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Message from the Inaugural Chairman of the Kaumātua Council of Tātau Tātau, Nigel How

Nga mihi mahana mai tenei pito ki tena, ki tena – huri noa atu ki te hapori o Te Wairoa.

We all are living in times some think are uncharted and challenges our tikanga. But we are not.

My grandfather, who will be 89 next week, as a child was restricted to home at Tahaenui because his brother had infantile paralysis. This whanau quarantine lasted six months. Grandfather is still here today because his whanau followed the rules. We can do the same.

Kawa is permanent. Kawa is the law set by the example of our Gods. Tikanga adapts and changes according to current situations. Tikanga is based on kawa, yet tikanga adapts to the times we live in. Tikanga tells us to do so in the meaning of the word which is ‘that which is right’. This is knowledge according to our ancient Takitimu teachings.

Our marae are now faced with a change in tikanga. In considering your options be sensible, be wise, be mindful of future generations and of those who today carry our culture. Tikanga has never, ever been set in stone.

Each of our marae is their own kingdom. Our marae will always do what is right for them. Some marae have done this already. We are here to support each other. I encourage you all to make firm decisions on how our marae in Wairoa District operate based on fact and practicality – in the end that is the essence of tikanga.

Pai Marire, Nigel.

Nigel How
Inaugural Chairman of the Kaumatua Council of Tatau Tatau o Te Wairoa Trust
Chairman of Ngati Kahungunu Wairoa Taiwhenua Incorporated
Board Member of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

Pākihi Ora – Economic Wellbeing

We continue to work alongside the Wairoa wellness network to ensure information and resources are reaching the people here in the rohe during these times. It’s important to be responsive and ensure the ongoing resilience and sustainability of all businesses and jobs, including Māori businesses.

Through Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust and Wairoa District Council, we are aiming to take a proactive approach to supporting businesses by undertaking a stocktake with local businesses, identifying short and medium-term needs and future business development opportunities.

We have engaged JMP Consulting to contact businesses in the Wairoa district over the next four weeks to understand:

  1. Current operating position, including type of business, industry, number of employees, service delivery approach (face to face, online etc) and the like
  2. Short-medium term needs and issues, including plans for employees and business income
  3. Business recovery needs post-COVID-19
  4. Other information as required.

This project will help to ensure that the right business supports are put in place for your business and across the District as we work through this difficult time. We want as many of our businesses as possible to be resilient and sustainable over the coming months and years. 

We are currently pulling together a contact list of businesses in Wairoa and if we have your details, we will be in touch to seek your participation. If you would like to be involved, please provide your contact details to Jody Hamilton at JMP Consulting (email or call 021 919 779) and one of the team will be in touch with you to set up a time to either video or phone call.  

Please note that participation is voluntary and by the agreement of business owners. All information will be confidential and the individual business reviews will not be shared wider than the project team unless express permission is given by the business owners.

Stay safe whānau and look after each other.

An update from Tātau Tātau: Looking after our whānau during COVID-19

Tēnā kōutou katoa e te whānau,

These are unprecedented times, and we know the next while will be challenging for our whānau, iwi and hapū.

Our Wairoa community response group has been meeting daily to establish ways everyone can support each other as we navigate the health, social, cultural and economic effects of COVID-19. We have a network dedicated to this kaupapa, which includes local health and social services providers, Civil Defence, social organisations, iwi, hapū, local business, as well as lcoal and national Government. Ngā mihi ki Te Taiwhenua o Te Wairoa, nā rātou tēnei roopu e ārahi.

We know many in our community are not connected digitally, so we encourage you to share the information in this pānui with them.

Simple precautions you can take:

We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  1. Wash our hands with soap regularly, for 20 seconds each time.
  2. Maintain physical distance – Try to refrain from hongi, hugs and handshakes using the elbow tap, nod, or karakia instead.
  3. Stay home if we’re sick or think we may have been exposed to illness.
  4. Find safe ways to support our older or more vulnerable community members
  5. Don’t panic buy bulk groceries and supplies. Be sensible and community minded – there is enough to go round for everyone.
  6. Avoid public events of 100 or more: Currently all public events of 100 people or more are discouraged. Every community organisation, club, society, churches and marae are asked to please follow these to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.  We encourage everyone to keep having these conversations around public events and to be sensible and avoid putting our community at risk. It’s great to see most are taking this seriously and doing this already.

More information on COVID-19 and symptoms, can be found here: It is important that you familiarise yourself with all the updated official information from the Government via this website. You can also call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 at any time of the day or night.

Important: If you are feeling sick, please stay home and ring the Healthline number above, or your local health centre for further advice on 06 838 8333. Please do not go to our hospital if you think you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms – ring from home first and they will guide you on what to do.

Support to help with financial hardship:

Many in our community may be experiencing financial hardship due to what is happening with the economy currently, be it via reduced work hours or job loss. There is organised support for all our workers, their families and employers who live in Wairoa. Please contact Wairoa Taiwhenua, weekdays from 9am – 3 pm on 06 838 4748 or call in to their Bridge Street office for more information. 

Approved health posters:

For businesses, if you would like current information posters to hang at your organisation or anywhere you feel they may be helpful, these can be collected free-of-charge from Wairoa Taiwhenua, from their Bridge Street office (9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday). If you would like them them emailed to you – please contact


We have been asked to help coordinate marae with how they will respond. We are calling together marae to discuss the recommendations and how this may affect the use of marae and tikanga practices. Please contact your respective marae in the first instance, and visit the marae facebook page or website. 

It goes without saying, but it is important that we work together as a collective to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Aoteraoa, and protect our people and our communities. Tātau Tātau means together, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support.

It is important we remain strong, act sensibly and without panic, and that we take the correct precautions. Kōrero with your whānau, and make sure they are feeling safe and not overwhelmed.

Kai te mihi nei ki a kōutou i tautoko mai.

Hai konā mai i roto i te tauwhiro a te runga rawa, nā

Lewis Ratapu

General manager

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa

Meri Kirihimete from Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust

As 2019 draws to a close, we can reflect on the year, and we can look forward for what is to come as we carry out the work you, our people, have entrusted us to do. 

First and foremost, we acknowledge whānau members throughout the motu who have passed during the year. We also share the sorrow of all those who have been impacted by the aftermath of the Whakaari eruption. Our thoughts are with Ngāti Awa during this time of immense grief.

Now, as we turn our attention to Wairoa, and work to realise the benefits of our settlement, we must also acknowledge the hard work of our tīpuna who set the wheels in motion so we could be where we are today. 

For Tātau Tātau, much of 2019 was absorbed by implementing the structure of the Unit Trust and Kāhui representation model, which you approved in 2018. This mahi included our Kāhui finalising their Trust Deeds and holding their Kāhui representative elections and appointment of Directors to our Commercial Board. 

It was wonderful to connect with whānau at the Engagement Hui in November where we sought your feedback on our Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan. It was great to see both familiar and new faces, and we are thankful for your support as we work to realise a prosperous future for the Hapū and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa. 

It was important to us that we had our members’ input into our Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan, an important document that will shape our kaupapa over the years to come. The feedback we received was invaluable and we took this feedback on board as we updated the plan once feedback had closed on 30 November. 

We were pleased to receive approval on our Five-Year Strategy and Annual Plan at our Annual General Meeting on 14 December. Now we are geared up to work towards those milestones for 2020 and we look forward to updating you on our progress over the coming months.

You can read our Annual Report, Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan here. Hard copies are also available at our office in Wairoa (34 Marine Parade West).

Whānau, now is our time to be the successful Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa that we always aspired to be. Our future is bright and we are so glad to have you with us on this next phase of our journey. 

We thank you for your continued support and we wish you all a safe and festive holiday. We look forward to connecting with you in the new year and working with you achieve great things for our Whānau, Hapū, Kāhui, and Iwi of Te Roge o Te Wairoa.

Nākū noa, nā
Your Tātau Tātau Representatives 

General Manager and Commercial Advisor appointments

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Lewis Ratapu to the position of General Manager for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. Lewis has strong whakapapa connection to Mahia and Te Wairoa and is currently employed as the General Manager for Business Growth and Design at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. We wish him all the best in this role in leading our operational team.

