Hui-a-Iwi summary 

Our latest hui was held on May 7 at Rangitihi Marae. 

For a full copy of the Hui minutes, you can find them on our website at

Changes to the Fisheries Act
The latest legislation is for Iwi, hapū, whānau and marae to control the kaimoana permits, giving exclusive rights to Te Arawa over their rohe. Leith said there was now an opportunity for Ngāti Rangitihi to be involved in the gazetting of our rohe moana. If there are cross-overs of iwi in the same rohe, the result could be a joint area of interest or a written agreement with the other iwi.

New Tangata Kaitiaki
Christopher Clarke raised the need for Ngāti Rangitihi to elect new tāngata kaitiaki. As a result, Henry Mason, Michael Playle, Thomas Perenara and Christopher were elected.

Wi-Fi in Matatā
Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru (NPeW) attended the hui to talk about the Wi-Fi project, and how they are working with 40 schools in the Te Arawa rohe to provide high-speed internet to tamariki in their homes. Wi-Fi will be provided on a trial basis, to see if whānau like it.

Trustees for the Otara-o-Muturangi urupa
Alana Hunter explained that Ngāti Rangitihi need to elect three Trustees for the Otara-o-Muturangi urupa and as a result Maurice Warbrick, Stephen (Tiipene) Marr and Henry Mason were elected.

Upcoming Trustee Elections 
The upcoming Trustee Election was discussed at the hui, and key dates are outlined on page 3 of this newsletter.  

Treaty Settlement Update 
Updates included discussions around a letter we are expecting from Minister Finlayson about some of the issues we have, the pollution of our Tarawera River and the Minister’s support of a clean-up being funded by the Ministry for the Environment, and the ongoing discussion around a whare taonga.

Also discussed at the hui was the Kohanga Reo building and the Wharekai building.