Xmas whanau day at Opape

Nau mai haere mai Ngai Tama whanau!  Opape Marae will host a Xmas fun day for the whanau on Sunday 15th December 2019, from 10am to 5pm.  Karaoke, bouncy castle and more. Contact details in the panui below.


Following the eruption of Whakaari (White Island) on Monday 9th December and the tragic loss of life the Hapu have imposed a rahui over our rohe moana effective immediately.

Further details to follow.


UPDATE 12/12/2019: Rahui notices in today’s Opotiki News.

Please observe our rahui and also the rahui placed by other Hapu along their coast.


December Hapu Hui

Hapu Hui for December will be at Opape Marae on Sunday, 1st December 2019 at 10:30am.

The Hui was advertised in the Opotiki News of Thursday 28/11/2019.

Please note the November Hui was postponed and then cancelled.

November Hapu Hui postponement

Aroha mai whanau. Due to illnesses and other apologies our regular Hapu Hui advertised for apopo ( Sunday, 3rd November) has been cancelled. A decision on when to convene will be made early next week and any material that is available will be emailed out on the distribution list. Apologies for any inconvenience with the late notice. Please pass this panui along your networks urgently. Kia ora.

Muriwai Tournament 2019 Day 2

Day 2, Friday 4 October

Womens Rugby (7s) – inaugural, at Memorial Grounds, Pakowhai.

Final: Nga Wahine Toa 24 v. Opape 7.

Winner: Nga Wahine Toa!

Tamariki Day at Memorial Grounds, Pakowhai. 

Jr Netball finals:

1&2: Opape (win) v. Whitianga

5&6: Torere (win) v. Whitianga

7&8: Poroporo (win) v. Tairongo

Jr Basketball finals:


Pool and Darts begin at Opotiki County RSA, finals Saturday.

Muriwai Tournament 2019 Day 1

Day 1, Thursday 3 October

Basketball at Opotiki College.

Mens final:

Opape 23 v. Waimana ki Tauanui 22.

Winner of M. J. Biddle Mem. to Opape!

Mixed final:

Waimana ki Tauanui 18 v. Opape Outsiders 17.

Winner of Tawhiao Kingi Mem. to Waimana ki Tauanui!

Muriwai Tournament 2019

Nau mai haere mai.

The Hapu invite all to the 35th Muriwai Tournament at Opotiki 3rd – 6th October.  Events at Pakowhai (Memorial grounds), RSA and Opotiki College.

Registrations are still open: contact via Muriwai Tournament Facebook page.

Hapu Hui for September

Nau mai haere mai te whanau

Our Ngai Tama Hapu hui will be at 10:30am, Sunday 8th September 2019 at Opape marae.

Draft minutes of previous hui (July) will be circulated by email beforehand. 

P.T. Selwyn, Tiamana.

Hapu Hui for August

Please note whanau: our advertised Hapu Hui for August is dependent on the timing of a tangi for aunty Lucy.  Ka aroha te whanau pani.  We will keep you advised on this panui page, but please monitor also the facebook pages for information.

Nau mai haere mai nga uri o Ngai Tamahaua Hapu!

10:30am, Sunday 4th August 2019

Opape marae

P.T. Selwyn, Tiamana.

Treaty Minister trespassed from Hapu rohe

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 July 2019
Treaty Minister served with trespass notice
Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon. Andrew Little was served with a trespass notice on Friday (28 July 2019) issued by Ngai Tamahaua – a Hapu of Whakatohea opposed to the government-backed trust the Minister has recognised to settle Treaty claims in their rohe (territory) of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
“Our Hapu official intercepted and halted Mr Little’s limousine on Waiotahe Bridge State Highway 2 at 4:48pm on Friday.  The government motorcade attempted to pass through our rohe following an earlier incursion connected with the signing of an Agreement in Principle with Te Whanau a Apanui further up the coast,” said Hapu Chair Peter T Selwyn, “our official identified Mr Little in the rear seat and after the chauffeur had read the trespass notice it was handed through the window of the limousine and Mr Little was then told verbally that he had been served. The motorcade was then allowed to exit the rohe.”
Mr Selwyn said: “Minister Little’s violation of our rohe was provocative as he has acknowledged in previous correspondence our Hapu’s firm determination that should he try to enter our territory without our permission he would be immediately trespassed and escorted out.  This was indeed actioned on Friday and he would be most unwise to attempt another sortie now he has been formally served.”
Mr Selwyn disputes the integrity of the Minister’s public statements that he will engage with Hapu as well as the trust in a ‘parallel’ negotiation whilst the Waitangi Tribunal is shortly to begin a comprehensive inquiry: “The Minister simply has no credibility when he states he will talk to Hapu because he has not done so and has in fact continued to fund the trust’s negotiators even though he claims negotiations have stopped. So long as he and his agents continue to recognise and fund a phony trust and not recognise Hapu sovereignty then we shall continue not to recognise him and his agents. They are not invited into our country and will be expelled accordingly.”
The notice was made under the Trespass Act 1980 and specifies that Mr Little is prohibited from entering the rohe of Ngai Tamahaua as is his Office of Treaty Settlement entourage. Trespass action under Common law and tikanga are not prejudiced by the notice.
The Hapu legal view is that the river corridors are customary land and that non-members can be trespassed from them under NZ law whether or not they are in transit, on foot or in vehicles, on roads or on bridges.
“The New Zealand government’s position with respect to Whakatohea is untenable. Minister Little ought to terminate the mandate recognition of the trust before any more good will is shredded,” said Mr Selwyn.