Member Events, Opportunities & Information

Matiu Island: Kaitiaki Tūao Summer Volunteer Oppotunity

7 October 2019

He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika – Calling all Taranaki Whānui descendants.

Are you keen to have Matiu/Somes Island as your classroom this Summer, be the voice of welcome on behalf of iwi, gain practical experience as an island ranger, explore the busy night life encountering the island resident Tuatara, Wētāpunga and the world’s smallest penguin the Kororā. Sound like you?

This is an opportunity for one Taranaki Whānui uri to become our first Kaitiaki Tūao – Volunteer Kaitiaki on Matiu/Somes Island over the Summer Period 2019-2020. You will be mentored by the Iwi Kaitiaki under a Tuakana – Teina approach.

Click Here  to read more

For further information or questions about the role, please Gemma Wright to contact Gemma Wright, Iwi Kaitiaki mo te motu o Matiu


Te Puna Wai

2 August 2019

Kia ora whānau, off the back of our successful (1 of 3) 'Information and Consideration' hui held last Sun 28th July, we welcome all to hui 2 of 3 'Explore and Enquire'. We will update you on progress since the Introduction hui held on ANZAC Day, up to this Sun 4th Aug. Naumai, tautoko mai.

Click here for more details


25 July 2019

Join us on Sunday 28 July to find out more about this exciting housing project. Click here for details


28 April 2019

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ki Wainui-o-mata mo to tātou rā hei whakanui i to tātou tūpuna i hainatia i te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

He Rā mo Tātou – our Whānau Day – is our opportunity to celebrate our iwi identity and achievements.

Sunday, 28 April

10 am

Former Wainui College Hall & Gym

Activities for the tamariki, Kaumātua zone, kai, hot coffee and an opportunity to learn more about Te Puna Wai ... free parking too!



25 April 2019

"Uri have called a hui for 'Te Puna Wai' (papakainga housing project) this Thursday (ANZAC Day) at 6 pm.

All Taranaki Whānui ki Te Ūpoko o Te Ika (PNBST) and whānau whānui are advised and invited to hui as detailed below:

Date: Anzac Day - Thurs 25th April 2019
Venue: Wainuiomata Marae, Parkway (in the whare kai)
Time: 6pm


Attendance register
Mihimihi & Introduction of Te Puna Wai Advisory Group

1 - Historical sharing of site
2 - Current status of Stage 1 progress 
3 - Engagement of uri for Stage 1
4 - Kōrero regarding Stage 2 & 3 development
5 - Q & A and Kōrero from the floor
6 - Pānui, & Date for next hui

Karakia whakamutunga

NB: This hui has been called by uri. The Trust and the Te Puna Wai Advisory Group have been invited to attend as partners in this sharing of communication.

Please share to your whānau networks."



10 April 2019

On 11 April, the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern will be visiting the site of our iwi housing development at Moohan Street, Wainui-o-mata.

Along with Atiawa Nui Tonu Kōhanga Reo, we will be hosting our Prime Minister and celebrating how our iwi is bringing housing to its people and employment to its Takiwā.

We’d also like to introduce Te Puna Wai.

The land that is being developed is the former Wainui-o-mata College, which was vested in Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) as part of its settlement with the Crown in 2009.

The land has particular significance to the members of PNBST, especially those uri of Te Matehou of Waiwhetū with whom some reside in Wainui-o-mata, as it was those uri who submitted the Treaty of Waitangi Claim known as WAI105.

In order for PNBST to settle with the Crown, those who brought the WAI105 claim had to fold their interests into the greater good of all members of PNBST.  The settlement between the Crown and PNBST settled the breaches but it did not sever the link between those members of PNBST who live at Waiwhetū Papakāinga and Wainui-o-mata, and the land at Wainui-o-mata.

Appropriately this land at Wainui-o-mata was returned to PNBST under the settlement as cultural redress.

“Kei te pūtake o Te Puna Wai tona mouri mana motuhake... hei oranga mo te iti, te rahi me ngā iwi katoa”.

“Te Puna Wai is the origin and ultimate life principle … it is the provider of sustenance for the few, the many and all iwi”.

Te Puna Wai has been jointly developed and led by Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust), uri of Taranaki Whānui, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Wellington Company.

The housing of our people was identified very early on in our Treaty Settlement negotiations as a key priority. Housing, as we know, has a major impact on our people through enabling quality of life, health and the ability for our whānau to take responsibility for their wellbeing.

Why ‘Te Puna Wai?

The name was formally known as Te Matehou.  After consultation and engagement with our uri, there was a sense of unease about the use of one of our traditional Hapū names.

With that, the Trust sought a new name from our Taranaki Whānui Naming Kōmiti. The name offered by our Kōmiti was Te Puna Wai which draws direct connection to Te Puna Wai on the site.

Te Puna Wai provides life and vitality to the whenua and also to those who reside there now and into the future, and is an affirmation of our permanency as Taranaki Whānui within Wainui-o-mata and our wider tribal boundary. The pepeha we have developed for Te Puna Wai is espoused below:

Te Puna Wai

No te kawa ora te mouri o Te Puna Wai me Te Whenua

From the ultimate life principles is the vitality of water and land 

Ka tupu te Raukura o te iwi

From this the nourishment of the iwi is originated

Ka toka tū te hapori, te arohanui ki ngā tāngata katoa

This affirms the permanency of the community which embodies love to all mankind

Nā tō tātou tūpuna i miromiro i te whenua nei

For this is where our ancestors worked and seeded the land

Nā tātou a ngākau māhaki nei, ka ki, he uri, he uri, he ruranga!

With humility we say we are descendants of this place, this is our home!

From this pepeha we have drawn three key Matāpono or principles which will be threaded throughout this awesome kaupapa:

Kawa Ora: Our connection to the ultimate life principles is upheld

Raukura: Our peace and prosperity is nurtured

Toka Tu: Our permanency is without question

The Trust and our partners in Te Puna Wai see this kaupapa as something far more than the provision of housing. Te Puna Wai is a foundation from where we, as a people, can grow and nurture our aspirations whether socially, culturally or environmentally in order to support our uri and ruranga in a manner which is consistent with our values and traditions.

Te Puna Wai will ensure our land is protected and will offer a range of housing opportunities - from kaumātua housing, rentals, shared equity, affordable homes and homes for whānau who may already be established or wanting to buy a new whare.  

We will be sharing more information about Te Puna Wai with uri at ‘He Ra Mo Tātou’ on 28 April.

You can read more about He Rā below, and if you're interested in jumping on the waka and volunteering to help out on or leading up to the day click HERE to let us know!



15 March 2019


Mai Turakirae ki Rimurapa,
Mai Rimurapa ki Remutaka,
Mukamuka ki te Ra Whiti,
Pipinui ki te R
ā To.

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ki Wainui-o-mata mo to tātou rā hei whakanui i to tātou tūpuna i hainatia i te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

He Rā mo Tātou – our Whānau Day – is our opportunity to celebrate our iwi identity and achievements.

Save the date – this year we will hold our celebration on Sunday 28 April, on the former Wanui-o-mata College site at Moohan St, Wainui-o-mata.

The timing of this event reflects the significance of the 29 April 1840 signing of Te Tiriti by our tupuna in Whanganui-a-Tara.

We’ll be hosting a whānau celebration from 10am-2pm, intended as a fun, informal opportunity to come together over kai.

Our venue is also the site for the Taranaki Whānui Wainui-o-mata Housing Project and there will be people available on-site to provide more information on this kaupapa.

Our event will be held rain or shine – if wet we will be in the College Hall.

We also want to acknowledge whānau milestones and achievements that have taken place over the past 12 months.  If you have a new baby, if there has been a wedding, or significant wedding anniversary, if someone in your whānau has graduated from university or trade training, or your tamariki or moko has made it into their top school team for netball, rugby, basketball, athletics, received a school prize for academic or other achievement or has achieved in a creative field – we want to know!  If you follow the link HERE, you can provide us with a photo and a caption of your whānau member and what you would like them to be recognised for.   We will create a visual collage of our uri so that we can all recognise them and what they have achieved this year.  Or you can forward a photo and caption to

We are seeking volunteers to help out on the day and with planning. Click HERE if you are interested.

We hope to see you all on Sunday 28 April.



14 February 2019


Mai Turakirae ki Rimurapa,
Mai Rimurapa ki Remutaka,
Mukamuka ki te Ra Whiti
Pipinui ki te Ra To

Ngā mihi kau ana ra kia koutou katoa ngā uri o Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o Te Ika.

This special issue of Te Kawekawea serves as an update to the Taranaki Whānui Wainui-o-mata Housing Project (interim name and formally Te Matehou).
The Trust extends its apologises for the delay in communicating the progress of this project; in particular, the erection of the fence around the site before the lifting of the Rāhui.  The Trust is working extremely hard with several moving pieces and to quite tight deadlines.  However, we appreciate and understand that we failed to keep uri, partners and stakeholders informed on progress and similarly.  We offer our sincere apologies.

Moving forward on the Taranaki Whānui Wainui-o-mata Housing Project
Since, and before our 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Trust has been in dialogue with whānau groups who noted their concerns regarding the housing project.  We have been working with them to tease these out and have realigned certain aspects of the project, such as enabling greater involvement of uri in the ‘on the ground’ developments.  Collaborating with whānau groups and the Working Group has been incredibly important to building a strong foundation for this project as it moves forward.  We thank you all for your contribution, tireless effort and commitment to this very important kaupapa.

It is with that sense of collaboration and mahi tahi that the Trust is pleased to advise uri and whānau that we are at the point of commencing civil works onsite before the Wellington winter kicks in.  This marks the physical start of a journey towards enabling whānau with a range of affordable housing solutions.

Lifting the Rāhui, Blessing of the Site and Sod Turning:
Lifting of the rāhui, blessing of the site and a sod turning will be performed on Friday, 15 February at 8:00am.   This will take place in front of the Kōhanga car park. A further blessing will be performed when the first home is started.  Uri are welcome to attend both events, and a further apology for the late notice.
From midday Friday, civil works will begin on the ‘underground’ infrastructure in preparation for the ‘aboveground’ structures.
Underground refers to: power, stormwater, sewerage plus roading and pavements for the entire site.

