Whirinaki Web Portal

We welcome you to our
forest and treasure of our
home Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi








Whats up??



Our council

Our village

Its history

Birds eye

Find us





Birds eye view

Whirinaki forest

Kaitiakitanga Program

Ngati Whare Iwi

Our school

Tipu Ake leadership

Historical Te Whaiti

Minginui our village

Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi

Our Tuhoe cousins

Ngati Manawa links


Welcome to Whirinaki Interactive
The Whirinaki Rainforest Community Web Portal

Here you can visit all our websites (each is also accessible from the right hand most menu on every page)

 Visit Whirinaki Forest with us

We share one of the world's most precious and fragile rainforests situated in the Whirinaki River basin in the North Island of New Zealand.  We will help you experience its riches, ether on-line or in person.

  Find out about our Kaitiakitanga program

We the children of the Whirinaki are the future Kaitiaki (guardians) of the forest.  We are doing some radical things in our School and community to make sure that our forest, culture and wisdom is preserved and shared for ever. - Sustainability, ecology, environmental restoration, endangered species.( eg Kiwi)

Join minds with us the Ngati Whare people

Our ancestors have belonged to this place for almost 1000 years.  Our Iwi invites you to come not just as a tourist, but to mutually share our rich heritages.  Ours is one that has been passed down orally over many generations

Visit Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi

Learning has always been important to the people in our valley.  Successes at our school have inspired Tipu Ake.

We share the Tipu Ake Lifecycle

A leadership model for Innovative Organisations -  This we gift for all the world's future childrens

Te Whaiti and its history

Our gateway, Whaiti has two Maraes, Waikotikoti and Murumurunga. It has a rich pre European history, was a fronteer in the land wars and by 1950 was a booming timber town.

  Minginui Village

The place most of us in the valley now call home.
A model village built in 1948 to support the State Forestry and native saw milling in the valley


Our businesses - Organisations and business operations in our in our valley


Know the richness of the place
Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi

Our life-source and the storehouse of all our Taonga [treasure] This sacred place is where the values and knowledge of our ancestors has been held for centuries.

The URL for this the Whirinaki Portal is




13th Sept 2007 - United Nations General Assembly adopts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

See "Whirinaki Interactive" our Community's Digital Strategy

Thanks to the teams of AUT IT students that have helped us put all these websites together

Thanks to Ministers Horomia, Mallard and many government officials for visiting Te Whaiti to help celebrate the opening of our new merged area school on two sites on 31 Jan 2004. (click here for details)


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Please note that this site is under development. It is a prototype to help design its structure, content and navigation. An * in a menu is used to show a future function that is currently not yet available. We are working to establish a multimedia organisation in our community to carry out ongoing development. (Our students at Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi were awarded third place in the 2003 NZ school web challenge). feedback please to temporary webmaster: