At our AGM this year and during previous Te Rangihīroa celebrations, Otago University have been progressing the design and development of a new Te Rangihīroa College in Dunedin, which has five (5) floors and four (4) wings per floor with a total of 450 rooms, making it at least 4 times the size of the current college.
Toward the end of 2022 a small group ventured to Dunedin to ceremonially close the current Te Rangihīroa College and to remove the taonga for storage at a nearby location. Discussions on the opening of the new college took place and 27 October 2023 was confirmed as the date for the ceremonial opening of the new college.
This provides us with an opportunity to visit other places of importance for our people in the Dunedin area. Therefore, we are planning a Three (3) day trip to Dunedin arriving on Wednesday 25 October and departing Friday 27th October.
Whānau who want to be apart of this kaupapa will need to arrange their own travel to and from Dunedin. However, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga will be supporting each individual whānau member (including children over 2yrs old) who would like to be a part of this kaupapa with a subsidy for the travel. The accommodation, catering, and group travel while we are in Dunedin will be paid by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga. Therefore, the only cost to whānau are any incidental costs and the cost to get to and from Dunedin over and above the subsidy.
Due to accommodation limits we are aiming for a maximum of 100 people to be a part of this kaupapa. This is more for transport, accommodation and catering purposes and does not include whanau who live in Dunedin. If we have more than 100 registrations, we may need to go through an exercise of reducing that number to remain within the maximum attendees.
To be eligible for the travel subsidy whānau will need to complete a travel subsidy form. Which is linked below. The travel subsidy will be paid to whānau after the conclusion of the haerenga. Whānau who live within 150km of Dunedin do not qualify for a travel subsidy as indicated in the Map below. Travel Subsidy Map
If you are interested in being a part of this kaupapa we ask that you register your interest. To ensure that we have details for each person we ask that each individual attending registers using the link below. Important to be aware that registrations for this kaupapa will close off on 18th August 2023.
Further information will be sent out to those who have registered as we near closer to October 2023. Should you have any queries please send those by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to respond to them in a timely manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the accommodation?
Accommodation is at Ōtākou Marae. 25 Tamatea Road, Portobello, Ōtākou, 53 kilometers from the airport, hour travel via car.
Do I need to bring blankets?
Yes, as it is at a Marae you will need to bring bedding.
What time is the Pōwhiri?
At present it will be scheduled pending on flights landing, we are looking at 2pm Pōwhiri subject to change.
When will the subsidy be paid?
Subsidy will be paid after the trip, and you have completed the subsidy application. (Subsidy meaning partial payment)
Do my Tamariki qualify for the subsidy?
Yes, if they are over 2 years of age.
Can I complete my subsidy application before the trip?
Yes, if you fill in the application, and upload travel costs and bank account information. (Note payments will be processed after the trip)
How can I check if I am registered as a Uri of Ngāti Mutunga Iwi?
Ring the Ngāti Mutunga office 06 752 3247.
Can I register other whanau members under my name for the trip?
No, you must register them under their own name and details.