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Tihei Mauriora

Anō ngā mihi maioha ki a tātou i tēnei rā miharo; he rā miharo na koutou kē i whakamiharotia ai. No reira e rau rangatira mā, ngā manuhiri no tēna rohe, no tēna rohe, no tēna rohe
Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai.

Welcome to this corner of the Ngāti Rārua rohe, on this special day. Today we witness the end of a beginning.

The beginning goes back as far as your memory permits

  • For some of us it began with the promised opportunities enshrined in te tiriti o Waitangi in 1840
  • For some this hikoi has its roots in the failed promises of the Tenths agreement, and the Crown’s hunger for land in the 1860’s
  • For some the beginning was 1992(??) when a group began steps that would lead to the Waitangi Tribunal, to the Privvy Council, to negotiations with the Crown, and assorted other legal actions

The difficulties we have faced, the costs we have incurred, the trials that we have endured – great and small, fair and unfair, worthy and unworthy, make it easy and tempting to overlook the positives.

Firstly, like many other Iwi who have been through this hikoi, we, Ngāti Rārua, have survived.

Secondly, our tikanga remind us that great contests can lead to great benefits. There has been no shortage of challenging contests- with the Crown, with other Iwi, amongst ourselves- in other words all the usual suspects/players! But we, Ngāti Rārua, have endured.

There are other consequences of the hikoi- not so obvious, but just as important, if not more so.

  • We’ve re-learned the lesson that leadership must be committed, constant, and connected to iwi members
  • As well as hard work and support, important kaupapa require faith and the strength to do what is right for the kaupapa, not what is easy for us as individuals
  • Mā rahi, mā iti ka ora ai te iwi- both small contributions and great sacrifices carry a kaupapa through to its conclusion, and finally
  • Important kaupapa have no endings; they have pauses on the way to higher goals

And so today we pause to reflect and re-gather our resources before we begin to climb the next mountain.

This means shifting away from a focus on historic injuries, but never forgetting our history; and it means looking ahead at opportunities.

  • The apology from the Crown is an essential element in achieving this frame change.
  • The official acknowledgement and record of what happened is important- we no longer have to prove what we have always known, and suffer the sometimes silent and often loud admonitions of forget the past and get on with it!
  • The cultural redress will give Ngāti Rārua statutory recognition and formal access to decision-making in areas we deem significant. Henceforth we will not be debating whether we have rights, but what the extent of these rights are.
  • The commercial redress provides Ngāti Rārua with a platform to re-build our Iwi, and our place in Te Waipounamu and eventually, our place in the world. It is only a platform though, we have to turn the platform into an institution.

I’ve spoken of the challenging hikoi we’ve been through; and I’ve spoken about what this signing represents. Make no mistake, we have travelled a long way to get here. The good news is, we are here!
The sobering news is that more hard work is still in front of us. Hard work is needed if we are to reap the rewards of the future we wish to build for Ngāti Rārua. We invite our guests here to witness this day, and to be a positive part of our future. We challenge ourselves to take an active role in building this future.

Today though, let us enjoy where we have got to and we ask you to commit to a future that does not involve travelling this way again.

No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, arā tēnā tātou katoa.


The end of a 22 year journey to Ngāti Rārua settlement marks the beginning of a new journey, as the iwi looks to the future. The Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust was established in 1992 to manage fishing assets and undertake research into the history of the iwi, in order to seek settlement with the Crown.

"I’ve spoken of the challenging hikoi we’ve been through; and I’ve spoken about what this signing represents. Make no mistake, we have travelled a long way to get here. The good news is, we are here!" - Amoroa Luke 


A deed of mandate was submitted in December 2005, and the Crown recognised the mandate on 3 October 2006 to enter negotiations for a comprehensive Treaty of Waitangi Settlement.

An agreement in Principal was signed with the Crown in 2010 and in August 2014, some 22 years after the process for redress commenced, iwi members ratified the agreement. The ACT went before Parliament in April of 2015 and in August 2015 the transfer of assets began 

Now a new journey begins, as the iwi looks to the

future and the next stage of its development.

To read more about the pathway to settlement, click on the following links.

Deeds of Settlement

View the Deeds of Settlement here.

Ngāti Rārua Settlement Trust Deed

View the Ngāti Rārua Settlement Trust Deed document here Ngati Rarua PSGE Trust Deed

View the library of documents relating to the settlement here Library.

Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust

Whakamana te puna Mauri Ōra o Ngāti Rārua,

Kia kaha pupuri ai, mo nga hekenga ā muri ake tonu

Realise the wellspring of vital identity that is Ngāti Rārua,
as an inspiration for all the migrations yet to come








Ngā Tāngata

Olivia Hall 2015

Olivia Hall - Chair

An experienced trustee of various not for profit organisations in Te Tau Ihu. Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts in Maori and a Masters of Business Administration. Employment has included roles within education, arts, Māori business and marketing. She is now part-owner and General Manager of Meke Events as well as a Maori art tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Governance roles include Trustee of Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation and Chair of Tasman Bays Heritage Trust, which manages the Nelson Provincial Museum. Olivia was previously a Trustee of Ngati Rarua from 2011 to 2014.

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Andrew (Anaru) Luke

Andrew is passionate about the environment and incorporating Māori values and knowledge into the management of natural resources.

He currently works for the Department of Conservation as Director of Future Direction/Strategic Positioning, based in the Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai business group.  That work sees him leading engagement with other business groups within the department, to ensure Māori values are incorporated across conservation business, and the integration of Kaupapa Māori as essential to conservation management.

Andrew has been in the New Zealand government for 15 years, with previous roles in the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Fisheries, predominantly working on policy relating to customary rights and environmental management. He was elected to the Board for Te Rūnangao Ngāti Rārua in 2011  and was elected as Chair of the Board in 2014.

Andrew has experience as a fisheries director for managing iwi fisheries assets, and also governance roles with other iwi entities. He has a rural upbringing and an intimate understanding of tikanga.

Miriana Stephens – Trustee

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Des Willison – Trustee

Tū ana au i te karamatamata o tōku maunga o Pehimatea Koriporipo ai ki te auheke o tōku awa o Kiritehere

E kau ai ki ngā wai whakatere o Raukura Moana He au rona he kumekume ki uta ki tai

Ko ngā rohe moana o Puraho mai Marokopa

Whawhit atu ki Te Karo ko te ana o Te Rauparaha

Heke taitimu ana

Hoki whakarehutai e!

Tihei mauriora!

Des’s employment background includes structural engineering, and he has a diploma in social work and a degree in mātauranga from Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. 

For the past 20 years Des has worked in the social sector for both government and non-government agencies, including iwi. 

He is actively involved in marae and hapū development and is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations.

His affiliations to Ngāti Rārua are through his tupuna Turangapeke and down to his tupuna kuia Ripeka Hikoia and Kiti Shearer.

Married with six tamariki and fifteen mokopuna, Des lives in Tauranga Moana. 

Lorraine Eade– Trustee

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Renee Thomas – Trustee

Renee has qualifications in both accounting and management, as well as governance training. She also has commercial skills gained in part through eight years working in accounting and management for Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust, Wakatu Incorporation and Kono Horticulture. 

That work has enhanced her technical skills, and added to the cultural aspect of her life.  Renee is excited about the future for Ngāti Rārua and the challenges for the iwi going forward. “I am also proud to represent and serve my whanau once again and offer my time and knowledge to Ngāti Rārua to continue to bring a positive contribution to the board table.”

Renee has a 9-year-old daughter, Sophia, and says the support of her whānau has allowed her to complete her studies and come as far as she has.

Sophia, Renee and her partner Matt like to get out of town and go camping at Marahau at every opportunity possible.  "I love Te Tau Ihu and the natural playground we have on offer here.”

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 Rima Piggott – Deputy Chair

Rima was born and raised on Whänau Whenua in Motueka.

Her working life has varied, from stay-at-home mum to her two boys, to Operations Manager of the Ngāti Rārua Atiawa Iwi Trust’s horticultural business in the mid-2000s. She currently works in part-time personal care and home help for the elderly and disabled.

Rima has been the chair of the Te Awhina Marae, and during the late 1990s, was a trustee for three consecutive terms.

She was elected on to the Ngāti Rārua Atiawa Iwi Trust in 2009 and was also a board member for the Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust.

Rima’s passions are her whānau, including husband Dennis and their two adult sons, along with her three mokopuna; animal welfare, gardening and iwi and hapu concerns.

No reira kia ora hui hui mai tatau katoa

Lesley Udy - Trustee


Hemi Toia – CEO

Hemi had a rural Māori upbringing in the Hokianga which led to a lifelong interest in, and passion for, māori development. For over 25 years he has worked with Māori trusts, incorporations and limited liability companies owned by Māori across the farming, forestry and hotel sectors.

Hemi was able to combine his practical background with an academic career as a senior lecturer in accountancy at Victoria University for a period of 10 years, followed by a five year appointment in Māori Resource Management at Auckland University.

Hemi has worked in the public sector, gaining senior management experience with both ACC and Plunket. He has worked as a consultant specializing in the development of māori capability in organisations, including strategic planning, leadership coaching and mentoring. Hemi believes his role as CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua is an exciting opportunity to engage with an iwi looking to the future as it moves to the next stage of its development.