Minutes of Taurahere hui, 21 June, Orongomai Marae

It was agreed at the hui that a letter should be sent from Sir Tamati Reedy, chair of Te Taurahere o Ngati Porou ki Poneke to Herewini Parata and members of the TRONPnui Board. The letter is in response to concerns raised by the Orongomai hui and the Taurahere's Political Working Group about the barriers to registration and voting being imposed by the Runanganui. The taurahere is committed to helping whanau register on the iwi database but the Runanganui has introduced sudden, unexplained new rules and processes making registration unnecessarily onerous thereby preventing people from participating in the elections.

Click here for a copy of the letter.


Apologies: Tina Olsen-Ratana, Pania Houkamau-Ngaheu, Riripeti Reedy, Pere Maitai, Puti Mackey, Huia Kopua, Hone Te Rito, Rowena Wirepa.

Karakia/Mihi - Sir Tamati Reedy and Matehaere Konia

Waiata: Hikurangi Maunga. The singing of the waiata was followed by a comprehensive explanation about the origins of the waiata and its significance to Ngati Porou by Sir Tamati. He also discussed the introduction of the 'optional' verse which provides whakapapa for Sir Apirana Ngata to great leaders of Te Whanau o Rakairoa which include Ponapatukia.  

Chairman's Korero:

Sir Tamati gave a brief overview of the issues that would be dealt with at the hui. Emphasised the importance of the upcoming Ngati Porou elections.

Cultural Working Group:

Beau ran through the key dates which were provided by Rowena. Other members of the working group - Makere Joe and Trish O'Sullivan - also provided additional information.

The key dates are:

  • 12 July: 11 am to 1pm kapa haka practice at Naenae College Marae. Also, the Hui proposed and agreed that holding a kapa haka practice an hour before the regular monthly taurahere meetings could work well for everyone too. 
  • 26 July: Waiata and Haka
  • 23 August: Waiata and whakapapa.
  • 20 September: Ngata Lectures back home
  • 18 October: Waiata and kaumatua korero.

 Political Working Group:

  • Beau provided a brief review of the work of the taurahere and the Political working group.
  • Explained the executive's focus to get representation on the Runanganui Board this year and explained the strategy that identified two candidates (Mei Taare and Tina Olsen-Ratana) and two rohenga in which they would stand. (Mei to stand in rohe 4 and Tina in rohe 7).
  • Beau and Mei explained the need to get people registered in preparation to vote.
  • The registration process was hotly debated by the hui with many people concerned at the new requirement imposed on those registering online. Refer to Open letter from Sir Tamati to Herewini Parata and Board members of  TRONPnui.

Calendar for elections:

The key dates are:

  • Candidate nominations open: Wednesday 15 July
  • Candidate nominations close: Wednesday 12 August at 12 noon.
  • REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 12 August at 12 noon.
  • Voting opens: Monday 14 September
  • Voting closes: Wednesday 14 October at 12 noon.
  • Results announced: Tuesday 20 October. 

Social Working Group:

  • Matariki Dinner: Mei reported on the upcoming inaugural Matariki fundraiser dinner which will be held 11 July at Bluewater Bar and Grill, Oriental Parade. She explained that of the 120 tickets available at $45 each, all but a hand full were either sold or had been distributed to people for on-selling. Consequently most of the remaining tickets were 'sold' at the hui.
  • Film fundraiser: Kitty Bennett says this is still a great fundraiser option and she will follow-up on it later in the year.

Finance Working Group:

  • George Konia spoke to this take. Taurahere registrations of $20 continue to slowly roll in and funds for the Matariki Dinner are also slowly being made into the bank account. The taurahere's bank account is no longer in the red but all funds for the Matariki dinner tickets must be banked before 11 July to ensure this stays in the black as the taurahere will pay for the dinner component of the evening.


The hui finished with a waiata, karakia by Wairakau Pahau and Kapu ti.

NEXT HUI will be at Te Mangungu Marae (cnr. of Rata and Fleet Street, Naenae). 26 July 2015 at 11:00am.