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About COMET Auckland

COMET Auckland's Kaumātua


Ina te mahi he Rangatira - By his deeds a Chief is known

Kaumātua are respected elders in a Māori community, chosen for their capacity to teach and guide both current and future generations. Kaumātua have good knowledge of tikanga, history, and te reo. Their contribution ensures that the mana of the whānau, hapū, and iwi are maintained.   


COMET Auckland is very fortunate to have two hard-working kaumātua who add mana to our work. 

Tame Te Rangi (Ngāti Whātua) 


Tame is a mentor for our Mātauranga Māori programme and the Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum.

As a representative of Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua, Tame provides mana whenua advice to Auckland Council, Panuku Development Auckland, Watercare and Auckland Transport.

He has chaired the selection panel for council’s Independent Māori Statutory Board since its inception in 2010.

Tame is a director of Hōkai Nuku, formed in 2010 as the authorised voice of four Iwi and Hapū mana whenua to collaborate on Ara Tūhono, the Transport Agency's Pūhoi to Wellsford roading project. 





Rereata ‘Ral’ Makiha (Te Mahurehure, Te Arawa)


Rereata is a long-standing COMET supporter, providing Mātauranga Māori advice for our SouthSci and waka hourua projects. 

A pou tikanga/cultural adviser for the Auckland Council, Rereata has ties to many marae across Auckland, particularly Te Mahurehure Marae in Pt Chevalier. 

The former broadcaster and journalist is a leading authority, writer and speaker on Mātauranga Māori - particularly the Maramataka or Māori Lunar Calendar, and Māori star navigation.

Rereata is a member of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions and a co-founder of Te Potiki National Trust, which administers the Māori Maps website that connects Māori descendants with their marae. Rereata is also vice president at the Māori-Malay-Polynesian Secretariat. 

We would like to record our gratitude for the wonderful support and guidance over many years from our previous kaumatua Sonny Rauwhero and the late Kūkupa Tirikatene, who composed and graciously gifted COMET our guiding whakatauākī:
E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi ki te raranga I te whāriki kia mōhio tātou ki ā tātou. The tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one strand alone.