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About Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū - Iwi Trust

The Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū iwi trust are committed to working in an open and transparent manner. Our defining character as Te Waiariki is the essence of wairuatanga which is integral to the operations and governance of the Trust.

Our intention is to lead our people into the future with integrity whilst maintaining strong and meaningful relationships with our whānau and Hapū. By staying true to our values and traditions, we have the opportunity to create a legacy for future generations. Our Te Waiariki history is an important reminder of where we come from and the rich tapestry of our history. We aim to take this mātauranga and use it as a foundation to build a strong and vibrant future for our people. 


The traditions of Te Waiariki , Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū are embedded in our rohe landscape. As a Trust we will strive to Incorporate the tikanga of our Hapū into our strategic outcomes to develop and strengthen a sense of belonging and identity within our Hapū.

Our focus for this year is:

  • Whanaungatanga

  • Tino Rangatiratanga

In the first year of our operations we are committed to building strong relationships with our whānau, haukāinga and our Hapū and to ensure they are well informed and engaged. We will also focus on establishing a strong foundation and infrastructure for our Hapū Iwi Trust.

Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Trust History

“The Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū Iwi Trust was formed on 3rd May 1997 at a Hui held at Ngāraratunua Marae. The Hui was advertised by Miriama Mahanga, Wiremu Mahanga, Haane Kingi, Kerepeti Te Peke Paraone & other Kaumātua of the time”

The hui was attended by over 35 Kaumātua including Jim Kopa, Tom Cooper, Cissy Pitman, Cee Gilbert, Ani Phillips, Tata Mei and Kupai Mahanga to name a few. Ngāti Takapari was included in the Trust a few years later via a Hui with Ngāti Takapari Kaumātua of the time who requested to be included in the Trust due to the whakapapa.

The Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū Iwi Trust is a registered Charitable Trust.

Scope of Work

When the Trust was established, it was asked to undertake 3 key tasks. Treaty of Waitangi Claims and two case studies known as the return of Pūkahakaha East 5b and Ōwhetū. 

In 1998, the first application was filed in the MLC by Mitai for the return of Pūkahakaha East 5B for Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari via the whakapapa of Katarina Te Puatahi.


In 2011, after a lengthy 13 years of hearings, the case was won through the efforts of the Hapū Trust, the Kaumātua of the time and all of their supporters.

Treaty of Waitangi Claims

Undertaking research and gathering evidence to support the Treaty Claims


Successful (Won)  Returned in 2011

Pūkahakaha East 5

Return to whānau and hapū ownership


Successful (Won)  Returned in 2006


Return to whānau and hapū ownership


Stage 1 Successful (Won) in 2014

Stage 2 - Pending since 2018

The Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā and Ngāti Takapari Trust are involved in a range of different kaupapa and forums with other Hapū, the Crown, Whangārei Regional Council and Northland Regional Council. The section below provides an overview of the Trustees responsible for each kaupapa. 

The Trust also undertakes work in the following areas:

  • Hoe Rangatiratanga - Governance & Sovereign Independence

  • Hoe Tangata - Our People

  • Hoe Taiao - Our Environment

  • Hoe Tupu Ora - Economic Prosperity & Growth

  • Formal Representation on Te Huinga & Te Tai Tokerau Māori Advisory Committee (NRC)

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