Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) and the Tapuika Fisheries Trust (TFT) Trustee Elections

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Trustee elections have been delayed and will now commence in the month of July.

Trustee nomination forms can be downloaded below, and from the TIA Facebook Page. They will not be posted out. Iwi beneficiaries wanting to make a nomination are urged to please download a nomination form taking care to complete it properly. You then scan the completed form and email it back to registration@tapuika.iwi.nz Any incorrect/incomplete forms will be returned to the sender.

Te Puni Kokiri has been approached to act as the independent scrutineers for the Iwi's nomination and election process.As per every annual election, candidates are standing for both the Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) and the Tapuika Fisheries Trust (TFT) meaning it is a dual trusteeship role. The term of the positions is for three years (other than for the one year remaining for John Pini's term in the Marukukere hapū).

Trustee nominations close on Friday 31 July 2020 at 12 noon. If a hapū receives nominations for more than one eligible candidate, that hapū will go to a postal ballot during the month of August.

In this election cycle, Marukukere has two Trustee spaces to fill - please see below.
The Trustees standing down this election are as follows:

  • Heketua Roberts (Ngāti Kuri)
  • Raiha Biel (Ngāti Marukukere)
  • Dr Bryce Kihirini (Ngāti Moko)
  • Dean Flavell (Ngāti Tuheke)
  • Vance Skudder (Ngāti Marukukere replacement for John Pini last year)

Each of these Trustees is eligible to stand again for a further term.

If you think you or one of your whānau members has the capacity, skills and passion to assist with governing our Iwi’s multi-million dollar post-settlement asset base, why not put your hand up and give it a go?

Naku te rourou, nau te rourou, ka ora ai to tatou Iwi!

Hapu Nomination Forms


Kaupapa Māori CBACs in Te Puke to continue into June

We've all learned plenty of new terminology over the past couple of months - words and acronyms that were virtually unknown to many of us are now in common use. CBAC - or Community Based Assessment Centre - is just one of them.

A CBAC was held at Ngāti Moko Marae last week - one of a series being held across the Western Bay of Plenty that will continue into June.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE (courtesy of Te Puke Times, 21 May 2020)

Tangihanga Update: Advice for Marae and Communities

In order for a funeral and tangihanga with over 10 people to take place, the funeral director at any venue involved (including marae), must have a health and safety plan which takes into account the guidelines for the current alert level. It should be shared with family and whānau so that they are aware of any restrictions and/or requirements in relation to the service and cultural safety rules, such as protocols and procedures of marae. It should also be displayed so that it is easily viewed by all people who visit the premises.

Use this form in PDF or Word format to document your thinking about how everyone attending a funeral or a tangihanga will keep safe in a world of COVID-19. Provide as much information in response to each question as possible.

Here is an example provided by one marae here in the Bay of Plenty.

You can also visit the Ministry of Health website here to get more information on Tangihanga guidelines.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation – review your plan regularly and make changes as required

For support in filling this form or for any other question related to this kaupapa, feel free to contact the Hapū Hauora team: Hapu.Hauora@bopdhb.govt.nz

Dillon Te Kani     M: 0275429206

Rachel Kingi       M: 0275445810

Key updates from Ministry of Health

Alert Level 3 – What does that mean for me?

We are now in Alert Level 3 and it is still quite restrictive. When you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you should be at home, the same as at Level 4. This will help protect your whānau and stop the spread of COVID-19.

You can add to your bubble to make life easier – but it is important you keep your bubble as small as possible. Choose a whānau member, or caregiver, or a person living on their own to join your bubble.

You can hunt on private land, but not on public conservation land. You need to stay within your region and stick to your bubble. Overnight trips are not allowed. You may only hunt on foot — using quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is not allowed. Fishing from shore is allowed but fishing from boats is still not permitted.

Businesses can start up again – but they must do it in a way that avoids face to face contact with customers, and good safety and hygiene practices must be put in place for kaimahi. Staff can come into work if they can’t do their job from home.

Small gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed for weddings and tangihanga only.

More information on Alert Level 3 and what it means for your whānau can be found here.

Tangihanga Guidelines for Alert Level 3

The restriction on small public gatherings means that sadly, no formal tangihanga can happen during Alert Level 3. I understand the duress and stress this puts on whānau during a tough time. These are unprecedented times and we must do everything we can to keep our whānau safe and protected.

Under the new guidelines, viewings (up to 10 people only at a time) including kaikōrero/kaikaranga/members of the clergy are allowed.

Funeral directors are encouraged to provide an opportunity for whānau who have been in the same isolation bubble as the deceased (or would have been if the deceased died in isolation) to go to the funeral home to view the body in the first instance.

