E-Pānui: Hereturikōkā 2023/1


We dispatched this year’s Maramataka to whānau last week, We have done our best to ensure that we have the most recent database information and encourage you to update your details. If you have changed your residency or contact details in the past year please let us know. Also, if your tamariki have turned 18 years old, they are now required to complete a registration form. Please complete this form and send to Ruby at admin@teatiawakikapiti.co.nz she will enter your details into our Tiki Database Systems. Remember whānau, if you want to WIN in our competitions, you must be a registered member. 

“Competitions you say!”

During Here-turi-kōkā, we will be running a registrations campaign, Honoa ngā ira – Connect the Dots!

HONOA NGĀ IRAConnect-the-Dots!

Criteria: If you whakapapa to Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, then you can join our campaign Honoa ngā ira – Connect the Dots!. If so, please register so you can enter our pukapuka give-away competition.

How to enter: For all new registrations received between 1-31 August 2023, you will go into the draw to win one of three pukapuka!

Why: We can keep you informed of what’s happening in the iwi. Its our job to help our people maintain a connection with home. By registering with us we can help you C-0-N-N-E-C-T ….

  • to your marae ….
  • to learn whakapapa, waiata ….
  • to attend hikoi, wananga and hui ….
  • to stay in touch with you ….
  • to vote at our Hui-a-tau to elect a candidate to represent you ….
  • to competitions! ….


Wa: 10am – 2.30pm

Ra: 12th August 2023

Kaupapa: Tangaroa-kiokio

Wāhi: Whakarongotai Marae

This is an invitation to attend a one-day wānanga to share information and seek your input on several wai focused projects that we are currently working on. For registration please follow this link: https://arcg.is/0iSfzS

If there are any pātai, please reach out to aaria@tekonae.co.nz


We, the Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust, are currently working on the Takutai Kāpiti project. Our project goal is to plan ahead for the impacts of climate change on our coastline. To achieve this, we are part of a coastal advisory panel known as CAP, consisting of iwi partners, including Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, and community representatives.

John Barrett and Melanie McCormick are our representatives on the CAP, and they play a crucial role in engaging with Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, ensuring that the voice of our iwi guides decision-making for medium to long-term climate adaptation options along our coastline. These adaptation options could range from enhancing sand dune resilience to restricting further development in vulnerable areas.

The CAP will produce a report with recommendations for coastal adaptation options that best align with the values of both iwi and the community. These recommendations will then be used to develop District Plan provisions that support our iwi and community in building resilience to climate change.

We value your feedback as an Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai descendant, particularly regarding what you cherish about our beautiful coastline. Your input will help us create an Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Climate Values Statement (ACVS). The ACVS will serve as a guiding document for our CAP representatives as they make decisions related to the Takutai Kāpiti project. We plan to reconnect with you during a wānanga later this year (date to be confirmed) to update you on the progress of Takutai Kāpiti and to seek your input on decisions within the Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai rohe.

We kindly ask you to participate in our survey to help shape our work on Takutai Kāpiti. This survey will be open until 18 August 2023.  As a token of our appreciation, we will randomly select five survey participants to receive a $100 petrol voucher. Rest assured that all responses will be used exclusively by the Taiao Unit of the Trust to support our taiao mahi and we will not share these wider.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Melanie McCormick (Pou Takawaenga Taiao and Takutai Kāpiti Representative) at taiao@teatiawakikapiti.co.nz.

Ngā mihi nunui ki a koe, otirā ki a koutou katoa i ō koutou āwhina mai!


You are welcome to attend all hui at the marae, these are scheduled below:

  • Kaumatua Hui are every first Wednesday of the month at 1.00pm
  • Marae Hui are every second Sunday of the month at 10.00am.

Please contact Aunty Mackie if you have an agenda item for either hui, email her at whakarongotai.secretary@gmail.com


TE REO KI WHAKARONGOTAI is a quintessential heirloom for our Iwi. Officially launched today, AJA successfully infused the love of her whānau and marae with her intrinsically soulful voice.

This taonga was crafted with love and dedication by her uncle Kahu Ropata, and older sister Trey Ropata composed the rangi. This project was whānaungatanga on a grandscale, as they worked together to blend creativity and vision shaping this project into a powerful expression of being from Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai. The waiata speaks of knowledge passed down through wānanga and encourages listeners to immerse themselves in the distinct language of Whakarongotai.

The music video captures the beauty of whanaungatanga, whānau are seen enjoying their time together while at a Parata hui in 2020. They’re a good looking bunch too! The clip was directed by Tola Newbery and filmed and edited by Isaac Te Reina and Tama Kawha.

The single is now and is available for you to purchase, follow this link at https://found.ee/Te-Reo-ki-Whakarongotai – Tautoko mai!!!!


With so much interest and support from whānau, we’d like to bring everyone together and share more information about our kaupapa going forward.


Monday 14 August, 6pm

Kapiti College Marae

(Entrance on Margaret Road, Raumati)

Please respond to the poll (above), confirming if you will be joining us. 

If you have any question,s please reply to this email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Noho ora mai

Tio Taiaki, Chairperson at whatongawakaama@gmail.com

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Location: 10 Parata Street, Waikanae:
Telephone:  (04) 293 1538
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PO Box 509, Waikanae, NZ 5036
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