Pātaka: Provision of Fish and Kaimoana

What is the Pātaka?

In 2010 the Whanganui Iwi commercial fisheries MIO (Mandated Iwi Organisation), Te Whiringa Muka Trust, implemented a policy - commonly referred to as the ‘Pātaka’ - for the provision of fish and kaimoana for tangihanga and significant iwi and hapū events. With the passing of the Te Awa Tupua Act, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust (the Trust) has become the commercial fisheries MIO. The Trust is pleased to continue to support the Pātaka policy for the benefit of the Iwi, hapū, and whnau of Whanganui.

What kaupapa are eligible for Pātaka support?

As has been the case since 2010, the Pātaka can be accessed by all Whanganui Iwi, hapū, whānau and marae for:

  • Tangihanga;
  • Significant iwi/hapū events;
  • Hapū, iwi or marae AGMs; and
  • Kaumātua birthday celebrations.

Each of the above categories has specific criteria. Please take careful note of the criteria and the timeframes for applications under each category.

Response timeframes from the Trust

The Trust will endeavour to meet tangihanga requests within twenty-four (24) hours of receiving notice.

For all other applications, applications must be received at least one (1) month out from the event, the Trust will provide a response within two (2) weeks of receiving your application. We recommend that your application is sent well in advance of a month prior, in case further information is required.

How do I apply to the Pātaka?


For tangihanga, Pātaka support may be applied for without prior notice by calling 0800 PATAKA (728 252) or emailing office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz.

All other categories:
All other applications must be received at least one (1) month out from an event and must be

submitted to the Trust in writing (i.e. by letter or email) outlining the following:

  • The name of the whānau, marae, hapū or iwi organisation making the application;
  • The category being applied for (Significant Iwi/Hapū hui; AGM; or Kaumātua Birthday);
  • Details of how the event fits within the specified category;
  • The numbers expected to attend, and the date support is required.

Please note:

Pātaka is for charitable purposes only. Support will not be provided for profit’ events i.e. events or contributions to an event that will generate a private profit for an individual or business. Under no circumstances is any Pātaka kaimoana to be bartered, traded or sold.

To view the full Pātaka Policy please click the button below.

Pātaka Policy

Tangihanga applications can be made by phone on 0800 PATAKA (728 252) and by email to office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz

All other applications can be sent to Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, PO Box 544, Whanganui, or delivered to 357 Victoria Avenue, Whanganui or alternatively sent by email to office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz


Do you whakapapa to the Whanganui River? Would you and your whānau like to be registered on the Whanganui Iwi Database? What does that mean?

It means that you get sent pānui and updates on kaupapa related to the Whanganui River and Te Awa Tupua, the people and the river from the Mountains to the Sea. You can also apply for the different grants that are advertised on our website and facebook page.

If you are already on the database and need to up date your details please head to the database or send us an email at office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz