Ko Taropehu te maunga - Taropehu is our mountain.
Ko Oruamo te awa - Hellyer’s Creek is our river.
Ko Te Hau Kapua te takiwā - We work out of this area.
Ko Pākaurua te rohe - Birkdale/Beach Haven is our base.
Ko Te Rōpu Kaipātiki tamore mātou - Kaipātiki Project is our foundation.
No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa - We stand strong and acknowledge those who have come before, those currently here and those coming in the future.
This pepeha was kindly gifted to Kaipātiki Project by Matua Pat Ruka.
The story begins in 1998 with Jenny Christianson, the passion driving the project to ‘weed the bush’ on the banks of the Kaipātiki Stream on Auckland’s North. She soon had a band of merry men and women who volunteered their time and energy. During this time we had many homes - from Jenny’s house, to where we are now tucked into the lower reaches of the Kāipatiki Stream in Birkdale, surrounded by the Eskdale Reserve Network and friendly neighbourhoods.