We wish to also announce the appointment of Deloitte as our Commercial Advisor. After advertising and unsuccessfully attracting a suitable candidate for this role, a Request for Proposals (RFP) process was undertaken, through which the selection was made. Our relationship with Deloitte builds upon previous work the organisation has undertaken for Tātau Tātau and will be led by Mr Lee Gray from Deloitte who has whakapapa connections to Whakakī. Whānau, now is our time to be the successful Hapū and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa that we always aspired to be. Our future is bright and we are so glad to have you with us on this next phase of our journey.

Final Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan

Ahead of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14 December, Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Corporate Trustee is pleased to make available the final Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan for your perusal ahead of, and approval at, the AGM.

Click here to access this document. Hard copies are available at the Trust office (34 Marine Parade West, Wairoa) and will also be available at the AGM.

The Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan, which was originally presented to members in the November 2019 Engagement Hui Information Booklet and at the Engagement Hui across Aotearoa, has been amended following feedback received at these hui and via our feedback form on our website. 

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Corporate Trustee hereby gives notice to the members of the Whānau, Hapū, and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14 December 2019 at the War Memorial Hall in Wairoa.

You’re very welcome to attend and get all the updates on our mahi over the last year.


  • Pōwhiri
  • Karakia
  • Trust Annual Report
  • Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of the Independent Auditor
  • Approval of the Directors’ Remuneration
  • General Business
  • Kai o te Pō

War Memorial Hall, Wairoa
1pm to 3pm
Saturday 14 December 2019

The following resolutions will be voted on at the AGM: 

1.   That the reports on the operations of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust by the elected Tātau Tātau Kāhui Representatives during the preceding Income Year be received.

2.   That the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Annual Report 2019 and the duly audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the period ending 30 June 2019 be adopted.

3.   That the appointment of BDO Gisborne Limited as the Independent Auditor for the 2019/2020 Income Year be approved.

4.   That the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trustee Limited Director Remuneration Levels for the 2019/2020 Income Year be approved.

5.   That the Five-Year Strategic Plan 2019/2024 and Annual Plan 2019/2020 for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust be approved.

Voting will be by show of hands of those Adult Registered Members present at the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Nākū noa, nā
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trustee Limited

Note: The 2019 Annual Report, including the Audited Financial Statements will be available on the Trust’s website and will be emailed to members. Hard copies can be obtained from our Office and at the meeting.


We hope this pānui finds you, the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, well.

We ended 2018 on a very positive note, with a 91.78% YES vote from those Adult Registered Members who voted on our final representation and asset arrangement model, and required Trust Deed updates. This positive outcome meant we could move forward with the Unit Trust Model, and the Kāhui representation it is supported by. Ngā mihi to all who helped make this possible.

It has been a busy year to date for the Trust and the Kāhui, and we are pleased to be able to provide you with a full update today.

We appreciate it has been a while since the Trust has been in touch with you via pānui, and we thank you for your patience as we sorted out matters relating to implementing the structure of the Unit Trust Model you voted on last year.

November 2019 Engagement Roadshow

We are holding a round of Engagement Hui across Aotearoa in November, so that we can get your feedback on our Long Term Strategic Plan, which sets out our strategic direction for the years ahead. This has been an important item on our workplan for 2019, and is currently in draft form.

Your feedback is important to us, so we encourage you to attend one of the hui if you can and have your say on our future values and aspirations, strategic pou, and vision for the future.

Hui details are as follows:

Friday 1 November, 6pm – Wairoa College Hall

Saturday 2 November, 11am – Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road

Sunday 3 November, 11am – Ellwood Function Centre, 15 Otene Road

Friday 8 November, 6pm – Novotel Lakeside, Lake End Tutanekai St

Saturday 9 November, 11am – Novotel Tainui, 7 Alma St

Sunday 10 November, 11am –  Sudima Hotel, 18 Airpark Drive, Mangere

Friday 15 November, 6pm – Distinction Coachman Hotel, 140 Fitzherbert Ave

Saturday 16 November, 12pm – Rydges Wellington Airport, 28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai

Sunday 17 November, 10am – Sudima Hotel, 550 Memorial Avenue

We are looking forward to this opportunity to kōrero with you on the strategic direction for Tātau Tātau and how you can be involved. Our goal is to ensure a prosperous, healthy and aspirational future for all the whānau, hapū and iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa.

Note, these hui will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and uploaded to our website so you can all see and hear what’s happening, even if you can’t make it in person.

