Previously called the Whangamatā Community Services Trust, in July 2022 we changed our name to reflect the area we serve.

Our History

Eastern Coromandel Community Services Trust (formerly known as Whangamata Community Services Trust, and 'Te Whare Iwi') started in the early 1980s. 

For nearly fifty years the Trust has worked hard to meet a range of social needs within Whangamata and the surrounding areas of Onemana, Opoutere, Hikuai, Tairua, Pauanui and Whiritoa. 

It was decided that the Trust should undergo a name change in 2007 to the Whangamata Community Services Trust and again in 2022 when it became apparent that 80% of the Trust's contracted services extended across the entire Eastern Coromandel region. 

The Trust has grown in the scope of services it provides over time and proudly promotes itself as being a one-stop-shop for meeting community needs. 

Image credit: Whangamata 1955. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-40131-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Te Reo Māori Classes

Whangamata Community Marae Trust and Eastern Coromandel Community Services Trust are collaborating to offer Te Reo classes

Whānau friendly, children welcome


Level 1 (new to Te Reo)

Level 2 (some knowledge)

One class a week running for 10 weeks

Subject material will cover te reo Māori, plus tikanga practices, a Noho Marae visit (tbc), the importance of knowing your whakapapa (so that you can create and deliver your own pepeha), plus there will be lessons on the history of the whenua and local places of significance.


Local venue TBC


Thursday 20th October 2022


5pm – 7pm

The cost of the lessons is by koha – if you can afford the full cost for the class, then the cost is $15 per lesson (or $150 for the term). If you cannot afford the fee, but still wish to participate then you are welcome – you can choose what you can afford to pay.  We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation.


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