In May 2017, Ngā Hapū o Ngā Moutere o Matakana were forced to return to the Environment Court for a week long hearing to defend Te Ure o Kotikoti (Barrier side of Matakana Island) from Regional Council planning rules that would enable greater residential development pressure on Matakana Island.
Ngā Hapū o Ngā Moutere o Matakana presented evidence setting out the cultural values and significance of Matakana Island and Te Ure o Kotikoti to seek change to the planning rules to elevate all of Te Ure o Kotikoti to an “Outstanding Natural Feature and Landscape”. Evidence was presented by Dr Hauata Palmer, Paora Stanley, Ngaraima Taingahue, Brendon Taingahue, Jason Murray along with expert planning and landscape evidence. All of the witnesses represented their whānau and hapū well.
The significance of the changes sought by Ngā Hapū o Ngā Moutere o Matakana, if granted by the Court, would mean that adverse effects on the natural character of Te Ure o Kotikoti would need to be avoided by any developer. This in turn would make residential development on Te Ure o Kotikoti extremely difficult.
The Environment Court will take a couple of months to release its decision and Ngāi Te Rangi stand in support of our Matakana hapū in anticipation of a favourable result.
Dr Hauata Palmer providing evidence at the Environment Court Hearing held at Classic Flyers.
Tauira from Te Kura o Te Moutere O Matakana.
Environment Court Hearing. Matakana defending Te Ure o Kotikoti against development.
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Ka moe a Te Kani ā Tamatea i a Tongameha, ka puta ko Koraukorau
Ka moe a Koraurau i a Tangiwai, ka puta ko Poonotīni.
Ka moe a Poonotīni i a Heeni Pēpi, ka puta ko Hōri.
Ka moe a Hōri i a Moana, ka puta ko Steven, Ko Dillion, Ko Aisha me ahau.
Ka moe i taku wahine areare ko Whakaawa Te Kani.
Ka puta ko Frankie raua ko Taiki.
Why did you choose this particular career field/Industry?
I lived in Hawaii, there I fell in love with radio and wanted to start NZ's first reggae radio station. So, I moved back here and studied radio. As a result I started in promotions with The Radio Network.
I was attracted initially to the programming and production side of radio, creating playlists, programs, features and ads. The opportunity then came to work at Moana Radio.
I was looking to broaden my knowledge and improve my Reo Māori, and I was keen to work in a Māori environment, so this would give a chance to do both work and study whilst building my base for my own station.
The greatest piece of advice you have ever received.
"Don't be afraid to fail"
"Kia ū te manawarere!"
"Give it a go- feel the fear and charge it anyway!"
"Tū whiti te hopo!"
Your greatest career achievements
Winning Best Māori Program at the Iwi Radio Awards 2015
What is up ahead for you?
Finishing my Diploma in Te Reo Māori
Produce full Reo Māori show on-air on Moana Radio
New Business, NZ first Roots Reggae Radio station
Tour Manager/event emcee
Facilitating mau rākau wānanga (Ngā hīhī o Koopuparapara) for primary/intermediate and secondary school in Tauranga Moana
Māori Performing Arts tutoring secondary school level- Tauranga Boys College, (Aronui)
Kapahaka - Tutarakauika ki Rangataua
Whare Tū Tauā - Te Kawa Āriki o Tirikawa
Ope Tū Tauā - Commemorative Committee for NZ Land Wars
Rugby - Rangataua SCC
When you are not working what do you enjoy doing?
Time with my family. I'm learning more everyday about keeping a balance with work and home with so much going on its easy to mismanage time, but one thing remains, keep family first.
Favourite Rugby team
2016 Baywide Premier Champions & 2016 Baywide 7s Champions - Ngā Pāpaka o Rangataua est.1907
If someone was interested in your career field what advice do you have for them and what is need to achieve this?
Patua te whakamā! Dive in, be yourself, stay motivated and be humble.
E whakamānawa ana i ngā whakaihu waka o te ao Mātauranga
Congratulations to 24 of our Ngāi Te Rangi uri who graduated from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi in May. The graduates obtained the following tohu:
2 graduated with Masters of Indigenous Studies
5 graduated in Te Tohu Toi Tangata: Bachelor of Humanities
4 graduated in Te Mana Whakairo a Toi: Bachelor of Maori Performing Arts
3 graduated with a certificate in Te Awa Tūāpapa
1 graduated with a certificate in Te Wai Maori ( Fresh Water Management)
1 graduated with a certificate in Ako ki te wananga - Bridging to Teaching/Bridging to Nursing
8 graduated with a certificate in Te Pouhono ki Marae Atea
Ka mau te wehi!
Yolande Tipuna (Ngāti Hē, Maungatapu) graduated with her Masters in Indigenous Studies from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. Photo courtesy of Simone Magner Photography(c).
Ngāi Te Rangi Out & About
Ngāi Te Rangi CEO Paora Stanley with Canada's Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett during a visit to Tauranga hosted by Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi on 25 May.
A delegation from Ngāi Te Rangi attended Post Budget breakfast in Rotorua. The breakfast was hosted by Minister of Maori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell on 26 May.
Ngā kaupapa o te wā - Pipiri
Tuesday 6th June
Submissions on the Mauao Reserve Management Plan to be submitted to Ngā Poutiriao o Mauao (Joint Management Board). All submissions can be sent to email@example.com
6th - 9th Blue Light Expo - Education around reducing alcohol related Health and Social harms, during school hours. Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui.
Wednesday 7th June
"Hoki Wairua Mai" Lecture with Antoine Coffin, the discovery of 112 taonga held in the Melbourne Museum. Antoine and his wife conducted research into the objects which originate from Waihi Beach, Mount Maunganui, Gate Pa and the Tauranga area. Booking is essential firstname.lastname@example.org 5.30pm-6.30pm, Tauranga Library
Poipoia te Mokopuna, Mount Soccer Club, Links Ave, Mt Maunganui 10am
Free Mobile Doctors service for Youth and whanau, every Wednesday night - Katikati, Te Rereatukahia Marae 6pm- 9pm
Thursday 8th June
Ngāi Te Rangi Pākeke Hui, Waikari Marae, 10am-2pm
Free Mobile Doctors Service for Youth and whanau every Thursday night
Hartford Ave, Papamoa 6pm-7.30pm
Salvation Army, Eversham Road, 7.45pm-9.15pm
Friday 9 June
Free Mobile Doctors Service for Youth and whanau every Friday night
Te Rangihouhiri began his journey from Whāngārā to Hakurānui to Whakapau Kōrero to Pōporohuamea where he died. Following his death and after many significant battles, his descendants who became known as Ngāi Te Rangi settled in Tauranga Moana.