Hineuru Iwi Trust

Special General Meeting Wrap-up

Special General Meeting Wrap-up

On behalf of the Board and our CE, I would like to thank everyone who attended in person or who attended online our Special General Meeting that was held at the East Pier Hotel on 28 May 2022. It was an excellent turnout where (56) people were at the hui a-kanohi and (6) people attended by Zoom.

The holding of a Special General Meeting held six months after our Annual General Meeting was introduced last year, following feedback that we received from Iwi members at our 2020 AGM that they would like to be kept informed of developments. The feedback from our Iwi was that people did not want to wait until our AGM to know what was happening. So, while not a requirement of our Trust Deed, our Board thought it was fair that we should make sure to update our Iwi members on how we are performing with implementing the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. This was the purpose of last week’s SGM – to update:

  1. Status Report of the 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan
  2. Update by the Hineuru Education Committee on the 2022 Hineuru Grants Scheme
  3. Proposed Amendments to the Hineuru Iwi Trust Deed

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was presented and spoken to will be provided for people to access on our website. I acknowledge the passion and interest that a number of our people had:

  • In wanting to understand the commitment to getting the Te Haroto Marae development progressed. I confirm that Hineuru Iwi Trust has budgeted and dedicated $1.5m for Te Haroto Marae, and we remain committed to this development on the basis of accountable and transparent processes set by our Trust Deed. We worked earnestly to broker an agreement with Te Haroto Marae Trustees including bringing in an independent mediator Wi Pere Mita to help us with this. Unfortunately, the mediation agreement we thought we had amicably reached on 1 February 2022 was later overturned and so the Marae development is in limbo.
  • On the work underway on the Hineuru Iwi register. The Iwi register is our reason and purpose for existing and I want to give everyone assurance that we are undertaking this work to ensure that we are working in alignment to our Trust Deed as well as trying to anticipate and front foot new and emerging contemporary issues like identity theft etc. As announced on Saturday since doing this refresh of our Iwi register our numbers have increased from 2,876 as reported in the 2021 annual report to approximately 4,900. Being able to accurately obtain the current contact details of all our Iwi members is crucial to keeping you all informed of Iwi developments. I am certain that this will help you understand not only what has happened but also what is coming up and the areas that you may want to participate in.
  • The proposed Trust Deed amendments were shared at the SGM to explain the rationale for wanting changes. The issue is around trustee rotation and trustee terms as the current Trust Deed states is an ‘all on, all off’ system. There are no staggered terms allowed for which the Board would like to introduce in the lead up to the election of Hineuru Iwi Trust trustees in 2023. This process will be rolled out and overseen by an independent organisation ElectionNZ later in the year with the results of a postal voting ballot of Iwi members announced at this year’s AGM on Saturday 19 November 2022. The purpose of raising this matter at the SGM was to let Iwi know that this would be coming up.

I want to thank and acknowledge Maria Rahui for her presentation at our SGM about the Hineuru Education Grant scheme for 2022. She has made a worthy and valuable contribution as our grants administrator this year together with the Education & Training Committee (Mereana Brown (Chair), Erena Bruce, Mei Winitana) who distributed grants of $220 to our primary students, $440 to our secondary students and $925 to our tertiary students received $925. A total of 106 of our registered tribal members benefitting from just under $50k of Iwi funds. I wish all of you a successful year with your educational pursuits.

Coming Up:

  • To celebrate the first Matariki public holiday and in commemoration of the Waipunga Falls Handover that we were unable to do in 2020 due to COVID19 we will be having a Hineuru Matariki Hautapu on 25 June 2022 at 5am-ish at Te Haroto Marae. To RSVP for this event please let us know if you will be attending to

I hope you have all had a nice restful Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Mai Hineuru, mo Hineuru

Renata Bush


Te Paetukutuku Hou

Te Paetukutuku Hou | Our new website

As a part of the refreshed communications plan, Hineuru Iwi Trust (the Trust) has undertaken a multi-staged approach to refresh its website. This included a complete re-build of a new website.

We are pleased that this work is now completed, and the Trust has a new, modern, and efficient interface to communicate between the operations of the Trust and the tribal members. While also having the ability to hold, store and display relevant documents and history of interest.

Over the coming weeks and months, the Trust will use the website as the nucleus of all communications.

