Te Hiku Pātaka Proudly Opened Their Doors Today

June 13, 2022, 6:11 p.m.

Te Hiku Pātaka held their blessing and opened their doors today at 138 Commerce Street, Kaitaia. A collaborative effort between Te Kahu Oranga Whānau - a collective of Te Hiku iwi, Waitomo Papakāinga, Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, Te Kahu Tuhiata, Mahi Ora and Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri in partnership with Foodstuffs. 

The kaupapa has been modelled on a recent successful social supermarket opening in Te Whanganui-a-Tara by Wellington City Mission and Foodstuffs. Te Hiku Pātaka aims to provide a bilingual social shopping experience to help vulnerable whānau shop within an uplifting, non-judgemental environment.

"We want to create a respectful space for whānau to do their shopping. We want to provide manaakitanga from start to finish. We only have one shelf of sugar and only a handful of fizzy drinks and snacks because we want to create everlasting effects and help our whānau in many ways" said Dee Anne Wolferstan (Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri).

Phillip (Hoddy) Murray has also played a key role in the development of Te Hiku Pātaka. He explained the importance of the design and that the objective was to help whānau feel connected and comfortable within this space. The building is designed to look like a marae and the labels and signage are written in te reo Māori.

"We wanted to create a space of aroha and respect. The concept of the shopping experience being special for every whānau is important because they want to step through the entire process with people to ensure we are meeting their overall needs and can identify other areas they may need assistance with."


Whānau need to be referred to the supermarket via the collaborative partners. They will be able to shop on a points system based on the size of the family and the first shop to be by koha of an affordable amount.

Chris Quin the CEO of Foodstuffs said;

"Foodstuffs are very excited about the partnership that lead to today's opening and with the iwi support, they feel it will make a big difference in the community."

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