"Koha is a gift; it is about acknowledging people and showing respect. "

Te Houtaewa Māori Charitable Trust (THMCT) will activate the practice of koha.

What is Koha, some might say. Well, it is an expression of how much importance you put on the event. 

A koha does not have to take the form of money or a physical gift, it could be someone giving up their time to help.

Modern society has used the term koha to overcome the idea of an entry fee, While many will have given a koha, the concept behind it is not always understood. It is Tikanga in Aotearoa, New Zealand, with similar concepts throughout Pacific cultures, that when people came to a gathering they supported it by giving a koha. In the old days the koha would be food to help with the running of the event, like baskets of kūmara, however. In modern times people were more likely to give money,  

The koha will be decided on by you, giving the koha (donation) 

“You give what you can afford.” 

Our Koha Kaupapa for 2021 supports the following and we invite you to connect with us if we can support you through our Koha Kaupapa.

  • Saturday Paripari Domain Village Whanau Day-out
  • All Taitamariki Registration Teams
  • Mokopuna Walk 4 Life Sausage Sizzle, Drinks & Spot Prizes
  • 3 Marathon
  • 3 ½ Marathon

  • Marae Stay Accommodation, Only Available both Friday & Saturday,
    • BYO – Bed Linen, Personal items in
    • Whare Kai (Kitchen) is available, for self-catering practice to prepare your meals, please clean up after yourself)
    • This is limited to 70 pax and are in order of;
      • Kuia & Kaumatua,
      • Mokopuna,
      • Taitamariki
      • Volunteers
      • Team Relay & Runners
  • Mahi Rongoā – Friday & Saturday
No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa,All

Teresa Hart

Kaiwhakahaere for Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust