Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Trust Establishment 

As part of our transition from Uenuku Charitable Trust to our Post-settlement Governance Entity, Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Trust, we have developed the following logo which has been approved and adopted by your Trustees. 

The approval of this new logo will initiate the rebranding across our social media and website, letterheads, email and Iwi Register. 

The logo was created in collaboration with Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Trustee Johnson Witehira.


Opportunity for The Station Café

Have you dreamt about operating your own hospitality business?

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua hope to provide an opportunity for one of our whānau to operate their own hospitality business out of The Station Café, located in Waimarino, the heart of our commercial hub.

We have a keen interest in seeing The Station Café back up and running, as a vibrant meeting place for the community and visitors while providing sustainable commercial returns to the operator.

Kiwirail has committed to provide Te Korowai o Wainuiārua with a long-term lease agreement for the Café, enabling us to launch an Expression of Interest process, engaging in conversation with whānau who may be interested in this opportunity. 

A copy of the Expression of Interest can be downloaded here


Notice of Uenuku Charitable Trust Annual General Meeting 

Sunday 17 December 2023,  11 am-2 pm

Uenuku Office , 28 Queen Street, Raetihi

Nau mai, haere mai, all members welcome!

Uenuku Charitable Trust will consider any written resolutions, all resolutions must be submitted to secretary@uenuku.iwi.nz


Welcome by Chair and introduction of board members. 

Apologies: Email to secretary@uenuku.iwi.nz before the hui.

Minutes of previous AGM, followed by matters arising.

Annual Report Booklet

  • Chair’s Report 
  • Manager’s Report
  • Audited Financial Statements 
  • Appointment of Auditors for 2023
  • Pou Trust Updates 
  • Trustee Reports
  • Update on UCT and TKOWT activities 

General Business

Close of meeting.


Raetihi Community Hub 

The council’s procurement team which also includes iwi representative, Johnson Witehira, have completed the Community Hub design evaluation process for an architect and will be announcing the successful applicant shortly.

Ruapehu Māori Culture Festival

Manaaki was the driving value at the Ruapehu School’s 29th Māori Culture Festival, held on 9 November. 

The Festival’s vision is to provide a kapa haka goal for tamariki and rangatahi to work towards and an opportunity for them to come together and share Māori culture within a local festival experience. 

Uenuku Charitable Trust subsidiary, Te Ara Tupua, gifted manuhiri, tamariki, kaumātua and the local community with a lunchtime hāngi, fried bread and rewana bread.  This was prepared with aroha by Trustees, supported by local uri.  Te Ara Tupua appreciated the thoughtfulness and koha from local businesses (Awhi and Wilcox) and local people pulling together with time, donations and lending of expertise.

MCs gifted by Te Ara Tupua provided guidance and entertainment to the audience whilst supporting performers.

A large pōwhiri set the tone for connectedness and celebration of tamariki and Māori culture, with welcoming led by iwi kaumātua.

The day was a celebration of our Ruapehu tamariki and rangatahi showcasing their participation in kapa haka, also acknowledging their whānau, kaiako and wider community associated with each group as each performance is the culmination of shared hard work by lots of people with a variety of skill sets that contribute to the art.

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua (Uenuku, Tamakana and Tamahaki) were able to support the host Raetihi
School with background organisation and tikanga leading up to the event, building strong partnerships and recognition of tino rangatiratanga now and in the future.

Partnerships and Projects

Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono cycle trail one step closer to Pōkākā Ecosanctuary. 

The first phase of Te Hangāruru trail is set to connect Waimarino / National Park with our planned Pōkākā Ecosanctuary. 

The trail is a unique partnership we have been part of since inception and will create training and development opportunities for local rangatahi.

We’re excited to announce that this week marked the completion of a 30m suspension bridge over the Orautoha Creek. This creek, though small, holds importance as it signifies the commencement of the Te Hangāruru trail. 

This cycleway connection through Pōkākā Eco-sanctuary will allow cyclists the opportunity to hear the call of kākā, kererū, and many other native birds, while also promoting sustainable tourism.


Consultation open: Let’s have our say in the National Park name correction 

We are excited to announce that the New Zealand Geographic Board has allowed for a review to revert the name of the National Park to Waimarino, which was changed after a shipment of mail went missing 100 years ago.

Our proposal for the name correction was supported by the Ruapehu District Council, Ōwhango-National Park Community Board, and other interested parties including the Federated Mountain Clubs and Visit Ruapehu.

The name Waimarino refers to the calm waters pooling on the plains as they come down from Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

Te Korowai O Wainuiarua Trust chair Aiden Gilbert said he was “absolutely stoked” with the initial result. “It’s all part and parcel of us starting to stand up on our landscape.”

He said off the back of our Treaty settlement earlier in the year, there were other places in the region where Te Korowai O Wainuiarua was keen to do some more “housekeeping” and reinstate traditional or more accurate names.

