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Kehu Butler

Ngamanawa Incorporation is proud to support young Tauranga surfer Kehu Butler.

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Kehu Butler

Name: Kehu Butler

Kehu's Late Great Grandfather was a past Committee of Management member and thus has a strong tie to Ngamanawa Incorporation through his Ngāti Hangarau side.

Instead of listing his many achievements to date, the Incorporation was lucky enough to spend some time with Kehu recently to help put together some video content to view

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Lance & Rawinia Gray

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Lance & Rawinia Gray

Lance & Rawinia Gray

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Craig Marwick

It is a privilege to be asked by Tim to share a few words about my involvement, memories, highlights and future aspirations for Ngamanawa Inc.

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Craig Marwick

Craig Marwick

Kia ora koutou katoa,
Ko Vic Smith toku Koro, Ko Susan Smith (nee Bidois) toku Kuia.
Ko Carol Te Kani /Marwick (nee Smith) toku Mama, Ko Ian Marwick (Snr) toku Papa.
Ko Craig Marwick toku ingoa.


It is a privilege to be asked by Tim to share a few words about my involvement, memories, highlights and future aspirations for Ngamanawa Inc. I’m a member of The Hangarau Whanau Hunting Club and have proudly represented the Incorporation at conservation hui.

My earliest memory of Ngamanawa is my father taking me pig hunting at four years old. We would ride into the bush on a horse named Creamy who grazed the paddock next to Aunty Lizzy and Uncle Eddy’s (Heke) place at the end of Omanawa Rd. Dad would tie two sugar sacks together as stirrup’s and put me up in front of the saddle so I could hold on to the horn. Back then, pines had not been planted; the ngahere was all native. We would be away all day, following old tram lines and tracks, up creeks and down rivers with kuri Blacky and Len. Sometimes we would get out of the bush after dark to be greeted by Nana Susan and Aunty Lizzy, (up where the tar seal now meets the gravel road). They would give Dad the third degree on why we were so late.

Hunting became a routine with some memorable poaka taken for the pot. We used to muruwai (singe) the pigs in the bush and boil a ‘Billy’ for a cuppa over a fire (before the forestry fire restrictions). When it rained we'd make shelter out of Ponga fronds while we waited to see if the dogs got onto a pig (a long time before GPS collars).

As the years went on I’d tag along with my Koro (or Koko as us kids would call him) and Uncle Gos (Rolleston) on trips up ‘the bush’. Dad would drive us around, while they would check out what the Joint Generation were up to. I would listen to their korero about what Ngamanawa meant to them, and why they were fighting to get it back. I felt very proud of them and what they (and others) were doing.

As all whanau that have a been to Ngamanawa know, Waitaia Lodge is the jewel in the crown. A particularly memorable occasion there was the Smith Whanau reunion in 2000 – an awesome occasion, over 200 whanau attended. The last Smith gathering was for our late Uncle Rex's birthday, also a huge gathering. Most recently I've enjoyed staying at the lodge during the Kokako and Kiwi surveys.

My future aspiration for Ngamanawa Inc is to guide our rangatahi to be more involved with the environmental management of our whenua. There are parts of the ngahere that are unique to Ngamanawa. It has manu that are noted as vulnerable and at risk. These are precious taonga worth saving before its too late. I feel, achieving this aspiration would honour those who have gone before us. Those who, with relentless determination, fought with blood, sweat and tears to keep this whenua for us, and future generations to enjoy. “Whatungarongaro he tangata, toitu te whenua.” Nga mihi.

John Battin & Whanau

We as a whanau had an awesome time up at Waitaia Lodge


 

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John Battin & Whanau

John Battin & Whanau

I hadn't been up in the area for approximately 25 years and this was my first experience staying at Waitaia Lodge. We were able to book the lodge for 7 days with our wider whanau.

 

What I loved the most was the peacefulness of the area. Miles away from normal life allowed me to unplug from the world and soak up the wilderness for that time. The birds talking, the sound of the water close by and the wairua of being amoungst the native forest. My children really loved visiting the glow worms at night behind the lodge. They also loved being able to use the kayaks and spending quality time with whanau.

 

Overall, our experience was awesome, the facilities were in good working order, everything was clean and tidy. It was also great having all the utilities there to use! The lawns and surrounding areas had been maintained, making for easy access and visibility for the kids.

 

If you haven't been up yet I would absolutely recommend that people make the most of the lodge!