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Welcome to Te Waimana Kaaku Tribal

Waimana kaaku Mahora Te Waimana

May Te Waimana flourish in all aspects of wellbeing

12 marae are situated within Te Waimana – Matahī Pā, Ōmuriwaka Pā, Piripari Pā, Pouahīnau Pā, Rāroa Pā, Tanatana Pā, Tauanui Pā, Tātaiāhape Pā, Tuapō Pā, Whakarae Pā, Rāhiri Pā, and Tāwhana Pā. 

These 12 marae are the gathering places of the 9 hapū – Tūranga Pikitoi, Ngā Maihi, Ngai Tamatuhirae, Te Whakatāne, Tamakaimoana, Ngai Tātua, Ngāti Raka, Tamaruarangi and Ngāti Rere, 

Te Waimana Kaaku tribal collective represents the interests of all marae/hapū along te awa o Tauranga.

The name and whakataukī of Te Waimana Kaaku tribal, is a reflection of its fertile landscape and the prosperity that it will provide for whānau who whakapapa to the local hapū now and into the future. A detailed explanation can be found below.

Ka Māhora he Kurarani

He momo kūmara tonu te kurarani, e whakarite ana nei tana tipu haere e māhorahora ki runa te whenua. E kapo haere ana, e hono atu ki ōna nei uri ki te maara.

The kurarani kūmara is as a senior type of kūmara species, which grows its tendrils throughout the garden, encompassing all that it touches into one living organism within the garden.

Te Waimana

He punawai ranatira tenei, koinei te waahi e huihui ana na ranatira, e na kaupapa taketake, e na kaupapa haumarumaru, ko te huina o te kura, ko te huina o na kaahu o na ranatira.

Te Waimana is the name of a sacred spring, where the senior chiefs and warlords would gather to discuss offensive and defensive tactics to protect whānau and hapū resources and affairs.

Te Kaaku

He kupu whakarite ki te āhua o te tipu o te kūmara. I na hoki e te tipu rere te aka ki te kohi haere, ki te hono atu, kia noho nātahi piritahi ki ōna uri maara.

“Kaaku” describes the way in which the kumara vine grows within the garden; letting its tendrils gather and amalgamate the many that grow together.

Te Hapuoneone.

Ko Hapekituarani me ōna nei tama aa Tamarau raua ko Rāwaho. I a rātou te mauri o te kūmara e pupuri ana i runa te whenua o Te Hapuoneone. Koinei hoki e noho taketake te rohe o te Waimana Kaaku me ōna nei kōrero ki ēnei tīpuna.

Te Waimana Kaaku reflects our historical connection to Te Hapuoneone chief Hapekituarani and his sons Tamarau and Rāwaho. It is their specific relationship to the growing of kūmara and maintaining the living essence of the kūmara to the specific fertile land of Te Hapuoneone, from Ōhiwa to Puhikoko, Te Waimana, Ōpouriao and Tāneatua.

Your current tribal officers are:

  • Kero Te Pou – Chair
  • Maringi Baker – Tribal General Manager
  • Wairaka Biddle - Tribal Admin

You can contact your tribal office during weekdays from Monday to Fridays, between 9am and 4pm by:

Call us: 07 312 3700

Visit us: 280 Waimana Road, Waimana

Email us: tari@waimanakaaku.iwi.nz

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