“I nga ra e hi ika, he kupenga tatai awhai nuku”
“If you wish to catch fish, first you need to ensure your net is in good order”.

Whanaunga Harry Maki Midwood was able to share this whakatauki – custom designed for Patuharakeke by Harry and Meto Hopa of Kawhia. This vision was developed during a series of strategic hui in 2011. The “net” was a recurring theme, demonstrating for example, whakapapa, to awhi each other, keep our whanau safe and so forth.

The Mission:

  • Our whanau are well, safe, educated and connected

The Goal:

  • Building whanau capacity to keep our safety net strong and well

Guiding Principles:

  • To strengthen our whakapapa through communication strategies and caring for our elderly

  • To retain our identity and grow and celebrate Patuharakeketanga


  • Tikanga me ona reo (custom, culture & language)

  • Kotahitanga (unity, connectedness)

  • Hauora

  • Engage and develop our rangatahi

To strengthen our connectedness to whanau that live away from the kainga and offshore


Currently the Patuharakeke Education Sub Committee deals specifically with the scholarships process. However, they are working with local schools and industry to develop strategies around vocational training and are exploring other educational opportunities for whanau.

The Patuharakeke Education Sub Committee members are:

  • Ani Pitman

  • Joanne Hammon

  • Viv Beazley


Te manu e kai ana te miro nona te ngahere. Te manu e kai ana te matauranga, nona te Ao!
The bird that partakes of miro berry theirs is the forest. The bird that partakes of knowledge, theirs is the world.

The Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board administers the NorthPort, T.R.Kepa and H.M. Pirihi and the Refining NZ Scholarships. It provides financial assistance to students who meet all of the criteria set out in the application form which can be downloaded here. Descendants of Patuharakeke are invited to submit an application during the scholarship round which opens between December and March each year. We need confident, skilled and educated people to continue to guide and support our development. We proactively seek to build competence in our whanau to ensure we will be capable of managing our own assets and our natural resources going into the future.

2021 scholarships application form can be found here:

Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board: PO Box 557, Whangārei

Takahiwai Marae: 229 Takahiwai Rd, Takahiwai, 0171. Email:

Many whanau and friends have contributed to this website but we would especially like to acknowledge Gilbert Paki, Harry Midwood, Guy Gudex and Paraire Pirihi for providing some of the historical context; David Milner for providing photos and maps, Kieran Connellan for his photos (see; Terenga Parāaoa Marae Komiti and Te Warihi Hetaraka for allowing use of the kowhaiwhai pattern; Juliane Chetham for ongoing maintenance of the site. Ngā mihi nui koutou. Disclaimer: The PTB board accepts no liability associated with publications, media or communications regarding PTB activity or business that has not been authorised by PTB in advance.