Events, Hui & Activities

Here you can find some of the events, hui and activities we’ve had before – and what we’ve got coming up.

Upcoming events

Funeral/Tangihanga Guide Training

We are now taking enrolments for the Funeral/Tangihanga Guide Training Workshops.

If you are interested in taking part in the workshops or are able to come along and help with catering, setting up or in any other way please let Jo or Ruth know.

The guide training will begin with a one-day overview open to the public so kaumatua/whanau and others interested can come.  This may also attract more people to train as guides. This will be followed by about 3 weekends, once a month.

The one-day overview will be from 9.30 am – 3.00 pm (date TBC), at Te Maungarongo Marae, Ohope.

Participants asked to bring a plate for morning tea, but there will be a catered lunch. Cost about $20 – $30 to cover venue hire and catering.

Edgecumbe & The Plains

10.30am Tuesday the 1st of June

Guest speaker Kathy of the BOPDHB will introduce and explain how to use the  stay active as you age Lifecurve App (speaker from 11 am)

St David’s Church Hall, College Road, Edgecumbe

All welcome, please bring a plate for shared morning tea

Covid-19 Vaccination information Question & Answer Morning

Monday the 17th of May – 9:30am to 11:30am

Knox Church Domain Road, Whakatane

Are you still unsure or have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination?

We will have a panel of health professionals available to share information and answer your questions to help you make an informed decision.

June Whakatane Public Meeting

10am Tuesday the 15th June

Knox Church Domain Road  Whakatane

Guest speaker Kassie Ellis from Manaaki Ora Elder Abuse Services


Core Group Meeting

Tuesday the 15the of June

12 noon – 1.30pm at the Knox Church, 83 Domain Road, Whakatane.

Bring your lunch and share ideas on what we might do together.


Regular events

Whakatane Coffee Mornings

On Mondays weekly coffee mornings 

10.30am – 12 noon at Knox Presbyterian Church, 83 Domain Road, Whakatane

Open to all.

Taneatua Coffee Mornings

On Monday, fortnightly coffee mornings. 

10am at 29 Morrison Street (Church Building).

Open to all.

Core Group Meetings

The next two core group meetings will be held on Tuesday 13th April & Tuesday 11th of May from 12noon – 1.30pm

After the public meeting in the Knox Church 83 Domain Rd.
Bring your lunch and share ideas on what we might do together. 

Past events

Neighbours Day

Terry and the Learnaleles, Whakatane Members and the Residents of the Hinemoa Street Kaumatua Flats Combine for Neighbours Day.

For some time now a small group of Eastern Bay Villages members have been learning to play the ukulele under the guidance of Terry Kirk.

In March 2021 they entertained at the Whakatane coffee morning which was hosted by Kay Taitoko Kay invited her neighbours along to join us for morning tea to celebrate neighbours day.


Visit to Oakdene Forest

On Wednesday the 17th of March some of our members from Whakatane, Taneatua and Edgecumbe visited Oakdene Forest farm on Rewatu Road to celebrate St Patricks Day.

It was a very enjoyable morning filled with music, fun and laughter and we are very thankful to our wonderful hosts Keith and Susan and Whanau who always make us feel welcome.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Oakdene Forest Farm I highly recommend that you do so.

Oranga Kai/Just Cook Programme

Members enjoyed the chance to share their skills and time with seniors/pakeke in the Oranga Kai/Just Cook programme. We run this in partnership with the Nutrition Foundation.

In February Ōhotu marae hosted the four sessions, with some Whakatāne members joining those in the valley. Ruatoki member, Molly Turnbull wrote a waiata and facilitated the sessions and Paula Hocken became chief cook. But it wasn’t all about food. Emaraina Milroy, a young 90, was always up and dancing and Wilma Cairns got everyone else moving. 


In May/June, as lockdown ended with some people still reluctant to venture out, this programme morphed into Oranga Kai @Home. We delivered nutrition information, recipes, cooked food and ingredients so people could try new recipes at home.  People were keen to try something new and to learn more about nutrition – it helped alleviate the boredom that came to many at the end of lockdown.

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PO Box 3017, Ōhope
Whakatane 3161

Bank Account

Eastern Bay Villages: 12-3253-0089385-00

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