Christmas Hui-a-Iwi



Saturday 15th December 2018


 Te Runanga o Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara Trust invites you to our Christmas hui-a-Iwi to be held at Kearoa Marae, Apirana Rd, Horohoro, Saturday the 15th of December 2018. This is an opportunity for Iwi members to be updated on runanga activity and to celebrate being Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara.  Below we have a number of important dates for you to be aware of with environmental and Te Reo activities for the iwi coming up.  Remember to check our website: or Facebook for updates.

Xmas Hui Agenda

Tea and Coffee from 9.30am

Te Runanga o Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara Trust Xmas Hui a iwi – 10am to 12pm

Activity update

Education Grant Recipient update

Gifts for tamariki

Whanau games

Lunch 12 noon to 1pm

On behalf of the Runanga we really hope you can attend the Christmas Hui-a-Iwi to be updated on Iwi affairs and the many projects and opportunities we have underway.

Nga mihi nui,

Eugene Berryman-Kamp

Runanga Project Manager

Important dates to remember

1st December 2018                         – Te Whakamaru o Horohoro maunga – whanau monitoring day

8th & 9th December 2018               – Te Mātāwai Reo and Tikanga wananga at Kearoa.

15th December 2018                        – Xmas hui a iwi.

February and March 2019            – 2nd and 3rd Te Mātāwai Reo and Tikanga Wananga

16th February 2019                           – Te Whakamaru o Horohoro maunga – results of monitoring day

Upcoming Activity

Te Whakamaru o Horohoro Maunga

The Rūnanga is collaborating with researchers from Victoria University of Wellington on a project called ‘Te Whakamaru o Horohoro Maunga’, that is funded by Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga/Māori Centre of Research Excellence.  This project is investigating how we, the local hapū, fulfil our role as active kaitiaki (guardians) and revive the forest and birdsong of Horohoro.  As part of this project we will be undertaking a monitoring programme on 1st December 2018, which will involve hapū members conducting fieldwork to assess the populations of rodents and possums on the maunga.  We will also be holding a hui on 16th February 2019 to look at the results of this monitoring and discuss different pest control options for the maunga.  If you would like to attend the monitoring day, please contact Kataraina to register your interest for the day, or 0210469521. Please bring suitable shoes and clothing, lunch will be provided. We will meet at the marae at 8:30am and then leave from there via 4 WD.   Kataraina George and Maria Bargh are leading this project.

 Ministry of Education learner support and Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara Pukapuka

We continue with our MOE funded support of up to 60 learners across primary and secondary school and are engaging with the MoE on future contracts which are likely to have more of a focus on the generation of iwi-based learning resources.  An example already happening are two books currently being generated with MoE funding.  One is the story of Haukapuanui and the other is about Te Turi o Hinengawari.  These will add to the 4 pukapuka from last year and will be supplied to Maori medium schools as learning resources.  Jenny Kaka Scott and I alongside Hemi Waerea lead the MOE learner support work whilst Robyn Bargh and Hemi lead the pukapuka project.

Te Mātāwai Te Reo and Tikanga wananga

The runanga will be delivering 3 x 2-day wananga reo, funded by Te Mātāwai.  These will cater for all levels of Te Reo ability and will include tikanga and kawa so that we can all upskill on our cultural practices as they apply on the marae.  Hemi Waerea is project lead for this mahi and registrations are via our Facebook page.  The 1st wananga is scheduled for 8 & 9 December 2018, with the 2nd and 2rd planned for early February/late March 2019.

Pukehangi Cultural Impact Assessment

The runanga is undertaking a cultural impact assessment and archaeological survey of a proposed residential development in Pukehangi. The project involves collating information about Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara uses of the Pukehangi/Tihi o Tonga/Sunset Rd/Tarewa area. Our hapu had pa, kainga, urupa and cultivations over that whole area for over three hundred years.  Robyn Bargh is project lead and will be collecting information from the historical record.  She is keen to hear from any hapu members who may have stories or documents from their parents or grandparents about the area.

 Waikato River Authority projects

The Runanga will run two new projects next year funded by Waikato River Authority and Te Arawa River Iwi Trust.  The first project is another Horohoro Riparian Planting Project, where we will be planting on two iwi farms and around Kearoa Marae.  The second project will involve identifying, restoring and protecting Ngati Kearoa Ngati Tuara significant sites, this will be a 3-year project.

 Tuia 250 Community Days – waka wananga

The runanga has secured funding from the Tuia 250 fund for 2 waka tete and 2 marae-based community open days in October and November 2019.  The fund commemorates 250 years since Captain Cooks 1st contact and supports the sharing of stories of early settlement and the preservation and practice of waka culture.  The 2 x 6-person waka tete should arrive around March 2019 and we plan to run waka wananga for iwi members to learn more and paddle our rivers, lakes and be able to attend waka events.  I am project lead for this.

Please email us at so we can update you electronically and visit our website and facebook page to keep in touch –

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