Nau mai Haere Mai - Welcome to

Te Runanga o Waihao Inc

Mo to mahi i te mana mo o tatou marae

The name Waihao refers to our river, named by Rokohouia the son of Rākaihautu who were both ariki (leaders and guardians) of the waka (sailing canoe) Uruao, one of the earlier waka arrivals to Aotearoa. The river, which has its source in the inland foothills – Te Tari a Te Kaumira – is home to the hao or shortfin eel, hence the name Waihao. The hao eel was, and still is, one of the delicacies still gathered as mahinga kai by whānau from the Waihao River and its Wainono lagoon – the kete kai of local Māori.

The takiwa of Te Runanga o Waihao centres on Wainono, sharing interests with Te Runanga o Arowhenua to Waitaki, and extends inland to Omarama and the Main Divide.

Our History

Our History

Maori of the Waihao Rohe whakapapa to Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. To these people Waihao is their turangawaewae; their home. Waitaha, itself a collection of ancient tribes, trace their lineage to the Uruao waka. Kati Mamoe who migrated from the North Island in the sixteenth century and Kai Tahu who came to Te Waipounamu in the seventeenth century whakapapa to Araiteuru and Takitimu waka.

It is through the marae that a sense of continuity with the past is achieved.

Tino mihi aroha ki a koutou te whanau o Waihao me Waitaki mo to mahi i te mana mo o tatou marae.

Register your
whakapapa

You may register as a member of the Te Runanga o Waihao Incorporated Society if you whakapapa to any of the Kaumatua listed in the 1848 census.

Our
Marae

Waihao Marae is situated just North of the Waitaki River, in the Morven district of Waimate.


Book our
facilities

Waihao Marae is available as a meeting and function venue for up to 120 people, which can include catering.

Our
History

Maori of the Waihao, whakapapa to Waitaha, Rapuwai, Hawea, Kati Mamoe and Ngai Tahu. Waihao is their turangawaewae.

What's happening in Waihao

Pānui

REMINDER: Applications close Friday 23rd August for Waihao Rūnanga Representative and Alternate to Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu

  The Appointment Committee invite applications for Te Rūnanga o Waihao Representative and Alternate to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   This appointment is at the highest level of governance for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and as such the committee invites applicants with relevant skills to apply and must meet the criteria detailed below.   Appointment of Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Representative and […]

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Are you enrolled to vote?

Enrol to vote in the local elections The local elections are being held in October this year when we choose who will be on our local councils and health boards. It’s an important choice because councils and health boards make decisions about services we use every day in our local communities, like hospitals, buses, rubbish […]

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New Executive Committee

Resulting from the elections held at the Special General Meeting on 7th July 2019, the Executive Committee members for Te Runanga o Waihao are now: Jo McLean (Chairperson) Wendy Varcoe (Secretary) Lesley Te Maiharoa-Sykes (Treasurer) Graeme Lane Ian Brunton Jennifer Thomas Sara Eddington

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