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Tipu Ake Leadership - Marae Retreats at Te Whaiti

Are you looking for a organisational leadership capability building retreat that will challenge your team or stretch your boundaries? If so join us on an intellectual "Outward bound"

The Ngati Whare people, community and Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi invite you to stay on their marae for a unique Tipu Ake retreat. The Te Whaiti style whaikorero (discussions with the aim of reaching a new level of understanding) is based on everyone having their say. No one need wear their organisational hats; egos are kept in bay.

Tipu Ake thinking aims to keep a balance between work and the rest of life, so workshops are run partly over the weekend to enable partners and family to participate in the rich experience. Each retreat is themed and includes specific topic areas, often with specialist invited presenters.

Feedback from others who have attended:


"I know from a personal point of view it renewed my energy and people around have noticed". Isobelle Gosling PMP

"The retreat was exactly that. It was a time when the people, stories, music, food, nourished my soul. I felt the respect for life. Deep wisdom stems from knowledge of the natural environment" . Lise Milne

Corporate retreats:


Consider running your next organisational development or team building retreat on our marae. For details and reservations contact Andy or Jenny Kohiti, Murumurunga Marae Committee Ph 07 366 3023.


If you are thinking about a custom programme for your team and want to include Tipu Ake please contact Peter Goldsbury, Tipu Ake team coordinator ph 09 445 4454, mob 021 465372 email pgoldsbury@stratex.co.nz

Next scheduled Public Retreat 30 March - 1 April 2007

DEFERED SORRY Our Lopez Friends have had to delay their trip


Growing Strong and Healthy Communities that respect life


If you are interested in Education, Youth Growth, Sustainability, Environmental Education and Community Development, then this is a unique opportunity for you to take time to reflect on the ways of nature in a rainforest and use this to get back to the basics of growing young people in living organisations and communities that operate in balance with the world around them.

You will join people from a range of New Zealand and overseas communities we have in our network who will share some of the things they have learnt. Underpinning these will be Tipu Ake principles, behaviours and tools that can be used to help describe a vision for the future they want to pass on for their grandchildren, then drive a wide range of projects today that will take them down the road towards this state of Ora (wellbeing). See our Kaitiakitanga program site .

The programme is still provisional but we expect it to include:


Registrations are limited so reserve your place now; see details below



The typical programme (Adjusted to suit individual groups attending and the theme)








Marae powhiri (welcome)



Wharenui - introductions - perceptions exercise
Whaikorero - define outcomes sought and programme



Wharekai - Light Lunch



Visit school while students are in class at the end of day



School transformation story and learnings by Board and Staff, including interactive discussions on educational visions and bilingual philosophy



Overview of Tipu Ake ki te Ora Leadership Model



Wharekai Dinner



Wharenui - Karakia



Wharenui - Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi history and values
Each person introduces themselves and reflects on their learnings.



Wharekai - supper and relaxing



Wharenui - (* NZ people -please bring a sleeping bag)









Presentation: in Wharenui or at the Kura


10.00 Morning Tea in Wharekai


Presentation in Wharenui or at the Kura



Walk in Whirinaki bush with Kaumatua (Elders), where the organic origins of Tipu Ake will be demonstrated



Picnic lunch in Whirinaki Rainforest

Ditto some can continue on the 3 hour return to the waterfall and or other short walks


Visit to Minginui Village - Kokiri Health Centre, with description of Rununga, housing, Whanau Support activities, Village Council and Kohunga Reo activities. Afternoon Tea at Minginui Kokiri Centre

Horse ride, swim, walk


Presentation in Wharenui or at Kura.



