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About us

Te Iwi Tapu was established in 2008 and birthed out of the scripture in 1 Peter 2:9 

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light..."


The literal translation of Te Iwi Tapu is 'The Holy Nation'.

In a day and age where many of our people have been stripped of their identity and self-worth, Te Iwi Tapu strives to remind our people that they are a 'chosen generation', they are a 'royal priesthood', they are a 'special people', and most significantly, they are a 'holy nation'.  

The charitable objectives of Te Iwi Tapu include:

  • To care for whānau, hapū and Iwi living in a rohe where Te Iwi Tapu operates, irrespective of their place of residence

  • Tino Rangatiratanga of whānau, hapū and iwi

  • Providing for and promoting restoration, protection and strengthening of whānau

  • Care and protection of whānau members

  • Establishment of a sound economic base for whānau and members

  • Establishing relationships at both whānau levels within a local and national framework, for example, with Government agencies and local authorities

  • The teaching and learning of all aspects of Māori culture including Māori language, arts and crafts, and the establishment of centres for such learning purposes

  • The establishment of papakāinga or any other housing and also rental accommodation for those persons in need of such housing

  • Providing for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the sick including the mentally ill and aged, together with their families

  • The education of all persons, young and old, and providing assistance with school fees, stationary, clothing and travel costs and ancillary costs such as school trips

  • The promotion of employment including assisting people to find suitable full-time employment, assisting with work-related costs including travel, and assisting with further education costs related to improving work skills

  • The provision of facilities for sporting and other recreational and leisure time occupations and the organisation of sporting and recreational activities at such facilities

  • Assisting persons appearing before the Courts and in Police, Social Welfare or Department of Corrections custody in respect of their rehabilitation and providing support for their families

  • The development and encouragement of religious instruction

  • Assisting families that have suffered losses through damage to homes and belongings by fire

  • Assisting with tangihanga or funeral costs and expenses together with assistance for families of deceased persons

  • The establishment, development and maintenance of public halls and other community facilities

  • The provision of an emergency hospitality fund to assist persons who are in need of urgent financial support


Dave Kahu



Sonny Wilcox



Jenny Marshall



Lynda Samuels


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