Te Waitere is a small settlement on the southern shores of Kāwhia Harbour. It was the site of a Wesleyan mission station in the 19th century. Before the missionaries arrived, this area was known as Ahuahu to Māori – Te Waitere is a transliteration of missionary John Whiteley’s surname. Early settlers called the locality Lemon Point because Whiteley planted groves of lemon trees, and the top of the point bears this name. This photograph was taken from the cemetery looking back toward the club and mission site near the tip of the peninsula.
For an indepth history of the area check this link.
Te Waitere BOAT CLUB
With a rich history dating back to the 1800s, Te Waitere Boating Club is an important part of our community.
The ‘Boat Club’ homes two unique whaleboats, one which is over 110 years old. Annually over Christmas/New Year, regattas are hosted by the three harbour clubs, Kawhia, Oparau and Te Waitere. To keep our whaleboats useable into the future and to support community projects, the Te Waitere Mountain Bike Classic was conceived. Organised by passionate community volunteers, we invite anyone who wants to discover a new event and experience local hospitality.