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Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu


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Harriet Te Huia

Ko Tainui me Te Arawa tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Harriet Te Huia tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

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Whakarongotai Te Huia

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Whakarongotai Te Huia tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

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Cody Brown-Te Huia

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Cody Brown-Te Huia tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

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Deane Muraahi

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Deane Muraahi tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

Raniera Hughes

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Raniera Hughes tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

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Jennie Cantwell

Ko Jennie Cantwell tōku ingoa

Ko au te Pou Hāpai o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu

Contact: jennie@puniuinc.org

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Kellie Nicholson

Ko Kellie Nicholson tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Piri Hemara

Ko Tainui tōku waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Piri Hemara tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi kai mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira tēnā tātau katoa

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Hori Maikuku

Ko Tainui te waka

Nō Ngāti Māhuta ahau

Ko Kawhia te moana

Ko Hori Maikuku tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Tawhiwhi Karaitiana

Ko Tawhiwhi Karaitiana tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Tumanako Maniapoto

Ko Tumanako Maniapoto tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Rangiawatea Rapana

Ko Rangiawatea Rapana tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Ngaire-Anne Steedman

Ko Moehau te maunga

Ko Tikapa te moana

Ko Horouta te waka

Ko Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga te iwi

Ko Te Aitanga-a-Mate te hapū

Ko Ngaire-Anne Steedman tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Raymond Spooner

Ko Takitimu te waka

Nō Hauiti ahau

Ko Raymond Spooner tōku ingoa

Ko au te Pou Taiao o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

Contact: ray@puniuinc.org

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Aimee Tupaea

Ko Tainui te waka

Nō Waikato ahau

Ko Aimee Tupaea tōku ingoa

Ko au te Pou Whakrite o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu

Contact: admin@puniuinc.org

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Sean Wanden

Ka piki ake au ki te taumata ō Owhawhe, kia rere arorangi ki te tihi o Rangitoto Tuhua, atu ki te maunga o nga Turehu ko Pirongia-te-aroaro-o-Kahu, aku maunga rangatira.

E rere kau ana ki Waitomo taku awa.

Tū mai ra taku wharenui Matua a Iwi ki te marae o Tokikapu, Otirā ki te whare tūpuna a Tapairu ki taku marae o Te Ahoroa

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Nō Ngāti Uekaha, Ngāti Rereahu me Ngāti Maniapoto.

Ko Sean Wanden tōku ingoa. Ko au te hoa rangatira o Talitha Wanden. Te pāpā o aku tamariki, aku ngākau aroha e whā.

Ko au te Pou Whakahaere o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu

Tihei mauri awa

Contact: sean@puniuinc.org

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Kapi Hughes

Ko Tainui te Waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Kapi Hughes tōku ingoa

Ko te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa

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Charity Tunoho

Te Arawa E! E. Te Arawa E! E. Ko Tamatekapua te tanagta.

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao e tū nei, e mihi nei.

Ko Ngongotaha taku maunga rangatira.

E kaukau ana ki te awa o Puarenga, ki te ngāwhā o taku kuia ki Ngāpuna. Kai nōhonga au ki reira ki te poho o taku tīpuna whare a Hurungaterangi.

Ko Charity Tunoho tōku ingoa, te hoa wahine o Quinton Tunoho. Ko au te māmā o āua tamariki e whā

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Tihei Mauri awa

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Shane Cassidy

Ko Tainui te Waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Shane Cassidy tōku ingoa

Ko au te tētahi Kai Mahi o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātau katoa

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Travis Kruijer

Ko Kakepuku taku maunga whakahi, e rere kau ana ki Pūniu taku awa, taku ngākau.

Tū kaha aku whare wānanga ko Te Aroha o Ihowa me Te Maru o Ihowa ki runga i te pā o Mangatoatoa tuarua.

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Hoturoa te tangata.

Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, He uri anō o Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū

Ko Travis Kruijer tēnei

Tihei mauri awa

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Talitha Wanden

Kā eke te taumata ki ōku maunga o Kakepuku rāua ko Kahuwera. Ka ta huri au ki te awa Pūniu me te awa Mōkau aku wai kaukaunga.

E noho ai ki runga i te mahau o Te Aroha o Ihoa me Te Maru o Ihoa, ki runga i te pā o Mangatoatoa.

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Hoturoa te tangata.

Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, He uri anō o Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū

He māmā ahau ki ngā tama e wha. Ka mihi atu ki taku hoa rangatira ko Sean Wanden

Ko Talitha Wanden tōku ingoa

Ko au te Pou Tuia o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu

Mauri ora kia koutou

Contact: talitha@puniuinc.org

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Quinton Tunoho

Tū mai rā Wharepūhunga taku maunga rangatira. E rere kau ana ki Pūniu taku awa aroha.

E tū rangatira a Takihiku taku tupuna whare. Ko Rāwhitiroa te marae taku tūrangawaewae.

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Hoturoa te tangata.

Hei nōhanga mō Ngāti Takihiku te hapū.

He uri au nō Ngāti Raukawa ki Wharepūhunga.

Ko Quinton Tunoho tēnei, e mihi nei.

Ko au te Pou Tiaki o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu

Tihei mauri awa!!!

Contact: quinton@puniuinc.org

Te Haunōteraki Love-Mitchell

Te Haunōteraki Love-Mitchell

Ko Kakepuku te maunga e tū ake nei, peka atu ki Te Waipā taku awa whakarite.

Tū kaha e te rangatira Ko Unu taku tupuna whare ki runga i te marae o Te Kōpua taku Tūrangawaewae.

Ko Tainui te waka, ko Hoturoa te tangata.

He uri ahau nō Ngāti Maniapoto.

Ko Te Haunōteraki Love-Mitchell tōku ingoa.

Tihei mauri awa!

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Sam Ingley

Tū kaha, tū māia, tū manawanui te maunga Kakepuku

Te awa o Pūniu e māpuna nei.

Ko te mauri o oku whare Te Aroha o Ihoa me Te Maru o Ihoa, wairua tapū, wairua noa. Ko Mangatoatoa tuarua te pā.

Ko Tainui te waka e hoea rā, Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, He uri anō o Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū

Ko Sam Ingley ahau.

Ko au te Pou Taiao o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Tihei mauri awa!

Contact: sam@puniuinc.org

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Shannon Te Huia

Ko Mangatoatoa te pā, ko Te Aroha O Ihoa te whare kōrero o ngā tūpuna, te whare tuakana hoki ki te whare hōu ko Te Maru O Ihoa ka tu ai ki reira.

Tu kaha , tu maia, tu manawanui te maunga Kakepuku, ka whakawhiti atu ki Pirongia, ka anga mai ki te hiwi o te kāinga ko Pukekawakawa tērā.

Ko te koawa o Wharekorino e rere atu rā ki roto o te awa o Puniu, ko te awa kaukaunga.

Ko Kahuwera te maunga, ko Mookau te awa, Napinapi Te Marae Ko Parekahuki te tupuna whare, Ko Paretekawa Te Hapū.

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Hoturoa te tangata

Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, He uri anō o Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū

Ki te taha o toku Pāpā, ko Reuben Te Huia rāua kō Phyllis Wehewehe Muraahi oku kuia koroua ingaro atu ki te pō. Ko Greg Te Huia rāua ko Suzette Poole oku mātua.

Ko Shannon Te Huia tēnei, te Pou Tāhūhū o PRC. E mihi atu ki a koutou katoa.

"Mōkau ki runga, Tāmaki ki raro, Mangatoatoa Ki Waenganui, Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato, Te Kaokaoroa O Pātetere”

Contact: shannon@puniuinc.org

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Hone Hughes

Ko Tainui te Waka

Nō Maniapoto ahau

Ko Hone Hughes tōku ingoa

Ko te Pou Tokomanawa o Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu arā Te Kāhui a Hiwa

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa


Pūniu River Care Board Members

Craig Barrett

executive board member - Chair

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E noho ai ki runga i te mahau o Te Aroha o Ihoa me Te Maru o Ihoa, ki runga i te pā o Mangatoatoa.

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Hoturoa te tangata.

Ko Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi, He uri anō o Ngāti Paretekawa te hapū

Ki te taha o toku Pāpā,ko Brown Barrett rāua kō Tarita Muraahi oku kuia koroua ingaro atu ki te pō. Ko Mathew Barrett rāua ko Marilyn Barrett oku mātua.

Ko Craig Barrett tōku ingoa. Ko au te hoa rangatira o Cate Barrett. Te pāpā o aku tamariki, aku ngākau aroha e whā.

Craig is a Partner at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Waikato Chartered Accountants in Hamilton. He works with commercial entities and Māori organisatons and provides strategic and commercial advice on all aspects of their business. He is passionate about innovation and value add to improve economic performance.  Craig has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, majoring in Accounting and Finance, and is a chartered accountant. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors. Craig also holds a number of trustee and directorships.


Dr. Daniel Hikuroa

Executive Board Member

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Senior Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland, Dan specialises in Earth Systems Science; Integrating mātauranga and science; Governance & Advisory Boards & Panels and Kaitiakitanga – revitalising mauri


Thomas Maniapoto

executive board member

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Ko Pirongia Te Maunga

Ko Puniu Te Awa

Ko Pare Te Kawa Te Hapu

Ko Maniapoto Te Iwi

Ko Peehi Tukorehu Te Tupuna

Tena Koutou

I was lucky enough to have spent much of my growing up at Mangatoatoa Pa with my grandparents which gave me a solid grounding in life.  My education and work took me many places in the world only to return to New Zealand and pursue a senior management career in the Health industry and then eventually returning home to raise our children.

After establishing the first total emersion Kura, Nga Purapura O Te Aroha Kura Kaupapa Maori in te Awamutu my wife and I owned and operated a number of business’s.  This gave us great insight into what it means to be self-sufficient and taking control of our own destiny.

I joined Pūniu River Care as a Board Member with a full commitment to pursuing the vision of Mana Motuhake for Mangatoatoa Pā and our whaanau.  To achieve a self-sustainable Marae, through Kaitiaki Whenua, Kaitiaki Awa principles.

Derek Roberts

Executive Board member 

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As the chair of Mangatoatoa Marae, Derek's interests include Marae based initiatives and was only too happy to get stuck in to help govern Pūniu River Care Incorporated to help support the growing success of the organisation. With a background in Mental Health, Human Resources and Project Management his valued expertise enables the organisation to further effectively run operations in all areas. 


Richelle Kahui-McConnell

Executive Board member 

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Richelle Kahui-McConnell (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Huia raua ko Ngati Kinohaku) is a award winning restoration ecologist who specialises in working with Maori communities to restore the mauri of Papatuanuku. Her passion is creating opportunities to express kaupapa Maori science and matauranga and develop rangatahi kaitiakitanga programmes that connect whanau to the whenua and moana. She has developed unique techniques to take joy in her mahi, makes sure she 'gets dirt under her fingers and salt in her eyebrows' and is dedicated to making a difference for seven generations into the future.


Robert Moore

Executive Board Member

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Ko Tainui te Waka

Ko Karioi te Maunga

Ko Whaingaroa te Moana

Ko Wainui te Awa

Ko Poihakena te Marae

Ko Ngati Tahinga te Hapu Ko Waikato te Iwi

Robert is a Social Justice Enabler at Anglican Action Mahi Mihinare, where he is tasked with research, advocacy, and community building across a range of different social and environmental issues.

He has a passion for the natural world and for initiatives that understand the interconnectedness between environmental wellbeing and the wellbeing of people, communities, and Te Ao Māori.



Ngā Kaitiaki o te Awa o Pūniu


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