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 Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority


Ngāti Mākino whakatau mai ra kia Panui me āna kōrero whakakata whakamārama whakahua anō hoki i nga kaupapa o te wa, tena tātau katoa. 

Welcome to panui featuring stories, feedback or updates on what’s happening in Ngāti Mākino....These are stories told by you, in your words, capturing you and our many flavours.

We are a part of the continuum that connects us to our tupuna and their rich legacy and this reminds us that our strength is collective and not individual. Inherent in this kaupapa is respect for and of each other caring for and of each other...Kia Mākino e!

Enrolments for Online and Face to Face Te Reo Classes are now OPEN

Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority are offering Te Reo Māori online and in class this year at beginners and advanced levels. All classes will be taught in Te Reo Māori by our tutors.

A key component of our Cultural Revitalisation Strategy is to ensure that you as a descendant of Mākino have the opportunity to learn and speak Te Reo Māori. Our vision is for you to become fluent in speaking Te Reo at home, at the marae or anywhere you choose to speak and share Te Reo. Our responsibility is to ensure that you have access to tutors who are fluent in teaching and speaking Te Reo and passionate about your commitment to achieve. You have the option to learn from home online or learn together in a classroom environment either here in Rotorua or Kawerau.

Finally, we acknowledge that this journey will be long and in some cases challenging, however we are committed to supporting you in your learning now and in the future. If you need support, don't hesitate to talk to your tutor or assistant.

Click here to register for our Te Reo Classes


Annual Report 2020

Our 2020 Annual Report is now accessible online. 

Updated at 9.25am on Tuesday 17 November 2020

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023

Our Ngāti Mākino Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023 is now accessible online. The 2020 Annual Report will be uploaded tomorrow. 

Updated at 9.00am on Monday 16th November 2020

On behalf of Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority, we would like to thank the following for making our "Ngāti Mākino Hauora Day" a success. Despite the light rain that greeted us in the morning, we were met by our kaumatua, kuia, pakeke, tamariki and mokopuna who made our day special!  Our presenters engaged really well and talked about a range of issues such as gut health; mental health and wellbeing; growing vegetables using natural resources' and understanding the importance of the maramataka and the cyclical rhythms that influence our health and wellbeing and the environment that supports our survival. Our kaumatua and kuia were treated with mirimiri and rongoā therapy while our tamariki and mokopuna were given the opportunity to have their faces painted, indulge in ice-cream and play on the Bouncy Castle

  • Poutiri Trust

  • Maketu Hauora


  • Mirimiri Team

  • Clarence Kerrison

  • Krissie Knap

  • Jade Kameta

  • Davina Thompson

  • Only Us Catering

  • Let's Face It!

  • Mr Whippy

  • The Grind Cafe

  • Absolutely Party Hire

Mauri Ora,

Grant Ngatai

   Ngāti Mākino Hauora Day 

   Where: Ōtamarākau Marae

   When: 7th November 10-2pm

    We are proud to announce that our Ngāti Mākino Hauora Day will be held on the 7th of November at Ōtamarākau Marae from 10-2pm.        Our own doctor will be present to share his own experiences with us while our Māori Health providers will be available  to provide                guidance and  advice so we can all lead long and active lives with our tamariki and mokopuna.  

    Mauri Ora! 

    Grant Ngatai

Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

  Updated on 15th October 2020


Trustee Election 2020

Tena koutou,

We would like to ensure that all eligible registered iwi members for Ngati Makino have received their voting packs for the election.

Have you received your voting pack yet? 

If you haven't received your voting pack please phone Nero on 07 348 3599 or email him at nero@gha.co.nz to;

    1. Check that the address we have on the register for you is accurate
    2. Check if you have not updated your details 
    3. If the address we have is not accurate please update your address with Nero and request a second voting pack be sent to you.

    Iwi members overseas

    We appreciate you may encounter some issues with mail overseas. To provide another solution for you to send your voting packs to the returning officer you are able to scan and email your completed voting forms to nero@gha.co.nz

    You are still able to send your voting forms using the return envelope provided in your voting pack and Attention it to Glenn Hawkins at GHA, PO Box 1712, ROTORUA.