Other whānau, friends or others in separate isolation bubbles, and from within the same region, can go to the funeral home for viewing, but only up to a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Viewings should be made by appointment only.

We encourage tūpāpaku to be buried in the region they usually reside in. However, tūpāpaku may be transported inter-regionally when a person dies outside of the region they usually live in or when a person wishes to be interred at their urupā. Regions are defined as the regions that Regional Councils operate within. A link to the maps showing the regional boundaries can be found here.  

You can read the full tangihanga guidelines for Level 3 at this website.

Mobile CBAC (Community Based Assessment Clinics) Closer to Home

Ngā Kākano has been working with other Kaupapa Māori Providers, DHB, WBPHO and NMO on the mobile CBAC unit, Pahi Tahi.

Pahi Tahi has a doctor, a nurse, and Kaiawhina who can assist whānau  who need to be assessed for COVID-19 and/ or have any of the following  symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever.
This is a drive through service so come in your car, with people from  your bubble only! No appointments necessary but you may need to wait for a while until its your turn.

Future clinics will be posted here and will also be on the
Ngā Kākano Facebook page

Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
10.00am - 2.00pm
Moko Marae, te Puke Highway, Waitangi

Thursday, 07 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Thursday, 04 June 2020
10.00am - 2.00pm
Venue: Maketu Fishermans Club,
461 Wilson Road North
For those coming from out of Maketu, please use the Wilson Road North entrance to come to the clinic.

Friday, 08 May 2020
Friday, 22 May 2020
Friday, 05 June 2020
10.00am - 2.00pm
Venue: Otamarakau

Whānau can order their own hygiene packs from Whānau Ora Collective

Te Arawa Whānau Ora is committed to supporting whānau during this challenging time.

Our freephone is 0508 TE ARAWA (0508 832 7292) and open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm for assistance.

We are distributing hygiene packs to people in the Waiariki rohe, with priority given to koeke; essential workers; whānau with health issues, such as cancer, asthma, and compromised immunity; and poor access to clean water - apply for hygiene packs here. 

Kiwifruit negatives COVID-19 tests - update

The 250+ COVID-19 tests undertaken last week have been found to be negative, as a result of the positive test of a Kiwifruit worker.
See full story here

Ngā Kākano is continuing to deliver on the ground health services

Te Puke's Ngā Kākano Foundation is listening to the community - and responding.
See full story here

Haumi ē – order online fresh kai delivered

Haumi ē provides bulk buying to save up to 20% on major supermarket prices.

You can order a kai box and have it delivered to your door. Check out the attachment or email orders@haumi-e.co.nz

Whānau Direct funding for whānau in need

If you are experiencing hardship kaua e whakama - there is assistance available.

Whānau Direct funding is available for any whānau in the Te Arawa rohe who have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of Covid-19. The grant is available to help with essential living expenses, including the power bill, Wi-Fi or internet, rent, firewood, and urgent assistance with kai – particularly for households with tamariki. Applicants must provide proof of residence and evidence of the expense, such as a screenshot of their utility bill.

You can apply directly by calling 0508 TE ARAWA (0508 832 7292) or Ngā Kākano can tautoko you to apply (contact Vicki on 027 554 1138 or 573-0660).

Kai – Foodbank

Te Puke Foodbank is available via Empowerment. WINZ also provides food grants. Attached is more information on whānau entitlements for food grants IF whānau are having trouble accessing a WINZ food grant. The Ngā Kākano team are available to tautoko whānau to apply to the foodbank and/ or advocate if you are having difficulty with WINZ/MSD.

26 Poutūterangi 2020

Tapuika Iwi Authority (TIA) COVID-19 Forum

Tena koutou katoa ngā uri o Tapuika
Tapuika whānau, hapū, Marae
Tapuika whanui 
turi paru                                           

Pai mārire ki a tātou.

Nau mai haere mai, titiro mai ki tenei wānanga ipurangi, the first in a series of regular online updates and information sharing from the haukainga to help whanau remain well as we enter COVID-19 Level 4
National State of Emergency.

Covid-19 Enquiries
 If you or your whānau member think you have been infected call NZ Covid 19 Healthline 08000 358 5453 OR call your GP don’t just show up at the GP Practice or Community Based Assessment Centre in your locality.

1. COVID-19 Update
As at 12 midnight last night (25 Poutūterangi) New Zealand entered a Covid – 19, Level 4 State of Emergency.

a. What does this mean for the whanau?
You must stay at home with those you are living with.

