Te Whanau A Apanui and Te Ehutu cover the area from Hawai to Potaka. Maraenui on East Cape is heartland Te Whanau-a-Apanui territory. It’s home to the hapu Te Whanau a Hikarukutai to whom I belong and treasure
Corporal Bill (Willy) Henry Apiata. New Zealand SAS and Victoria Cross recipient. Affiliates to Nga Puhi iwi through his father but spent much of his time in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and holds a strong affiliation to the Whanau A Apanui iwi. Bill's home Marae is Tutaki Marae in Te Kaha. He is much loved and respected by our people
Te Whanau-a- Apanui winners for the 2015 Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. The National Kapa Haka festival is a biennial event celebrating Maori traditional performing arts.
A view of Maraenui from a steep winding road As a child I can't remember what was more exciting watching the settlement come in and out of view between the then small Manuka growth or marvelling at my dads skilful driving over loose metal it was such a dodgy road almost as wide as the beastie v8 we were in.