Kia ora whānau,

You might remember that in late 2017 Whai Rawa started investigating the possibility of a Ngāi Tahu Whai Rawa KiwiSaver product and offering additional risk funds with ‘Investor Choice’. Following extensive research, Te Rūnanga are progressing ‘Investor Choice’, however the potential KiwiSaver is on hold for now and will not be developed in the immediate future.

Whai Rawa Fund Limited are currently working with potential providers to achieve ‘Investor Choice’ for Whai Rawa members and we look forward to updating you on that outcome later in the year.

Kia ora to everyone who participated in our research – tū meke! We are always looking at ways to enhance the Whai Rawa programme for Ngāi Tahu whānau so if you have any feedback, please touch base with us, we’d love to hear from you!

Nā – the Whai Rawa tīma

Kia ora e te whānau!

Welcome to our new Whai Rawa newsletter – a roundup of everything that is going on around the motu and beyond!

Click below to download (5MB).

 Nā, te tīma Whai Rawa


Kia ora whānau

The 2017-2018 financial year PIE tax debits are showing in accounts for the 31st March 2018. Aroha mai, unfortunately, the debits have been coded as a ‘Special WD’ (also known as a Special Withdrawal), when it should read ‘PIE tax’. Please accept our apologies for this IT error. We’re obtaining a new file with the PIE tax debits of 31st March 2018 recoded. They should read correctly in accounts by 5th May 2018. Thanks for your patience.

Whai Rawa are coming to Kaikōura! from Whai Rawa on Vimeo.

Friday 28 July

Saturday 29 July
9am – 12pm

Whai Rawa Programme Advisor, Thomas Horton is hosting two sessions for whānau to help you understand how to get the most benefits from your Whai Rawa account. We want to hear your whakaaro (thoughts) about Whai Rawa, how you think we can improve our programme and discuss any barriers to saving that may exist for whānau.

Thomas will be available to assist whānau to register with Ngāi Tahu, join Whai Rawa and discuss other iwi-based initiatives that could benefit you!

So come and join us for kōrero and kai and enter the draw to win a Whai Rawa hākete (jacket).

Other spot prizes will also be available for tamariki!

Kā hua o te Kahuru Whai Rawa – celebrating 10 years of success! It’s the Whai Rawa 10-year anniversary and if you’re a Whai Rawa member*, you’re in the prize draw to win some cool prizes. 10 yr poster wh rawa red 13-14 - TPR - FINAL

Whai Rawa has grown considerably in the 10 years of operation, with the first member admitted back in September 2006 and now has more than 22,000 members. Together our members have more than $53M in the fund. To-date more than 2,000 members have collectively used more than $5M in Whai Rawa savings to access tertiary education, home ownership and greater comfort in retirement.

As a Whai Rawa member, you are already in the draw to win some great prizes.

Click on the picture to find out more about the prizes.

Between July and September 2016 Whai Rawa will draw prizes for:

–  10 x $100 Whai Rawa cash vouchers (to be deposited into a Whai Rawa account of your choice)

–  5  x iPad mini’s

– 2 x Pounamu (to the value of $250 each)

–  A whānau weekend in Queenstown, including NZ-based internal flights, accommodation, rental car, dinner voucher and whānau pass to Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Shotover Jet (2 x adults and up to 2 x tamariki)

– A whānau weekend in Rotorua, including NZ-based internal flights, accommodation, rental car, dinner voucher and whānau pass to Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome (2 x adults and up to 2 x tamariki)


All Whai Rawa members* are automatically in the draw to win! Stay tuned to TahuFM or follow Whai Rawa on Facebook to find out more about the prize draw.

*’Whai Rawa 10th birthday prize draw terms and conditions‘.

The year ending 31 March 2016 has been another great year for Whai Rawa.

Highlights for the year included the growth in total member funds from $44m to $52m and a return of 5.24% (before PIE tax).

Please check your fund’s progress recorded in the statements, including the individual reports from the Whai Rawa Chair, Kristen Kohere-Soutar and Te Rūnanga Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon.

The 2016 Whai Rawa annual report  also highlights Whai Rawa Board Director profiles.

Click on the link above or contact us for a hard copy.

The year ending 31 March 2015 has been another great year for Whai Rawa. 

Highlights for the year included the growth in total member funds from $35m to $44m, a return of 9.48% (before PIE tax).

Please take time to read the individual reports from the incoming Whai Rawa Chair, Kristen Kohere-Soutar, our outgoing Chair Diana Crossan and Te Rūnanga Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon.

The annual report also tells the stories of some Whai Rawa members and their Whai Rawa savings successes .  These profiles and more can also be found on our website,  whānau stories page.

Click on the cover picture to check out the annual report now or contact us for a hard copy.

Kia ora Whai Rawa members

You may be aware that some members have received a Whai Rawa statement in electronic format – via an email. Please note that if we have an email address for you, you would have been sent a secure link to the statement to view it or download it it electronically. If you want a paper copy of of your statement and don’t have access to a printer, we can print one off and post it to you.

Just click this link to complete a form and order a copy.

If you’re joining up yourself, your tamariki or mokopuna with Whai Rawa while you’re at Te Matatini we’ll enter you in the draw to win a brand new Huawei Ideos X3 Smartphone – it comes with Te Reo Māori options!

Full terms and conditions on this link. TM2015 Smartphone Prize Draw

Adults, please be sure to bring original documents for identification and proof of address so we can make verified copies (child members not required to be identified, and use the adults documents who sign them in). Investment Statement available at Te Matatini or at

These are needed because of legislation that affects all joining members. Or if you join up online while at Te Matatini 2015, let us know with a quick email to [email protected] so we can put you in the draw.

(We’ll even throw in one of our Whai Rawa phone stands!)

The latest scam to hit the news involves overpriced online learning programmes. It’s been effective with some whānau because it has targeted the real desire of parents to help their children succeed in education and therefore have better chances in life.

Fortunately there are plenty of ways you can enhance the learning of your tamariki and mokopuna outside of school. In addition to the Out of School Tuition funding for registered Ngāi Tahu 8-18 year olds, there are many other free or affordable online resources to assist.

Grants & Scholarships-01First up some UK sites that are worth looking at with most activities not UK specific. Topmarks is a website with lots of free learning resources and games for various ages. Mathszone has lots of maths games worth trying.

Study Ladder is an international resource used (according to its website) by thousands of schools, in NZ and many more around the world. It gives rewards for completing learning activities that can then be used on the website to complete fun activities which works well for lots of tamariki. It can be used at home either in conjunction with school use or separately. There is a limited free use option (3 activities per day) or full paid access.

3plearning is the home of Mathletics and other well-known learning resources that allow you to track the progress of your tamariki. You can trial these for free. Subscriptions for ongoing use are normally$99 for Mathletics and $50 for Spellodrome.

If you are looking for some smartphone and tablet apps for your tamariki to play some maths games, these are some of the best although they mostly have a small cost so here’s some great free ones.

For those at secondary school there are some sites that can help. Te Kete Ipurangi is primarily a resource for schools however it does have lots of resources in both Māori and English medium including some specifically targeted towards whānau such as this one on maths. It also has links to support networks and resources for learners with different needs on its Community page. NCEA Learn Me has NCEA study guides available from $30 per subject.

Here are some other useful sites worth looking at that can help with schooling.

What can work for your whānau? Kōrero mai.