In 1925, The Raetihi Chamber of Commerce suggested Waimarino County Council petition the Crown to change the name of the Waimarino railway station to help stop the mail of Raetihi from going missing.

Councillors agreed that there was confusion over the name and suggested that an application be made.

In April 1926, Railways Minister Joseph Gordon Coates agreed to change the name of the station to National Park Station and the name of the village followed over time, though was never officiated.

Submissions are also open for changing the name of the village’s railway station from National Park Station to Waimarino Railway Station.

Submissions can be made online, by email or by letter to the New Zealand Geographic Board via Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. The three-month consultation closes on 8 February 2024.

Pōkākā Eco-sanctuary Pest Control

In 2022, Uenuku Charitable Trust subsidiary Te Mano o te Whenua Tupua,  which works as the environmental arm of Uenuku Charitable Trust, was approved for Jobs for Nature – Mahi mō te Taiao Crown funding of $1,920,000 to launch our Pōkākā Ecosanctuary foundation Pest Management & Cultural Monitoring programme. This was set to create many jobs for our people over a three-year term

Shannon Richards, Stewart Reweti and Shea Tuffery

The Te Mano o te Whenua Tupua Chairman Don Robinson said the board are very happy with how the Pest Management & Cultural Monitoring programme is progressing.

 The Jobs for Nature programme helps revitalise communities through nature-based employment and stimulate the economy post-COVID-19. 

Recently our pest control team has had an overhaul with Lou Brider stepping in as Project Manager. Last week we welcomed a new Team Leader, Stewart Reweti and on Monday, Shea Teffery joined the team. Stewart has hit the ground running, ensuring safety protocols are followed, renovating a side building at the pest control sheds where staff meetings can be held in a warm and inviting space and securing rabbits to be used as bait for traps, something he said is both cost saving and more alluring to pests.

This project enabled us to get stuck into the first phase of the eco-sanctuary development – removing as many introduced pest animals and plants as possible. 

Target species include possums, rats, mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels), feral cats, rabbits, goats and wasps, along with weeds such as barberry, broom, gorse, lupins, wilding pines and willow.

Pōkākā Eco-sanctuary will not only work to restore the traditional habitats and bio-diverse forest resources our kaumātua talk of but, also support an urgent need for the breeding, reintroduction and conservation of our highly endangered, if not lost, local taonga species. 

Our Eco-sanctuary is an ambitious project but will be a way of generating sustained employment and revenue, while at the same time restoring a large tract of land which includes the Erua Wetlands on the western side of the Tongariro National Park.

Over time, the ongoing pest control of this site will establish the Pōkākā Eco-sanctuary as a secure habitat for taonga species, including several endangered orchids, North Island brown kiwi, pekepeka (bat) and yellow-crowned kākāriki, to live and breed.

Recovery of these species within the Pōkākā Eco-sanctuary will lay the foundations for ongoing ecosystem and species recovery across the wider central North Island region. Flocks of kererū and kākā, and breeding colonies of seabirds in particular, are all valued taonga in the historic forests and alpine habitats of Wainuiārua.

Shannon Richards

Their re-establishment would help habitat restoration and species reintroduction, which is integral to the return of lost species including kākāpō and tītī.

Although there have been many challenges to get to where we are today, the programme is now back on track, and we have the opportunity to provide mahi for the following employees:

  • Stewart Reweti – Team Leader
  • Shannon Richards – Field crew worker
  • Harley Gilbert – Field crew worker
  • Shea Tuffery – Field crew worker
  • Kristy Deadman – Field crew worker
  • Frantino Tonihi – Trainee field crew worker
  • Lou Brider – Senior Manager
  • Ariana Hawira – Project Manager
  • Jennifer Zampese – Finance/Office Administrator

Harley and Kristy have been with the programme since its inception in 2022. Their extensive knowledge, skills, capabilities and experience have been at the forefront, leading the charge for pest and weed control for the team.

New Team Leader Stewart Reweti pictured with a chest freezer full of rabbits he secured for trapping bait.

Shannon joined the team in August 2022, he is an experienced hunter-gatherer, and a highly skilled trapper. The team are fortunate to draw on Shannon’s practices, and traditions. He is regarded as a vital member of the team.

Frantino joined the team in June 2023. In his previous role, he worked in orchards and is used to working outside. He is confident working in a team environment and enjoys the challenges of being part of the Jobs for Nature team.

Shea is an experienced landscape technician, with skills in soft landscaping, hydroseeding, riparian and native planting. His Navy background has given him the skills to work as part of a tight-knit team. He is enthusiastic about his role as a Field Crew worker and enjoys sharing his skills and knowledge.

It is a pleasure to welcome Stewart Reweti as the new team leader. Stewart has hit the ground running and brings with him hunting, trapping, corrections and health and safety skills, which have enabled him to add a professional component and dynamic perspective to his role as team leader.

Lou, Ariana and Jennifer, together bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance, planning, administration, strategic and critical thinking, and computer and management skills that ensure the effective and efficient operations of the office administration side of Jobs for Nature.


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