Te Arawa Tangata

Overview - Te Arawa Tangata


Te Arawa Tangata, the development arm of TPT, began operating in 2011. Through our programmes, we aim to “touch the people” by delivering a range of benefits that improve the wellbeing of our people.

Te Arawa Tangata emerged out of a study, commissioned by the late Rawiri Te Whare, to determine how TPT could best enhance the wellbeing of Te Arawa whānau, hapū and iwi.

Matua Rawiri’s research found that this could best be done by building self-reliance and self-determination (tino rangatiratanga) within our whānau, marae, hapū and iwi.

Affiliate Development Focus

Subsequent research has highlighted that there
are other areas of need across our Affiliates,

  • education and skill development;
  • employment;
  • rangatahi engagement;
  • succession planning;
  • Te Reo Māori;
  • collaboration as TPT and as Te Arawa;

Our Work

Te Arawa Tangata delivers three overarching workstreams:

  • Creating future opportunities
  • Sustaining our culture
  • Investing in our future

While our initiatives are substantially or wholly externally funded, they are designed specifically for the benefit of our people, our marae and our rohe.

Creating Future Opportunities

Development opportunities for our people are a critical area of focus. Te Arawa Tangata is leading implementation of He Mauri Ohooho, the Bay of Connections Māori Development Strategy.

Developing Innovative Economic Initiatives

As part of this journey, we are developing a range of initiatives for the benefit of our Affiliates and the wider rohe. These include:

  • Hosting a hui on economic development priorities for Māori/iwi businesses and organisations in the rohe as part of He Kai Kei Aku Ringa and He Mauri Ohooho;
  • Collaborating with TAGH and Te Arawa Fisheries to host a day for rangatahi aspiring to business;
  • Consulting on iwi, Māori and employer needs in tertiary education and skill development as part of the Priority One Tertiary Education Plan project.
  • Collaborating with Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Co-Lab to establish an innovation hub in Rotorua;

We are in the process of developing other initiatives as part of this programme of work, and will be able to provide further updates in the near future.


Sustaining Our Culture

Our culture is an essential part of what makes us Te Arawa. We are investing in our marae, our tikanga, our reo and whānau to remain an integral part of our future as Te Arawa.

Strengthening the Wellbeing of our Marae

We are committed to looking after our marae as our cultural hubs and as gathering places for our people. To support our affiliated marae, we have partnered with IWIInvestor and Aon to offer customised insurance cover, including price reduction options and up to 20% reduction on renewal premium prices.

In 2012, we received Department of Internal Affairs funding to research the wellbeing of our marae. The research highlighted that our marae are strong in Manaakitanga in particular, but that we are challenged in rangatahi engagement, succession planning and providing environments for our reo to thrive.

We have also used Ma Te Reo funding to support initiatives such as Marae Master Chef.

We have gained the support of Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga to continue our work over 2014 and 2015 to strengthen our marae as cultural hubs for Te Arawa.

Te Arawa Tangata Overview

Investing in our Future

Te Arawa Tangata has a commitment to our rangatahi and our future. We facilitate a range of initiatives to encourage our rangatahi to realise their potential as the future of our whānau, our iwi, our rohe, our nation and globally.

In 2014, we partnered with Excel Rotorua to run a programme to help secondary school students to achieve Levels 1 and 2 NCEA.


Te Arawa Tangata are partnered with Waiariki to recruit rangatahi into the Certificate in Vocational Skills programme and are also exploring a variety of innovative leadership programmes, so be sure to watch this space.