E ngā mana, e ngā reo tēnā tātou kātoa ngā Uri o Ngāti Whātua
Ngā kōrerorero Pitopito o te wā
Through generations, new beliefs and religions, colonisation, land loss and cultural degradation, the once strong and familiar relationship between Māori people and taonga has diminished and taonga have become quite unfamiliar in everyday life.  The inspiration to create and exchange taonga between people is no longer a vital and flourishing part of Māori Culture. 

The Hono book has been developed primarily for Ngāti Whātua, with the specific aims of encouraging and promoting the re-connection between them and their taonga, and therefore their heritage and unique identity. 

We will highlight a specific image every week with its name and details of the donors of each taonga. 

We need to acknowledge the many whānau who have been instrumental in putting this book together, ngā mihi mahana kia koutou.

We will be uploading an electronic copy of the Hono Book onto our Website, for all of our Uri to have access and view these beautiful taonga o Ngāti Whātua.

This is a work in progress however we hope to have it up in the New year.
This weeks Hono Book image: 
Rei Puta Ngākau – Percy Monk South Kaipara: Hono Book (2009) Auckland Museum

Donor: Percy Monk - Richard (1823-1912) and Jane Monk were some of the first Pākehā to settle in the Woodhill area. They brought the Paeroa block, built their home and raised seven children, one of whom was Percy. Percy owned and farmed the Te Heke Block in Parakai and later near the Te Pua Block.


This weeks Hakinakina is about promoting our up and coming hauora event.

Kaumātua Marae Hauora Challenge

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua: Pou Whiri Pārongo team have put together an event that aligns in with our three core values: Mana Ngāti Whātua, Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga and is hauora infused.  

In order to better communicate with our Uri and work in with the many marae that affiliate with Ngāti Whātua, we needed to create an event that invokes the ahi kaa of our Uri. It is important to note that we have over 30 marae that affiliate to Ngāti Whātua and this is merely one way of keeping the lines of communication open.

We have whānau from WAIKARETU, TE POUNGA, TAITA, RIPIA, OTAMATEA, WAIHAUA and REWETI just to name a few who are keen to participate in the challenge and represent their marae o Ngāti Whātua. 

This is more than just another event, its about sharing in mauri for you marae!  Each marae that is represented on the day will receive a koha that will go directly to the marae trust.  We will also have some spot prizes up for grabs for the whānau who register on the day.

Yes, the age is from 50+ and we have enjoyed reading the great feedback from whānau regarding what Kaumātua means so we have run with the 50+ age limit.  The event needed to be during the week due to the high numbers of people who use the Hatea Loop during the weekends, it was merely based on health and safety of our Kaumātua.

We will be selling tīhāte on the day for $20, Metro Cups $15 and Hoodies $45 so please make sure you have some putea if you would like to purchase any for Christmas.  Our new range of merchandise will be on our website soon!



This weeks update from Te Hā Oranga is themed around the local Kaipara Festival, whats happening in the Māori Public Health Unit and Staff Profiling.
                                     Image: Tauira from Kaipara College

Kaipara Festival, 2019

The Kaipara Festival is a combined school kapa haka forum for local kura to participate in a range of mahi toi performances. This is a special year for the Kaipara Festival as it has reached its 28th year of celebrating ngā mahi toi o ngā tupuna o te Kaipara. 
One of our Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua board members Richard Nahi has been a key supporter of this event and continues to tiaki this amazing initiative that invokes the ahi kaa amongst our Rangatahi o te Kaipara.  Brie Te Paa coordinated this event and her passion for teaching our Rangatahi and mahi toi is evident, ngā mihi nui kia korua.

Our Public Health unit and (Dynamic Duo) Alexa Forrest-Pain and Marama Pairama have their finger on the pulse when it comes to Health Promotion and ran a fizzy free pop up during the festival.  They received positive feedback from whānau who had a greater understanding of the harmful effects sugar can have on our health.   
Great advocacy around looking after our tinana wāhine ma, kia pai tonu Te Noho Ora o Ngāti Whātua.

Link Kaipara College: 

Māori Public Health Unit 

The Māori Public Health Unit of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua represents the Iwi on all health issues. Advocacy, community facilitation and workplace policy development.  The team have been busy supporting a variety of  kaupapa from the Smear Your Mea oral submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee earlier this week, involvement in the Rise Up Youth Festival in Wellsford and have a regular interview on Radio Waatea: Hapai Hour talk back as a means of updating the community on whats happening within the hauora sector.

You can follow the team on their Ngāti Whātua - Māori Public Health Facebook page:

Image: Fizz Free Pop up,Smear your mea campaign with Te Ururoa, Māori Public Health Leadership Tohu, Tiaki for Jo Nathan rider SYM Campaign. Alexa and Marama sharing in some great kaupapa. Kapai korua!

