Te Whawhaki

Members of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group

When we are ready to harvest we are careful to ensure that we take the fruit or hua but not destroy the tree or crop unnecessarily. As Te Whawhaki is the key distribution arm of the NTT group, its role is to ensure that what is available is harvested and that the rest is left to seed and grow further opportunities (whawhaki: gather, harvest or pick).

Trust Objectives

Te Whawhaki Trust is a charitable arm of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui established to receive, use and administer the Trust Funds exclusively for the charitable purposes that benefit Whanganui Iwi or Te Awa Tupua. 

The breadth of charitable purposes include;

  • fostering and strengthening all aspects of the tikanga, kawa and reo of Whanganui Iwi including Te Mita o Whanganui;
  • promoting the educational, economic, environmental, social and cultural advancement and wellbeing of Whanganui Iwi;
  • providing funding, assistance and support to Beneficial Members and/or Whanganui Iwi marae and hapū and/or to other Qualifying Entities for the educational, economic, environmental, social and cultural development of Whanganui Iwi;
  • promoting and advancing the educational, economic, environmental, social and cultural development of Whanganui Iwi including, without limiting the generality of this purpose, by the promotion of business, commercial or vocational training or the enhancement of community facilities in a manner appropriate to the needs of Whanganui Iwi;
  • providing support and assistance to Beneficial Members in respect of education, housing, health, aged care and relief of those suffering from mental or physical sickness or disability;
  • developing and enhancing community and cultural facilities or places for the benefit of Whanganui Iwi;
  • maintaining and establishing places of cultural significance to Whanganui Iwi;
  • upholding, protecting and advancing the mana and health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua; and
    maintaining and supporting the relationship between Whanganui Iwi and Te Awa Tupua.

Te Whawhaki as an entity of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group is responsible for the components of the strategic goals focused on the wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua and Whanganui Iwi.


The establishment of Te Whawhaki was initiated in December 2018 with the signing of the Trust Deed and subsequent appointment of the Trustees.

Since this time Te Whawhaki have been laying the foundation for their work moving forward including:

  • Successfully incorporating Te Whawhaki Trust; 
  • Completion of a final Draft Statement of Intent and Strategic plan; 
  • Development of a Draft Distribution policy;  
  • Planning for an Iwi Symposium He Waka Pakoko – The Pathway to 2040. 

Te Whawhaki has developed a draft Statement of Intent and Strategic plan which requires initial input from Whanganui Iwi. Given it has been 20 years since the Whanganui Iwi Development Summit was held at Pūtiki Marae, Te Whawhaki seek to finalise the Statement of Intent and Strategic plan following an opportunity to interface with the iwi through the NTT Group planned initiative He Waka Pakoko – The Pathway to 2040.


The following Trustees were appointed to Te Whawhaki Trust.

Chris Kumeroa
Chris Kumeroa
Trustee - Te Whawhaki Trust
Hayden Turoa
Hayden Turoa
Trustee - Te Whawhaki Trust
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Hannah Rainforth
Trustee - Ngā Tangata Tiaki o Whanganui & Te Whawhaki Trust

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Rangi 

Hannah grew up in Whanganui, with the riverbank at her front doorstep. She is a regular Tira Hoe Waka participant, and is committed to te reo o Whanganui, having completed Ngā Muka in 2010. Hannah currently lives in Taupō with her partner and two young sons. 

Hannah has both practical and policy experience around the awa, having worked in the field surveying the health of kākahi, tuna and other species, in the office on resource consent issues like sewage discharges, and nationally on forums like the Land and Water Forum and the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. 

Hannah has an understanding of the environmental, scientific and technical issues facing Te Awa Tupua, and is able to work between te ao Māori and the western science worlds. She also has an understanding of policy frameworks such as the Resource Management Act, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater and the One Plan, and most importantly, she has a love for Te Awa Tupua – ōna manga, ōna kōrero, me ōna uri. 


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