Local tangata whenua support and assist our vision.
Waitaha a Hei (Manoeka Marae) and Ngati He (Maungatapu Marae) and Ngai Te Ahi (Hairini Marae) are the tangata whenua. The nearest tangata whenua Whare (communal house) is Te Kokakonui at Kaiawha Rd.
Kaumatua Dan Heke, was one of our original Trustees.
Dan's grandson Des Heke-Kaiawha (Ngai Te Ahi and Ngati He) was our local tangata whenua representative and a Trustee for many years.
Hui at Hairini Marae Back row: Ted and Carol Whare (Waitaha), Des Heke-Kaiawha, Carole Long and John Revington (OKT), Andrew Baucke (DOC Tauranga), Mohi Potaka (Waitaha), Sarah King (DOC Murupara), Penny Olsen (Ngati Whare), Janice and Huikakahu Kawe (Hairini). Front row: Robert Taylor (Ngati Whare) Dave Edwards and Jim Pendergrast (OKT) and Awhimate Eru (DOC Tauranga).