NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd) is offering a boat trip to the whānau/Trustees to discuss, amongst other things, special areas of interest to Te Ātiawa, in preparation to support a potential mutual, cultural mapping project in the first half of 2022. NIWA has offered: • When: Mon 24/Tues 25 May 2021 • What: Opportunity to take up to three people (12 in total over the two days) per voyage – 2 voyages per day. Potentially up to 2-3 hours per voyage. Please note there will be three trained NIWA staff onboard. • Where: Kura te Au/Tōtaranui – agreed sites of importance or significance to Te Ātiawa. Time is tight and NIWA needs to know if we have anyone interested in joining them. If anyone is interested, they should contact Shappy (Ian Shapcott) by the 18th of May and let him know their availability / timing. (Shappy’s contact details: Ph: 03 573 5170 or 0800 284 292 and



Posted on 3 March, 2021

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Whānau Snorkel Day

Whānau Snorkel Day

Whanau snorkel day essential information and registration form

Whakamana te maunga Whakamana te wai He mauri o ngā tangata Ngā mea katoa he pai
If we look after the water from the mountains to sea, it will look after us. It is our life force.

Date: Saturday 17th April with a bad weather plan B Sunday 18th April

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to the whanau marine reserve snorkel day.  In a collaboration with Te Atiawa, Tasman Bay Guardians,  Department of Conservation, Sea Shuttle and Te Awhina Marae, we invite you and your whanau to join us on a fun-filled day exploring Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Abel Tasman National Park.

Our team will pick you up from Te Āwhina Marae and take you out to Kaiteretere where a Sea Shuttle will take you up to Tonga Quarry.  After some korero we will help you into your snorkelling gear and take you on an adventure through the shallow reefs of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve.  After some kai, there will be an option to take a hikoi along the coast to Onetahuti. Enjoying the views, nature and knowledge of your guides, you will visit a pristine stream teaming with native fish. You will then be picked up and taken on a tour of the ancestral pou before returning to Kaiteretere and back to Te Āwhina by 4.30pm. It will be a big but rewarding day to spend quality time exploring with your whanau.


Priorities for attendance are as follows, noting 35 prospective places:

  1. Haukāinga Te Ātiawa Rangatahi from Aorere (Tasman) and Whakatū.
  2. Haukāinga  Ngāti  Rarua and Ngāti Tama Rangatahi from Aorere (Tasman) and Whakatū.
  3. Mataawaka  Rangatahi.
  4. Any other Haukāinga from  Te Ātiawa, Ngāti  Rarua and Ngāti Tama from Aorere (Tasman) and Whakatū

Registration: Please fill in the Registration form below (whānau snorkel day info). You can fill in by hand and email or text it to Aroha Gilling 027 569 1604. Call if you need to.


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