2021 Education Grant

Te Ātiawa 2021 Education Grant is now open for application by registered members. Please email whakapapa@teatiawatrust.co.nz or telephone 0800 284 292 to apply for an application form or to check your registration status. Closing date for applications is 5.00pm Saturday 31st July 2021.

Board of Trustees


Rita Powick

Rita Powick

Ko Arapaoa te moutere tapu

Ko Piripiri te mounga

Ko Te Weranga o Waitohi te awa

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Te Ātiawa te iwi

Ko Puketapu, Ngāti Komako, Ngāti Rāhiri

rātou ko Ngāti Te Whiti ngā hapū

Ko Waikawa te marae

Tihei Mauri Ora!

 

E ngā uri whakaheke o Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui, e aku iti, e aku rahi, nei rā te mihi.

I descend from Rihari Tahuaroa/Roka Pawau, Hokipera Pehimana/Tamati Whanganui, Mere Ruru Te Hikanui/Te Pukahu, Eruiti Te Manukapanganui/Aramainana and Rangi Matangi/Mihirāwhiti Pata.

Raised by my grandparents; Pika (nee Tamati) and James Matangi, and my mum, Rita Matangi; I’m proud to have grown up amongst strong, loving Waikawa Pā whānau. My upbringing shapes my belief in the importance of whānau strength and cultural identity.

My husband Tom and I live in Waitohi/Picton. We have 3 awesome children – our son Rangi & partner Becs in Auckland, our son Brad in Christchurch and our daughter Kiri, son-in law Scott and our 2 treasured mokopuna Te Ahupō and Aramainana in Taranaki.

I’ve worked within, and held governance positions on, national, regional, iwi, marae and Māori driven organisations. My Māori and English medium teaching career helps fire my personal passion for te reo Māori and our indigeneity.

I support greater inclusion of iwi voice in our iwi developments. I encourage sound, forward-thinking initiatives to achieve our aspirations for current and future generations. I relish our increased affirmation of our place and influence on the landscape. I believe in iwi trustees leading by example.

My priorities:

  • Fostering links amongst ourselves as iwi, across Te Ātiawa marae in Te Tauihu, with our Te Ātiawa kin in Wellington/Waikanae/Taranaki – to strengthen whakapapa ties, reo and tikanga practice, history and heritage protection and our Te Ātiawatanga. 
  • Developing initiatives and partnering with others - for improved health, housing, environment, education, training, employment and commercial outcomes that benefit iwi

I am humbly privileged to serve as an iwi trustee.

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