Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana (TTPOW)

Welcome to the home of Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana (TTPOW)

Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana is a entity which was established in 2014 by the descendants of Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana to progress all Treaty of Waitangi claims on behalf of our Iwi.

If you are a descendant of Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana and descend from an ancestor or original owner in the lands and lakes of Waikaremoana we urge you to register here by following the registration link.  Please note: You must be 18 years or over to register with Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana.

Latest News:

Posted 31 January 2018

Owners seeking the return of Lake Waikaremoana after 100 years

In 1918 the Native Land Court determined the owners to Lake Waikaremoana. In 2018 their descendants have chosen to fight to have their land returned to them.

The statement of claim, lodged by Vern Winitana in the Wellington High Court recently      (22 December 2017) is attached below along with the list of the original owners in 1918.

If you descend from one of the named owners, you are invited to join in this challenge and fight to secure your land back, in your hands.

You can do this simply by registration on this website;  and for all regular updates – join the ‘Lake Waikaremoana Owners’ Facebook page.

Keep connected to both social media platforms for regular updates on the progress of this litigation and how you can participate.

(Key Documents)

Statement of Claim:    LAKE SOC doc dec2017

1918 List of Owners:   Lake owners 1918



Posted 30 November 2017

Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana (TTPOW)
(November 2017) Updates:

TTPOW Leadership Group members meet with Genesis Energy at recent consultation hui.

On Thursday 23rd November 2017, Genesis Energy held a consultation hui at Whakamarino Lodge, Tuai. Members of TTPOW Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana Leadership Group met with Rosco McDonald (Genesis Energy) seeking assurances that a relationship is re-established and continued between TTPOW & Genesis. Rosco has given an undertaking to action a hui with TTPOW Ruapani Leadership Group in near future.


TTPOW Ngati Ruapani Representative appointment to Te Matāwai Regional Panel (Mataatua Region)

On Saturday 25th November 2017, Jennifer Takuta-Moses was nominated onto the “Te Matāwai Regional Panel” for the Mataatua Region – as the Ngati Ruapani iwi representative.

This hui was held in Tauranga and attended by Jennifer and other TTPOW Leadership Group members in support of her nomination. There were nine people nominated to assist with the establishment of this newly formed regional panel.


Posted 25 October.

Hui for Ruapani Descendants:   Review of Trust – Te Kopani 31, 32, 33, 35 Lands

Hui to be held at Wkakamarino Lodge, Tuwai, Waikaremoana
Saturday, October 28, 10 am

To review Trust and elect new trustees

For more information contact:  V.Winitana (Mob – 021 180 4214)


Posted 10 October 2017

Who are Stats NZ?  Unleashing the power of data to change lives

Stats NZ’s purpose is to empower decisions by adding value to New Zealand’s most important data.

Two years ago, Ngāti Ruapani, along with other iwi groupings, commenced working towards recognition as an iwi in the official government statistics. Recently Stats NZ completed a preliminary classification standard to bring life to this project.  

Maori generally always consider our total whakapapa, but many of you will know that other tribes have claimed that we are a strong hapū of theirs in the past, the most prominent being Ngāti Kahungunu and more recently, Ngai Tuhoe.  

Based on tikanga, kawa and whakapapa, Ruapani is an ancestor with clearly a different whakapapa to both. Both the Waitangi Tribunal and the Crown have recognised our Iwi status.

It is how we view ourselves that matters most.

Ngāti Ruapani have always considered ourselves as an Iwi entity, with Marae, papakāinga, land, lakes, rivers, urupa, tikanga, kawa and whānau. Our Ngāti Ruapanitanga cannot be subsumed by anyone.

When the next census is placed before all New Zealanders in 2018, we can all register as Ngāti Ruapani for the very first time alongside any other iwi we whakapapa to.


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To support Te Tatau Pounamu o Waikaremoana, please register here and give us your support and mandate to represent you and to progress all Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana's claims to Deed of Mandate and to settle all Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana Treaty of Waitangi claims.

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