Marae Administration

 Trust Board Charter

 Strategic Plan 

 Funding   Programmes 


Trust Board
The marae is administered by trustees who represent the descendents of Eru and Te Tawaka. The marae operates under a trust deed and charter that is registered with the Māori Land Court. 

The trust board meets every month (first Sunday of the month, beneficiaries welcome to attend). The trust board also represents beneficiaries on other trusts and committees.  

An AGM is held every year where reports are given to beneficiaries about progress on the marae and audited accounts are presented. At each AGM three trustees are required to stand down to allow new trustees to be nominated. The three who have stood down can put their names up for re-election.  

There are many people who support the trustees in their endeavours to maintain the marae, beneficiaries, other marae, hapū and iwi, community and agencies. We appreciate this support.  

Current Trustees are
Te Raa Nehua jnr (Ngati Hau rep and resource management, Treaty claims)
Dale van Engelen (co chairperson, Whakapara website and Facebook, bookings, Whangarei Takiwa rep)
Mary Vogt (booking coordinator)
Te Kawehau Hoskins (Secretary)
Tepora Kauwhata (Marae bookings, maintenance, Ngati Hau rep, OSCAR)
Jeannie Poutai (Marae bookings, maintenance)
Lou Davis (building team)
Staci Paul (Treasurer, website, OSCAR)
Daniel Manihera
Jodi Edwards (Co chair, maintenance)
Luke Tai Rakena (Ngati Hau rep)




Our charter was developed with input from beneficiaries. It was important to considered issues such as who was a beneficiary, how we could protect the whenua and maintain development of the marae for future generations. A copy of the charter has been lodged with the Mäori Land Court and Charities Services.  

Beneficiaries can also get a copy of the charter from the trust board. A pdf of the charter is here.  

Strategic Plan
The trustees have prepared a five year strategic plan to continue development of the marae. Beneficiaries were given opportunities to put forward their ideas for the future focus of the marae.  

The overall vision is that Whakapara marae is our turangawaewae – a place to stand string a Mäori.Our foundations are whakapapa (our geneology that links us), whenua (the land that was gifted to us), whanaungatanga (the relationships that bring us together).  

We have six key focus areas:
·         Cultural development
·         Social development
·         Economic development
·         Developing relationships
·         Effective governance

·         Natural resources

 A copy of our strategic plan is in documents and reports.  
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Funding for the marae comes from marae hireage, koha (donations), fundraising and grants. Whanau have moved to other areas and only a few  people are left to  look after the marae We appreciate any support we can get.  

Automatic payments

Some beneficiaries have opted to set up automatic monthly payments. This allows them to feel they are contributing even if they are not able to physically come to the marae. The bank account to make automatic deposits is: 01 / 0495 / 0109488 / 50


Activities at the marae include planning to build new ablution block, youth programmes, OSCAR school holiday programmes, wananga  weaving and tikanga, setting up an environment plan.

See under marae activities for more information.



Page last updated 17 Dec 2016