He aha te mea nui o te Ao? Māku e ki atu. He tangata... He tangata... He tangata...
As this common Māori phrase so eloquently puts it: What is the most important thing in the world?
I will tell you, it is people... it is people... it is people...
An appropriate and fitting phrase to acknowledge all the people, present and past, that have contributed to the success of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa’s achievements and those yet to be conquered!
Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka, Ko Maunganui te maunga, Ko Kaihu te awa, Ko Ripiro te moana, ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi, ko Netana Patuawa te tangata.
I am committed to the establishment of a fully functional Community Marae located here, that will be accessible to the whole community regardless of race or gender. The kawa and tikanga will reflect the values of Ngāti Whātua. I am also committed to the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori me wōna Tikanga in this community and the future establishment of a Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa, Whare Kura and Whare Wānanga.
I te taha o tōku pāpā. Ko Ngāti Kōtarani te Iwi. Ko North Sea te moana. Ko Tilt te awa. Ko Minerva te waka. Nō Ahitereiria āhau. Ko Amanda tōku ingoa.
Kia ora whānau, I have recently taken over the role as kaitakawaenga here at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae. I am originally from Australia and have been living here on the coast for the past 3 ½ years with my partner and our 2 children. I have been committed to learning te reo Māori since I arrived. What a wonderfully rewarding journey it has been.
My goal for the future is to help the marae achieve its full potential. I am currently part of Te Puna Reo. This is a weekly immersion reo session based at Silverdale Playcentre, which was created to normalise te reo Māori and te ao Maori for our tamariki. Ka mau te wehi, tamariki mā!
Ko Taupiri te maunga, ko Tainui te waka, ko Waikato te awa, he piko he taniwha he piko he taniwha, ko Tainui te iwi. Nōku anō he taha nō Ngāti Whātua.
I am fully committed to realising the dream of building a marae here on the Hibiscus Coast where our reo me ōna tikanga values are respected and taught. There are numerous benefits to having our own marae, whare rongoā, educational facilities, māra kai and a place where we can all gather together as a community. Our name means simply “the mooring place for all waka”, regardless of origin but resident in this community. Moor your waka here at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa and you will be welcomed.
Ko Sandia te maunga, ko Rio Grande te awa, ko Air New Zealand te waka, ko New Mexico te iwi, ko Albuquerque tōku hapū, ko Te Herenga Waka o Orewa tōku marae.
After 20 years as a trial attorney in the US, Karen relocated to New Zealand in 1979 with her husband and two young sons to live a quieter lifestyle. She has served as a trustee on a School Board and as President of the American Women’s Club. She has started two small businesses. “I began my study of Te Reo Māori in 2008 and joined the THWoO Committee that same year. "I am committed to a long journey with Te Reo".
Ko Takitimu te waka, Ko Aorangi te maunga, ko Waimakariri te awa, ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Ngāti Pākehā ngā iwi.
I am strongly committed to the vision for a community marae and the well-being of our people. Marae need people and people need rongoā.
Ko Corinthic te waka, ko Rangitoto te maunga, Ko Pare Hauraki te moana, ko Te Herenga Waka o Orewa te marae, ko Te Weiti te awa.
My husband Bill and I have 3 adult children and two grandchildren, enjoying a new era in our lives. I have had many years’ experience as an early childhood teacher, graduating with a Bachelor of Education just 6 years ago.
Ko Whetumatarau te maunga. Ko Awatere te awa. Ko Nukutaimemeha te waka. Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi. Ko Hinerupe te marae. Ko Tuwhakairiora te tangata.
After being involved with Te Pokaitahi at the marae my family and I really want to be able to give back to Te Herenga Waka Marae and the community. My husband Sam and I have 2 kids, and being that we are away from our own whānau marae, we both feel that we can serve this marae while we are here on the coast. I feel privileged to be able to contribute and will take up the hoe with enthusiasm for the next phase of this journey.
I te taha o tōku māmā Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Opunake te moana, Ko Oeo te awa, Ko Taranaki te iwi, Ko Te Horo Muri Iho te tipuna. I te taha o tōku pāpā Ko Fritz Reuter te waka, Ko Taranaki te maunga, Ko Ngāmotu te moana, Ko Ngātoro te awa, Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi, Ko Mathius Dodunski te tipuna.
I’m a mother of three adult children who were home-schooled. I own my own business manufacturing natural skin care, and am a qualified homeopath and rongoā Māori practitioner. The establishment of a truly multicultural marae will be a huge asset for our community. Education, health, whānau and community support are just some of the work already undertaken by Te Herenga Waka Marae. I feel blessed to be part of this organisation and to be working amongst such good people.
Ko Maungauika tōku maunga, ko Pupuke tōku roto, ko Waitemata tōku moana. Ko Morning Light tōku waka. Ko Tauiwi tōku iwi. Ko Te Herenga Waka o Orewa tōku marae. Ko Jean des Coutes tōku tangata.
After being involved with Te Pokaitahi I finally felt a connection to a marae, something that's been missing my whole life. I really want to be able to give back to Te Herenga Waka Marae. I'm not living on the coast but I really enjoy my treks to Te Herenga to be with the people & community there. I can't wait to see this all-inclusive marae blossom.
Ko Mahurangi Heads tōku maunga, ko Te Kapa tōku awa, ko Nimrod tōku waka, ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi, ko Thomas Scott tōku tangata, ko Te Herenga Waka o Orewa tōku marae.
I am deeply committed to assisting Te Herenga Waka o Orewa to achieve its aspirations for the future. Te Herenga Waka o Orewa is a pan-tribal, multi-cultural community facility that exists to support and provide opportunities for Māori and non‑Māori who may want to draw physical, cultural and spiritual strength through a connection with a community marae. It is this open and inclusive kaupapa that made me want to ‘give something back’ following my completion of Te Pōkaitahi Ngāpuhi-Nui-Tonu in 2016. I also want my two young tamariki to grow up having a sense of belonging within our local community, and I believe that our connection with the marae will ensure this. As Funding Officer, I am responsible for securing funding from local government, philanthropic and community trusts and local businesses to enable the marae to run community events and classes, cover its operational costs and upgrade its facilities. My fulltime mahi is writing and advising on applications for research funding for Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka (Unitec Institute of Technology).