The fenced area is Stage 1 of this project. Safety restrictions apply. DO NOT ENTER the compound.

Only part of the site, e.g. Stage 1, is consented and agreed to in terms of aboveground development.

This stage of civil works doesn’t directly affect existing tenants located on site.
Next Steps:
As we take the next steps forward, we will be holding consultation hui and surveying your views regarding the ‘aboveground’ opportunities for our 2019 Taranaki Whānui Wainui-o-mata Housing Project.  This will include

-          Appropriate name for the site
-          Aboveground Stage 2 and 3 developments
Detail on the landscaping and actual housing options will be provided for discussion with uri and whānau through consultation hui.

The Trust has received interest from whānau wanting homes and we look forward to updating you on the progress to make that happen.  If you haven’t yet registered your interest, click HERE complete online using the link below.

How will this impact tenants and their visitors?
This stage of the bulk earthworks and infrastructure impacts only one tenant, who has already received notice.  We will keep you updated on siteworks being undertaken.

Gym/Hall Bookings: 
We’re aware of a major community event that’s already booked for March. There will be no impact on the operations of the gym/hall, and access arrangements will be provided through the site.

Dates/times of operation:
Siteworks will begin at noon on 15 February 2019 and are programmed to be completed in August 2019.   Hours of operation for siteworks will generally be 7:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Saturday.

Access to and from the site/services:
The main access to the site will be retained during construction and the secondary access will be closed at a later date with an alternative access being provided from the main access.  Further details on the site works plan will be communicated in due course.
Contractor information:
Wellington Earthworks and Drainage is the siteworks contractor: a local Wainui-o-mata business.
Your points of contact:
Any project/siteworks issues: Cuttriss Engineering and Survey are managing the civil infrastructure stage: Contact Jim McMenamin (Senior Civil Engineer or Mob 029 2888 477) or Sam Godwin (Civil Engineer: or Mob 027 864 4882).
Overall project management: Alison Esler of Egmont Dixon (Project Manager, or 027 650 6352).
Any tenant issues: continue to contact Rod Maxwell (site manager 027 248 1529) or Mat Morrell (caretaker 022 403 0480)
Further updates:
We will of course update you regularly via email, PNBST Facebook page and Te Kawekawea.  Click HERE to update your contact details.


31 January 2019

A Crown-Iwi partnership is being explored that could form a significant part of the solution to Wellington’s housing woes, with an MoU being signed between mana whenua and the government that is investigating the potential for affordable homes built on the site.

Taranaki Whānui Limited (the wholly owned commercial arm of Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) and the Government’s Land for Housing Programme (HUD) have entered into an MoU to collaborate and work together on the future of a 11.7 hectare site of surplus land on Mt Crawford, on the capital’s Miramar Peninsula.

As part of their Treaty of Waitangi settlement, the trustees of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika) have a right of first refusal (RFR) over the site and all scheduled Crown land within the rohe.

The Land for Housing Programme is administered by the Ministry of the Housing and Urban Development. It is tasked with freeing up vacant and underutilised Crown land for housing purposes.

The site is currently made up of Corrections and Defence land that is surplus to requirements, with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) responsible for its disposal.

‘Iwi have the first right of refusal for the land at Mt Crawford. Taranaki Whānui Limited approached the Ministry in late 2018 with the intention to meet the needs of their members and all Wellingtonians for more affordable housing,’ says Land for Housing Development Manager Phil Stroud.

Stroud says, ‘The Ministry is willing to explore the development potential of Mt Crawford, particularly its potential for housing, including affordable KiwiBuild homes.  We look forward to working together towards an outcome that makes the best use of this land.

Taranaki Whānui Chair Wayne Mulligan says that it is still early days before any concrete details are agreed upon.

‘Step one is to agree we will work together with a no-surprises approach and we have signed and sealed that with this MoU. This reinforces the benefits that can be derived from Iwi settlement and the Crown working collaboratively for the collective benefit of Wellingtonians.’

‘There are a wider group of stakeholders that we need to work with, including The Wellington City Council.’

The Ministry and Iwi will be working towards completing the due diligence process by the end of September 2019, building on some initial planning works already undertaken by Iwi and others in late 2016 to determine what is possible to be delivered at the site.

Mulligan says the MoU is an example of Treaty of Waitangi principles in action and ‘the potential development of the Mt Crawford site marks an important milestone for Taranaki Whānui aspirations to restore, revitalise strengthen and enhance the cultural, social and economic well-being of Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and to deliver much needed affordable housing solutions to our members and community. The preservation of cultural and historic aspects of the site are top of mind, and we will be working with a range of stakeholders on that aspect.’

See here for frequently asked questions



4 December 2018

From your Board of Trustees : Yesterday the Court of Appeal released its judgement in regards to Shelly Bar/Taikuru (Enterprise Miramar Peninsula v Wellington City Council).

Whilst it was not a favourable result, the Trust is digesting the judgement before considering potential options.

We will keep uri informed as we progress.

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