Te Hā Oranga: Staff Profile

Alexa Forrest-Pain: Manager Māori Public Health Unit

Alexa has worked for Te Hā for over two years and was an intern before she completed her degree at the University of Auckland. She has been involved in lots of projects including taking roopu to Ironmāori, Round the Bays, facilitated the Ngāti Whātua Tertiary Summit, support crew for the Smear your Mea Ride from Rotorua to Wellington, World Smokefree Day and Fizz Free Whānau.  Her team have also been involved in lots of policy work and submissions ranging from Smokefree Vehicles, to Medicinal Cannabis.  Amazing mahi Alexa!

Marama Pairama: Māori Public Health Coordinator

Marama is the daughter of Thomas Pairama Mū and Julia Stewart and has an invested interest in whānau o Ngāti Whātua.  Her mahi has taken her to Wellington on many occasions and works alongside Alexa from supporting events, facilitation and even making a cuppa for our kaumātua.  Marama is passionate about bridging the cap between community and policy and creating positive change.

If you see these two manawahine out and about and want to know more about hauora then make an effort to share in kōrero, their knowledge in hauora in priceless!
Tino pai tou mahi! 

Manaakitanga: Kia mai tonu Te Ihihi me Te Wanana - Intrinsic Wellness this is one of our core values for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua in order to achieve these outcomes all mahi undertaken needs to align in with the Sacred Obligations (VALUES) of the Rūnanga.

Mauri Ora.


This week in our marae update we wanted to acknowledge the Marae DIY team, Otamatea and Taita marae for their amazing contributions in breathing life back into these two marae and therefore the whānau whanui!

Marae DIY 

This is a long-running Māori Television series that brings a tangata whenua twist to the home renovation reality format: "marae knock out their 10-year plans in just four days". Marae through-out the Motu are given the opportunity to complete a Marae DIY application.  The great news, is two of our Ngāti Whātua Marae - Oruawharo and Taita were successful in their submission and chosen for the show.
We would like to acknowledge the many whānau who have given their time and energy to support the kaupapa.
Oruawharo Marae footage will be aired on 07/11/2019 screening at 8:30 pm.
Taita Marae will be screening on the 14/11/2019 at 8:30 pm 

Make sure you have your cuppa ready and tune in for some great viewing! What a fantastic opportunity for our marae to get some much needed TIAKI.
Please view the below link that highlights some of the great footage that will be screened this evening!


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua:
AGM 2019

Rāhoroi, 16 Noema 2019, Tīmata 10 am
Morning tea is available from 9am.

Nau mai haere mai ngā Uri o Ngāti Whātua ki tēnei kaupapa ki Te Hana Te Ao Mārama Māori Cultural Centre, 311 State Highway One, Te Hana.
Our Annual AGM is all about updating our Uri on our Annual Report and Financial Statements including our 2019/2020 Annual Plan, Budget and General Business.
We encourage all of our Uri to come along and share in the kaupapa.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Christmas Pressies!
We will be selling our limited tīhāte range on the day for $20, limited sizes, we are also selling our new metro cups for $15 each and our new hoodies for $45 (there are limited sizes), so please make sure you have the correct amount in cash! We will be placing the new range on our website and facebook page soon.

Selwyn Park Primary School: Whānau Exhibition Day

Rāmere, 8th Noema, Selwyn Park Primary School
Fantastic kaupapa planned for the tamariki including maara displays, kapa haka performances, a wearable arts competition and an inter-class enterprise competition
Nau mai haere mai whānau, head along and support this local kura! 
For further information contact - Kura: 09 4398888 or
Ngā Kaimahi Tautoko o Herewini Paaka-Taiawhio Wati: 

Otamatea Marae 

Otamatea Marae Bonfire -  23 Noema 5PM
In support of the Maungaturoto Dementia Unit!
Contact: Cindy Hempsell for more information - 02102966257

Kaumātua Hauora: Marae Challenge o Ngāti Whātua

Rāmere, 29 Noema 2019.  Tīmata: 8.30am  - 2pm 
Hihiaua Cultural Centre 56-58 Herekino Street, Whangarei.
4.2 km hikoi/oma around the Hatea Loop - Koha presented to all marae that have a representative,
50+ who undertake the challenge and affiliates to their chosen marae.
Kai and beverages will be provided.
Contact: Jo Nathan 09 470 0720 for further details.

Kuia & Kaumātua Christmas Luncheon

Rāmere, 6 Tīhema 2019
Ahikiwi Marae. Timata: 11am - 3.30pm
Please RSVP Te Ha Office by 
Friday 22nd November 2019
Te Awaroa (Helensville) 09 420 8523
Dargaville (09) 439 3013 or Wellsford (09) 423 6091

Online Registrations: Update your details

Whānau we have a new online registration process.  Whānau that have already registered can update their details by completing the online process we can approve your online registration which will align in with our new system.


Check out  our new website whānau and complete our new online registration:

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM happening soon on the 16th November and our Kaumātua Hauora Marae Challenge on Friday the 29th November 2019.

IMPORTANT: If you have any up and coming events that are themed around our whānau o  Ngāti Whātua email the details to:

Ngā mihi mahana,
Ngā Karere, Pou Whiri Pārongo: Communications

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