    Any queries relating to the election process and voting forms please contact Nero on 07 348 3599 or email him on nero@gha.co.nz

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated on Wednesday 14 October 2020


    The Returning Officer

    A contestable tender process was undertaken and Glenn Hawkins emerged as the preferred provider. Last year's Casual election saw Deloittes appointed as Returning Officer. The appointment of a Returning Officer ensures independent oversight of the elections. Since September 25 the Trustee Election has been independently managed by the Returning Officer 

    Distribution of voting forms 

    The Returning Officer is responsible for the distribution of the voting forms. Should voting forms be distributed independently to persons that are already registered and have received a voting pack, this may result in two voting forms being submitted.

    Should two voting forms be received from the same registered member, then both voting papers will be deemed invalid and not be counted in the election. The best approach would be for those registered members to call into the GHA office Level 1, 1108 Fenton Street, Rotorua or phone 07 348 3599 or email nero@gha.co.nz  

    Under age members receiving voting packs

    The Returning Officer had addressed this issue previously;

    It has come to our attention that voting packs have been inadvertently sent to some registered members under the age of 18. Under the rules of the Trust Deed, only adult registered members are eligible to vote. Therefore, please ignore the voting pack if you are not a registered adult member.

    Any votes received from members under the age of 18 will be declared invalid. 

    Voting packs being sent to the wrong addresses

    While not ideal, the Returning Officer is currently tracking members to understand how this happened and how to rectify it. Remembering that the current register requires members to keep their details updated.  

    Partners of members receiving voting packs who don’t whakapapa to Makino 

    Formerly public event registration was an avenue by which non Mākino partners or whānau were able to join the register. This is no longer possible.  However, as with underage members non Mākino partners will be excluded from voting.

    This year a folder has been created at the advocacy of iwi members who sought the inclusion of partners so that partners are eligible to attend events or register for various Ngāti Mākino programmes, however this is recorded independent of the main register meaning non Mākino partners are NOT registered.  

    Online voting​ 

    The current software package functionality has limited capacity and does not reach the vast majority of registered members. Online voting does come at a cost, and at last year's casual election only 40 people used this facility, so this was weighed up when the decision was made.​​ 

    We are transitioning to a new software package that will provide better functionality and better member access which will mean voting will be secure, easier and cost effective. ​

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated on Monday 12 October 2020

    A message from the Returning Officer regarding voting packs


    Environmental/Cultural Monitoring Workshop

    UPDATE Mākino Wānanga 26th September 2020

    Tēnā tātou, ngā uri o Mākino,

    Ka whakakāhorengia tō tātou wānanga a Mākino mō tēnei wikena nā te itinga o te rahi o te tini ki te honohono, ki te here ki tēnei kaupapa. 

    The Mākino Wānanga to be held this weekend on the 26th of September has been cancelled due to low numbers registered.  

    Nāku iti noa,

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Mākino Wānanga on 26 September & 31 October

    Tēnā tātou, the wānanga will be held on the 26th of September and 31st of October from 10am-2pm online via ZOOM.  Please ensure that you click on the link provided so you can register online and join us on our live sessions.


    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated at 5.14pm on 8 September 2020

    Update regarding Koeke Hui today 7 September 2020

    Morena all, on behalf of the Chair Te Ngaru Awhimate the Kōeke hui scheduled to take place today has been postponed until next month...more information to follow....

    Hēoi anō


    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated 11.15am on 7 September 2020

    Update on Wananga

    Tena Koutou e aku rangatira Koroua e aku rangatira Kuia otira e te iwi nui tonu koia tenei ka mihi ake. Due to Covid 19 and the announcement today by the Prime-minister that Aotearoa will remain at level 2 for another twelve days and the need to enforce social distancing we are postponing the wānanga scheduled for September 12. 

    However we will shift the wānanga to online and instead of one long day we will do the wānanga as two four hour sessions ( 2x 4hour sessions with 3x 15minute breaks) on two different days. We will put up more information and registration on Monday 7 Sept.

    Take care Whānau arohanui 

    Matau o Te Tari

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated 4.30pm on 4 September 2020

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Updated on Monday 31 August 2020

    COVID-19 Update as at 1.00pm on 12 August 2020

    Kia ora e te whānau,

    A quick update following the Prime Minister’s press conference just now.

    A whānau in Auckland tested positive for COVID-19 – four of the family have now tested positive. They are not connected to overseas travel or the managed isolation or quarantine sites and this is considered community transmission.

    As a result, Auckland has moved to Level 3 at midday today until midnight on Friday night. You can refresh you memory about the Alert Levels here ➡️ https://bit.ly/33WpBmh

    The rest of Aotearoa – including the Te Arawa rohe – has moved to Level 2 at midday today until midnight on Friday night.

    ❗️Two of the positive cases (an adult and a toddler) visited Rotorua last weekend. We are seeking urgent information about their movements while in the rohe and we will provide updates as soon as possible.

    Regardless, it is critical that we all take appropriate precautions to keep ourselves, our whānau and our community safe.

        Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds

        Use alcohol based hand sanitiser

        Keep track of where you have been and who you have seen by downloading the contact tracing app – you can now add in manual details if the place you go doesn’t have a QR code

        Stay at home if you are sick. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

        Get tested if you have any symptoms – there will be a second testing site in Rotorua soon

        Wear face masks if you are in public places like supermarkets or on public transport

    Keep your distance from other people in public

        Take appropriate measures on marae – you may wish to consider postponing any planned hui in the next few days

    It is really important that we are all fully informed and well prepared, but please don’t panic whānau Be kind and look after one another – he waka eke noa.

    Thank you to Te Arawa COVID-19 for the regular updates. To keep up to date with Te Arawa COVID-19 whanau please like and follow their page as well


    Thursday Te Reo Classes (Kanohi ki te kanohi)


    Thursday Te Reo Classes are underway and we are due to have our second class this Thursday. A slight change to the hours which are now 5.30pm - 7.30pm in Rotorua.

    We still have spaces available!

    Kanohi ki te kanohi classes

    Updated on 11 August 2020

    at 4.20pm

    Thursday Te Reo Classes (Kanohi ki te kanohi)


    We are opening registrations for a kanohi ki te kanohi class (Beginner Level) located in ROTORUA. Click on the link to register for these classes, be quick as the first class starts 6 August 6.00pm

    Register for kanohi ki te kanohi classes

    Monday Online Te Reo Classes - REGISTRATIONS NOW CLOSED

    Kia ora koutou,

    Registrations for our Monday Online Te Reo Classes are NOW CLOSED. Our Thursday Online Te Reo Classes (Advanced) still have spaces for registrations, if you would like to register for the Advanced Classes click on register now. 


    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    5 August 2020 at 9.35am

    Online Te Reo Classes - Beginner & Advanced

    We are excited to launch 2 more online Te Reo Classes Beginner and Advanced. All you need to do to register is click on the buttons below and complete the registration forms. 

    Ngati Makino Iwi Authority

    Saturday 1 August 2020 

    Settlement Dinner hei te wa o Matariki 

    Only 3 Days to go until we celebrate our Settlement Dinner hei te wa o Matariki on 11 July @ Otamarakau Marae from 2.00pm.

    Sadly we are now closing registrations for this event as we have now reached the registration limit.

    We look forward to seeing you all there.

    As we approach Matariki with much anticipation and hope, we reflect and acknowledge the great work carried out by our kaumatua and kuia. Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority are holding a dinner in their honour while celebrating the emergence of Matariki.

    Tīraha mai rā kei ngā whetu hei tohu maumaharatanga ki a rātou kua wheturangitia, kia titiro whakamua kei ngā whetu kei tua o te pae hei oranga mō te katoa

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    8 July 2020 at 1.00pm

    Online Te Reo Class - UPDATE

    We would like to thank those who registered to participate in the Online Te Reo Classes.

    Now that registrations have closed, our Pouako (Tutor) and Assistant will contact you over the next two days to organise a one to one 15 minute session via ZOOM before any classes officially begin.

    The purpose of the one to one session is;

    1. To introduce your Pouako and his Assistant to each student
    2. For the Pouako to assess your level of speaking and understanding of Te Reo Māori
    3. For the Pouako to determine which class is suitable to your learning needs
    4. For the Pouako or Assistant to provide you with a brief outline of the online tools that need to be downloaded prior to the first class;

    Once the one on one sessions have been completed, the Assistant will confirm the following details via email to both your personal email and new email;

      • Date  and time of class (scheduled by Assistant in advance)
      • Level of learning (Beginner or Intermediate)
      • Your username and password for Google Suite
    Ngati Makino Iwi Authority 
    1 July 2020 at  5.32pm

    Online Te Reo Class Registrations - CLOSED

    Due to the high number of registrations received (52 in total) for our Online Te Reo Classes we have now closed registrations.

    If we are able to negotiate more teaching capacity for these Online Te Reo Classes we will reopen registrations at a later date and welcome you to apply if you missed out.

    Ngati Mākino Iwi Authority

    1 July 2020 at 12.00pm

    Click here to register for the Settlement Dinner & Matariki Celebration

    Kua whakarewatia te waka o Te Reo Māori mā te ipurangi mai i te Hiku o Te Hika tae ake kei ngā pitopito o te motu nō reira ngā uri o Mākino nau mai, piki mai ki tēnei o ngā kaupapa whakahirahira e ako ai, e kōrero ai, e whangai ai i tō tātou reo rangatira! 

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority is offering an opportunity for all our registered members to learn Te Reo Māori online! The programme will begin from 1 July 2020 to 14 December 2020. This programme comes at no cost therefore all you need is your own device preferably a Chromebook, iPad, Laptop or PC and a reliable internet connection.  

    Click here to register for the online Te Reo Classes. Registrations will be open from 22 June 2020 to 12 July 2020.

    To register your attendance to the Matariki Celebration and Settlement Dinner click here

    firewood subsidy available for registered

    iwi members

    As a response to COVID-19 Ngāti Makino Iwi Authority will be subsiding 2 cubic meters of firewood for our registered iwi members within the Bay of Plenty. This subsidy will be available from 12 May 2020  to 9 June 2020. 

    Click here to complete your Firewood Subsidy Application and a staff member will make contact with you.

    The eligibility criteria is;

    • You must be a registered member with Ngāti Makino Iwi Authority. If you haven't registered please register at www.ngatimakino.co.nz/register
    • You must be between 18 - 64 years of age to apply
    • You must be residing within the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
    • You must apply for the Firewood Subsidy using this online application form
    • Only one delivery per household
    • The subsidy amount is $100.00 only
    • You can only receive this subsidy once
    • We will organise payment of the subsidy with the firewood merchant directly. You will need to ensure that the remaining amount ($100.00) due for the firewood is paid by you.
    • If you are applying for your home in Rotorua, your fireplace must be compliant with the Solid Fuel Burner Regulations for Rotorua

    We hope that you and your whanau are keeping safe and warm during lockdown.

    Ngāti Makino Iwi Authority

    otamarakau pahi tahi mobile covid-19 clinic

    Ngati Makino Iwi Authority with support from Otamarakau School and the Otamarakau Marae Trustees will be welcoming a Kaupapa Māori Community Based Assessment Clinic back into our community – Pahi Tahi will have a doctor, a nurse, and Kaiāwhina who will work with us to help whānau who need to be assessed for COVID-19 and provide support to get you through Alert level 4.

    If you, or someone in your whānau have a runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or fever then come and see the Pahi Tahi team.

    If your child has a sore throat please bring them down to be seen by the Doctor or contact your GP.

    This is a drive through service so come in your carwith people from your bubble only.

    Pahi Tahi will be at Otamarakau School this Friday from 10am-2pm

    For the latest updates on COVID-19 visit www.health.govt.nz/coronavirus


    Ngati Makino Iwi Authority with support from Otamarakau School, Maketu Hauora and Poutiri Trust will be welcoming a Kaupapa Māori Community Based Assessment Clinic to our community – Pahi Tahi will have a doctor, a nurse, and Kaiāwhina who will work with us to help whānau who need to be assessed for COVID-19 and provide support to get you through Alert level 4.

    If you, or someone in your whānau have a runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or fever then come and see the Pahi Tahi team.

    This is a drive through service so come in your car, with people from your bubble only.

    Pahi Tahi will be at Otamarakau School this Monday (20th April 2020) from 10am-2pm

    For the latest updates on COVID-19 visit www.health.govt.nz/coronavirus

    Mā tatou katoa ka ārai atu i te COVID-19

    Kia ora koutou,

    Please see below a link to a survey which has been developed to enable us to get a better understanding of where our people are located across the Te Arawa rohe and what their needs might be – for example, kai, transport, medical support etc. This has specifically been designed for Te Arawa whānau who are currently living in the Otamarakau, Rotorua, Maketu, Te Puke etc area only, as unfortunately we are unable to cross geographic boundaries to provide support during the COVID-19 Lockdown. 

