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Our Story, Our Journey


Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā (NUOWTR) Mai Le Moana Trust is proudly Pasifika and Māori owned; driven to support our Porirua Community since 2013.

Since Nga Uri o Whiti Te Ra's inception, we have continued to support our Rangatahi through the arts, with a focus on Maori Performing Arts and Kapa Haka. This began with offering one of the mainstream schools assistance in increasing participation in Te Reo Maori through the use of Maori Performing Arts as a vehicle to drive this vision. The drive to promote Te Reo Maori and Maori Performing Arts in the mainstream gained traction over time.

Nga Uri o Whiti Te Ra became a charitable organisation in 2019. The goal was to increase community participation. We accomplished this by providing workshops outside of school hours for children ages 5 to 12, secondary students ages 13 to 17, and seniors ages 18 and up. At the time, the vision was to promote positive youth development through participation in the Cultural Arts.

As a successful service approaching 2021, we decided it was time for Nga Uri o Whiti Te Ra to become a Trust to better reflect our vision and serve our community. Our new name is Nga Uri o Whiti Te Ra Mai Le Moana Trust, and it describes a concept for developing a more inclusive name for both Pasifika and Maori. The meaning of this name is "The Descendants of the Pacific Rising Sun."

Our mission is well established: to provide avenues for assistance in bridging the current disparities in Porirua City and the wider Wellington region.

ngā uri o whiti te rā mai le moana trust


Designed by: Tane Hapeta

Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā was established at Porirua College as the new Kapa Haka name since the years 2013 - 2021. This meaning we have been functioning as the lead tutors of this kapa haka for over the past 8 years. 


Designed by: Tane Hapeta

Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā was established as a Charitable Organisation in 2019. From there generated a senior Kapa Haka group that first stood for the Regional Kapa Haka competition in  2020.

Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā 

Porirua College


Kamalita Nua

Temehani Strickland-Laumemea

Joseph Laumemea




Melvina Martin


La'i Lepou


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