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By: Whakarongotai  05-Apr-2012



Tēnā Koutou whanau ,

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world

It is people! It is people! It is people

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 27 Hongongoi - 2 Here Turi Koka 2009, Maori Language Week 27 July - 2 August 2009.
Its maori language week and our recent hikoi to Te Ra o Maui Pomare at Owae Marae confirmed my 'learner' status for Te Reo Maori, I have since stumbled across an awesome website.

Koanga is not far away and I have included a spring recipe in this edition of our panui.




AGM – Sunday 13th September at 1pm following the September Marae meeting, Agenda includes, Replacement of Trustee’s, Election of Officers.


Hui a Marama – first Wednesday of every month the next meeting is 5 August


Sunday 9 August 2009 at 10am







Raukawa Marae, Ōtaki

13 August 2009, 1pm to 4pm

The kaumātua of Ngāti Raukawa extended an invitation to the Māori Party and through them to the National Party to attend a hui at Raukawa Marae to share views on the “Relationship and Confidence and Supply Agreement” between these two parties. The parliamentarians accepted the invitation and will be arriving at 1pm on Thursday the 13 th of August 2009. After the whakatau and lunch we will share views on the Agreement. The Māori Party MPs are planning to be present; accompanying them will be the

leadership of the National Party and colleagues.

1.00pm Whakatau and lunch

2.00pm Perceptions and Performance of the Relationship between Te Tōrangapū Māori and the National Party

Addresses by parliamentarians

Kōrero by kaumātua

3.30pm Closing comments over afternoon tea


Although not as well known as your average Hollywood celebrity, 10 people from Kapiti have been identified as Stars by members of Iwi Social Services, Youth Group –Taiohi (pictured)

The Stars have been recognized for their outstanding leadership qualities, dedication to Young People, and their service to the community.

“This was also an opportunity for our organisation to let the Youth Group take charge of the “black and white” formal event held at Whakarongotai Marae on 27th June” said Georgia Lewis, Manager for Iwi Social Services. “The event was very successful and proved that given а chance, Young people can do some pretty amazing things. That it was held during Matariki Season, was а bonus, and an opportune time for us to be the change we want to see in others”

From teen violence to alcohol and drug abuse, negative youth behaviour seems to be the focus in much of today’s media. In an effort to change the cynical perception of this younger generation, Iwi Social Services works to encourage all youth to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams.

“Choosing the Stars, was quite hard” says Amanda Swainson, Youth Leader for Taiohi. “But we think we managed to find 10 people who we are inspired by. Having а formal ball, meant that other young people who might not get а chance to go to one, could get dressed up and feel pretty special, even if it was for just one night”

Matariki is а time for growing and harvesting and our aim is to grow confident and respectful young people who will become tomorrow’s leaders. The recipients of the Awards were:

 Kaumatua - Paora and Tyne Ropata, Mrs Shirley Edwin, Don and Pat Te Maipi, Tuki and Pauline Takiwa,

Mentors - Chris Laursen, Andy Fraser, Paora Trim,

Nic Auckett

Youth - Paige Bellamore, Jack MacDonald

The evening was well supported by four bands who specialised in music perfectly suited to Matariki and by а professional photographer who captured guests posing formally and in а casual setting. “If it wasn’t for funding from Te Puni Kokiri and the support of Vyletta Arago-Kemp, the event for Matariki would have been too expensive to hold – а huge thank you to them all” said Georgia Lewis.


Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hapai o ki muri.

An opportunity has opened for an Iwi representative on the Kapiti College Board of Trustees. Having followed in the footsteps of some amazing people who made a remarkable difference, I have been honored to hold this portfolio over the past few years ensuring that our tikanga has been upheld and that the disparity between mainstream education and our way of learning are working hand in hand.  Why….because our mokopuna deserve the best. This is a tono for someone who is interested in the following: 

·         Sit at a governance level

·         Networking and meeting a variety of business people, parents, teachers and whanau

·         Work with a board who share the same vision for rangatahi and education today,

·         Make a difference in the rohe ensuring that the Iwi have a say in educational matters

·         Be involved in Kia Aio te Noho Tuarua, the college Marae, the kura, the kaiako, superb whanau support & akonga.

·         Support & deliver positive outcomes for management, staff and akonga.

·         Contribute and learn the mechanics of mainstream education

·         Policy/procedures intact for effective learning

Janine Davis


The weaving of our four panels has commenced, with the majority of weavers coming from the community, other iwi and hapu.

Although numbers have been small, the work is progressing well and to schedule.

The weekend workshops have turned into a social gathering, filling the marae with laughter and stories. 

Nau mai haere mai!

Our next workshop is 1 & 2 August

Times: Saturday 10am - 5pm

Please bring the following:

- your artwork, to complete whilst not weaving a panel

- plate for shared kai

Thank you to those that have already put in tenders for the Marae Kitchen upgrade, tenders for this will close on the 7th August. These tenders will then be sent on to an Independent scrutineer and construction will start soon after. 



PŌWHIRI: 10:45am - We would like all participates to assemble out the front of the main area (Ōtaki) of Te Wānanga o Raukawa ready to be welcomed on. We encourage all women to wear black long skirts and men to wear long black trousers for the pōwhiri. Once the pōwhiri is finished people can change into more casual clothing. We would like to inform participates that Te Wānanga o Raukawa is smoke, alcohol and drug free campus. There is a designated smoking area which is situated outside of the grounds. A cup of tea will follow straight after the pōwhiri.

PROGRAMME: 11:15 - 12:00am: Session One - Funding information

(Ōtaki) 12:00 - 1:00pm: Session Two - Grant writing

1:00 - 2:00pm: Lunch will be provided

2:00 - 2:30pm: Session Three - Community perspectives on future Māori health research priorities

2:30 - 3:30pm: Session Four - Working on applications

The workshops will provide information on the funding available for Māori health research including: the annual funding round, career development awards and other Māori health research funding opportunities within the HRC. The workshop is also aimed at encouraging and assisting Māori community organizations and new and existing health researchers to prepare funding applications for the 2009/2010 HRC funding round. 

The afternoon sessions will provide an opportunity to workshop individual applications. Please bring an outline of a proposal, a draft application or any questions or queries you have about the upcoming funding round . To get a registration form or for further information please contact Emily Huwyler: aor ph (06)34 76772.

If you are a registered member of Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai and live within the boundaries from Paekakariki to Peka Peka and are NOT registered with Hora Te Pai then we would like to hear from you. Please contact the office and register your interest.


Greater Wellington Regional Council is proposing to establish a committee to develop the Regional Plans. The Regional Plans are fundamental tools for managing the natural resources in the region and form the basis of consents and conditions attached to those consents. GWRC are looking at the establishment of a committee of the Council that will review the plans and involve the mana whenua iwi of the region alongside councillors.

We are seeking applicants to sit on this board on behalf of Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai, if you think that you may be able to fulfill this role, please contact the office to register your interest. We will require your interest and or CV before the 7th of August 2009.


We have been receiving a steady stream of iwi registrations. If you and you whanau are not receiving our Panui or any of the Runanga information it is highly likely that they are not registered or we do not

, please feel free to forward this panui onto whanau. Unfortunately we do not have the facility to register online as yet but please feel free to contact the office and Karey will mail out the necessary forms.

We have such diverse and talented members in our iwi there's lots of shout outs below, I apologise if I dont get to publish what our whanau whanui  get up to outside our rohe but again please feel free to let me know.Kristie Parata is the Maori Services Librarian, our Kaitautoko mo nga pukapuka Maori with the Kapiti coast District Libraries.  While she is primarily based in the Otaki Library she provides support and service at all our Kapiti Coast Libraries, and can be found in the Paraparaumu Library every Tuesday morning and in the Waikanae Library on the last Tuesday of every month.  Feel free to contact Kristie if you have  a specific need.  We are always seeking ways to improve our service to Maori and welcome inquiries.

WAIKANAE SENIOR A RUGBY TEAM – 2009 Horowhenua Kapiti Club Champions for the 3rd year running and our very own Te Ati Awa boys, Aaron Kearney, Morgan Edwin and Kupa Higgott in the squad. Congratulations also to Aaron for being named 2009 Horowhenua Kapiti Player of Year.

At time of printing we also have two Ati Awa whanaunga selected into the Horowhenua Kapiti Under 12 Rugby Team - Ruben Parata & Bill Graham’s moko who is captain of the squad, Tu meke korua!

Miromoda Maori Fashion Design Awards Results : 1. Established Designer and Miromoda Overall Winner: Wiremu Barriball (Titahi Bay); Runner up Kirsha Whitcher (Hastings). 2. Emerging Designer Winner: Kiri Nathan (Auckland); Runner up Samara Vercoe (Nelson). 3. Haute Couture Designer Winner: Keri Wanoa & Hemi Sundgren (Waitara); Tutina Pasene (Otaki). 4. Tee Shirt Placement Winner: Shane Hansen (Auckland); Runner up Bianca Walford-Collier (Wellington).

Best Short Story in English or Maori by a Maori Secondary School Student:

Tihema Baker, son of our whanaunga Andre & Michelle has not one but two stories shortlisted in the Pikihuia Awards –

Story – Love & Hate

Story – Waiting for the Newmans.

Ka nui te pai Tihema!


Jordan Hosiaux – Aunty Lil’s mokopuna and Paris Pidduck – Aunty Nora’s moko are both in the New Zealand Womens Canoe Polo Under 21 Team. The players were selected after a Training Camp held over Easter Weekend of this year, and  the Selection Camp held over a 3 day period at the beginning of July, and will head to the Oceania Games in Australia later this year.

P.S - Denise Parata’s niece Kelsi Robertson was also named as captain of the NZ Womens Under 18 Squad


Aunty Lil Ropata’s mokopuna Jaime has had a little boy…so another great moko for her….

And one of our registered members currently living on the Gold Coast, Olivia Lovett a mokopuna of Ozzie Oliver has had a little boy also.

Apologies, I did not have dates of births and or names at time of printing.


Any bowls, trays, pots, dishes, tea towels that belong to the Marae!!! If any whanau have borrowed dishes please return them. If you have any spare empty ice cream containers please bring them this way when there is surplus kai there is no need for our dishes to be taken outside of the kitchen!

Speaking of kai see recipe below……only 3 weeks to go Koutou!


2 large potatoes                                   3 bunches spinach

¼ cup onion diced                   ¼ cup bacon chopped

100mls balsamic vinegar

2lts canola oil for deep frying

lemon wedges              fresh coriander

1kg whitebait               50mls virgin olive oil

1tsp crushed garlic      pinch of salt & pepper

STEP 1 – thinly slice the potato into strips, heat the canola oil to 180 degrees. Place the potato into a wire ladle and pat down with another to hold the shape of a nest. Carefully place into the hot canola oil and cook till golden brown. Remove potato nest from the ladle carefully and place on a paper handy towel to soak up remaining oil.

STEP 2 – wash the spinach and roughly tear the leaves into pieces. Heat some virgin olive oil in a pan, add the diced onion and chopped bacon. Cook out for 2 minutes. Then toss the spinach leaves and warm thru. Finally sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar and fold into the ingredients. Arrange onto a serving place, place the potato nests on top.

STEP 3 – heat olive oil in a pan and add the whitebait, toss, add the garlic with a little salt & pepper for seasoning. Cook for 1 minute, spoon into the potato nests, garnish with some lemon wedges and fresh coriander leaves.

I know your all thinking ‘aue’ what a lot of humbug to cook up whitebait, but it is ka pai to try it in another form apart from a fritter! Thanks to Kai Time on the road for this recipe.

Until next panui whanau! Would you like to see birthday calls? And or more whanau announcements included in Whakarongo ki te Tai? Let me know ….

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