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 pataka@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.

Covid-19 Protection Framework Guidelines:

In the event where Whanganui is at traffic light Red, and there are active Covid-19 cases in the community, no kaimoana will be distributed from the office. Alternatively, whānau are asked to nominate a bank account for a payment that will be made directly into the nominated account to help whānau purchase kaimoana directly.

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 pataka@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 sent by email to pataka@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz

Planning a hapu event or significant hui and want to apply for Pataka

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