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Hui postponement

18 August 2020


Re: Update hui and Nohoanga Kaumātua hui postponed


E ngā tini kōreoreo o ngā maunga whakahii, ngā taumata kōrero, tatu atu ki ngā waiata rere ki ngā waipounga hoe o ngā mātua tūpuna. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia mōhio mai koutou, kua tārewahia ētahi o ngā hui a Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara me Whiti Ora i raro i te taumata takarerewa a te Kāwangatanga.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust and Whiti Ora o Kaipara Charitable Trust wish to advise whānau that the quaterly update hui due to be held this Saturday 22 August, is postponed until further notice due to restrictions under Alert Level 3.

We would also like to advise that Nohoanga Kaumātua hui to be held Saturday 27 August, is also postponed until further notice. These hui will be rescheduled as soon as restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.

For more information please Freephone 0800 695 247 or email

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Kia haumaru te noho i roto i ngā tauwhirotanga a te wāhi ngaro.


- Ka mutu -

Message from the Chair

17 August 2020

Kia ora e te whanau

We thought it was timely to remind our whānau to treat one another with dignity and respect. 

Bullying and harassment and other unreasonable behaviours at work and in our community cause harm.  These behaviours are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara.  We encourage you to consider the effect of your behaviour on others.  If you see or suffer bullying or harassment, or any other behaviour which falls below the standards we expect of our people, please report it to a person you trust.  Any concerns that are reported will be treated seriously and the appropriate steps will be taken.

We are working on implementing systems to ensure we prevent bullying or other harmful behaviour in our community and at our workplaces and are ensuring our leaders have the tools to respond to any issues that may arise.

Ngā mihi

Dame Naida Glavish DNZM JP


Ngā Maunga Whakahii ō Kaipara Development Trust

Alert Level 3 venue closure

Covid-19 Update

12 August 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

While our Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara office is closed under Alert Level 3, grant
applications are still running and application forms are available online.

Grants and scholarship application forms can now be completed online through our website and emailed directly to our grants team.

For more information visit our grants and scholarships page here.

Kia mauri tau, kia haumaru.
Whiti Ora Grants Team

Covid-19 Update - The Doctors

3 April 2020

Please click here for an update on Covid-19 from the doctors medical centres and click here for details on opening hours and making a visit. 


14 November 2018

"To recognise it is a privilege to be of service, that's what this tohu (medal) means to me."

Dame Rangimarie (Naida) Glavish was invested as a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit at a ceremony at Ōrākei Marae on 10 November 2018.

Hapū of Ngāti Whātua from across the motu gave a grand Māori salute in her honour and Whaea Naida told media that she was proud of the united face her iwi Ngāti Whātua put on welcoming manuhiri, and of the many supporters who showed up to witness the event, or sent their apologies.

She said the 1984 incident which first brought her national notoriety, being threatened with dismissal as a post office tolls operator for greeting people with kia ora, was a lesson in standing her ground. "My grandmother taught me if you see something's wrong in front of you, then you must address it, you must correct it, because if you don't, you will become like it. That hasn't made me popular in my journey through life, but I've stood strong by that. if I believe in it and I can live in my own skin, I will stand by it".



18 September 2018


Our Taonga Atuanui was placed under Rahui with on Saturday 15 September. In a moving ceremony lead by Te Kura Kapea and attended by Whanau, Rodney Local Board Chair, Representatives from Department of Conservation and Auckland Council. The whenua was closed to reduce the risk from Kauri Dieback and was followed by hakiri at Puatahi Marae who whakapapa to Atuanui. Kauri Dieback disease is transferred in soil and carried further by water, at this point there is no cure. We ask everyone to respect the Rahui so that Atuanui can remain strong. 15—23 September marks conservation week in Aotearoa. Some of our whanau will be visiting Papakanui Spit on Thursday 20 September in recognition. Matua Greg Smith will lead the hikoi and share korero about the area and it’s history. Te Tari Taiao has presented the final report of a Two-year study by Massey University Honurs student Meredith Davis on stream quality from selected waterways in the Kaipara. The report can be found on our website or can be requested from the office.


Read here September 2018 Panui

Trust Deed Review

20 August 2018


Review of Trust Deed,
Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust

Here’s your chance to have a say about how things are going for Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara in the post-settlement environment.

The trust deed of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust (“the Development Trust”) requires the trustees to review “the terms and operations” of the trust deed within four years of settlement.  This review process has just started and the trustees are calling for your views.

Read on...PANUI review clause

Tumuaki Message 4/2018

15 August 2018

Korero o te Tumuaki o Whenua Hoko Holdings,“building for our future”

Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu - Achievement does not result from its own accord – it requires resource and application

Tēnā koe e te whanau o Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.  Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou.  He Tumuaki o Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Whenua Hoko Holdings Ltd ahau. 

Over the past 2 years, Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara’s commercial property company, Whenua Hoko Holdings Ltd (‘Whenua Hoko’), has been building strongly, both literally on the ground and metaphorically in the office.  As Tumuaki of Whenua Hoko, I’d like to share some of this mahi and who we are with you.

The whakatauki above reflects the mahi we do, and our approach to business.  The currency of the commercial world is information and judgment, and it is critical that we ensure decisions are informed and well grounded.  This is particularly so given the responsibility we have to maintain and grow the asset base of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, and because we live in a world of misinformation and a multitude of investment options and pitfalls. 

I joined Whenua Hoko as Tumuaki (Chief Executive) in 2016, and have been busy building the business from strategy and execution to building the company’s internal resources.  Almost 3 years into our investment strategy, I am confident that the property industry will continue to provide a sustainable investment area for the Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust.

