About Us

Te Waharoa is a collective of marae, hapū, iwi, health and community organisations from across the Toi Moana rohe who have come together to support everyone in our local communities as a collective response to this next phase of COVID-19.

Our collective is made up of:

Iwi partners

  • Tūhoe
  • Te Whānau a Apanui
  • Ngaitai
  • Whakatōhea
  • Ngāti Awa
  • Ngāti Manawa
  • Ngāti Whare
  • Ngāti Ranginui
  • Ngāi Te Rangi
  • Ngāti Pūkenga 
  • Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau
  • Ngāti Rangitihi

Government and Other Agencies

  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Bay of Plenty District Health Board 
  • Toi Te Ora Public Health
  • Bay of Plenty Police
  • Kainga Ora
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Corrections 
  • Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Education
  • Oranga Tamariki

Local Government

  • Ōpōtiki District Council
  • Whakatāne District Council
  • Kawerau District Council
  • Western Bay District Council
  • Tauranga City Council 
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Te Waharoa is chaired by Kirsti Luke from Tūhoe, and a leadership team which includes regional representatives of a myriad of different government agencies. 

Our purpose is to ensure a co-ordinated and seamless response to COVID in our community, from a health, wellbeing and welfare point of view. This will ensure that people in our community know what will happen, and when, and that together, we will help them get through.

The most important part of this effort is our collective framework ‘Te Waharoa‘. Te Waharoa is a health and welfare gateway through which everyone living in our rohe will travel if they get COVID-19. 

Te Waharoa is a comprehensive, co-ordinated response that provides a personal health and welfare safety net across multiple agencies, organisations, Māori health providers and iwi to ensure our people get through COVID in the best way possible. 

Te Waharoa is an independent operation, pulling together co-ordinated support across the board to support Toi Moana people.

Ngā kōrero kei muri i ēnei āhuatanga o Te Waharoa

Te Waharoa Imagery Design Concept

The frame of the ‘waharoa‘ (gateway/entrance) is the main feature of this design. The symbolism of entering through a waharoa is about passing from one state to another, similar to what happens when people are welcomed onto a marae.

The left panel design is the ‘kaokao‘ pattern and is representative of a warrior in the haka stance. It signifies mana (strength) and protection. This design is often used in tukutuku (woven wall panel).

The right panel design is the ‘poutama‘ pattern that represents stairs. It symbolises whakapapa (genealogy) and also the pursuit of knowledge and growth.

Together it signifies protecting your whānau by gaining the knowledge and taking steps to prepare your whānau to keep them safe during ngā wā wero (challenges) of COVID-19 in our communities.