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Incredible Years Programme

Incredible Years Programme

Ngāti Koata Trust is proud to be associated with Ngā Tau Mīharo | Incredible Years.

Incredible Years is a programme for parents, children and teachers to prevent and treat young children’s behaviour problems and promote their social, emotional and academic competence.

Interviews start on Friday 3 February, but referrals are open now.

Read below for an overview of the programme, or contact Huhana Hippolite-van Steeden for further information on email: huhana@ngatikoata.com or mobile: 0274888283


An Overview of the Incredible Years Parent Programme Details

General Aims/Goals:

  • Prevention of conduct behavioural problems.
  • Promotion of child social competence, emotional regulation, positive attributions, academic readiness and problem solving.
  • Improved parent-child interactions, building positive parent-child relationships and attachment, improved parental functioning, less harsh and more nurturing parenting, and increased parental social support and problem solving.

Programme in Action:

  • Each parent group session is 3 hours long and conducted at weekly intervals. Involves 2 trained group leaders with 14-18 participants.

Group Methods Include:

  • Discussions (small & large group).
  • Goal setting and problem solving.
  • Developing skills in positive self-talk.
  • Group brainstorming to identify social learning principles and effective behaviour management strategies.
  • DVD vignettes of parents, teachers and their children.
  • Role play practice or behavioural rehearsal.
  • Homework reading and practice.
  • Weekly/fortnightly leader phone calls to parents.

Resources Provided to Parents:

  • The Incredible Years book for each parent.
  • Folders with weekly hand-outs and home activities assignments.

Parent Program Content Includes:

  • Respect and understanding children and their developmental abilities, modelling social skills, child-directed play, balancing power, descriptive commenting, academic, social, emotion and persistence coaching, differential attention, ignoring, modelling principle, and having fun.
  • Having developmentally appropriate expectations for child-depending on child’s age, temperament and developmental abilities.
  • Positive parenting, controlling emotions and improving relationships, effective communication skills, family problem solving, enhancing children’s learning, anger management, and managing conflict.
  • Establishing rules, predictable routines and children’s responsibilities as well as ongoing monitoring and supporting children’s academic achievement through by coaching children’s homework and partnering with teachers.
Click on the link below for the Consent for Referral Form
Consent for Referral Form


Māori Education Trust Scholarships 2017

Māori Education Trust Scholarships 2017

The Māori Education Trust 2017 Scholarship Programme is now open and offers scholarships to Māori secondary and tertiary students who meet the respective scholarships’ criteria. Read below for more information from the Māori Education Trust…


The Scholarship Programme is made up of the following scholarships:


Secondary Scholarships

  • RJ Graham Scholarship
  • Rose Hellaby Scholarship
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship (open to secondary & tertiary students)
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Secondary Boarding Scholarship
  • VW & LM Rosier Scholarship


Tertiary Scholarships

  • Eric Hall McCormick Scholarship (Postgraduate)
  • Frances Irwin Hunt Art Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Nicholas Irwin Hunt Writing Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Norman Kirk Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Pae Tawhiti Scholarship (hard-copy application which can be located on the MET website)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Post-Graduate Fellowship (Postgraduate)
  • Rangiriri & Matene Te Whiwhi Winiata Scholarship (Postgraduate)
  • Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Bursaries Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Roy Watling Mitchell Prestigious Professions Scholarship (Postgraduate)
  • Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Sister Annie Henry Scholarship (open to secondary & tertiary students)
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Scholarship (Undergraduate)
  • Tī Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship (Postgraduate)


Certificates, National Certificates and Diplomas:

  • Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship


Secondary school students can apply online or download an application form from our website.  Secondary applications and supporting documentation must reach the Māori Education Trust by 4.30 pm, Friday, 24 Hui-tanguru (February) 2017.


While we encourage tertiary students to apply on-line (unless applying for a Pae Tawhiti Scholarship), forms can be located on the MET website.  The Pae Tawhiti Scholarship application can also be located on our website.   Tertiary applications and supporting documentation must reach the Māori Education Trust by 4.30 pm, 31 Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2017.


Click here for the tertiary scholarship flyer.

