Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

E nga mana e nga uri o ratou ma e mihi atu nei kia tatou katoa i tui tuia kia kotahi i roto i te hapu o Ruapuha Uekaha ki Waitomo.

Greetings to the powers that be and the descendants of the ancestors that combine us as one under the mantel of Ruapuha Uekaha Hapu Trust.

This website is a place for whanau to come and keep in touch with what is taking place with the Hapu Trust. It is also a place to learn about the history of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, its surrounding wahi tapu as well as a portal for those wishing to learn about their whakapapa.

Located in the Gallery are photographs from the Kaumatua Balls and if you look closely you might find your mother, father, nanny or koro. They are truly wonderful pictures kindly put together for the Trust by Lynn Green.

Many thanks are also extended to Tourism Holdings Limited and Harry Docherty for allowing us the use of their images on this website.

Other features include the story of Te Pou Pou A Tane Mahuta carved by Maniapoto carvers under the supervision of Tutunui Te Kanawa, links to You Tube to view videos of events that have taken place at the Caves and a registration page for those wishing to register or update details.

Josephine AndersonSo if you have the time, have a good look around the site, let other whanau know about it and I hope you enjoy its content.

Nga mihi ki a koutou

Na Josephine Anderson

Ruapuha Uekaha Hapu Trust

Established in 1990 the Ruapuha Uekaha Hapu Trust is charged with the responsibility of managing the Trust’s assets to benefit the people it serves by increasing their opportunities in life and by strengthening their hapu identity.

It must also safeguard the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to ensure that it provides for the generations yet to come.

Building a strong and sustainable organisation is essential to achieving these goals.

View the latest Tomokia Issue 8
- October 2016.

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In this issue of Tomokia

  • RUHT Annual General Meeting
  • New Trust Order Approved
  • Education Grants Round for 2017
  • Online Database

View the latest Issue, October 2016 »

Corporate Documents

Corporate Documents

Our vision, our mission, our values and our goal.

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Our History

Our History

Read Bruce Stirling's report on the compulsory acquisition of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in the early 1900's and the Wai 51 claim that saw the Caves returned to the Ruapuha Uekaha Hapu Trust in 1990.

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Our Gallery


View a timeline of our people and places.

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