External Structure

The external structure of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is based on foundations and relationships that have been handed down - ngā taonga tuku iho. We also support the wider community and pursue new relationships for the benefit of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga.

Relationship to Ngāti Kahungunu

Alongside natural affiliations to Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is one of six (6) Taiwhenua who share a common charter that ensures the Taiwhenua collectively are able to participate in the shared governance of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.  Each Taiwhenua is represented on the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Trust Board and sector Rūnanga at the Iwi level, to participate in and contribute to Iwi-wide issues and developments. 

Relationship to Marae, Hapū and Whānau

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga has strong relationships with Marae, Hapū, whānau and the wider community through the Te Haaro Board of Trustees who are mandated members of seventeen (17) Marae representing the interests of the Māori community.  These representatives take a leading role in directing the organisation to ensure it reflects the aspirations of our people and caters to their need. 

Wider Community

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga governance and staff actively participate in, support and/ or sponsor community events and other activities in addition to participating in external committees and forums.  For example three years ago Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga staff were among the first volunteers in the Breakfast in Schools initiative at Kimiora School in Flaxmere and they have continued to participate, being the only volunteers remaining. 

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga hosts and administers the Māori Provider Network made up of other providers and agencies who meet monthly (second Tuesday of the month) to share information and provide support for Māori-led initiatives. 

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga has entered and continues to pursue relationships at local and regional level in order to participate in strategic planning and decision making around issues affecting Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga. 


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Peka Peka Enhancement Project


Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga approached Hawkes Bay Regional Council to see if there was an environmental enhancement project that we could be a view


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