Click here for the secondary scholarship flyer.


The Māori Education Trust contact details are as follows:

Phone: 04 586 7971

Email info@maorieducation.org.nz

Website: www.maorieducation.org.nz

Matiria wins Gold!

Matiria wins Gold!

We received a lovely letter from Matiria Moleni yesterday about her recent successful choir trip. It is always a pleasure to assist our iwi members achieve their ambitions, and to receive an update on how they have done. Take the time to read this lovely letter…

To whom it may concern,

I would like to say a massive thank you for the iwi funding you gave me for my choir trip at the Australian International Music Festival (AIMF) in Sydney (July, 2016).

This was the first time that our choir had ever competed in such a big competition overseas but we managed to receive a Gold Award at this international festival, which was a huge achievement. During the week we performed in a range of venues like St Stephen’s Church, The City Recital Hall and the Town Hall but a big highlight for me was performing as the opening act of the Thursday night concert in the Sydney Opera House.

We performed a wide variety of repertoire at the festival, including ‘E ngā iwi’ as our Māori waiata where I had the opportunity to open with a karanga and lead the choir. It was also nice to being able to bring something from New Zealand to share at this well-renowned international competition.

Our choir was able to meet and work with a whole lot of different people throughout the trip. On the second day we had a workshop with one of the judges who helped us with polishing our pieces. We then combined with the other choirs to learn two songs for the final concert on Saturday night. All the schools came from China, America, Australia and we even had a few groups from New Zealand as well.

These were just a few highlights from my trip but I would just like to say again a huge THANK-YOU for the funding you provided. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without your support. It is very appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,

Matiria Moleni (Waikato Diocesan Choir)

Update Your Contact Details

Update Your Contact Details

We have roughly half of our registered beneficiaries’ current contact details. It seems our iwi are very mobile and move a lot! We also change our emails and phone numbers on a regular basis… So we are unable to contact and inform many of our iwi members. The Facebook page, the website and the monthly pānui emails are proving to be an effective means of communication, but not everyone has access to electronic communications. Please take the time to update your details by either ringing Kimiora on 03 5481639, emailing her directly on kimiora@ngatikoata.com or you can update your details via the website at www.ngatikoata.com/ngati-koata-online-membership. Kimi, Lorene and Greg have been working hard at updating our database.

He mihi nā Santana Mackey

He mihi nā Santana Mackey

Tēnā koutou e te iwi o Ngāti Koata,

He mihi nui ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko me āwhina ki ahau. It is with humble heart that I wish to acknowledge and thank Ngāti Koata for the Kaiapa Jack Kohe Scholarship that I recieved in May 2016 to assist me in my studies of a Bachelors in Social Sciences.

Ka nui te mihi!

Santana Mackey

Casey Rei’s Grand Tour of France, Italy and Greece

Casey Rei’s Grand Tour of France, Italy and Greece

Report to Ngati Koata Trust – 2016 Grand tour, Epsom Girls Grammar School, April 15 – May 6 2016

Personal statement

My trip to Europe was an amazing opportunity and I am extremely thankful for the kind and generous financial support provided by Ngati Koata Trust.  Without this support, the ability to get to Europe would have been that much harder.

I am proud to be able to whakapapa to an iwi that truly supports and encourages their rangatahi to succeed.

My experience in Europe

In April 2015, my school, Epsom Girls Grammar School, announced that a Grand Tour of Europe was being organised for year 12 and 13 Classical Studies students.   Mum and I attended meetings to gain more information about the trip and, during those meetings, I made the decision to commit to working hard and saving money to land me a spot on the Grand Tour. Over the 2015 summer holidays I worked as many hours as I could, at my part time job as a lifeguard, to save for the trip.  During the first term of school, I also worked four afternoons a week, after school, and most Saturdays and Sundays.  The trip would cost $9,000 (without spending money!) so it was quite a significant commitment.

When April 15th, 2016 finally arrived I was excited to see what the other side of the world had to offer in terms of culture, art and traditions. After our first flight we had a stopover in Shanghai, and were greeted by intense humidity and a whole new world of shopping and business. After our five hour stopover we jumped on a plane and flew 11 hours to our first European destination, Paris, France.

