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 14 May 2018


In early 2017 another separate working group was formed calling themselves ‘Ngati Ruapani mai Waikaremoana’ consisting of;

  • 3x representatives of Te Toi Kura o Waikaremoana (previously failed group to achieve mandate with the Crown)
  • 3x representatives of Waikaremoana Tribal Authority (A Tuhoe owned entity)

In December 2017 this group released a mandate strategy through the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) to try and  establish a current negotiating group.   This group proports to represent Ngati Ruapani and yet :

  • They have not had any forms of communication;
  • Have not made themselves visible or engaged with the Ngati Ruapani claimant community;
  • No website presence
  • No clear registration process to date

TTPOW and various other Ngati Ruapani entities submitted numerous ‘opposing’ submissions to OTS to voice and highlight their united concerns about the  Waikaremoana Tribal Authority (WTA) being involved in a Ngati Ruapani treaty settlement process, as this entity is Tuhoe owned and operated.

ALL Ngati Ruapani entities (except Te Toi Kura o Waikaremoana) OPPOSE Tuhoe entities or individuals (Kirsti Luke & Tamati Kruger)  trying to settle Ngati Ruapani’s treaty settlement, or having any involvement or representation in Ngati Ruapani’s treaty settlement process!!

Ngāti Ruapani mai Waikaremoana representatives are:

  • Te Kūhā Tārewa – Nicky Kirikiri and Neuton Lambert
  • Te Waimako – Tina Wagner and Te Ori Paki
  • Te Toi Kura o Waikaremoana – Kara Puketapu-Dentice, Nicky Kirikiri & Neuton Lambert
  • Waikaremoana Tribal Authority – KIrsti Luke & Tamati Kruger

This group have self – appointed themselves to represent your Ngati Ruapani interests and are hosting a series of hui this month! (MAY 2018).  To view the dates of these hui visit:     www.nrmw.co.nz

We strongly urge all our whanau, hapu and iwi members to get along to these hui to voice your ‘opposition’ to the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority or Kirsty Luke or Tamati Kruger having any involvement in our Ngati Ruapani Treaty settlement.


Te Tatau Pounamu Updates & Activities in 2018

Strategic Relationships:  

Since the start of 2018 , TTPOW Directors have been busy and  working hard to  foster and develop positive strategic relationships between Ngati Ruapani and  various key stakeholders including; Wairoa Regional Council, Hawkes Bay District Council, Te Puni Kokiri, Office of Treaty Settlements,  Te Matawai and  Genesis Energy to mention a few.


Treaty Settlement progress:

TTPOW was established in 2014, as a result of a failed mandate attempt by Te Toi Kura o Waikaremoana. Since then TTPOW under the sure and steady guidance of our (Co-Chairs) Aubrey Kohunui & Jenny Moses, and (Directors) Sharon Cooper & Richard Tumarae –  have worked tirelessly to host over x25 hui with our wider Ngati Ruapani community throughout Aotearoa to :

  1. Grow and promote awareness and unity of Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana;
  2. Understand what our Ngati Ruapani people want as whanau, hapu & iwi;
  3. Establish a iwi registration database – at present we have over x900 whanau members registered and this iwi database continues to grow daily;
  4. Get Ngati Ruapani ki Waikaremoana recognised with Statistics NZ, and included in the 2018 Census for the first time ever – so that we could get a better awareness of Ngati Ruapani Tribal numbers;
  5. Establish a strong iwi Kaumatua Kaunihera;
  6. TTPOW Leadership have continued to grow, foster and engage in positive relationships and communications with neighbouring iwi: Ngati Hineuru, Ngati Pahauwera, Tatau Tatau ki Wairoa (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa), Ngati Whare, Ngati Manawa and various hapu within Tuhoe;
  7. Host wananga at Te Kuha Marae  and supporting whanau wanting to reconnect with their whakapapa, and learn about lands around Lake Waikaremoana.

All TPPOW efforts to date have been supported through our whanau membership and their generous  donations of kai, money, fundraising, and  contributions from our whanau of time, energy and contributing their skills and  towards our iwi achieving our own Treaty Settlement.

To date TTPOW have not received any financial help from anyone, yet our Ngati Ruapani whanau have managed to achieve so much!

TTPOW on the ground in Waikaremoana:

At the grassroots level, two of our Directors (Sharon and Jenny) continue to work at home in Waikaremoana – along side other members of our whanau, looking after our Wharekai & Marae at Te Kuha, mowing and maintain our urupa, hosting raffles and raising funds for various groups and activities within Waikaremoana. We are truly greatful for their ongoing dedication and tireless efforts in our community, and for keeping TTPOW truly connected with the key issues affecting our whanau at Waikaremoana and further afield.

TTPOW Kaumatua Kaunihera has faced challenges over the past year, with the passing of some our Kaumatua, however we have continued to add members to our Kaumatua kaunihera and will continue to support them whereever possible.




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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