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.

Hapu to confer with council on river gravel – Chair condemns rogue tactics

17 June 2019
Hapu to confer with council on river gravel – Chair condemns rogue tactics
“We are concerned and dismayed by the allegations that sabotage of contractors’ equipment may have occurred in connection with the gravel question in the Opotiki twin rivers” said Ngai Tamahaua Hapu Chair Peter T Selwyn today responding to yesterday’s Sunday Star-Times front page article on Opotiki river gravel royalties and allegations of threats being investigated by NZ Police.
Mr Selwyn said: “Our Hapu have Mana whenua in the area concerned and exercise kaitiakitanga over the Otara river (Te Awa O Tarawa) – in conjunction with other Hapu – and our collective interests are jeopardised by allegations of rogue standovers on the Waioweka river (Te Awa o Tamatea) that threaten gravel operations and other activities on the Otara. We are seeking more information from police and council. We alerted authorities earlier this year to a problem, but we took preventive legal action to suppress that possibility on the Otara.
“We have actually opposed and limited consent allocations and commercial takes of river shingle generally from the Otara because there was no legitimate environmental or safety reason for the removal and the data was questionable.  Potential royalty payments have been foregone by the Hapu to protect the integrity of the river – revenue has not been the prevailing factor for Ngai Tamahaua.”
Hapu relations with Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) are in a sensitive phase leading up to a planned conference together over the future management of the rivers and the controversial new gravel consent the Council is seeking.
The BOPRC resource consents for gravel extraction in the two rivers expired in April and their bid for a fresh consent for 15 years on the same basis as before is stalled with Hapu opposition lodged and a challenge to the submission process.
“We don’t want these alleged rogue standover tactics of individuals in one valley to distract from our constructive engagement and progress we have made over the last two years with council,” said Mr Selwyn, “we want to keep council to their stated policies and encourage them to lift their consultation practice and compliance response.”

Hapu Hui for June cancelled for graduation – next Hui is July 7th

Aroha mai whanau, the June Hapu hui postponement due to Queen’s Birthday is now a cancellation as we have a Mahi Tahi graduation ceremony at the marae for this Sunday (9th) which cannot be re-scheduled.  We wish the graduates well in their future endeavours – mauri ora!

The next Hapu Hui is Sunday 7th July 10:30am at Opape Marae.

P.T. Selwyn, Tiamana.

UK voices “step-change” in Maori relationships



28 May 2019


UK voices “step-change” in Maori relationships


The Union Jack was raised in Opotiki yesterday alongside the flag of the United Tribes in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Eastern Bay of Plenty settlement 179 years ago.  An address for the occasion from the British High Commissioner was read out, Her Excellency Laura Clarke signalling a “step-change in our relationships with Maori,” remarking: “A UK-New Zealand bilateral relationship requires purpose-driven, respectful and honest partnership with te iwi Māori.”


The signing took place 27 and 28 May 1840 with seven chiefs of the Whakatohea tribe putting their marks on the Maori language version.  The annual commemoration was completed today when the Ngai Tamahaua Hapu – organisers of the events – raised the “Tino Rangatiratanga” flag at their marae at Opape.


“Hapu rangatira – Tauatoro, TuTakahiAo, Rangihaerepo, Whakiia, AkeAke, Rangimatanuku and Aporotanga – entered into a covenant between Nga Hapu and Queen Victoria as the sovereign of the British nation before God to recognise and protect their rights and interests of their Tino Rangatiratanga Mana Motuhake as independent sovereign people,” said Ngai Tamahaua Hapu spokesperson Tracy Hillier, “I am encouraged by the High Commissioner’s comments and her willingness to engage with Hapu.”


Ms Hillier recalled the significance for the Hapu: “Queen Victoria features inside our wharenui Muriwai.  We remember our Kaumatua, Matenga Biddle, who for many years would gather us at Opape to remember Te Tiriti, and this day was significant as it was also his birthday. We have seen the passing of Pauline Biddle who kept this day special.  Moe mai ra e te tuahine, Pauline. Kia au te moe. Kia tau hoki te rangimarie ki runga i tena me tena o matou me te whenua mana motuhake o te rohe o Ngai Tamahaua; hurinoa i te rohe o Mataatua whanui. Ko te ringa hiko o Muriwai Tapairu. Hoea hoea, hoea te waka o Mata Atua. Mauriora.”


“Te Tiriti was an agreement with mana and commitment to enable new peoples to come to this nation of ours,” said Ms Hillier, “however trust was broken when the colonial government instigated the invasion and military occupation of our territory in 1865, but we have survived their failed policy of suppression and now struggle with the challenge of settling the Crown violations.


“The time is now for the Treaty Negotiations Minister to recognise Hapu leadership and end his government’s present charade of recognising the ‘mandate’ of the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board-led pre-settlement trust,” said Ms Hillier.


The organisers wish to thank the Opotiki RSA for the use of their flagpoles and the Opotiki District Council for their relocation for this occasion.




Address from Her Excellency the British High Commissioner:


Tēnā koutou katoa


It is of great poignancy to recognise these significant days in the history of ngā uri o Ngai Tamahaua. On May 27 and 28 1840, hapū leaders of Te Whakatōhea signed the Tiriti o Waitangi here in Ōpōtiki. Today, as you gather as descendants and whānau whānui of these signatories to commemorate this historical event, it is incumbent on me to reflect upon our shared history.


Te Tīriti o Waitangi remains of critical importance to the relationship between Māori and the Crown, both historically and politically. It is important today in righting the wrongs of the past through the Waitangi Settlement process, and in looking to the future.   There is much to be done to and much to be learned, and I believe that the future of a bicultural Aotearoa is a bright one.


As the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, I am committed to doing all I can to initiate a step-change in our relationships with Māori. A UK-New Zealand bilateral relationship requires purpose-driven, respectful and honest partnership with te iwi Māori, to ensure that our shared future is one of prosperity for all.


Today I commemorate with you, I honour you and your tūpuna, and I send my very best wishes, indeed.


Nōreira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.  


Laura Clarke

British High Commissioner | Te Māngai Kāwanatanga o Peretania

Governor, Pitcairn Islands


British High Commission, Wellington.