You can still go to the supermarket, exercise, take walks and receive essential services but you must not interact with people or whanau outside of those you live with while doing so.

b. How long is the State of National State of Emergency likely to last?
This is likely to last up to 4 weeks.

c. What are essential services?
Services that are necessary to maintain, protect the health and safety of people e.g
• Doctors, pharmacy, ambulance, funeral homes, vet
• Supermarkets, gas stations, waste removal

 For a full list of essential services and up to dat e official information on Covid-19 go to https://covid19.govt.nz/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8cDgzrq26AIVE62WCh36fAsCEAAYASAAEgL-rfD_BwE.

2. Te Haukainga News 
a. Marae & Tangihanga   
All Tapuika Marae are closed for hui and tangihanga to ensure that Corona-19 is not spread.  At the haukainga our koeke (60+) who have been identified as being part of the most vulnerable are in self
We encourage the whanau to avoid the use of Marae as a gathering place. For further information regarding our Tapuika marae and tangihanga please contact the following TIA hapu Trustees:

Ngāti Tuheke – Dean Flavell     Dean.Flavell@tauranga.govt.nz

Ngāti Moko – Hori Ahomiro      hori.ahomiro55@gmail.com

Ngāti Kuri – Heketu Roberts      heketuaroberts@gmail.com

Ngāti Marukukere – Vance Skudder skudderv@gmail.com

b. Wrap Around Health & Community Support Services
The Tapuika Iwi Authority is working together with our Tapuika Hauora Provider Ngā Kākano Foundation to provide you with the latest information on what is happening within Te takapu o Tapuika.

i. GP Consults (Tauranga - Western Bay of Plenty area)
If you need to see your Doctor, require a script please call your GP, for a GP consult via telephone. If you are having a medical emergency please call your GP Practice immediately. They are open and will provide you with assistance and advice. As the phone lines have been unstable throughout the country, you can also text Ngā Kākano on 027 554 1118.

ii. Scripts
Your local pharmacy remains open during normal working hours to provide you with any medications you may require.  All GPs are now only able to prescribe medciation for you for the next month to ensure its available for everyone when needed.

iii. Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) Tauranga Race Course
The CBAC is open from 09:00am- 07:00pm 7 days per week to test for COVID-19. Please note you must be referred to the CBAC by your GP.  This is not a walk in centre, whanau are encouraged to arrive by private vehicle only. Ngā Kākano Foundation has petrol vouchers available should you require assistance with petrol costs for travel to the CBAC. 
Please note if you do not have a vehicle or a driver from your own household please phone Ngā Kākano Foundation 07 5730 660 for transport assistance.

iv. Packages of Care
Ngā Kākano Foundation will be shortly delivering drop off packages of care to our koeke (60+) living alone and our most vulnerable whānau  i.e. those identified with diabetes, heart condition, CVD,  asthma/respiratory conditions and other health conditions in Te Puke. Please  go to the Ngā
Kākano Facebook (FB @NgakakanoFoundation) or website www.ngakakano.org.nz for further information on the package of care.

In addition there will be regular weekly follow up by the Ngā Kākano health professionals to our most vulnerable whānau living in Te Puke community.

v. Whānau Ora  Care Plan   
Along with the packages of care, Ngā Kākano Community health workers can establish a Whānau Ora Emergency Response Plan with whānau.  They will also be doing a mail drop off to those Tapuika whānau who may require additional support. If you would like to put whānau forward for added assistance, please message the NKF FB, or call or text details to Vicki McNeill 027 554 1138 or 06 573 0660.

vi. Benefits
All MSD offices are closed to clients. People will need to go online to MSD to make applications. If benefits have stopped for any reason Te Puke clients should contact their own case manager either online or via telephone.

Sickness / Invalid Benefits: Clients do not have to undertake a medical to ensure you remain eligible for the benefit as there is an automatic 6 months extension to the benefit.

vii. Countdown and New World online shopping
Both Countdown and New World have priority online shopping for whānau who are over 70 years or vulnerable due to chronic illnesses or disability. You can register for this online at Countdown at https://www.countdown.co.nz/ Countdown are still delivering kai but ask you order 4-5 days before you need the kai delivered.

For New World, you need to note priority assistance in the notes/comments section when you process your order online. Deliveries are possible but again order early.

Ngā Kākano has staff are ready to assist any Koeke or whānau without internet who need assistance to order kai, or picking up kai. Please message the NKF FB or call or text 027 502 0868 for assistance.

For further information on Tapuika Haukainga Wrap Around Health & Community Support Services please go to the Ngā Kākano website or facebook.

Keep well whānau. To our community support healthworkforce Kia Kaha.

Dr Bryce Kihirini
Tapuika iwi Authority

Kaupapa Māori community based assessment clinic

A Kaupapa Māori community based assessment clinic will be at Moko Marae on Tuesday from 10am – 2pm. 

