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Stephen Arthur Stoney

stoneyBorn: 2 May 1969, Napier

Ko Aorangi awarua taku Maunga,
Ko Rangitikei raua ko Moawhango aku awa.
Ko Ngati Tamakopiri,
Ko Ngati Whitikaupeka,
Ko Ngati Paki,
Ko Ngati Hauiti nga Hapu.
Ko Steven Stoney taku ingoa, Tena Koutou, Tena koutou.


Whanau Ora/Rangatahi


He mihi nui tenei ki te iwi  o Mokai Patea, na koutou te reo karanga, kia uru mai te mokopuna nei ki te turanga hou, i te Aorangi Awarua. Tu te ihiihi, Tu wehiwehi, Tu tewanawana, Tihei Maori ora!

Action Taken:

The past year has been a challenge for me physically and mentally.  I have worked really hard, to learn all I can about the Trust and the different portfolios, so that I can get an understanding for myself.

Pest Control

I have assisted Tama with the Pest Control on the Aorangi, on the Makirikiri Stoat Line and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I have done these 3 times now.  I am now confident to be able to take a group of whanau/volunteers/clients etc out to learn about Pest Control with Tama’s support.

Hut Maintenance

I have been fortunate to assist Peter Steedman in helping with Hut Maintenance, and track maintenance and supplying resources for the Makirikiri Hut, Bivy Hut and new hut in the Narrows.  My wife and I also helped to build the new hut at The Narrows.

It was suggested, “the Narrows would be a potential whanau ora block, as it has access and a more sustainable environment for tangata whenua to visit and stay.

Ecological Monitoring

My wife and I, supported, Jenny and Adelle, by attending the Whio Protection Annual General meeting held at the Pohangina Valley, Ashurst.

This year,  the Ecological Team, Jenny and Adelle were unavailable to go on a Whio Trip, So I put volunteered to go on behalf  the Trust, to go on a 4 day trip to Kokopunui Lake, Mangatera, Waikitore, Tupato Streams in the Ruahine area.  Assisting in the Whio Blue Duck count with the Department of Conservation, learning about how important our Native wildlife are on and around Aorangi Awarua and all other surrounding blocks.  I learnt a lot of knowledge from Stephen Robson and Andrew Glazer native bird experts from department of conservation.my goal is to support all portfolio to the matters of eco conservation marine biology bio security, to the land as a kaitiakitanga.

Outcome - Strategies

Thus, far in my journey as a trustee, I believe that Whanau ora/Rangatahi Portfolio, is within each of the portfolio’s and I see a need to have more whanau involvement on the land and work within each of the Portfolio’s, supporting or connecting whanau to help Leaders.  Implementing Whanau/Rangatahi as kai awhina, where possible.

We would like to protect our taonga tuku Iho. Allowing rangatahi /mokopuna to establish their identity to the whenua, engaging in Te reo me ona tikanga principles.  Eg. Native tree restoration, Manuka/Kanuka Honey, Wananga etc

It is important we have Wanganga scheduled throughout the year.  Access is essential (turangawaewae) and building all the necessary infrastructures, are learning tools for whanau ora revitalization. (Tikanga) Once all our tikanga is in place, we can therefore practice our Kaitiakitanga.

Potential Business ventures

Potential to have Whanau/Rangatahi trained to do the following:

  • Ranatahi to help with Track Maintenance and Hut Maintainace.
  • Training tangata whenua as guides and take tourists on eco tours in the near future, sustainability.
  • Learning the tikanga of Tane, and his many lores. He whare Wananga, he whare korero mo nga uru.