Whenua Hoko is involved in the property market, and is part of the commercial investment arm of Ngā Maunga Whakahii.  Its business is focused on property acquisition and development, in the rōhe of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara in Auckland’s North-West.  Our office is located in Westgate, which we share with some of the Development Trust staff which helps with the business’ financial management and operations.

The company’s Directors are Grant Hope (Chair), Rhys Freeman, Rob Hutchinson and Chris Caldwell, who collectively bring significant commercial and property expertise to the business.  Former Chair,  Anita Mazzoleni left the Board earlier this year.  I would like to publicly thank and congratulate Anita for her mahi since the settlement in 2013, and on the success she achieved during her tenure. 

Whenua Hoko works with its partners to identify opportunities for prudent investment in the local property market.  These include Crown agencies (eg MBIE, HLC, NZ Defense Force) and major land developers (eg Fletcher Residential Ltd).  We continue to build our internal expertise, resources and infrastructure to increase our ability to deliver strong commercial results and ensure the business remains sustainable and successful.  We are working with the wider Ngā Maunga Whakahii group to ensure decisions are informed by relevant non-commercial factors and wider objectives and values of the Group.  

Over the past two years or so, Whenua Hoko’s main investment has been in the Hobsonville Point development through our subsidiary Te Uru Ltd.  This investment has been a success to date, increasing our revenues/asset base and more importantly our experience and reputation in land development.  Some key successes for 2018 are;

· completing the development of two serviced superlots where 130+ homes are now being built;

· completing our first sale at Hobsonville Point.  This was a major milestone and an achievement we can all be proud of.

Dane Grey is the Property Development Manager working on the Te Uru development. Dane has done a great job managing the development, settlements and strategy for future. 

Whenua Hoko has the potential to grow successfully and sustainably for many decades to come.  The rights to surplus Crown land, strategic partnerships and location in the main growth area for Auckland, provide Whenua Hoko with the opportunity to be a major player in the property market.

Ngā mihi e te whanau. Daniel Clay, Tumuaki, Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Whenua Hoko Holdings Ltd

Read the August Panui here


Manahautu Message 3/2018

18 July 2018

Ngã kaimahi o Ngã Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara

The Manahautu is on annual leave so our kaimahi have decided to give a short overview of our organisation. The core mahi of our people working within the various offices of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Trust  is to carry out the strategic objectives of the Development Trust Board.

Hopefully as members you are aware that the Development Trust Board is a group of 9 elected trustees;

· 1 from each of the 5 Marae elected to represent the voice and needs of members within the Marae context.

· 3 representatives chosen as the general voice of all members—regardless of their marae affiliation; and

· 1 kaumatua to provide leadership, expertise and guidance to the Board on matters of tikanga.

The Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara Claims Settlement Act 2013 lays out the assets that were returned which the Board are responsible for caring for, managing and growing for and on behalf of all of the members now and in the future.

The Board have (1) Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust, (2) Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Tari Pupuritaonga Trust and (3) Whiti Ora o Kaipara Charitable Trust Deeds that lay out the specific details of how the Board will operate, how certain things will be administered and the paramount objectives/purpose of the organisational groups.

From those overarching documents—a long term Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Rautaki 2017—2050 (Strategic Plan) has been developed from which our mid term (5 year) and short term (annual) operational plans are determined.

In short—the Board set the overall direction / goals. The Senior Operational Team (Managers) are employed to make decisions on what activities to focus on each year to achieve those outcomes. Our other kaimahi are employed to carry out and complete that mahi.

The structure might sometimes feel confusing—if you feel this way the kaimahi working within the Development Trust, Whiti Ora o Kaipara, Ngahere and Whenua Hoko holdings invite you to contact us to kōrero about our mahi. It is very important to us that our members have a good understanding of our role so that we are accessible and responsive to our members. 09 420 8410 or

Mauri Ora Whānau!

read the july panui here

Manahautu Message 2/2018

31 May 2018

Tēnā koutou ngā iwi e noho nei ki raro i ngā maunga whakahii o Kaipara ki te Tonga, tēnā koutou ki a mātou.Ki ngā tāngata nei e mahi ana kia tū a Kaipara ki te Tonga hei rohe te pai me te whai rawa atu o te ao. Me mahi tahi nei tātou kia tūtuki ērā wa-wata mō te oranga o ngā uri o Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara kātoa o te wāhi o te ao.

I will start by welcoming the new Whiti Ora o Kaipara Charitable Trust Board Trustees; Ngawai Beazley, Puawai Kopu, Brenda Steele, Dr. Pauline Kingi and Jeff Muir. The board has been working through an induction to the activities of the Whiti Ora.
The Development Trust Office and subsidiaries are consolidat-ing reports of the outcomes from the 2017-2018 financial year in preparation of the Annual General Meeting in September, to that end we welcome Anne-Marie Spice into the role of General Manager Finance & Shared Services.

A major project we are entering into is the mandatory Review of the Deeds of Trust. David Gray has been engaged to lead this process. David will be known to some of our whanau who par-ticipated in Te Kete Kawanatanga (Governance for Māori Or-ganisations) training. We will keep whanau informed about any activities relating to this review.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara have some job vacancies. Please see our website or contact the office for information about these jobs. Our recruitment processes are aligned with equal opportunity and human rights guidelines, our aspiration is to see the majority of applications for roles come from whānau so if you have patai—please contact us.

As we head into winter, health and wellbeing becomes a higher priority. We aim for our health and wellbeing grants to be released in July so keep up to date by reading panui, watching online chat and checking the website regularly.

Mauri Ora Whānau


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