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.

“Nā te kaha me te aroha, kia mōhio mai mātou te wairua o tā rātou mahi. Ka mau te wehi!”

Their commitment and love for the people is a huge strength.

Executive Officers

Sonny Niha
Te Orewai
Chair

Mere Tunks
Te Whānau-a-Āpanui
Vice Chair

Jim Te Wiki
Ngāti Ruanui, Te Ati Awa
Secretary

Myra Richmon
Ngāti Porou
Treasurer

Pastoral Care

Reverend Judy Cooper

Reverend Wimutu Te Whiu
Ngāpuhi

Executive Members

Bill Tangariki

Mereana Stubbings

Karen Mangu

Diane Clark

Mere Amai