Our Rōpū Kaumātua

“There is some giggling about not being old enough to join.”

The rōpu kaumātua play a supportive role to all of the activities of Whānau Waipareira. It is a traditional role in a modern setting. Our kaumātua have so much to contribute to the community. With their wealth of experience, their ongoing presence within Whānau Waipareira ensures that even when they retire our community continues to benefit from their wisdom.  

We have approximately 100 members within our rōpu kaumātua and are greatly involved across all community events and initiatives. Membership is open to those over 55.

Executive Officers

Mere Tunks
Whanau-a-Apanui, Whakatohea

Chair

Mihi TeHuia
Tainui, Te Arawa

ViceChair

Dianne Noda-Clark
Ngati Whatua Kaipara

Secretary

Myra Richmond
Ngati Porou

Treasurer

Pastoral Care

Reverend Judy Cooper

Reverend Wimutu Te Whiu
Ngāpuhi

Bill Tangariki

Executive Members

Bill Tangariki

Mereana Stubbings

Karen Mangu

Diane Clark

Mere Amai