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This call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is for a Raukawa intern to participate in a summer placement with key ministers and departments based in Wellington.  The programme provides the opportunity for one Raukawa intern to be placed at a central government agency for approximately ten (10) weeks over the summer period.  This EOI sets out background to the scholarship and criteria for selection.



This opportunity is provided on an annual basis as part of the Raukawa Settlement Trust Ministerial Accords.   This opportunity is also being made available to the other Waikato River iwi – Tūwharetoa, Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui and Te Arawa River Iwi Trust.



The programme will be focussed at giving the selected intern a flavour of how the public service works, and hands on experience working on policy projects.  The internship is largely policy focussed with the intern working on policy development and would ideally suit someone looking to advance their studies or gain work experience within their chosen field.


Depending on preferences, the intern will have the possibility of working with the following agencies:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry for the Environment


The internship runs for ten weeks from the 25 November 2019 to 14 February 2020 with two weeks off over the Christmas and New Year period (23 December 2019 – 3 January 2020).  The internship will be paid $20.59 per hour, excluding the Christmas New Year close down and public holidays.


The programme starts with the other Waikato River interns spending time together followed by a week of induction and presentations on the machinery of government works.   The remainder of the programme will involve the intern being assigned to individual teams within the respective ministries.


Prior to commencement of the programme, interns will be provided with a full description of the programme and broad details of what each intern will be working on.


The Raukawa intern will receive guidance and support from both the placement department and the Raukawa Charitable Trust.



Accommodation in Wellington will be at the interns cost.  The Raukawa Charitable Trust will provide a koha of up to $1000 towards travel and miscellaneous costs.  All cost will need to be approved prior to expenditure.



We are seeking expressions of interest from potential candidates.  Potential candidates will:

  • be registered to at least one Raukawa Settlement Trust mandated marae
  • be able to commit and complete the full ten (10) week placement;
  • have completed at least one year of study at a tertiary intuition from a broad range of disciplines;
  • present back their experiences and learnings to the Raukawa Charitable Trust at the conclusion of the placement.


Selection of candidates will be based on the above criteria.   Previous interns are encouraged to apply for a further placement.   Decision to approve an additional placement will be based on feedback from MfE and Pūtake Taiao.  Any decision to approve an additional year(s) will be balanced against providing other Raukawa uri with opportunities and the suitability of other Raukawa applicants.


If you are interested in this opportunity please send your CV and a 200 word statement of intent to Anaru Begbie by 5pm Monday 11th November 2019.


If you have any questions or queries regarding the opportunity, please feel free to contact Anaru Begbie either via email or mobile 027 403 6942.


Download and view official EOI here



Wastewater Hui



Raukawa iwi members gathered at the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre on Monday evening (July 10) for the inaugural hui of the Raukawa Whai Tikanga a Wai Rōpū (RWTR).


The RWTR was formed following a request from the South Waikato District Council (SWDC) in February to attend a meeting on the consenting process for the Arapuni, Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tirau wastewater treatment plants. At this meeting, SWDC introduced the Harrison Grierson project team who have been engaged to lodge new consents for the wastewater plants.


Composed of marae representatives and interested iwi members, the RWTR is tasked with facilitating consultation with the South Waikato District Council (SWDC) as they work towards applying for new resource consents for discharge from their four wastewater treatment plants. The RWTR will act in an advisory and guiding role for the Raukawa Charitable Trust as well as advising on cultural values.


The meeting was well-attended and the iwi members welcomed the opportunity to be involved with a consent process.


Following these discussions Harrison Grierson and SWDC presented on the potential options for upgrading the existing wastewater infrastructure as part of the consenting process.  The feedback from those in attendance included being positive about the options presented, and that there was enthusiasm to discuss options and then share opinions with SWDC and Harrison Grierson at the August hui. In addition, both the terms of reference and the purpose and functions of the RWTR were discussed at the hui.


Vanessa Eparaima, Raukawa Settlement Trust Chairperson, was pleased at the range of options the council, and Harrison Grierson, presented.


“I am pleased that the council is engaging in authentic consultation from a very early stage in this project. The discussions offer an opportunity for us all to work towards a solution for the betterment of our environment, that will help protect the wairua, mauri and mana of our awa”


The RWTR will meet again in August 2017 so SWDC and Harrison Grierson can present further information on the options under consideration.



Kaitiaki Rōpū Tuna Restoration at Pikitu



Saturday 27th May saw the Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū (the rōpū) come together at Pikitu Marae for its first hands-on project since forming in March.






The day’s activities were to have covered two projects,  tuna monitoring, and riparian planting and water testing. However, poor weather earlier meant that the
planting was postponed.




The tuna project was led by Dr Jacques Boubéee and Erina Watene-Rawiri who explained to the rōpū the many issues that tuna face throughout their lifecycle. They also detailed what uri can do to mitigate issues including creating habitats, and assisting tuna to avoid obstacles on their migration to and from their spawning grounds in the Pacific.




Mahi began on Friday night with the setting of four tuna nets in the Mangaorua Stream which unfortunately only snared a few koura. However, nets were also set in a nearby stream which caught one long fin and two short fin tuna. Most of these tuna were not destined to be kai,  with their capture part of helping to upskill rōpū members to undertake tuna monitoring at their own marae.




