Ngatiwai COVID-19 Recovery updates 16 June 2020

It has now been 24 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand, and again there are no active cases.⁣ The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154. There are no additional deaths to report.⁣ There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.⁣ The total number of tests completed to date has surpassed 300,000. Another significant cluster has closed, bringing the total number of significant clusters closed to 10

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Ministry of Health website link: Ministry of Health website
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Reconvened Annual General Meeting 2020 

The reconvened Annual General Meeting of the Ngatiwai Trust Board will be held 10am Saturday 4 th of July 2020 at McKay Stadium, Lounge 1, 93 Western Hills Drive, Kensington – Whangarei.

​2020 Scholarship Applications now OPEN


A reminder that the Ngātiwai Trust Board Annual Education Scholarships 2020 are now open.

Registered Members are invited to apply
Scholarship Value:
Up to $750 per scholarship
Applications close Friday 31st July 2020, 5pm
Each year Ngātiwai Trust Board offers tertiary scholarships to Secondary School Leavers and Adult Tauira to assist with their tertiary education. Scholarships for 2020 are now open, the criteria to apply is outlined in the application forms below.

For any further information please contact Hannah Edmonds on 09 430 0939 or email:

Click here to access applications forms

Te Tohora – \”Te Kowhiti\” – Stranded during COVID-19

Such a privilege and honour to be with our Tohunga Hori Parata and his amazing team that he has shared his matauranga around the mahi of Whale Flensing and all the associated tikanga and processes that goes along with that.

The team of Hori Parata, Te Kaurinui Parata, Poai Neha, Blake Te Kata, Jaycee Tipene-Thomas, Sylvia Wano, Aotea Parata, Ngariki Ngatai, Melissa Brown and Christopher Haika completed the Flensing of a Tohara that stranded in a remote beach just around from Ngahau Bay in Whangaruru. The Tohara stranded during COVID-19 level 4, and it is only today that the team have been able to assemble to complete this kaupapa.

The conditions and weather were perfect for this difficult mahi, and with the taonga having been lying here for over 5 weeks, to say the smell was ripe would be an understatement……tino haunga!! You can\’t smell it through these pictures.

Blake, Te Kaurinui, Jacycee have worked on over 30 whales with uncle Hori, with the Taranaki strandings being a significant kauapa in time for this team a couple of years ago that Poai and Sylvia were of part of too. Now with their experience and guidance of Uncle Hori, the team were quick on the knives on a beautiful winters day to get the mahi tahi done.

Ko wai te ingoa? Te Kowhiti!

Safe kids Aotearoa

Safekids Aotearoa believe traditional Māori intelligence (māramatanga) as well as mātauranga (wisdom) provide unique insights and the opportunity to create innovative solutions to overcome the persistent child injury inequities that exist for tamariki. Karakia can protect and safeguard the spiritual wellbeing of people, so our homes and our whānau remain well. Mā te karakia e hipoki te wairua kia ora tonu te kainga. Indigenous knowledge is an underutilised resource, all too often excluded from injury prevention. Click here to learn more

Hua Para Kore – 21 June 2020

​COVID-19 seen many whānau get back into their mara kai to feed there whānau and wider communities.

If you are on this journey and wanting to learn more, then check out Hua Para Kore on the 21st of June.  See the pānui below for more details.

Mauri ora!

Small business top up loans


The Māori Trustee (Te Tumu Paeroa) has established a Top-Up Māori Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, making an additional $10m available for Māori SMEs to meet core operating costs. The Top-Up Loan Scheme will open to online applications at from 9am Thursday 18 June 2020 and remain open for a month or until $10m is committed to eligible applicants. Information and terms of the Top-Up Loan Scheme can be viewed on the website. More information here: Te Tumu Paeroa

PGF Funding for Councils and Kiwirail

Regional councils across the country will see a boost in money and jobs following a $60 million regional projects package announced today. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says the $60 million will create at least 800 jobs. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment is set to hit an all-time high at almost 10 percent this year.  And, with only seven more weeks left of the wage subsidy scheme, many Kiwis will be looking for jobs. Click here for more information

Cleaners and security guards seeking living wages


Cleaners and security guards were among those who stepped up and worked through the Covid-19 lockdown, and now they\’re asking the Government to step up and honour its 2017 promise of a living wage for them. Rose Kavapalu was interviewed by One News and works 65 hours a week at two jobs but she still struggles to make ends meet. Des
pite her 15 years service to the job, she only gets a pay rise when minimum wage goes up. 
Click here to read the full story

Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Mariameno Kapa-Kingi


A kōrero with Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Mariameno Kapa-Kingi, about the most pressing issues impacting the Taitokerau Economy – such as the areas of Wai, Whenua, Energy, Spectrum and Housing. Listen here: Tautoko Te Tai Tokerau korero

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