The weather in France was cold and a little rainy, because it was the beginning of spring, however the streets were just as crowded as they would be during summer and the weather didn’t deter people from joining long queues to visit world renowned art galleries and museums.

In France, we visited several museums including the Musee D’Orsay, which used to be a WW2 train station, The Louvre, which holds the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, and The Pompidou Centre.  My favourite place on the French leg of the Grand Tour was visiting Montmartre because the weather was absolutely beautiful and everywhere we turned there were endless art stores, cafes and markets which allowed us to enjoy the full French experience.

The next leg of the Grand Tour was Italy.  I had always dreamed of someday visiting Italy and walking along the cobblestone streets, looking at the vibrant buildings and bartering with the locals for souvenirs. During this part of our journey, we began to learn a lot more about sculpture and architecture as we visited historical sites such as The Arena Chapel, which had frescoes painted by Giotto adorning the interior, the Galleria Accademia, that held the famous sculpture of David sculpted by Michelangelo, The Colosseum and the Roman Forum, where ancient Roman emperors such as Augustus walked, and the resurrected ruins of Pompeii.

It is hard to say what my favourite part of the Italian leg was because everything was so full of life there. Rome was one of my favourite places to visit because of the endless sculptures scattered throughout the streets, and the ancient ruins being showcased and being so easily accessible to touch and walk on. I also really enjoyed Venice; I had seen photos of this beautiful sea town and dreamed of jumping on a gondola. The weather in Venice was very warm; all the streets looked the same so it was very easy to get lost, but we didn’t complain because it meant more time to take pictures and admire the beauty of the city.

Our last leg of the Grand Tour was in Athens, Greece. We viewed sculptures such as the Kritios Boy, the famous Erectheon Karyatids and architecture such as the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. These were all works I had studied in my year 12 Classical Studies course; and had developed a strong connection with after writing about them in my NCEA level 2 exams. The Greek culture was very easy going, and my favourite part was hopping on a ferry and travelling to the Greek island of Aegina. The Greek Island was so serene, it looked like a painting. Boats moored in the port, café’s lined the streets and the weather was beautiful. Aegina is supposedly where the world’s best pistachios are harvested so the majority of us walked away with bags of pistachios, pistachio butter…anything pistachio we bought. The food in Greece was very different, in comparison with French and Italian food. It was a lot fresher; more exotic fruit and salads rather than breads and pasta.  Greece was the shortest leg of the Tour but it was so surreal to stand in front of buildings and sculptures that I had previously studied.  Seeing these in real life and not just in text books simply blew me away.

I took a lot away from the Grand Tour, it taught me to appreciate the beauty of our own culture, and the importance of preserving Maori art, language and architecture as it is a part of New Zealand’s identity, just like the Parthenon for Greece preserved for centuries, the Eiffel tower preserved since 1887, and the Colosseum preserved since 70 AD. I would also like to thank my mum for helping me to go on this trip of a lifetime, it has truly been one of the best experiences of my life and I have come away with memories and friends that I will cherish forever.

Europe itinerary (April 15 – May 6, 2016)

April 15 – April 20, France

  • Paris: Notre Dame, Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tower,
  • Nimes: Nimes Theatre, Pont du Gard, Orange Theatre
  • Nice: overnight stay

April 21 – May 1, Italy

  • Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, St Mark’s Cathedral, Doges Palace
  • Florence: Arena Chapel Frescoes, Galleria Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, Duomo Cathedral, Duomo Museum
  • Pompeii/Naples/Sorrento
  • Rome: Hadrians Villa, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine, Ara Pacis, Vatican, Spanish steps, Pantheon

May 2 – May 6, Greece

  • Athens: National Archaeological Museum, Acropolis Museum, Acropolis (temple of Zeus), Mycenae, Napflion, Aegina, Temple of Aphaia


My academic priorities for 2016/2017

  • 2016 – successfully complete NCEA Level 3 to a high level
  • 2017 – to be accepted to study a conjoint degree of Law and Psychology at Auckland University