Meaningful Partnership

Generus Living Group and Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporated have created a unique partnership through the development of Bay of Plenty villages, Pacific Coast and Pacific Lakes. The partnership is committed to recognising and celebrating the mana whenua in a meaningful way, and creating a unique and vibrant community for discerning retirees in the Bay.


The Gallery & Pouwhenua

The Beach House lobby at Pacific Coast Village features the Mangatawa Gallery - a space that captures the stories of the whenua and its people, providing insight and meaning to the cultural heritage and whakapapa to the ‘whenua’ O Nga Potiki, which the village is built on. The gallery includes a permanent exhibition of portraits and treasured taonga featuring the shell middens and other artefacts from the archaeological excavations that took place as part of the Village development.

A pouwhenua (carved post), created by prominent local artist Kerema Taepa, denotes a story about the hou kainga. It acknowledges the association between the people (tāngata) and the land (whenua). Specifically, it reflects the relationship between the ancestors, environment, and the reputation or standing of the tangata whenua.

The pouwhenua is located at the start 250 metre long beach boardwalk that the Partnership created on Maranui Street opposite the village.  The boardwalk has been generously made available for the public to use and appreciate both the rich Maori history of the area and the extensive cultural landscape incorporating Mangatawa, Hikurangi, Kopukairoa and te rohe Kiwa (Pacific Coast), as well as the vegetation of the coastal dune system.

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Ebba Te Tua Scholarship

The Ebba Te Tua Scholarship is a tribute to the life and work of respected Mangatawa kuia and teacher - the late Ebba Te Tua. Whaea Ebba taught at Arataki School in Mount Maunganui for nearly 30 years and established the school’s bilingual/Māori immersion unit. The purpose of the scholarship is to support the professional and educational development of Mangatawa uri (descendants) who have chosen to pursue a career in education and in particular are committed to the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori, a kaupapa that was dear to the heart of Whaea Ebba. The scholarship is managed by the Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporated (MPBI) and jointly funded by Generus Living Group (GLG) and MPBI Partnership.

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