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Update 31/10/2019

These latest photos are from the second meeting of the Ngati Apakura Runanga Trust held at Harini Hall, Rangiaowhia, on 26th October, 2019. Photos by Daniel Larsen-Barr.

Update 23/06/2019

Ngati Apakura have been meeting to discuss relevant issues.

Here are some photos from a consultation hui called by Te Waha a Tuara and held at Tainui Group Holdings on the 23rd of June 2019 to discuss the prospect of reconciliation. Photos by Manaaki Midwood.

25/09/14 – ARTB – Hui at Te Awamutu.

25/09/14 – Apakura Claimants Hui: (Very Important that Apakura is represented.) Panorama Motel, Te Kuiti Friday 25/09/14 at 2pm. Apakura Runanga Trust Board will be in attendance with other  Apakura claimants and our Legal Representatives.

Hariru Roa a Apakura descendent that works for the Wananga o Aotearoa is doing a survey of the language, proficiency and cultural attitude of Ngati Apakura Descendents. Please take part in the survey.

4/12/14 – ARTB – Hui at Te Awamutu. Final one for the year.

Final Hearings 8 – 12 December at the Arts and Cultural Centre in Te Kuiti. Open to the public daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Anyone requiring accommodation can stay ar Korapatu Marae. You need to book by phoning Grace Le Gros on 021 488539.

Tena koutou me te whanau o Ngati Apakura the Kawhia Kai Festival is coming up shortly. Set up for stalls on friday 6.02/15 with the Festival on the saturday. Taheke Apakura has a stall this year selling kai, Apakura T Shirts and we will be doing registrations. It will be a great day. On the sunday Ngati Apakura will be having a hui for those that are owners of the Awaroa B44B2 we are all camping on our reserve at Hauturu which is just befor Kawhia. This year we will have a shirt range for Apakura available for sale via our web site or this page. Just getting some designs done for the shirts.
Nga mihi nui Stephen Laing

Ngati Apakura hui
Kahotea marae
Sunday 1/02/15
Time: 10am

Open to all Ngati Apakura descendants

– report back to Ngati Apakura whanui on the Waitangi Tribunal Rohe Potae hearings
– consider a draft submission on the mandate strategy notified by the Crown to settle the Rohe Potae claims

Ngati Apakura hui
NEW VENUE : Kahotea Marae
Wednesday 18/2/15
Time: 5pm
To discuss our options for the settlement process with the Office of Treaty Settlements.


Tena koutou
I can confirm that the three day hearings to hear the final Crown closing submissions will be held from 11 to 13 February 2015 at The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington. Proceedings will take place in the Chancellor 1 room and will begin at 8.30 with a brief mihi whakatau.
An audio visual link will be set up at the Te Awamutu District Court, 53 Roche Street, Te Awamutu, for any claimants who are unable to attend the sitting in Wellington.
If any parties require further information regarding this hearing week, they can contact Tribunal staff on (04) 914-3000

Rangiaowhia Commemorations Saturday 21/02/15 at 9am.

Venue: Rangiaowhia Rd, Te Awamutu. Blessing of the pou




To the Maniapoto – Rohe Potae Waitangi Tribunal Claimants

You are invited to attend a Consultation Hui

to vote on using High Court action to achieve a

Quantum Settlement for Treaty of Waitangi Breaches

Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015, 10.00am

Venue: 108 Pokuru Road, Te Awamutu (near the railway hump bridge)

Aotearoa Institute Te Kuratini o Nga Waka Trust

Office & Research Centre

Key Note Speaker: Dr Rongo H. Wetere ONZM FNZIM

Five Resolutions will be tabled:

  1. that the Maniapoto – Rohe Potae Wai Claimant Community agrees to prosecuting, through the High Court, an action for quantum settlement for Waitangi Treaty breaches”

  1. that Dr Rongo Wetere is appointed as the Principal Negotiator (Te Tumuaki)”

