The identity of NgaiTakoto is in the cohesive social relationships that are derived from whakapapa (kin based) and this physical-social cohesion is centered around our Marae and whanau communities. Marae and their activities provide for social interaction on a daily basis and it’s within this environment the socalisaiation of tikanga, kawa, and lore are implemented, fostered and promoted.
The Marae environment and the interaction that it enables is the most unique feature of our culture, people and identity. NgaiTakoto beneficiaries affiliate to one of four Marae, and through that our Marae are key cornerstones of the development of this PSGE structure and the future vision of NgaiTakoto. Through strengthened Marae affiliations, the alignment of beneficiary aspirations, strong Marae management and developing vision and governance within each Marae, the tribes future will be strong.
This plan also needs to recognize the changing structure of our membership with many relocating to urban environments or Australia, this plan needs to be realistic to this, and how we keep membership and culture strong in these scenarios.
Work Task 6 Objective:
Continue to increase our Marae beneficiary registrations, participation and decision making. Develop individual Marae vision, project plans & budgets. Create a model that supports their growth and membership knowledge.
Current NgaiTakoto Membership
Total NgaiTakoto membership is currently at just over 2300 registered members and through the ratification of the Treaty Settlement agreement we have connected with many of our whanau.
You can check if you are registered by calling the office on 0508 TAKOTO (825 686)
Our members are affiliated with our four Ngaitakoto Marae : Waimanoni, Mahimaru, Te Paa a Parore, Wharemaru, and we have also recently set up an Australian Trust for our whanau living over there.
Situated on State Highway 1 north of Awanui at Waimanoni on approximately 5 acres remaining of the Waimanoni Reservation.
Situated on State Highway 10 East of Awanui at on the banks of the Whangatane River. Approximately 5 acres remaining of the Maori Reservation.
Urupa: Komako / Matarau
Te Paa a Parore Marae
North west of Waipapakauri and established on land identified as Maxwell’s grant.
Urupa: Te Rewa
Situated on the Shores of the Rangaunu Harbour the Wharemaru Marae has yet to be built and this is one of the aspirations for the whanau from that place. The area set aside for the building is presently called Wharemaru o Kaimaumau.
Urupa: Te Hiritanga O Te Aroha
A growing number of NgaiTakoto people are living in Australia and although they are registered to one of our Marae (outlined above) we also have an obligation to ensure our Australian whanau have access to Treaty Settlement benefits as well. For this purpose we have implemented representation from Australia and will have a committee membership set up to develop and strengthen the social-cultural aspirations of those members in Australia.
NgaiTakoto members are also registered to this organisation.
Current Marae structure
Marae Committees maintain the day to day running of the Marae and the financial management and reporting; such as Power, bookings, bills, maintainence, cleaning, gardens etc. Marae Committee’s are elected annually.
- Current Marae structure is outlined on the following diagram
- Representation considerations within the PSGE