The Memory Remains #1

A comment was posted on one of our blog posts reminding us of the time Rahui Papa ended up in Tuku’s pocket for a lousy ten grand.

There was the unfortunate matter of a house fire at the Papa residence a couple of years ago. Aparrantley the children were in the house at the time and luckily the darlings were unharmed, so we were told. The fire left the Papa’s homeless and nearly destitute, and Tuku took it upon himself at the next Arataura meeting to give Mr Papa a non-refundable gift of $10,000 Tainui money to help him in his time of need. The problem was that Te Arataura aren’t allowed to go doleing out thousands of dollars to whoever they like and Tuku was in the sh!t.

Anyway to make a long story short they need to get Tuku out of the cra p so they simply changed the rules and came up with the “Rahui Papa Hardship Grant”, which they duly made retrospective and were able to cover their sorry a$ses, and further protect Tainui’s charitable purposes tax-free status from being in jeopardy!

The kindly folk of Tainui also took to making bank donations to help out Mr Papa, but they were not too kindly when they saw him gambling away their donations at the Hamilton Casino on a regular basis.

The Papa’s were taken in by whanau soon after the fire, however, family members found out that with this particular branch of the Papa family the little darlings turned into little devils and started wrecking their new accommodations and became rather unpopular house guests!

And Mr Papa remains in Tuku’s pocket to this very day.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. unhappy Tainui beneficiary
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 03:43:01

    Yes we know, I know Rahui very well, I am also glad that his WHANAU, children are well and safe. No one wants to see mokopuna hurt. however what about other whanau in Tainui who’s house has burnt down. Who have lost everything. This is not about the TEN THOUSAND. It is how the rules were CHANGED bent to favour ONE person.


  2. unhappy Tainui beneficiary
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 03:44:18

    and was done without Te Kauhanganui’s knowledge, I”m sure TE Kahnaganui would have supported this had they KNOWN about it


  3. Pirairakai
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 06:28:51

    kia ora
    rahui papa made a commitment to refund the 10 grand.- as we speak he has failed – again – to keep his word — please now remind pirairaka and each of your wondereful fans (us too) why rahui papa is so useless but sits on boards and gets paid zillions of pingas?


  4. Mako
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 10:22:34

    Gee, I’d like one of those $10,000 grants! Are they available to ordinary Tainui people or are they only for Tuku’s croonies?


  5. moko puna
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 15:07:06

    papa is an alcoholic and gambles his tribal earnings in the casino with his wife. i hear papa’s gambling habit is just like his father who gambled away over thirty thousand $ of money he stole from the raukawa trust board. like father like son.


  6. nosamfree
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 18:34:38

    I want to know what can we do about it as tainui beneficiaries as I am sick and hoha of hearing about this one man can make changes just like that… he’s one we are many am I missing something here help and lets do something aobut it… andki think this blogg great that keeps me informed what’s happening


    • ezekiel
      Jun 23, 2011 @ 07:33:12

      Make sure your 3 TKH representatives (each Waikato-Tainui marae should have them) are strongly made aware of your concerns and their obligation to represent you in an intelligent and unbiased manner. The chair of TKH will continue to empower its members by providing them with information around the constituton/rules that govern their membership for the benefit of our people. Remember, your representatives are there to represent you and therefore are obligated to take their direction from you, if not you can vote to have them replaced. TKH rep elections are coming up later in the year 🙂


  7. nosamfree
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 18:38:25

    oops spelling mistakes… about it… and I think


  8. tainui_bull
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 15:25:29



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