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ISSUE 2 - JULY 2014

E ngā mana e ngā uri ō rātou mā
e mihi atu ki a tātou katoa i tui tuia
kia kotahi i roto i te Hapū o Ruapuha
me Uekaha ki Waitomo.

The Hapū Trust hope that you and your whānau
stay warm this winter while enjoying this issue
of Tomokia.


The Hapū Trust, Department of Conservation and Tourism Holdings Ltd invite Hapū Trust members and whānau to join them in Waitomo to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and life in Waitomo in a community wide celebration across eight days from 6-14 September 2014.

The programme includes community events, exhibitions, storytelling, a Glowworm Caves staff reunion and a Glowworm Ball. The main event to acknowledge the natural heritage of the Caves and to commemorate our tupuna will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014, 3pm at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre. The main event will include a Whakatau followed by a concert programme. We hope as many Hapū Trust members as possible are able to attend the celebrations.

Accommodation will be available at Tokikapu Marae, Rereamanu Marae and Te Korapatu Marae for whānau wishing to attend the main event

The full programme for the celebrations along with tickets to the Glowworm Ball will be available from the Hapū Trust website www.ruht.co.nz from Thursday 31 July 2014.


Hapū Trust members braved wet and stormy conditions to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Te Tokanganui-a-noho on 15 March 2014. Presentations were given on the Economic Development Strategy, Education Strategy and Workforce Development Framework.

One Hapū Trust member said after the presentations “Now I know what is going on and I like the sound of it”.  Several of our Hapū Trust rangatahi who attended the hui said they liked and understood the presentation on Workforce Development. 

Since the AGM a major priority for the Hapū Trust has been to develop the Wellbeing Education Framework that offers whānau friendly initiatives to support the learning and education of Hapū Trust members. The first initiatives to be rolled out are the Education Grants and MathsBuddy Subscriptions (more details below).


The Hapū Trust is pleased to announce that applications for Education Grants are now available for the following areas:

• Year 7 – 13 studies;
• Tertiary level studies including
   National Certificate, Undergraduate
   and Postgraduate;
• Apprenticeships and Work
   Related Studies.

To be eligible for an Education Grant an applicant must be:

• Currently enrolled in one of the areas
   listed above;
• A descendant of Tanetinorau,
   Whatakaraka, Te Aroa Haami Haereiti
   or Te Riutoto Aihe;
• Registered with the Ruapuha Uekaha
   Hapū Trust.

Education Grant forms and Hapū Trust Registration forms are available from the Hapū Trust Secretary and website www.ruht.co.nz.  Please note that Hapū Trust members applying for an Education Grant shall receive an amount that is determined based on the total number of applications and the budgetary pool available for Education Grants.  Closing date for applications is Friday 26 September 2014.


The Hapū Trust is pleased to offer a number of free subscriptions to MathsBuddy.

MathsBuddy is an online maths programme that helps students to better understand maths concepts thereby lifting their confidence and marks. The programme is easy to use and regarded as one of the leading programmes available to teach maths.  The programme covers Year 1-13 students and follows the New Zealand Maths Curriculum. With NCEA exams coming up later in the year it’s the ideal time for secondary students to subscribe (for free) to this programme and strengthen their numeracy skills. You can visit www.mathsbuddy.co.nz to learn more about the programme.

If this sounds like something you would like to know more about please contact the Hapū Trust Secretary (contact details below).


The Māori Land Court has directed another consultation hui with the beneficiaries of the Ruapuha Uekaha Hapū Trust. This is a follow on from the first consultation hui held on 13 April 2013. The purpose of these hui are to provide the beneficiaries with information about the review of the Hapū Trust which is currently before the Māori Land Court. As part of this review the beneficiaries will need to consider proposals about the future objectives and structure of the Hapū Trust. Proposals will be presented by Norman Tane/Adrian Martin and the Hapū Trust.

The second consultation hui will be held on Saturday 2 August 2014 at Te Tokanganui-a-Noho Marae, Awakino Road, Te Kuiti, starting at 10am. The hui will again be facilitated by Shane Gibbons.

Should the meeting need to be move due to unforeseen circumstance, the above hui shall be held at Te Kotahitanga Marae, Otewa Road, Otorohanga.

Click here to view Consultation Hui Letter (PDF 856kb)

Click here to view Vision Statement (PDF 4.5Mb)


Great news whānau the Hapū Trust website has been refreshed www.ruht.co.nz.  By 31 August 2014 unregistered Hapū Trust members will be able to register online and registered Hapū Trust members will be able to update their details by logging on to the Registration Page.  By keeping your details up to date Hapū Trust members will be kept in the loop about relevant news and events taking place.  In the near future Hapū Trust members will be able to use the website to apply online for Education Grants.

The Hapū Trust’s Facebook page was also relaunched this year to help whānau keep in touch with the activities of the Trust. You can find our page by typing Ruapuha Uekaha into Facebook search.  Regular updates from the Hapū Trust, Waitomo Glowworm Cave job opportunities and other Hapū Trust related panui are posted on our page.  For those who have already found our page don’t forget to share it with other Hapū Trust members.



In each issue of Tomokia the Hapū Trust will highlight our young people who are doing interesting and inspiring things with their lives and careers.  So if you know of someone please let us know.  For this issue of Tomokia we have the pleasure of sharing Levi Tapara’s journey.

My name is Levi Tapara, I am 27 years old and I am the husband of Samantha and father of Tanerau, we are expecting our second child in December. I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Business degree at AUT University, I have majored in Management and Tourism. I left school with no qualifications but decided to go to University in 2011. It has been a challenging experience and I am excited to be graduating in December.  I have had a lot of support from friends, whanau, my Church, and God has given me the strength to achieve my goals and dreams.

I have worked as a mechanic, a roofer and a cave guide in the past. During my teens and early twenties I got into a bit trouble and I have done some things I am not proud of. I got to a point where I didn’t like where my life was heading and that’s when I met Jesus. He has raised me above those circumstances and given me a new outlook on life. I could not have got here without him, because my past is my history and my future is my destiny. I have a dream for our young people to rise above their circumstances and become leaders of influence. In our young people I see warriors, champions, history makers and world change makers. I believe in them and nothing is impossible.

I am the CEO of Limitless Roofing that employs seven fulltime staff and two part time staff. I don’t work for the company full time because I am a full time university student but I am the visionary and decision maker of the business. I am able to do this because of the key people who take care of the day to day running of the business. The business is going from strength to strength and we are in an exciting season. I have a dream to train young people in the roofing trade, giving them not only a job but a career. This gives them a hope for the future, I believe in them fully.

In August I start an internship with Tourism Holdings Ltd in order to complete my degree, which I am looking forward to. I will be working on projects for their products in Waitomo. I love Waitomo it is a beautiful, unique and special place. I just want to encourage our young people to dream big and to go for it. Don't let where you are from, your current situation or what people have spoken over your life stop you from reaching your dreams, you can do anything, I believe in you! Nothing is impossible! We need leaders in all areas of business and our community.  God bless.


The Hapū Trust has been developing ways to communicate more regularly with members through Tomokia, our Facebook page and our website.  We have received positive feedback on Tomokia from Hapū Trust members saying “I like the look of it” along with “I can now easily find out what is happening”.  However, we are always open to feedback on ways to improve communication so please let us know if you have any ideas.

Until next time whanau.  Noho ora mai.