TE KAHU O TAONUI

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Te Kahu O Taonui (TKoT) was established in 2006/7 and is now a collective of all twelve Iwi in Te Tai Tokerau representing Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Kahu, Kahukuraariki, Whaingaroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Te Roroa and Ngāti Whātua.

OUR POROPITI APERAHAMA TAONUI 1810-1883

AT THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 1835 HE SAID: 

"He taniwha kei te haere mai - ōna niho he hiriwa me te kōura, ko tōna kai he whenua. Kaua e mataku i te hiriwa me te kōura engari kaua e tuku i te hiriwa me te kōura hei atuatanga mōu."
There is a demon on its way - it is a demon that will arrive with teeth of silver and gold and an insatiable diet for land. Fear not the teeth of silver and gold, just do not allow the silver and gold to become your god."

AT THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF WAITANGI 1840 HE THREW HIS KIWI CLOAK ONTO THE TABLE FOR WHERE THE SIGNING WAS TO HAPPEN, WHEN AN ARMED CONSTABULARY THREW THE FLAG OF THE UNION JACK OVER THE TOP OF THE CLOAK ON THE TABLE TO WHICH APERAHAMA CALLED OUT: 

"Kaua! Kaua e hainatia te Tiriti ki runga ki tēnā poukara, ina hainatia, ka riro o koutou mana ki raro i ngā panekoti a tētahi wahine kīhae tātou moiho ko wai, no whenua kē!"
Do not sign Te Tiriti on top of that flag for if we do then we would agree to place our mana below the skirts of a woman from another land for which we do not know.
(At the time it was Queen Victoria.)

BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1883 HE GAVE HIS LAST PREDICTION:

"He taniwha kei te haere mai - he taniwha tae kuhu, tae huna e kore rawa koutou e kitea, e kore koutou e mohio kua tae mai, kia kitea rano i ngā kanohi a o mokopuna. Ina tae ki tēnā, kaua e patua i o mokopuna - engari hipokingia o koutou mokopuna ki te kahu aroha a te whanau."
There is a demon on its way - it is a demon that will arrive stealthily and deviously and you will not see it coming, you will not even know that it's here until you see it in the eyes of your mokopuna.
When you do, do not punish your mokopuna - you must wrap your mokopuna in the cloak of love of the Whānau.

OUR IWI COLLECTIVE

For more information about each iwi and their Chairperson as well as register please follow the links below:

Ngāti Whātua

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Te Roroa

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Ngāti Wai

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Ngāti Hine

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Ngāpuhi

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Te Rūnanga o Whaingaroa

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Kahukuraariki Trust

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Ngāti Kahu

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Te Rarawa

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Ngai Takoto

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Te Aupōuri

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Ngāti Kuri

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OUR VISION, MISSION & VALUES

The purpose of Te Kahu o Taonui was to create a taumata for our Taitokerau Iwi Chairs to come together, to wānanga, share ideas and concerns with each other and to utilise the power of our collective Iwi to create more opportunities to benefit all of our whānau, hapū and Marae.

Te Kahu o Taonui exists: 

-To advance the collective aspirations of Te Tai Tokerau Iwi
- To promote and support Whānau/ Māori aspirations for social and economic advancement in Te Tai Tokerau
- To provide a regional link to Government Priorities
- To ensure that Māori have a voice and actively participate to ensure equity.

TKOT BACK OFFICE SUPPORT

In the COVID-19 environment, Te Kahu o Taonui established a virtual back office to centralise the management and oversight of the agreed priority areas within the rohe. This centralisation of the resource will ensure effective use of resources to support activity on the ground and to ensure resources are equitably applied across the Iwi network. The diagram below describes the current back office functions through Te Kahu o Taonui to support our combined approach.