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The Beauty of Te Reo Emphasised in Waiata Competition Win


On Wednesday 18 October Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) staff visited Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoro Pātetere to award the prize to the winners of the RCT’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Waiata competition.
As part of RCT’s celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori wharekura from Putaruru and Te Awamutu were invited to submit an original waiata. The waiata had to promote the theme of the week namely “Kia Ora Te Reo”. This year’s winning entry not only achieved that, it also highlighted the preciousness of te reo to the youth of today.


The waiata ‘Te Kuru Tongarewa’ was composed by the school students, with Tyriq Senior writing the lyrics and Gabriel Anderson the score. The prize for the winning school included a drum kit, two electric guitars, and a bass guitar. Arran Koopu, kaiako from the Wharekura said the tauira were wrapt to have won.

“We had wanted to enter the Pacifica Beats Competition for a while but never had the equipment to do so. Now we do and this gives our kids another opportunity to shine.”


Te Reo Māori & Tikanga Programme Lead Charlie Tepana was impressed by the winners’ composition

“The passion and creativity the tauira brought to the composition was inspiring. Their waiata reflects their passion for the reo, and its importance to not just themselves but their whānau and community.”

Acting Kakara Whakarei Group Manager Nigel Te Hiko says he has confidence in the future of the reo in the rohe.
“The quality of the waiata entered was very high and highlights the talent that exists within our iwi. We are here to encourage this talent to explode into the world to herald the dawn of a bright future for te reo within the Raukawa rohe.”


The kupu for the winning waiata can be downloaded here.




Pink Ribbon Day 2017



To help combat the toll that breast cancer takes on our community, Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) kaimahi spent Friday 13 October in Tokoroa collecting for Pink Ribbon Day.


Stationed in Leith Place RCT kaimahi took shifts collecting from 9am to 3:30pm. Altogether 14 kaimahi gave up their time for this worthy kaupapa.


Event organiser Emere Murfit, Business Information Team Leader, was heartened by the response from locals, but said

“our wāhine are still being diagnosed with breast cancer at a higher rate, so it is imperative that we do what we can to support the mahi of Breast Cancer New Zealand.”


The funds raised will be used to fund research, awareness and education programmes, and providing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their whānau.


You can support the mahi of Breast Cancer New Zealand here, and you can learn more about BreastScreen Aotearoa here.



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Nominations for Marae representative positions to the Raukawa Settlement Trust open on Monday 9 October 2017

One (1) Marae representative is required for each of the following RST Marae:

  • Ngātira;
  • Whakaaratamaiti;
  • Tāpapa;
  • Paparaamu;
  • Aotearoa
  • Pārāwera (Te Taumata)

To be eligible for nomination as a Marae representative, a candidate must:

  • Be an Adult (18 years old and over) Registered Member of the Raukawa Settlement Trust
  • Stand in the election held on behalf of the Raukawa marae to which the candidate primarily affiliates to
  • The term for these positions is 3 years.

The Tribal Register held by the Raukawa Settlement Trust will be the official database for the nomination and election process.

For more information contact Kim Blomfield on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292) or email info@raukawa.org.nz




Raukawa Hosts First Trainee Nurse



For the first time the Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) has accepted a student nurse in her third year of study on placement. Studying at Toi Ohomai Polytechnic based at Mokoia Campus Rotorua, Renee Metu is halfway through her 10-week placement.


Born and raised in Tokoroa, a move into nursing came about after a conversation with a friend. Attracted to nursing by the idea of giving back to her community, Renee has spent the last five years working towards this placement, including completing bridging courses before taking up study at Toi-Ohomai.


Renee says a key part to her achievement has come from having good support from whānau and friends through her studies.

“The support of whānau and friends has been central to my achievements during nursing training. Without that support, I would not be here at Raukawa about to graduate as a nurse.”


Having had previous placements within District Health Boards and Primary Healthcare Organisations Renee has been surprised by the range of services offered by RCT.


“I am half way through my placement now, and I am amazed at what is offered here.  I have had the pleasure of working alongside a great group of ladies that have expertise in a range of different areas of nursing and I appreciate the knowledge and skills I have learnt from each of them.  I will no doubt use what I have learnt here in my every day practice in the future.”


Whānau Ora Clinical Services Manager, Donna Leger says Renee’s placement marks a new phase in RCT’s continuing mahi to support the health needs of the community.

“Having Renee on placement with us has been great, it is really important that we support the next generation of nurses to complete their training and gain an understanding of the role organisations like ours play in helping people lead healthier lives.”


RCT Tumu Whakarae, Bobby Bryan said he was excited to see students enhancing their learning alongside Raukawa.


“We are excited by the opportunity to work with like-minded organisations to grow the number of trained individuals who will support the health and well-being of our people and those in the communities we serve.“



The Raukawa Settlement Trust and Mercury Partnership Scholarship with the University of Waikato

Raukawa Settlement Trust & Mercury Partnership Scholarship Regulations


As recognition of the importance that the Raukawa Settlement Trust and Mercury place on university education, we are pleased to advise that the Raukawa Settlement Trust and Mercury Partnership Scholarship with the University of Waikato is now open for applications.


This is a new scholarship available to support Raukawa descendants affiliated to the 16 RST marae, who are enrolled or intending to enrol in full-time study at the University of Waikato in an undergraduate degree in 2018, achieve their potential.


The regulations for this scholarship, as well as the online scholarship application form, can be found on the University of Waikato website.


Applications for the scholarship CLOSE 5pm on 27 October 2017.


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be a registered member on the Raukawa Settlement Trust Tribal Database. Applicants who are not yet registered on the tribal database will need to allow sufficient time to complete the tribal registration process before submitting a Scholarship application. You can apply online here.


Please note that this scholarship is managed by the University of Waikato, therefore if you have any questions, please contact Hannah Henderson, Scholarships Advisor ph (07) 858 5277 or email.


If you have any tribal register enquiries please contact Thelma Reti, 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292) or email.



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Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū September Wananga



Saturday 30 September saw 30 Raukawa uri from across the rohe gather at Ongaroto Marae for the third Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū wānanga. Following the pōwhiri attendees gathered in

the wharekai to share mihimihi.


The highlight of the day was the unveiling of the story board of Pohaturoa on the Waikato River Trail. The unveiling was carried out by Raukawa kaumātua Ruthana Begbie, Takarihi Te Marama and Nigel Te Hiko assisted by Potiki Ratima and Riley Kettle.


Located on the banks of the Waikato river a few kilometres to the east of Ongaroto Marae the storyboard has come about as part of the Raukawa Charitable Trust’s (RCT) relationship with the Waikato River Trails Trust. The story board will help locals and visitors gain an understanding of the importance of Pohaturoa to Raukawa.


Following the unveiling, the wānanga travelled to the closest approach to Ōpareiti waterfall, a site of significance located on one of Southern Pasture’s dairy farms near Tram Road. From there the wānanga participants were able to see the waterfall while hearing kōrero from kaumātua Nigel Te Hiko and Poihaere Barrett, who both had visited the site in their youth.


This korero sparked discussion of how marae can start to work with landowners and share the knowledge and history of sites of significance as the first step towards helping to protect them.


RCT kaimahi April Haika says the wānanga was productive.

“Hearing all of the uri discuss how they can work with stakeholders to help protect our sites of significance was wonderful. Particularly when people from different marae were sharing their own experiences, their successes and their challenges. This will help prevent marae encountering the same issues.”


If you would like to learn more about the Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū or hear about future wānanga contact us on 0800 RAUKAWA or info@raukawa.org.nz