Marae Evacuation Points – Cyclone Gabrielle

Kia ora e te whānau,

Several marae are now open as Emergency Evacuation Centres.

The following marae are available for all whānau who must, or choose to evacuate, and do not have family or friends to go to:

Te Pāhou Marae (Rangataua), PoroporoRapata Kopae – 021 140 1115
Pupuaruhe Marae (Toroa), WhakatāneTe Ua Chapman
Ruaihona Marae, Te TekoBoyce Kingi – 027 202 9981

Kia haumaru te noho !

State of Local Emergency Declared – Cyclone Gabrielle

State of Local Emergency Declared – Weather Event Update

Tēnā koutou,

Please see below weather update issued by Whakatāne District Council in regards to the current weather events:

At 3pm today, Acting Mayor Lesley Immink declared a local state of emergency for the Whakatāne District.  The declaration provides additional Emergency Management powers to the local Controller and enables the Emergency Operations response to call on support from outside the district if required.

Emergency Management powers allow the Controller to call for mandatory evacuation of specified areas, with the help of Police.

The mandatory evacuation order applies to:

  • all homes in West End Ōhope, up to and including Beach Point Apartment complex
  • Approx. 9 homes identified on Harbour Road, Port Ōhope that are particularly low-lying
  • These residents will be contacted directly and ultimately door-knocked by Police if other methods of contacts have not been successful.

The strong recommendation to consider self-evacuation continues for all other parts of Ōhope and Port Ōhope that are exposed to storm surge.

A dedicated Emergency Evacuation Centre has been set up at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall and opened at 12noon today for those who must, or choose to evacuate, and do not have family or friends to go to.

A cone road block will be in place to West End and managed by Police from late afternoon.  Those who must evacuate from West End (and the nine homes on Harbour Road) will have until 7pm to leave.  The mandatory evacuation will be in place until 3pm Tuesday.  Re-entry will be reassessed tomorrow after high tide at 1.35pm. Police will maintain the cordon at West End overnight and carry out reassurance patrols around the pocket of homes on Harbour Road.

Ōpōtiki District declared a State of Emergency earlier this morning, primarily to have the power to evacuate some areas of the Coast.

Bay of Plenty Floodroom update:

Anticipated warnings for major rivers remain the same as previously reported.  The major concern remains coastal storm surge intensified by the very low pressure system.

Whakatāne River anticipated to reach first and second warning levels Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday morning.

Rangitāiki River – potential for controlled spilling from Matahina Dam Tuesday morning/afternoon.

The next Floodroom situation report is due at 12.30pm tomorrow (14 February).

The EOC is operating 12 hour shifts, with smaller team on duty from 8pm to 8am to respond to anything that may arise. We can anticipate slips and roading impacts with the rain and winds forecast.

Our public information continues to be updated on Facebook and our Council webpage.

Current MetService Forecast:

Heavy Rain Warning for Bay Of Plenty, Rotorua – Orange

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Issued: 10:15am Monday, 13th February 2023 Area: Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane Valid: 10:00am Monday to 6:00am Tuesday Expect 100 to 180 mm of rain to accumulate. Peak rates of 10 to 15 mm/h, but 20 to 30 mm/h possible this afternoon and evening.

Strong Wind Warning for Bay Of Plenty, Rotorua – Orange

Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Issued: 10:15am Monday, 13th February 2023 Area: Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taihape, Bay of Plenty, and Gisborne Valid: 10:00am Monday to 9:00am Tuesday Southeast winds, severe gale gusting 120 km/h to 130 km/h in exposed places.

Heavy Rain Watch for Bay Of Plenty

Issued: 10:15am Monday, 13th February 2023 Area: Bay of Plenty from Whakatane eastwards and eastern ranges of Taupo Valid: 10:00am Monday to 6:00am Tuesday Periods of heavy easterly rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

Office Closure – Cyclone Gabrielle

Tēnā koutou,

As advised, our offices will be closed Monday 13th February and Tuesday 14th February due to the unknown impact that Cyclone Gabrielle may cause.

Below are some tips provided by the Civil Defence on how to prepare for Cyclone Gabrielle, or visit their website


• Plan and rehearse an emergency escape plan to get to safer ground.

• Have arrangements in place in case you have to evacuate your pets or livestock.

• Have a plan in place to check on vulnerable neighbours.


• Prepare your property for flooding – check that drains are clear, put sandbags down in relevant areas, secure trampolines and outdoor furniture and make sure your car is on higher ground.

• Medical Emergency Kit: Get an easy-to-carry emergency kit together with essentials you might need in case of an emergency. Keep the kit close to your exit points.

• Emergency Supplies: Gather emergency supplies you might need in case you don’t have access to fresh drinking water or food.

Stay in the know

• Check your local Civil defence groups for the latest updates.

• Keep an eye on the news.

• Check Met Service for weather updates and warnings.

Take care and stay safe whānau.

Hapū Representative – Voting Reminder

Hapū Representative – Reminder to Vote

Tēnā koe,

A further reminder to cast your vote for your Hapū Representative.

Members can choose to vote in ONE of the following ways: 

  • Returning the marked voting paper by post.
  • Casting an electronic vote online, using the credentials below
  • Vote in person at the Waahi Pooti to be held on Saturday 1 October 2022 at the offices of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Louvain St, Whakatāne between 10am and 5pm 

All voting will close at 5pm on Saturday 1 October 2022.To cast your vote, you just need to enter your unique personal identification number (PIN) and Password (case sensitive).