    This information will be held securely by the Te Arawa Hub for the purposes of our COVID-19 response.


    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Phone: 07 348 3599

    Email: Admin@ngatimakino.co.nz 

    E ngā reo, e ngā mana , e rongo ai tātou i ngā pitopito kōrero ō tēnā rangatira, ō tēnā mātanga ki tēneki o ngā tūmomo mate, arā te urutā e pā kino ana te tini me te mano puta noa i te ao.  Ka pānekeneke nei ō tātou pātuwatawata, ngā pā harakeke o te kāinga, nō reira me noho tūturu ki rō whare, hei oranga mō te katoa.

    COVID-19 Level 4 Alert in its second week provides messages of heartiness and positivity from our Ngāti Mākino Iwi. These include korero encouraging whanau to stay safe and be well in their bubbles/home, tips for shopping and engaging in a daily dose of exercise whilst breathing in the fresh air. These are great to hear and see during the COVID-19 pandemic rāhui!

    There remains plenty to do. Here is an update of coordinated efforts of the Board and Staff in collaboration with the Te Arawa COVID-19 Response Forum and Te Arawa Whanau Ora during the pandemic in the past 7 days.

    “Nōku te rourou, Nōu te rourou, ka ora ai te Iwi”

    • Kaumatua calls focused on their welfare checks and confirming contact details.
    • Delivering hygiene and/or food packs.  Please note these are limited and distribution is given to groups of most in need, the first being kaumatua. We are anticipating two more deliveries across the coming weeks. 
    •  Regular updates of COVID-19 on our website panui and Facebook. 
    •  Firewood deliveries to those kaumatua who require it and meet the council obligations for fireplaces.
    •  Kaumatua grants will be processed earlier so that our registered Kaumatua will have their grants during this time.

    If you are in need of urgent assistance and support please contact Cintina on 0272359345. There are many government agencies that are providing assistance, we do implore that you try those avenues first. 

    To help us, to connect with you, we do encourage you to update your online details, and/or register by using the  following link www.ngatimakino.co.nz/register or ring Cintina.

    We, the Board, also salute our staff and all Essential workers for their time and efforts during the COVID-19 rahui.   

    Whakapūpūtia ō mānuka, kia kore ai e whati

    Collectively working together for each other

    Kia hiwa rā, Kia hiwa rā!!  

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority supports the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s recent COVID-19 announcement that we have moved to Alert Level 3 and at midnight on Wednesday 25 March the country will be at Alert Level 4. 

    We, the Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority Board and staff, have been working with many others (Iwi, Maori, non-government and government agencies) to develop a coordinated COVID-19 approach to address the safety and well-being of our pākeke and, whānui.

    To do this effectively and efficiently we ask for your patience and, when our staff members contact you please provide them with information that we can refer you to for further awhi/help and tautoko/support aligned with the COVID-19 response approach.  

    For any urgent administrative queries can you please use the following contact details:



    If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please Call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

    The best advice to slow the spread of the virus is to:

    • To keep your distance from people
    • Stay at home and only go out if you need to.
    • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
    • Sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

    We encourage you to stay safe and follow all guidance from the government: https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice

    We will also make regular announcements to update you via our website and Facebook.

    Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, I te toa takitini a Makino, Toitū te mana, Toitū te whenua, Toitū te tangata, Toitū ā Mākinotanga!

    Nga mihinui

    Laurance Tamati


    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Phone: 027 616 7212


    E aku rahi, e aku tini, he pānui matua tēnei mā tātou e hikaka ana, e ngakau nui ana kia tae ake ki tō tātou wānanga a tēnei hātarei e tū mai nei.  Nā te whakatau o Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority e whakaruruhau ai e haumaru ai i o tātou kaumatua kuia nā tēnei tumomo mate ka whakatārewa ai te wānanga. Ko tō tātou arotake matua, kia manaaki, kia tiaki i ō tātou whānau, hapū, iwi hoki.

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority would like to advise that this weekend’s wānanga has been postponed due to the growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) that could potentially affect our most vulnerable, this includes our kaumatua and kuia.  Our main focus is to keep our people safe and healthy at all times especially when we come together as a whānau, hapū and iwi. We will advise when a new date will be scheduled. 

    Kia noho ora mai tātou i raro i te manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro.

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority



    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority will be holding a Wānanga (1 of 3) on 21 March 2020 from 9.00am at Pukehina Marae (1903 State Highway 2, Pukehina. 


    Our SEED Community Roadmap has been up and running since 2016 and in this time significant steps have been made to meet the overall needs of our whānau, hapū and iwi. Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority will be providing an overview of these events and new initiatives to take us forward beyond 2020.

    In the afternoon, we will be learning about our whakapapa connection to Mākino and the attributes and skills our ancestress possessed in looking after her people and the places she occupied.

    This is an opportunity for you to learn about your connection to Mākino!

    To register for this Wānanga you need to be a registered iwi member with Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority.

    Click here to register for this Wānanga.

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority

    Kia hiwa ra Kia hiwa ra!

    He ika hui rua kua tau ki runga ia Tawakemoetahanga ia Waitaha a Hei, Haere ra e Wharekawa korua ko Arumia e tangi nei o korua
    hapū e mōteatea ana i to kōrua hinganga haere e moe, a , moe mai ra korua i te rangatiratanga o te mate 
    Tihei Mauri Ora!

    The Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority Whānau Health and Seed Wānanga Day is Cancelled. We join with Ngāti Whakahemo and all Ngāti Mākino in supporting the families of Wharekawa Raihi and Arumia Takuira as they prepare to mourn their mate.

    Kia tau ra nga manaakitanga o te wāhi ngaro kia tatau katoa. Mauri Ora!

    Updated on Wednesday 5th February 2020

    Opportunity to work in the Taiao (environmental) space.....

    The Department of Conservation are looking to provide 20 Tauira with an opportunity to undertake tertiary study and be employed on a 2 year fixed term contract with the expectation of permanent employment at the conclusion. 

    See below for more.... Click here for a PDF Version


    Apply now for the following grants online;

    Kaumatua Grant

    Tertiary Grant

    Discretionary Grant & Hauora Grant

    Te Arawa Fisheries Scholarship Applications now open for the Te Arawa 500

    2020 Scholarship program

    Ngāti Mākino iwi Authority

    Grants Round 2020

    kaumatua & TERTIARY GRANTS

    Opening Date - 6 January 2020

    Closing Date - 15 May 2020

    Discretionary Grant & Hauora Grant

    Opening Date - 6 January 2020
    Closing Date - 11 December 2020


    Notice of the Group Annual General Meeting

    Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority Internship Programme 2019

    Tēnā koutou,

    We are currently seeking applications for Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority internship programme. We have three internships available over the summer period to be based at our office on Level 1 at the GHA Centre in Rotorua. Interns will be paid a student stipend of $6000.00 with the programme running for ten weeks between November 2019 and February 2020. Our internships are aimed at developing whanau/hapū and iwi, while supporting Ngāti Mākino in its endeavour to connect our people within our Iwi management space. 

    Internship available to descendants of Ngāti Mākino specialising in the fields of

    1. Māori and Indigenous Development

    2. Environmental Science or Environmental Planning i.e. Hydrology, Ecology, Earth Science or Resource Management. 

    3. Social Health, sport and human performance i.e. Papa Takaro, Health & Well-being

    4. Computer Science i.e. ArcGIS, Social platform

    We’re looking for people who have a desire to grow their skills, and use them to enhance whanau, hapū and iwi. You must be hard-working, organised, a good communicator, and able to speak to a wide range of audiences. You will be working with a team who are passionate about building capacity in a range of disciplines, so having an open mind and the ability to cross-over multiple tasks is a must.

    While we are looking for a broad range of skills we will consider all applicants.  Please note that the internship does not cover accommodation expenses.

    Applications must be received by 5pm on 30 October 2019 

    Click here to apply, or if you have further questions please contact admin@ngatimakino.co.nz  

    ROTOITI - First Division Champion Cup Winners for Queenstown 2019

    All the efforts and preparation to finally arrive in Queenstown paid off. To see the kids' faces being at an airport, to watching them go through the process of checking out, from lift-off to being in a place outside their comfort zones was heart-warming. We farewelled two of our Bay of Plenty reps before the starting of the tournament with a hearty haka that left a few tears from our boys to see their brothers leave, so we played for them.