During the tuna project rōpū members were taught how to assess the health of the captured tuna, and how to sedate tuna so they can be measured and weighed. A dissection was carried out on one of the short fin tuna that had been captured so that rōpū members could also learn how to check for disease and parasites in wild tuna populations. The dissection found no signs of disease or parasites, so the tuna was prepared and eaten by those rōpū members still at the marae.




Jack Ruha said the day was very informative and helpful.


“The hands-on nature of the learning here today makes it much easier to understand. It was also useful to learn about the importance of protecting the larger female tuna who are so important to protecting tuna stocks. I can take this new knowledge back to my marae and help teach my whānau also.”


The intended planting would have involved adding to the more than 5,000 plants already planted, which help to protect the banks of the stream from erosion, while also maintaining and improving water quality in the awa. The planting will now be carried out by Pikitu whānau in the coming months.


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Te Kōwhatu o Hatupatu Planting



On Thursday 20 April 2017, almost 100  kaimahi, whanau and dignitaries gathered at the site of Te Kōwhatu o Hatupatu on a clear but chilly morning to plant more than 2000 native plants and trees. The planting marked the culmination of the redevelopment of the wāihi tapu site located on State Highway 1 18km south of Torkoroa.


The joint project between Raukawa, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, NZ Transport Authority, Heritage New Zealand, and the South Waikato District Council has been two years in the making.


Raukawa Settlement Trust chair, Vanessa Eparaima, said it was a very important day for Raukawa.


“We are pleased that the redevelopment of the site means visitors can now enjoy a deeper understanding of this wāhi tapu site, one which has significant meaning for Raukawa and other iwi.


“Alongside affording greater protection to Te Kōwhatu o Hatupatu, we are pleased to see the results of the Transport Agency’s push to make the site safer to access for iwi members and visitors alike.”


Grant Kettle, Pūtake Taiao Group Manager, said the planting day was a great success.


“It was wonderful for people from all the different organisations to be involved, and complete the final stage of this project that will be a lasting legacy for future generations”.


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Dawn Blessing at Lake Karāpiro



As dawn broke across Lake Karāpiro on a misty April 3rd morning the sounds of karakia echoed forth from a hilltop overlooking the dam. Gathered there were representatives from Raukawa, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura and Ngāti Rereahu. Once the site of the ancient pā, Te Tiki-o-Te Ihingarangi, the reservoir tanks that feed the Cambridge town water supply, now stand in its place.


Representatives from Waipā District Council and kaimahi from the contractors involved in the work joined the iwi to bless the site before construction work started. The construction is part of a plan to upgrade the pipes supplying water to the reservoir tanks from the Karāpiro water treatment plant.


Nigel Te Hiko, Treaty and Research Project Lead, said it was an extremely moving experience, “being there as the day began, hearing the karakia echoing out over the river valley. It made all present feel they were part of a greater whole.”


Approval for the works followed the completion of a Cultural Impact Assessment. This assessment found a need for a number of mitigation methods that the council agreed to. These include iwi access to the site for wānanga, public signs highlighting the importance of the site to iwi, and a protocol for how to handle any taonga found during construction.


Celia Witehira, Programme Lead, Project and Implementation, said having greater access to the site was important to iwi. “the site is on private land, and in the past, iwi have not been able to visit the site. This agreement means that they now have the ability to strengthen their connection with the site.”


Pūtake Taiao will continue to work closely with the iwi involved, the council, and the contractors to make sure that the agreement is adhered to and to protect the remnants of the site into the future.


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A passion for the environment unites



Raukawa te Iwi

Raukawa te whenua

Raukawa uri, Raukawa rangatahi

Raukawa te Kaitiaki

Mōu, mōku, mō tātou

Raukawa kia mau, kia ora!


This powerful statement of Raukawatanga will form the guiding principles of the recently established Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū (Kaitiaki Rōpū).


Building on the success of the Raukawa Environmental Forum which was instrumental in the development of the Te Rautaki Taiao a Raukawa – Raukawa Environment Management Plan, the Kaitiaki Rōpū seeks to also leverage a grass roots approach to protecting our environmental for current and future generations.


The Kaitiaki Rōpū held its establishment wānanga on Saturday 25 March. The Kaitiaki Rōpū will be made up of two members from each of the 16 Raukawa Settlement Trust mandated marae, each member acts as a kaitiaki, the Kaitiaki Rōpū will be actively engaged in Raukawa environmental planning and projects. As well as scoping, planning and leading environmental projects on behalf of marae throughout the Raukawa rohe.


Celia Witehira, (Programme Lead, Projects and Implementation), was pleased with the turnout.

“It was great to see not only nominated marae representatives attending, but many other uri, including rangatahi, who are passionate about our environment,” she said.


With the Kaitiaki Rōpū established, and draft terms of reference agreed, the next step is to develop a wider work plan. This work plan will include workshops that will allow Kaitiaki Rōpū members to upskill and which enable them to support projects on the ground at their respective marae.


