26/ 2/ 2017

WEGC members inspect the area where the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme will be built.

The WEGC Grandmothers are working hard to protect the waterways of Aotearoa. The visit to the Dam area is for research & documentation purposes as they are actively supporting Forest & Bird.

Latest News regarding the the Dam here

Watch the Forest & Bird video regarding the building of the Ruataniwha Dam here


Hui Updates

Kia ora whanau, here is an update of the Waitaha Executive Grandmothers Council up coming hui:


  1. Ministry of Business

This Hui has been requested by the Ministry of Business who wish to speak with the Grandmothers Council. The Hui will be held in Whangarei on Friday 3rd March and location details will be listed as soon as we have them.

On request of the WEGC MP Marama Davidson will be attending.


2. Whanaungatanga Hui for North and South Island Waitaha Iwi members.

The WEGC have been granted a $3000 whanaungatanga fund from Te Puni Kokiri to go towards a hui for Waitaha Iwi members to come together and discuss their histories, whakapapa and stories. Tohunga Robin Whanga (Tainui) will be attending.

The fund does not fully cover a 3 day hui which will be held in Wellington (the half way point between North and South Island). Future fund raising will need to occur before the details can be finalised.


3. Fresh Water Inquiry Hui

WEGC have been asked by Woodward Law to participate and meet with a panel of 4 academics preparing a report for the Fresh Water Inquiry.

Dr Robert A. Joseph
Dr Valmaine Toki
Dr Andrew Erueti
Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie
Dr Carwen Jones (Peer Review)
Professor Jacinta Ruru (Peer Review)

Details have not as yet been finalised.


4. Hawaiian Grandmothers Tohunga Rongoa Hui

The first visit of the Tohunga Rongoa of Hawaii, at request of our Hawaiian representative Lelani Petranek the WEGC will be meeting at Earth Spirit, Bethells Beach Auckland.

Grandmother Lelani Petranek will be holding Rongoa hui throughout Aotearoa.



Nga mihi nui

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5/12/16 WEGC Submission for the Waitaha River

On Monday at 10.30am Waitaha Executive Grandmothers Council will be speaking to their submission against the Waitaha River Hydro Scheme. The hearing will be held at the Department of Conservation in Hokitika.

Here is a copy of the submission:


The submission was written by Executive Grandmother member Jane Mihingarangi Ruka, Legal Counsel Aimee Paterson & Claims Manager Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka.

Team: Waitaha ki Poneke!



UN Peace Day Address


A Waitaha Executive Grandmothers Council member attends the United Nations Peace Day address by George Troup former New Zealand ambassador to the Netherlands at the Beehive

On ‘Peace and Justice – The role of the legal institutions of the Hague in international affairs.’


The address covered the following topics


Prologue: Might is right?

Part 1: Why the Hague?

Part 2: Individual Institutions



International Court of Justice (ICJ)

Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

PRIME Finance



International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)


Track 2 (non-government)

Hague Conference on Private International Law

Hague Academy of International Law

The Hague International Model United Nations




Expert Claimant Witness: Dr Makere Stewart Harawira, Professor University of Alberta, Canada

WEGC asked Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka to beg her Aunty Dr Makere Stewart Harawira to consider presenting a Brief to support WAI 1940 as a claimant expert witness for the Water Inquiry WAI 1040.

This was a monumental request to fulfil given her already extremely busy schedule with University demands and academic writings.

Tena koe te Rangatira wahine toa Makere, he tangi ngakau aroha tenei kia koe.

Thank you so much for carrying this heavy load in such a small space of time.


Waitaha Executive Grandmothers Council & all future generations.

23/9/2016 – 25/9/2016

WEGC Brief Hui

Mahuri Marae, Taheke, Hokianga



Te Rungapu Ruka Te Korako

Annie Botcher

Miriama Solomon

Kathleen Ruka Tuhiwai

Grace Ruka Hart

Te Miringa Huriwai

Dianne Ruawhare

Jane Mihingarangi Ruka Te Korako


Dr Bryan Gilling

Aimee Paterson


Hone Mita Hohai

Milan Ruka

Joseph Kingi

Michael Harris

Next Generation & children: volunteer helpers to the Grandmothers

Toni Cherie

Phillip Gibbs

Megan Miru

Shane Miru

Vicky Ruka

Cat Ruka

Nukutawhiti Ruka

Michelle Kiriahi

Huia Kiriahi

Rhiannon Kaipo

Te Puhi Kana

Jake Atienza

Caroline Robinson

Warren Thompson

Ellen Haretau

Kamille Hood

Azeeba Tuhiwai

Maia Hood

Sophia Hood

Kiara Ruka

Lucia Ruka


Tairangi Ruka

Roman Miru

Summer Miru

Karena Kana

Kaharau Kana

It is with heart felt aroha that the Grandmothers were so fortunate to have the above members of the next generation present and willing to support and contribute to the development of the Brief WAI 1940. The Grandmothers listed above thank you with all our hearts and are profoundly grateful, for the intelligence and mana given to them by all of you. Thank you for the wonderful food and the company of our mokopuna and the kindness that you all showed to us. We will never forget you. Your Tupuna Whaea o Waitaha