Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke office

Finally! The new office is now officially operating from 18A Rāpaki Drive. A blessing was carried out by our kaumātua Te Mairaki Pitama in the presence of our general manager Kopa Lee, myself (Cushla) and Elizabeth Kereru on Friday 2 September.

The confirmations of all committees and members were confirmed at the October general rūnanga meeting and are as follows:

  • Education – Brett Lee
  • Health – Christina Henderson
  • Marae – Cushla Dwyer
  • Culture and Identity – Ripeka Paraone
  • Resource management – TBC.

Join us in welcoming our new Chairperson, Manaia Rehu, our new Treasurer David Tikao and still standing Secretary Elaine Dell. Our previous Chairperson June Swindells, held the position for just over three years and engaged in some critical discussions and kaupapa in her term and maintained the role of Chair to a high calibre, it was a pleasure to learn and work alongside her over the last 12 months.

Upcoming rūnanga meetings

  • November 13 Sunday, 9am
  • December 11 Sunday, 9am


The wharekai build is now at the solid structural stage. If you have been, like us, observing closely, it may not look like much is being done. However, all the builders are hard at work and by the next report I am sure we are going to be amazed at the change taking place. There have been some site meetings involving the constant eye and fine details discussed between the general manager, architect, project manager and site foreman.

Wānanga whaikōrero

The wānanga have reportedly been consistent and well-managed. The final wānanga is coming up and we look forward to celebrating the learning and commitment to the kaupapa. The paepae plans to host further wānanga to transfer the tātai kōrero of Wheke to the paepae whaikōrero process.

Many thanks to all those actively involved in the marae and all those who carry in their hearts the love of our very special place.