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Every year we look forward to seeing owners returning to their ancestral homelands in Motueka. We are excited to invite our whānau and the descendants of the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust, to join us for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Trust on 27 – 29 April in Motueka.

The weekend is an opportunity to reconnect, learn and celebrate with the whānau, stay on the marae, share your stories and ideas, and enjoy great kai!

Registrations are now open, so make sure you secure your place at Ohu Maatu 2018.

We have a weekend packed full of activities, as well as the most important part of Ohu Maatu, the hui-ā-tau (annual general meeting). We are looking forward to a great weekend full of activities. For more information on what we’ve got planned, have a look at our programme here.


Activities for the whole whānau
Events kick off on the Friday with a pōwhiri at Te Āwhina marae followed by kai. It is always a happy occasion where we reconnect with each other and welcome any whānau coming home for the first time.

On Saturday morning at dawn, we will gather at Raumanuka Reserve  for the blessing of an interpretation panel that celebrates our connection to our lands.

We will continue the day with breakfast and then a hikoi around our homelands. Each year we visit special places in the rohe, to share the kōrero of our heke, whenua, and tūpuna. Some of the places we visit include the Riuwaka Resurgence and Te Uma.

After a morning of celebrations, we will gather for the hui-ā-tau (our annual general meeting).

Te hui-ā-tau
The most important part of the weekend is the hui-ā-tau, where registered owners gather to address the governance requirements of the Trust. It’s a chance for you to have your say, and to ensure your whānau is represented and connected with the business activities of the Trust.

As with last year, we’ll be having a live-stream of the hui-ā-tau, so any registered member that cannot attend in person, can still be involved in the decisions from across the country.

Kapa haka wānanga
During our morning celebrations and AGM, there will be a kapa haka workshop for tamariki and rangatahi. Here they can learn some of the waiata and later perform at the gala dinner.

We are looking forward to an exciting weekend where we can reconnect with our whānau, learn more about the kōrero of the Trust, and celebrate the past 25 years.

Make sure you register before 6 April 2018. You can register for Ohu Maatu here, or email

Registrations and accurate numbers makes it easier for us to plan the weekend.