KARAKA - FOX WHANAU TRUST
Date - March 22nd
Venue - 11 Makaraka Rd, Makaraka,
Time - 10:00am
George & Barbara Clarke,
Rua & Rose Fox, Derna Heather, Douglas Fox, Sam Fox, Edith Hardgrave,
Charmayne & Nooroa TeAriki.
Kaura Fox, Hono Fox, Victor
Heather, Cliff Heather, Guy Fox, Harriette Tana, Moana Cowell.
Ken (Mahiti) Clarke.
Meeting was opened by
Douglas Fox at approximately 10:05am with a Karakia
Mihi & Acknowledgements:
This is the first meeting
of the new committee where all members (With the exception of the Chairman)
are of the Rangatahi (younger generation) and all mokopuna’s of Hoterene
te Ruha. Ka hao te Rangatahi.
The old net is cast
aside whilst the new net goes fishing.
This proverb ‘whakatauki’
refers to the replacement of the old generation, which focus on memories
and the teachings of the past with the younger generation of energetic
people with a vision to carry the legacy of the Porahu into the future.
Encouraging future generations
to pass on to their children the inherited teachings of our tipuna and
the tikanga’s, which enriches their mind and soul, linking them to
The main objective of this
committee is to begin the hand-over process of the Porahu and all the
interest of Hoterene Karaka from the first generation to the second
Too often old people pass on
and leave behind a vacuum of mystery, uncertainty and sadly taking with
them the Mana and knowledge that should have been passed down
(Mana Tukuiho). This process takes time
and require some degree of documentation and wanangas.
- Matters arising
from the minutes:
- Election of Office
Douglas Fox proposed
that George Clarke be elected as chairperson along with the blessings
of Uncle June.
Derna Heather seconded
George Clarke proposed
that Victor Heather be elected as Vice Chair. George also acknowledged
the importance of having Victor entrusted as Chairperson in case anything
happens to him.
Douglas Fox seconded
George Clarke proposed
Charmayne Teariki be elected as Secretary.
Douglas Fox & Edith Hardgrave
seconded the motion.
George Clarke proposed
Sam Fox be elected as Treasurer to the new committee and continue the
excellent work he has done.
Derna Heather & Douglas
Fox seconded the motion.
George Clarke proposed
a motion that each first-generation family member is to be represented
on the newly formed committee.
The nomination of these office
bearers shall be the responsibility of each first generation family
member or where the first generation member is deceased, family members
of that person shall nominate their representative.
Iharaira Joseph Fox = Sam Fox
Fox = Hono Fox
Tana = Edith Hardgrave
Fox = Jaye Allen Fox
Fox = Guy Fox
Fox = Isaiah Fox
Heather = Victor Heather
Fox = Loren Fox
Clarke Fox = Bradley Clarke
Clarke Fox = Alison Clarke
Derna Heather, Douglas Fox
& Rua Fox seconded the motion.
- Financial Statement:
- Sam Fox submitted
a financial report with regards to the Porahu Family Reunion 1999/2000
account, as at 2008. Copies were handed out to all present.
Also for those who have email access this can be viewed in full as an
inserted email attachment. A general overview is as follows:
balance as at January 2007 = $5618.14
by Rua Fox = $1510.00
by Char Teariki = $ 590.00
Withdrawls made for Rates for
of Feb, May, Aug & Dec
2007 & Jan 2008
plus bank fees and borrowed
funds = $4035.63
Closing balance as at 29th
February 2008 = $3682.51
- Whanau that have
paid contributions in full and in credit are as follows:
Joseph Clarke Fox Whanau
Merearihi Tana Whanau
George Clarke Whanau
Derna Heather Whanau
Mahiti Clarke Whanau
- Outstanding contributions
for 2007 are due.
are $10 weekly or $520 annually.
As previously stated the Committee
affirm the need to encourage everyone to contribute to the PorahuWhanau
Trust. If Joseph Fox paid $520 then this also covers his children
and mokopuna. To reaffirm, payments can be made to the following
Porahu Family Reunion 1999/2000
BNZ 02 1636 0109271 00
The above account number is
also highlighted on http://www.porahu.com/ and can be located under the 2008
messages at Sam-Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008. Deposit forms are also
available from Sam upon request.
- Derna asked does
the year 1999/2000 matter and do we need to change it? Sam advised
that there was no need as it is included as part of the name Porahu
Family Reunion only.
- Hoterene Karaka
Fox Whanau Trust account balance to date is: $790.30.
(Money in this account is from dividends payed from land and it can
be expended to pay land rates for the Porahu Homestead).
Account No.2 is the Porahu
Family Reunion 1999/2000 account. This account has a to-date balance
- Sam advised that
another signature would need to be validated to the PFR account to replace
Proposed: George Clarke
Seconded: Sam Fox
That Edith and Bino be signatories
as well as Sam. Any lending from the Trust must meet with Trust requirements
this applies to first consultation with lender and committee board members.
