7 to 13 students, and having recently welcomed an additional 70 students, will have a school roll of 240 this year.
Mr Kuka has been with the Wharekura since its inception in 2010 and prior to his appointment, was the school’s Tumuaki Āwhina (Associate Principal).
“I’m extremely honoured to accept this position as the new Tumuaki at Te Wharekura o Mauao,” says Mr Kuka.
“I have a real connection with this school. My father, Tame Kuka, was the founding Tumuaki here, and my son has gone through as a student.”
Mr Kuka says as Tumuaki, his aspiration is to carry on the work and vision that local tīpuna and kaumātua had for the school.
“Their vision was about our tauira (students) being proud of who they are and where they come from, being proud of being Māori and of our traditions, being fluent in te reo, and being able to succeed in the mainstream world.
“I’m really excited about the way forward. We have a strong teaching group, our community is 100 percent behind the school, and our philosophy brings out the most in our tauira.
“My goal is that each student who leaves this place can stand resolute in this community, and in the world, knowing they can be whoever they want to be and take their culture with them.”
In 2016, Te Wharekura o Mauao introduced a new curriculum that encourages students to choose their own learning path, based on what they are passionate about. School attendance has since soared and the number of NCEA Merit and Excellence results have significantly increased.
“This school is something I thoroughly believe in – it’s about students having a place to learn in their own way.
“We are challenging mainstream traditions here - flipping everything on its head. We are making sure that the centre of everything is the student and what they want. They are leading their own learning, and it’s working,” says Mr Kuka.
Te Wharekura o Mauao Chairman Graham Cameron says Mr Kuka represents a new generation in Māori and educational leadership for Tauranga Moana.
“We are very excited to see Mātua Heywood step up as Tumuaki of this school.
“Over the last few weeks we have seen him in action, as acting principal, and it’s only emphasised to us that we have made the right decision.”
Mr Cameron says the Board spent a lot of time working out what they wanted in a new principal.
“We wanted someone strongly connected to Tauranga Moana, and who would help build up Māori and educational leadership within our rohe – that is very important to us as a wharekura.
“We also needed someone committed to carrying on the passion-based learning we have implemented and helping students achieve quality standards in the areas they want to learn in.
“Matua Heywood is deeply immersed in his marae, hapū and iwi, and truly committed to this school. We are all excited about the future of Te Wharekura o Mauao.”
Photo of Matua Heywood Kuka
A short video of Matua Heywood Kuka can be viewed at
About Te Wharekura o Mauao
Te Wharekura o Mauao is a tikanga Māori education provider based in Bethlehem, Tauranga. It offers Year 7 to Year 13 students a solid foundation to reach their academic, sporting and cultural potential, while immersed in tikanga and Te Reo Māori.
021 491 499
This is a quick panui to confirm what was announced at our recent AGM.
The Runanga is not in a position to provide any form of sponsorship or Education Grants this financial year. We are keeping a record of the requests we do receive for review when we are in a more favourable state.
Thanks for your understanding whanau.
23 January 2018
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Ngati Ranginui Iwi inc. Society seeks to deliver services as a supplier under the ACC Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims (ISSC) contract.
We seek expressions of interest from treatment providers including:
to deliver according to their particular qualifications and experience:
If you have experience with trauma treatment services and an interest in working with Ngati Ranginui Iwi inc. Society, please provide your contact details, area of expertise, and location as soon as possible to:
or mail to: Kylie McKee,
PO Box 2526,
Please note; there may be an opportunity to access counselling rooms on site at Ngati Ranginui offices.
Download the files below for full details of the 22 Scholarships for Secondary and Tertiary Level available.
Secondary: Applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 2 Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2018.
Tertiary: Applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 6 Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2018.
Application forms can be located on our website www.maorieducation.org.nz. Alternatively anyone interested can call us on (04) 586 7971 and a copy will be posted.
Ngāti Ranginui Iwi Society Incorporated is a marae-mandated Rūnanga based in Tauranga. We deliver a range of social, cultural and environmental programmes focused on enhancing and promoting the wellbeing of people and communities.
We are seeking to appoint a highly strategic and entrepreneurial Chief Executive Officer to lead the business on the next stage of its evolution. The new CEO must have the capacity to work across the multi-dimensional demands of the role with ease and ensure the core business is performing whilst also offering capability in innovation, new thinking and social enterprise.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of entrepreneurial and social sector delivery and will be skilled in navigating complex stakeholder environments. Strong leadership is important, as is a customer orientation, and a relentless focus on execution.
We are looking for someone with strong personal integrity who can demonstrate strong financial acumen, with the judgement to deliver innovation through measured risk-taking and effective decision making. It is essential to have a strong understanding of kaupapa Māori delivery of services. Excellence in Tikanga Māori me Te Reo Rangatira is highly sought.
Reporting to the Board, the Chief Executive will continue to build and strengthen the Rūnunga team, while growing social enterprise activities, strengthening relationships and ensuring smooth service delivery. The CEO must feel confident working across Government and the NGO sector and within Iwi and Hapū.
The preferred candidate will have a Business or Management Qualification and previous experience.
Applications for this role close at 4pm on 5 February 2018.
All responses to Trina Pohatu-McQueen at firstname.lastname@example.org are confidential. Enquiries can be made to Tawharangi Nuku on 021 768016 or at Tawharangi.email@example.com. All applications will be acknowledged by email.
Situations vacant: Kaiārahi - Waste advisor for Tauranga Moana
About Para Kore and the role
Para Kore is a not-for-profit Māori organisation, (by Māori, for Māori) with charitable status. Para Kore is a zero waste organisation with a kaupapa based on whakapapa to Papatūānuku and is expressed through an experienced and skilled team who work regionally delivering the Para Kore programme to marae and Māori communities. The Para Kore whānau are passionate about, and committed to, achieving a zero waste Aotearoa.
We are looking for a kaiārahi (waste advisor) who will deliver the Para Kore programme to marae, organisations, kōhanga, kura in Tauranga.
You will need a degree of fluency in te reo Māori and knowledge of tikanga Māori, be experienced in working with Māori and marae and be passionate about composting and reducing waste. The positions requires approximately 16 – 20 hours a month. Applicants must be available to work weekends, especially Sundays! The work entails giving presentations, doing waste checks and running zero waste wānanga/workshops with marae.
Proficiency with using a computer is necessary and the applicant must have a laptop, phone and reliable vehicle. Training given and resources provided. Applications (please send a cover letter and CV) close on 28th January 2018. For a job description or for enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 0376737
The successful applicant will also:
Can do attitude, professional personal presentation, self-motivated and self-managing, optimistic with a solution-based outlook, positive, up-beat, flexible, initiative, well organised, effective time manager and self-starter with a positive attitude that’s infectious. Humble, empathetic, patient yet determined. Able to self-reflect.
Passion, understanding, respect are virtues required for this position as well as a love for Ranginui, Papatūānuku me ā rāua tamariki.
Skilled communicator with great interpersonal skills; understands the concept of a ‘deadline’ and can meets deadlines without fail, as well as be of the highest integrity. People with a love for getting things in on time, learning, excellence, and reducing waste are preferred.
To apply please send a cover letter and CV to email@example.com by the 28th January 2018. Please contact us for a position description too.
We've just received some awesome news! Six of our Ngāti Ranginui whānau have graduated from Auckland University this year!
A big congrats to the following! What an awesome accomplishment!
Lucy Cowie - Master of Arts & Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Catherine Cumming - Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Jordan Ormsby - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Jacob Pynenburg - Bachelor of Commerce
Spoffit Reid - Bachelor of Science
Kristina Wolsey - Postgraduate Diploma in Arts