  1. that the Principal Negotiator will form a team elected from the Maniapoto – Rohe Potae Wai Claimant Community to assist him in the prosecution of a Quantum settlement”

  1. that the Maniapoto – Rohe Potae Wai Claimant Community guarantees that legal fees will be the first charge against the settlement proceeds where these exceed any awarded costs”

  1. that Aotearoa Institute Te Kuratini o Nga Waka (Charitable) Trust is approved to handle all areas necessary to also assist to prosecute the Quantum Settlement”


Please advise numbers attending

Lorraine Anderson, Convenor

DDI 07-872-0640, Mob: 021-137-6208


Apakura Representation Two Seats Te Kawau Mārō
An Apakura hui to discuss these matters will be held on Saturday 1 August at 10.00am at Otawhao Marae, Te Awamutu.

He Panui

He mihi aroha ki ng Kuia me nga Kaumatua kua wehi ki te Whaea Pangipetia Huriwaka of Kahotea Marae, Otorohanga me te Papa Wiremu Borrell of Paparoa Marae, Te Puna who whakapapa to Rangiaowhia e Moe ki te moengaroa.

Maniapoto Mandate Urgency. 

We are still waiting for the Tribunals decision on urgency. We attended the Hui on the 26th Feb TRP inquiry where the crown and Maniapoto Trust Board sought priority reporting on.

  1. The customary interests of Maniapoto and neighbouring groups.
  2. The Taranaki and Waikato war and Raupatu, insofar as they relayed to Maniapoto including the issue of displaced populations.
  3. The Crown and Te Rohe Potae agreements from 1882-1885 and the construction of the main trunk line.

Judge Fox did caution the Trust Board lawyer on losing the full context of the report. She also gave timeframes of August 2018 and December 2018 for parts of the report and final sections including a Takiwa section. Apakura and others are not in favour of early sections of the report being released.

Foreshore and Seabed

We are required to file notices of appearance on all other applications who have filed a Takutai Moana application. This was actioned before the due date of February 2018.


This year’s commemorations featured approximately 200 College and primary aged students from Gisborne, Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi along with representatives from the Catholic and Maori Anglican church denominations. A teaching resource was given out and service taken at the local St Pauls Church.

Waikeria prison expansion. 

Presently I attend hui on behalf of the Apakura Runanga Trust. The operation up until March 2018 were run by a private group, where contracts were issued for cultural input into architectural design, imprint and discovery. Generally. discussions were detailed with Maniapoto ki Te Raki, Raukawa and other mana whenua. It appears that this Government will be revisiting the process with a view to clarifying their position on the expansion.We are monitoring and giving input on the basis that 58% of the 10800 residents are Maori and all options to reduce these numbers need to be considered.

Apakura unresolved claims.

Since 2015 this legal Journey has been slow and challenging. We have consistently put forward our position that Apakura require some form of autonomous recognition and redress within any settlement structure that seeks to settle our claims. The group that currently holds the mandate to settle our claims with the  crown is Maniapoto Maori Trust Board. An agreement in principle was signed in August 2017. The crown is no longer engaged with the original TKM group we belonged to which did hold autonomous Apakura seats. The original TKM group we belonged to are in a drawn out legal dispute that probably cost us 2 years of work and is still unresolved. We are still committed to seeking a settlement that includes a presence on land near Rangiaowhia along with other unresolved claims. We are also waiting for a time to meet Waikato Tainui to discuss moving the unresolved Apakura claims forward. When that happens, hui will be held to inform Apakura whanau of the result.

Apakura Runanga Trust

At Nehenehenui Regional committee AGM held on 25th March 2018 I was nominated and elected to the position of Nehenehenui RMC representative for the Maniapoto Trust Board. This position takes effect in July 2018.

Support from Marae and website.

Thank you to Apakura whanau for your support and patience during this legal and challenging spiritual Journey. We owe so much to so few who work so hard for such short steps. Thank you to the executive team who put in the time for aroha and manaaki to ensure our goal is realised.