The name of the kaupapa is Te Apārangi Tūpore and is a partnership between Kaupapa Māori Provider Ngā Kākano, Tapuika, supported by the DHB, WBPHO and NMO.  The mobile unit, Pahi Tahi will have a doctor, a nurse, and a NKF whānau navigator to help you if you need to be assessed for COVID-19. We will be able to test for the virus, as well as give you more information about resources and support you can access to get you and your whānau through Alert level 4. 

If your whānau member is suffering from the following symptoms, come and see us:

  • a fever or are short of breath
  • have a cough or sore throat

This is a drive through service so come in your car, with people from your bubble only. Pahi Tahi will be at Moko Marae, Waitangi on Tuesday 7 April from 10am to 2pm. Mā tatou katoa ka ārai atu i te COVID-19

Official Tikanga Guidelines

Kia ora ano ra tatou e nga uri o Tapuika, Ko te tumanako, kai te noho pai tonu koutou katoa ko te whanau.
Please find attached the official tangihanga guidelines during Alert Level 4 Covid Pandemic.

Tangihanga Process

(with acknowledgement to Tainui Waikato for providing source information)

Information for a suspected case who is not tested:

You have been seen by a doctor or nurse who thinks you have symptoms of COVID-19 but has decided not to do a test for COVID-19.
It is very important that you are in self-isolation and follow the instructions on this information sheet to protect yourself and others.

Ministry of Social Development Services During COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown:

As a result of the COVID-19 Level 4 Lockdown the following information and announcements have been made:

1. Benefits

  • All benefits will continue to be paid automatically for 6 months
  • Sickness/Invalid Benefit – a medical consult is not required

2. Hardship Support

Whanau struggling during the COVID -19 Lockdown can apply for a Hardship Support Grant

Apply online:  https://www.msd.govt.nz

3. Loss of Job

If you have lost your job, can’t work at the moment or your income has been reduced, you may be able to get a benefit or some other financial help from Work and Income.

You may be able to get help with urgent expenses like:

  • food
  • accommodation costs (rent, mortgage, board)
  • power, gas and water bills or heating
  • medical and dental costs

You can find more information about financial support (including criteria) by contacting Work and Income online at https://workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/index.html

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy for Employers

Who may apply for the Wage Subsidy:

  • Employers
  • Contractors
  • Sole traders / Self Employed
  • Registered charities
  • NGOs
  • the self-employed and sole traders
  • contractors
  • registered charities
  • incorporated societies, and
  • post-settlement governance entities.

As at 27 March 2020, the Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown.


  • Businesses must be registered and operating in New Zealand
  • Employees are legally working in New Zealand
  • The business has experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month, when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19.
  • There are special rules for new businesses and high-growth firms
  • Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavors to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income.
  • Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must pass on at least the whole value of the wage subsidy to each affected worker.
  •  Businesses must undertake to keep employees in employment for the period of the subsidy.
  • Government is incorporating the previous sick leave scheme into this scheme to prevent double-dipping.

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be a 12 week bulk payment at the following flat rate of:

  • $585.80 per employee working 20 hours or more per week
  • $350.00 per employee working less than 20 hours per week.

For further information on the Wage Subsidy Scheme go to: https://services.workandincome.govt.nz/ess/employer_applications/new

MSD Contacts:

Online applications: https://workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/apply/index.html 

Telephone:       Under 65 years of age   0800 5599 009

                          65 years +                     0800 5520 02  

NB : Depending on volume there could be a significant wait before being connected via telephone

Tihei Mauriora!

E nga maunga, e nga moana, e nga iwi, whakaputa noa ki te ao, tenei te mihi maioha kia koutou. Nau mai, haere mai ki tenei ipurangi o Tapuika. He kete tenei kua kikia ki nga korero o Tapuika ara a kuia ma, a koro ma kua mene ki te po. Kei roto hoki nga korerorero mo te haukainga. No reira, kia kaha e te whanau ki te whai pakiaka ki roto i te oneone me te paruparu o te takapu o Tapuika.

Na Ateremu McNeill  
Deputy Chair
Tapuika Iwi Authority / Tapuika Fisheries Trust

Welcome to the website of Tapuika Iwi

The website will be an important communication tool to update our iwi members on the latest events and happenings for Tapuika not only within the noho kainga but also nationally and globally.

Check out the Tapuika Calendar and Panui for the latest happenings.

For those of you who have events or item you wish to place on the panui board please send your information to info@tapuika.iwi.nz.  

Over time it is hoped to include on the website aspects of our traditions and customs. What will be contained in this section is our perspective of who we are and what is important to us as Tapuika.


If you or your children are not on the Tapuika Iwi Register you may be missing out on the opportunities offered to our members. You can register online.

If your child is 18 years and over they will need to complete a separate registration form.  

Mauri tu, Mauri Ora


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