Like the unfurling koru frond of a native fern, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga has grown, developed and strengthened over the years. The journey has been rich with learning, highs and lows, testing times and many pioneering moments. Illustrated in this section are the principles, values and experiences that make us unique and assisted to create the kaupapa Māori environment we have at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.
Ko Kahurānaki te maunga
Ko Ngaruroro te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Heretaunga te Taiwhenua
Heretaunga Haukū nui
Heretaunga Haaro o Te Kaahu
Heretaunga Takotoa noa
Heretaunga of life giving dew
Heretaunga of Arcadian pathways
Heretaunga, beauty of which can only be seen by the Hawk
Heretaunga that has been left to us the humble servants
The Governance of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is the Te Haaro Board of Trustees. The Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust Deed was aligned to Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated processes in 2000, resulting in Marae/ Hapū and Maata Waka representation on the Board of Trustees.
The Board is made up of fifteen (15) members who are mandated by the individual Marae and affiliated Hapū, including one (1) Maata Waka mandated trustee.
Elections took place between 27 October - 4 November 2012. These elections marked a significant change to our system of trustee elections, with all trustee board positions now opened up to election every three years. This replaces a rolling system in which some seats came up for election each year.
Seventeen (17) Marae are represented on Te Haaro Board of Trustees through natural Marae clusters. Te Haaro Board of Trustees provide the visionary strategic leadership for Heretaunga that reflects the needs and aspirations of Marae/ Hapū, Whānau and Communities. Te Haaro also ensures Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is high performing, compliant and fulfilling the vision and kaupapa in accordance with the Trust Deed and tikanga.
Governance Board: (January 2019)
Chairperson: Mike Paku
Deputy Chairperson: Christine Hilton
Mangaroa Marae Abrielle Robin
Waimārama Marae Horiana Williams
Ōmāhu Marae Moana-Lee Mackey
Kahurānaki Marae Christine Hilton/Leah Hapuku-Annan
Mihiroa Marae Donna Keefe
Te Aranga Marae Kararaina Kire
Matahiwi Marae Ripeka Kireka
Ruahāpia Marae Mike Paku/Bridget Paku
Korongatā Marae Christine Tamati
Te Āwhina Marae Amo Puha
Rūnanga Marae Monica Kendrick
Houngarea Marae Turori Chapman
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
821 Orchard Road
PO Box 718 Hastings
Phone No: 06 871 5350
Marae Map (click here)