Ake Ake Kia Kaha E – The history of B Company 28 (Māori) Battalion


Kneeling in a haka: Māori troops in North Africa (July 1941) by unidentified New Zealand official photographer; Restoration by Adam Cuerden – Imperial War Museum # E 003261, National Library of NZ id: DA-01229-F, Public Domain


The B Company 28 (NZ) Māori Battalion History Trust is producing a book of the stories and history of B Company and its’ soldiers from Te Arawa, Mataātua and Tainui. Entitled Forever Brave – Ake Ake Kia Kaha E – The history of B Company 28 (Māori) Battalion, the book is being written by Sir Wira Gardiner.


With the publication date approaching the History Trust is searching for photos of 370 of the 990 B company members.


Eleven of the remaining 370 B company members come from Raukawa. Are any of them your whānau?




If you have a photo of any of these B company members in uniform or tidy dress as a young man, please contact WT (Tani) Wharewera by email.




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Saturday 9 December 2017

South Waikato Event Centre

Mossop Road





Raukawa Settlement Trust Group Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes from 2016 Raukawa Settlement Trust Group AGM
  4. Kaunihera Kaumātua report
  5. Raukawa Settlement Trust report
  6. Annual accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017
  7. Raukawa Iwi Development Ltd report
  8. Raukawa Charitable Trust report and Executive Management Team presentations
  9. General business


General Business Items

Registered tribal members of the Raukawa Settlement Trust are invited to notify the Board in writing of any general business items they wish to raise at the RST Annual General Meeting. General business items can be sent to Raukawa Settlement Trust, AGM General Business Private Bag 8, TOKOROA 3444 and must be received no later than Friday 1 December 2017


For any enquiries please contact Kim Blomfield, 0800 Raukawa (0800 728 5292) or email.


An electronic copy of the 2017 Annual Report is now available at raukawa.org.nz and hard copies are available upon request.



Māori Education Trust 2018 Scholarship Round is Open

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The Māori Education Trust 2018 Scholarship Programme is now open and offers scholarships to Māori secondary school and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarship’s criteria.


The Scholarship Programme is made up of the following scholarships:



  • Rose Hellaby Scholarship
  • RJ Graham Scholarship
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship (open to secondary and tertiary)
  • VW & LM Rosier Scholarship
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Secondary Boarding Scholarship



  • Frances Irwin Hunt Art Scholarship
  • Nicholas Irwin Hunt Writing Scholarship
  • Norman Kirk Memorial Scholarship (will be confirmed November 2017)
  • Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Bursaries Scholarship
  • Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship (open to secondary and tertiary)
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Scholarship



  • Eric Hall McCormick Scholarship
  • Pae Tawhiti Scholarship
  • Queen Elizabeth II Postgraduate Fellowship
  • Rangiriri and Mātene Te Whiwhi Winiata Scholarship
  • Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Prestigious Professions Scholarship
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship (open to secondary and tertiary)
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship


Certificates, National Certificates and Diplomas:

  • Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship


Details of scholarships, the requirements and value can be found at the links below.





Students can download an application from the Māori Education Trust website www.maorieducation.org.nz, or contact them and they will post you a copy.



Dwarf Galaxias Monitoring in the Waihou



From Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 November Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) kaimahi and members from the Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū (RKR) joined with Rangers from the Department of Conservation (DOC) to monitor the population of dwarf galaxias in the Waihou awa.




Dwarf galaxias (a species of kōkopu), are a threatened native freshwater fish species with populations found in the Waihou and on the Westcoast of the South Island.





In its fifth year, the monitoring project will provide an insight into population changes in the Waihou which helps improve the overall understanding of the quality of water and environment around the awa. Now that there is five years of data it is hoped that trends will start to be seen that will inform a management plan for the kōkopu and feed into any wider management plan for the Waihou.




Wednesday morning saw the DOC Drift Dive Team entering the Waihou upstream of the puna to visually check for dwarf galaxias at all stages of their life cycle and any other fish or kōura that might be seen. Followed by setting nets that were checked the following morning, to enable the team to measure the size of the fish caught.




Thursday morning saw the DOC Rangers return to the water to check the nets, supported by Te Ao Apaapa, RKR representative from Tangata Marae. The nets produced not just dwarf galaxias but also bullies, juvenile rainbow trout and kōura.




Celia Witehira, Programme Lead, Projects and Implementation is excited about the opportunities that working with DOC on the monitoring project offers.




“Being actively involved in the monitoring project means our kaimahi and kaitiaki can gain new skills that will enable them to undertake similar projects in other awa throughout our rohe.”



Trustee Nomination Results




At the close date of Friday 27 October, the required number of nominations were received for the following marae representative positions, therefore no election process was deemed necessary.


Marae Representative
Ngātira Rachel O’Connor
Pārāwera Gaylene Roberts
Aotearoa Constance Hui
Tāpapa Nina Hireme

Congratulations to the successful nominees who will start their 3-year terms from 10 December 2017.


At the close date of 27 October 2017, more than the required number of nominations were received for the following marae representative positions:


Marae Representative
Whakaaratamaiti Elthea Pakaru and Juanita Temarama
Paparaamu Gail Hamilton and Rawiri Koperu


A postal vote will commence on Monday 6 November 2017. Those registered adult members, 18 years and over, that affiliate to the marae in the election process are eligible to vote.


The RST Tribal Register is the official data base for the voting process. Voting papers will be issued to the last known address of those adult members on the Tribal Register. If you do not receive a voting pack please contact our office to check your address details. If you are not registered, you may register and vote by requesting a registration form and special voting form. Votes will count if your registration details are verified.


Completed voting forms must be received at our Tokoroa office by 5.00pm Wednesday 29 November 2017. An external Returning Officer will be appointed to manage this process.


For voting enquiries, please contact Kim Blomfield, kim.blomfield@raukawa.org.nz or 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292)


For tribal registration enquiries please contact Thelma Reti, thelma.reti@raukawa.org.nz or 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292)



Calling all Māori entrepreneurs and innovators



The search is on across Aotearoa for 10 highly motivated Māori entrepreneurs and innovators to join Kōkiri – a Māori business accelerator that kicks off in February 2018.


The first of its kind, Kōkiri is delivered in partnership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Callaghan Innovation. They have teamed up with other successful and recognised businesses committed to Māori business success. The aim is to get high growth potential business start-ups investment-ready and into the market.


If you’re in the start-up phase or early stages of business and would like the benefits of expert coaches, mentors and industry leaders during an intensive four month programme, apply now.


And, if you’re one of the successful participants, you’ll also receive financial assistance to enable you to focus solely on your business during the programme.


Dates to remember:

  • October 10 – Applications open
  • November 17 – Applications close
  • November 30 – Short-listed teams present to Kōkiri panel
  • February 12 – Kōkiri programme begins
  • June 14 – Demo day – pitch your business to investors.


This opportunity is too good to miss. Find out more and apply online at http://kokiri.biz

For any questions, please contact the programme manager, Ian Musson. Email: ian.musson@twoa.ac.nz