Wharekai - Dinner



Wharenui - Karakia



Wharenui - reflection time



Wharekai - Supper - informal relaxing, reflection, discussions, learning and entertainment






Wharekai - Breakfast







Wharekai - Morning tea



Wharenui - Time for reflection as a group on the experience and learnings of the retreat



Light lunch and Poroporoake (farewell)



Leave for home


Wharenui =meeting house, Wharekai = eating house, Kura = school


We invite you to stay on an enjoy Whirinaki for a few more days All details of accommodation, tramping, walks etc are available at www.whirinakirainforest.info.
If you are interested in tramping, bring your gear, stay on and enjoy the Whirinaki Track or other routes.


HOW TO GET TO TE WHAITI: (click to see map)

From North:

From Auckland, travel South down highway 1, turn left at the bottom of the Bombay Hill onto highway 27, Stay on this until you reach Matamata where you turn left and proceed down the main street going straight ahead and following the signs to Rotorua (via highways 24, 28 and 5). In Rotorua pick up fuel and travel straight ahead along Old Taupo Rd to the "T" at its end, where you turn right towards Taupo on highway 5

From Rotorua, follow signs to Taupo along highway 5. After about 25 km turn left at Rainbow Mountain onto highway 38 and travel straight ahead through Murupara to Te Whaiti (allow 1hr 10min from Rotorua)

From South:

As you approach Taupo along the waterfront take Rifle Range Road on the right. (Pick up fuel here). At the end of this turn right onto the back road which heads towards Broadlands and Reparoa on the east side of the Waikato River. After about 30 km you will see the Ohaaki Power station cooling tower on the left. Carry on through the small village of Broadlands then take the road on the right with the large "Golf course" sign and proceed up the hill via Plateau Road. At the "T" at the end of this turn left into Goudie Rd which changes to metal through the forest and soon meets highway 38. ( Take a good note of where you came out so you know how to get back on the way home as the turnoff may not be signposted). Turn right on to highway 38 and travel straight through Murupara to Te Whaiti. (Allow 1hr 20 mins from Taupo)

From East:

Get to Wairoa, fill up with fuel, then take highway 38 through Waikaremoana and Ruatahuna to Te Whaiti. As you wind down into Te Whaiti and hit the tar seal take the first (and only) left toward Minginui and soon see Murumurunga Marae on the right. (This route is a long winding road metal with some beautiful scenery so allow at least 3 hours from Wairoa)

At Te Whaiti (coming from Murupara): travel past the Waikotikoti Marae on right, then over the bridge, then take first road on right to Minginui following the tar seal and soon see Murumurunga Marae on right with church and school on hills on the left. Enter through visitors gate (Manuhiri) and park ready for the welcome onto the marae at 11.00am.

Please note there is no fuel, shop, public transport or cellphone coverage at Te Whaiti.


Please call or send an email to Peter Goldsbury at pgoldsbury@stratex.co.nz or phone (09) 445 4454 or (021)465 372 to confirm your registration . The fee is $300 per corporate participant plus $150 for each accompanying adult family member or friend payable on registration. Non waged and volunteer people invited by Koha paid on welcome to Marae. Registration payments will be collected on behalf of the community by Strategic Expertise Ltd , 20 Hastings Parade, Devonport. Cheques should be made out to "Strategic Expertise Ltd" . Visa or Mastercard payment facilities are available. Receipts will be provided.

In addition, individuals whose registrations are paid by their employers, are invited to make a personal koha to our hosts on the marae which will be offered at our welcome. (For those whose registration is sponsored by their organisation, or participating Tipu Ake / Kaitiakitanga volunteers , a guide for this may be what you would have personally spent entertaining / feeding yourself if you had stayed at home)


Sleeping bag*, blankets* or quilt*, towel and toilet gear, walking shoes, water bottle, raincoat, warm clothes, swimming gear. Alcohol is not permitted on the Marae. No food to be taken into the Wharenui and all buildings are smoke free. All meals are provided. ( * not required for overseas visitors, as we have these available for around 20 people)

Accommodation in Auckland: If you are from overseas and landing in Auckland consider Aniwaniwa Cottage Homestay in Devonport for your accommodation.

Dress, respectful for the welcome, then casual for the remainder.




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