If you would like to know more about the Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū, please contact Pūtake Taiao at or on 0800 RAUKAWA.


Iwi Priorities Wānanga creates Foundation for Future Projects


Raukawa iwi members gathered at Ongaroto Marae on February 21 for the third in a series of four wānanga discussing Iwi priorities for the restoration of the Waikato and Waipā River catchments.




While the wānanga are now complete, they were just the first step in the overall process of restoring the holistic wellbeing of the two rivers. Anaru Begbie Pūtake Taiao Project Advisor and his team now have the task of finding the common themes and ideas from all of the workshops held throughout the takiwā. These themes and ideas will then be developed into individual projects that will help to realise the aspirations of our uri.




Many uri at the wānanga see easier access to the awa as an important first step in the restoration process. Having easier access will allow kaumātua to reconnect with the awa, this in turn will support their whānau to establish new, and rekindle old, connections with the both the Waikato and Waipā Rivers.




Anaru says “having uri share their priorities and concerns means that we can ensure our projects are working towards realising that collective vision for the awa.”




The Waikato River Authority has a contestable fund of $210m to fund projects over the next 25 years that will help to restore the awa and surrounding catchment. It is hoped that the projects to come out of these wānanga will be successful in gaining access to this pool of funding.


If you have any questions about this mahi, please contact Pūtake Taiao on 0800 RAUKAWA or

Iwi Priorities Wānanga 2017



Around 30 Raukawa uri, including many rangatahi , gathered at Paparaamu Marae on the evening of Wednesday February 15 for the first in a series of four wānanga to discuss Iwi priorities for the restoration of the Waikato and Waipā river catchments.



The wānanga, facilitated by Anaru Begbie from Pūtake Taiao, resulted in many people sharing their views and aspirations for the future of the awa. A key theme of the discussion was the importance of fostering community buy-in for any work to restore the awa. Alongside this desire for buy-in, the views of many focused on the importance of setting achievable goals and projects, so all involved could see regular progress.




The mahi from these wānanga will influence the decision making of the Waikato River Authority, and how it allocates funding it has available to restore the awa. The possibility is open for Raukawa marae and uri to apply for contestable funding to support direct action projects to help restore the awa within the rohe.




There are three more wānanga to follow in the weeks ahead, see the poster below for more details. If you have any questions, please contact us on 0800 RAUKAWA or



Pūtake Taiao invites you to the Raukawa Iwi Priorities Wānanga 2017. The details for all four Wānanga can be found in the image below.


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For more information or to RSVP contact Anaru Begbie on

The next step in protecting our waterways



On Wednesday Pūtake Taiao (Raukawa Environment Group) facilitated a wānanga that marks the last one for this round of the monitoring of Pokaiwhenua and Ngutuwera streams as part of the Fonterra Lichfield discharge resource consent.


The monitoring program, lasting 25 years, was a condition placed on the granting of the resource consent for the expansion of Fonterra’s Litchfield Dairy Manufacturing site.


The wānanga is a follow up to the monitoring undertaken in May 2016 by Freshwater Solutions Ltd and Raukawa marae representatives.


The wānanga provided an opportunity for marae representatives from Ngātira, Mangakaretu, and Whakaaratamaiti to come together to review, discuss and finalise the draft Cultural Health Indices report produced by expert Gail Tipa from the samples taken during the May monitoring.


The main conclusion of both the western science and the draft cultural health indices reports indicate the irrigation of wastewater from the Fonterra Lichfield plant to land was not having an adverse effect on water quality, aquatic habitat, aquatic flora and benthic invertebrates.


However the monitoring will continue over the 25 year life of the resource consent to ensure that there remains no adverse effects from the site.


If you would like to learn more about the initial monitoring phase carried out in May 2016, then check out Issue 32 of Te Kakara


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Hatupatu site blessing marks start of redevelopment



A cold and blustery morning did not dampen the enthusiasm of those involved in the redevelopment of Hatupatu when they gathered along with kaumātua and Raukawa whānau near Atiamuri to bless the site before on-site work begins.


Hatupatu is an important and culturally significant site for Raukawa and others.


The area surrounding Hatupatu will be redeveloped as part of a broader project involving the construction of the State Highway 1 bridge at Atiamuri in 2013.




The redevelopment project is the culmination of more than three years of collaboration by the Raukawa Charitable Trust, particularly Pūtake Taiao (Raukawa Environment Group), Raukawa kaumātua, members of local hapū and marae, neighbouring iwi, and various Government agencies.


The blessing was officiated by Rev. Ngira Simmonds of Pikitū Marae who led a karakia to help protect the site and all those involved in the redevelopment.




The redevelopment will see the carpark moved north along State Highway 1 to a new location a short walk from Hatupatu, with a meandering pathway through newly planted native trees, and new signage including story boards.


The project will not only provide greater protection to the site, but the new story boards will help to educate visitors about the history and significance of the taonga to Raukawa and the wider community.


The redevelopment will also enhance the beauty of the area. Following the construction phase of the project the next phase will include the planting of native plant species in the area.


The site will be closed to the public from this week until the end of January 2017.


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