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 Te Whānau o 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 Te Whānau o 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


Mihi TeHuia
Tainui, Te Arawa


Dianne Noda-Clark
Ngati Whatua Kaipara


Myra Richmond
Ngati Porou


Pastoral Care

Reverend Judy Cooper

Reverend Wimutu Te Whiu

Bill Tangariki

Executive Members

Bill Tangariki

Mereana Stubbings

Karen Mangu

Diane Clark

Mere Amai