“E kore e whakarerea te patiki i tona nei rua”
The patiki will always return to its depression in the mudflats.
The last three decades has seen concerted efforts to unify the iwi and advance them into a world of promise, held in perpetuity, when chiefs of Ngati Paoa signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 on the Waitemata Harbour, Karaka Bay in Glendowie and at Coromandel.
From the Waiheke Island tribunal case in the 1980′s, to the participation of waka taua Kotuiti Tuarua in the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Treaty in Waitangi 1990, to the Maori Land Court Section 30 Iwi representation case in 1995, to marae DIY at Waiti in 2008 Ngati Paoa has maintained its presence along the Tikapa Moana coastline and inland to Tahuna, Waiti.
With the establishment of the Ngāti Paoa Trust in November 2004 as the mandated iwi representative, hope and optimism emerged to balance the loss of kaumatua and kuia who had long been the pataka korero, kaipupuri o te mauri and tuara of the iwi.
The Trust initiated a Long Term Plan as a road map towards a strategic position based on the key aspects
- Whanau – Hapu – Iwi (Our People)
- Tikanga me Nga Kawa
The Trust is currently on the threshold of new challenges that continually press us towards kotahitanga, a unified sense of purpose that redefines our enduring commitment to our Ngati Paoatanga.
At the same time our shared understanding of the values of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga that connect our past, present and future keep us in step with our destiny as we strive towards Treaty settlements at a wider level, while enhancing our marae for the well being of our people at a place called home – te hau kainga.
The Long Term Plan is set to grow another life of its own with a new energy, and dynamics that are driven from within the hearts and minds of our people. The Trust will continue to define the tribal vision and uplift our ability to forge enduring partnerships and alliances.