All committee members are to
be advised in the first instance if any monies are to be withdrawn.
All were in favour of this motion.
Seconded: Derna Heather
& those present
That all are in favour of the
- Strategies for
- Douglas Fox proposed
a suggestion to make the Porahu a papa kae-nga and that it could alleviate
or nullify the cost of rates on Porahu. George said that the majority
would not agree with a papa kae-nga. But that he would research more
into this viewpoint.
Sam suggested we run a combination
lotto on a regular basis.
Bino suggested the dividends
that come from any of our lands that the money be used for the Porahu
rates and for the purpose of (Building eg. sheds etc & up-keep of
the Porahu homestead). Douglas said that if any divies is paid
out to those of 65 years or over that it goes back into our trust account.
Rua (Our tuakana) agreed.
Derna requested a copy of the
documentation that states the facts of when you turn 65 you receive
dividends. Douglas said that it is mandatory you get it regardless.
Rua shall attend the next Waiomatatini
Annual General meeting where he is to verify this.
- Short Term Plans:
- The sleep-out
is a must.
Proposed: Douglas Fox
Seconded: George Fox
Douglas motioned that the sleepout
be built. George stated that it is number one priority.
Quotes from Sam on building
materials: Timu Timbers in Gisborne quoted $7060.
George reiterated that the
building process would begin from the month of December 2008 through
to February 2009. A working Bee has been established. Sam
Fox & Tony Hardgrave will be responsible for ensuring the materials
are transported from Gisborne to Mahanga Woolshed and to the Porahu
Homestead by January 2009.
Bino, Joe Heather (if available)
Nooroa and William Fox to build sleepout along with Kaura and Rua to
provide labouring support for the builders. Project to commence
Monday the 2nd of February 2009.
Completion expected by Saturday
the 7th of February.
Bino will stay on a few more
days to ensure the lock-up stage of the project is complete.
Any financial assistance from
other members of the Porahu whanau towards the project would be appreciated.
The sleepout location will be established on the right side of homestead.
Plan is solid said Bino with accommodations for extra windows etc.
Edith & Charmayne will be available as coast-to-coast runners should
any supplies in Gisborne be needed.
- Bridge at Makawakawa:
Proposed: George Clarke
Seconded: Rua Fox
Bino will seek membership on
the committee board of Mahanga 438 Trust.
Alternatively one of the whanau
will put forward a vote to nominate Bino on to the board of members
of Mahanga 438 Trust. This is very relevant to the Porahu’s
interests and future and we must have a representative from Porahu on
the Mahanga Trust. If elected, Bino and Victor will attend those
meetings as they come to hand. Douglas said for all the whanau
to support and attend the Mahanga fourth coming Annual General meeting.
It is envisaged that Taurawharonga (Maraehara)
Station will merge with Mahanga and under one Manager. Douglas will
let us know when that meeting comes up and Derna said that we would
John’s wishes were to have
a bridge built over Makawakawa and Bino laid emphasis on bringing John’s
wishes to life. Building of the bridge will be the second week
of February 2009.
Morris Rickard has offered
to build our bridge. If we get on Mahanga committee then we can
half the cost of the bridge.
- Issues Relating
to the Porahu Homestead:
- Upkeep of the homestead:
All agreed that we need to encourage whanau to help out more with the
maintainence of the Porahu. Sam urged that we are responsible
for making sure we bring our whanau back to the Porahu. Bino raised
the question if there were any suggestions on where to go from here
in terms of taking over Kaura’s role due to his health. Charmayne
pointed out what of Uncle Mahiti’s position as far as returning home
anytime soon as he would be the most likely person to maintain the upkeep
of the Porahu. However he is unsure of his position at this present
time. Bino maintained that we would bring this discussion up at
- Land Issues for
- The Flats, 4
Douglas said that the rates
for the flats are very costly and that time does not favour us yet.
He also suggested leasing the flats to Mahanga where they can better
manage the rates until we sort something out. Derna suggested
finding out how much of an exact figure are the rates on the flats before
going ahead to decide anything. Until we find out exactly how much the
rates are we should request for Mahanga to lease the flats. At
present we don’t pay any rates. Mahanga 438 Trust can utilise
it, as we have no use for it at this time. A verbal agreement
was made between Hune & Gordon but as to the details we are unsure
of them other than nothing has gone to court yet. Rua will research
and get back to us.
The return of Nanny Waimatao’s
photo to the Whareponga Marae (Her papa-kaenga) Hune has written a document
on the life of Nanny Waimatao emphasising her whakapapa, history and
connection to whareponga. Bino read out a letter he was sending
to the head of the Reedy whanau (Selwyn Parata), which clarifies
our connection to Whareponga (An extract from Hune’s report
will accompany the letter).
- Protocol or the
Law of Tapu on Urupa’s:
Bino has documented the protocols
on the law of Tapu which can be found on porahu.coms website.
Please study it and teach your children it so that they can pass it
on to their children and so on. (Mate Maori or Mate Porangi
“Mental illness” often occurs when there is a breach of the law
- Hopa Hemara Tukairangi’s
Update from Bino on the history.