More information, including a draft copy of the Strategic Plan, will be sent to you via e-pānui and will also be available on our website in the coming weeks.

Kāhui update

Over the course of 2019, our Kāhui finalised their structures, Trust Deeds and held their Kāhui representative elections. Many Kāhui are progressing forward with their strategic planning and annual work programme.

Each Kāhui had an option to receive their 1st distribution – an equal 1/7th share of $2.477 million. A further two distributions per Kāhui are optioned over the next two years, with future distributions dependent on investment performance and returns. We encourage you to approach your respective Kāhui for any questions and updates on your trust structure, elective representatives and work programmes.

You can access the Kāhui Trust Deeds and any documents relating to your Kāhui here.

Contact us at so we can update your details.

If you have whānau who haven’t yet registered with us, we encourage you to direct them to our website to register now.

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Kāhui Representatives

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Kāhui elections were held between December 2018 and August 2019. Ngāti Rakaipaaka election results are due at the end of November 2019.

Your Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Representatives are:

  • Rongomaiwahine Iwi: Leon Symes (Chair)
  • Te Whakakī Nui-ā-Rua: Pieri Munro (Deputy Chair)
  • Te Hononga o Ngā Awa: Apiata Tapine
  • Ngā Tokorima a Hinemanuhiri: Alexander Maehe
  • Ngāti Rakaipaaka: Graeme Symes* (Current TToTW Representative and a nominee leading into the 2019 election for this role.)
  • Te Wairoa Tāpokorau Mai Tāwhiti: Oha Manuel
  • Te Wairoa Tāpokorau Whānui: Phillip Beattie                                                        

Commercial Board update

Earlier this year, we advertised for directors on the Commercial Board, through the Seek website and via newspaper.

The appointed Commercial Board Directors are:

  • Tony Gray (Chair)
  • Jason Rogers
  • Michael Crawford
  • Rangi Manuel
  • Tina Porou

Appointments for these roles have been made on a ‘best person for the role’ basis, i.e., they had to show they had the ability and expertise to maximise returns that will either be re-invested or distributed to Kāhui. Candidate selection was done in consultation with qualified independent agency, Deloitte.

The Commercial Board directors will stand for an initial period of two years. The Commercial Board is a separate board from the Tātau Tātau Board. The commercial company board have just finished preparing a Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives (SIPO) which includes the parameters under which the commercial company board will operate. The SIPO has been approved by the directors of the Corporate Trustee of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. You can access the SIPO here.

Other updates

  • Our Forestry Companies looking after our Patunamu Forest and Wharerata Forest interests are now in place and operating with appointed directors.
  • We recently advertised for a General Manager for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. This role will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Trust. We also recently advertising for a Commercial Advisor for the Trust. This role will be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Commercial Limited, Tātau Tātau’s commercial entity. Applications for these roles are currently being reviewed. 
  • Tātau  Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust has leased part of the ground floor space at the Wairoa Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board, 34 Marine Parade West, Wairoa. The lease commenced last month and will eventually become the operating base for our General Manager and any administrative staff.

The remainder of 2019, and 2020, is shaping up to be big years for our whānau, hapū and iwi. We’ve spent the last 30 years working hard to get to this point. We’re proud to now have set a solid foundation to allow us to move forward.

Ka mihi ki a koutou i tautoko mai. Together we are Tātau Tātau!

Nākū noa, nā

Your Trustees
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust 

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Seeking a General Manager

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa (TToTW) Trust is searching for individuals to fill the role of General Manager.

We are now entering an exciting new era and are moving forward with seeing the benefits for the iwi, hapū and whānau of Wairoa with a specific focus on achieving cultural, social, and economical benefits.

The primary purpose of this role will be to represent the interests of TToTW by leading and managing the organisational team to achieve the individual and organisational goals. The General Manager is also responsible for advising the Board as to the best use of TToTWT resources to support strategic outcomes. Their secondary purpose will be to manage relationships with identified stakeholders, to ensure appropriate support, communication and relationships are developed as required.

Further information on the role is available from or by contacting Emily Johnstone at Deloitte on 07 920 7196 or

To apply in strict confidence email your CV to or by mail to Attention: Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Deloitte, PO Box 12003, Rotorua 3045.  Applications close on Friday 20th September 2019.

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