Update: Education Grants 2022

Update: Education Grants 2022

Rapua te mātauranga, kia ora ai te iwi

Hineuru Iwi Trust and the Education Training Committee are pleased to announce that 106 registered tribal members have benefited from the 2022 Education Grants.

The funding pool for the 2022 Education Grants was increased to $50,000. The funding is split between primary, secondary, and tertiary students.

Through this year’s grants, primary students will receive $220, secondary students will receive $440, and tertiary students will receive $925.

This year the Trust sought to ensure communications about the Education Grants were viewed by as many as possible. The Trust supported paid advertising within the Meta social media platforms. These advertisements were targeted to individuals who like/follow the Hineuru Iwi Trust Facebook page and their friends. This enabled a broad approach to ensure wide coverage of the applications being open. Ultimately the advertisement reached 10,700 people. While it is inevitable that not all of these people will be Hineuru, a number will be.

In closing, the Trust and the Education Training Committee wish to congratulate all successful applicants in their pursuit of education, as this will enable a prosperous future for you, your whānau and collectively our iwi.

Māori Battalion WWII Medals

Māori Battalion WWII Medals

Below is a list of Māori Battalion tūpuna who never received their World War Two Medals.

If you have any pātai or would like more information, you can contact David Stone from Te Mata Law:

Available on their website is all the information required and the necessary form.

*Please note that the form is not tikanga compliant as it currently does not allow for whāngai (David is working on this with the New Zealand Army). However, this doesn’t mean that whāngai cannot apply – they can; David and his team will need to work with you and New Zealand Army to get it through.

SGM 28 May 2022

Special General Meeting

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022
Venue: East Pier Hotel, 50 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
Time: 10.00am
Hineuru Iwi Trust Special General Meeting Agenda:
  • Karakia
  • Welcome and opening address by the Chair
  • Apologies
  • Whakawhanaungatanga
  • Update by the Hineuru Education Committee
  • Proposed Amendments to the Hineuru Iwi Trust Deed
  • Presentation & status report of the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan
  • Close of Meeting followed by lunch
There are no formal resolutions to be put to this hui. A copy of the relevant meeting documentation is available on request, please email for this. Hardcopies of the presentations will also be available at the hui.
You may also attend the hui via Zoom. To obtain the Zoom link, and to register to attend via Zoom, please contact

Education Grants 2022

Education Grants 2022

The Education and Training Committee are pleased to announce that applications for the 2022 Education Grants are now OPEN. Applications will be open from 1 March 2022 to 12 PM 31 March 2022.
In line with its strategic plan, the Committee sees the importance of the iwi supporting tribal members in their pursuit of education, understanding that this can sometimes be a difficult and financially burdensome task. The Grants Scheme is a way that the Trust can contribute to the development of iwi members’ education while providing the flexibility of how the allocated grant is spent.
Last year 140 tribal members benefited from the Education Grants, and we look forward to a similar or greater number of applications being received.
This year the Committee has seen fit to appoint a Grants Administrator. Maria Rahui will fulfil this role. As such, she will be available to provide support to applicants. You can make contact via email: or via phone: 022 076 6036.
All applications are submitted through the online application form >>
Key criteria:
  • You must be a registered tribal member of Ngāti Hineuru;
  • You must provide a verified and authenticated copy of the birth certificate for the person in whose name the application is made out for;
  • If the applicant is aged 18 years or over, they must provide proof of residential address;
  • You must provide bank verification for each individual application – a deposit slip or bank statement;
  • You will need to provide a head and shoulders photograph of the applicant;
  • Unless this is your first year of tertiary study, you will need to include the academic transcript for the previous year. If you do not include an academic transcript, your application will not be accepted;
  • The closing date is final. If your application is late, it will not be accepted;
  • You must provide confirmation of study from your education institution;
  • The name on the application should be the child/student for whom the application is for, not the parent/caregiver; And
  • Ensure you fully complete your application and complete the declaration part of your application; otherwise, it will not be accepted.

A win for Ngāti Hineuru

A win for Ngāti Hineuru

Recently after tireless dedication and work towards this kaupapa, Ngāti Hineuru has rightfully been reinstated and recognised as mana whenua within our portion of the Rangitāiki River.
Below is the updated document that includes Ngāti Hineuru traditional associations with the Rangitāiki River (refer to pg 17).
This has been a significant piece of work for the Trust. Under Pou 4 (Environment), a strategic aspiration is exercising our rangatiratanga and mana whenua over taonga like the Rangitāiki River.