Hopa and Nanny Waimatao were very close. Bino stated that they
could very well be either first cousins or half brother/sister, although
proof on this is very sketchy.
Hopa Hemara won half of the
Maraehara (Directly opposite the Porahu) through a ballot.
Bino wants to establish who Nanny Waimatao’s mother was and has asked
Caren to help through the courts and Douglas through his knowledge of
whakapapa gathering. We are powerless to proceed on this case
without this information. He said that if we can find the link
between Waimatao and Hopa then we could through (Nga uri a Hopa) establish
the right to that land across the Maraehara River from Porahu.
(Old Tipene Ngata and Kui Ngata of Maraehara have often said that we
of the porahu are the only close relation of Hopa).
The Tibbles who currently occupy Maraehara are the caretaker of that
land at present. Bino reaffirmed the strong ties between Maraehara
& Porahu and why it is important for this issue to be resolved.
The Tibbles have aired their concern about our family finding our link
- Harataunga Kennedy’s
must go to Cliff for his thorough research on Harataunga.
Well done Cliff!
In brief, Cliff’s research
tells us that the whanau trust has a total of 1.15 shares in Kennedy
Bay and there is another 40 shares listed as Hoterene Karaka Jnr.
The Land Court has no other details about Hoterene Karaka Jnr but we
are certain that it is our Grandfather. The next step is to succeed
the 40 shares and merge it with the 1.15 shares that the family currently
have. That will give us a major stake in that area. An application
from the Land Court called ‘Succession of Interest’
needs to be submitted before April the 18th and will be heard
in Court at the end of May.
Sam, Cliff and Charmayne shall
liaise with Caren to have all this land succeeded.
Details about our Grandfather
will need to be accurate mainly his whakapapa. This then will
allow us to merge the two lots together giving us 41.15 shares.
This equates to approximately 21 acres of land being 2 acres each for
the 10 children of Hoterene and Mei Karaka Fox. Mum and I will
visit the Land Court in Hamilton on Monday to search through their books.
Hamilton holds all the record books as this courts computer database
only extends to 1971. We need to go back further.
In depth information can also
be read from Cliffs brief, ‘Harataunga Kennedy Bay, Coromandel’.
Make sure you all read it, in Cliffs words; “the history and
the knowledge will never ever be lost”.
- Douglas will research
if there were any dividends paid out to Heneriata Karaka, Himiona Tinotahi
and Hoterene Karaka. Coromandel shares have not been succeeded. Moneys
from successions will go into our Hoterene Karaka account and utilised
in the up-keep of the Porahu homestead and pay rates.
- Long Term Plans:
- Bino recommended
that a website message be posted on porahu.com with regards to the younger
generation. We need their comments and their feedback about
where do they see the Porahu in 10 years time!
- General Business:
- Douglas emphasised
that the general rubbish and wrecks around the homestead are very bad
and makes our kaenga look untidy. He said to take it to TikiTiki
or have the bulldozer come and dig a pit for the rubbish and then have
it covered over. We will ask Morris Rickard for the use of his
bulldozer next time he is in the area. It was agreed upon that
NO MORE WRECKS be taken to the Porahu. Doug said; we need
to beautify the homestead and not make it a dump.
8.2 Doug pointed out that the gum trees that have fallen by fenceline
need to be cut up and fenceline
restored. All other tree
felling to be cut up for firewood. Bino said that the gum has
for the bridge.
8.3 Charmayne suggested a sturdy
garden shed be erected close to the cemetary to house all the tools,
vases etc that are used at the cemetary so that nothing goes back to
& Nooroa to donate a garden shed. Bino would like artificial
grass as a permanent fixture
the urupa. This has a 4 to 5 year life span and can be replaced
every 5th year. Nooroa can purchase
grass at a discount price through a relative. All agreed.
8.4 Edith said to thank Kaura
for his upkeep of the Porahu.
8.5 Derna suggested a letter
be sent to those owing monies to the Trust and the subscriptions reviewed.
to decide what action to take.
8.6 Sam reiterated the need
to take our children back to the Porahu, as this is very important.
That as hard
as it is to get our young adults
to go the responsibility is on the parents to make sure that this happens.
A good example is that of William
Fox who took all his family, children & mokopunas back to Porahu
at Christmas time.
- Next Whanau Reunion:
Bino suggested next reunion
be in 2015 because our grandfather Hoterene Karaka came to Porahu 100
years ago. Doug suggested having it at the same time as the Jose
Reunion in 2009 but Bino said that it would be difficult, as we will
be hosting our Jose whanau from Spain and our commitment is to them.
- Bino requested that
every whanau email address be provided to the Committee Executives.
- Date of next
and agenda to be advised as the time draws near.
closed with Karakia by Douglas Fox.
by Charmayne Te Ariki
proof read by
Clarke - Chairman
he tangata. Toitu he whenua”
on. Land remains”