New Tumu Whakarae Appointed at Raukawa

Newly appointed GM, Maria Te Kanawa, standing in front of Te Whare o Raukawa in Tokoroa.



It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Maria Te Kanawa as Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) Tumu Whakarae (General Manager).


Maria (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi), has been performing to the highest standard in an acting Tumu Whakarae role, following the resignation and departure of Bobby Bryan who returned to Wellington to care for his sick father in July.


She brings more than a decade of experience in a range of roles across the RCT to the role, most recently as Aka Tauwhiro (corporate services) Group Manager.


Maria’s appointment followed a robust recruitment process that attracted a very high range and quality of applicants, a process scrutinised by a three-member Tumu Whakarae appointment committee appointed by the RCT board. However, Maria’s experience coupled with her knowledge and passion for the success of our iwi organisation ensured she shone above all other applicants and was ultimately the successful candidate.


It is an absolute privilege to be able to appoint someone with the skills and experience that Maria brings to the role, coupled with her deep understanding and knowledge of the range of important mahi the RCT does for our people and the communities we serve.


Maria started her journey with the then Raukawa Trust Board as Senior Finance Clerk in September 2008. She was appointed as Finance Manager in May 2012 and set about developing a strong finance team and improving the RCT and RST organisation’s systems and processes to achieve best practices across financial controls, monitoring and reporting for governance, management and ultimately uri.


I want to thank Maria for the way she has ensured a smooth transition for our organisation following the departure of Bobby. I, along with the board look forward to supporting you in ensuring the continued success of our organisation in the years ahead.


Ngā mihi, nā


Vanessa Eparaima

RST Chairperson | RCT Chairperson



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At the close date of 26 October 2018, the required number of nominations were received for the vacant marae representative positions and therefore no elections were needed.

Congratulations to the successful nominees who will start their new 3-year terms from 10 December 2018

Marae Nominee
Pikitū Deb Davies
Ōwairaka (Rāwhitiroa) Paraone Gloyne
Ruapeka Richard Jefferies
Ongaroto Nachelle Griffiths
Mangakaretu Rina Lawson

For any enquiries, please contact Kim Blomfield, or 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292)

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Me Maumahara Tatou: Let Us Remember

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Me Maumahara Tātou

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Nominations for Marae representative positions to the Raukawa Settlement Trust are now open

One (1) Marae representative is required for each of the following RST Marae:

  • Pikitū
  • Ruapeka;
  • Mangakaretu;
  • Ongaroto;
  • Ōwairaka (Rāwhitiroa)


To be eligible for nomination as a Marae representative, a candidate must:

  • Be an Adult (18 years old and over) Registered Member of the Raukawa Settlement Trust
  • Stand in the election held on behalf of the Raukawa marae to which the candidate primarily affiliates to
  • The term for these positions is 3 years.
  • Nominations close on Friday 26 October 2018


The Tribal Register held by the Raukawa Settlement Trust will be the official database for the nomination and election process.

For more information and a nomination form contact Kim Blomfield on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292) or email 


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Mahuru Māori 2018

Mahuru Māori is an initiative that encourages the everyday use te reo Māori, at any level, specifically within the month of September. This kaupapa is about giving it a go and stretching beyond your te reo Māori comfort zone.


Last year, 600 people took up the challenge for Mahuru Māori, the goal this year is to reach 2500. There are 3 different levels of participation:


  • Kotahi te rā ia wiki o te marama (one full day a week for a month)
  • Kotahi wiki o te marama (one week of the month)
  • Te roanga atu o Mahuru (The whole month of September.


You can register at:


Raukawa Charitable Trust will be holding different activities to support Māhuru Māori:


Morning Karakia and waiata, 9am – Raukawa House


Hei Mapuna – Wednesday nights 5.30pm – Tokoroa and Putaruru

Weekly classes for participants that share a desire to improve and grow their understanding of te reo. The classes cater to both beginners and intermediate speakers, and cover vocabulary, grammar, kīwaha, whakataukī and more.


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – 10 – 16 September

Daily 1 hour workshops
Rāhina (Monday) Basic Te Reo 1
Rātū (Tuesday) Whakapapa
Rāapa (Wednesday) Basic Te Reo 2
Rāpare (Thursday) Basic Te Reo 3


Daily Email, Website Information & Social Media Post

Each day throughout the week you will receive the following reo support information via email.
Te Kupu o te Rā – a word of the day relating to general work or home with an explanation and example of use.
Te Kīwaha o te Rā – a slang expression with an explanation and example of use.
Te Whakataukī o te Rā – a proverb with an explanation and example of use.
He Tikanga o te Rā – a customary practise with an explanation.


Te Uru Raukawa – Saturday 15 September – Rawhitiroa-Owairaka Marae

Te Uru Raukawa is a once a month wānanga programme designed to assist students in gaining greater confidence and a deeper understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga. We run two streams, one for the basic level beginners and an intermediate to highly fluent stream.
In the reo component, we cover grammar, kīwaha, whakataukī and more. In the tikanga component, we canvass a wide area such as whaikōrero, karanga and different tikanga practices on the marae such as pōwhiri, tangihanga and karakia.


Te Whare Kōrero o Raukawa – Sunday 30 September to Thursday 4 October – Pikitu Marae

Te Whare Kōrero o Raukawa is a week-long iwi led programme aimed at uplifting the knowledge, confidence and capability of Raukawa te reo Māori speakers and learners.

The kaupapa is built on teaching Raukawa history, language, whakapapa, whaikōrero, karanga, mōteatea, tikanga and reconnecting our people to our significant sites and traditional practices. People will learn in a supportive learning environment targeted at their specific needs and confidence levels from basic through to advanced fluency levels, all taught by high calibre, local te reo Māori and tikanga tutors.


Any enquires please contact: Charlie Tepana, Reo and Tikanga Programme Lead, on 0800 RAUKAWA or

2018 Kaingaroa Forest Access Permits



Do you want to hunt or fish in the Kaingaroa Forest during the 2018 hunting season? Are you a registered member of the Raukawa Settlement Trust? Did you know you are eligible for a waiver of the $50 registration fee for your Recreational Access Permit as a registered Raukawa Settlement Trust uri member?  This opportunity has its genesis out of the CNI Iwi Collective settlement that the iwi entered into in 2008.


To access this waiver, you need to register with First Security as a Verified Land Owner. To register you need to supply them with a Verified Land Owner form. The form confirms that you are a registered member of the Raukawa Settlement Trust Tribal Register. You can obtain a form by contacting us either by phone (0800 RAUKAWA), email, or visiting our Tokoroa Office. Once your details are confirmed, you will receive a copy of the form to supply to First Security.


If you have registered as a landowner in previous years, you do not need to complete another form, and you are able to apply for your hunting permit via First Security’s website. First time verified landowner applications must apply via the First Security Rotorua office.


If you are not yet registered as a member and would like to make use of this waiver for the 2019 hunting season, you can start the iwi registration process here.