PIN:  99999999Password:  xxxxxx

Please vote now to be sure that your vote is received before close of voting at 5pm on Saturday 1 October 2022.    

For assistance with logging into the site or for any further information, please call the free phone election helpline 0800 666 032

Warwick Lampp
Returning Officer – Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
3/3 Pukaki Road, PO Box 3138, Christchurch 8140, 0800 666 032

He Aitua


Tātai whetū ki te rangi, Ka mau tonu, ka mau tonu.
Tātai tangata ki te whenua,ngaro noa, ngaro noa.
Kua pukeitia te kupenga a Taramainuku ki nga mate huhua, tena whakahautia a Tara, kia whakatere i tōna waka ki te po
Tēnā! E te rangatira a Ngāti Awa, a Te Whakatōhea, a Te Whānau-a-Apanui, a Ngāti Pikiao; kua ngaro atu koe ki te pū o mahara, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai ra.
Hoki mai ki a tātou te iwi o Ngati Awa, tēnā tātou katoa.

With the sudden passing of Ta Wira and the wishes of the whanau with regards tangihanga proceedings, Ngati Awa have limited opportunity to participate in the proceedings. Wira and the families express wish was to not hold the tangi on the marae in the interests of health and safety, with regards to the current situation and gatherings.

The arrangements are:
Today- Friday 18 March
Wira will lay for the night in Te Kaha
Tomorrow Saturday 19 March
11.00am Service commences at the Whakatane Crematorium. There are only 50 spaces in the Crematorium which will be taken up with Wira whanau and invited guests.

Ngati Awa will be represented by Koro Te Kei whom will speak on behalf of Ngati Awa, and Hirini, along with Wiremu Doherty whom will speak on behalf of Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

In speaking with Hirini, we felt that one way we could participate, although in a limited way, was for Ngati Awa to gather at 10.15am and form a guard of Honour along the roadway to the Crematorium. We ask that you wear a mask and keep the 1 metre distancing that is required.
There will I understand be a memorial Service later on in the year.

Nga manaakitanga,

Ngāti Pūkeko By-Election 2021

Ngāti Pūkeko Trustee By-Election 2021

Eligible for Ngāti Pukeko Hapū members that have been registered with the Hapū for a minimum of 3 years.
Online voting closes at 5pm Saturday 4 December 2021

If you have any questions about your registration please contact
If you have any questions in regards to the voting or need assistance please contact 0800 666 946




  • Nominations open at 9am on Tuesday 28 September 2021.
  • Nominations must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021.
  • If there is more than one valid nomination, an election will be held, and voting will close on 4 December 2021.
  • Persons nominated must be registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa as a member of Ngāti Pūkeko hapū and be aged 18 years and over.



Any descendant of Ngāti Awa who is not currently registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and who wishes to participate in the by-election can register up to 5pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021 (subject to confirmation from the Whakapapa Committee). Registration forms are available from any of the addresses provided above or e-mail


In the event of more than one nomination being received a by-election will be held. You will be able to cast a vote either by postal or internet voting before the closing date on Saturday 4 December 2021. Ngāti Pūkeko hapū members will be notified in writing if an election is required.

Any enquiries about the nomination process can be directed to the Chief Returning Officer, Warwick Lampp, Ltd, Freephone 0800 666 946 or by email to




E tangi hotuhotu ana te iwi, i te matenga o tō tātau Kōroua, Pāpā, a Dr Joseph Hohepa Te Pepeha Mason, i te Ōturu o Takurua. Ka pūkatokato te Iwi o Ngāti Awa, otirā te motu whānui, nā te hinganga o te tōtara nui, o te poutokomanawa o Ngāti Pūkeko, i te wā hākerekere ko tenei.

The passing of Dr Mason is a devastating loss to Ngāti Awa. We mourn a dedicated and devoted servant to the survival and prosperity of the Iwi, whom for the greater part of seven decades has served his tribal and wider communities generously and faithfully. His efforts over the years have ensured the survival of critical anchor points, scaffolding the cultural landscape of the Iwi, for the benefit of current and future generations. 

Renowned as a holder of customary knowledge, Dr Mason was an active member of Te Kāhui Kaumātua, the principal advisory body for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa. He was highly regarded as a custodian of hapū whakapapa, waiata, and the history of Ngāti Awa.  

As the longest serving board member of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, a former Secretary, General Manager and Chairman of this entity and its predecessors, his customary knowledge and wisdom informed the Treaty settlement process for Ngāti Awa and preserved our cultural narratives and traditions in many forms, including our Settlement legislation. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, and Ngāti Awa are indebted to the legacy Dr Mason imparted and the integrity he led with. 

We extend our condolences to the whānau whom he is survived by, his wife Erina (Bunty), his son, Joseph, daughters Eneta and Waana, and his mokopuna.  

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa offices will be closed for the duration of the tangihanga, from Monday the 26th of July, to Wednesday the 28th of July. For any urgent inquiries, please contact  

E te Rangatira, e te Pāpā, ka kore mātau, ko te mātinitini i te mata o te whenua, e warewaretia koe. Ka tirohia ki te Rangi, ki te huinga o ngā kahurangi, ki tō nohoanga i te poho o te Matua Nui i Rangi, ki reira tonu koe e tīaho mai ai ki tō Iwi e.