Nako noa

Barney Manaia Apakura Runanga Trust Chairperson.

Ngati Apakura Runanga Trust Board Hui.
To be held after the Judicial Conference held in Hamilton
Date: 8th of March 2019
Place : Hamilton
Time : 3.00pm
Venue : Venue for hui confirmed Friday 8 March from 3:30pm, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Mangakotukutuku Campus, 254 Ohaupo Rd, Glenview, Hamilton.
Our legal team from Bennion Law will be in attendance representing the Wai 1469, 2291, 2596 Apakura claimants.
We will have a report from the Judicial Conference, progress of our claim and the way forward.
all welcome.

Nga mihi

Stephen Laing


Date: 24th of March 2019 – Venue: Hairini Hall, 108 Rangiaowhia Rd, Te Awamutu

Time: 1pm

Agenda: 1 Recap of previous minutes and admin

2. Incoming and outgoing correspondence’

3. Claimants and Runanga external engagement.

4. AGM planning.

5. Apakura claims update.

6. Any other items.

All Apakura whanau welcome.

Apakura Rūnanga Trust

  1. The Apakura Rūnanga Trust (ART) was established in 2014. The purpose of the Trust is to:
  2. Advance the socio-economic needs of Apakura;
  3. To promote Apakura history and culture;
  4. To assist with the preparation, presentation and settlement of claims before the Waitangi Tribunal;
  5. To promote the kaitiakitanga of Apakura within our rohe.
  6. ART advance these purposes in various ways including:
  7. Holding Rangiaowhia commemorations at Hairini Hall annually;
  8. Developing relationships with local government for the advancement of Apakura kaitiakitanga;
  9. Educating the public about the events of the war and raupatu;
  10. Advancing claims before the Waitangi Tribunal.
  11. Stephen Laing, Jenny Charman and Moepatu Borell are the current trustees. Trustees are elected every three years by beneficiaries. We welcome all whānau to enroll as a beneficiary and become involved with this kaupapa.
  12. A pressing issue face by all of Ngāti Apakura right now is the settlement of the outstanding Apakura claims. Stephen Laing, Jenny Charman (Te Ra Wright and Gordon Lennox: deceased) brought two Ngāti Apakura claims (Wai 1469 and Wai 2291) before the Te Rohe Pōtae Waitangi Tribunal (TRP) inquiry.
  13. Those claims now sit under the mantel of ART. They are supported by evidence from Ngāti Apakura whānui and the Ngāti Apakura Oral and Traditional Report authored by Dr Robert Joseph and Moepatu Borell. Those hearings took place around the rohe between 2010 and 2015.
  14. The Waitangi Tribunal has now reported on those claims in Te Mana Whatu Ahuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. Amongst its findings is that the Crown systematically targeted and waged war against Ngāti Apakura and that some of these war and raupatu crimes (those that sit outside of the Waikato-Tainui framework) have not been answered by the Crown (Te Mana Whatu Ahuru pages 21 and 601).
  15. Because of the war and raupatu, Ngāti Apakura do not fit neatly within the current Waikato-Tainui/Maniapoto mandating and settlement processes.
  16. There are significant Apakura marae, identities and claims that sit outside of the current Waikato-Tainui framework. Now the Crown wants to settle all Apakura claims without regard for these.
  17. ART have applied to the Waitangi Tribunal under urgency to have these claims recognised and recompensed; the urgency hearing is set for 4-7 June venue TBA.
  18. The position of ART is that the mana motuhake of Ngāti Apakura as an iwi in its own right is paramount. On that basis we seek a settlement for Ngāti Apakura as an iwi separate from, but parallel to, the Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Maniapoto settlements that are currently progressing. Discussions with Ngāti Apakura whānau whānui about how Ngāti Apakura want to address the outstanding Ngāti Apakura claims are also taking place.
  19. If you would like to support our kaupapa please go to and register with us and become involved. Please ask your whānau to do the same.




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