Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office

The new premises are still under construction so we will remain temporarily on the south side of the marae. This month we have focused on bringing everything together for the end of the financial year and next month will focus on the annual general meeting. Stay safe and stay warm through winter everyone. I look forward to updating on some sensational Spring news next month.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke portfolios

We currently have six recognised portfolios which each have a portfolio manager. These are:

  • Resource Management – June Swindells
  • Environment – June Swindells
  • Education – Brett Lee
  • Health – Christina Henderson
  • Marae – Cushla Dwyer
  • Culture and Identity – Ripeka Paraone

For further information on any of these please contact the office for details.

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Incorporated Society will consider applications for grants covering a wide range of charitable purposes within the community of the society’s district. These applications are due in the final days of September and will open again in March.

All terms and conditions for the funding criteria and guidelines are outlined in the application and examples of items that will be considered for funding:

  • Local environmental improvement or enhancement projects
  • Resources and equipment for youth development and projects
  • Education grants and scholarships
  • Health and development support
  • Resources and equipment for cultural development projects.

For any further information required on these subjects please contact the office.

Upcoming rūnanga meetings

September 11
Sunday, 9am Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke annual general meeting

October 9
Sunday, 9am Rūnanga meeting

November 13
Sunday, 9am Rūnanga meeting

December 11
Sunday, 9am Rūnanga meeting

Weekly te reo classes

Kai te mihi matakuikui ki a tātou,
It’s never too late to learn te reo Māori. Do you have the burning desire to learn in a non-threatening environment? We are looking at starting weekly beginner classes over a 20-week programme. These classes are open to Tahu and Ngā Mātāwaka whānau, starting with a wānanga. The final dates are yet to be confirmed. Please express your interest to Waikura on 0279190096 or email: [email protected] Muramura To Pūmanawa reo.


Building development has continued thanks to the pleasant winter conditions. Bushnell Builders have increased security around the site and have fortunately had no further incidents. After asking local residents to be watchful, we can report that our vigilance is proving successful.

Māra kai beds

It is going to be an exciting moment when we finally install the much awaited trees and plantings we have planned. We are waiting for the appropriate weather conditions — once the aggressive part of winter is over – before we introduce all the plants to their new homes. Spring should see us out in action.