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Tēnā koutou – Warm greetings to you

We are a young whānau (family) of four who believe that in order to know yourself, you need to know where you come from.

Our children, Kaea and Kipa, are being raised to understand the role they play within the greater blueprint of our natural world.

Our native Māori language, cultural traditions, and customs, ground us so that we are the kaitiaki (guardians) of our land and water.

Our passion is to share our Māori values, our way of life, and the caring for our precious environment.

We love taking our manuhiri (visitors) on a journey of cultural discovery, sharing the things we value, and our practices that make us as indigenous people of Aotearoa, unique and special.

We look forward to welcoming you and connecting your being with our being.

Tīhei mauri ora! Let there be life!

Hinewai Hawaikirangi

Ko Hinewai Hawaikirangi tōku ingoa – my name is Hinewai Hawaikirangi.

I descend from the indigenous people, called mana whenua, who first settled here in the Heretaunga Plains, now named the cities of Napier and Hastings. Our Hapū, kinship group, is called Ngāti Paarau and we are considered kaitiaki (guardians) over our tribal boundary area running through Napier City.

Cameron Ormsby

Ko Cameron Ormsby tōku ingoa – my name is Cameron Ormsby.

My tribe is Ngāti Maniapoto and I descend from the people who arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand on the Tainui waka or canoe. I am a hunter-gatherer, and man of the land, where I live by the lore of Papatūānuku our earth mother in that a life in balance – is an environment in balance.

Our story

Hinewai has a background in Science, Māori Language and Physical Education secondary school teaching. Educating visitors about our local Māori History is her passion.

Cameron also has a background in Science, working to protect the Environment as an Environmental Scientist.

We are heavily involved in our community, leading many cultural and environmental projects. We will be sharing our environmental mission to reduce our human carbon footprint, and enhance our ecosystem health alongside our community and visitors by planting native trees, on our native lands. Through our river management plan we have successfully planted 7500 native trees.

Hinewai is a Trustee of the Waiohiki Marae, a Māori carved community complex with cultural and artistic heritage for our local tribe. We are rebuilding the $1.8 million complex for the benefit of our Māori people, culture and visitors from afar.

Hinewai and Cameron along with our immediate family are currently developing a Papakāinga (family housing on communal ancestral land) of newly built houses, living much like our ancestral villages. This community environment provides social, physical, spiritual wellbeing and safety where our Māori cultural practices are shared.

Cameron, as an Environmental Scientist also undertakes scientific research monitoring projects for our Tūtaekurī River tribes, where the protection of the whole health of our ecosystem is the key focus.

We welcome you into our community and our way of life.

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