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He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Moana Charitable Trust

The Trust’s mission is to educate, connect, celebrate and advocate with the objective to create unity among the people of New Zealand as envisaged in the Treaty of Waitangi.

Join us at Tauranga’s Historic Village for Waitangi Day 2024

Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival is a day to celebrate, acknowledge and pay respect to what this day means and the unity we seek moving forward. It is a day full of live music, entertainment, workshops, laughter and much aroha.

Our Kaupapa

Kaupapa Māori education and raising awareness around our National Day

  • We create resources for use in schools that align with the curriculum.
  • We hold a Treaty signing video competition with schools annually.

  • Run a Treaty Training Programme specifically for the workplace.

Promote unity across all cultures & ethnicities


The greatness of unity is that everyone is respected for their views and beliefs. He Iwi Kotahi believes unity creates a sense of belonging and increases well-being for all.

Our community events promote Kaupapa Māori, unity & Treaty education

  • We host and support community events that promote Kaupapa Māori, community unity and education about the Treaty.
  • Our flagship event is held on Waitangi Day for our local Bay of Plenty communities at The Historic Village with Māori arts & cultural performances, live music and workshops.

  • Host an Annual Lecture Series around Waitangi Day.

The Trust fosters collaborative relationships with local and regional groups

We work with tangata whenua, existing arts, culture & heritage organisations, the business community, the education sector and other ethnic groups.

The Trustees

Richard Cameron

Richard Cameron


Richard is a secondary educator who has taught in Sydney, London and now Tauranga as HOD Social Studies at Mount Maunganui College. He has a passion for bringing learning from the classroom to life through community connections, so jumped at the opportunity to join He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Moana Charitable Trust. 

Richard and his family moved to Tauranga in 2019 – a return home for his wife who was born and raised in the Mount. 

Buddy Mikaere

Buddy Mikaere


Buddy Mikaere is a professional historian by qualification and specialises in Māori consultation and associated activities. For over twenty-five years he has facilitated Māori consultation for many development projects working closely with government departments, local government, large corporate companies, iwi entities and private clients.

Since returning to live in Tauranga and Coromandel, Buddy has created a  consultancy company where he is responsible for the environmental and development interests of the Ngai Tamarawaho hapu of Ngati Ranginui, the Ngati Pukenga Iwi ki Tauranga runanga and a similar representative role for Ngati Pukenga ki Waiau (Coromandel).

Gordy Lockhart

Gordy Lockhart


Gordon Lockhart loves the human, community centric principles of He Iwi Kotahi and sees enormous value in acknowledging our nation’s past, while celebrating our people’s future. 

Gordy, hailing originally from Scotland, moved to New Zealand with his Kiwi husband in 2007. Gordy started his own management consultancy in 2012 with specialisms in leadership, systems and processes, digitisation, fiscals and corporate structures.

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