    To know we had the support of our families, friends, organisations and Iwi trusts was a bonus. We had many compliments from Air New Zealand attendants, people from all walks of life, on how the kids carried themselves in public with politeness and respect. We represented the club and our sponsors with pride and respect which flowed through our entire tour.

    We can't thank you enough for the support.

    First division Champion Cup Winners for Queenstown 2019.

    Pool Games

    Rotoiti 60 vs St Peters College 0

    Rotoiti 26 vs Silverdale 0

    Rotoiti 26 vs Methvale 17


    Rotoiti 63 vs Brother Queensland 7


    Rotoiti 21 vs Auckland Grammer 7

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    • 4 Sep 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous

      Are you wearing your new Beanie Ōkawa or Ōpaki? Trustee Stewart Ngatai modelled the ngā hau e whā Beanie innovation now being modelled by everyone that attended the Matariki Event.

      Tatati Takuira-Mita had this to say.

      “Our whānau really enjoyed celebrating Matariki at Ōtamarākau Marae this year. There was heaps of kai which was yummy. The kōrero and presentation was interesting and informative. We loved the Beanies that were given out for us to represent Ngāti Mākino. What an awesome idea! and perfect for this time of year. Holding the event at the marae was awesome as it gave the option for whanau to stay, if needed. A huge mihi to all the organisers and ringawera.”

      It really was a fabulous dinner, “kua puta a pito”, and staff contributions were acknowledged, Ngāti Mākino grant recipients congratulated, and the new Beanie introduced. The Beanie design features the Ngāti Mākino monogram on one side and the phrase Kia Mākino E! on the opposite side. This allows the beanie to be worn Ōkawa (Monogram to front), Ōpaki (phrase to the front), or unsure about the hui sideways one way, unsure about yourself sideways the other way. One of the whanau described the beanie as Ngāti Mākino’s version of the mullet haircut – all business at the front and a party at the back.

      It was also movie night, with a special screening of Ngā Iwa Ō Matariki courtesy of Ahorangi Associate Professor Rangi Mātāmua. The 15 minute movie was the perfect end to the evening leaving 

      everyone fulfilled physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Themovie was prefaced with a sampling of different representations of Matariki or the Pleiades constellation from around the world. These images illustrated how different cultures value Matariki and emphasised for those present the need to revitalise our own understandings so that in 2018 we can celebrate our new year including the particular Mākino nuances that make Matariki unique at Ōtamarākau.

      Photo: Matariki is to left of Kōpū (Venus)

      Na Mark Maxwell tenei kōrero.

      I tera marama, i haere matou ‘ko taku whanau’, ki Ōtamarakau ki te whakanui Matariki. Nga mihi ki a koutou hoki, ki te whanau me te ropu whakahaere o Ngāti Mākino, tena koutou.

      Koinei aku whakaaro e pa ana i tera kaupapa. I miharo matou i te nui me te ahua nahanaha o nga kaupapa. I tuwhera te ra, he powhiritia te tangata whenua i a matou-nga manuhiri, katahi ka noho tatou mo te kai, he tino reka. A muri tera ka ako matou, e pā ana ki te whetu i roto i te rangi, nga whetu hou me nga mahi o nga whetu o Matariki. I matakitaki tatou he kiriata. He tino kiriata pai. I te mutunga o te ra, tatou katoa korero i roto i te po. Ko te ata i muri mai, parakuihi tatou, whakapai te marae, poroporoake. Ae, I tautoko ke ki te kawa me nga tikanga maori kua whakakite matou kei runga i te marae. I tutaki matou ki te whanau whanui, whanau hou. Ko te mea nui mo ta maua tamariki. 

      He ataahua rirerire i tera ra whakata.  Ko te mea nui, e mihi mai, me mihi atu no reira tena koutou tena koutou mauri ora ki a tatou.

      Anei he whakatauki: Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea. Tae hoki nga whetu!

      Waitahanui-A-Hei was available for whanau to stay overnight and an early rise was rewarded with an awesome night sky that gradually gave way to an amazing sunrise captured in the image below.


      We are now planning for this to become an annual event. Next year the event will be better promoted, some transport provided, and more cool ideas.


      Last month I went to Ōtamarakau to celebrate Matariki. Acknowledgments to the family and organisers of Ngāti Mākino. Thankyous.

      Here are my thoughts. We were amazed at the extent and nature of the planned project over the weekend. The day opened, with a Powhiri to welcome the visitors, then we sat down to eat, as one. Very beautiful food. After that we learnt about the stars in the sky, new stars and the purpose of these stars.

      We watched a film about Matariki. A very good film. At the end of the day we all sat and talked through the night. The next morning, we ate breakfast, cleaned the marae then said our farewells. Fully in support of the protocols, the culture shown to us on the the marae. We meet wider family, new family which is very important for our children.

      It was a exceptionally beautiful weekend. It is very important that we thank you all so much. Here’s a proverb: If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going. Reach for the stars!

    • 4 Sep 2017 10:12 AM | Anonymous


      This notice is to inform the community that Pukehina School has not received any correspondence from the Ministry saying that the school will be closing.  

      A concern only, has been raised about our falling roll and we have been asked how we intend to grow our school into the future.  

      Please let everyone know, WE ARE NOT closing.  

      Our future depends on building a community of support around our school.  WE NEED MORE STUDENTS!!!!!

      Come and check out the school!

      We have:  A culture of care

      All students are valued and respected 

      Each student has a voice

      Students feel safe

      We meet the individual needs of all students


      To respect ourselves and one another, appreciate individual differences and encourage one another to be the best you can be 

      BY: Taking Responsibility 

      Working Together

      Striving for Excellence

      Being Respectful

      If you have any ideas or feedback please comment and let us know! 

      Mauri ora

      Pukehina School Contact Details

      Address: 1762 Old Coach Rd Te PukeBay Of Plenty 3186

      Phone: 07-533 3869

      Fax: 07-281 1093

      Principal Email (Roger Reid): principal@pukehina.school.nz

      Office Email (Linda Gorissen): office@pukehina.school.nz

      Pukehina School Panui

    • 15 Aug 2017 11:02 AM | Anonymous

      After the successful launch of the Ngati Makino website and digital communications platform, we would like to encourage our members to begin to utilise these resources for their intended purpose.  

      "To inform, communicate, interact and engage with Nga Uri o Ngāti Mākino"

      In order for us to transition to our new digital communications platform, we require our members (current and new) to "REGISTER ONLINE" which will:

      1. Give you the ability to maintain your own member details (keeping them current and up to date)
      2. Allow you access to our member only content 
      3. Provide the opportunity to create and participate in forum discussions
      4. Give members access to funding through a range of grants
      5. Enable Ngati Makino Iwi Authority to keep you up-to-date and informed on iwi related takē

        As an incentive and to encourage our members to "REGISTER ONLINE" and utilise our digital communications platform, we have a limited number of beanies to give away while stocks last.  

        How to get yours:

        1. "REGISTER ONLINE" (Click the link and follow the prompts)
        2. You will receive login details to "view, edit and cancel" your membership only
        3. Once your application has been received by our office, admin will check it off against our current register
          • Current Members -  Will be verified and approved immediately. Once verified your beanie will be delivered to your registered address
          • New Members - Applications will require verification by our Kia Makino Facilitator / Whakapapa committee prior to beanies being delivered
        4. Please allow sufficient time for verification, approvals and delivery of product


      • 17 Jul 2017 11:14 AM | Anonymous

        Matariki XPonential

        This year Ngāti Mākino would like to sponsor three (3) rangatahi to attend the Matariki XPonential 2017 event and dinner.  Register your interest now if you would like to attend the annual gathering of Māori business leaders and future superstars. 

        Registrations close 21 July 2017.

        About Matariki XPonential 

        Matariki XPonential will provide opportunities for you to meet other like-minded Māori entrepreneurs, learn from one another, build connections and offer practical pathways to help you to achieve business innovation success.  

        Join us in Rotorua on July 29th for one day of mind-blowing, inspiring, game-changing discussion and debate.

        When: Saturday 29 July 2017 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

        Where: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua

        Tickets: Sponsored by Ngāti Mākino

        Matariki XPonential Programme

        For more information please contact us at the office.  

      • 10 Jul 2017 3:51 PM | Anonymous

        Tena koutou,

        Just a friendly reminder our Ngati Makino Matariki event is on this weekend.  

        Please register yourself and your whanau if you intend on coming.

        A hakari and entertainment will be provided.

        Accommodation is available for those coming from afar (bring your own linen) and dress warm! 

        We look forward to seeing you all there.

        Nga mihi, 

        Ngati Makino Iwi Authority

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