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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!

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Special COVID-19 Response Pānui #2
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Te Toi Ahorangi - COVID-19 Response

E ngunguru ana ngā tai ki te Moana nui ā Toi,
Tai timu, tai pari,
Kia utaina mai ngā waka o ngā mātua tūpuna,
E ngā uri o Mataatua, o Te Arawa, o Tainui, o Takitimu hoki,
E mihi atu, e mihi atu, e mihi atu rā

E te whānau, we are in extraordinary times as our nation, as māori, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting people across the globe. We will be using this pānui to make sure you have the latest information on how we are responding to the needs of our māori communities. 

He mihi maioha tēnei ki a koutou katoa, ngā kaihāpai o te iwi māori!

Ngā karere taewawe ā hapori
Community information

Te Apārangi Tūpore
Te Apārangi Tūpore are a kaupapa Māori mobile service to Māori communities. We understand our people have specific needs and often struggle to access primary healthcare services. Te Apārangi Tūpore will undertake;
  • COVID-19 assessment; and
  • kaupapa Māori long-term conditions and social services triage.
We are working with health practitioners, iwi and māori communities to ensure māori needs are being met in the best way possible. We will be undertaking the first pilot programme in the next week, and will update you all as developments progress.
Kaupapa Nursing commence Flu vaccinations
Kaupapa Community Nurse Specialist both Barb Lawrence-Campbell and Brenda Vale (right hand) completed  their certificate to do flu vaccinations to adolescents and adults.  Their certificate was fast tracked to support flu vaccination to staff and Māori communities in support of fighting COVID-19 disease.
There are signs 1 to 4 instructing you what to do I ask that you keep within your bubble as Silver Birch House has staff members who are also working within the building.
Flu jabs will be done by appointment to keep within the Government guildlines of please keep the 2 metre rule.
How to make an appointment
Phone:  07 579 8560
Text:  027 213 3499
Email:  Maori.Health@bopdhb.govt.nz
An appointment time will be given to you.  Appointment times will be in 15 mins intervals times below.
09.00 – 12.00
13.00 – 15.00
Days available for appointment will be Monday to Friday.
If the timeslot is taken you will be given an alternative time.
BOP Healthy Homes Initiative
As we head into the colder months, what better time to take stock of what heating requirements whānau have. The Bay of Plenty Healthy Homes initiative has an oversupply of heaters, however given the Alert Level 4 restrictions, cannot distribute them as needed. If you are interested in partnering with them to help get heaters into the homes that need them please contact Nik Gregg at their Facebook page here.
Ngā reo irirangi māori
Over the coming weeks our kaimahi Graham Cameron (Pou Tikanga & acting Pou Umanga, Māori Health Gains and Development) and Phyllis Tangitu (GM Māori Health in Lakes DHB) will be sharing the latest COVID-19 response information and updates with you all through our reo irirangi māori throughout Te Moana ā Toi. Hēoi ka whakapaahotia ngā kōrero nei ki runga i ēnei reo irirangi māori:
  • Moana Radio, 98.2 FM
  • Sun FM, 106.5 FM
  • Tūwharetoa FM, 97.6 FM/ 87.6 FM
  • Te Arawa FM, 89 FM

Ngā karere taewawe ā Motu
National information

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response information

We understand that whānau may still be feeling anxious or worried during these extraordinary times. New Zealand’s 4-level COVID-19 alert system specifies public health and social measures to be taken against COVID-19.

The alert system means people can see and plan for the kinds of restrictions we may be required to put in place. This includes escalating restrictions on human contact, travel and business operations. You can find more information here.

Te Roopuu Whakakaupapa Urutā – National Māori Pandemic Group
Our Manukura, Marama Tauranga, and kaimahi Anna Rolleston and Dr George Gray, are part of the Te Roopuu Whakakaupapa Urutā which brings together the countries leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori. They have developed a great kete of information and resources specifially for Māori about the COVID-19 response. You can find more information here.
Oranga Tamariki
For our whānau that are involved with Oranga Tamariki, we understand you may be under more pressure than usual. Oranga Tamariki provides an essential service to the community and will continue to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that keeps everyone safe and is in line with Ministry of Health guidelines. They have set up a special COVID-19 helpline and you can find more information here.

COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, new funding is being prioritised to support community efforts on the ground. We recognise there are community groups and individuals doing critical work in the fight against COVID-19. This funding will allow them to continue to support their communities and help them through challenges they may face in the coming months.

What is the Grant Fund for and who can apply?

The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund is available to Community based groups that are or will be providing essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing during the period of Covid-19 - Alert Level 4.

Grants allocated from the Fund will be one-off with priority being given to requests that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated. You can find more information here.

Ministry of Health
We understand whānau may still be feeling anxious about COVID-19 so we have included a video below from the Ministry of Health featuring our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This is a great tool to help answer some of the pātai our whānau māori have.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is joined by her Chief Science Advisor Dr Juliet Gerrard and Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) to answer some commonly asked questions about COVID-19.

Ngā Hauora ā Toi

This week we have a special commentary piece from one of our kaimahi, Dr George Grey (Ngāti Ranginui) who works in our Māori Gains Development and Health team in Tauranga. He gives us an insight into how Aotearoa compares to other countries in the battle against COVID-19.

Te āo ki tua - Looking ahead

Thank you for your incredible efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help align our local efforts with the potential demands on our health services we have been tracking the experiences of other nations with COVID-19. At this stage, the hardest hit among western nations is Italy, while those that responded in a rapid and effective way include Taiwan and South Korea. In our favour in Aotearoa/New Zealand is that our first case of COVID-19 occurred later than other developed nations (Feb 26), but our government was among the first to implement very strong controls on border entry and interpersonal contact. Most confirmed cases in this country have been due to overseas travellers, with only 1% of cases here due to community transmission. Consequently, most cases here have been among the working age population; fortunately a low proportion of cases have occurred among the elderly. This pattern would change if community transmission increased, and we can all prevent that by staying home and keeping to our bubble. Six percent of the 647 cases here have occurred among those of Maori ethnicity. Our Regional Public Health Units and the Ministry of Health have done a thorough job of finding positive cases and tracing contacts of these cases. Though it is early in the journey, the data suggest we are on a path more aligned with the better performing countries than Italy and Spain. We are continuing to review the pandemic modelling and future projections and can discuss this research with providers and partners via group video call if requested. If readers wish to review the New Zealand data it can be viewed on the Ministry of Health website. Global data is summarised at the Johns Hopkins website.

Dr George Gray, Public Health Physician, BOPDHB
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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


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

MSc Opportunity

NIWA are seeking a high calibre graduate student with demonstrated skills in written and oral communication and strong self-motivation to work.

The student will be co-supervised by Dr Paul Franklin (NIWA), Dr Eleanor Gee (NIWA) and Professor Brendan Hicks (University of Waikato).

The Scholarship is for study at the University of Waikato and consists of a NZ $17,500 student stipend in the thesis year only to cover course fees and living expenses.

Start time for the thesis component of the work is July 2020

Applications close 31 October 2019. Click here for more information

Opportunity for employment with Sanford

For the opportunity to be part of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse seafood company who is on a journey to become “The best seafood company in the world”, send your application to us at: careers@sanford.co.nz or contact James Thian on 027 286 8909

Applicants for these positions need to be either NZ citizens or NZ residents click here for more information

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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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