Te Runanga O NgaiTakoto Pioke Panui – December 2014

– Te Iwi o NgaiTakoto recently celebrated the return of land known as Mekerene on Saturday 18th October at Wharemaru, Kaimaumau – initially taken from NgaiTakoto by the Crown in 1857 through a supposed “Crown purchase”.

The Crown purchased Muriwhenua South block of some supposed 25,000 acres and the Wharemaru Block (3,000 acres) for $1,500 pounds in 1857. The acreage was later recorded by the crown as being 87,000 acres for the Muriwhenua South Block and 13,555 acres for the Wharemaru Block. NgaiTakoto did not sell these lands. The Crown therefore assumed ownership of 13,550 acres of NgaiTakoto land at Wharemaru, Kaimaumau… read more

Te Runanga O NgaiTakoto Pioke Panui – September 2014

– An announcement made online during the Queens Birthday weekend revealing those who were awarded Queens honors for 2014 listed one recipient as NgaiTakoto’s very own Rangitane Marsden, CEO of Te Runanga o NgaiTakoto and lead negotiator for the Iwi. Rangitane was awarded The New Zealand Order of Merit: for services to Maori.

Rangitane accepts his award on behalf of whanau members who initiated the claims and other journeys of political, social movements in order to recognize Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its place in our lives to improving the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of our people. This journey is not yet complete, but the recognition and achievements to date are a substantial milestone… read more