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18 March, 2020

Kia ora koutou,

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga is working hard to keep our staff and whānau stay safe and well during the coronavirus outbreak.

First up, we’ve made a couple of changes to the process we follow when visiting whānau in their homes.

From now on, if you have a home appointment with a staff member from TToH, you can expect to receive a phone call from them beforehand.

They’ll ask you a few questions about whether you or anyone else in your whare has travelled overseas recently, or been in contact with someone who has Covid-19.

Another thing we’re asking is for seriously unwell whānau not to come directly to TToH without phoning us first. It’s free. Just dial 0800 TAIWHENUA or 06 871 5352.

This will help us to direct you to the best place for the care you need.

Ngā mihi nui

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai tatou

George Reedy

Kaiwhakahaere Matua



If you are looking for information about symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) and what you can do to protect yourself and your whānau , click on the below image.
If you have further doubts or queries please call the dedicated phoneline: 0800 3585453 


Excavation provides opportunity for Rangatahi supported by TToH

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga carries out many responsibilities on behalf of its community.

Most of our mahi is future-focused, or supporting whānau with current, day-to-day issues in their lives.

Recently, though, we took a big step back in time by leading an important project with its origins dating back hundreds of years.

After discovering that coastal erosion at Te Kauae a Māui (Cape Kidnappers) had uncovered evidence of an ancient Māori settlement, our Kaihautū, Marei Apatu, asked Otago University to investigate.

Subsequent archaeological excavations found various items including a moa skull and a still-sharp blade made of obsidian (found only around Taupō). These findings provide valuable insights into the diets, lifestyle and regional connections of early Māori inhabitants at Te Kauae a Māui. They’ll be carefully preserved for posterity.

The excavation also provided an opportunity for those attending the annual TToH Rangatahi Science Wānanga to gain some first-hand experience of archaeology. Perhaps one of them will study for a career in that field.

It’s a great feeling to know that TToH was in a position to provide such able leadership in this project. Kaitiakitanga is one of our core values. This was it, in action. We’re here for the past, present and future of Heretaunga.


If you are considering a special place for your tamariki then check us out at Te Tirahou , our childcare centre, here at TToH.
We have a couple of places available right now!  More information here




Te Whare Pora, a first of its kind for Hawke’s Bay, opened its doors in the community of Flaxmere.

Report by Aroha Treacher for Te Ao. 

“The kaupapa of Te Whare Pora is to provide a space for hapū whānau within the community to come in and learn how to make a series of items for hapūtanga from harakeke,” head weaver, Niwa Brightwell says.

Find out more about Te Whare Pora here


Awesome start to 2020 for the Te Kira whānau, new beginnings in their new home at Waingākau.

Report by Aroha Treacher for Te Ao.

Labelled as the world's first indigenous co-housing community, Waingākau Village in Flaxmere Hawke's Bay has completed its first three homes, with more than 100 planned in the next few years. Read more here

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